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IPReg appoints new CEO

Date: 02/08/2017

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer, Fran Gillon.

Fran has joined IPReg following previous roles in the legal services and regulatory environment, including at Ofgem, Postcomm, Legal Services Board (LSB) and as a Special Adviser at Slaughter & May.

She took up the role on 1st August 2017 and replaces Ann Wright, who was the CEO for the past eight years.

CITMA President Kate O’Rourke said: “We very much welcome Fran to ...

Tags: Regulation

Unjustified Threats Bill awaits royal assent

Date: 10/04/2017

The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill has passed the report stage and third reading, and is now awaiting Royal Assent.

Below, Design and Copyright Working Group member Simon Miles (Edwin Coe LLP) looks at the changes to the law which the Bill will bring about when it comes into force.

Unjustified threats bill

UK law provides a statutory right of redress against unjustified (or groundless) threats to sue for infringement of a patent, trade mark or design right. Threats to sue ...

LSB publishes new legal regulation vision

Date: 14/09/2016

The Legal Services Board (LSB) has published its vision for the way legal services in England and Wales are regulated.

In its 46-page paper, LSB outlines options for the future regulatory framework of the legal sector in England and Wales. Click here for more details and to read the full paper.

Legal Services Board Chairman, Sir Michael Pitt, said: “We believe that further legislative reform would help address current challenges and make the step change needed to improve outcomes for ...

Tags: Regulation

New IPreg chair appointed

Date: 03/05/2016

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) has appointed Caroline Corby as its new Chair, she joined the organisation on 1 May.

Caroline has 15 years of board level experience from roles spanning both public and private sector bodies. Her background includes various roles in the probation service, family courts, finance and healthcare.

Set up by ITMA and the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) in 2010, IPReg is the independent regulatory body for Registered Trade Mark and ...

Tags: Regulation

Vacancy on trade mark regulatory board

Date: 17/09/2015


The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) is advertising for a registered trade mark attorney to sit on the Trade Mark Regulation Board.

The board includes three professional members and is responsible for all regulatory functions relating to the profession including qualification, professional standards, and conduct and disciplinary matters.

Candidates must be on the Trade Mark Register and cannot have served on the ITMA’s council in the last 12 months. The appointment ...

Tags: Regulation

IPReg invites comments on 2016 plans

Date: 12/08/2015

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) is inviting comments on its 2016 business plan, budget and practice fees.

For more information about the consultation and to read the documents visit IPReg’s website.

Comments should be sent to: ipreg@ipreg.org.uk by Monday 7 September.

IPReg is the regulatory body of patent attorneys & trade mark attorneys.

Tags: Regulation

ABS Explained - recording of live webcast

Date: 12/02/2015

CIPA and ITMA recently put on a live webcast to explore the new ABS requirements and offer practical help for members who find themselves having to get to grips with the application process. 

This live webcast, featured Keith Hodkinson from CIPA and Maggie Ramage from ITMA, took an in-depth look at the ABS licensing requirements and includes a step-by-step guide to completing the application process and putting in place the documentary evidence required by IPReg.

If you missed it and ...

Tags: Regulation

IPReg publish guidance on Client Monies (Code of Conduct, Rule 11 - Financial Matters)

Date: 06/02/2015

The Intellectual Property Regulation Board (IPReg) has published guidance related to the holding of client monies. The guidance has been issued to provide clarity to Registered Trade Mark Attorneys and Patent Attorneys in ensuring compliance with Rule 11 - Financial Matters of the Code of Conduct which came into force on 1 January 2015. 

The guidance can be found here.

Tags: Regulation

IPReg letter to all registrants and entities

Date: 11/12/2014

On 10 December 2014, IPReg sent a letter to all registrants and entities. The text of the letter is set out below. At the bottom of this page is a statement from CIPA and ITMA.

Dear Registrant,

In 2010 the profession took on board new regulatory requirements and did so with a positive and constructive outlook. Your professionalism has helped create a regulatory regime which is held in high regard.

Five years on and we now approach a further set of developments: I am delighted to confirm ...

Tags: CITMA, Regulation