Stepping into the future

Join us in Birmingham to learn with your colleagues and share your own views and expertise on the most quickly developing areas of the trade mark industry.

We will investigate a variety of topics, from the principles of anti-counterfeiting and geopolitics to how trade marks are emerging as a driving force in the world of NFTs.

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.

Our roundtable discussion session on NFTs will bring together both learning and networking. You will have the opportunity to engage in small group conversations, guided by our expert facilitators, on the intricacies of IP in this area.

This will allow you to bring your own expertise to the table, and to benefit from that of your colleagues and peers.

Drinks reception

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.

CPD

By attending the conference, you will gain five hours’ CPD. You will see your knowledge develop in a wide range of areas, including:

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

We are expecting a full house, so please book early to secure your spot.

Programme

 

Time

 

Titles

Speaker

 

8.45am

 

Registration with light refreshments

 

 

9.45am

 

Introduction

Keven Bader, CITMA

 

9.50am

 

Welcome

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA

 

9.55am

 

UK case law update

Jonathan Moss, Hogarth Chambers

 

10.30am

 

Good practice on opposition, invalidity and revocation

Heather Harrison, UK IPO

 

11.05am

 

Tea and coffee break

 

 

11.35am

 

In-house topic

TBC

 

12.10pm

 

Promoting greater support for paralegals and access to the profession

Carol Nyahasha, Elkington + Fife
Kane Ridley, Keltie

 

12.35pm

 

Lunch

 

 

 

13.35

 

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

Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy

 

3pm

 

Tea and coffee break

 

 

3.30pm

 

Anticounterfeiting and geopolitics

Mark Bearfoot, Tommy Hilfiger

 

4.05pm

 

Security interests over trade marks and related transactions

Mei Mei Wong, DLA Piper

 

4.40pm

 

Close

Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA

  Until 7pm   Drinks reception  

Speakers

Mark Bearfoot, Tommy Hilfiger

Mark Bearfoot is Senior Legal Director at Tommy Hilfiger where he is responsible for leading their global IP and brand protection program.

Mark began his career working in IP law firms, including FieldFisher, Nucleus IP and Rouse, before making the move in-house to join The Coca-Cola Company in 2006 where he assisted in the management of their IP portfolio across Europe.

He later moved to Harley-Davidson where he led their IP enforcement program for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

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

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.

Carol Nyahasha, Elkington + Fife

Carol Nyahasha

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

Kane Ridley

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 the International Trade Mark Associations (INTA) Trade Mark Administrator Committee.

Alex Watt, Howard Kennedy

Alex Watt

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.

Mei Mei Wong, DLA Piper

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).

Venue

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.

Cost

Earlybird rate (from 27th June) 

  • £275 member rate
  • £350 standard rate

Full rate (from September 14th) 

  • £325 member rate
  • £400 standard rate

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Safety

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: 21st September 2022