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Louise Gellman


CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP
Cannon Place
78 Cannon Street
United Kingdom
CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang Pośniak i Bejm sp.k.
Warsaw Financial Centre
ul. Emilii Plater 53
00-113 Warsaw
Languages English

Louise is a Partner in our Intellectual Property (IP) team. She handles a range of IP matters for her established corporate clients. She specialises in trade mark law, advising in relation to the protection, exploitation and enforcement of trade mark rights.

Louise prosecutes UK and EU trade mark applications and using the Madrid Protocol system, and has a busy oppositions practice. She advises clients in relation to worldwide and European re-branding projects, and has considerable experience in running trade mark clearances and managing the subsequent filing programmes and international portfolios. She also provides strategic advice to brand owners regarding ownership and licensing structures and policing and enforcement. She often gets involved in transactional work, advising on the intellectual property aspects of corporate, banking and real estate transactions. Some of these deals involve large portfolios of rights and Louise manages the subsequent recordal programmes.

Post-Brexit, Louise will continue to hold representation and audience rights before the EUIPO and the Court of Justice of the European Union. Louise is English and Irish qualified, and she will operate her EU trade mark and design practice from our Polish office.

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Louise Gellman is “an excellent communicator and strategist” whose practical and commercial style ensures fantastic outcomes. “Approachable and thorough, she takes the time to really understand clients’ businesses. She’s so reliable – just phenomenal to work with.”

WTR 1000, 2020

"Louise Gellman is a repository of trust for marquee names when it comes to international portfolio management and contentious work… Gellman is completely unpretentious; she cares about her clients and understands their need for efficiency and for keeping costs down."

World Trademark Review, 2019

"The resident non-contentious specialist is Louise Gellman, a savvy prosecutor with a busy opposition practice at home and abroad. “She is a tenacious lawyer who serves well with her commercial and pragmatic approach. She is an excellent communicator regarding client tasks, deadlines and strategy.”"

2017 WTR 1000 Guide to Leading Trademark Professionals

Relevant experience

  • Clients include eBay, Deluxe Entertainment, Merisant, EFG Group, Eurobank, The Crown Estate, Costco, Kettle Chips, Hammerson plc, the Vitec Group and Samsonite.
  • Deluxe Entertainment on an appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union,
  • Dealing with a successful appeal to the Supreme Court in Spain in relation to an EU wide injunction,
  • Successful appeals to the Appointed Person in the UK.
  • Advising on the IP aspects of a variety of corporate, banking and property transactions.
  • Liberty Living and Global Student Accommodation on significant IP aspects of transactions involving various branded portfolios of student accommodation.
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Memberships & Roles

  • Louise chaired INTA's Madrid System subcommittee for four years, was an active member of the Famous and Well-Known Marks and Pro Bono committees. She is now active on the Trade Mark Office Practices (Europe) committee
  • Marques: Geographical Indications Team.
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  • 1992 – BA (Hons) Politics, Philosophy & Economics (University of York)
  • 1993/4 – Law Conversion and Legal Practice Course (London Guildhall University)
  • 1999 – Postgraduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law (University of Bristol)
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16 December 2020
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25 November 2020
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November 2020
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07 October 2020
.eu do­mains – EUR­id has sent out its first Brexit no­ti­fic­a­tion to UK re­gis­trants
The UK has now left the EU, and the trans­ition peri­od dur­ing which most of EU law con­tin­ues to be ap­plic­able in the UK is sched­uled to end on 31 Decem­ber 2020 (“Exit Day”).   On 1 Oc­to­ber 2020...
8 September 2020
Brand re­cog­ni­tion: us­ing IP to add value to real es­tate
Melanie Worsdall and Louise Gell­man of­fer guid­ance for real es­tate com­pan­ies on choos­ing, clear­ing and pro­tect­ing their in­tan­gible prop­erty as­sets.Like all busi­nesses, real es­tate own­ers and de­velopers...
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