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Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) at UCL's Law Faculty

IBIL & MARQUES: Question the Trade Mark Judges

UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

IBIL & MARQUES: Question the Trade Mark Judges

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UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and MARQUES, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, invite you to meet and questions some of the judges that are regularly deciding our trade mark disputes.

Question the Trade Mark Judges


The chair The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob will pose a set of pre-selected questions from the audience to: 

  • The Hon Mr Justice Birss
  • Anna Carboni (Appointed Person)
  • Allan James (Senior Hearing Officer and Head of Trade Mark Tribunal, UK IPO)
  • Tony Willoughby (Adjudicator of domain name disputes for WIPO and Nominet and Chair of Nominet Expert Review Group)

on Wednesday 16 October 2013
from 6 - 7.30pm 



Cruciform Building Foyer
18:00 Welcome
Question the Panel
19:30 Reception in the UCL North Cloisters

About the panellists: 

Mr Justice Birss was called to the Bar in 1990. Sir Colin was standing counsel to the Comptroller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks from 2003 to 2008 and took Silk in 2008. In October 2010 he was appointed as both the Specialist Circuit Judge of the Patents County Court and the Chairman of the Copyright Tribunal. He received a section 9(1) authorisation very shortly after appointment and has already heard a number of substantial matters in the High Court. He served on the BSB Professional Conduct Committee and was a supporter of the Bar Pro Bono Unit. He has taught ethics to Middle Temple students, and has interviewed scholarship applicants.

Allan James became Head of Examination at the Intellectual Property Office in 1994 and then Head of the Office's Trade Mark Tribunal in May 2007. He is a senior Hearing Officer at the IPO and also a Company Name Adjudicator. Allan entered the field of intellectual property in 1988 when he joined the Patent Office (as it then was) and became one its Hearing Officers in 1991. He has gone on to deal with many of the high profile trade mark cases before the IPO including Ever Ready (the first dilution case in the UK), Duckams Green Oil (first inter partes dispute over a colour), Diana, Princess of Wales Trade Mark, Dyson’s Clear Bin Trade Mark, Have a Break, (the last two triggering preliminary references to the European Court of Justice) and, more recently, Direct line v esure in their dispute over a three dimensional computer mouse on wheels trade mark, and Cadbury v Nestle in their dispute about Cadbury's colour purple trade mark.

Anna Carboni  has over 25 years' experience as an intellectual property lawyer. Qualified as both a solicitor and a barrister, she now practises as a Solicitor Advocate, focusing on intellectual property dispute resolution and advice with Redd Solicitors. With a broad client base spanning a wide range of industries and professions including pharmaceuticals, software, consumer electronics, food and drink, luxury goods, office products, entertainment and insurance, Anna's main focus is on litigation and advice connected with trade marks, designs, copyright, confidential information and associated contract issues. Anna's past cases have taken her through the UK IPO, OHIM, the Patents County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal, the General Court and the Court of Justice of the European Union and have ranged from straightforward arguments through urgent ex parte applications, interim injunctions and multi-jurisdictional litigation, to complex appeals. Anna has substantial advocacy expertise, having qualified as a Solicitor Advocate in 2000 and more recently spending seven years as an independent barrister. While she enjoys litigating, Anna is also an enthusiastic advocate of mediation in appropriate cases. She is herself an experienced mediator, as well as being an Appointed Person under the Trade Marks Act 1994. Rated by the directories as a leader in the field, Legal 500 (2011) described Anna as an "assured litigator", while the World Trademark Review 1000 (2012) has her down as "hugely talented" and in the top tier for trade mark enforcement and litigation in the UK. 

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When & Where

UCL Cruciform Lecture Theatre
Cruciform Building
Gower Street

United Kingdom

Wednesday, October 16, 2013 at 6:00 PM (BST)

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UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law was established in 2007, by the late Sir Hugh Laddie, to reflect UCL’s strategy of expanding its activity in the field of intellectual property law. IBIL is based in the UCL Faculty of Laws. IBIL's Director, from April 2011, will be The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob who has been appointed to the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in IP Law. 

IBIL is sponsored by IBIL Sponsoring firms are: Taylor Wessing LLP;  8 New Square and GlaxoSmithKline; 3 New Square, Arnold & Porter, Bird & Bird, Linklaters, Powell Gilbert , Rouse, Simmons & Simmons and Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co.

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