Rebecca Swindells has extensive experience in a wide range of intellectual property issues, including copyright, design and database rights, trademarks, domain names, and confidential information. She has a particular sector focus on technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) as well as retail and financial services. She advises companies on licensing disputes, format right disputes, copyright and trademark infringement (particularly on-line), protection and infringement of rights in software and databases, running global anticounterfeiting programs, and alternative dispute resolution, including mediations.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Rebecca acted for Telefónica UK in an Intellectual Property Enterprise Court trademark claim regarding the O2 mark; acted for Crocs, Inc. on various IP enforcement issues including High Court trademark and design right infringement proceedings; acted for Getty Images in a High Court copyright infringement claim; represented Viacom against one of its licensees of the Nickelodeon and MTV channels in a High Court trial; and obtained summary judgment on behalf of Elvis Presley Enterprises in a High Court claim for trademark infringement and passing off with respect to album sales of Elvis remixes.
Rebecca is a regular speaker and writer on IP law. She is a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), City of London Law Society (CLLS), and the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA).
The following represents experience acquired prior to joining Jones Day.
Successfully represented The Football Association in a High Court trial concerning copyright and trademark infringement and passing-off regarding the 1966 World Cup mascot.
Acted for Granada International Media in a High Court claim for copyright infringement regarding certain music DVDs.
Acted for Complete Communications Corporation in its sale to 2WayTraffic of various formats, including "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
Represented Celador International in a High Court trial of a dispute with one of its licensees for "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?"
- The College of Law, London (Legal Practice Course 1998; Common Professional Examination 1997); Oxford University (B.A. in Classics 1996; Shaw Lefevre scholarship)
- Solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and Wales
Chambers: "experienced litigator recognised for her handling of copyright infringement cases" (2018); "particularly adept at matters concerning internet and digital media" (2016); "very responsive and helpful ... really impressive" (2014); "high level of expertise and technical skill" (2011); "totally sensible, intellectual and diligent" (2010); "intellectually a cut above the rest" (2008)
WTR (2019): "extremely responsible and thorough...offers comprehensive, pragmatic and clear advice!"WIPR Leaders (2017)