Stepping into the future

Develop your knowledge, connections and passion for your profession at our Autumn Conference in Birmingham.

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With time to learn with your colleagues and to share your own views, as well as engaging with cutting-edge expertise on the most quickly developing areas of the trade mark industry, this event is the pinnacle of our learning opportunities.

From the principles of anti-counterfeiting and geopolitics to how trade marks are emerging as a driving force in the world of NFTs, we will cover all of the most urgent questions facing our industry today.

We will combine traditional talks and panels with our roundtable discussion session on NFTs, which will bring together both learning and networking.

This is an intricate and rapidly changing area for IP, and you will have the opportunity to engage in small group conversations, guided by our expert facilitators, in order to best understand where we find ourselves.

In the inspiring environment of the Library of Birmingham, your industry will get together to enjoy all the benefits of learning and developing collectively - an invaluable opportunity to benefit from your peers’ knowledge and experience.

Drinks reception

Follow our day of industry-leading learning, the conference will be rounded off with an onsite drinks reception, taking place in the library’s mezzanine area.

This is the ideal time to continue to network, reflect on the day’s sessions and unwind with your colleagues.


Alongside the high value networking and development that the conference will offer you, you will also gain five hours’ CPD.

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding in a wide range of areas, including:

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  • Best practice in opposition, invalidity and revocation
  • Anticounterfeiting and geopolitics
  • Security interests, transactions and assignments


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Registration with light refreshments






Keven Bader, CITMA





Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA




UK case law update

Jonathan Moss, Hogarth Chambers




Iceland: The first oral hearing before the EUIPO Grand Board

Sally Britton, Mishcon de Reya




Tea and coffee break





Good practice on opposition, invalidity and revocation

Heather Harrison, UK IPO




Promoting greater support for paralegals and access to the profession

Carol Nyahasha, Elkington + Fife
Kane Ridley, Keltie










NFTs – what are they and how are IP rights in them infringed?

Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy




Tea and coffee break





Anticounterfeiting and geopolitics

Tom Nener, Pinsent Masons




Security interests over trade marks and related transactions

Mei Mei Wong, DLA Piper





Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA

  Until 7pm   Drinks reception  


Sally Britton, Mishcon de Reya

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Sally is the head of Mishcon de Reya's brands group and a partner in the IP department.

She is recognised as a leading individual in retail by Legal 500 and as a recommended IP lawyer in Legal 500, World Trademark Review 1000 and IP Stars as well as being ranked in Managing IP's global index of the Top 250 Women in IP.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Sally was a brand manager for multi-national brands

Heather Harrison, UK IPO

Heather joined the UK IPO in 2012 and has been a Senior Hearing Officer since 2018. She decides both trade mark opposition and cancellation proceedings and designs disputes. She is also a Company Names Adjudicator.

Jonathan Moss, Hogarth Chambers

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Jonathan has been involved in a number of significant cases across the IP spectrum. These include jurisdiction (AMS Neve v Heritage Audio), breach of confidence (Mulsanne v Marshmallow), privacy (Max Clifford v News Group Newspapers), copyright (Lucasfilms v Ainsworth) and designs (Magmatic v PMS).

He is currently acting for COPA in their dispute with Craig Wright as to whether Wright was Satoshi Nakamoto, the creator of Bitcoin.

Since 2016 Jonathan has taught design law at Oxford University on their Diploma in Intellectual Property Law. He also lectures for CIPA on their Basic Litigation Skills Course and on their Patent Attorney Litigation Course.

In 2020 and 2021 he was nominated for Junior IP Barrister of the Year at the Managing IP Awards.

 Tom Nener, Pinsent Masons

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Tom advises clients in the enforcement and defence of their intellectual property rights. He specialises in developing online and offline anti-counterfeiting strategies which deploy the full range of IP rights to achieve short, medium and long term strategic objectives.

Tom has been involved in a number of high profile IP cases across different sectors which include advanced manufacturing, technology, retail and food and drink. He is ranked in Legal 500 as a “Next Generation lawyer”.


Carol Nyahasha, Elkington + Fife

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Carol is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney at Elkington and Fife LLP and has over 20 years of experience in the IP profession, gained both in-house (in the US) and in private practice.

Carol is very passionate about increasing diversity and inclusion in the IP profession.  She sits on the CITMA council and is an active supporter of IP Inclusive where she serves as Project Lead and mentor for the Careers in Ideas Mentoring Scheme. Carol also sits on the IP Inclusive Advisory Board.

Kane Ridley, Keltie LLP

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Kane leads Keltie’s Trade Mark Paralegals, Administrators and IP Renewal specialists. As part of this function Kane oversees all aspects of Trade Mark prosecution from filing through to renewal.

Kane facilitates the review of in-house workflows and implements updates to ensure best practice of internal systems. A core part of the strategic review of Keltie’s Trade Mark management services involves assessing emerging technologies and implementing automation to best fit the business.

Kane was co-opted to the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (CITMA) Paralegal Course Working Group in 2016 and regularly lectures on the course.

He is also a member of the CITMA Paralegal Committee and is currently serving a second term as the Paralegal Representative on CITMA Council. Kane is also a member of the International Trade Mark Associations (INTA) Trade Mark Administrator Committee.

Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy

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Alex is a Partner at Howard Kennedy whose practice tends to involve commercial legal work in IP-centric businesses, such as licensing, gaming, egaming, franchising and publishing. He is particularly well-known for his commercial work with brands, and particularly in their growth and commercialisation. 

He also does a lot of work within the art world, within which he advises galleries, auction houses and the artists themselves - and recently that work has included a lot of work in the crypto sphere with NFTs and the digital art or assets they relate to.

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, Baker McKenzie

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Rachel is a Partner at Baker McKenzie, and CITMA's President.

Rachel has worked with clients in a broad range of different fields, including pharmaceuticals, finance and fashion, as well as assisting NGOs in a number of sectors on a pro bono basis.

She also has considerable experience in advising on IP and regulatory issues involving parallel trade in the EU, particularly in the context of the life sciences sector.

Mei Mei Wong, DLA Piper

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Mei Mei is a Partner in the Capital Markets and Structured Investments team at DLA Piper.

She has been a part of the London team since moving to the UK in 2014 from Melbourne, Australia.

Mei Mei represents corporates, financial institutions, funds and government institutions across a wide range of domestic and cross border transactions, with a particular focus on corporate, acquisition/leverage, and structured finance and restructuring matters.

She has advised leading funds and financial institutions on taking and perfecting security over trade marks.

She has been recognised by Legal500 as a "Rising Star" for Bank Lending (2022) and by Best Lawyers as "One to Watch" in Banking and Finance (2023).


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Our Autumn Conference will be taking place in the Library of Birmingham. Making use of a cabaret-style round table setup, this will be a collaborative opportunity to learn from and with your industry colleagues.

The library opened in September 2013, at a cost of £188.8 million, and is very easily accessible from the city’s main train stations.

This cultural hub at the heart of the city is home to Europe’s largest collection of books, sitting next door to the Birmingham Repertory theatre.

Carbon offset

We take our responsibility to the environment seriously and our pledge to become net zero is a key factor.

We are offering the chance to offset your travel to and involvement at our conference with a one-off £1.50 donation – this will be used to fund sustainability projects across the globe via Ecologi.


Delegate fees

  • £325 member rate
  • £400 standard rate

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We are committed to ensuring a safe environment at our events and will continue to review and act on the latest NHS and government coronavirus advice and guidance.

For your safety there will be additional measures in place and we will let you know about these ahead of the event.

If you do have any symptoms of coronavirus we will ask you not to attend.

Please note:

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 28th September 2022