UK & European Trade Mark & Design Attorney
Solicitor (England & Wales)
Post-Graduate Diploma in Intellectual Property Law & Management
LLB (Hons) Business Law
Abida is a UK and European Trade Mark and Design Attorney and Solicitor (non-practising). She started working in the intellectual property field in 1996, having previously qualified and practised as a commercial litigation solicitor.
Her keen interest in intellectual property prevailed however and she joined the leading firm of trade mark and patent attorneys, D Young & Co. After several years, she moved to the niche law firm Bristows and later to the global law firm Baker & McKenzie. She has also worked in-house, undertaking lengthy secondments at Diageo and at GlaxoSmithKline where a major project was a global prescription to over the counter product switch involving trade mark clearance and launch activities, parallel regulatory clearance via the MHRA, dealing with AdWords, eBay takedowns, infringement, anti-counterfeiting, negotiating coexistence agreements and myriad other IP issues.
Abida has a broad-ranging background and her expertise spans a wide range of brands work including: global clearance and filing strategies; contested oppositions; revocations and invalidity actions; commercial coexistence agreements; infringement analyses and enforcement; portfolio management and portfolio reviews; due diligence; and general advisory work as well as domain names, designs and company name disputes. In recent years, she has been closely involved in the intellectual property aspects (contentious and advisory) of software / mobile apps, from high profile and global social media brands to emerging start-ups.
Abida is also a widely published author of articles and commentaries on intellectual property and has often been quoted in the legal press. She is also currently Chairperson of the International Trademark Association’s Indigenous Rights Policy & Analysis Sub-Committee.