Meet the speakers 2016

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


Nathan Abraham, Intellectual Property Office

Nathan-AbrahamNathan has been IPO’s Head of UK Examination Practice for Trade Marks and Designs since 2011. In addition to leading the Registrar’s team of ex parte hearing officers, Nathan is responsible for ensuring that IPO’s examination practice reflects UK and European law. He regularly represents the UK Registrar at appeals relating to absolute grounds matters before the Appointed Person, and also instructs UK Government lawyers on matters before the UK Courts and the CJEU. Since 2012, Nathan has been the UK’s representative in a number of EU convergence projects aimed at harmonising trade mark practices across the EU IPO and Community Trade Mark Offices.


Alexandra Brodie, Gowling WLG

Alexandra-BrodieAlexandra is one of the UK's leading IP litigators. She has been litigating all IP rights for many years and has enjoyed particular success in the field of telco patents and big brands, having represented clients such as Hasbro in its Play-Doh litigation and various technology companies in relation to setting strategy in multi-jurisdictional standards essential disputes. Alexandra has recently secured victories at the High Court and Court of Appeal against BT in connection with its provision of internet services to the UK.  She chairs Gowling WLG’s tech sector and is passionate about the need to encourage a diverse environment with opportunities for all. Alexandra joined ITMA in 2001 and is an Associate member of the Institute.


Patricia Collis, Bird & Bird

Patricia-CollisPatricia is a Senior Trade Mark Attorney at Bird & Bird. She has extensive experience of all aspects of brand protection and portfolio management, helping clients devise and implement global clearance and protection strategies using national, regional and international trade mark and design systems. She has advised high-profile clients in a range of sectors including telecommunications, fashion, food and beverages, financial services and media. Patricia has particular expertise in handling complex contentious matters, including cases involving cross-proceedings between the same entities; often with Registry disputes running alongside related litigation. Patricia also provides guidance in relation to other soft IP matters, including domain names, company name disputes and copyright. Patricia is an Ordinary member of ITMA having joined in 2007.


Beth Ferrill, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Beth-FerrillBeth is a partner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP's Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on all aspects of design patents including prosecution, counseling and litigation. She also has extensive experience in utility patent litigation in the areas of software- and hardware-related technologies. She has appeared before US district courts, the US International Trade Commission (ITC), and the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, as well as the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Beth has particular interest in IP issues related to 3D printing (additive manufacturing).


Matthew Harris, Waterfront Solicitors

Matthew-HarrisMatthew is an internationally recognised expert in domain name law and practice. He trained at Herbert Smith and became a partner in its IP and IT department in 2000. Matthew joined Norton Rose in 2003 where he subsequently became the head of Intellectual Property and Information Technology dispute resolution. He joined Waterfront Solicitors in December 2008.  Matthew undertakes a wide range of intellectual property and information technology work but specialises in IP and IT litigation, advising and acting for clients that range from SME’s, to large multi-national companies. Matthew is an Associate member of ITMA and serves on the Institute’s domain names and gTLDs working group.


Jonathan Moss, Hogarth Chambers

Jonathan-MossPrior to joining the Bar, Jonathan gained joint honours in Chemistry and Law at the University of Bristol. He then undertook an LL.M (distinction) at Georgetown University in Washington DC focusing on US IP, Antitrust and Private International Law. After passing the New York Bar exam he worked at the US firm Mayer Brown and spent time seconded to Rentokil Initial PLC and Sega (Europe) Ltd. Shortly after accepting tenancy at Hogarth, Jonathan spent time with Powell Gilbert LLP where he worked primarily on the Apple v HTC smartphone litigation.  Due to his dual US/UK qualification, Jonathan has developed a significant cross-border practice in matters where there is an overlap between US and UK law.  He also represented claimants in the phone-hacking litigation against the News of the World and the Mirror Group and advised LOCOG during the London Olympics.


Susan Payne, Valideus 

Susan-PayneSusan is Head of Legal Policy and joined Valideus from BBC Worldwide, where she was Head of Brand Protection. She has brought her knowledge from the other side of the new gTLD application process, having worked on the application for the dot-BBC TLD, and been responsible for BBC Worldwide’s brand protection strategy at the second level. Susan juggles a wide variety of tasks including consulting on various registry policies and agreements; dealing with application conflict management on behalf of clients; and engaging in ICANN policy development. Susan is currently participating in the ICANN working groups developing policy on future new gTLDs and on rights protection mechanisms, and is one of the two appointed liaisons between these two working groups to ensure they remain co-ordinated.  Susan is a member of ICANN’s Intellectual Property Constituency and one of the honorary legal advisors to the Brand Registry Group (BRG).