Abida has almost 20 years’ experience and expertise across a broad range of brands-focussed work including global clearance and filing strategies, portfolio management and rationalisation, contested actions and appeals (oppositions, revocations and invalidity proceedings - often multi-jurisdictional), infringement analyses, co-existence agreements, due diligence and general advisory work. She also has experience of design and domain name matters.
Abida is one of a small group of dual qualified Solicitors and Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys, UK and EU, and has acted before a number of different tribunals including the UKIPO, the EUIPO, the High Court and Court of Appeal, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and the General Court of the EU. Before specialising in intellectual property, she practised as a general commercial litigation solicitor.
Abida’s work has encompassed a diverse range of industry sectors, including media and broadcasting, social media, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and medical products, consumer products, food and drink, fashion and cosmetics to name a few.
Abida is currently Chair of the International Trademark Association’s Indigenous Rights Policy and Analysis Sub-Committee. She is also a widely published author of articles on brands and ‘soft’ intellectual property and has written for the Journal of IP Law & Practice, IP Magazine, Trademark World, Lawyer Monthly and Computer Law & Security Report amongst many others.
Worldwide trade mark clearance and filing programme for a “switch” (prescription to over the counter) weight loss product which also involved applications for regulatory approval.
Acting for a leading social media brand in global trade mark protection programmes and numerous oppositions.
Handling UK and EU trade mark oppositions for a number of well-known actors and music artists.
Representing a leading UK broadcaster across a range of trade mark and design matters.
Acting for a major drinks company in trade mark prosecution, oppositions and portfolio reviews and rationalisation.
Acting for a leading pharmaceutical company to protect and enforce their brands and designs.
Abida has an LLB Business Law degree, the Diploma in IP Law & Practice from Bristol University, and has also passed the professional examinations of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys. She initially qualified as a commercial litigation solicitor at a firm which is now part of Dentons. After several years and having a keen interest in intellectual property, she joined D Young & Co and then Bristows, from where she undertook two industry secondments, the first to a major drinks company for 3 months and the second to a pharmaceutical giant for 12 months. She has also in recent years worked at the global firm Baker & McKenzie.