Seizing opportunities in a time of change

We’re excited to announce the CITMA Autumn Conference 2019, taking place in Birmingham’s ICC for the second year running. 

This year, we will focus on what the IP profession might look like after Brexit, helping attorneys to prepare for contentious matters and conflict situations in the new landscape.

What to expect

Listen to a range of excellent speakers, including Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys, solicitors, barristers, in-house counsel and senior representatives of the UK IPO and EUIPO.

Get up to speed on the latest UK law and practice in UK contentious proceedings, from registry proceedings to appeals to the High Court, as well as a roundup of leading UK decisions.

After a buffet lunch - a little shorter than last year, in response to your feedback - a panel of in-house practitioners will lift the lid on the in-house department, before we turn our focus to EUIPO mediation and appeals.

This year’s conference will end at 4.40pm, following a review of 2019’s key EUIPO and General Court decisions.

After the conference, stay for drinks, canapés and networking opportunities with the IP community, also at the ICC. We’ll finish at 6.40pm, giving you plenty of time to travel home.

Join us for the full day to earn five hours’ CPD.

Hear what delegates said about last year’s conference – click here to watch our video.  


The conference runs from 9.45am to 4.40pm.

Chaired by Tania Clark, CITMA President, and Richard Goddard, CITMA First Vice-President

8.45am Registration with light refreshments
9.45am Introduction, Tania Clark, CITMA President

Diversity and inclusion – why it matters for you? Emma Dennis, Gowling WLG and Susi Fish, Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Susi and Emma will provide a brief background to IP Inclusive, before providing some information about why diversity and inclusion matters to you and your business. They will touch on what clients expect when it comes to diversity and inclusion and the benefits that an inclusive approach brings, all backed up with some interesting statistics and findings from various studies in this area.


Don’t get caught out – how to avoid invoking your PIIMichael Edenborough QC, Serle Court    

The profession has changed – Michael's talk will look as some risks and how to avoid them.


"Why are you here?” - Appeals from the UK IPO to the High Court, Ian Bartlett, Beck Greener 

Ever asked yourself ‘why are you here’? Ian will explain all, covering the relative merits of appealing to the Court as opposed to the Appointed Person; the procedural rules for initiating and pursuing an appeal to the Court; what a respondent should consider when facing an appeal to the Court and what interim remedies might be available to the parties in High Court appeals and how are they initiated and pursued. 

11.15am Refreshment break

Evidence in high court and registry proceedings, and UK IPO hearing preparation, Oliver Morris, UK IPO and David Stone, Allen & Overy LLP

Are you regularly asked to put together and present evidence in registry proceedings? The UK IPO’s Oliver Morris and Deputy High Court Judge David Stone will pass on insight and tips for presenting evidence before the registry and the High Court, including IPEC. Sharing their registry and judicial experience, Oliver and David will explore the dos and don’ts of presenting evidence—in particular, what they would like to see more and less of. You will leave the talk with a range of practical tips to use, and unique insights to consider.

Oliver will also be discussing the mechanisms for filing evidence at the UK IPO, the expectations on the users of the UK IPO’s Tribunal Service, the constraints that face both users and the UK IPO, and a range of helpful do’s and dont’s for the presentation of the evidence. You will leave Oliver's session better informed, knowing how to correctly file evidence and how to ensure it serves its desired purpose.

12.50pm Lunch

How in-house clear brands – assessing risk from a commercial perspective, Leanne Hall, Serjeants (lead), Sarah Coomber, Caterpillar UK Ltd, Terry Daly, British American Tobacco, Darrin Shaya, Stanley Black and Decker

The panel will provide an insight into how brands are cleared within an in-house environment. They will discuss the strategies adopted by in-house attorneys when searching and selecting brands for their business, and focus on the level and variation of the risk being taken. With panel members from three large companies they aim to provide you with a range of views on the clearing process and some points to take away and use with your own clients


Effective dispute resolution in EUIPO Boards of Appeal: Tailoring solutions for business, Gordon Humphreys, EUIPO

The ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach of traditional trade mark litigation ignores considerations of costs, resources, time and bargaining positions. Four possible tiers of decision-making may be needed by some litigants but can be ruinous for others. These factors, combined with an annual case load of over 2700 appeals, have led the EUIPO Boards of Appeal to actively case manage files. The Boards now offer parties a range of mechanisms to resolve their disputes, ranging from an oral hearing before a nine-member Grand Board panel to a single member written decision and, proposing non-traditional tools such as mediation and conciliation through the newly created Alternative Dispute Resolution Service.

This presentation will look at how the initial case triage is effected and the functioning of the various instruments available in the dispute resolution panoply at the Boards of Appeal, with particular emphasis on ADR and efforts to optimize the system.

3pm Refreshment break

What's happening in Europe other than Brexit? John Coldham, Gowling WLG

John will provide an overview of decisions from the EUIPO and General Court over the last 12 months, picking up an any themes and the key decisions that practitioners need to be aware of.


SkyKick - what does it mean in practice? Emmy Hunt and Edwina FitzHugh, Potter Clarkson

The questions referred to the CJEU in Sky plc v SkyKick UK Ltd re-examine our understanding of bad faith and invalidity of trade mark registrations. Edwina and Emmy will look at these questions and how the CJEU’s decision might lead to changes in how the UK and EU Registries examine trade mark applications and third party proceedings and what changes practitioners might make in how they file and enforce trade marks in the UK and EU.

4.35pm Summary and closing words
4.40pm Drinks, canapés and networking
6.40pm Close

Meet the speakers

Tania Clark, CITMA President

Tania Clark

Tania began her legal profession working in the IP departments of firms of solicitors and in house for a subsidiary of Total. Tania has been a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney for the last 15 years and worked for two other major firms of trade mark and patent attorneys before joining Withers & Rogers LLP in 2006.

Tania is recognised in the World Trade Mark Review 1000 for 2018 for her knowledge of “international brand protection” along with “her talent for putting disputes to bed”.

Richard Goddard, CITMA First Vice-President

Richard Goddard

Richard is CITMA's First Vice-President and a Fellow of the Institute.

He is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at BP p.l.c., where his work includes advising on the registration, enforcement and licensing of trade marks and designs.

Richard joined the profession in 2003, working in private practice for several years before moving in-house.

Emma Dennis, Gowling WLG
Diversity and inclusion - why it matters for you?

Emma is the Diversity and Inclusion Manager at Gowling WLG and has 18 years' experience working in professional services previously being the Europe Middle East, India and Africa (EMEIA) D&I Consultant at EY. She is passionate about D&I and ensuring that everyone is giving equal opportunities to reach their full potential. She believes that D&I isn't only the right thing to do but that it also makes business sense.

Susi Fish, Boult Wade Tennant LLP
Diversity and inclusion – why it matters for you?

Kate Swaine

Susi is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European patent Attorney working predominately in the areas of Aerospace and Medical Devices.  Susi is also an active supporter of IP Inclusive, and serves as co-chair for the Women in IP focus committee.

Before joining Boult Wade Tennant LLP (now over 19 years ago) Susi obtained an MEng and PhD in Mechanical Engineering, both from the University of Leeds.

Michael Edenborough QC, Serle Court
Don’t get caught out – how to avoid invoking your PII

Michael Edenborough

Michael’s practice centres on advice and appellate advocacy concerning the validity, revocation or cancellation of registered IP rights. He is often instructed in cases involving unregistered IPRs such as goodwill, copyright, designs and confidential information. Further, he has been instructed on matters dealing with plant varieties, moral rights, database rights, Geographical Indications, data protection and Freedom of Information requests relating to IPRs, and the calculation of the financial relief and other remedies that might be available.

In addition, Michael acts as an expert witness on points of English law in foreign cases, and as a mediator in IP cases - in particular where the parties wish to adopt the facilitative approach for their mutual advantage.

Michael is an Associate Member of CITMA and is the author of the CITMA publication ‘Contentious Trade Mark Registry Proceedings’ - currently the only guide devoted to the practice and procedure relating to contentious matters before the UK Trade Marks Registry.

Ian Bartlett, Beck Greener
“Why are you here?” - Appeals from the UK IPO to the High Court

Ian Bartlett

Ian heads up the trade marks department at Beck Greener. Ian is an expert in trade mark and merchandising law, both in the UK and internationally, and is a skilled practitioner in the fields of copyright and designs.

With over 25 years’ experience of trade mark prosecution and contentious IP disputes, Ian represents clients regularly at hearings before the UKIPO and Appointed Person. He is ranked as the number 3 attorney of the list of trade mark attorneys and solicitors by appearance at hearings before the UKIPO (Source: CITMA Review, Issue 448, March/April 2019). He also runs cases before EUIPO (the EU trade mark and designs office), their Board of Appeal, and works on cases referred to the General Court.

Ian is a Member of CITMA. He serves on our Law & Practice Committee and leads its litigation working group.

David Stone, Allen & Overy LLP
Evidence in registry proceedings

David Stone

David works with the world’s leading businesses to protect their most valuable asset: their brands. Leading the Allen & Overy global IP practice, he is a distinguished IP litigator specialising in trade marks and registered and unregistered designs.

A solicitor advocate, David also has the benefit of in-house experience having worked in-house with Coca-Cola. In 2017, David was authorised to sit part time as a Deputy High Court Judge.

He is regularly sought after to speak, providing unparalleled narrative and advice around the most crucial IP issues. David is a Research Fellow of the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, and teaches IP, including at the Universities of Oxford, Queen Mary and Alicante.

The second edition of David's book, European Union Design Law: A Practitioners' Guide, was published by Oxford University Press in January 2016. 

David is a Member of CITMA and speaks regularly at our events.

Oliver Morris, UK IPO
Evidence in registry proceedings

Oliver has worked at the UK IPO for 28 years and is now one of its Deputy Directors. 

He is a Tribunal Hearing Officer dealing with contested trade mark and design disputes, and also a company names adjudicator.

His formal role is Head of the IPO’s Tribunal Service, although he is currently covering the role of Head of Trade Mark and Designs Operations.

Leanne Hall, Serjeants
How in-house clear brands – assessing risk from a commercial perspective

Leanne Hall

Leanne graduated from DeMontfort University in 2008 having gained an LLB (Hons) degree in Law. After completing her degree, she started working as a trainee trade mark attorney at a large intellectual property firm. She qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2012 and then moved in-house to a large engineering company. Leanne joined Serjeants in October 2016 and advises clients on the protection and enforcement of trade marks.

Leanne is a Member of CITMA and serves on our Events Committee.

Sarah Coomber, Caterpillar UK
How in-house clear brands – assessing risk from a commercial perspective

Sarah Coomber

Sarah joined Caterpillar 6 years ago and recently completed her training to become a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. She qualified as a UK Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2018 and continues to progress her career working in-house at Caterpillar.

Before joining Caterpillar, Sarah obtained her law degree and passed the Legal Practice Course.

Sarah is a Member of CITMA and serves on our Paralegal Events working group.

Terry Daly, British American Tobacco
How in-house clear brands – assessing risk from a commercial perspective

Terry is a Global Trade Mark Counsel at British American Tobacco, responsible for the clearance, protection, maintenance and enforcement for key brands within the firm’s potentially reduced-risk product (PRRP) portfolio. 

Formerly of Unilever, Terry has extensive experience in finding creative solutions to the challenge of identifying, assessing and mitigating legal risk, often in complex, global projects.

Terry is a Member of CITMA and has previously served on INTA committees.

Darrin Shaya, Stanley Black and Decker
How in-house clear brands – assessing risk from a commercial perspective

Darrin is responsible for Stanley’s IP matters outside the Americas. Both a patent and a trade mark Attorney, he has over 25 years commercial experience of both acquisition and enforcement of IP rights. The range of business within the Stanley companies includes not only the famous hand and power tools, but also security/access control/tracking, industrial fastening assemblies, oil and gas pipeline construction and storage.

Gordon Humphreys, Chairman of the Fifth Board of Appeal, EUIPO
Effective dispute resolution in EUIPO Boards of Appeal: Tailoring solutions for business

Gordon Humphreys

Gordon holds an LL.B from the University of Buckingham, an LL.M from the University of Wales, and a master`s degree in economic law from the University of Liège as well as a post-graduate diploma from the University of Alicante. He qualified as a barrister of England and Wales and was admitted to the Brussels Bar as an avocat in 1994.

Following a period in private practice in Luxembourg, he joined the Legal Department of the EUIPO in 1997, acting in several of the earliest trade mark cases before the (then) Court of First Instance. He was Head of the Register Service from 2002-2005 before taking up his duties as a member of the Boards of Appeal in December 2005, handling both trade mark and design cases. Since September 2014, he has been Chairman of the Fifth Board of Appeal.

John Coldham, Gowling WLG
What's happening in Europe other than Brexit?

John, a recognised expert in all types of IP strategy and litigation, is the winner of the Client Choice Award 2019 for Designs. He is an experienced litigator of all types of IP and was recognised in the prestigious Acritas Stars database as a 'star lawyer' in 2017 and 2018.

John's experience covers cases big and small, from running multi-jurisdiction patent litigation to design right cases in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court. Clients from around the world trust John's sensible, considered advice, and praise his commercial nous.

Emmy Hunt, Potter Clarkson

Emmy Hunt

Emmy qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in 2008 and is a Member of CITMA.
She has over 10 years of experience in advising clients on brand protection and managing their UK, EU and worldwide portfolios. Emmy specialises in the clearance and protection of trade marks and designs and provides strategic advice for clients seeking to develop, expand, maintain and enforce their rights. Emmy has advised on a wide range of brand protection issues such as certification marks, protection for non-traditional marks and company and domain name watching and enforcement. She has acted in contentious proceedings at the UKIPO and EUIPO and has particular experience with clients in the fashion, technology and media sectors.

Emmy is a member of INTA's Harmonization of Trademark Law and Practices Committee and regularly advises at our CITMA/UKIPO trade mark clinics.

Edwina FitzHugh, Potter Clarkson

Edwina FitzHugh

Edwina is a qualified UK and European Trade Mark Attorney who advises clients in relation to UK and international trade mark strategy. She manages the portfolios for a variety of clients (from start-ups to large international companies) and specialises in conducting clearance searches and domain name searches, preparing risk analysis reports, filing and prosecuting trade marks, conducting trade mark oppositions, invalidity actions and revocation actions and drafting IP assignment agreements, licences and co-existence agreements.

Before Edwina joined the profession, she worked in marketing and advertising which strengthened her experience in corporate branding and eventually led her to a career in trade marks.

Edwina is a Member of CITMA.

Conference fees

Book an earlybird delegate place until 6th September:

  • CITMA members – £255
  • Non-members – £310

Regular delegate tickets are available 7th September to 9th October (9am):

  • CITMA members – £305
  • Non-members – £355

The fee gives you:

  • Entry to all the conference sessions
  • Access to all the presentations after the event
  • A buffet lunch plus refreshments throughout the day
  • Drinks reception and canapés

Prices above are VAT exempt.

Drinks reception only

If you can’t make the conference, you can still join us for networking drinks at the ICC from 4.40pm to 6.40pm.

  • CITMA members – £36 plus VAT
  • Non-members – £46 plus VAT

The venue

The International Convention Centre (ICC) is hosting this year's event.

This contemporary purpose built conference and exhibition centre enjoys a prime location in central Birmingham. The ICC incorporates Symphony Hall and is just next to the Library of Birmingham and five minutes' walk from the exclusive Mailbox and Bull Ring shopping centres, as well as Broad Street and Brindley Place.

The ICC's full address is The ICC, 8 Centenary Square, Birmingham B1 2EA.  

More information on the venue is available on their website.

Travel and accommodation

If you travel to the conference on Virgin Trains, we’re delighted to offer you a 20% discount on your train ticket. Here are full details.

If you're planning to drive, we have a limited number of £5 car parking spaces. The closest spaces are at the ICC's sister venue Arena Birmingham (King Edward’s Road, B1 2AA), and parking can be booked online here. Alternatively, you can pay on the day when you leave the car park - full details of this option are available here.

We’ve also put together a hotel guide in case you need to stay the night before or after the conference. We suggest booking early as demand is likely to be high.

If we can help with anything else, just email


The main exhibition floor is combined with our break out areas creating a real buzz whilst maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. The perfect conditions to network and discuss your service needs with our exhibitors: 


Being an exhibitor

Introduce your brand to the IP profession with a stand at this year’s CITMA Autumn Conference in Birmingham’s ICC. You’ll be on our exhibition floor, among delegates enjoying the breakout spaces.

For £350 plus VAT, you’ll get:

  • 1 x 6-foot trestle table exhibition stand
  • Up to 2 x stand attendees
  • 1 x buffet lunch and 1 x drinks reception for 1 stand attendee
  • Logo on our conference session holding slides
  • Logo in selected marketing communications
  • Logo and hyperlink on this page

We’d love for you to be part of this year’s conference. Book your stand online today.


Please note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 9am Wednesday 9th October 2019.