I am an IP lawyer with particular expertise in the development and implementation of brand protection strategies and portfolio management. Whether managing portfolios or representing in the UK, Ireland and EU, I deliver commercial and helpful advice and help client's navigate the IP landscape particularly to overcome or resolve complex registry or contentious third party issues.
Work includes the early stages (pre-filing advice, availability of trade marks per territory and identifying issues and opportunities), filing and prosecution, and handling and negotiating registry or third party objections. I regularly bring and defend pre- and post-registration challenges (including opposition, revocation and invalidity actions). I have wide experience of handling and negotiating co-existence agreements, whether country specific or worldwide.
I understand how trade mark and brand issues fit within a wider commercial picture; advising on the enforcement of trade mark and design rights as well being involved in licensing and franchising issues. I advise clients in relation to enforcement and policing strategies and developing internal policy documents concerning trade mark use and ownership.
I take real pride in protecting client's brands and get tremendous satisfaction out of being part of a client's team and having a common goal: to protect their brand and maximise its potential.
I write regularly for our SnIPpets blog. I have spoken several times at Queen Mary University of London and have led undergraduate discussions on relating academic IP principles to real commercial scenarios.
I work with some very high profile businesses and the thrill of seeing a product for sale or services advertised and thinking 'I helped put that there' does not fade.
In my spare time I like to watch films and enjoy being outdoors, ideally on or in water.
What others say…
The “outstanding” Harriet Seymour earns substantial recognition from market sources as “highly diligent and passionate” in her representation of clients on brand protection strategies and portfolio management.
She’s awesome – very smart and has excellent judgement. I can’t say enough good things about her.
She is an excellent problem solver. A very good in-depth strategic thinker, she handles some truly global issues.