Anna Copeman > Dentons > London, England > Lawyer Profile


Work Department

Technology media and telecoms.


Anna is a partner in and Co-head of Dentons’ Intellectual Property practice for the UK, Ireland and Middle East. Anna specializes in all aspects of intellectual property law, both contentious and non-contentious. She advises clients on the strategic protection and exploitation of their valuable intellectual property portfolios, managing global brand enforcement programmes for many clients in a wide range of different industries and sectors. Anna acts for clients on a wide range of commercial projects monetising their brands and products such as global franchising, distribution and manufacturing arrangements and also the acquisition and disposal of high value IP portfolios. Anna advises on cutting edge matters involving the deployment of next generation technologies such as digital assets, including NFTs and metaverse issues.

On the contentious side, Anna has litigated at all levels of the English courts, often in parallel with litigations conducted by our other global offices. She also regularly works with clients to resolve matters through strategic settlements at an early stage. This year she protected Colin the Caterpillar for M&S in the “cake wars” litigation, and is also defending American Eagle Outfitters in a complex litigation arising out of a trade mark coexistence agreement. Anna heads up our Trade Mark Prosecution team, who work side by side with our litigators and commercial lawyers to give the very best protection for brands across the board.


Trained Dentons, qualified 2008, partner 2015.


Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University (BA Hons 2004); BPP Law School (LPC 2006); University of Oxford (postgraduate diploma 2009).


Swimming, travelling, karaoke.

Lawyer Rankings

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > PATMA: Trade mark attorneys

Dentons’ ‘cohesive’ team focuses on the strategic management of trade mark portfolios for international brands and UK-based companies across the technology, food and beverage, energy, consumer products and retail sectors. The team is well-placed to leverage the firm’s global footprint to advise on multi-jurisdictional mandates, ranging from licensing agreements and opposition and cancellation proceedings before the UKIPO to enforcement matters and high-profile trade mark disputes. ‘Stand-out’ solicitor Anna Copeman leads the practice and senior trade mark attorney Anna Brown advises on all aspects of trade mark and design prosecution work.

London > TMT (technology, media and telecoms) > Intellectual property: trade marks, copyright and design

The London IP offering at Dentons leverages the firm’s global footprint to advise on complex cross-border transactions, particularly in IP-rich sectors such as the media and entertainment industries. Practice co-head Anna Copeman maintains a balanced transactional and contentious practice, with recent highlights including acting for Marks and Spencer in the highly publicised High Court proceedings regarding trade mark infringement claims in relation to its product Colin the Caterpillar. Senior associate Jennifer Cass is also a key name to note.

London > Industry focus > Retail and consumer

Dentons fields a sizeable multidisciplinary team, which handles the full spectrum of retail work include outsourcings, commercial contracts, real estate issues, privacy and cybersecurity matters, franchising work and dispute resolution. The practice utilises its global presence to advise clients both locally and internationally. Derek McCombe heads up the practice from the Glasgow office; his experience extends across 15 years’ and includes advising clients on international corporate and commercial matters. Scott Singer is well regarded for his advice to high-profile high street clients such as Marks and Spencer, John Lewis Partnership and Sainsbury’s; his particular specialisms include handling commercial contracts, IT issues and privacy work. In a recent highlight, Anna Copeman represented American Eagle Outfitters before the High Court, in proceedings pertaining to a claim concerning passing off and breach of contract. James Batham joined the practice from Eversheds Sutherland (International) LLP – where he led the retail and consumer sector teams – in mid-2022.