Catherine is an internationally respected figure in the IP world and has significant contacts worldwide. She has filed applications in virtually every country in the world which has a Trade Mark Register, and has represented numerous clients, from private individuals to major corporations, in ex parte and inter partes hearings at the UK Trade Marks Registry. She is often asked to work on commercially sensitive cases for very high profile companies and individuals. Between April 1996 and December 2020 she acted for many clients before the European Union Intellectual Property Office [EUIPO] and its Boards of Appeal, and worked on several cases which were appealed to the Court of First Instance [now the General Court]. Catherine no longer acts at the EUIPO, instead focussing her work on the UKIPO and WIPO, though her expertise is still sought as a consultant in relation to EUTM matters. In 2016, 2017 and 2018, Catherine was listed as one of the “Managing IP’s Top 250 Women in IP”, a guide which is produced by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine; and in 2020, alongside her professional practice, she also became an Honorary Professor in the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London.
Catherine has served as President of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) as well as First Vice President, Second Vice President and Treasurer, since her election in 2004, and is a Fellow of the Institute. Her position at CITMA is now Past President, as well as Vice-Chair of the Law & Practice Committee; she regularly also attends meetings of its Council, its Executive Committee and its Brexit Working Group.
Catherine is proficient in Mandarin Chinese and has a particular interest in the adoption of Chinese character marks. Catherine has visited China and Japan on several occasions, three times as part of an official UK delegation, to give seminars on UK Trade Mark Law to the national Trade Mark attorney associations in those countries.
CITMA: Fellow, Past President, Vice-Chair of Law & Practice Committee; Council Member, Member of Executive Committee
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
PhD Anglo-Saxon Literacy, University of Cambridge
MA Oriental Studies (Chinese), University of Cambridge
Catherine Wolfe is a consummate trade mark expert who acts for household-name brands across the world. A fluent Mandarin speaker, she has a significant client base in China. "Very knowledgeable and thorough." Chambers and Partners, 2020
Catherine Wolfe is “very intelligent indeed, with a brain the size of Texas”. “She is amazing, has a great work ethic and is honest, fair and scrupulous. She does things the right way and is so straightforward, as well as being seriously clever.” WTR 1000, 2020
Named in WIPR Leaders 2020, World IP Review leading trademark practitioners from around the world
Recognised as a global leader, WTR , 2019
Chambers and Partners 2020, recommended for all aspects of trade mark prosecution, from clearance searches through to oppositions and portfolio strategy. She speaks fluent Mandarin and has a significant client base in China. Sources say: "She is very clever and gives creative advice."
Euromoney's Women in Business Law Expert Guide 2019 leading practitioner in Trademarks
The superb Catherine Wolfe always goes above and beyond the call of duty and regularly advises on IP issues relating to China. Legal 500, 2019
"She is very clever and gives creative advice" Chambers and Partners, 2018
Managing Intellectual Property's top 250 women in IP, 2018
Lead Partner, UK Best IP Firms, Leaders League Magazine, 2018
“She is very hands-on,practical and solutions oriented, user-friendly and great fun to be around”. WTR's 1000 Leading Trademark Professionals, 2018
Recognised as an IP Star in the 2019/20 edition of IP Stars
WIPR Leaders, 2017 (recognised as a leader in the UK)
Catherine Wolfe “has an intelligence that is hard to match” and “knows the law and the practice inside out”. WTR's 1000 Leading Trademark Professionals, 2017
The "eminently capable and extremely bright" Catherine Wolfe is a celebrated trade mark attorney. She has filed trade marks in almost every world jurisdiction and has an excellent record in contentious proceedings before the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO) (formerly Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market). Chambers and Partners, 2017
Recognised as a leading practioner in Euromoney's Expert Guide, Trade Marks, 2016
Named in Managing Intellectual Property - IP Stars Top 250 Women in IP, UK, 2016
Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2016
WIPR Leaders, 2016 (nominated as a leader in the UK)
Trademark oracle Catherine Wolfe is another industry headliner; the immediate past president of the Institute of Trademark Attorneys (ITMA) has done much to develop the UK trademark regime and is intimately familiar with China affairs. WTR 1000, 2016 (Silver, Individuals: prosecution and strategy)
Catherine Wolfe is considered among the best and brightest trade mark attorneys in the country. One client says "I can always rely on the advice provided as Catherine understands the business we are in". While another says her work is "quietly making constructive changes to the OHIM practice". Chambers and Partners, 2016 (Band 1 Patent & Trade Mark Attorneys)
Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2015
Catherine Wolfe is a prominent figure in the UK trademark community whose extracurricular activities inform her big-picture view. WTR 1000, 2015 (Silver, Individuals: prosecution and strategy)
Catherine Wolfe "excels in handling trade mark and litigation matters and related negotiations" Legal 500, 2015
Shortlisted, ‘Best in Trade Mark’, Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards 2015.
Shortlisted, Trade Marks UK, Finance Monthly Law Awards, 2015
Chambers and Partners, 2015 (Band 1, Trade Mark Agents)
Recommended in Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2014
Catherine Wolfe "cuts through the jargon to highlight key commercial considerations.” Legal 500, 2014
Another member of the team who receives universal praise is Catherine Wolfe. She is described by clients as “a trade mark oracle.” Managing Intellectual Property IP Stars Handbook, 2014
Chambers and Partners, 2014 (Band 1, Trade Mark Agents)
Recognised in Who’s Who Legal; Trademarks, 2019
Included in Lawyer Monthly Magazine Women in Law Awards 2020