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Joanne Gibbs


Jo is a partner in the Intellectual Property group and is a specialist in resolving trade mark, passing off, copyright and design right disputes.

“I advise clients whenever they experience conflicts with their trade mark, passing off, copyright or design rights. I also advise on registrability and clearance issues. The clients I advise are drawn from a wide variety of industry sectors, from high-end fashion brands, to pharmaceutical companies and video game studios.

I draw on my experience of having acted before the High Court, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, UKIPO and EUIPO, and in appeals to the General Court and the Court of Justice, to advise on the appropriate forum and procedure for the resolution of disputes. I also have experience of alternative dispute resolution, particularly mediation.”

Jo obtained The Oxford University Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice in 2015.

Jo has been recognised as a ‘rising star’ by Legal 500 and MIP, and in 2017 won the AIPPI UK prize for her work in relation to bad faith trade marks. Jo is a member of INTA’s Designs Committee, has contributed to the INTA Cancellation Guide for the EU and co-authors, together with Sara Ashby and Michael Browne, the UK chapter of ‘Design Rights: Functionality and Scope of Protection’.

Joanne Gibbs is very hard working and thorough. Highly recommended.

Legal 500, 2022