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Ese Akpogheneta, Nucleus IP
10.05am - Relying on passing off as earlier unregistered trade mark rights in oppositions
Ese specialises in intellectual property issues relating to trade marks, designs and domain names in the UK, EU and worldwide. Specifically managing all aspects of prosecution, including searching, general pre and post filing advice, filing programs, disputes, appeals, assignments and licence projects, domain name and design issues and renewals, as well as portfolio management for clients ranging from individuals to SMEs to multi nationals in various sectors.
Ese is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and is an active CITMA Council member. She volunteers at our free business advice clinics where advice is given on brand protection and ways of avoiding infringement.
Leanne Hall, Serjeants
10.40am - Amendments to EU Trade Mark Directive and regulation and its impact on oppositions
Leanne graduated from DeMontfort University in 2008 having gained an LLB (Hons) degree in Law. After completing her degree, she started working as a trainee trade mark attorney at a large intellectual property firm. She qualified as a trade mark attorney in 2012 and then moved in-house to a large engineering company. Leanne joined Serjeants in October 2016 and advises clients on the protection and enforcement of trade marks.
Leanne is a Member of CITMA.
Peter Brownlow, Bird & Bird LLP
11.45am - Unregistered trade mark rights - a European perspective
Peter is a partner at Bird and Bird, specialising in intellectual property and has built a market-leading practice in trade mark, copyright, and designs. He has worked on some of the highest profile disputes in this field as well as on non-contentious work, including global rebranding and worldwide IP protection strategies.
Peter’s litigation work includes representing Sany Heavy Industry Co,; Sportradar, and most recently Assos of Switzerland and Merck KGaA. His recent non-contentious work includes managing Monster Energy’s trade mark work across Europe and Asia and the re-branding of Everything Everywhere to EE, he also advises Associated Newspapers on their trade mark strategy relating to the well-known METRO trade mark.
Peter is an active Member of CITMA and has served on our Designs and Copyright working group since 1996. He is chair of INTA’s European Amicus Brief sub-committee.
Roland Mallinson, Taylor Wessing
12.20pm - Geographical indications and designations
Roland is a partner in the IP & media group of Collyer Bristow and is head of the Brand Management practice in London.
He has over 20 years' experience specialising in national and cross-border contentious and non-contentious "soft" IP matters, including trade mark, designs and copyright disputes and litigation, lookalikes, anti-counterfeiting, domain name and content infringements, trade mark clearance, prosecution, oppositions and strategic portfolio advice, comparative advertising and all types of commercial transactions involving these rights.
James St Ville, 8 New Square
2.25pm - Commercial ways to resolve disputes
James St Ville was called to the Bar in 1995. James appears in patent, registered design, design right, copyright, database right, confidential information, computer contract and IT disputes many of which deal with complex engineering, electronics and software and is an author of Russell-Clarke and Howe on Industrial Designs (9th Edition, 2016) with Martin Howe QC and Ashton Chantrielle. He is regularly instructed in trade mark, passing off, data protection and threats actions, including domain name and internet disputes and appears in the High Court, Patents Court, Technology and Construction Court, Court of Appeal, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC), UK IPO, EU IPO (formerly OHIM) and General Court of the EU.
James represents clients at mediations, advises in relation to IP disputes in other common law jurisdictions such as Singapore and Jersey, and has sat as an examiner in response to overseas letters of request.
Amanda Michaels, Hogarth Chambers
3pm - When settlement fails - best practice in UKIPO opposition proceedings and beyond
Amanda has a wealth of experience in a broad field of practice, ranging from trade marks and passing off, copyright and designs, breach of confidence and related commercial disputes in the media and entertainment field, to broader contractual and Chancery disputes. She has acted for multinational brand and copyright owners, film, TV and record companies, and collecting societies, as well as for SMEs and individuals in disputes in the music/record industry, films, advertising, television, and publishing, often involving issues of contract or partnership law. She deals with a wide variety of copyright and design disputes, many in the fashion industry, and contractual/property disputes of all kinds.
Amanda is especially well-known as a trade mark specialist, dealing with trade mark and passing off matters at all levels, in UK and Community Courts.
Kelly Clarke, CMS
4.05pm - Honest concurrent use
Kelly trained as a Barrister and cross-qualified as a Solicitor in March 2012. Later the same year she also qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Kelly has been working in IP since 2009, formerly with Olswang LLP before its recent merger with CMS UK.
Kelly is a Member of CITMA. She serves on the CITMA Council and is part of the Events Committee. She has previous secondment experience for Sky International and spent a number months working with her colleagues in the Paris Office on an international litigation case.
Bonita Trimmer, Browne Jacobson
4.40pm - A round up of UK Appointed Person/court decisions involving earlier rights in the last 12 months
Bonita has over 20 years' experience specialising in IP, with a particular focus on brands and designs disputes. Her experience includes some high profile trade mark infringement and passing off cases including The London Taxi Corporation Ltd (t/a The London Taxi Company) v Frazer-Nash Research Ltd & Anor  EWHC 52 (Ch) &  EWCA Civ 175, Comic Enterprises Ltd v Twentieth Century Fox Flim Corp  EWHC 185 (Ch), Hasbro Inc & Ors v 123 Nahrmittel GmbH & Anor  EWHC 199 (Ch) and Sterling Fluid System’s Licence of Right (Copyright) Application  RPC 775 (PO).
Bonita has a diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from Bristol University and is an active member of CITMA and AIPPI. She has written over 45 published articles on IP issues.
Bonita is a Member of CITMA and serves on our Midlands Region working group.