Strategies for success

We are delighted to be bringing the UK and international trade mark communities together in London for our annual festival of learning and networking.

Gain practical strategies for success and connect with our community of trade mark professionals at our Spring Conference.

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Hosted in the iconic Waldorf Hilton in London, the conference will equip you with practical advice that you can take into your work to help you and your clients.

You also have the opportunity to enjoy a complimentary glass while making new connections at the evening drinks reception.

This year’s CPD talks and networking drinks will take place across one day, with our volunteering activities the day before.

Earn five hours’ CPD

A host of barristers will join industry experts to form our experienced line-up of speakers, including:

  • Denise McFarland, 3 New Square
  • Simon Malynicz KC, Hogarth Chambers
  • Philip Harris, Appointed Person for Trade Marks
  • Victor Foo, Joseph Joseph 
  • Priti Kochhar, Philip Morris International

They will share their strategies for success and challenge you to think beyond the day-to-day norm.

Talk topics include:

  • Design protection strategies
  • Brand protection and clearance, an in-house perspective
  • Managing IP risk
  • Acquiescence
  • How to develop your advocacy and litigation skills
  • Updates on the latest UK & EU case law

Giving back

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We are also giving you the opportunity to give back by volunteering at local children’s charity Coram’s Fields or by taking part in our trade mark advice clinics.

In the heart of Bloomsbury, Coram’s Fields provides a safe place for children from the local community to spend time. Our delegates will be helping to keep the grounds fit for play.

What to expect

Hosted across one day of networking and learning, your ticket includes access to:

  • Exclusive content and talks
  • Complimentary drinks reception
  • Five hours’ CPD
  • Lunch
  • Tea and coffee throughout the day
  • Volunteer and give something back

Please note that the volunteering activities will take place the afternoon before the formal conference proceedings.

Last year’s event sold out, so book early to avoid disappointment.


To download the full programme, please click here.

Thursday 16th March 2023









Registration with light refreshments






Keven Bader, CITMA





Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA




Amanda Michaels, Barrister, Deputy Judge of IPEC and Appointed Person




In-house panel: Brand protection and clearance

Our in-house panel will share their insight on brand protection. More details to follow.

Chair: Richard Goddard, BP

Victor Foo, Joseph Joseph

Priti Kochhar, Philip Morris International (PMI Global Studio Limited)

Jack Randles, Manolo Blahnik




Tea and coffee break





EU Case law update

We will dissect a selection of key decisions from the EU and help you to understand what the main takeaway practice points are. 

Jana Bogatz, D Young & Co




My path to becoming an Appointed Person 

How you can embrace taking advantage of the full range of your advocacy and litigation rights. Philip will also share his journey from Chartered Trade Mark Attorney to Appointed Person.

Philip Harris, Appointed Person for Trade Marks










UK Case law update

We'll assess some of the recent key decisions from the UK and discuss what they mean for you.

Simon Malynicz KC, Hogarth Chambers




Design protection strategies

A deep dive into effective strategies to protect products around the world, we will go deeper into the pros and cons of registered vs unregistered rights. Our speakers will also look at how the different options can affect how they are enforced, including copyright.

John Coldham, Gowling WLG

Jade MacIntyre, Deloitte




Tea and coffee break






An expert overview of the law of acquiescence in relation to trade mark matters. We will cover statutory acquiescence, under the Trade Marks Act as well as also common law acquiescence, as a defence to infringement allegations.

Denise McFarland, 3 New Square




Panel: Perspectives on managing IP risk

What steps should you be taking to manage risk and make sure you’re covered.

David Bloom, Safeguard iP

Redvers Cunningham, Thomas Miller




Closing remarks

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA




Networking drinks reception in Palm Court







Meet your speakers

David Bloom, Safeguard iP

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David is a qualified solicitor with over 15 years’ experience advising clients on the exploitation and protection of IP. 

With first-hand experience of how investment in IP can be undermined by copycats and predatory competitors, David left the legal profession in 2014 to establish Safeguard iP, the UKs only dedicated IP Insurance Broker. His clients include innovative business of all sizes looking to protect their investment in IP.

David writes and speaks regularly on the benefits of IP insurance, especially for the SME market and works closely with the UKIPO who are actively seeking to encourage UK businesses to put IP insurance in place. 

Jana Bogatz, D Young & Co


Jana leads the Munich team of D Young & Co. Before joining D Young & Co as a Partner in 2018, she has worked in private practice, as an in-house lawyer for international retail and luxury goods companies, and as an examiner at the EUIPO.

Her particular focus is on the development of global trade mark and design filing strategies, the optimisation of trade mark and design portfolios, the enforcement of trade marks, designs and domains against infringements and dilution by third parties through court actions, as well as negotiation and conclusion of IP related agreements.

Jana is also involved in various projects for INTA, MARQUES and GRUR and has also been selected for four consecutive years as an auditor for the EUIPO’s quality management system SQAP.

John Coldham, Gowling WLG

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John Coldham is Gowling WLG's UK Head of Brands and Designs, and co-heads the global practice. John also jointly heads the firm's Retail and Leisure Sector.

He won the Client Choice Award for Designs in both 2019 and 2021, and has been recognised as a 'star lawyer' by the Acritas Stars (now Thomson Reuters Stand Out Lawyers) database each year since 2017. John also has MIP's 'IP Star' status in both trademarks and designs (one of only two lawyers in the UK to hold the latter title).

John is also very involved with IP policy, particularly in the area of designs, where he has particular experience.

He chairs the CITMA's Design and Copyright Committee, as well as being an active member of similar committees at MARQUES, IP Federation, and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA). 

Redvers Cunningham, Thomas Miller Professional Indemnity

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Redvers is a barrister and the Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Miller Professional Indemnity, where he is responsible for managing five mutuals.

These include PAMIA which insures the vast majority of trade mark and patent attorneys in private practice in the UK and Ireland.

He has managed PAMIA for nearly 30 years; in that time he has been involved in the defence of every claim brought against members of both IP professions, giving him an unrivalled insight into the risks they face.

Victor Foo, Joseph Joseph

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Before joining Joseph Joseph, initially as IP Counsel, Victor worked for luxury goods group Richemont, responsible for anti-counterfeiting on brands such as Mont Blanc and Chloe.

Victor also held project management roles with GlaxoSmithKline and BP, working on IP due diligence and transactions. 

With over a decade of experience in brand management and protection, Victor brings multi-industry perspective from fashion and drugs to motor oil and homewares.

Victor trained as a solicitor in Malaysia with local firm Raja Darryl & Loh, and as a UK trade mark attorney with Linklaters.

Richard Goddard, BP

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Richard is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at BP, where his work includes advising on the registration, enforcement and licensing of trade marks and designs.

Richard joined the profession in 2003, working in private practice for several years before moving in-house.

Philip Harris, Lane IP

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Currently Head of Dispute Resolution at Lane IP, Philip has worked in the field of trade marks and IP for 35 years as a trade mark attorney, solicitor, barrister and, most recently, as an Appointed Person at UKIPO hearing Trade Mark Appeals.

He spent 20 of those years with a leading London firm, rising to partner and Head of Department.

He also found time to be President of ITMA, a founder member of the IPReg and a tutor/examiner on the Nottingham Trent University Trade Mark Practice course.

Priti Kochhar, Philip Morris International

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Priti is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with over 15 years working in the field, mainly in-house. Priti recently joined Philip Morris International as Counsel – Trade Marks, Copyright and Designs and prior to this, she was Trade Mark Counsel at Coca-Cola.  Priti has also held roles in IP teams for Diageo and Unilever.

Priti advises business and marketing teams for various global brands on a range of matters relating to trademarks, copyright and designs, and has a great deal of experience in global filing and clearance strategies, IP enforcement, trade mark disputes and approval of marketing materials.

Jade MacIntyre, Deloitte LLP

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Jade is the Head of Trade Marks at Deloitte LLP and sits on the council of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.

Jade has represented clients before the UK IPO, the High Court and the EUIPO boards of Appeal. 

Her experience spans a wide variety of sectors and industries; advertising and media, entertainment and hospitality, financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer goods.

Jade is a regular and popular speaker on UK trade mark law. She has worked primarily in private practice, but has spent a year working in America in the in-house trade mark team of a major technology company based in Seattle.

Simon Malynicz KC, Hogarth Chambers


Simon was appointed KC in 2016 and won IP 100's KC of the year (IP/ media) in 2022.

He has an extensive IP practice, and also handles commercial cases with an intellectual property element.

He appears regularly in the High Court, Court of Appeal, and General Court of the EU, as well appearing in or advising on proceedings before the UKIPO and EUIPO. 

Denise McFarland, Three New Square

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Denise  is a senior member of Three New Square IP Chambers and has huge advocacy and mediation experience across all levels of Court and Tribunal and all aspects of IP Law.

She is particularly well known for her trade mark practice,  and as a member of CITMA is a regular contributor to speaker panels and  to the CITMA Review.

Denise also teaches IP Law to final year undergraduates at the University of Cambridge, and is a trained Mentor.  

Amanda Michaels, Barrister, Deputy Judge of IPEC and Appointed Person

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Amanda is a trade mark specialist, dealing with trade mark and passing off matters of all kinds, in Courts and Registries and on appeal.

She also has a wealth of experience in IP and Media and Entertainment matters,  including copyright and designs, breach of confidence, film, TV, music industry, advertising  and publishing disputes.

Her cases often involve issues of contract or ownership of rights.

Amanda sits part-time as a Deputy Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and as an Appointed Person under the Trade Marks Act 1994, hearing appeals from the UKIPO.

Amanda co-authors ‘A Practical Guide to Trade Mark Law’ 5th edition, OUP.

Jack Randles, Manolo Blahnik

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Jack is Head of Legal at luxury brand Manolo Blahnik.

Jack is responsible for global brand protection, anti-counterfeiting and intellectual property as well as commercial and legal advice for the business.

Prior to joining Manolo Blahnik, Jack worked at DLA Piper focusing on intellectual property issues for retail, hospitality, media, sports and entertainment clients.

Kelly Saliger, CITMA First Vice-President

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A dual qualified Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and Solicitor, Kelly has a wealth of experience advising brand owners on all matters relating to trade mark and design portfolios.

Kelly has over 10 years’ experience in the field and specialises in international litigation, enforcement and strategy particularly in the field of technology and media. She has led cases before the General Court. 

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA President

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Rachel advises on all aspects of trade mark and design protection and enforcement, including global filing strategies, clearance searching and transactions involving intellectual property for the UK, EU, Madrid Protocol and overseas. 

Rachel specialises in trade mark disputes such as infringements, oppositions, cancellation actions, company and domain name disputes and dispute resolution. 

She is currently the CITMA President and was the Chair of the Law & Practice Committee for many years, so has regular interaction with government officials at the UK IPO, EUIPO and WIPO, amongst others.

Our venue

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Our conference is taking place at The Waldorf Hilton on Aldwych, a five minute walk from the Royal Courts of Justice. Featuring some of London's finest conference facilities, we will enjoy the collision of tradition and the contemporary.

Following a packed day of learning, our drinks reception will take place in The Waldorf's historic Palm Court - the perfect space for you to relax and solidify your connections from the day.


Since The Waldorf’s debut in 1908, this grand old lady of Theatreland has had a glittering career.

The Waldorf, famously named after William Waldorf Astor, has a wealth of history.

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The original idea for The Waldorf came from an entrepreneur and charted accountant (Edward Sanders and Thomas Wild), however, they needed £700,000 to begin its development.

It is rumoured that William Waldorf Astor came to their rescue, as he invested the funds they needed.

In return, the pair named the hotel after him as a sign of gratitude.

Although some areas have been restored and re-furbished, rooms such as the Executive Boardroom still remain in place; which used to be a gentleman’s smoking room. 

Your opportunity to give back

Volunteering opportunities

We are offering you two optional opportunities to donate your time and expertise to good causes in your community and beyond.

Coram's Fields

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© Coram's Fields

In the heart of Bloomsbury, Coram’s Fields has provided a safe place for children from the local community since 1936.

It supports families in the local area, providing a wide programme of activities and sessions across the year. At its peak during the summer, Coram's Fields sees about 1000 visitors per day.

The day before our core conference programme, our delegates will be helping to keep the grounds fit for play.

The jobs include painting, gardening and general upkeep of the grounds. 

The programme for Wednesday 15th March is as follows:

  • 1pm: arrival
  • 1pm-1.30pm: teas and coffees 
  • 1.30pm: brief introduction to Coram’s Fields and allocation of roles
  • 1.45pm-4.15pm: main activities 
  • 4.30pm: group leaves

Online advice clinic

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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 the day before the conference 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.

Carbon offset

We take our responsibility to the environment seriously and our pledge to become net zero is a key factor.

Your ticket for the conference will include a small contribution to offsetting the carbon output from our delegates' travel to the event – this will be used to fund sustainability projects across the globe via Ecologi.


Your ticket includes:

  • Complimentary drinks reception
  • Five hours' CPD sessions
  • A delicious lunch
  • Access to one of our CSR activities 
  • Exclusive access to presentation slides

Member rate: £425

Standard rate: £500

Please click here to read our terms and conditions.


You can stay at the Waldorf Hilton with an exclusive 15% discount for delegates.

The rates are subject to change depending on demand, but will always be 15% off the best available rate. 

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  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 5pm, Friday 3rd March.