Professionally, I am a trademark attorney, being a Fellow of the UK Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (“CITMA”). I am not a solicitor, but I do hold a Higher Courts Certificate to practice in the English Courts.
I have a strong interest in domain names dating from 1996, when I registered my first domain name. In 1999 I was invited to become a founder member of the Policy Advisory Board of Nominet UK (the registry of .uk domain names), and chaired that Board between 2006 and 2010, when I was shortlisted for appointment to the ICANN board.
I read Economics, Politics and History at Strathclyde University, Glasgow between 1964 and 1968, worked briefly as a journalist and joined the trademark profession in 1969. I qualified in 1972 and worked for what was then Reckitt & Colman and in private practice before establishing my first trademark practice in 1979. Most recently, I have acted ‘of Counsel’ to a London law firm which acquired my practice in 2015 and to a Dublin based European Trade Mark Attorney practice.
I was a member of Council of the predecessor of the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and of the European trademark association ECTA for many years serving on ECTA’s Professional Affairs Committee and the Internet Committee (which I chaired until 2006).
I was part of the liaison group set up by the UK Government to give the profession’s views on proposals to establish the then EEC trade mark registration system that led to the establishment of the EUIPO.
My hobbies are narrow boating, pretending to play the 5 string banjo and exhibiting my 1952 built Scammell Mountaineer and a 1950 built trailer which was the first hydraulic trailer ever built in which I am part owner (both pictured in the back ground) and which is a regular feature of the Great Dorset Steam Fair which Morag (my Scammell) and I have attended almost every year since 2003.
I am a former Chair of the Joint Examining Board for entry onto the UK registers of patent attorneys and trade mark attorneys. Between 2011 and 2018 I was a lecturer and tutor focussing on domain name recovery on the Nottingham Law School Professional Certificate in Trade Mark Practice which all aspiring trademark attorneys in the UK must take to qualify to practice.