It is with deep regret that following the most recent COVID-19 developments our Spring Conference will not be going ahead.

We have been in daily contact with our three venues, who had all put measures in place to ensure the event could take place. However, with the latest developments and a quickly evolving situation we have no option but to cancel the event.

We will be exploring opportunities to provide the learning opportunities you would have enjoyed at a later date.


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.

Our welcome drinks reception and Gala Dinner at the Houses of Parliament are now full - we are still able to offer you a ticket for our Conference but it does not include the socials.

Your ticket includes:

  • Two days of talks and lively discussion on global IP
  • Lunch on both days 
  • All the tea and coffee you can drink

Don’t miss our most international event yet!

What to expect

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

Tickets that include our welcome drinks reception are now sold out.  

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.

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

Tickets that include our Gala Dinner are now sold out.  

Friday 20th March, 9:30am - 2pm, 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 2pm 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

Meet the speakers

Keynote speaker 
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.

Kate Swaine, Gowling WLG

Talk: So you know there is a business case for diversity, what now?

Kate Swaine

Kate leads the UK brands and design team at Gowling WLG. Kate acts for numerous household names in the management and enforcement of their domestic and global portfolios, coordinating work in over 50 countries. Kate’s expertise has been recognised in Acritas Stars database and she has been named as an IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property for her trade mark expertise over successive years. Kate is recognised in the Expert’s Guide: Women in Business Law 2019 and continually noted as one of the World Trade Mark Review's top 1000 trade mark professionals in enforcement and litigation, and prosecution and strategy.

Kate is on the INTA IP Emerging Issues committee and is chair of Marques' IP Emerging Issues team. Kate is an active participant in the CITMA/CIPA IP Pro Bono initiative and leads Gowling WLG's Gender Diversity network, Thrive.

Liam Hynes, UK Intellectual Property Office (UK IPO)

Talk: Delivering value overseas: the role and impact of IP attachés.

Liam Hynes

Liam is currently the Deputy Director for International Policy at the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO). His role involves coordinating the IPO’s work with overseas partners and at international institutions such as the World Intellectual Property Organisation.

Liam joined the Intellectual Property Office in 2016 as Head of Innovation Policy, focussing on IP and research commercialisation. In previous roles, Liam worked for the Department for International Development, then going on to international trade policy at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Iris Quadrio, Marval O'Farrell & Mairal 
Talk: Latin America focus: trends and challenges in key jurisdictions
Iris V. Quadrio

Iris V. Quadrio is a partner and head of the Trademark Department of Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She specialises in IP law with extensive experience in trademark, trade dress issues and copyright, including IP rights clearance, registration and management of IP portfolios and trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings.

Iris is a member of the Buenos Aires Bar Association, CITMA, PTMG, ECTA, APRAM, ASIPI and FICPI. Iris is also a former member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA), where she currently forms part of the Programming Executive Council and of the Non-Traditional Marks Committee.

Ese Akpogheneta, British American Tobacco
Chair: Latin America focus: trends and challenges in key jurisdictions

Ese Akpogheneta

Ese is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and a CITMA Council member. Ese specialises in Intellectual Property matters relating to protection, exploitation and enforcement of trade marks, designs and domain names in the UK, EU and worldwide. Ese has over 20 years’ experience in the global IP field, and has spent time working in Asia, in particular China and Hong Kong.  

While in private practice Ese assisted clients ranging from individuals to start-ups to SMEs to multinationals in securing IP protection in various sectors.  Ese is currently Trade Mark Counsel at BAT where she has responsibility for the protection and enforcement of BAT’s vapour trade mark portfolio globally.

Susan Keri, Bereskin & Parr LLP

Talk:The new Canadian trade marks act at nine months gestation

Susan Keri

Susan J. Keri is a barrister, solicitor, registered trademark agent and partner with Bereskin & Parr LLP. Susan’s practice extends to all areas of trademark law, including clearance and opinion work, prosecution, opposition, cancellation proceedings, domain name issues, licensing, commercial transactions involving trademark assets, and assisting with the acquisition and maintenance of international trademark portfolios.

Most of Susan's practice relates to the protection and management of large trademark portfolios for multi-national corporations in all industry sectors, with particular expertise in the pharmaceutical field.

Stuart Helmer, CMS

Talk: ASA update: gender stereotypes, influencers and misleading advertising.

Stuart Helmer

Stuart Helmer is of Counsel in the IP team at CMS. His practice focuses on advertising and marketing, brand protection and consumer transactions. Stuart has a particular focus on the consumer products, life sciences and TMC sectors.

Stuart has extensive experience of acting for brand owners in making or responding to ASA complaints, and in comparative advertising disputes. 

Cristina Guerra, Guerra IP 
Talk: latin America focus: trends and challenges in key jurisdictions 
Cristina Guerra

Cristina is a highly experienced IP attorney having worked on matters ranging the full IP landscape.

More recently though she has more concentrated her time in two specialist areas which has added yet another specialty practice to the firm. The two specialties are geographical indications, not just in Brazil, but in GI litigation across the region. And, managing trademark portfolios of large multinationals across the whole Latin America region.

Tapio Blanc, Roche

Talk: The mousetrap buy in the net...some markets are grey!

Tapio Blanc

Tapio Blanc is Head of the Global Trade Marks Function of Roche in Basel, Switzerland. He is a Swiss Lawyer graduated from the University of Basel. Before joining Roche, he worked in a law firm, at the Courts and in the Administration of Basel-City.

Tapio is PTMG Committee Member, MARQUES Council and INTA Member. Back in the days he was the opening act with his Britpop group for bands like the charlatans or teenage fan club but due to lack of chart success he decided to become a trade mark lawyer.

Charlotte Blythe, Hogarth Chambers

Talk: Trade marks - A UK case law update

Charlotte Blythe

Charlotte is a specialist soft IP practitioner at Hogarth Chambers. Charlotte has a strong presence in the UK Trade Marks Registry: she had the highest number of attendances by Counsel in 2017, 2018 and 2019. Charlotte also regularly appears in IPEC, the High Court and the Court of Appeal.

Most recently Charlotte was junior counsel for the defendant in Bentley Ltd v Bentley Motors Ltd  and was sole counsel for the successful respondent in Aiwa Co Ltd v Aiwa Corporation.

Charlotte also teaches Trade Mark Attorneys at Nottingham Law School.

Laura Collada, Dumont Bergman Bider & Co
Talk: Latin America focus: trends and challenges in key jurisdictions
Laura Collada

Laura Collada has been the managing partner of Dumont Bergman Bider & Co SC since 2008. Her practice covers the complete lifecycle of IP rights, from consultancy to application, and from enforcement to dispute resolution.

Laura graduated with honours in law from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México (ITAM), and completed further specialties in IP, corporate, civil, constitutional and environmental law (with honours) at the Universidad Panamericana and a specialist course in contracts at ITAM.  She has taught copyright and IP law at different universities in Mexico City and the Mexican Republic.

Laura has written about IP for national newspapers and international IP magazines.

Susi Fish, Boult Wade Tennant LLP

Talk: So you know there is a business case for diversity, what now?

Kate Swaine

Susi is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European patent Attorney working predominately in the areas of Aerospace and Medical Devices.  Susi is also an active supporter of IP Inclusive, and serves as co-chair for the Women in IP focus committee.

Susi has wide experience in the field of biomedical engineering and medical physics. Susi has additional experience in the design, manufacture and testing of mechanical systems.

Mark Caddle, Withers & Rogers LLP
Talk: EU trade mark case update

Mark is experienced in global trade mark filing programmes, clearance searches and contentious matters. He routinely advises on and manages trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the UK and European Intellectual Property Offices.

Mark assists clients in many sectors, including consumer electronics, food and drink, pharmaceuticals, financial services and internet gambling. As well as working with multinational companies, he has particular expertise in advising start-ups and SMEs how best to protect their intellectual property.

Mark is recognised as a “Rising Star” by Managing Intellectual Property in its guide to leading trade mark practitioners.

John Sommer, Stussy Inc

Talk: The U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision in Iancu v. Brunetti:  What the FUCT Comes Next?

John Sommer

In addition to John's role at California-based street fashion company Stussy, he handles intellectual property for a limited number of clients. 

One of those clients is Erik Brunetti, the successful party in Iancu v. Brunetti, U.S. Supreme Court (decided June 24, 2019).  In Brunetti, the Court decided that the immoral and scandalous clauses of Section 2(a) of the Lanham Act were unconstitutional infringements of the Free Speech Clause.

Rebecca O’Kelly, Bird & Bird LLP

Talk: Copyright online - legal developments and practical implications to the cosmetic industry

Rebecca O'Kelly

Rebecca's practice helps clients solve trade mark and copyright issues that have a digital or online focus. She works with major organisations to set up their global brand enforcement projects to protect and enforce their rights from offline online infringement. 

Rebecca also deals with major online copyright disputes, dealing with the complexities of adapting copyright law to the digital age. For the past three years she has been advising clients on the impact of the digital single market copyright directive, including in a post-Brexit world. She is co-author of trade marks and domain names chapter in the fifth edition of internet law and regulation.

Nick Phillips, Edwin Coe LLP
Talk: Copyright case update

Nick’s practice is centred on providing advice on the protection, exploitation and enforcement of the full range of intellectual property rights. His clients include individual inventors, SMEs, larger companies, charities and international organisations. He has advised manufacturers, retailers, wholesalers, ISPs, re-sellers, distributors and agents in a wide range of industries.

He also regularly advises on a range of, e-commerce, domain name, intellectual property and internet related issues as well as on a wide variety of IT contracts and a large part of his day to day work involves giving practical and commercial advice on the application of the copyright laws in a number of different contexts.

Joanna Conway, Kemp Little LLP

Talk: So you know there is a business case for diversity, what now?

Joey helped set up and co-leads IP Inclusive’s “Women in IP” community.

Joey is an experienced litigator. She advises on Soft and Tech IP and on contractual disputes with a technology or scientific focus.

Joey has particular expertise in digital content risks, combining brand/IP enforcement with reputation management, defamation, advertising, privacy and related matters to tackle harmful online content, including in the social media space.

Wayne Spillett, Vodafone

Talk: So you know there is a business case for diversity, what now?

Wayne leads a set of legal teams at Vodafone Group that are responsible for managing legal risk in all areas of its group commercial operations businesses. These teams support Vodafone's Chief Commercial Officer and his direct reports to run their business units.

Wayne is also implementing a transformation programme to drive adaptable, lean and digital behaviours so that the teams are ready to support an increasingly agile and changing business, as empowered strategic counsel.

Wayne also leads Vodafone’s engagement with Stonewall as a new Global Founding Partner, working alongside other multinationals to encourage broader societal change for the better on LGBT+ inclusion.  In the Legal 500 UK Awards 2018, Wayne was an in-house winner of Individual of the Year.

Simon Chalkley, Wiggin LLP

Talk: Lessons we can learn from court cases concerning IP contracts

Simon Chalkley

Simon is widely acclaimed for his expertise in transactions involving a significant intellectual property component, including licensing, technology transfer, franchising, e-commerce and distribution deals both in the UK and internationally.

Simon also advises on contractual disputes arising from IP and technology transactions as well as competition law issues relating to IP agreements. 

Simon works with a broad range of brand, creative and innovation-led businesses including fashion, personal care, consumer goods, interactive entertainment and software businesses - much of his work has an international element.

Aaron Wood, Keystone Law Ltd 

Talk: Litigating in the UK courts: Lessons and pointers for Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys

Aaron Wood headshot

Aaron is a partner at Keystone Law Limited and a trade mark advocate with experience conducting and appearing proceedings in the IPEC and High Court, as well as before the UK IPO.

He has been one of the most experienced advocates before the UK IPO for a number of years, and moved from general trade mark attorney work to having litigation and advocacy as the majority of his workload: as a result, he is very conscious of the issues which arise in developing a litigation practice.

Aaron is instructed by a wide range of clients to take action on their behalf, including being instructed by a number of CITMA member firms and IP Departments of large commercial firms to either advise on, prosecute or appear in their cases.

Full programme

We are delighted to share the full programme for our Spring Conference with you.

The full programme is available for you to download and view online.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Tube: Westminster

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


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 (10am)

If you have any questions, please get in touch.

We look forward to seeing you at our Spring Conference.