WIPR Influential Women in IP 2019
COUNSEL, FRANKFURT KURNIT
KLEIN & SLEZ, US
Kimberly Maynard handles sophisticated and
complex trademark and copyright matters for
creative companies and individuals.
She assists clients through all aspects of domestic
and international brand-building and management,
negotiates licence agreements, advises on domain
names and social media, and counsels on the use of
trademarks and trade dress. Maynard also represents
clients before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
and in federal court.
Maynard was part of the team which
represented Hasbro, one of the world’s largest
toy companies, in federal litigation against DC
Comics and Warner Bros Entertainment over
the ‘Bumblebee’ trademark. Maynard was also
involved in successfully defending Marley Green,
a company owned by the heirs of reggae artist Bob
Marley, against allegations that its trademarks
infringed the rights of a third party.
In addition to her legal practice, Maynard is an
adjunct professor for the PTO Trademark Clinic
at New York Law School. She also serves in INTA’s
Young Practitioner’s Committee.
BARRISTER, THREE NEW SQUARE, UK
Called to the bar in 2012, Katherine Moggridge
is now a tenant at Three New Square. She has
worked on high-profile cases for clients including
Eli Lilly, Samsung Bioepis/Biogen, Apple and
Moggridge was the sole junior on the appeal,
which settled before judgment was handed down,
in Fujifilm Kyowa Kirin Biologics Company v AbbVie.
The net result of the AbbVie litigation was that
biosimilars to the global blockbuster Humira
were able to launch in the UK, which is set to save
the NHS £300 million ($391 million).
Moggridge is part of Three New Square’s
interview panel for pupillage and runs the minipupillage
committee. She is actively involved in
a number of groups aimed at focusing on the
progression of women in IP, including ‘Lean In’
groups and the London chapter of ChIPs.
Moggridge is the first female member to have a
baby in the chamber’s history, and she instigated
a rewrite of the chamber’s maternity leave policy.
In addition, Moggridge is the first female
author of “Terrell on the Law of Patents”.
PRINCIPAL ATTORNEY, MEHTA &
MEHTA ASSOCIATES, INDIA
As a principal attorney at Mehta & Mehta
Associates, Niroola has worked and prosecuted
more than 450 Indian patent applications. She
has also assisted in the portfolio management of
approximately 800 patent cases in more than 55
countries outside India.
Niroola focuses her practice on patent and
trademark prosecution matters and has many
clients in the media and entertainment fields.
She is also extensively involved in the business
development activities of the firm.
During her time at Mehta & Mehta, Niroola
has represented Fortune 500 companies, overseas
law firms, educational institutions, governmental
organisations and startups.
Previously, Niroola served as legal manager
at Indian media and entertainment group
Network18, where she oversaw the day-to-day
legal, compliance and regulatory issues.
As the first lawyer in her family, Niroola struggled
without guidance to get where she is today, and she
intends to help those in similar positions.
During her time at law school, she was an
active member of an ‘Make a difference’, where
she taught languages to middle school students
and children at juvenile reform schools.
ASSOCIATE, ALUKO & OYEBODE,
Since joining Aluko & Oyebode in 2015, Regina
Onwumere has focused her practice on trademark
portfolio management, trademark oppositions,
and strategic trademark registrations. She also has
expertise in patents, industrial designs, and copyright.
Onwumere heads up the firm’s IP unit in its
Abuja branch, and last year received an 100%
score from Aluko & Oyebode’s IP partner in her
performance appraisal. She currently manages
the IP portfolio of multinational companies, nongovernmental
organisations, and local and foreign
entities. She also represents clients in opposition
proceedings at the Trademark Tribunal.
Onwumere successfully opposed the
registration of the trademark ‘Paraflam’ on behalf
of Novartis. She has convinced the Honourable
Registrar of Trademarks to overturn refusals
given in a number of trademark applications,
including that of the ‘Mr Pretzel’ logo.
Onwumere engages with stakeholders and
regulators on IP issues, with the intention of
resolving complex issues relevant to clients. She
frequently writes and speaks on IP topics with
the hope of introducing the general public to the
concept of IP, creating a greater awareness of the
subject matter in Nigeria.