Beyond trade marks: a global perspective

This year, we’re expanding our outlook by inviting speakers from around the world to share their expertise with you.

Not only will you hear the latest global updates on pharmaceuticals, advertising, case law and more, but you will have the chance to learn from speakers from the Americas, Asia, Europe and beyond.

We're also offering you a once in a lifetime chance, to network with IP professionals from around the globe at the iconic Houses of Parliament. Enjoy an exclusive tour of the parliamentary estate and a three-course dinner in the Members’ Dining Room.

Your ticket includes:

  • Welcome drinks reception
  • Gala Dinner at the Houses of Parliament
  • Tour of the Houses of Parliament (first 150 booked delegates)
  • Two days of talks and lively discussion on global IP

Don’t miss our most international event yet!

What to expect

Wednesday 18th March, 6pm - 8pm, welcome drinks reception

Join us at the recently refurbished Brassiere Blanc, Southbank

Enjoy a welcome evening of drinks and canapés, plus, a chance to network with delegates from all over the world.

See venues for more information.

Thursday 19th March, 9am - 5:15pm, day one

Tune in for a day of learning, discussion and networking. We will hear from our impressive speakers, including our keynote speaker The Right Honourable Lord Smith of Finsbury, who will start the conference off Thursday morning.

There will be refreshments provided throughout the day, as well as a lunch so you can network and speak to our exhibitors. 

Enjoy discussions, panels, presentations and the chance to ask our experts questions about their presentations.

Thursday 19th March, 6:30pm, Gala Dinner and drinks

Enjoy a once in a lifetime opportunity at the Houses of Parliament.

We begin the evening with a drinks reception. This is an excellent chance to grow your profile and meet delegates from around the world.

Before dinner enjoy an exclusive tour of the parliamentary estate; including the House of Commons, Westminster Hall, the Prince's Chamber and more.

We are limited to 150 places on the tour – these will be allocated to the first 150 delegates who book. Please specify if you would not like to be included on the tour when you book. 

Following the drinks reception and tours, we will relocate to the Members’ Dining Room for dinner. Dinner will include a three-course meal with drinks.

Friday 20th March, 9:30am - 12:30pm, day two

Join us at 9:30am for the last day of our Spring Conference.

Our Asia panel will update us on the latest IP news around the continent, followed by discussion on diversity and inclusion.

By 12:45pm we expect all to have gained a global perspective and to have expanded their knowledge.

We look forward to welcoming you to our Spring Conference 2020

Who's speaking


Susan Keri – Bereskin & Parr, Canada

Laura Colllada – Dumont, Mexico

Cristina Guerra – Guerra IP, Brazil

Iris Quadrio – Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal, Argentina


Catherine Zheng – Deacons, Hong Kong

Jay Suh – SungAm Suh International Patent & Law Firm, South Korea


Rt Hon Lord Smith of Finsbury, Chris Smith, Chairman, IPReg, United Kingdom

Catherine Wolfe – Boult Wade Tennant, United Kingdom

Tapio Blanc – Hoffmann-La Roche AG, Switzerland

Stuart Helmer– CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, United Kingdom

Mark Caddle – Withers & Rogers, United Kingdom

Charlotte Blythe – Hogarth Chambers, United Kingdom

Simon Chalkley – Wiggin LLP, United Kingdom

Dana Narrainen – JC Decaux, United Kingdom

Kara Bearfield – RB, United Kingdom

Rebecca O’Kelly – Bird & Bird LLP, United Kingdom


The venues

Wednesday, 18th March

Brasserie Blanc, Southbank 9 Belvedere Rd, Southbank, London SE1 8YP

To begin our Spring Conference, we welcome you to reconnect and expand your profile with our delegates from around the world at a stunning bar a minutes’ walk from the London Eye.

Join us for canapes and drinks in the deluxe private suite.

Click here for more information on the venue

Click here for a map

Nearest tube: Waterloo

Thursday 19th March and Friday 20th March

IET London, 2 Savoy Pl, London, WC2R 0BL

Join us at an historic and award-winning venue on the River Thames, which has recently undergone a £30 million refurbishment.

The beautifully located IET London: Savoy Place is easily accessible and close to many of the city’s most iconic landmarks.

Click here for more information on the venue

Click here for a map

Tube: Temple and Embankment

Thursday Evening, 19th March

The Houses of Parliament (Palace of Westminster), London SW1A 0AA

Our Gala Dinner will be held at The Houses of Parliament in the Members’ Dining Room.

Westminster Hall is the oldest building on the Parliamentary estate. What makes it such an astonishing building is not only its size, but its central role in British history.

© Henry Lawford

In and around the Hall, grew up the major institutions of the British state: Parliament, the law courts and various government offices. Closely involved in the life of the nation since the 11th century, a journey through the Hall's past is a journey through 900 fascinating years of British history.

The impressive Members’ Dining Room is adorned with beautiful flock wallpaper, wooden relief sculptures and fascinating paintings. The ornate Royal Coat of Arms sits proudly above the main entrance signifying the connection of the Monarchy to Parliament.

Click here for more information on the venue

Click here for a map

Tube: Westminster


Delegate place (includes drinks reception and Gala Dinner) * 


  • CITMA members - £685 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-members - £830 (VAT exempt)

Available until 7th January.

Purchasing a super-earlybird ticket will save you £155

Students and in-house/industry delegates

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

Wednesday drinks reception only (non-delegates)

  • CITMA members £55
  • Non-members £65

*If you do not wish to have an exclusive tour of the Houses of Parliament, please let us know when you make your booking. 

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.

Media partners

To apply to be a media partner for this year's conference please email us


Official programme

Our official programme will be released to ticket holders via email closer to the event. 

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.
  • Last chance to book is 10th March 2020

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Conference.