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Donna Trysburg

Senior Associate

London

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Memberships
  • CITMA
  • IPSoc
Qualifications
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
  • Higher Courts Litigation Certificate
  • Intellectual Property Litigation and Advocacy Certificate, Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University
  • IP Transactions: Law and Practice course, University College London
  • Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice, Nottingham Law School at Nottingham Trent University
  • Certificate in Trade Mark Law and Practice, Queen Mary University of London
  • LLM Commercial Law, University of Edinburgh
  • LLB (Hons) Law with European Legal Studies, University of Durham

My interest in intellectual property was first sparked by a period of work experience during my law degree in the in-house legal department of a British defence avionics business. It was fascinating to me to learn about all of the different types of IP, the layers of individual rights and works, and how they all come together in a final complex product, such as a fighter aircraft. It was also interesting to experience the practical challenges of dealing with IP when working with multiple collaborator companies on complex projects.

I count myself lucky to have had my first exposure to the subject in a real-world context, as the experience showed me just how essential IP can be to a business commercially. From there on I made sure to opt for intellectual property related modules in my degrees and then looked for pathways into careers in intellectual property law.

One of the most interesting aspects of the role of trade mark attorney is the opportunity to work with such a vast range of different businesses and individuals. Every business has a brand, regardless of size, sector or industry. I am always learning something new. Seeing new brands develop from the kernel of an idea through to something which is actually available in the marketplace or that you can see on the shop shelf is very inspiring. Helping innovative individuals and businesses protect their intellectual creations is also very rewarding.

A large proportion of my practice is dispute resolution and advisory work, which I really enjoy. This can include, among other things, contentious opposition and cancellation proceedings before the UK, EU and overseas trade mark offices, domain name dispute resolution proceedings, litigation and preparation of settlement agreements. My work can involve coordinating numerous proceedings across multiple jurisdictions, working with trusted partners overseas where necessary.

I enjoy the intellectual and technical challenges of strategising, formulating arguments and curating evidence to ensure the best chances of success in contentious proceedings. Nothing beats getting a favourable decision for a client after working hard together on securing that outcome. However, I also get great satisfaction from negotiating and resolving conflicts without contentious proceedings, where appropriate. Whether this results in a mutually beneficial solution or just saves time and costs for our clients, it lets our clients get back to focusing on what is most important to them, pursuing their business goals.

Outside of my work with Boult, I regularly undertake trade mark work on a pro bono basis for non-profit organisations. It’s a really rewarding way to utilise my skills in giving something back.

Recent experience

Assisting a multinational telecommunications operator with ongoing prosecution and management of its large and growing trade mark portfolio and enforcement of its trade mark rights around the world.

Conducting appeals for a boutique hotel chain from the EUIPO Boards of Appeal up to the General Court of the European Union and from the UK Intellectual Property Office up to the High Court.

Recovering domain names for clients using a variety of domain name dispute resolution procedures.

Periods of secondment to a multinational telecommunications client.

Carrying out an IP audit and providing IP protection and strategy advice for a fintech insurance provider.

Testimonials and recognitions
  • Recognised as a rising star, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020
Publications
Relevant Search Terms
Recommended Sites
  • https://www.managingip.com/
  • https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • https://ipdraughts.wordpress.com/
  • https://www.civillitigationbrief.com/
Suggested Media
  • https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/
  • https://www.thestage.co.uk/
  • https://imbibemagazine.com/
Recognitions
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, recognised as a rising star 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
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"I enjoy the intellectual and technical challenges of strategising, formulating arguments and curating evidence to ensure the best chances of success in contentious proceedings."

My interest in intellectual property was first sparked by a period of work experience during my law degree in the in-house legal department of a British defence avionics business. It was fascinating to me to learn about all of the different types of IP, the layers of individual rights and works, and how they all come together in a final complex product, such as a fighter aircraft. It was also interesting to experience the practical challenges of dealing with IP when working with multiple collaborator companies on complex projects.

I count myself lucky to have had my first exposure to the subject in a real-world context, as the experience showed me just how essential IP can be to a business commercially. From there on I made sure to opt for intellectual property related modules in my degrees and then looked for pathways into careers in intellectual property law.

One of the most interesting aspects of the role of trade mark attorney is the opportunity to work with such a vast range of different businesses and individuals. Every business has a brand, regardless of size, sector or industry. I am always learning something new. Seeing new brands develop from the kernel of an idea through to something which is actually available in the marketplace or that you can see on the shop shelf is very inspiring. Helping innovative individuals and businesses protect their intellectual creations is also very rewarding.

A large proportion of my practice is dispute resolution and advisory work, which I really enjoy. This can include, among other things, contentious opposition and cancellation proceedings before the UK, EU and overseas trade mark offices, domain name dispute resolution proceedings, litigation and preparation of settlement agreements. My work can involve coordinating numerous proceedings across multiple jurisdictions, working with trusted partners overseas where necessary.

I enjoy the intellectual and technical challenges of strategising, formulating arguments and curating evidence to ensure the best chances of success in contentious proceedings. Nothing beats getting a favourable decision for a client after working hard together on securing that outcome. However, I also get great satisfaction from negotiating and resolving conflicts without contentious proceedings, where appropriate. Whether this results in a mutually beneficial solution or just saves time and costs for our clients, it lets our clients get back to focusing on what is most important to them, pursuing their business goals.

Outside of my work with Boult, I regularly undertake trade mark work on a pro bono basis for non-profit organisations. It’s a really rewarding way to utilise my skills in giving something back.

Recent experience

Assisting a multinational telecommunications operator with ongoing prosecution and management of its large and growing trade mark portfolio and enforcement of its trade mark rights around the world.

Conducting appeals for a boutique hotel chain from the EUIPO Boards of Appeal up to the General Court of the European Union and from the UK Intellectual Property Office up to the High Court.

Recovering domain names for clients using a variety of domain name dispute resolution procedures.

Periods of secondment to a multinational telecommunications client.

Carrying out an IP audit and providing IP protection and strategy advice for a fintech insurance provider.

Testimonials and recognitions
  • Recognised as a rising star, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2023, 2022, 2021 and 2020
Publications
Relevant Search Terms
Recommended Sites
  • https://www.managingip.com/
  • https://ipkitten.blogspot.com/
  • https://ipdraughts.wordpress.com/
  • https://www.civillitigationbrief.com/
Suggested Media
  • https://www.campaignlive.co.uk/
  • https://www.thestage.co.uk/
  • https://imbibemagazine.com/
Recognitions
  • Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, recognised as a rising star 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022
Additional Info

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