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Cathleen Blackburn

Work 01865 339330
Maier Blackburn LLP


Cathleen specialises in intellectual property law, with particular emphasis on copyright, publishing and trade mark licensing. She acts for publishers, authors, libraries, museums and other cultural and heritage organisations. She also advises on commercial agreements and transactions generally.


Trained Linklaters & Paines, qualified 1986; Morrell Peel & Gamlen; Manches LLP; founding partner of Maier Blackburn LLP.


French and German.


Copyright Committee, Association of Learned Professional and Society Publishers; Museums Copyright Group.


University of Oxford, Lady Margaret Hall (MA Modern Languages).


Hill walking, swimming, reading.

South East: TMT

Intellectual property

Within: Leading individuals

Cathleen Blackburn - Maier Blackburn LLP

Within: Intellectual property

Maier Blackburn LLP's team has a ‘wealth of knowledge’ in the publishing sector and counts Oxford University Press, Portland Press and Simon & Schuster as clients. Outside this space, Marvel Entertainment and the Cochrane Collaboration also feature on the roster. The ‘very efficient’ Steven Maier resolves disputes across all media and IP sectors, with clients including book, directory and periodical publishers, artists, agents and media organisations. Maier has continued as worldwide litigation counsel to the Tolkien Estate, recently successfully settling long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning merchandising rights in the Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit in anticipation of a multi-season deal with Amazon. Noted for her ‘vast knowledge’ and ‘long memory’, Cathleen Blackburn handles the non-contentious side of the practice and is sought after for her international copyright expertise, specialising in all sectors of the publishing industry and regularly advising individuals and institutions involved in the arts and other areas of cultural activity.

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Media and entertainment

Within: Leading individuals

Cathleen Blackburn - Maier Blackburn LLP

Within: Media and entertainment

Good value for money’ Maier Blackburn LLP is noted for its ‘specialist knowledge of copyright issues and the publishing industry’. Name partner Cathleen Blackburn is known for her expertise in international copyright and in trade and academic publishing, and is recommended as being ‘extremely knowledgeable and sympathetic, prompt and helpful’. Fellow name partner and litigator Steven Maier has specialised in contentious publishing, media and entertainment law for a number of years, dealing with copyright, design right and trade mark infringement, passing off and related cases. Maier and Blackburn have both been involved in advising The Tolkien Estate in long-running litigation in California against Warner Bros and others concerning the extent of the grant of merchandising rights in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit, which settled in June 2017. Maier and Blackburn between them also recently worked on significant matters for Agatha Christie Limited, Watership Down Enterprises and The Society for Medieval Archaeology.

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