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
Recognised as a Star 2022, Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars
Named as a key attorney by Legal 500, 2023
"The "incredibly knowledgeable" Catherine Wolfe is a well-established name in the market, with outstanding expertise in filing trademarks across the globe. ", WWL 2022
Recognised as a WIPR 2022 leader
Recognised by Managing Intellectual Property, IP Stars, 2021
Catherine Wolfe is “incredibly smart and an outstanding practitioner”, recognised internationally for her superb representation of an array of high-profile individuals and companies. World's leading IP practitioners, Who's Who Legal, 2021
'Catherine Wolfe is “ultra-efficient and spectacularly brainy”', WTR 1000, 2021
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."
Included in Lawyer Monthly Magazine Women in Law Awards 2020
Named in WIPR Leaders 2020, World IP Review leading trademark practitioners from around the world
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
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