Maria-Elena Cacace

Associate

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Maria-Elena is an associate in the intellectual property (IP) and disputes teams. She assists with various contentious and non-contentious matters, including design rights, trade mark infringement and passing off, copyright infringement, defamation, breach of contract and commercial and patent disputes.

She is known for her representation of SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) across all business sectors. Her IP litigation and commercial litigation expertise  involves managing IP disputes from the pre-action stage right through to litigation reaching the High Court or Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC).

Maria-Elena is commercially minded and client-focused, committed to finding the most cost-effective solution for every client.  Her experience of working with a wide variety of entrepreneurs in numerous business sectors has given her an in-depth understanding of the challenges that start-up companies face when it comes to the protection and exploitation of their IP.

Maria-Elena has been at Waterfront since April 2021. She is a member of IPSoc – the society for junior IP practitioners –  and the UK Centre for Animal Law.

Recent Work

  • Assisting a legal service provider claimant with statements of case in IPEC proceedings of trade mark infringement and passing off.
  • Advising a luxury US jewellery designer on the existence and enforcement of copyright and design rights in the UK.
  • Defending a client against multiple allegations of trade mark infringement and passing off made by a well-known London institution, with parallel EU and UK IPO trade mark cancellation and invalidity proceedings.
  • Assisting tech companies and app developers on multinational trade mark and design rights filing strategies.
  • Advising a chemtech company in relation to a patent portfolio and corresponding assignment provisions in employment and consultancy contracts
  • For me, the legal situation I found myself in was incredibly stressful and I was losing sleep over it until speaking with Piers and Maria at Waterfront Solicitors. Far from the image I might have had of a remote and cold legal agency, Piers and Maria were warm, caring, and most of all, reassuring.  Internet dispute client
  • IPSoc – the society for junior IP practitioners
  • The UK Centre for Animal Law
For me, the legal situation I found myself in was incredibly stressful and I was losing sleep over it until speaking with Piers and Maria at Waterfront Solicitors.
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