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Kate O'Rourke

Partner, Trade Mark Attorney, Solicitor


Kate O'Rourke
Kate O'Rourke

Kate is a Solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with over 25 years’ experience in relation to trade marks and related copyright, design and internet matters.

Her work includes advising on the adoption, registration and enforcement of trade marks internationally, with a particular focus on the leisure and retail industries with a global reach.  She has a particular expertise in counselling clients on international filing and enforcement strategies and avoiding dilution of the value of trade marks.  Advising charities has also been a key aspect of Kate’s work and she was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to education.

Kate was the President of the Chartered Institute of Trade Marks (CITMA) from 2016 – 2018 and continues to play a key role in the Institute as Chair of the Brexit taskforce.  In her position with CITMA she leads on negotiations with the UKIPO, the EUIPO and the UK government in relation to the legislative changes in relation to trade marks which will be implemented when the UK leaves the European Union.  With her knowledge of the ongoing Brexit negotiations, she has spoken extensively on the issues at conferences around the world, and has published a number of articles in association journals and IP magazines.  Kate is also active in the UK IP Pro Bono programme and is Vice Chair of the INTA Pro Bono committee.

Kate is recognised in Managing Intellectual Property’s IP Stars 2018 and 2019 as a “Trade mark star”.

With degrees in Arts and Law from the University of N.S.W. (Australia), Kate started her career in a specialist IP firm in Sydney before relocating to the UK and requalifying as a Solicitor in England and Wales and qualifying as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.  She is a Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is admitted on the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland.

Kate joined Mewburn Ellis in 2019 as a partner in the London office and is the Head of Trade Marks.  She was previously the head of the trade mark protection team at an international law firm based in the City of London.

t: +44 (0) 20 7776 5300
e: kate.o'rourke@mewburn.com