Building your future

Own your development at our brand new CITMA Paralegal Conference.

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This is your opportunity to nurture and grow skills and competencies specific to your career as a paralegal – and represents a new dawn in how we are supporting our growing cohort of paralegal members.

The day’s programme has been carefully curated to support your abilities and to help you remain confident when working at a high level, with topics including proving use in the US and a case law update tailored to you as a paralegal.

Our lineup of speakers represents the paralegal industry and beyond, bringing you their expertise to create a diverse and engaging programme.

You will be joined by paralegal colleagues at all career levels to build valuable connections and learn from one another’s professional insight.

Our talks will be followed by a networking drinks reception, offering you the perfect opportunity to continue your conversations from the day and get to know your industry peers better.

This conference supports skill set 2: Managing your workload, skill set 5: Self-awareness and development, skill set 7: Understand trade marks, skill set 8: Trade marks – filing and formalities, skill set 10: Seniority, conversion, recordals and records and skill set 13: IP business support from the CITMA Paralegal competency framework



Registration with light refreshments




Sarah Cantrill, D Young & Co


 CITMA welcome

Keven Bader, CITMA


CITMA representative on Council update

Kane, as your rep on CITMA's Council, will provide an update on important developments you should know about.

Kane Ridley, Brandit Ports


Case law update

Develop your understanding of how and why to keep up-to-date with case law. Our speaker will cover some of the cases which impact the everyday practice of a paralegal including recordals, preparation of evidence and scope of protection.

Victoria Rodriguez, Bristows


Tea and coffee break



Rules and workflow

Get tips and tricks for managing your IP portfolio workload effectively. Further your understanding of how to use technology to increase efficiency, future-proof and forward plan. 

Samantha Crellin, WebTMS


Blockchain and NFTs

Get the lowdown on what you need to know about blockchain and NFTs as a paralegal.

Azhar Sadique, Brandit Ports





Abuse of domain names

Enhance your understanding of cybersquatting as well as the main components of the UDRP and how they compare to Nominet’s DRS and the usDRP.

Daniel Smith-Juggins, Stobbs IP


Update on the IPO transformation project

An update on their latest progress, their current work moving towards a single integrated digital system, and on their long term objectives. This session will be interactive and shaped around the areas that you wish to discuss.

Simeon Bowen, UK IPO


Tea and coffee break



Mental health awareness 

Why is looking after you mental health at work important? Gain ideas for protecting yourself and others and help find the right balance.

Katie Behrens, Jonathan's Voice


Proving use in the U.S.

Addressing the “what and when” of the use requirement in the U.S. and the “how” to ensure acceptable filings to the USPTO during the trade mark application and renewal processes.

Eric Mills, Maynard Nexsen



Sarah Cantrill, D Young & Co


Drinks reception


Meet your speakers

Katie Behrens, Jonathan's Voice

Katie Behrens

Katie graduated in medicine from United Medical and Dental Schools of Guy’s and St Thomas’s hospitals, London in 1994 and then trained to become a GP.

Following this, she worked at the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), London for 3 years working as a Medical Adviser providing care for employees posted overseas and Occupational health advice in London.

Her experience to date has given her a wide reaching insight into varied institutions, cultures and socio-economic groups.

She joined the Charlie Waller Trust in 2018 as part of the workplace team delivering mental health awareness training to a number of different sectors and organisations.

Simeon Bowen, UK IPO

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Simeon is a Public Relations professional and external communications lead at the UK IPO. He specialises in stakeholder engagement and is also experienced in strategic communication and internal communication. 



Sarah Cantrill, D Young & Co

Sarah Cantrill

Sarah qualified as a CITMA paralegal in 2017, a CIPA paralegal in 2018 and a Chartered Manager in 2021.

She is now working as an IP Support Services Co-Ordinator for D Young & Co LLP and is currently the lead for the CITMA Paralegal Events Working Group. She is an active member of the CITMA Paralegal Committee and contributes towards the planning, teaching and marking of the CITMA Paralegal Course.

Samantha Crellin, WebTMS

Samantha Crellin

As a CITMA Paralegal, Samantha brings past experiences using IP management services with her into both the sales and training parts of her role at WebTMS. Having used WebTMS both in-house and private practise, she can help tailor and advise current and prospective clients on how to get the best value from the system. She enjoys trade marks and helping make IP professionals' lives easier, too

Eric Mills, Maynard Nexsen, PC

Eric Mills

Eric Mills is a seasoned U.S. intellectual property attorney.

He devotes a significant portion of his practice to preparing and prosecuting patent and trademark applications before the USPTO and in foreign jurisdictions, as well as advising on issues of patent and trademark infringement.

He has a broad background in strategic planning and management of client intellectual property portfolios, including acquisition, maintenance, and licensing of U.S. and foreign patent and trademark assets. 

He also partners with various universities in order to protect intellectual property developed at the educational institution level.

Kane Ridley, Brandit Ports

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Kane is a Partner and Director of Brand Operations at both and Ports Group, where he oversees the strategic and operational aspects of trade mark and domain name services. Kane is also an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA), where he serves on various committees and working groups, and represent the paralegal community.

Kane has a strong background in trade mark formalities, renewals, and management, as well as marketing and customer service. He is passionate about delivering high-quality and efficient solutions to clients, enhancing brand protection and awareness, and fostering collaboration and innovation within the industry.

Victoria Rodriguez, Bristows

Victoria Rodriguez

Victoria specialises in all aspects of trade marks and has particular experience in managing large international trade mark portfolios, both domestically and across foreign jurisdictions, for iconic media brands as well as leaders in medical and dental goods.

Victoria is a solicitor of England and Wales as well as an Argentinian qualified lawyer, with substantial experience in both jurisdictions.

Prior to joining Bristows in 2017 she spent three years working at Berwin Leighton Paisner; before which she worked at the Civil and Commercial Court of Appeals in Argentina for four years.

In addition to her experience in private practice, Victoria has participated in several seminars as a guest lecturer. She is also a non-executive member of the IPSoc Committee.

Azhar Sadique, Brandit Ports

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Azhar is a visionary intellectual property expert, committed to revolutionising the IP industry and championing innovation. With a wealth of experience in trade mark practice and product creation, Azhar has been a key member of advisory boards and Committees within the industry, offering valuable insights and helping to shape the future of IP services.

Leading the way in innovation, Azhar is dedicated to changing the game in IP services, utilising the potential of technology, cryptocurrency, and NFTs to create a smooth, efficient, and client-focused experience. As a respected thought leader, Azhar frequently contributes to the CITMA Review, CIPA Journal and has lectured for various prestigious IP institutions.

Daniel Smith-Juggins, Stobbs IP

Daniel Smith-Juggins

Daniel is a part-qualified Trade Mark Attorney and Online Brand Enforcement Specialist at Stobbs IP Ltd.

He has over seven years’ experience in online brand enforcement and has a passion for domain disputes.

Daniel has filed numerous domain complaints via WIPO’s UDRP process and complaints via international forums such as Nominet’s DRS, China’s CNDRP and the usDRP.

Your professional development

Earn five hours' CPD, setting you up to continue your professional development.

Our speakers will offer their insight into a wide range of topics, including:

  • Blockchain and NFTs
  • Abuse of domain names
  • Mental health awareness
  • Proving use in the US

See the programme for the full run-down. 

What to expect

Your ticket gives you access to our packed one day programme, and includes the following:

  • Exclusive content and talks
  • Complimentary drinks reception
  • Earn five hours’ CPD
  • Lunch
  • Tea, coffee and refreshments throughout the day

Our venue

Cabaret-style room

The conference will take place at Pinsent Masons' London office, a short walk from Liverpool Street station.

Featuring a flexible auditorium, you will benefit from a collaborative setup to continue learning from your speakers and peers and to bring your own knowledge to the table.


Earlybird rate available until Wednesday 23rd August

  • Member earlybird rate: £180
  • Standard earlybird rate: £210

Please note

Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.