• Office
  • 1 Amphora Place
  • Sheepen Road
  • Colchester
  • Essex
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Annie Blake

Chartered Trademark Attorney

I am a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney specialising in advice for individuals, SMEs and international companies on all aspects of trade mark, copyright, design and domain protection and enforcement.

My work includes a mix of contentious and non-contentious matters. I advise clients on all aspects of pre-filing, registration, strategy, use, exploitation, enforcement and available defences concerning trade marks, copyright, domains and design.

In addition, I have experience with prosecuting and defending actions ahead of the Company Names Tribunal. Following my degrees and before joining the legal profession I was an Examiner at the European Intellectual Property Office. This allowed me to develop a deep understanding of the registrability and opposition aspects of the areas of law on which I now advise.

Clients tell me that they like my down-to-earth nature and no-nonsense approach. It’s important to me to demonstrate a genuine concern for securing the right results for clients and I always try to choose the most cost-effective path; my honesty in this regard is something my clients appreciate . As a result, I have been able to build up a strong following of clients, many of whom return again and again for advice as their businesses develop and grow.

I once read, "Love what you do and you will never work a day in your life". As trade mark law fascinates me, I cannot think of any other job I would rather be doing, or any other area of law on which I would rather advise. I look forward to helping clients because I delve into the subject matter with great interest and passion. I chose this career path because the requisite skills for the job matched the areas in which I was most interested - for example, law, branding, English and linguistics, strategy and commerciality.

In my spare time I am learning Spanish and I enjoy yoga, walks by the sea and cooking.

Qualifications:

  • Postgraduate MSc in Intellectual Property Law - Professional Stream (Queen Mary University London)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property Law (Queen Mary University, London)
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Trade Mark Practice (Nottingham Law School)

Professional Memberships:

  • Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Member of AIJA
  • International Young Lawyers Association