Laura Foster

Associate, UK and EU Trademark Attorney
Bath, EIP Europe LLP

Laura is a UK and European Chartered Trademark Attorney in the EIP Brands practice group.

Laura has a broad range of experience in preparing, filing and prosecuting trademark applications in the UK, EU and other jurisdictions, as well as handling trademark clearance searches, opposition proceedings and invalidity actions, and dealing with recordal of transactions.

Laura deals with trademark matters for clients in a wide variety of fields, including energy supply and generation, insurance, computer software and hardware, medical devices, fashion, cosmetics, and other consumer products. She works with multinational companies, SMEs and individual trademark owners.

Laura obtained a distinction in the qualifying Postgraduate Certificates in Trademark Law and Practice from Queen Mary University of London and Nottingham Trent University, and has a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) undergraduate degree from the University of Southampton.

Experience

  • Analysing trademark clearance search reports and preparing corresponding advice.
  • Preparing and filing trademark applications in numerous jurisdictions and prosecuting applications through to registration.
  • Analysing and reporting on Intellectual Property Office search and examination reports.
  • Assisting in trademark opposition proceedings and invalidity actions.
  • Conducting portfolio reviews and dealing with recordal of transactions.

Published articles

  • August 2018
    CITY AM, Why Conor McGregor, Reebok and a Dutch fashion house clashed over a trademark (link)
  • June 2017
    World Trademark Review Daily, INSTASITE held too descriptive for EU trademark registration (link)
  • April 2017
    Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, General Court finds shape of KitKat bar not sufficiently distinctive for EU-wide protection (link)
  • October 2016
    World Trademark Review Daily, Hyphen succeeds in circling appeal (link)
  • September 2016
    World Trademark Review Daily, FRUIT mark upheld by EU General Court (link)
  • August 2016
    The Reporter, EU General Court overturns Board of Appeal ruling on genuine use
  • February 2016
    Intellectual Property Magazine, Comedy club's gleeful victory over Fox (link)
  • November 2015
    EIP Blog, Scammers posing as Intellectual Property Office fined £500,000 (link)
  • August 2015
    EIP Blog, EU Trade Mark Reform – Key Proposals and Implications (link)

Specialities

  • Trademarks

Education and qualifications

 

  • 2016 — 2017
    Postgraduate Certificate in Trademark Practice (Distinction), Nottingham Trent University
  • 2015 — 2016
    Postgraduate Certificate in Trademark Law and Practice (Distinction), Queen Mary College, University of London
  • 2008 — 2011
    Bachelor of Laws, University of Southampton

Career history

  • 2014 — present
    Associate, EIP
  • 2012 — 2014
    Paralegal, EIP

Awards and recognition

  • Legal 500, 2017: Laura is "‘approachable, professional and quick with responses’." (link)
  • CCLS Director's Prize for Academic Excellence in Trade Mark Law and Practice B