If you are a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney conducting litigation, join us for this one day seminar which will feature talks of practical relevance to you.

Topics will include the importance of properly setting up a litigation case and what to do when things go wrong, options for dealing with tricky or defective pleadings, how to prepare and get what you need from a CCMC, the nuts and bolts of the flexible and shorter trials schemes, and other key topics.

Our expert speakers include members of the independent bar and experienced litigation solicitors.

There should be plenty of opportunity for interaction and questions and answers.

Programme

9am

Registration

9.30am

Dealing with “tricky” or defective pleadings - interactive session lead by Roland Mallinson, Taylor Wessing 

  • Introduction
  • Groups to review pleadings                                
  • Groups to state their views and receive feedback
  • Presentation by Roland on defective pleadings, corresponding tactics, available orders and remedies
  • Q&A session 

11.15am

Break

11.30am 

Preparing for and achieving goals at a CCMC, Benet Brandreth, 11 South Square

  • Identification of issues
  • Counterclaims
  • Disclosure
  • Witnesses
  • Experts
  • Timetabling
  • Interim orders – eg. security for costs.

12.15pm

Design cases – special considerations, Nicholas Caddick QC, Hogarth Chambers

  • What is a design  for UKUDR – and how do I plead it? (Neptune [2017] EWHC 2172, Pulseon OY [2018] EWHC 47)

  • What is a “design for Community design purposes?

  • Defending a Community design on the basis of a lack of individual character; what is the required comparison and what is the relevant “prior art” or “design corpus”. (Easy Sanitary Solutions (Case C-361/15P))

  • Defending a Community design claim on the basis of the “spare parts” exclusion. (Acacia Srl (Case C-397/16))

  • What to do when there are proceedings in 2 different countries; obtaining a stay. (Poul Chang Metal Industry [2018])

Followed by lunch at 1pm

2.15pm

Flexible and shorter trials, Andrew Norris, Hogarth Chambers

  • Procedure
  • Advantages/disadvantages
  • When appropriate
  • How to initiate
  • If contested 
  • Experience to date
  • Future of (pilot ends September 2018)

3pm

Using technology in litigation, Mark Dean, Clifford Chance

  • Litigation process software   
  • Disclosure and e-disclosure software
  • Bundling software

3.45pm

Break

4pm

New disclosure rules, Charlotte Blythe, Hogarth Chambers

4.45pm

Setting up a litigation case, Chris Ryan

  • Client identity and care
  • Importance of setting up time recording properly
  • Organisation of files
  • Organisation of disclosure
  • DX and dedicated email accounts
  • Other administrative systems to be in place
  • How to handle when things go wrong.

6pm

Drinks reception with canapes 

Cost

Member - £210 (VAT exempt)

This event is only open to Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys.

To note

  • Places are limited
  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 9am, Monday 26th November 2018.