Carrollanne qualified as a barrister, then a Trade Mark Attorney, and is now a partner at Kilburn & Strode. Having been called as a barrister, Carrollanne spent a year in pupillage with a Queen's Counsel specialising in intellectual property. She moved then into industry, first in-house at Rothmans International working on both luxury goods and tobacco products, and later on to 'The Body Shop'. Finally she moved into private practice, and describes this transition as 'poacher turned gamekeeper'. She joined Kilburn & Strode in 2000 and heads the firm's prominent Trade Marks Group.
Carrollanne is experienced in all aspects of trade mark prosecution and enforcement both in the UK and abroad. Her experience in-house makes her particularly aware of the commercial and practical needs of her clients. She has given lectures and presentations at various professional seminars and at the Institute of Directors, and appeared on television and radio discussing IP issues. She is a member of INTA and the American Bar Association. Carrollanne is listed in Legal Media Group's 'Trade Mark Law Practitioners" and in "Leading Women in Business Law'. She was shortlisted in Euromoney Legal Media Group's European Women in Business Law Awards in the 'Best in Trademark' category.
This Practice Note provides strategic and practical advice on managing a trade mark portfolio. It covers the issues to take into account when setting up the portfolio and best practice for maintaining it, including advice on management issues such as: dealing with deadlines, renewals and budgeting. It sets out potential strategies for monitoring the activities of third parties and enforcing the trade marks against them, and outlines ongoing considerations relating to the audit and review of the portfolio.
This is a checklist of points to consider when creating guidelines in relation to the correct use of trade marks in a business, so as to ensure that they are recognised by the public as badges of origin for the goods and/or services in respect of which they are used, and to minimise the risk of challenges by third parties on the basis that the marks have become generic or misleading, or that they lack distinctiveness.
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