….”knowledgeable” and “practical”
trade mark specialists…… (Legal 500 2012)
Stephen has been a qualified trade mark attorney since 1981 and joined Wildbore & Gibbons LLP in 1993.
Prior to joining Wildbore & Gibbons LLP, Stephen gained valuable industry experience with Turner & Newall and Thorn EMI. He moved into private practice in 1983.
Stephen is a Fellow of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA). He has degrees in English (Oxford, 1977) and Law, including an LL.M in European Union Commercial Law (Leicester, 2001).
He is a European Trade Mark Attorney and currently an external examiner for the Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Queen Mary College, University of London.
Stephen is an accredited Trade Mark & Design Litigator with a right of audience in the County Courts and the right to conduct litigation in the High Court.
Janella specializes in advising companies on all their trade mark and brand protection requirements. She has particular expertise in advising clients with multiple brand portfolios and those targeting global market places. Janella has wide ranging experience of advising clients who require commercially focused brand management expertise.
Janella is lead partner for a dedicated trade mark team that offers a full spectrum of trade mark and brand management advice. She and her team advise a diverse client base very often supporting both “in house” legal teams or acting as strategic advisers for senior management and brand management teams.
Janella has developed specific expertise with regard to strategic trade mark portfolio and budget management – enabling client companies to control their costs and budget as part of their planning process. She also has extensive knowledge of many jurisdictions across the world and can advise and support clients comprehensively on any of their geographical expansion plans – either to extend their brands into new market places or develop new brands for specific target markets.
Janella also plays a key management role here at Wildbore & Gibbons LLP, her recent internal management projects have included leading the firm to be one of the very first IP firms to have fully integrated “Cloud based” IT and communication systems, and relocating the firm to a new HQ near the Barbican in London. Janella is a European Trade Mark Attorney and has served on the Council of ITMA during which time she became particularly involved in the Information Committee of the Council, and in particular oversaw the rebranding of the Institute to the format still in use today. She has also previously been an ITMA examiner and a student tutor.
Gloria joined Wildbore & Gibbons LLP in 1997. She is a registered trade mark attorney, a European trade mark attorney and a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, having qualified in 2000.
Gloria passed the Queen Mary & Westfield College Certificate in Intellectual Property with credit, has an honours degree in Chemistry & Biology and speaks fluent Italian.
Camilla is a non-practising solicitor with an honours degree in French and German. She is a registered trade mark attorney, a European trade mark attorney and a member of ITMA, having qualified in 2000 with three examination prizes to her credit.
Camilla joined Wildbore & Gibbons LLP from an Oxford-based firm of solicitors in 1998.
Senior Trade Mark Attorney
Frances joined us in 2013 and brings both private practice and “in house” trade mark expertise to our team. Frances headed the Trade Mark team at EMI Music for 12 years and was responsible for their extensive global trade mark portfolio. Frances has particular experience and knowledge of the challenges of portfolio management in global companies and a strong understanding of the internal issues and pressures faced by in house trade mark departments. Frances also has specialist expertise in the management of worldwide domain name portfolios – managing a portfolio of over 1200 domains during her time at EMI Music. She has also developed a specific expertise in domain name disputes.
Frances holds an honours degree in law, is a registered trade mark attorney, a European trade mark attorney and a member of ITMA.
Renewals and Records Manager
Marie, who joined us in 1993, is our renewals and records manager. Marie is an integral part of the Wildbore Team as she oversees the maintenance of all the worldwide trade mark portfolios of our clients. She is an Associate Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, having passed the ITMA Administrators Course. Marie also manages our clients’ subscriptions to the trade mark watching service.
Sarah qualified as Trade Mark Attorney in September 2014 having joined the firm as a researcher in 2011. Sarah originally read law at Cambridge, studied the Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice at Queen Mary, University of London and completed The Trade Mark Practitioners Course at Nottingham Trent University in 2014.
Sarah is a member of ITMA and sits on two ITMA committee working groups.
Sarah is regularly asked to write articles on Trade Mark issues and cases.
Recent publications; “Whisky Slammer” Intellectual Property Magazine, March 2015
Chris joined the firm in August 2010 and is now a part qualified trade mark attorney.
Chris has over nine years of trade mark experience and has a particular interest in the brand management aspects of trade mark portfolio advice. He has worked on a variety of projects for major clients involving both technical trade mark work as well as the additional research and report services that we offer to key clients as part of our overall client service offering.
Chris studied a BSc in Audio and Recording Systems at De Montfort University and completed the Trade Mark Administrators Course in 2009.
Chris is a student member of ITMA.
Owain is currently a part qualified trade mark attorney and is still studying hard! Owain is involved in a range of client projects and has a particular interest in research for key client portfolios.
Owain obtained a BSc (Hons) in Cell Biology at the University of Manchester, has a Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) from BPP Law School and holds a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice (LPC) from BPP Law School.
Owain is a student member of ITMA.
John heads our client service team. He has particular expertise and experience in marketing and client service strategies in professional services firms having headed the marketing teams in 4 law firms over the last 15 years. John is a regular speaker on brand and marketing strategy as well as on the commercial aspects of IP strategies. John’s expertise in branding enables our team to provide our clients with both a commercial and legal perspective on protecting and developing their brands.
John plays an active role in the B4 Business Network in Oxfordshire and the Business in Oxford conference at the Said Business School. John is involved with Young Enterprise in Oxfordshire as a Board Member and former Chairman. He frequently presents seminars for the benefit of Young Enterprise companies and students. He is also supporting the development of 02i (“Opportunities to Inspire”) with talks, seminars and presentations to Oxfordshire schools as part of Careers Fest and Global Entrepreneurs Week. John is also a speaker and presenter at the Induction Days for new members of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys.
John has been asked to be a key speaker at a number of business conferences recently including Cloud Expo Europe, The Cloud Industry Forum, Knowledge Exchange and the Legal IT Business Show.
John is a co-founder of Firm Elite -a business forum for learning, networking and connecting with people who are passionate about business, business growth and learning organisations.
John is a Fellow of the Institute of Direct and Digital Marketing (FIDM) and originally read Geography at Manchester University specialising in Behavioural Geography (BSc.)
Please feel free to contact John to discuss any of the services that we can offer to you and your business.
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