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Below you can learn more about the people currently involved in running our Women in IP community. We have a main committee and also five focus groups covering mentoring, events, coffee dates, socials, and career guidance. Each focus group also includes at least one member of the main committee, which helps us coordinate all our activities.

The main committee

Photo of Lucy CoeLucy Coe (committee lead), Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis

Lucy is a UK and European patent attorney working in the Engineering and ICT group at Mewburn Ellis in London. Lucy leads the IP Inclusive Women in IP community. She is recognised as a WIPR Diversity 2023 “Trailblazer” – an individual with a decade or less experience in the IP industry who stands out due to their impressive practice in IP and their determination to promote inclusion and diversity within the sector.

Lucy works primarily in the computer software, computer-implemented inventions, medical devices and communication technology sectors. She is involved with all stages of the patent process, with a particular focus on EPO opposition work and litigation.

 

Photo of Andrea BrewsterAndrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive Lead Executive Officer

Andrea is a Chartered Patent Attorney. Until her retirement in 2015 she was a partner in the Somerset firm Greaves Brewster LLP, of which she was a co-founder. Her technical field is chemistry but she handled a wide range of patent work during her time at the IP “coal face”.

A former CIPA President, Andrea established and now leads the IP Inclusive initiative. She often speaks publicly and writes about equality, diversity, inclusion and wellbeing in the IP professions.

 

Megan Briggs, Senior Associate at Burness Paull

Megan is an associate based in Glasgow. She specialises in IP and IT disputes, along with contentious matters involving protection of confidential information.

Megan advises clients in a range of sectors, including the protection of various brands and litigation in the Court of Session in Edinburgh, where Scotland’s IP court sits. She has also appeared on BBC Radio Scotland discussing recent intellectual property/brand protection developments and news stories.

  

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Joanna Conway, Partner at Deloitte Legal

Joanna is an IP disputes/advisory partner at Deloitte Legal. She helped set up and also co-led IP Inclusive’s Women in IP community in previous years.

An experienced litigator, Joanna advises on soft IP and tech IP and on contractual disputes with a technology or scientific focus. She has particular expertise in digital content risks, combining brand/IP enforcement with reputation management, defamation, advertising, privacy and related matters to tackle harmful online content, including in the social media space.

  

Triona Desmond, Trade Mark Attorney at Pinsent Masons

Triona is a trade mark attorney and Legal Director in London. She manages extremely large trade mark portfolios with thousands of marks and a high volume of contentious matters. She also enjoys pro-bono work.

Triona was seconded in-house, as Head of IP for a global clothing and household brand, and is very active in D&I – speaking on LGBT+ issues at conferences, webinars, events and schools. Triona is a CITMA Council member as well as a committee member for IP Out; CITMA Education, Qualification & Standards; and CITMA Paralegal. Further, she lectures and assists with setting and marking the CITMA paralegal exam.

 

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Susi Fish, Partner at Boult Wade Tennant

Susi is a patent attorney based in Reading. She has been UK- and European-qualified since 2004 and, in addition to her fee earning patent work, oversees the firm’s European Patent Validation Group. She also previously co-led the Women in IP community.

Susi came into the profession following a degree in mechanical engineering and a PhD in biomedical engineering from the University of Leeds. She continues to do work in the medical field, especially relating to medical devices, as well as doing a significant amount of work in the aerospace field.

 

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Catherine French, Patent & Trade Mark Recruiter at Sacco Mann

Catherine is a Director and Head of the Patent & Trade Mark Division at Sacco Mann Recruitment. She and her team recruit for private practice and industry across the UK at all levels (including formalities, paralegals, secretarial staff, part- and fully-qualified attorneys, partners and IP directors), often on an exclusive basis.

After training as a solicitor, Catherine joined Sacco Mann in 2002, with an inherent interest in people and their businesses, particularly the vital links between enjoyment, motivation and productivity. In 2019 she joined the IP Inclusive community, working with clients and contacts to promote equality, diversity and inclusion.

 

Photo of Catherine HaworthCatherine Haworth, Head of Legal at NuBreed hotels

Having specialised in IP in her LPC, Catherine followed this path through both niche and international firms from a paralegal to a qualified lawyer. Catherine now works as in-house counsel at a tech start-up, where she uses her IP and brand knowledge to advise the CEO.

She is the sole lawyer and female in the senior leadership team. She is passionate about supporting women across all elements of business, but especially within the legal and technology sectors which have less female representation at the top of organisations.

 

 

Photo of Amy McSkimmingAmy McSkimming, Solicitor (Contentious IP & IT) at Burness Paull

Amy’s bio will follow soon.

 

 

 

Michelle Montgomery, Patent Attorney at Carpmaels & Ransford

Michelle is a UK and European patent attorney working in the chemistry group at Carpmaels & Ransford in London.

Michelle handles prosecution and opposition work at the European Patent Office across a broad range of chemical subject matter – including pharmaceuticals, electronic devices, catalysts, polymers, nanomaterials and industrial processes.

 

 

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Yelena Morozova, Associate at Finnegan Europe

Yelena is a US and European patent attorney. She focuses on software, imaging technologies and telecommunications. She also has experience in mechanical engineering and electronics, and also as a field support engineer at DialogBank in Russia.

Yelena is Co-Chair of AIPLA’s IP Practice in Europe Committee and European Liaison for AIPLA’s Women in IP Global Networking Event.

 

 

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Kate O’Rourke, Partner at Mewburn Ellis

Kate is a trade mark attorney and solicitor in London. Apart from her management responsibilities, she provides strategic advice on selection, adoption, protection and enforcement of brands internationally.

A Past President of CITMA, Kate remains an active member of the CITMA Council and leads the CITMA taskforce on the need for reform of rights of representation at the UKIPO. Kate is also a member of INTA’s Leadership Development Committee, is co-opted onto the Council of FICPI-UK and is actively involved in the UK IP pro bono programme, now run through LawWorks.

 

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Wendy Peet, Patent Attorney at Procter & Gamble

Wendy is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney based in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Wendy gained experience in private practice before moving in-house, where she now works in the legal department at Procter & Gamble. Wendy specialises in IP in the chemical area, including IP strategy and collaboration agreements.

 

 

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Sabine Rehaber, Project Manager at HGF

Sabine is a Project Manager at HGF. She obtained a vocational degree as an IP paralegal three decades ago and has since worked in a variety of roles and countries, both in-house, in private practice and as a freelancer. She also holds a BA in Politics, Philosophy & History.

Sabine is keenly interested in project and change management in IP private practice, in organisational learning and development and in creating healthier work environments. Sabine has a passion for teaching and writing and is a published author.

 

Photo of Lucy SamuelsLucy Samuels, Director at Gill Jennings & Every

Lucy is a patent attorney at Gill Jennings & Every. Her work covers inventions across the chemical and chemical engineering areas, and has a particular focus on EPO opposition work.

In her 27 years as a patent attorney, Lucy has represented clients in many European patent oppositions, handling over 400 opposition and appeal hearings. Lucy also serves as Co-Chair of the AIPLA Women in IP International Subcommittee.

 

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Natasza Shilling, Solicitor at Vodafone Group PLC

Natasza is a Solicitor and Lead Legal Counsel at Vodafone, managing the Brand Legal team. She has been at Vodafone since 2016 and is responsible for all legal aspects of the Vodafone brand, including clearance of new product/service names, management and enforcement of trade marks and domains, and intellectual property licensing.

Natasza has led on brand licensing for Vodafone’s key M&A deals including the merger of Vodafone UK and Three UK, the sale of Vodafone Hungary and Vodafone’s acquisition of Liberty Global’s assets.

Focus group: mentoring

Photo of Amy AugerAmy Auger, Senior Patent Attorney at Wynne-Jones IP

Amy is a UK and European patent attorney with both in-house and private practice experience.

She joined the profession after a degree in Astrophysics from University College London and has handled a range of technologies across physics and engineering. Following a period in-house at Cambridge Mechatronics Limited, she now works as a Senior Patent Attorney at Wynne-Jones IP.

 

 

Photo of Frances BaxterFrances Baxter, Patent Attorney at Boult Wade Tennant

Fran is a UK and European Patent Attorney working in the Engineering and Designs Group at Boult Wade Tennant in Cambridge. She has a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Bath.

Fran works across a variety of technology areas including food technology, medical engineering and aerospace engineering and has particular interests in both design protection and plant variety rights.

 

Photo of Laura CarneyLaura Carney, Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis

Laura is a UK and European patent attorney working in the Life Sciences Group at Mewburn Ellis in Bristol.

She entered the IP profession following a PhD in immunology from the University of Bristol. She continues to work in the immunology and cell therapeutic space, amongst other biotech areas. She is involved with all stages of the patent process, particularly drafting and prosecution.

 

 

Main committee representatives on the mentoring focus group (see above):
  • Joanna Conway
  • Catherine Haworth
  • Yelena Morozova

Focus group: events

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Laura Cassels, Part-Qualified Patent Attorney at Script IP

Laura is a part-qualified UK and European patent attorney at Script IP in Southampton. Laura joined the profession after completing her PhD in Molecular Neuroscience at Cardiff University, and now works on a wide variety of life sciences subject matter whilst completing her qualifications.

Laura has been a STEM ambassador since 2013, and is also a mental health first aider.

 

 

Photo of Victoria ColemanVictoria Coleman, Patent Attorney at Mewburn Ellis

Victoria Coleman is a UK and European patent attorney and is a Senior Associate working in the chemistry group at Mewburn Ellis.

She is involved in the drafting and prosecution of chemistry patents, EPO oppositions and appeals, as well as freedom to operate work and validity opinions. She works on a wide range of chemical inventions with a particular focus on pharmaceuticals, including all stages of life cycle management, such as small molecule drug candidates, antibody-drug conjugates, medical uses, pharmaceutical formulations, dosage regimes, polymorphic forms and chemical processes.

 

Eleanor (Ellie) Pilott, Senior Trade Mark Paralegal at Abel + Imray

Ellie has been working in IP for over 20 years, starting at Abel + Imray as a patent administrator and then transferring to the trade mark team as a senior trade mark paralegal. She currently supports one of the trade mark partners in all aspects of trade mark and design practice and is based in the Cardiff office.

Ellie is also a member of Abel + Imray’s diversity and inclusivity group and works closely with colleagues to communicate their ideas and needs to the partnership to effect change. In particular, she has taken the lead in promoting awareness of women’s health issues in the workplace.

In her spare time you will find Ellie teaching and performing hula hoop at various events.

 

Photo of Agne ZasinaiteAgne Zasinaite, Solicitor at Dentons, Helix

Agne is an IP and commercial law solicitor at Dentons, Helix, providing dedicated legal support to a UK wide media client. She has a strong interest in sports law, innovation, fintech, digital assets and other emerging sectors in Scotland such as space law.

Agne has a passion for sports law and, in particular, supporting the rise in women’s sport. In her personal time she has been involved in powerlifting and strongwoman sports. Agne is also a board member of CEIS, the largest social enterprise support agency in the UK with the vision to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy.

 

Main committee representatives on the events focus group (see above):
  • Lucy Coe
  • Catherine French

Focus group: coffee dates

Photo of Lidija PavlovicLidija Pavlovic, Part-Qualified Patent Attorney at Imperial Brands

Lidija is a part-qualified UK and European patent attorney working in-house for a multinational company based in Liverpool.

Lidija works closely with the R&D team to generate inventions and supports these throughout each step in patent prosecution. Lidija specialises in chemical and mechanical engineering and is involved in managing the patent portfolio and its valuation.

 

 

Main committee representatives on the coffee dates focus group (see above):
  • Michelle Montgomery
  • Wendy Peet

Focus group: socials

Photo of Bonnie BrooksBonnie Brooks, Trade Mark Assistant at D Young & Co

Bonnie is a Trade Mark Assistant at D Young & Co LLP and is currently undertaking training to qualify as a trade mark attorney in D Young’s Southampton office.

She has gained experience in advising and assisting with the creation and protection of trade marks for both local start-ups and multinational corporations, specialising in a wide range of business fields.

 

Photo of Melike Eceoglu YalcinMelike Eceoglu Yalcin, Part-Qualified Patent Attorney, Self-Employed

Melike is a part-qualified European patent attorney. She has a masters degree in chemistry focusing on cancer drugs and experience both in-house and in private practice. Her expertise lies in the field of pharmaceuticals and chemical subjects, such as cosmetics, polymer chemistry, catalysts, surfactants and food chemistry.

In 2021, Melike started her own business based in Brighton. She now provides remote support to IP firms and small businesses globally and handles all stages of the patent process, particularly patent prosecution.

 

Photo of Rebecca RonneyRebecca Ronney, Associate at Brodies

Rebecca is an associate solicitor based in Glasgow. She specialises in intellectual property, technology, outsourcing, commercial contracts and data protection across a wide range of sectors.

She regularly advises clients on trade mark and patent licensing, supply of goods and services agreements, manufacturing agreements, research and development projects and distribution arrangements. She advises on both transactional and advisory matters. Rebecca is also a registered Notary Public with the Law Society of Scotland and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

 

Main committee representatives on the socials focus group (see above):
  • Lucy Coe
  • Susi Fish
  • Amy McSkimming
  • Lucy Samuels

Focus group: career guidance

Photo of Veronika BrazdovaVeronika Brázdová, Patent Attorney at Potter Clarkson

Veronika is a UK and European patent attorney at Potter Clarkson in London. She combines her legal expertise with her previous experience as a researcher in physics, advising her clients on protecting their IP to help them achieve their commercial goals. She focusses on working with start-ups and accelerators.

Veronika is increasingly involved with technology being developed to improve our lives by tackling the energy and climate crises we all face. Her particular interest lies in cleantech and climatetech, especially bluewater technology.

 

Photo of Chloe FlowerChloe Flower, Patent Attorney at Carpmaels & Ransford

Chloe is a patent attorney based in London. She has over a decade of experience in the patent profession following a degree in Materials Science and a PhD in Biomaterials from the University of Cambridge.

A significant amount of Chloe’s work relates to medical devices, encompassing products such as orthopaedic implants, haemostatic materials, wound closures, bioactive glasses, surgical and diagnostic instruments and degradable/bioactive coatings. She is involved with all stages of the patent process, with a particular focus on EPO oppositions and litigation.

 

Photo of Charlene NelsonCharlene Nelson, Trade Mark Attorney at Foot Anstey

Charlene is a Senior Associate and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney based in Exeter. She assists clients in all aspects of trade mark and design right registration procedures and disputes, advising across different sectors including financial services, retail and media.

Charlene is an active member of CITMA and ECTA and represents the UK on the ECTA Publications Committee.

 

 

Main committee representatives on the career guidance focus group (see above):
  • Triona Desmond
  • Kate O’Rourke
  • Natasza Shilling