Disruption: the world and IP

Spring Conference speaker

Welcome to our 2019 Spring Conference – two full days of exciting networking opportunities and CPD sessions with IP professionals from across the globe.

Our conference will tackle ‘Disruption: the world and IP’ with a diverse range of speakers from private practice in the UK and EU as well as in-house attorneys from huge names including IBM, Bayer and Superdry.

In addition to experiencing valuable talks on such a wide range of topics as blockchain, Brexit and artificial intelligence – do also make use of the breaks to network with IP professionals in our break-out areas.

Drinks recpetion

Host city for the 2019 Spring Conference is London and we expect a full house at our historic venue in the heart of the city - IET London: Savoy Place.

Preceding the conference is an Intensive Design Seminar on 13th March hosted by Gowling WLG at More London Riverside – just down the river from the main conference venue.

On the afternoon of 13th March, welcome drinks will be held at nearby Brigade Bar + Kitchen, London Bridge where you can celebrate the start of the 2019 conference with UK and international attorneys, solicitors, barristers and support service providers.

An impressive line-up of speakers includes:

  • Our keynote speaker the Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chris Smith, Chairman, IPReg
  • James Sweeting, Senior IP Counsel, Superdry
  • Sylvie Martin Acosta, Head of Trademarks, EMEA, IBM
  • Jade MacIntyre, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Kelly Saliger, CMS
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We are looking forward to announcing more speakers in the coming weeks.

Our Conference Dinner, hosted on 14th March, will be at Altitude 360 on the 29th floor of Westminster’s highest building Millbank Tower. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience the 360-degree views of the city while networking with speaker and attendees from around the world.

Secure your place today by clicking ‘Book Now’.

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Meet the speakers

Keynote speech
Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury (Chris Smith), IPReg


Chris began his political career as a Labour Councillor, becoming MP for Islington South and Finsbury in 1983. When Labour came to power in 1997 he became Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, and Chairman of the Millennium Commission.


Over four years as Secretary of State he restored free admission to national museums and galleries, established NESTA, the Film Council, Creative Partnerships for schools, and the Foundation for Youth Music, expanded funding for the arts and sport, championed the creative industries for the first time in Government, and began the switchover process for digital television.


Chris returned to the back benches in 2001, playing a leading role in opposing the Iraq war, standing down from the Commons in 2005. Immediately afterwards he was made a life peer, taking his seat in the House of Lords in July 2005.  Chris currently sits on the crossbenches as an independent Peer.


Currently the Chairman of the Intellectual Property Regulation Board, Chris is also the Master of Pembroke College Cambridge.


Fashion perspective and Blockchain
James Sweeting, Senior IP Counsel, Superdry


James heads up the in-house IP team at fashion brand and retailer Superdry. James’ team is charged with safeguarding Superdry’s intellectual property rights around the world. They deal with IP litigation, registry proceedings, prosecutions and brand and design clearance. They also work closely with the business to manage supply chain issues, licensing, distribution and marketing initiatives.


During his time in private practice, James has been involved in several high-profile trade mark cases involving issues such as genuine use, comparative advertising, and AdWords.


Protecting AI/Specs/Skylink
Sylvie Martin -  IBM Trademark Counsel for EMEA countries


Sylvie is based in Nice (France). She joined the IBM France IP Law Department in April 1990 and has been involved in many IP matters.


Since 2008, Sylvie has overseen IBM Corporation trade mark matters in Europe Middle-East & Africa (EMEA). In this role, Sylvie and her team handle trade mark clearance, filing, prosecution and any related enforcement or contractual activity in EMEA countries, either internally or through outside law firms.


English cases law decisions
Jade MacIntyre, Allen & Overy LLP


Jade is a Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney, European Trade Mark and Design Attorney, specialising in trade mark prosecution and portfolio management.


Working with major brands and international organisations in relation to trade mark selection, clearance searches, enforcement (including anti-counterfeiting, oppositions and revocations, passing off and domain name disputes) and agreements (licenses, assignments and co-existence).


Jade’s experience spans advertising and media, entertainment and hospitality, as well as financial services, telecommunications, manufacturing and consumer goods sectors.


Changes of registry proceedings - European panel
Chair:  Kelly Saliger, CMS
Netherlands, France & Germany


Kelly trained as a Barrister and cross-qualified as a Solicitor in March 2012. Later the same year she also qualified as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. Kelly has been working in IP since 2009, with Olswang LLP before its recent merger with CMS UK.

Kelly sits on the CITMA Council and is part of the Events Committee. She has previous secondment experience for Sky International and spent a number of months working with her colleagues in the Paris office on an international litigation case.

The venue

This year we will be at IET London: Savoy Place – a historic and award-winning venue on the River Thames which has recently undergone a £30 million refurbishment.

Located in the heart of London IET London: Savoy Place is easily accessible and close to many of the City’s most iconic landmarks.


Delegate place (inclusive of social events)

Super-early rate available until 29th January

  • CITMA members - £665 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-members - £810 (VAT exempt)

Early rate available 30th January – 19th February

  • CITMA members - £700 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-members - £845 (VAT exempt)

Regular rate available 20th February – 6th March

  • CITMA member - £820 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-members - £965 (VAT exempt)


  • CITMA members - £435 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-members - £450 (VAT exempt)

Socials only tickets - Welcome Drinks Reception, Wednesday 13th March

  • CITMA member - £56 + £11.20 VAT = £67.20
  • Non-member - £66 + £13.20 = £79.20

Socials only ticket - Conference Dinner, Thursday 14th March

  • CITMA member - £90 + £18 Vat = £108
  • Non-member - £120 + £24 VAT = £144

Intensive Design Seminar (if purchased with a conference registration), Wednesday 13th March

  • CITMA member - £100 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-member - £140 (VAT exempt)


Connect with the IP profession and market your brand at the 2019 CITMA Spring Conference.

Our flagship event brings together the strength and vibrancy of the IP profession and we are inviting you to exhibit your services. 

The main exhibition floor is combined with our break out areas creating a real buzz whilst maintaining a relaxed atmosphere. The perfect conditions to network and promote your services.

  • Platinum stand: £850 + £170 VAT = £1,020
  • Gold stand: £650 + £130 VAT = £780

If you would like to exhibit at this year's CITMA Spring Conference, please contact Daniel Webb at Worldspan who will be happy to help - tel: 0161 504 1680 or email daniel.webb@worldspan.co.uk 

Travel and accommodation

IET London: Savoy Place is fully accessible by all major transport links in the capital. The nearest tube stations are Temple and Embankment.

We have put together a unique Hotel Map that shows deals available at nearby hotels.

If you require hotel accommodation during your stay with us, you are encouraged to secure your booking via Hotel Map as early as possible due to high demand in the area at this time of year.

You can choose which language you view the map in, change your arrival and departure dates, change the currency and change your room requirements.

To note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Visa support letters can be requested as part of the booking process.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: COB Wednesday 6th March 2018.