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Kim Huggins: Intellectual Property

Specialist Experience

  • IP strategy advice
  • Brand and product name clearance
  • Global trade mark portfolio management
  • Protection and enforcement of trade marks and copyright
  • Domain name acquisition, management and enforcement strategy
  • Broadcast and non-broadcast advertising clearance
  • Marketing communications and materials clearance
  • Promotions, pricing and special offers
  • Commercial IP agreements
  • Development of tools and procedures to support effective IP management

Admitted as

  • Solicitor of England & Wales 2007

Qualifications

  • 2005-2007, College of Law, Legal Practice Course
  • 2005 – Fellow of The Institute of Legal Executives

Career History

DLA Piper

Experience

Kim is an experienced IP lawyer. She started her career with eight years in the banking department at DLA Piper in London before transferring to their IP team.  Here she had day to day management of a global trade mark portfolio; advised on trade mark and counterfeiting infringements; drafted cease and desist letters and witness statements; collated evidence and liaised with Trading Standards offices, the police and Customs and Excise.

She then moved in-house, working firstly with Ancestry.co.uk and subsequently to AS Watson (Superdrug); Which?; Informa; Tesco Mobile; British Council and Yoox Net-a-Porter. All her in-house roles were IP focussed and included providing strategic advice on the protection, enforcement and exploitation of the businesses’ IP rights nationally and globally; ad hoc advice on day-to-day copyright and trade mark matters; domain name portfolio management; drafting cease and desist letters and reaching agreements with infringers; supporting sales and marketing teams with promotions and marketing activity; clearing all broadcast and non-broadcast marketing including a multi-jurisdictional television advert; developing processes and procedures for more effective IP management; liaising with relevant regulatory bodies and drafting and negotiating IP specific commercial agreements including sponsorships, collaborations, trade mark and copyright licences, social media influencers and publishing.

Since 2015, Kim has been working with a number of start-up businesses as she is extremely passionate about supporting entrepreneurship.  Clients have included a software developer; a new brand in the feminine care hygiene sector, a specialist sector marketing and sales business and an events business.  Kim is a strong believer in demystifying the law to start-ups and working with them to protect their IP, help avoid potentially costly problems and measure relevant risks.

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