Karla Hughes

Karla Hughes

Head of Trademark and Design Prosecution

Karla advises on trade mark and design law issues before the EUIPO, UK IPO and the Court of Justice in Luxembourg.

She has worked with clients throughout the lifecycle of their brands including on portfolio management, clearance and multi-jurisdictional disputes.

Previously based in Alicante, she has over a decade of experience advising some of the world’s most valuable brands.Her experience spans sectors such as consumer, entertainment, TMT, financial institutions, life sciences, health care and automotive. Karla is a contributing author of a leading EU trade mark commentary, Concise European Trade Mark Law (Wolters Kluwer).

Karla is heavily involved in the International Trade mark Association (INTA), as Chair of the Famous & Well-known Marks Committee and liaison to the Bad Faith Task Force. She has spoken at IP conferences such as ECTA, INTA and the German Federal Patent Court symposium.

A&O Shearman was formed on May 1, 2024 by the combination of Shearman & Sterling LLP and Allen & Overy LLP and their respective affiliates (the legacy firms). Any matters referred to above may include matters undertaken by one or more of the legacy firms rather than A&O Shearman.