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

Jade MacIntyre

Keith Havelock

Jonathan Thurgood

Kate O'Rourke

Eleanor Merrett

Michael Lindsey

Ese Akpogheneta

Rebecca McBride

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

Tania Clark

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

Richard Goddard

UK organisations liaison & European Sisters

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

Catherine Wolfe

Lead

Kate O'Rourke

Chris McLeod

Jonathan Thurgood

Tania Clark

Emerging Markets in China working group

To report on Chinese trade mark law & respond accordingly.

Catherine Wolfe

Lead

Jacqueline Pang

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

Michelle Ward

Olivia Gregory

Eleanor Merrett

Kate O'Rourke

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

Rita Khaitan

Niki Franks

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

Daniel Smart

Mark Foreman

Richard May

Michael Foster

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

Kashif Syed

Sonia Amrar

Jonathan Thurgood

Christopher Sutoto-Haywood

Aaron Wood

Victor Caddy

Stephen Lowry

Timeframe:
Marshalling scheme is annual, otherwise as required

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

Tania Clark

Chris McLeod

Charlotte May

Jade MacIntyre

Peter Brownlow

Richard Roberts

Richard Burton

Kara Bearfield

Ewan Grist

Simon Bentley

Michael Lindsey

Timeframe:
Year round

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

Eleanor Merrett

Marine Body

Lucy Cundliffe

Geoff Weller

Leona Walker

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

Richard Pringle

Matthew Harris

Justin-Jonathan Bukspan

Alexander Chilikov

Timeframe:
Year round

Indicative time commitment:
One hour per month