Elevate your understanding of how to tackle and come out stronger from today’s key challenges and opportunities in the IP sector at our Autumn Conference.

If you are booked onto the event, please click here to access the delegate pack for the day:

Welcome pack


From the rise of artificial intelligence and unregulated representatives undermining our IP system to greenwashing and counterfeits – you’ll take away new insight to share with colleagues and clients alike.

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Enjoy all the benefits of learning and developing collectively in the Library of Birmingham, where your industry will get together to enjoy the invaluable opportunity to learn from one another’s experience.

Our speakers are poised to provide you with cutting-edge expertise on the most important areas of the trade mark industry, making sure that your knowledge stays ahead of the curve. They include:

  • Tom Nener, Pinsent Masons
  • Kate O’Rourke, Mewburn Ellis
  • Andrew Marsden, Wilson Gunn

The Library of Birmingham is a central and accessible location only moments from Birmingham New Street station ensuring your day gets off to a smooth start.

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Featuring an extended lunch to facilitate your independent networking or participate in an offsite activity, our focus for the day is on building your connections through shared knowledge building.

Our collaborative environment will see you learn with your colleagues and share your own views on key topics, including:

  • Address for service
  • The future of AI in the industry
  • Greenwashing: navigating the advertising regulatory landscape 

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Registration with light refreshments




Keven Bader, CITMA



Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA


UK case law update

We'll assess some of the recent key decisions from the UK and discuss what they mean for you.

Kendal Watkinson, Hogarth Chambers


The UK trade mark landscape post-Brexit – unintended consequences and need for reform.

Hear about common problems encountered post-Brexit, identify common themes and learn about tactics to help navigate the best outcomes for trade mark professionals and their clients in the post-Brexit world.

Kate O’Rourke, Mewburn Ellis


Tea and coffee break



Panel – Collaboration: Will AI replace the humans?

Our panel will explore the future effects of AI in the legal industry including issues around copyright ownership, as well as the pros and cons of AI more broadly. They will investigate the role that AI /human collaboration will play in the future.

Jess Axelson, Philip Morris International

Kelly Saliger, CMS

Oliver Morris, UK IPO


Networking lunch and optional guided walking tour of Birmingham  


Intellectual property infringement – the real cost of fakes

We will showcase how PIPCU’s work ties in with the UK IPO’s strategic priorities.

This session will also examine PIPCU’s work with other funded partners such as Border Force, Trading Standards and others to protect right holders.

Daniel Hughes, UK IPO

Detective Inspector Ceri Hunt, PIPCU


AML and IP - What would you spot?

We will look at where IP practitioners may be drawn into situations where money-laundering is taking place, and explore the steps they can take to avoid this.

Amy Bell, Teal Compliance


Tea and coffee break



Greenwashing - navigating the advertising regulatory landscape 

This talk will consider what greenwashing is, the advertising regulations that apply and how they are interpreted, and what businesses need to do in relation to their advertising strategy to avoid reputationally damaging allegations of greenwashing.

Tom Nener, Pinsent Masons


Appealing to your better judgment – deciding between the AP and the High Court, an overview

Explore the differences of the AP and High Court routes of appeals.

We will explore the pros and cons of both options.

Tim Bamford, Collyer Bristow

Andrew Marsden, Wilson Gunn



Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA


Drinks reception


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Jessica Axelson, PMI Global Studio Limited

Jessica is a dual qualified solicitor of England and Wales, and attorney of the High Court of South Africa with over 16 years of IP experience.

Jessica trained at Adams & Adams and qualified as a fellow of the South African Institute of Intellectual Property Law while working her way up to partnership.

She thereafter emigrated to the UK and joined Philip Morris International, where she currently works as Senior Counsel – Trademarks, Copyright and Designs.

Jessica’s experience includes advising on global trademark and copyright clearance and filing strategies, handling trademark prosecution, oppositions, cancellations and contentious IP matters.

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Tim Bamford, Collyer Bristow

Tim is a solicitor-advocate specialising in all aspects of contentious Intellectual

property work and other disputes with a significant technical content. He also has extensive experience of dealing with IT and media disputes.

 Much of his work has an international dimension.

Tim is also an ADR Group Accredited Civil & Commercial Mediator.

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Amy Bell, Teal Compliance

Amy is the Founder of Teal Compliance and Teal Legal as well as the Author of Solicitors and Money Laundering and Compliance That Works (Due to be published in Spring 2024).

Amy is a Solicitor and Compliance Consultant with a passion for helping firms adapt to the changing legal landscape. Amy has many years’ experience working with law firms and, in 2017, launched Amy Bell Compliance Limited followed by Teal Compliance Limited in January 2018.

Amy is currently Chair of the Law Society's Money Laundering Task Force, where she represents the Solicitors profession at Government and in Europe. Amy is also the author of the Law Society's Anti-Bribery Toolkit and their Anti Money Laundering Training courses.

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Daniel Hughes, UK IPO

Daniel has worked in multiple Civil Service departments over the past 20 years with the last 11 at the Intellectual Property Office in a range of leadership positions.

Within his current role in IP Enforcement he manages the IPO's portfolio of funded posts in Border Force and IPO funded Police Intellectual Property Crime units.

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Ceri Hunt, PIPCU

Ceri has been within Policing for 14 years, specialising in Financial Crime spending 10 years investigating serious and complex Fraud and money laundering offences. 

She was recruited into PIPCU as a Detective constable in 2015 where she found a passion for Intellectual Property Crime, rising to Detective sergeant lead of one of the enforcement and investigation team until becoming the Detective Inspector in June 2023.

Ceri currently leads two investigation teams and multiple disruption operations. 

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Andrew Marsden, Wilson Gunn

Trade mark specialist Andrew Marsden has over 20 years’ experience in the profession.

Andrew began his career in-house working for British American Tobacco, later moving into private practice. He joined Wilson Gunn in 2014.

Andrew was an examiner for the CITMA finals papers for a number of years and currently assists trainees within the firm in progressing through the examination process.


Oliver Morris

Oliver Morris, UK IPO

Oliver is the current Divisional Director of Trade Mark & Design Examination, Legal & Practice. He has over 30 years' experience in various technical and leadership roles at the IPO, including many years as a Senior Hearing Officer. 


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Tom Nener, Pinsent Masons

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”.

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Kate O’Rourke, Mewburn Ellis

As a Solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney, Kate has over 25 years’ experience in relation to trade marks and related copyright, design and internet matters and is a partner and head of trade marks at Mewburn Ellis. She is also Vice Chair of the UK IP pro bono committee.

Kate was President of CITMA from 2016-2018. 

She started her career in a specialist IP firm in Sydney before relocating to the UK and becoming cross qualified as a Solicitor in England and Wales and as a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney. 

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Kelly Saliger, CMS

Kelly is a Partner at CMS working as a Solicitor and Trade Mark Attorney.

Kelly is CITMA’s Vice-President and a Patron of the British Beauty Council.  Her client base is diverse and includes those in tech and media, finance and the life science sector.  Kelly has particular expertise in the cosmeceutical and beauty sector advising on the life cycle of brands and businesses from regulation through to litigation.  She works closely with the IPO on behalf of CITMA and works internationally to promote CITMA and Trade Mark Attorneys.

Kendal Watkinson

Kendal Watkinson, Hogarth Chambers

Kendal is a newly qualified barrister at Hogarth Chambers, specialising primarily in copyright and design, trade marks and passing off, confidential information, and media and entertainment.

She also sits on the committee of IPSoc and is an ADR qualified mediator.

Before coming to the Bar, Kendal spent some time working in the Copyright and Enforcement Directorate at the UKIPO, focusing on the interaction between AI and IP law.


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Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, CITMA / Baker McKenzie

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.

Networking activities

We are offering you an additional networking opportunity, taking place during lunchtime.

Break up your day and see the sights of Birmingham with a tour of the city’s landmarks and attractions

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Getting offsite and into the fresh air with other delegates is the ideal opportunity to reflect on the morning sessions while developing your connections.

We will join Positively Birmingham walking tours to explore everything the city has to offer – giving you the chance to keep your networking going while learning something new.

Taking part in this is included in the price of your ticket.

If you would prefer to not take part, you are welcome to enjoy a longer lunch break and to continue your networking independently.

Drinks reception

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Wrap up the day and solidify your new connections over a glass of bubbly following the afternoon sessions.

Before heading home, we encourage you to join us for a complimentary drinks reception to bring the conference to a close.


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

You will have the opportunity to develop your knowledge and understanding in a wide range of areas, including how to handle spurious address for service and the future of AI in the IP sector

Venue and access

Our Autumn Conference will be taking place in the Library of Birmingham.

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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 £189 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.


Delegate fees

  • £350 member rate
  • £400 standard rate

Please note

  • Payment online via debit or credit card only; proforma invoices are not available.
  • Full terms and conditions apply.
  • Closing date: 6th October 2023