Meet the speakers

We have secured an exciting range of speakers to equip delegates with insight into some of the most important issues with social media and IP. 

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Catherine Wiseman, Barker Brettell
10.05am - Taking on take downs: trade marks, trials, and insta-gains

2017_Aut_Con_CatherineWisemanCatherine practises in a wide range of trade mark matters, especially in advising upon the freedom to use and the registrability of trade marks, and filing and prosecuting trade mark applications around the world, in particular UK, EU and international applications. Catherine has considerable expertise in conflict matters and in the negotiation of settlements. She is praised highly in the World Trademark Review Yearbook 2017 which says: “Incisive expert” Wiseman “is superb at explaining complicated trademark issues to non-experts”. “Reliable, professional, accurate and excellent value for money”, she garners extensive acclaim.” Catherine has also been named as an IP Star for three consecutive years in Managing Intellectual Property’s World IP Survey.

Helen Saunders, INCOPRO
10.40am - Has anyone seen my brand?


Helen joined INCOPRO in July 2013 and brings a unique skill-set combining law, intelligence and technology. After studying law at university, Helen worked in both law enforcement and the private sector, analysing and investigating a spectrum of online illegal activity. In the last nine years, she has specialised in online content protection, having worked in the music industry for both IFPI and BPI. During this time Helen developed her technical skills giving her an excellent understanding of internet technologies, and the opportunities created for both illegal and legal uses. She also holds a Masters in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London, which has proved invaluable in the area of IP protection online. Helen provided two expert reports in the 2014 Richemont case on the efficacy of site blocking. Her evidence was accepted by the Court in concluding that site blocking orders directed at streaming websites “have resulted in a decrease in the overall level of infringement in this sector in the UK.

Azhar Sadique, Keltie LLP
11.45am - Social media and the law: tales, trends and template auto-responses


Azhar's trade mark practice ranges from the filing and prosecution of UK, Community and International trade mark and design applications to clearance searches, advising on the law of infringement and passing off, due diligence projects and anti-counterfeiting strategies. Azhar also has experience in trade mark law and practice outside of the UK. He advises clients on worldwide filing and branding strategies and manages a number of worldwide trade mark portfolios.

Azhar also represents clients in contentious matters before the IPO and EUIPO in opposition proceedings, revocation and invalidity actions and has appeared as an advocate before the UK Intellectual Property Office in trade mark hearings.

In addition to trade marks, Azhar also advises on copyright and design matters and has handled a number of domain name disputes before Nominet and WIPO. Azhar also has experience in negotiating settlement, co-existence and assignment agreements and has represented clients in mediations. He has particular experience in the preparation of customs applications for use by the UK Border Agency in identifying potential counterfeit goods.

Nick McDonald, Potter Clarkson
12.20pm - EU’ can’t link to that? Will the UK listen to European decisions on copyright and linking in a Post-Brexit Future?


Nick McDonald is an experienced IP solicitor, with expertise in both litigation and providing commercial advice to clients. Nick advises across the whole range of IP rights including trade marks, designs, patents, confidential information (including privacy and industrial secrets), copyright and Geographical Indications of Origin. While he has advised in multiple sectoral areas, he has a particular interest in textiles, creative industries, bio-medical sciences, fashion and retail. Recent reported cases include Stretchline (Intellectual Properties) v H&M (2015), in which the Court of Appeal provided guidance on the enforceability of settlement agreements. Nick joined Potter Clarkson in May 2016, and is a founding member of the firm’s Dispute Resolution & Commercial team. 

Charlotte Robson, Yawn Creative
2.25pm - How social media has changed the way we create and market brands

2017_Aut_Con_CharlotteRobsonCharlotte Robson co-owns and runs a small brand design studio in London, Yawn Creative. The studio works with clients in a range of sectors and creates original and disruptive design through a mix of strategic thinking and insightful design. Prior to this she studied fine art at Manchester Art School before spending a significant chapter of her career in client services at the international brand design agency Design Bridge. Here she looked after the global Pepsico and Unilever accounts, before leaving to join Yawn Creative where she is able to apply both her brand business knowledge and creativity.

Vanja Kovacevic, Schmitt & Orlov
3pm - Memes and IP


Vanja is an IP attorney with 14 years of practice in IPR prosecution and enforcement. In 2014 Vanja, who is Scmitt & Orlov's Southeast Asia Director, founded and now heads and develops the firm’s IP team in the region. She also advises international & local clients on a range of contentious and non-contentious matters, including IP protection and exploitation and the negotiation of complex IT contracts.

Previously ranked in Chambers as a leader in the field, in the role the Head of IP and lead IP attorney of DTB, Vanja is also a trade mark agent before the Croatian State Intellectual Property Office and selected panelist for In recent years Vanja has extended her expertise and shifted her practices to SEA countries whilst providing continual support and management of her expanding team. As of 2017 Vanja is listed as WIPR IP global leader. 

Alex Watt, Browne Jacobson
4.05pm - Advertising and social media

2017_Aut_Con_AlexWattAlex is a commercial IP partner in Browne Jacobson's London office. He is an expert in brand protection and promotion and leads the firm’s advertising and marketing team. He regularly handles consumer issues and specialises particularly in commercial transactions that have a large IP component, which have included: distribution agreements, franchising arrangements, copyright and trade mark licensing, data protection issues, publishing agreements, co-branding partnerships, sponsorship and advertising issues (particularly in respect of “experiential” advertising), brand strategy, event sponsorship and event production. He also works regularly with both galleries and artists and leads an Art & Cultural Property practice which legal directories have described as having a 'superb team.

Richard Haigh, Brand Finance plc.
4.40pm - Has social media made trade marks more valuable business assets?


Richard is the Managing Director at Brand Finance. He has experience in both technical valuations for tax and accounting purposes but also valuations for strategic decision making. He is now a member of the ISO Technical Committee 289: Brand Valuation, as a part of the British delegation. He has lectured at universities and business schools, including London Business School, on topics surrounding brand valuation and management. In addition he heads up Brand Finance’s sports offering and the creation of the Football 50 report.

Richard has a BA in Mathematics from the University of Oxford, qualified as a Chartered Accountant (ACA) and became a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing with Brand Finance.