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Natalie Ellerby

Intellectual Property Counsel, London

“I work closely with my clients to develop strong and lasting relationships, seeking to understand their immediate and long-term goals. I draw on my specialist expertise to provide pragmatic advice and commercial solutions in IP-critical transactions and contentious matters.”

Overview

Professional experience

Education and qualifications

Overview

Natalie’s practice includes both contentious and non-contentious work, with a particular focus on trade mark matters. She has considerable experience advising clients on IP-critical multi-jurisdictional disposals and acquisitions with complex separation issues, intragroup IP reorganisations, negotiating and drafting bespoke licensing, joint development, co-branding and other intellectual property agreements, as well as advising companies in multi-jurisdictional IP disputes.

She works in a range of industry sectors in which intellectual property is a critical asset, including the consumer, retail, healthcare and technology sectors. Natalie has recently been ranked as a “Rising Star” in Managing IP’s specialist publication IP STARS.

Work highlights

Natalie’s experience includes advising:

  • BP on the US$5bn sale of its global aromatics and acetyls petrochemicals business to INEOS
  • Novartis on its transformational US$20bn three-part asset-swap transaction with GalaxoSmithKline
  • Montagu Private Equity LLP in its cross-border carve-out of Kodak’s flexographic printing business
  • Sainsbury’s plc on its aborted £13.2bn merger with ASDA
  • a multinational consumer goods company on the reorganisation of its business, brands, licensing and royalty streams
  • Merck & Co., Inc. in its long-running, high-profile multi-jurisdictional trade mark infringement and breach of contract dispute against German-based Merck KGaA regarding use of the “MERCK” name on the Internet
  • William Hill in defending a trade mark claim brought by 32Red, including the successful defence of a damages inquiry

Professional experience

Natalie is a member of AIPPI UK, the UK division of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property.

Natalie has written articles on IP developments in Global Data Review and Bloomberg Law.

Education and qualifications

Natalie has a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Oxford, and studied law at BPP Law School. Natalie is a qualified High Court advocate and has a Postgraduate Diploma in IP Law and Practice from the University of Oxford.