Kate Swaine Partner


Speaks:  English

Qualified: 1996 - Solicitor of England & Wales


Primary office:  Birmingham




Kate Swaine

Kate Swaine leads the UK trademarks, brands and designs team. She is an experienced litigator and works with her clients on both domestic and international intellectual property (IP) portfolios. Kate is an expert in managing global enforcement programs and co-ordinates work in over 50 countries.

An expert in all aspects of brands and designs, Kate works alongside her clients to ensure they use their intellectual property effectively and commercially to add to the value and reputation of their businesses - whether that's through the clearance of new products and concepts, training design and marketing teams, developing an intellectual property exploitation strategy, or successfully enforcing rights against infringers. She ensures her clients have what they need to achieve the maximum benefit to the business.

Kate was recognised in 2017's prestigious Acritas Stars database as a 'star lawyer' and World Trademark Review recognised Kate in the 2017 edition of its prestigious annual guide, WTR 1000, for enforcement and litigation & prosecution and strategy. Kate was also recognised as a 'trademark star' in the IP Stars guide 2017.

"First-rate. A true expert in IP with a commercial edge. She is pragmatic and deals with issues quickly and efficiently. She offers the innovative, solution-focussed thinking that I value as an in-house lawyer."
IP STARS 2018 edition, Managing Intellectual Property

Professional memberships

Kate is an active member of Marques, the European Brand Owners organisation, and is Vice-Chair of its Outer Borders Committee. She is also a member of the International Trademark Association's Pro Bono Committee.

Experience

Operating a global hub for Dyson Technology, managing the enforcement of its IP rights in the Dyson Bladeless fan range in over 40 countries.

Helping Iglo Foods to enforce its IP in the UK and co-ordinating European enforcement issues, including proceedings for a comparative advertising claim.

Working with Mothercare and Early Learning Centre on IP enforcement and design project clearance and management worldwide. Kate works with both the design and legal teams to ensure a smooth process from creation through to execution and enforcement.

Advising Kingspan on IP enforcement and clearance, including trademark infringement proceedings, advertising clearance and a comparative advertising and malicious falsehood claim which Kingspan won at trial (Kingspan Group Plc (1) Kingspan Holdings (IRL) Limited v. Rockwool Limited [2011] EWHC 250 (Ch)).

Advising Weetabix on all aspects of its trademark portfolio protection and enforcement.

Working with Freedrinks on the launch of a new brand in several different jurisdictions, including protection, licensing and advertising campaign content.

Leading A Nelson & Co's global enforcement program for its homeopathic brand range.

Advising Premier Foods on IP enforcement, exploitation, and advertising and packaging clearance.

Kate has also worked on a number of significant Government projects including advising on branding guidelines and strategy, on the use and ownership of IP by Government bodies and on rebranding projects for public services.

Career & Recognition

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  • 2018

  • 2016

    • Rankings & Awards
      2016
      Recognised as an expert, Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2016
    • Career
      2016
      Gowling WLG (UK) LLP, partner
  • 2015

    • Rankings & Awards
      June2015
      Managing Intellectual Property IP Star - Trademarks & Copyright
  • 2014

    • Rankings & Awards
      June2014
      Managing Intellectual Property IP Star - Trademarks & Copyright
  • 2013

    • Career
      June2013
      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner
  • 2008

    • Career
      2008
      Wragge & Co LLP, director
  • 2000

    • Career
      2000
      Wragge & Co LLP, associate
  • 1999

    • Education
      1999
      Bristol University, Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Legal Practice
  • 1996

    • Qualifications (Year of Call/Admission, etc.)
      1996
      Qualified, Solicitor of England & Wales
  • 1994

    • Education
      1994
      Nottingham Law School, Diploma in Legal Practice
    • Career
      1994
      Wragge & Co LLP
  • 1993

    • Education
      1993
      Nottingham Law School, Diploma in Law
  • 1992

    • Education
      1992
      University of York, BA History