Explore the complex world of trade mark ownership. CITMA Paralegals, you will earn three of the eight CPD hours you need.

Designed for paralegals and support staff with a variety of talks specific to your work, this seminar will teach you about all forms of UK, EU and international ownership, as well as valuable soft skills for personal development. It will also make you aware of recent changes in ownership law and practice.

During the seminar, we’ll cover:

  • UK trade mark ownership
  • International registration trade mark ownership
  • Security interests and defaulting on a loan secured against a UK trade mark
  • Worldwide assignment recordals: tips and considerations
  • Owning your mental health
  • Owning your career development

This seminar will help you to maintain the skills and knowledge you need to provide a professional service and give you new knowledge to share with your team.

Join us for drinks after the event, where you can network with experts and speakers from the IP community.

We look forward to welcoming you.


  • 1pm - Registration and light refreshments
  • 2pm - Welcome, Chair Cheryl Small, GSK
  • 2pm - UK trade mark ownership, Jessica Harris, Wiggin

    Jessica will be discussing the ownership requirements for a UK trade mark and giving details of the legal basis which supports these requirements. She will provide best practice tips on how to deal with  trade mark assignments including who can draft this type of document, contract consideration, deed execution requirements and the wider implications of a partial assignment. Attendees should come away with a deeper knowledge and understanding of who can apply for UK trade marks and how their ownership changes can be dealt with and recorded.  
  • 2.30pm - International registration trade mark ownership, Ese Akpogheneta, British American Tobacco

    Ese will give a quick overview of this centralised cost effective method of protecting a bundle of national rights under one umbrella right. She will be discussing the ownership benefits for brand owners and the challenges involved in protecting your trade marks under the international system. The session will provide you with a good understanding of the ownership rules under the system and how to navigate them to ensure no loss of rights for existing or new owners of international registrations.
  • 3pm - Security interests and defaulting on a loan against a UK trade mark, Florian Traub, Pinsent Masons LLP

    In light of challenging trading conditions and the uncertainties around Brexit, a record number of companies are expected to call in administrators in 2019/2020. Security interests covering intellectual property rights (‘IPRs’) are of ever increasing importance, given that intellectual property regularly forms a significant part of a company's value. The session will provide you with an introduction in the different types of security and how they are recorded, and subsequently cancelled, with the Intellectual Property Offices. You will also gain a sound understanding how to identify registered security interests as part of a due diligence exercise and how lenders can enforce the rights in an insolvency scenario.

  • 3.30pm - Refreshment break
  • 3.50pm - Worldwide assignment recordals - getting your ducks in a row...a column and a cell! Catherine Byfield, Stobbs IAM

    Catherine will provide an overview of running an assignment recordal project. She will include information and tips to ensure the smooth running of the project, including initial preparation and information gathering, liaising with local agents, managing client expectations, monitoring and tracking the project and management of timeframe and costs. Catherine will cover all stages of such a project from start to finish, with detailed information regarding the issues you should be aware of, both in a general sense in respect of assignment of IP rights and country specific issues which need to be considered.

  • 4.30pm - Inclusivity, acceptance and mental wellbeing, Andrea Brewster, IP Inclusive

    Andrea Brewster, founder and Lead Executive Officer of IP Inclusive, will talk about the meaning of "inclusivity" in its broadest sense, and its relationship with mental wellbeing. She will explore ways to become more accepting both of ourselves and our colleagues; the implications for our mental health; and the ultimate business advantages.  There will be pointers to sources of information and support to help us through the difficult times. Andrea's talk will touch on this year's IP Inclusive/CITMA/CIPA survey, in particular paralegals' responses. It will discuss what IP Inclusive is doing by way of follow-up, to improve inclusivity and mental wellbeing throughout the IP professions.
  • 5pm - Owning your career development - a panel session with Rebecca McBride, Mishcon de Reya LLP, Sarah Coomber, Caterpillar Inc. and Doris Akufo-Addo, EIP

    Sarah will share her insight into pursuing a fulfilling career in-house and educate trade mark paralegals about identifying opportunities when seeking to progress a career in-house.

    Doris will share her experience of pursuing a career as a CITMA Paralegal at a patent and trade mark attorney practice. Providing an insight into the opportunities available to trade mark paralegals who build many years of experience as a CITMA Paralegal.

    Rebecca will share her knowledge of working in private practice and the challenges and triumphs of getting into the industry and progressing from CITMA Paralegal to Trainee Trade Mark Attorney.

    The panel will respond to career related questions from the audience.

  • 5.30pm - Networking drinks
  • 6.30pm - Close

Please note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 9am Friday 30th August 2019