Rebecca Swindells has extensive experience advising on a wide range of intellectual property rights, including copyright, trademarks, database rights, domain names, and trade secrets. She has a particular focus on the technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) industry together with the retail and financial services sectors. She advises companies on IP disputes, trademark prosecution, anticounterfeiting IP licensing, and the protection and enforcement of rights in software and database management. She is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), including mediation and expert determination.
In the past two years, Rebecca has acted (or continues to act) in High Court litigation regarding a technical trade secrets claim for a chemical manufacturing multinational; a high-value trademark license dispute; and a copyright dispute in the videogames sector. She also successfully represented a client in the digital music sector in an expert determination of a license dispute.
Prior to joining Jones Day, Rebecca acted for Telefónica UK in a claim regarding the O2 mark; Crocs, Inc. on enforcement issues, including High Court trademark and design right claims; and Getty Images in a copyright infringement claim. She also represented Viacom against a licensee of the Nickelodeon and MTV channels in a High Court trial and obtained summary judgment on behalf of Elvis Presley Enterprises in a claim for trademark infringement and passing off.
Rebecca is a member of the Firm's Trade Secrets Task Force. She is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), the IP Lawyers' Association (IPLA), and the British Literary and Artistic Copyright Association (BLACA).
- April 2020
Protecting Trade Secrets at Home - The Risks of Remote Working Through COVID-19
- July 30, 2020
Jones Day's Roundtable Webinar: Trade Secrets 2020 - Combating New Threats
"I have not come across a more thorough and technically capable lawyer — she produces advice that is user-friendly and the quality is unbeatable."Chambers
- 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: "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 often at very short notice"