Own your career development and uncover how best to manage change at our annual CITMA Paralegal Seminar.

Specifically tailored to support your needs as a paralegal, this online seminar will teach you the most effective ways to handle non-use challenges in the U.S as well as cover the latest countries to join the Madrid Protocol.

We will go on to break down how the use of technology can help you progress in your career and you will hear from our diverse panel on how they have charted their own career path.

Taking place from 2pm – 5pm on Tuesday 12th October, this seminar allows you to earn three of your eight CPD hours.

During the seminar, you’ll learn:

  • All about U.S. registrations and new declaration of use requirements
  • How you can own your career development
  • What difference the Madrid Protocol has made both in Canada and Brazil. As well as newer additions, such as the Strait of Gibraltar and Guernsey region 
  • How to harness the use of technology to benefit your career


2pm - Welcome and introduction, Kane Ridley, Keltie LLP

2.05pm - Madrid applications panel, Daniel Hardman-Smart, Stobbs IP, Isadora Schumacher Schlindwein, Mansur Murad Advogados and Kate Stewart-Tiralongo, Bereskin & Parr LLP.

Gain a thorough understanding of the key differences in Brazil and Canada since joining the Madrid Protocol, uncovering just what the procedures are and which decisions have been made in designations. We will also be touching on further additions, from the Strait of Gibraltar and Guernsey Region to Trinidad and Tobago and Pakistan. You will learn exactly what kind of provisional refusals are being issued and crucially find out exactly when to seek out local expertise.

This session supports skill set 8: Trade marks – filing and formalities of the CITMA Paralegal competency framework

3pm - Technology & IP, Richard Lucas, StreamlineIP Ltd.

Richard Lucas will explore how best to harness the use of technology to benefit your career. 

More information to follow.

3.20pm - Owning your career development, Deirdre Naessens, Tomkins IP, Samantha Park, Bird and Bird, and Phil Wright, Pladis Global 

Our panel of speakers will share their career journeys, identifying landmark moments in their careers to date. There will be ample opportunity for an open discussion with you.

This session supports skill set 5: self awareness and development of the CITMA Paralegal competency framework

This session supports skill set 3: business awareness of the CITMA Paralegal competency framework

This session supports skill set 6: working with others of the CITMA Paralegal competency framework

4pm - Navigating use requirements under the U.S. trade mark modernization act, Brett Heavner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Get to grips with U.S. filing strategies and how to handle non-use challenges.

Brett Heavner will provide an overview of the new procedures for testing whether a mark meets the requirements for use in U.S. commerce.

He will also provide an update on the post-registration specimen audit program and the “bona fide intent to use” requirement under U.S. law. This applies to Madrid Protocol and Paris Convention filings that are not based on existing use of a trade mark in U.S. commerce.

This session supports skill set 9: Trade marks: renewals of the CITMA Paralegal competency framework

5pm – Close

Meet the speakers

Daniel Hardman Smart, Stobbs IP 
Madrid applications panel

Dan joined Stobbs in July 2019 after working as a solo practitioner and small business owner. He has assisted many entrepreneurs and SMEs with protecting their trademarks, passing off rights and designs. He is particularly interested in International trademarks and managing portfolios around the world, and has a specialism in the registration and maintenance of trademarks in isolated or less known jurisdictions. Dan's experience has taken him to Switzerland and Germany and from private practice to in house roles. He has a passion for education and is an active volunteer with the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys where he chairs the CITMA Paralegal working group and sits on the education policy and development committee and WIPO liaison working group. Outside of work, Dan (sometimes) enjoys watching football. He likes to walk his miniature dachshund and is developing a taste for IPA's.

Brett Heavner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP
Navigating use requirements under the U.S. trade mark modernization act

Brett Heavner’s practice includes all aspects of trade mark and unfair competition law, with a particular emphasis on trade mark infringement, counterfeiting, false advertising litigation, and Trade Mark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) litigation.


 Richard Lucas, StreamlineIP Ltd.
Technology & IP

Richard Lucas is an experienced consultant advising multinational corporations and firms on the efficient and effective management of intellectual assets.

Deirdre Naessens, Tomkins IP
Owning your career development
Qualified trade mark attorney and experienced administration manager with a demonstrated history of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in intellectual property management. Strong professional graduated from Dublin Institute of Technology.
Samantha Park, Bird and Bird 
Owning your career development

Samantha is the trade mark operations lead at Bird and Bird. A qualified CITMA Paralegal and fellow of the Institute of Paralegals, Samantha is also a paralegal member of CIPA.

Isadora Schumacher Schlindwein, Mansur Murad Advogados
Madrid applications panel

Isadora graduated from Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR), with a master’s degree from Queen Mary University of London, specialising in Intellectual Property. Currently Isadora is the head of international practice of Mansur Murad Advogados. She is based in London, leading the new hub of the firm. She has authored articles and was a speaker for the World IP Forum 2021.

Kate Stewart-Tiralongo, Bereskin & Parr LLP
Madrid applications panel

Kate Stewart-Tiralongo is the Manager, trade mark clerks & practice group support at Bereskin & Parr LLP. With more than 10 years’ experience in trade mark prosecution, Kate acts as a liaison between trade mark clerks and practice groups to identify and implement trade mark efficiencies. Kate is also a member of the firm’s trade mark practice advisory group and trade mark efficiency group.


Phil Wright, Pladis Group
Owning your career development

Experienced Brand Protection Manager and Part Qualified Trade Mark Attorney with a demonstrated history of managing IP related matters in the FMCG industry. Skilled in Brand Protection, Portfolio Management, Trade Mark Prosecution, Budgeting and Public Speaking.




Early bird tickets available till Sunday 12th September.

  • Member: £105 (VAT exempt) 
  • Standard: £120 (VAT exempt)

Regular tickets are then available until Sunday 12th September.

  • Member: £130 (VAT exempt) 
  • Standard: £145 (VAT exempt)

To note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 9am, Friday 8th October.