Kate Swaine > Gowling WLG > Birmingham, England > Lawyer Profile

Gowling WLG
B4 6WR
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Work Department

Intellectual property.


Kate specialises in the enforcement and clearance of brands, advertising and designs. She acts for a number of household names including Dyson, Baker Tilly International, Iglo Foods, Premier Foods, Mothercare and Kingspan in ensuring that they are free to maximise the potential of their intellectual property rights and prevent others from encroaching on those rights. She is experienced in managing both large scale international litigation and high volume repeat enforcement work and has particular experience in working with clients to create IP clearance and enforcement strategies. Kate also regularly delivers training and workshops to clients to ensure that there is a consistent and common understanding of both the legal and commercial issues at stake. Kate’s cases include: Kingspan Group Plc (1) Kingspan Holdings (IRL) Limited v Rockwool Limited [2011] EWHC 250 (Ch); Birds Eye v Northern Foods (High Court, 2010); Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd v Premium Aircraft Interiors Group Ltd and Premium Aircraft Interiors UK Ltd [2009] EWHC 26; Fitflop Limited v Kenyons (Blackpool) Limited (High Court, 2009); Cinpres v Melea (various); Arjo Limited v Liko Limited [2001] All ER (D) 100 (Nov); Amersham Pharmacia Biotech AB v Amicon Ltd & Ors, Court of Appeal – Civil Division, July 05, 2001, (2001) 24(12) IPD 24078,[2001] EWCA Civ 1042; British Airways Plc v Ryanair Limited [2001] FSR 32.


Trained Wragge & Co; qualified 1996; partner 2013; Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co, partner, 2014.


Kate is a committee member of MARQUES, the leading European brand owners association. She is also an active member of INTA and a member of the Institute of Trade Mark Agents (‘ITMA’) and the Intellectual Property Lawyers Organisation (‘TIPLO’).


BA (Hons) 2.1, History, University of York 1992; Nottingham Law School, Diploma in Law 1993; Diploma in Legal Practice 1994; Bristol University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Legal Practice.

Lawyer Rankings

West Midlands > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property

(Leading individuals)

Kate Swaine – Gowling WLG

Split between Birmingham and London, the ‘responsive, helpful, pragmatic and wise‘ IP team at Gowling WLG offers a global IP practice that handles a full range of transactional and contentious intellectual property issues. In particular, the team specialises in tech patent litigation, life sciences, sponsorships and designs litigation. Team leader Kate Swaine  has a strong track record in international brand strategy and enforcement as well as being the co-head of IP for the firm internationally. Patrick Duxbury utilises his background as a microbiologist to expertly handle life science matters. Senior associate Michael Carter  is also recommended for his expertise in IP licensing and enforcement.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Media and entertainment (including media finance)

Specialists in advertising, the team at Gowling WLG act for household names from various industries including the Volkswagen Group, Carlsberg Marstons, and Nomad Foods both on non-contentious matters and proceedings before the Advertising Standards Authority. A recognized expert in his field, Dan Smith heads the practice and has recently advised Audi in connection with multiple advertising projects concerning the client’s electronic vehicles. Kate Swaine co-heads the firm’s global intellectual property practice and is a specialist in clearance and enforcement of brands, advertising, and designs.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: patents (contentious and non-contentious)

The patent practice at Gowling WLG, led by Kate Swaine, is considered ‘a leading IP practice’ by clients, with ‘many bright minds and creative thinkers’. Areas of strength for the team stem from the patent litigation practice, covering the life sciences, manufacturing, engineering and technology sectors, as well as SEP and FRAND strategy and litigation. Clients from the telecoms, hi-tech, and food and beverage industries also trust the team to manage their patent portfolios in a non-contentious capacity. Alexandra Brodie is notable for her SEP/FRAND litigation expertise for telecoms and technology clients, while Paul Inman is a key name in the team for high-profile pharmaceuticals patent infringement and revocation expertise. Luke Kempton and Patrick Duxbury are go-to members of the team for IP transactional work. Also of note is the medical technology team, which fields the ‘excellent’ Jon Ball and ‘superb’ Huw Evans. Life sciences specialist Jenny Davies was recently promoted to partner, while patent litigator and fluent Japanese speaker Seiko Hakada joined the team from Norton Rose Fulbright.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

The sizeable team at Gowling WLG advises retailers across all legal disciplines including handling competition, construction and IP matters. The team is co-led by John Coldham and Jocelyn Paulley, who moved into the role in March 2022; the pair took over from former head Chris Hunt, who focuses on real estate mandates. Coldham is well regarded for his expertise in both IP strategy and litigation, while Paulley acts for both established retail brands and start-ups, and leverages her data protection knowledge to oversee digital infrastructure mandates. Kate Swaine is also recommended for IP work and Sarah Riding handles commercial matters.