Rising to the challenge

Engage with a range of high-quality speakers to tackle the hurdles that lie ahead with confidence at this year's Autumn Conference: Rising to the challenge.

We are bringing you topical and interactive talks in our bespoke virtual environment that will help you meet the challenges of a changing IP world. 

You will be able to navigate the conference floor to network with delegates and ask questions to our expert speakers as your own avatar, while you earn up to six hours’ CPD during our sessions.

Gain exclusive insight into what lies ahead post-Brexit at the UK IPO and participate as we hear from both sides of the Sky v SkyKick debate. 

Get up to speed on the latest UK and EU law and practice updates and get involved in our panel discussion on artificial intelligence and its relationship with copyright - plus much more. 

Over the two half-days, we are bringing you an innovative, interactive, informative and 'never been done before by us' conference. We look forward to you joining us. 

What to expect

Engage with a range of excellent speakers, including Chartered Trade Mark Attorneys, solicitors, barristers, in-house counsel and senior representatives of the UK IPO.

There will be breaks between sessions to give you a chance to meet and network with delegates in an interactive environment. 

Our conference is spread out over two half days - one session in the afternoon on Thursday 15th October, followed by a session on Friday 16th October in the morning. 

You will gain six hours' CPD by attending this year's Autumn Conference. 

We're looking forward to connecting with you in this new virtual world.

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The platform

We've teamed up with an events agency to create an exciting and engaging Autumn Conference so you can enjoy an interactive experience from wherever you are. 

On the platform you will be able to:

  • Build and customise your own avatar
  • Choose your outfit
  • Navigate around the conference
  • Network with delegates and speakers
  • Interact with exhibitors
  • Play chess or connect four with other delegates

There will be technical support before and during the conference, including tutorials and one-to-one help, to ensure you are feeling confident about using the platform. 

Enjoy a whole new way of networking and learning through this brand new platform. 

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The programme

Please check back soon for the official programme 

Thursday 15th October, 2:00pm-6:00pm

The first session will begin at 2pm, with login available at 1pm to give you time to create your avatar, explore the conference and network with other delegates. 

The afternoon session will end at 5:45pm with networking available for a short time after. 

Time Content Speaker
1pm - 2pm

Registration, exhibition and networking

2pm - 2:05pm Welcome

Richard Goddard, President 

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, First Vice-President

2:05pm - 2:15pm Keynote 

Tim Moss, UK IPO

2:15pm-3pm UK case law update Charlotte Blythe, Hogarth Chambers

UK upskilling



Break and networking in lobby area, exhibitor access

3:55pm-4:35pm  SkyKick debate

Becky Knott, Barker Brettell



Break and networking in lobby area, exhibitor access

4:55pm-5:05pm Keynote  Daniel Alexander QC, 8 New Square

Cofemel and Brompton

5:40pm-5:45pm Closing remarks

Richard Goddard, President

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, First Vice-President

5:45pm-6:00pm Break and networking in lobby area, exhibitor access  

Friday 16th October, 9:30am-1:00pm

The morning session will begin at 9:30am, with login available for 8:45am to give you time to create your avatar, explore the conference and network with other delegates. 

The morning session will finish at 1pm with networking available for a short time after. 

Time Content Speaker
8:45am-9:30am Login, create avatar (only if you didn't attend on first day), networking, exhibitor access  
9:30am-9:35am Welcome

Richard Goddard, President

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, First Vice-President

9:35am-9:45am Keynote  Amanda Sollaway, MP
9:45am-10:30am EU case law update

Mike Tennant, Tennant IP

10:30am-11:15am Brexit Richard May, Osborne Clarke
11:15am-11:35am Break and networking in lobby area, exhibitor access  
11:35am-11:45am Keynote  The Rt Hon Lord Smith, IPReg
11:45am-12:45am Panel discussion - artificial intelligence and intellectual property

Chair: Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy

Dr Birgit Clark, Baker McKenzie

Lee Curtis, HGF

Nick Phillips, Edwin Coe

Stephanie Wickenden, Serle Court

12:45am-12:50am Closing remarks

Richard Goddard, President

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, First Vice-President

12:50am-1:05am Break and networking in lobby area, exhibitor access  


You will be able to gain six hours' CPD while you interact and learn at this year's Autumn Conference.

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Earlybird tickets 

  • Member - £195 (vat exempt) 
  • Non-member - £230 (vat exempt)

Tha last chance to book your earlybird ticket is 15th September

You'll save £25 per ticket by purchasing an earlybird ticket

Your ticket includes:

  • Entry to all sessions of the conference 
  • Access to tutorials before the conference
  • Technical support on the platform 
  • Networking and interaction with delegates, speakers and exhibitors 
  • Access to all presentations after the conference 
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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.

Nick Phillips, Edwin Coe LLP

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.

Lee Curtis

Lee Curtis, HGF

Lee is a Partner in HGF's specialist trade mark team, having joined the firm in November 2009.

Lee has nearly 25 years’ experience of the trade mark and design law in the UK and overseas, and advises on design and trade mark protection. This includes searching, filing and prosecution through to enforcement of trade mark and design rights.

He has also had articles published in leading Trade Mark Law Journals, such as Managing Intellectual Property, Trademark World, Oxford Journal of Intellectual Property Law & Practice, CITMA Review and the MARQUES Newsletter. 

Charlotte Blythe, Hogarth Chambers

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.

Media partners

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


Connect with the IP profession on a global scale and market your brand at our Autumn Conference.

Become an exhibitor


Please note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: Wednesday 9th October, 9am.

Join us as we reflect and prepare for the challenges of 2021. 

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How will I login to the Autumn Conference?

If you have bought a ticket for our Autumn Conference in October, you will receive a direct link to access the platform before the event. 

How do I communicate with other delegates at the conference?

You will be able to talk to other participants using your headset.

Enjoy the chance to talk to other delegates, speakers, and exhibitors in the same way you would in a face-to-face conference. You will also be able to use the group or private message functionality to type out messages to other participants.

Can I ask questions during sessions?

Yes, all our speakers will be conducting interactive Q&A sessions. You will be able to submit questions during sessions you attend, plus you will be able to raise your hand to ask verbal questions. 

Can I meet with exhibitors?

Yes. You will be able to visit exhibition booths, meet and talk with exhibitors and interact with their demonstrations. 

What devices can I use?

You can use your mobile, tablet or computer as long as it is an iPhone 5 or newer, Android 5.0 or newer, PC or Mac.

No server is necessary.

What type of connection do I need?

We recommend using 4G or Wi-Fi, but a stable 3G network will give the same functionality.

Can I share my contact information with other delegates?

Yes. You can fill out more information when creating your profile and then share or request to share contact details with other delegates whilst you are networking.