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Head of Trade Marks


Partner, Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Solicitor


Kate is the Head of Trade Marks and a member of our Management Board. She handles all aspects of trade mark work including trade mark searching, filing, prosecution, opposition proceedings, cancellation proceedings and advice on enforcement of trade marks. Kate also provides strategic advice on selection, adoption, protection and enforcement of brands internationally.

She has a special interest in Brexit, leading the CITMA task force on Brexit matters and the UK trade mark profession. Kate is also interested in pro bono and is Vice Chair of the UK IP Pro Bono committee, having been instrumental in its establishment. She is also Chair of the INTA Pro Bono sub-committee and helped establish the US Pro Bono Clearinghouse.

Kate works with a range of clients, particularly those in the restaurant and music industries.

She started her career in a specialist IP firm in Sydney before relocating to the UK and becoming cross qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Kate joined Mewburn Ellis in 2019 as a partner.


She is a Member of the Law Society of England and Wales and is admitted on the Roll of Solicitors in Ireland. Kate has been awarded an MBE for services to education and has previously been the President of CITMA. She is often asked to speak at conferences, most recently the FICPI meeting 2019, the INTA 2019 Leadership meeting, the CITMA 2019 Annual Conference and the 2018 INTA TMAP conference.


Kate has degrees in Arts and Law from the University of N.S.W, Australia.

Lawyer Rankings

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

Mewburn Ellis LLP specialises in strategic brand management advice. On the prosecution side, the practice assists with the full range of trade mark services, including oppositions and appeal proceedings. For disputes and commercial agreements, the group frequently joins forces with the firm’s litigators. The growing Munich office illustrates the firm’s dedication to remaining a key player in the European IP market. With a track record that includes handling trade mark prosecution matters for major international brands, but also start-ups, education sector clients, investors and international firms seeking EU and UK representatives, the team is very versatile. With Kate O’Rourke in London at the helm, the practice has one of the market’s most experienced practitioners. The Bristol-based Rebecca Anderson-Smith  made partner in April 2021.