Law & Practice Committee

Discusses the implications of changes to IP law and practice for members and the profession. Responds to consultations, working closely with important organisations including EUIPO, IPO and WIPO.

Members

  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

    Chair

  • Catherine Wolfe

    Vice-Chair

  • Karen Lee

  • Kate O'Rourke

  • Ese Akpogheneta

  • Keith Havelock

  • Eleanor Merrett

  • Rebecca McBride

  • Jonathan Thurgood

  • Michael Lindsey

Indicative time commitment:
Two hours per month - includes eight meetings per year

Working groups

MDF

Maintain close & regular dialogue with the UK IPO Marks & Designs Forum on all aspects of UK trade mark and designs law & practice.

  • Kate O'Rourke

  • Richard Goddard

  • Tania Clark

  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

UK organisations liaison & European Sisters

Maintain close & regular dialogue on trade mark with on other UK and EU IP organisations.

  • Catherine Wolfe

    Lead

  • Jonathan Thurgood

  • Kate O'Rourke

  • Tania Clark

  • Chris McLeod

Emerging Markets in China working group

To report on Chinese trade mark law & respond accordingly.

  • Catherine Wolfe

    Lead

  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

  • Robert Furneaux

Timeframe:
As and when issues arise

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month

IPO Liaison

Maintain close & regular dialogue with UK IPO on all aspects of UK trade mark law & practice.

  • Chris McLeod

    Lead

  • Eleanor Merrett

  • Michelle Ward

  • Kate O'Rourke

  • Olivia Gregory

  • Jonathan Thurgood

Timeframe:
Year round

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month

WIPO Liaison

Work with WIPO and the UK IPO, whether through the MDF or otherwise, in relation to Madrid Protocol issues

  • Oscar Benito

    Lead

  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

  • Richard May

  • Rita Khaitan

  • Daniel Smart

  • Michael Foster

  • Niki Franks

  • Mark Foreman

Timeframe:
Year round

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month

Design & Copyright working group

Respond to D&C consultations. Provide comments on EU IPO's annual amendments to Guidelines on Design Practice.

  • John Coldham

    Lead

  • Charlotte May

  • Richard Roberts

  • Michael Lindsey

  • Tania Clark

  • Jade Macintyre

  • Ewan Grist

  • Vacancy

  • Chris McLeod

  • Peter Brownlow

  • Simon Bentley

  • Vacancy

Timeframe:
Year round

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month

Litigation

Obtaining ECJ rights for UK RTMAs. NLS Course Higher Rights amendment. Litigator Titles. Higher Rights listing on CITMA website. IPReg Certificates, IPEC & IPC Users' Committee meetings & organising marshalling scheme

  • Ian Bartlett

    Lead

  • Jonathan Thurgood

  • Victor Caddy

  • Kashif Syed

  • Christopher Sutoto-Haywood

  • Stephen Lowry

  • Sonia Amrar

  • Aaron Wood

Timeframe:
Marshalling scheme is annual, otherwise as required

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month

EUIPO liaison

Foster positive relationships with EUIPO, monitor its activities and provide input for its programme of annual meetings

  • Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

    Lead

  • Lucy Cundliffe

  • Eleanor Merrett

  • Geoff Weller

  • Marine Body

  • Leona Ogier

Timeframe:
Year round

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month

Domain Names

Monitor and engage with ICANN and other relevant institutions. Become the destination for CITMA members who have issues and questions with domain registration processes.

  • Peter Vaughan

    Lead

  • Justin-Jonathan Bukspan

  • Richard Pringle

  • Alexander Chilikov

  • Matthew Harris

Timeframe:
Year round

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month