Catherine, Partner, is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and a European Trade Mark Attorney.
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, since May 2016.
Catherine is part of the CITMA Brexit Task Force Committee and regularly attends meetings of CITMA Council, Executive Committee, and Law & Practice Committee. In her capacity as CITMA President, Catherine regularly chaired lectures, seminars and meetings, including co-chairing CITMA’s autumn seminar in 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 in Birmingham and the Spring Conference in London in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. She frequently meets delegates from the UK and European Union Trade Mark Registries, other attorney organisations and the UK legal profession, on behalf of CITMA.
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 has acted for many clients before the European Union Trade Marks Office (EUIPO) and its Boards of Appeal, and has worked on several cases which were appealed to the Court of First Instance (now the General Court). She is often asked to advise in commercially sensitive cases for very high profile companies and individuals.
Catherine has an MA (Cantab) in Oriental Studies (Chinese) and a PhD in Anglo-Saxon Literacy, both from the University of Cambridge. She 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, often as part of an official UK delegation, to give talks on UK Trade Mark Law to the national Trade Mark attorney associations in those countries.
Catherine has been ranked in the top 250 women in IP
- Assisted a vehicle manufacturer client with a lengthy multijurisdictional dispute in relation to one of its trade marks.
- Worked with a major British theatre company to successfully oppose an EU application by a third party for a key trade mark.
- Successfully registered a mark in multiple jurisdictions as part of the rebranding of a telephony client.
- Worked on licence issues for a major global brand.
- Attended an Inter Partes hearing, using Counsel, on behalf of an automobile manufacturer client.
Litigating Trade Secret cases: a practical guide, March 2018
ECTA 36th Annual Conference, Speaker, Budapest, Hungary, June 2017
ECTA EUIPO Workshop, Speaker, Brussels, September 2016
Accompanying UK ministerial visit to China, Hong Kong and Beijing, August 2016
AIPPI, Brexit and IP Seminar, Speakers, London, July 2016
ECTA 35th Annual Conference, Dubrovnik, Croatia, June 2016
ITMA Spring Conference 2016, London, March 2016
UK IPO Trade Mark Outreach seminar, Co-Chair, London, November 2015,
ECTA conference, Hamburg, June 2015
ITMA International Spring Meeting Gala Dinner, March 2015
BBC World News interview re Taylor Swift’s applications for Trade Marks, January 2015
Q&A session speaker, with Sir Colin Birss and Nathan Abraham of UKIPO, Hong Kong September 2014
Chair, UKIPO meeting, Jiangsu, September 2014
Speaker, 2nd UK-China Intellectual Property Symposium, Beijing, September 2014
Trade Mark and Domain Names
70 Gray's Inn Road
Sectors and practice areas
- Clothing and fashion
- Communications (VOIP)
- Scooters and cars
- Advisory and prosecution work
- Attending hearings at the UKIPO
- Branding strategy
- CITMA: Fellow, Immediate Past President (2014-16), Chair of the Executive Committee (2014-16), Chair of Emerging Markets Committee
- Chartered Trade Mark Attorney
- European Trade Mark Attorney
- PhD Anglo-Saxon Literacy, University of Cambridge
- MA Oriental Studies (Chinese), University of Cambridge
“She is very hands-on, practical and solutions oriented”, “user-friendly and great fun to be around”. WTR's 1000 Leading Trademark Professionals, 2018
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 reply 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)
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