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Kate Széll


Trade Marks


Designs and Copyright, Domain Names, Licensing and Litigation, Trade Marks

Biotechnology, Automotive, Aerospace, Chemical, Construction, Electronics, FMCG, Financial Services, Food Technology, IT and Software, Manufacturing, Medical Devices, Nanotechnology, Natural Resources, Pharmaceutical, Semiconductors, Telecoms, Fashion

French, Spanish


Kate is a registered UK trade mark attorney and solicitor (non-practising) and specialises in trade marks and designs. She has been working in trade mark and design prosecution and related intellectual property fields since 1995.  

Kate started her professional life as a solicitor with a leading London firm where she specialised in the intellectual property side of corporate transactions, as well as trade mark and design law. She later moved to a firm of patent and trade mark attorneys in order to focus more effectively on protecting brands using trade mark and design law. She joined Venner Shipley as a partner in November 2007 bringing a substantial client following with her and now heads up the trade marks department.  

Kate’s expertise lies in the management of trade mark portfolios, strategic advice, pre-litigation correspondence and settlement negotiations, as well as prosecution, both straightforward and contentious, of UK and Community trade marks and designs and International trade marks. She also handles domain name disputes.

Kate is praised for her “excellently crafted” letters and always considering all angles of any issue. This helps her advise on appropriate strategies, whether in relation to a one-off application, an infringement situation or a large and complex portfolio. She has successfully prosecuted unusual trade mark applications such as those for colours, as well as certification and collective marks. She prides herself on using plain English and presenting advice or arguments clearly, concisely and, when necessary, persuasively. She is equally at home arguing on paper or on her feet before the UK Trade Marks Registry and has considerable experience of both.

Kate is a contributor to the Community Trade Mark Handbook published by Sweet & Maxwell.

Professional Memberships

Member of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys
Member of the Law Society


Kate studied for a degree in Natural Sciences at Cambridge University which she completed in 1989.


Kate has been specifically singled out for recommendation in this year's Legal 500 Directory, which describes her as "outstanding, responsive and provides excellent advice".




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