Become an expert at avoiding and overcoming registration obstacles at our annual CITMA Paralegal Seminar. 

We are delighted to announce this year’s CITMA Paralegal Seminar, obstacles to trade mark registration, which will take place online over two afternoons -  12:30pm to 1:30pm on Wednesday, 25th November and 12:30pm to 2pm on Friday, 27th November.

Our speakers will be sharing their expert knowledge to equip you with the answers you need to be one step ahead when it comes to trade mark registration. 

You will gain exclusive insight into what the different offices like to see and what pitfalls to look out for, as well as practical hints and tips, that will ensure your opposition has the best chance of succeeding.

Become an expert and be one step ahead when you register a trade mark. 

Day one - trade mark examination reports

David Yeoman from Keltie will investigate the types of examination reports commonly encountered when filing trade mark applications under the Madrid Protocol. He will also provide you with expert insight on how to manage them effectively.

David will also do a brief run through of the trade mark application process for UK, EUTMs and IRs. He will highlight where the examination report sits within the timeline followed by a closer look at the nature of the issues typically raised at examination stage. David will then explore how these issues can be overcome to keep your application moving forward.

We will also be providing you with a short reading supplement to prepare you for this insightful talk.

Meet your speaker:

David Yeomans

David Yeoman, Keltie

David is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. His responsibilities include the prosecution of UK and EU trade marks, trade mark audits, conducting clearance searches and handling contentious matters such as trade mark opposition proceedings, infringement matters, revocation and invalidity actions.  David also advises in relation to the law of passing-off.

David’s professional experience spans a diverse range of business sectors ranging from clothing and consumer products to pharmaceuticals.


  • 12pm - Login available
  • 12:30pm - Presentation
  • 1:15pm - Q&A
  • 1:30pm - End

Learning outcomes:

  • Be an expert on what happens when an earlier registration is cited, what it means and how to respond.
  • Be confident when dealing with requests to clarify, amend and move a good or service in the specification.
  • Be knowledgeable about the time frames for responding and whether can they be extended?
  • Have a better understanding about what can happen if your response is deficient.
  • Know exactly what to look out for when filing IR applications.
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Day two – tactics for fighting successful oppositions

Steven Jennings from Lewis Silkin will guide you through filing oppositions in the UK and EU, equipping you with the skill and experience to get it consistently right. 

Steven will cover the differences involved in each form and share his exclusive insight into what the different offices like to see and what pitfalls to look out for.

Steven’s practical hints and tips will help ensure that your opposition has the best chance of succeeding - and not ending up foundering on procedural issues.

Meet your speaker:

Steven Jennings

Steven Jennings, Lewis Silkin

Steven is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Lewis Silkin. He has an unusual blend of experience because he originally began his career in IP as an examiner at the UK IPO, before moving into private practice.

Steven acts for a wide range of clients from individuals to multi-nationals, assisting them in the searching, selection, filing, registration, maintenance and then enforcement of trade mark rights on a global basis.

He helps clients choose the level of IP protection that best suits their project and their immediate needs, often costs can be spread over two financial years using International Convention priority filings.


  • 12pm - Login available
  • 12:30pm - Presentation
  • 1:45pm - Q&A
  • 2pm - End

Learning outcomes:

  • Become an expert on UK and EU opposition procedures and their effects on registration.
  • Be confident in responding to a variety UK and EU examination objections.
  • Gain practical hints and tips to help you to ensure that your opposition will have the best chance of succeeding.
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When you purchase a ticket, you will gain access to both afternoons of the seminar and to the event recording once the seminar has finished - giving you the flexibility you need to take part in our annual CITMA Paralegal Seminar. 

  • Member £100 (VAT exempt) 
  • Non-member £135 (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, 23rd November 2020.
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