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Bonita is a consultant in our intellectual property and technology team with over 25 years’ experience assisting clients with their IP strategy and portfolio management and to resolve IP disputes with a particular focus on brands, copyright and designs. Bonita also heads up our advertising regulation team helping businesses to robustly promote their products and services without getting on the wrong side of the regulators.
Bonita has acted in number of the UK’s leading trade mark cases in IPEC, the High Court and Court of Appeal including Comic Enterprises v Fox, London Taxi v Frazer Nash and most recently Match v Muzmatch. She also successfully defended Wolverhampton Wanderers FC in copyright litigation brought against the club about its iconic wolf head club badge. She is a formidable litigator, when necessary, but is known for really caring about getting the very best outcome for her clients however that can be achieved by ‘for example, settling, rather than ploughing on needlessly with litigation’.
Bonita’s industry experience spans retail, fashion and beauty, sports and leisure, digital products and automotive. She has a diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice and has written over 50 articles on IP issues published in Practical Law, Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, European Intellectual Property Review, among others.
Thwarted a business-critical claim of design infringement against an emerging children’s wear design and manufacturer.
Acted for Match and Tinder in their successful trade mark proceedings against online dating business Muzmatch.
Successfully defended the club in copyright litigation about the club’s iconic wolf head club badge.
“She is superb and has an encyclopedic knowledge of trade mark law.”
"Bonita Trimmer is very commercially astute."
“She really cares about getting the best outcome for her client – for example, settling rather than ploughing on needlessly with litigation.”
“You can’t catch her out because she thinks everything through carefully.”
Browne Jacobson’s national IP lawyers are celebrating after being ranked in the 2022 World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000 - the independent guide which recognises leading trade mark experts across key jurisdictions around the globe.
Parallel importers seek to exploit price differentials for goods sold in different countries. The EU principle of exhaustion of rights prevents businesses from enforcing their IP rights to restrict this secondary trade within the EU if the goods were first marketed in the EU with their consent, other than in limited circumstances.