UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL) and MARQUES, the European Association of Trade Mark Owners, invite you to meet and question some of the judges that are or were until recently 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:
on Wednesday 14 October 2015
from 6 - 7.30pm
This event is accredited with 1.5 CPD hours by the SRA and BSB. It constitutes relevant CPD with IPReg.
Cruciform Building foryer
|Question the Panel
|19:30||Reception in the UCL North Cloisters
About the panellists:
Sir Nicholas Forwood has been the UK judge at the EU General Court in Luxembourg since 1999, a position he steps down from in October 2015. He has been the Vice President of UKAEL since 2007. Born in 1948, he was educated at Cambridge University (BA 1969, MA 1973 (Mechanical Sciences and Law)), and was called to the English Bar in 1970, thereafter practising in London (1971-99) and also in Brussels (1979-99). He was called to the Irish Bar in 1981; appointed Queen's Counsel 1987; Bencher of the Middle Temple 1998; representative of the Bar of England and Wales at the Council of the Bars and Law Societies of the EU (CCBE) and Chairman of the CCBE's Permanent Delegation to the European Court of Justice (1995-99); Governing Board member of the World Trade Law Association and European Maritime Law Organisation (1993-2002);
Marianne Grabrucker studied law in Munich and Berlin. The first 10 years she practiced as executive and judge in administration law. After that she was promoted to the Federal Patent Court in 1990. Betwween 2000 and 2013 she was the Presiding Judge of the 29th Trademark Board at the German Federal Patent Court. She has published numerous articles on trade mark law, especially with respect to non-conventional trade marks, retail services trade marks and to bad faith. Furthermore she is co-author of a commentary on procedural law in trade marks at the Patent Court of Germany. She is an expert in international relationships in creating Trade Mark Law for new member states of the WTO in Asia in South-East-Europe. She teaches patent attorney trainees and lawyers in trade mark law, as well as students at the University of Dresden.
Geoffrey Hobbs QC is an advocate and advisor specialising in intellectual property law and related aspects of competition and commercial law. Winner of the IP/IT Silk of The Year 2012 Award at the Chambers Bar Awards, he is recommended as a Leading Silk by both Chambers UK (IP) and The Legal 500 (IP, Information Technology and Media, Entertainment & Sport). He is authorised to sit as a Deputy Judge in the High Court of England & Wales (Chancery Division). He is also the senior Appointed Person hearing Appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks under s76 Trade Marks Act 1994. He has acted as Arbitrator in both ICC and LCIA proceedings and is also an elected member of the SIAC Panel of Arbitrators.
Oliver Morris is a Principal Hearing Officer in the Trade Marks and Designs Tribunal. He is a life-long trade mark specialist having worked in the Intellectual Property Office’s trade marks division since 1991. He has performed a number of key technical and managerial roles over the years including work on the introduction of various new pieces of legislation including the relative grounds changes and the proof of use regime. As a Principal Hearing Officer, Oliver performs a quasi-judicial role, hearing and deciding the full range of contentious trade mark opposition, post registration, and design validity disputes. In 2008 he became one of the first Company Name Adjudicators appointed under the Companies Act to resolve conflicts between registered company names and trade names.
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: Taylor Wessing LLP; 8 New Square and GlaxoSmithKline; Arnold & Porter, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, Powell Gilbert , Rouse, Simmons & Simmons, WilmerHale, and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.
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