Manuela's substantial trade mark practice ranges from clearance searches and prosecution, due diligence projects, oppositions and other contentious matters, negotiations and IP focussed contracts. She manages a significant number of worldwide trade mark portfolios being responsible for their overall strategy. Her client base and experience cover a broad spectrum of industries, but in particular, sports, pharmaceuticals and fashion.
Designs and domain name/online brand enforcement matters have become an increasingly important part of Manuela’s practice in recent years with Manuela advising high profile brands on tackling online infringement and assisting them on devising and implementing design protection strategies.
In 2013 Manuela founded Keltie's Sports Trade Mark Practice, which she heads. Manuela brings to this practice a wealth of experience built over the years in representing and advising trade mark owners in the sports sector. Her involvement with sports clients almost on a daily basis has enabled Manuela to develop a specific sensitivity for issues relevant to this industry, which informs her approach to advising sports clients.
On the topic of trade marks in sports, Manuela has written numerous articles including: https://www.lawinsport.com/topics/item/non-traditional-trade-marks-in-sports-an-eu-perspective and taken part in many presentations, including the podcast https://www.lawinsport.com/more/podcast/item/trade-marks-for-sport-events-how-wimbledon-secured-their-colour-mark.
Manuela is frequently invited to present at International conferences. Her many speaking engagements include a presentation to INTA Europe in Madrid in February 2020.
Manuela has been educated in Switzerland and Italy and she is conversant in a number of European languages (Italian, French, German). In 2005, she qualified in the UK as Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. She is also a European Trade Mark Attorney and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (‘CITMA’) and has been a Partner of Keltie since 2011.
10.08.2022Protecting NFTs and cryptofinance services as trade marks
The EUIPO recently published new guidance on the classification of trade mark applications for non-fungible tokens (NFTs). This guidance is helpful as we are seeing many filings in this area; however, further clarification may be needed.
30.01.2023Keltie welcomes Senior Associate Jason Aghatise
Keltie is pleased to announce the appointment of Senior Associate, Jason Aghatise. He joins the firm from Wynne-Jones and brings with him over ten years’ experience in IP. Having completed a law degree in 2011, Jason wanted to build on his already keen interest in business and branding from a consumer perspective. He found his niche in trade marks and began his career as a paralegal before going on to complete his trade mark attorney qualifications.
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