Both a European and British patent attorney and a patent attorney litigator, she has over 25 years’ experience of working as a patent attorney and a solicitor, particularly in relation to intellectual property litigation and corporate transactions. A biochemist by training, she has experience in advising clients on a wide range of intellectual property issues and technologies, from obtaining patent, trade mark and design protection, through to commercialisation and enforcement. Vicki advises on IP strategy, IP due diligence, including ownership and assignment of IP rights, and enforcement strategies, including seeking non-binding opinions on infringement and validity from the UK IPO.
Vicki is a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and chairs its Litigation Committee, as well as sitting on a number of other committees. On behalf of CIPA, she has lobbied for changes in 2013 IP Bill and in respect of the implementation of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patents Court. Recently she has been part of the advisory group to the Law Commission’s review of the law of groundless threats.
She is also a contributor to practitioner level patent text books : the Modern Law of Patents (Butterworths) and the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act 1977 (Sweet & Maxwell).
Vicki is more commonly known for her conservative loves of golf, yoga and melodic opera. However she has, on occasion, been known to throw caution to the wind and take her sporty Honda S2000 on exhilarating track days.