Joanna's practice covers a broad range of intellectual property rights, including trade marks, copyright and patents, with a particular focus on complex UK litigation.
In the trade mark sphere, Joanna has advised in relation to infringement proceedings in the High Court and opposition and invalidity disputes at OHIM, as well as on brand protection and brand licensing issues. Experience in the pharmaceutical sector includes patent litigation in the High Court and Court of Appeal, as well as claims arising out competition law infringements. Joanna also has experience of significant copyright and contractual disputes, as well as multifaceted transactional and licensing issues.
Joanna's experience includes advising:
- AbbVie in relation to high value High Court and Court of Appeal actions concerning its blockbuster drug, Humira
- an insurance broker in relation a significant dispute regarding the terms of a software licence agreement and related claims of copyright infringement
- Frazer-Nash on the defence of a significant trade mark infringement and passing off claim brought by the London Taxi Company in relation to the shape of its taxi vehicles
- an internet gaming company in relation to a trade mark and trade name dispute with a competitor
- Reckitt Benckiser in relation to various claims arising out the OFT Competition Act infringement decision relating to Gaviscon
- easyJet in relation to a high-profile brand licensing dispute with Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou's easyGroup
Joanna has a law degree from Queens' College, University of Cambridge and a diploma in intellectual property law and practice from the University of Oxford. She is a solicitor advocate with rights of audience in all civil proceedings in the UK.