Anneka works in the Brands team within the firm's Intellectual Property, Media and Technology practice. Her particular contribution to this wide-ranging practice is providing commercially-minded and practical solutions to complex legal problems. She is part of a team described by Chambers as 'A fantastic team - very organised and they have excellent technical understanding' and 'one of the best all-round IP groups in London' with 'very able and hard-working associates'. She advises clients on every aspect of brand strategy, including the development, protection, exploitation and enforcement of intellectual property rights.
Anneka's key areas of proficiency and skills lie in trade marks and domain names, and she has a particular interest in the developing online sphere. This continues to raise new and labyrinthine challenges to commercial operators, as much of the legal framework pre-dated the modern Internet. An example is her recent work for Amazon in its appeal to the Court of Appeal of an infringement case brought by Lush in relation to Amazon's online search function. Anneka's litigation and disputes experience is broad, encompassing more general commercial disputes as well as those with a strict IP focus.
She recently acted for a FTSE 100 company in a commercial licensing dispute, and is currently working on a $100m claim against a supplier for economic duress, breach of contract, the tort of intimidation, and unlawful means conspiracy. She is also a solicitor-advocate, and has higher rights of audience in the English Courts. Clients appreciate Anneka's client-focused, lateral-thinking and common-sense approach to tackling their problems.
'A fantastic team - very organised and they have excellent technical understanding'
'One of the best all-round IP groups in London? - dynamic partners supported by very able and hard-working associates'
Areas of Focus
Acting for Amazon in its appeal to the Court of Appeal of a High Court trademark infringement decision relating to Lush trademarks.
Acting for a FTSE 100 company in a commercial licensing dispute.
Acting for a well-known sports shoe manufacturer to protect its trademark rights in the UK.
Advising a variety of clients in relation to clearance, registrability and brand protection issues.
Acting for clients in UK, OHIM and other national oppositions, applications, invalidity actions, co-existence negotiations and related issues.
Advising on domain name acquisition and protection strategies, and acting in WIPO and Nominet domain name complaints.
Acting for a well-known alcoholic beverages manufacturer and distributor in relation to enforcing its passing off rights.
Acting for Rakuten Play.com in relation to all aspects of its brand protection and enforcement worldwide, and acting in relation to third party claims.