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“Enthusiastic and committed” patent and trade mark expert Catherine Jewell is admired by clients for a mastery of the detail that allows her to present complex advice in a user-friendly way.

Expertise

Whether in the patent or trade mark sphere, Catherine impresses with her legal and technical skills and her professionalism. She has drafted and prosecuted patent applications for clients with diverse needs and budgets, representing large multinationals in prosecution, opposition and appeals at the European Patent Office and UKIPO, while also helping smaller clients to develop their products from concept to market, including drafting patent applications and advising on trade mark registrations.

Catherine’s patent practice is focused on the chemicals field. During her time as a patent attorney she has worked with a wide variety of technologies, including energy applications such as photovoltaic systems, general organic chemistry, materials chemistry, ceramics and polymers, drug delivery systems such as self-assembling lipid-based formulations, and pharmaceutical chemistry. Catherine has handled inventions ranging from veneered floor tiles to epoxidation processes, siloxanyl polymers, zeolites and graphene coatings.

Also experienced in trade marks, Catherine advises on strategies for handling, extending and maintaining international portfolios of marks. She conducts and advises on searches and defends her clients’ brands through opposition proceedings and the negotiation of settlement agreements. Catherine is qualified to practise as a trade mark attorney under the laws of both the UK and the Republic of Ireland, allowing her to continue to practise before the EUIPO in relation to European Union Trade Marks and Designs post-Brexit.

Catherine is part of the team responsible for Beck Greener’s award-winning CSR function. This has seen her play a key role in overseeing the firm’s long-term transformation from a fully office-based working environment to a hybrid model with home-working. She also plays a leading role in implementing the STEM: Branching Out project, intended to help raise the profile of the legal profession among disadvantaged communities, and to broaden the appeal of careers in IP.

Fully committed to thought leadership, Catherine is a regular lecturer at the UCL School of Pharmacy as part of their Masters degree in Pharmaceutical Entrepreneurship, and is the joint author of “3D Printing Techniques in the Pharmaceutical Sciences – Intellectual Property Issues” in the Springer overview publication “3D Printing of Pharmaceuticals” (2018).

"Catherine is a knowledgeable and talented attorney who takes the time to understand the nature of the client’s business and its objectives from an IP point of view, and then works to develop a realistic strategy to achieve those objectives. Her knowledge of the relevant case law, ability to analyse a situation, writing ability, organisational skills and attention to detail cannot be overstated."

Recommendations

Catherine is recommended in The Legal 500 UK, 2021 and World Trade Mark Review 1000, 2021.

“Catherine Jewell is always enthusiastic and committed to our cause, and advises us in a user-friendly way as sometimes the jargon can be overwhelming.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2021

“I have worked with Catherine Jewell and have been impressed with her. I would give her the highest marks based on her legal and technical skills as well as her professionalism.”
Client testimonial, Legal 500 UK 2021

“Jewell wields both patent and trademark expertise and is extremely thorough in her work on both fronts: She is excellent at making complex legal advice consumer friendly.”
Client testimonial, World Trade Mark Review 1000 2021

Qualifications and memberships

  • Registered Trade Mark Agent (Ireland) 2018
  • Chartered Trade Mark Attorney 2011
  • European Trade Mark Attorney 2011
  • Chartered Patent Attorney 2010
  • European Patent Attorney 2010
  • Certificate in IP Law, Queen Mary College, University of London 2007
  • PhD Solid State Chemistry, University College London, University of London 2004
  • MChem, St. Catherine’s College, University of Oxford 1999
  • Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) and a Member of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA)

Awards

The Legal 500 UK, 2022, Individual

Career

Before joining the IP profession Catherine worked in solid-state and materials chemistry, concentrating on the synthesis of inorganic materials and manipulation of their structure and properties. During her PhD she studied intercalated materials, while her post-doctoral research focused on potential hydrogen storage materials, particularly alkali metal compounds.

Catherine joined Beck Greener in 2013, becoming a partner in April 2018.

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