ROBERT FURNEAUX
 
Experience:
Since the start of his legal career in 1993 Robert has covered all aspects of IP rights and has experience in both contentious and non-contentious matters. His particular specialisation within IP is managing trade mark and design portfolios.
Before founding Sipara Robert headed the trade mark group at Rouse and has established an excellent reputation acting for IP holders before the UK IP Office and the EU trade marks Office (OHIM). He has appeared before the Appointed Person and appealed cases from OHIM’s Board of Appeal to the European General Court (formerly the Court of First Instance).
Between 2004-06 he worked in Dubai acting for international brand owners in anti-counterfeiting actions. Advised emerging Dubai companies on IP protection outside the Middle East. Since returning to the UK, Robert sat on the Council of the Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (ITMA) and was Chairman of ITMA’s Education & Training Committee from 2006-2010.
Robert has particular expertise in the retail, FMCG, entertainment, publishing and pharmaceutical industries and due to his previous experience has an in depth experience of IP registration and enforcement in Asia and the Middle East. He particularly relishes the challenge of rationalising IP portfolios to cut waste and deliver more value.
"Robert Furneaux … possesses an understanding of what a commercial client really needs."
Chambers and Partners, 2009
“Robert Furneaux is recommended for his work in the retail industry.”
Legal 500, 2010
“Robert Furneaux is ‘unflappable and always able to sort problems out very quickly’.”
Chambers and Partners, 2010.
30 Second Interview:
Scariest moment in your career: as a newly qualified attorney everyone disappearing off at Christmas and leaving me as the sole lawyer in the department. It shows my age that those were the days that nothing happened at Christmas though I did learn to book my leave earlier from then on…
Best ever journey: taking the Trans-Siberian Express from Russia to Beijing in 1999. Watching my fellow Mongolian passengers disassemble the carriage to hide all the western goods that they were smuggling in was a real lesson in DIY.
Worst ever journey: all the flights on the British Lions Rugby tour 2003 to Australia.
Best place you have ever visited: staying in antique Malay villas on the island of Langkawi in Malaysia defined rest and recuperation.
Favourite gadget: CBBC or my log-splitter, both have saved many hours of pain.
Favourite sports: rugby, cricket, and golf.
Sporting Hero: Martin Johnson - stubbornness and single-mindedness in spades.
Favourite books? Arabian Sands by Wilfred Thesiger had a huge impact on me, and ever since reading it I have wanted to visit the Empty Quarter - I am determined to make it there soon. Otherwise it is trashy thrillers, I'm afraid.
Professional History: Employment
1993 – 1996: Barker Brettell, Patent and Trade Mark attorneys - trainee trade mark attorney qualifying as a trade mark attorney in 1995.
1996 – 1998: S J Berwin – trade mark attorney and trainee solicitor in Intellectual Property department.
1999 – 2000: Career Break
2000 – 2010: Rouse & Co International/Rouse Legal - Partner and Head of Global Trade Marks Group.
2010 – date: Sipara: Partner at Sipara
Professional Qualifications
LLB, University of Birmingham
Registered UK Trade Mark Attorney
European Trade Mark Attorney
Admitted to the Roll of Solicitors in England and Wales

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