Kerry Allen joined Wilson Gunn in 2013 after having spent some time working for a corporate law firm in Sydney, Australia, where she advised clients on various aspects of intellectual property. On joining Wilson Gunn, she spent a number of years as part of the formalities team before beginning to train as a Trade Mark Attorney. After taking a year away from the profession in 2019, Kerry re-joined Wilson Gunn in 2020 and qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2023.
Starting out in formalities provided Kerry with a strong base for understanding trade mark procedures in multiple jurisdictions. She now has wide-ranging experience in trade marks in the UK, EU and internationally, in particular searching and clearing, advising on filing strategy, filing and prosecuting applications, and post-registration policing and enforcement. She also has experience in both prosecuting and defending oppositions and invalidation actions before the UK Intellectual Property Office and in filing and prosecuting complaints before the Company Names Tribunal.
Overseas, Kerry has gained some insightful knowledge of the intricacies of Chinese trade mark practices, including filing and prosecuting trade mark applications and both bringing and defending opposition, invalidation and cancellation actions. She also has a good working knowledge of the handling of Declarations of Use in a number of jurisdictions, including the USA and the Philippines.
During her time working for Wilson Gunn, Kerry has fostered close working relationships with clients in a number of sectors, including restaurateurs, jewellers, and fashion businesses.
Manchester Metropolitan University – LL.B. Law
Manchester Metropolitan University – Postgraduate Diploma in Legal Practice (Distinction)
Bournemouth University – Postgraduate Certificate in Intellectual Property (Distinction)
CITMA Award for Highest Mark
Nottingham Trent University – Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice (Commendation)
Chartered Trade Mark Attorney