Involved in the full spectrum of IP law and protection, Sumi counsels foreign and domestic clients in the selection, clearance, prosecution and monitoring of Irish, UK and EU Trade Marks. She coordinates the worldwide IP portfolios of a number of leading Irish companies and also represents the trade mark interests of a broad range of SMEs and private individuals, specialising in the food and beverage, FMCG and packaging sectors. Sumi has significant experience in domain name matters with expertise in UDRP proceedings before WIPO.
Originally hailing from Malaysia, Sumi joined FRKelly in 2005 after several years with a leading Dublin law firm. She was admitted to the Bar in England and Wales in 1997 and the Malayan Bar in 1998 and is now a non-practising member of both associations. Sumi was entered on the Roll of Solicitors (England and Wales) in 2003 and qualified as a Trade Mark Attorney in 2005. A contributor to the Irish chapter of The Manual for the Handling of Applications for Patents, Designs and Trademarks Throughout the World (Kluwer IP Law), Sumi is also periodically published in Lexology, WIPR and publications within the retail sector in Ireland. She chaired the Copyright & Designs Committee of the Irish Association of Patents and Trade Mark Attorneys (APTMA) from 2015–2017 and in 2020 was appointed as Treasurer of this Association.
Sumi is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), and has over the years been appointed as committee member of the Non-Traditional Trade Marks Committee, the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee, The Trade Mark Office Practices Committee. She currently sits on INTA's Brands for a Better Society Committee. Sumi is a regular attendee of the INTA Annual Conference as well as the Asian Patent Attorney Association (APAA) annual meeting. She is often invited as a guest lecturer in the Law Society of Ireland and also tutors with the APTMA Education Committee.
In her spare time, Sumi has a special interest in food, books, travel. She is a member of an amateur a cappella singing group and is partial to retail therapy!