Tania Clark sets out her vision05 July 2018
Diversity, international cooperation and Brexit were among the key features of our President Tania Clark’s inaugural speech at last night’s Summer Reception.
Tania used the speech at the Refinery Bar in central London to set out her vision for CITMA over the next 20 months. She started her two-year term as President back in April.
On Brexit Tania reiterated that we will continue to fight for our profession in the negotiations leading up to the UK’s departure from the EU.
To date CITMA has engaged with senior officials from the IPO, government departments and MPs to get across the importance of IP and IP professionals in the EU-UK negotiations.
We have also produced a template letter which has allowed many of our members to contact their local MPs, further enhancing awareness of our cause.
“Post-Brexit we will also have to build on the rapport which we have already established with other IP organisations in Europe as cooperation with them in the future will be vital,” Tania said.
Encouraging diversity and inclusion within the IP professions continues to be important.
“When I first started in IP there were few women in senior roles and while this has changed - there is still a lot more to do…..Diversity is key if we are to attract and keep the best talent within our profession,” said Tania.
Tania urged any firms yet to sign to the IP Inclusive charter, to do so. The initiative, which to date has won two awards, was launched in 2016 by a cross-profession task-force.
She also encouraged members to volunteer for IP Pro Bono. The scheme provides IP advice and legal support for claimants and defendants in IP disputes.
An international outlook has never been more important and Tania is keen that CITMA further enhances this. “We must spread the word about our organisation,” Tania stated.
Speaking at and attending international events and conferences continues to be a vital way of engaging with our colleagues around the globe.
Tania will be speaking in Canada this October, and has already had a speaking slot at the ECTA conference in Athens, as well as attending the APRAM conference and evening reception (the French equivalent of CITMA) in Paris.
We have welcomed speakers from across the globe to speak at our webinars and Tania remarked on the intention to reciprocate this to further develop our reputation internationally.
Tania, who is a Partner at specialist intellectual property firm Withers & Rogers, was Vice-President of CITMA from 2016-2018, She has been a member for over 20 years and on our governing Council for more than 10. She was elected as a Fellow of CITMA in 2011 for her significant contribution to the organisation.