The Intellectual Property Regulation Board

The Disciplinary Panel

Lay Members

Veronica Hows – Since 1992 Veronica’s roles have included being a lay representative of the Southampton Employment Tribunals and the Council of the Inns of Court, where she has sat on disciplinary tribunals.

Lucy Melrose – Lucy is a lay member of Bar Standards Board and Council of the Inns of Court and also a lay assessor for the General Medical Council, where she has sat on disciplinary tribunals. 

Fiona Tankard – Fiona was a panel member of the General Teaching Council, Birmingham from 2010 – March 2012 and is currently a panel member of DfES Teaching Agency, appointed in February 2012.

Kim Tyrell – Kim is a publicly-appointed Member of the General Teaching Council, serving regularly on disciplinary committees.

Professional Members

Patent

Tom Hutchinson (UK and European patent attorney) qualified in 2006.  Founded Hutchinson IP Ltd in 2011.

Graham Lock (UK and European patent attorney) qualified in 1997.  Partner of Fry Heath Spence.

Stephen Powell (UK and European patent and trade mark attorney) qualified in 1982.  Consultant with Williams Powell.  He is a member of the Council of the Licensing Executives Society (Britain and Ireland) and a member of FICPI.

Henrietta Rooney (UK and European patent attorney) qualified in 2008.  Associate with Carpmaels & Ransford.

Trade Mark

Esmond Hitchcock (UK trade mark and patent attorney) qualified in 1990 and 1982 respectively. Retired partner of Marks & Clerk but continuing to work for them as a consultant.  Qualified Mediator (accredited by CEDR) since 2004.

Rebecca Kaye (UK and European Trade Mark Attorney) qualified in 2011.  Partner of Sipara.

Eric Ramage (UK and European Trade Mark Attorney) qualified in 1990.  Founding Partner of Alexander Ramage Associates in 1989.

Eric is deputy Chair of the Joint Examination Board for entry on to the registers of Patent Attorneys and Trade Mark Attorneys in the United Kingdom.  He was formerly a member of the governing Council of the UK based Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys.  He is a member of Council of the European Community Trade Mark Association (ECTA). 

Michael Varvill (UK Trade Mark Attorney) qualified in 1990.  Partner of HGF Law and Harrison Goddard Foote.