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Interact with the profession, develop your expertise and flourish at our first major in-person event of the year.

CITMA Conference

We are excited to introduce our first in-person conference since 2019.

From dealing with troublesome opponents to drafting coexistence agreements, our experienced speakers will help you to find practical solutions to stay on top of your game. 

We are also giving you the opportunity to give something back through our two corporate social responsibility sessions.

Host city for the 2022 Spring Conference is London. We expect a full house at our historic venue in the heart of the city - IET London: Savoy Place.

Getting together

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Our exclusive pre-conference drinks reception is the perfect opportunity to get back into the swing of things and catch up with people who you have not seen for a year or more. 

The Refinery, a stylish bar on New Street Square, will be our venue for the reception. Mingle with all levels of the IP profession, including senior partners, CITMA Paralegals and students, inside or outside on the terrace.

An action-packed day of knowledge building and information sharing follows. 

Five hours' CPD

During the conference you will have the opportunity to develop in these areas: 

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  • Dealing with troublesome opponents
  • Coexistence agreements
  • Supply chain issues
  • Designs 
  • How the system works for David v Goliath situations
  • China
  • UK case law
  • EU case law

We know this will be a popular one and delegate numbers are limited, so please book early to avoid missing out.

Meet your speakers


Ian Bartlett - Beck Greener

Dealing with problem adversaries in the courts and the IPO tribunals - what's in the toolbox 

Ian is an expert in trade mark and merchandising law, both in the United Kingdom and internationally, and is a skilled practitioner in the fields of copyright and designs.

Alongside his extensive practice at a UK and European level, he consults on the prosecution of intellectual property cases around the world.


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Jeremy Blum - Bristows

When Goliath sues David; considerations when advising the samller defendant 

Jeremy is an IP specialist and has advised on many contentious matters involving trade marks, copyright, designs, and confidential information. He also has extensive registered design, unregistered design and copyright litigation experience for a diverse range of products, and is a specialist in advising on strategies to combat IP infringement in the digital world


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Peter Brownlow - Bird & Bird

Co-existence agreements: pros and cons

With over 20 years' experience in managing high profile IP disputes, Peter also specialises in non-contentious work, including global rebranding and worldwide IP protection strategies.

He has served on the UK Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys Designs and Copyright committee since 1996, and was chair of the International Trade Mark Association's European Amicus Brief sub-committee.



Alicia Chantrey - Associated British Foods PLC

Promoting and fostering EDI in a post-pandemic world

Alicia is a solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, working as Associate General Counsel in Intellectual Property at Associated British Foods plc. Prior to joining ABF, Alicia was Head of Brand Protection for GSK’s Consumer Healthcare business.

She has spent the last six years serving as a Board Member and Non-Executive Director of IpReg and is also a member of IP Inclusive Management.

Alicia is experienced in  managing global portfolios in the Consumer Healthcare, Pharma and FMCG sectors, global IP litigation and large scale acquisitions, divestments & joint venture structures.



Gabriele Engels - DLA Piper UK LLP

EU case law update

Gabriele is a German IP lawyer in the Cologne Team of DLA Piper. She is a certified IP specialist and previously worked in a renowned law boutique, a big German law firm and as an in-house lawyer for an international DAX-30-consumer goods company.

Her practice focuses on developing and enforcing long-term protection strategies for German and international clients in relation to trademarks and designs. She also advises on all aspects of commercial IP, unfair competition and domain name infringements.

 Gabriele is working on various projects for MARQUES and GRUR. She has numerous publications in legal journals and, in particular, is a regular contributor to GRUR-Prax.


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George Freeman MP

Virual closing address

George Freeman is Minister for Science, Research and Innovation at the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy.

 Elected to Parliament in 2010 after a 15-year career founding high-growth technology companies, George has served as UK Trade Envoy, the first UK Minister for Life Science, Chair of the No10 Policy Board and Minister of State at the Department for Transport.

 Most recently, he led the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Innovation, Growth and Regulatory Reform (TIGRR).


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Emma Himsworth QC - One Essex Court

Keynote: Looking, listening and networking for a better future in IP 

Emma specialises in all areas of intellectual property law and related aspects of commercial law. Her practice encompasses court and advisory work. She has a particular interest and expertise in matters involving trade marks and passing off. 

Emma sits as an Appointed Person, hearing appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks. She also accepts appointments as Arbitrator. 

Emma is the Chair of the Intellectual Property Bar Association.


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Martin Howe QC - 8 New Square

UK designs law after Brexit

Martin practises in intellectual property law and technology cases and also in wider fields of Brexit/EU law and commercial and public law.

He is the lead author of Russell-Clarke & Howe on Industrial Design and Appointed Person for registered designs appeals.

He is ranked as the number 3 attorney of the list of trade mark attorneys and solicitors by appearance at hearings before the UKIPO.

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Megan Rannard - Marks and Clerk

Promoting and fostering EDI in a post-pandemic world

Megan is an Associate and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Marks and Clerk.

She is a member of the newly formed IP Inclusive Advisory Board, as well as the committee for IP Ability (the IP Inclusive community for disabled people, their carers and allies).


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Jamie Rowlands - Gowling WLG

Protecting your brand in China - is it worth it?

Jamie has 20 years of experience enforcing and protecting IP with a particular focus on patents. Before returning to the UK in 2019, Jamie was based in China in Gowling WLG's representative office in Guangzhou, in his role of Chief Representative Officer.

 He is ranked as a leading individual in the World Trademark Review 1000 and in the IAM Patent 1000.


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Sara Sefton - Bristows

When Goliath sues David; considerations when advising the smaller defendant 

Sara is an associate in the brands team at Bristows, working on contentious and non-contentious matters.

She recently acted for Glebe farm against Oatly in the UK High Court.


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Charlotte Wilding - Wedlake Bell

UK case law update

Charlotte Wilding heads up the growing trade mark practice at Wedlake Bell LLP and her brand protection expertise includes trade marks, designs and IP strategy and management.

She conducts and advises on due diligence projects, and company name, customs and domain name disputes. Charlotte has a fantastic reputation in the market as a technically excellent attorney with superb client skills.


IET London

IET London, 2 Savoy Pl, London, WC2R 0BL

This year we will be at IET London: Savoy Place – a historic and award-winning venue on the River Thames which has recently undergone a £30 million refurbishment.

Located in the heart of London IET London: Savoy Place is easily accessible and close to many of the City’s most iconic landmarks.

Tube: Temple, Embankment, Blackfriars

The Refinery, 12 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3BF

Our exclusive drinks reception will be held at The Refinery, a stylish bar on the peaceful New Street Square. With floor-to-ceiling windows, the gorgeous space is flooded with light and offers a cosy alfresco terrace. It is conveniently located between Fleet Street and Chancery Lane.

Tube: Chancery Lane

Giving something back

You have the choice of two additional activities to support your community or small businesses. 

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Advice clinic

Provide 30 minutes of vital trade mark advice to a small business who might otherwise be unable to afford it.

Volunteer two hours of your afternoon on Wednesday 16th March to help small businesses by taking part in our virtual advice clinic. You will be able to choose a time slot and take part in up to three 30 minute slots across two hours.

You must be a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney or other qualified legal professional to participate.

Vauxhall City Farm

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Help Vauxhall City Farm tackle big jobs on the farmyard such as building animal enclosures, planting for the new season or redecorating the farm from 1pm to 4:30pm on Wednesday 16th March. 

Participation in the CSR activites are optional. Please select your preferred option when booking. 


Your ticket includes:

  • Complimentary drinks reception
  • Five hours' CPD sessions
  • A delicious lunch
  • Access to one of our CSR activities 
  • All the tea and coffee you can drink
  • Exclusive access to presentation slides

Earlybird rate (until 17th February) 

CITMA member: £350

Standard: £425

Full rate (from 18th February)

CITMA member: £400

Standard: £475

Keeping you safe

We are commited to ensuring a safe environment at our events and will continue to review and act on the latest NHS and government coronavirus advice and guidance.

For your safety there will be additional measures in place and we will let you know about these ahead of the event.

If you do have any symptoms of coronavirus we will ask you not to attend.

Click here to read our current coronavirus events policy