Sharon Daboul

Senior Associate, UK and EU Trademark Attorney
London, EIP Europe LLP

Sharon is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Sharon handles all aspects of UK, European, and International trademark law and practice. Her work ranges from trademark clearance and prosecution through to contentious trademark proceedings, oppositions, invalidity and revocation actions. Sharon has experience of managing international portfolios for clients in the media and fashion industries, and food and beverages sectors, as well as working with SMEs and entrepreneurs.

She has been credited in the Legal 500 for giving "thoughtful advice", and was also recognised in “Who’s Who Legal: Trademarks” as among the world’s leading Trade Mark Attorneys based on client and peer review in 2015 and 2016.

Sharon has been interviewed as a TV studio guest as well as on the radio for the BBC World Service and has also appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live. Most recently, Sharon was interviewed for a segment featuring trademarks on BBC 1's "The One Show", which is a topical magazine programme on prime time TV.

She has been quoted in a number of publications, including the Daily Mail, the Huffington Post, City A.M., The Telegraph, the Guardian, The Mirror, Herald Scotland, Global Trader, The Lawyer, World Trademark Review and World IP Review.

Sharon has also written articles on trademarks for the UK Intellectual Property Office's "IP Insight" publication, the Global Legal Post, Trademarks and Brands Online, Intellectual Property Magazine, CITMA Review and Lawyer Monthly.

Sharon is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) and has served on CITMA’s Education & Training Committee for more than six years and has taken appointments at CITMA's "Free Advice Clinics" for members of the public, held at the London office of the UK IPO.

Sharon has also presented to entrepreneurs at the 3M Buckley Innovation Centre, Central Working, London Technology Week, Leeds Business Week, and to LLM students at Queen Mary, University of London.

In 2017, Sharon was invited to tutor an intensive two-day residential revision course on Trade Mark Law for trainee patent attorneys.

Published articles

  • June 2017
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Supermac’s beef with McDonald’s (link)
  • April 2017
    World Trademark Review, High Court: Apple's IWATCH mark is not registrable for computers (link)
  • March 2017
    World Trademark Review, Both parties in cross-opposition proceedings found to have some rights in LUCKY TEA (link)
  • March 2017
    CITMA Review, All At Sea
  • January 2017
    WTR Daily, High Court issues useful guidance on trademark infringement and passing off in keyword advertising (link)
  • September 2016
    World Trademark Review, McWin for McDonald's over MacCoffee (link)
  • June 2016
    Trademarks and Brands Online, Tackling Trademark Trolls (link)
  • June 2016
    ITMA Review, Positive Step for Hot Sox
  • March 2016
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Still no break for KitKat
  • November 2015
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Registrability of the Kit Kat shape: a setback for Nestlé?
  • September 2015
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Owl see you in court
  • September 2015
    Intellectual Property Magazine, A Setback For Nestlé?
  • August 2015
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Owl Sue You (link)
  • July 2015
    Global Legal Post, Freedom of Panorama (link)
  • June 2015
    ITMA Review, Court says no to sanscrit connection
  • February / March 2015
    World Trademark Review, Mispronunciation of brands - does it matter? (link)
  • February 2015
    Global Legal Post, By day and by night - two different stories at the Eiffel tower (link)
  • February 2015
    WTR Daily, High Court clarifies meaning of consent in context of trademark applications
  • February 2015
    Inside Careers, A career as a trademark attorney - an overview (link)
  • February 2015
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Trademark crash: VOLVO v OHIM (link)
  • November 2014
    World Trademark Review, IP rights holders should use eBay's VeRO system cautiously
  • October 2014
    Lawyer Monthly, Trademark Applications Show Nissan Racing to Infiniti
  • September 2014
    The Global Legal Post, A Gleeful Ruling For The Little Man
  • September 2014
    Lawyer Monthly, Eau rouge trademark applications show Nissan racing to Infiniti (link)
  • September 2014
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Nissan races to 'Infiniti' with Eau Rouge trademark applications
  • August 2014
    Trademarks & Brands Online, Rebranding: new episodes in the YouView saga (link)
  • July 2014
    IP Insight - UK Intellectual Property Office, Trademarks in Sport (link)
  • July 2014
    ITMA Review - The Journal of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, So...? Unique...?
  • June 2014
    Global Legal Post, YouView facing costly rebrand over trademark (link)

Education and qualifications


  • 2009 — 2011
    The Joint Examination Board, ITMA and CIPA
  • 2005 — 2006
    Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice, The College of Law
  • 2004 — 2005
    Graduate Diploma in Law, BPP Law School
  • 2000 — 2003
    Bachelor of Arts (BA), The University of Birmingham

Career history

  • 2014 — present
    Senior Associate, EIP
  • 2008 — 2014
    Associate, MW Trade Marks
  • 2007 — 2008
    Paralegal, Barclays Bank PLC

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500, 2017. Sharon is "‘approachable, professional and quick with responses’." (link)
  • Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2016
  • Who's Who Legal: Trademarks 2015
  • Legal 500, 2012.

Speaking engagements

  • 23-24 June 2017
    Tutor for the two-day intensive FC5 Trade Mark Law course for trainee patent attorneys, organised by JDD Consultants
  • 12 June 2017
    London Technology Week 2017, Legal rights and wrongs of starting and growing a tech business
  • 19 October 2016
    Leeds Business Week Seminar, 20 IP Mistakes to avoid
  • 23 June 2016
    London Technology Week 2016, Legal rights and wrongs of starting and growing a tech business (link)
  • 28 April 2016
    Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs, Central Working Shoreditch
  • 12 April 2016
    Presentation to LLM (Master of Laws) Students , Queen Mary, University of London
  • 28 September 2015
    Intellectual Property Rights and Wrongs, 3M Buckley Innovation Centre
  • 16 September 2015
    TV studio guest, World Business Report, BBC World Service,