Meet the speakers

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*This event took place on 15th - 17th March 2017*

Fraser Morrison, The Edrington Group

Fraser_MorrisonFraser has been with Edrington since 1990 in various roles, gaining wide knowledge and experience of the Scotch Whisky industry and brands. Edrington produces, in addition to Cutty Sark, Famous Grouse, Macallan, Highland Park and Glenturret Scotch Whiskies. Fraser manages all aspects of brand protection for these brands, including IP, product authentication, surveillance and enforcement. Fraser is on the management committee (since 2000) and is the present (since 2009) Master of the Grand Quaich for the Scotch Whisky industry’s Keepers of the Quaich Society, an exclusive international community whose members are recognised for exceptional contribution to Scotch Whisky.


Adam Williams, IPO

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A member of the IPO’s Board, Adam is responsible for the Office’s international activities; both with respect to multilateral frameworks and institutions such as the EU and WIPO, and to the Office’s bilateral relationships and cooperation with key global markets such as China, North America, ASEAN, Brazil and India.  Adam’s team also provides support and awareness raising for UK businesses who are exporting or are looking to export; the UK’s IP attaché network is a key part of this work. 

Adam has previously worked in the UK Government on Defence policy matters and has extensive experience dealing with policy issues in the EU, UN and NATO as well as undertaking bilateral (country to country) negotiations. 

Adam joined the IPO in late 2009 as Head of International Coordination in the Copyright and Enforcement Directorate. He then took up the role of Deputy Director International Policy in July 2013 and the role of Acting Director in September 2016.  


Peter Müller, Müller Schupfner & Partner

Peter_MullerPeter is a German Patent Attorney, a European Patent and Trade Mark Attorney, an authorized representative at the Austrian Patent Office and a mediator.

His areas of expertise include medical devices, automatic control systems, information technology and telecommunications. Peter's experience includes trade mark and patent infringement proceedings; opposition and revocation proceedings; trade mark applications and portfolio management; and design applications and infringement proceedings.

Peter is immediate past president of ECTA and a member of FICPI, CNIPA, EPI and GRUR to name but a few. He has also recently been appointed to become Special Advisor to the ECEAB (European Cooperation External Advisory Board), advising the President of the EUIPO and the Management Board on EU Cooperation Projects.


Jess Collen, Collen IP

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Jess, a co-founder of Collen IP, has more than thirty years of experience representing clients across a broad array of industries in IP matters.

His practice includes counselling on issues of strategic trade mark portfolio management, as well as counselling and litigation relating to trade marks, copyrights, anti-counterfeiting, advertising and marketing, software protection, patents, and related areas.

Jess also leads the firm’s top-ranked trade mark opposition practice. He is a regular contributing author for Forbes.com, where he writes about IP law and policy.


Djura Mijatovic, ZMP

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Djura Mijatovic is a qualified Barrister at Law and European Trademark and Design Attorney.

For the past 20 years he has specialized in protection and enforcement of trade marks in Eastern and Central Europe as well as in the EU. In his role as managing partner of Zivko Mijatovic and Partners he oversees the work of the whole network of 15 ZMP offices throughout Europe.

He has been an active member of INTA Committees for the past 15 years and has been a speaker in many international IP conferences as well as in locally organised workshops in the region.


Hilde Vold Burgess, ACAPO

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Hilde is an Attorney-at-law and the Managing Partner of Acapo. She is responsible for the overall management and business development of the firm together with enhancing the services provided for our clients and associates. Hilde is highly engaged in promoting the strategic importance of IP to Norwegian companies and for them to recognise IP as a essential asset to help achieve their missions and goals.  

Hilde joined Acapo in 2000 and became a partner in 2003. In December 2009 she was elected by the board to become Managing Partner. Hilde has many years of experience in the IP field. This includes prosecution of trade mark and design applications, advisory services and litigation in all aspects relating to IP rights. Before joining Acapo she worked for  the Norwegian Government in a variety of legal areas.  

Hilde is a member of the Norwegian Bar Association (Den norske advokatforening, DNA), Norske Patentingeniørers Forening (NPF), International Federation of Intellectual Property Attorneys (FICPI) and The International Trademark Association (INTA). 


Benet Brandreth, 11 South Square

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Benet practises in all areas of IP law as well as contract disputes with a technical or entertainment law aspect.

Over the past few years Benet has gained particular expertise and experience in trade mark law. He most recently appeared in 'Cartier and others v BskyB and others', which established the availability of Internet blocking injunctions in trade mark matters.  He has frequently appeared before both the General Court and CJEU in appeals from OHIM. He regularly represents clients at the IPO and on appeal from the IPO both before the Appointed Person and to the High Court.  

In the domestic courts Benet has acted in trials, both led and on his own, in the High Court and Court of Appeal. His diverse experience ranges from core areas of IP such as trade mark infringement and patent infringement disputes to claims for breach of fiduciary duty, restitution and breach of confidence claims in contract disputes. 

Benet was appointed to the Attorney-General’s panel of Counsel in September 2015, dealing with the most complex government cases. 


Simon Baggs, Wiggin LLP

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Simon is a litigation partner and the head of the IP team at Wiggin LLP. He is also Managing Director of Incopro Limited, a company that provides technology and expert analyst services to protect IP owners. 

Simon’s team is acknowledged as market leading adviser to many of the most valuable global content owners and brands, winning the most significant cases in the UK concerning protection of IP rights in the online environment. Many of these cases have involved using technology to address the challenges presented by the explosion of the internet as both a business opportunity and threat. His team also advised the owners of Cartier and Montblanc on their case to secure similar protection against websites selling counterfeit products. 

In addition to advising on online issues, Simon also advises on a range of litigation disputes. He has represented numerous companies in matters as diverse as database rights, judicial review and insolvency. Simon has also guided many clients through mediation and the successful settlement of disputes.


Kelly Clarke, Olswang LLP

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Kelly is a qualified solicitor and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney.  Kelly specialises in a broad spectrum of work in the field of IP.  She deals directly with a number of core clients, particularly in relation to trade mark portfolio management.

She acts for clients within a variety of areas including hospitality, hotel and restaurant ventures, broadcasting and telecommunications, and internet, software and web design.

Her trade mark portfolio work is varied, but includes arranging and advising on watch notice services and filing and instructing on trade mark applications, oppositions, cancellations and invalidities in the UK, EU and internationally. Kelly also deals with IP related licences, contracts and agreements.

Kelly is a CITMA council member and serves on their Events Committee and various working groups.


Eleanor Merrett, Olswang LLP

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Eleanor is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney and a trade mark attorney litigator in Olswang’s IP group.  

Eleanor advises clients in relation to all aspects of trade mark selection, prosecution, portfolio management and enforcement.  Her practice is varied, but includes advising clients in relation to watch notices, conducting and advising on clearance searches, devising and implementing filing strategies and dealing with official objections. Eleanor also has extensive experience in relation to contentious matters including filing and prosecuting oppositions, cancellation and invalidity proceedings at both the IPO and the EUIPO. Eleanor is also involved in trade mark litigation and has been involved in trade mark infringement and passing off proceedings before the High Court and the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Eleanor has experience working for a wide variety of clients, ranging from individuals to multi-national corporations with extensive global trade mark portfolios.  She has experience in overseeing the transfer of trade mark portfolios and conducting audits to ensure clients have adequate trade mark protection in place.

Eleanor serves on the CITMA's Law & Practice Committee and EUIPO working group.


Rachel Wilkinson-Duffy, Baker McKenzie

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Rachel is a Registered UK and European Trade Mark & Design Attorney, Litigator & Advocate, with 12 years of experience in the field of trade marks and designs in the UK. 

Rachel's practice involves all areas of trade mark and design work, including advising on availability of new and existing brands, prosecution matters in the UK, EU and worldwide, handling all manner of disputes and appeals in the UK and at the EUIPO and dealing with infringement and passing off issues in a wide range of commercial sectors, including pharmaceuticals, fashion and telecommunications. 

Rachel is actively involved in a number of professional bodies in the field of intellectual property. She is a Council Member of CITMA, Chair of the EUIPO Working Group and a member of the Law & Practice Committee.  She is also a regular speaker and writer in the field of trade mark and design law.


Marcus Höpperger , WIPO

Marcus_HoppergerMarcus Höpperger is Director of the Madrid Registry, Brands and Designs Sector of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). In this position, which he took up in July 2016, he has overall responsibility for the Madrid International Trademark System.

Prior to his current assignment, he was Director of the Law and Legislative Advice Division, Brands and Designs Sector, and responsible for providing legal and policy advice to WIPO Member States in all questions of trademark, industrial design and geographical indication law, as well as for servicing the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications and for the administration of the Lisbon System of Appellations of Origin. During this time, he acted as Secretary to the WIPO Standing Committee on the Law of Trademarks, Industrial Designs and Geographical Indications and was responsible for the 2006 Diplomatic Conference adopting the Singapore Treaty on the Law of Trademarks and the 2015 Diplomatic Conference adopting the Geneva Act of the Lisbon Agreement on Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications.


Oscar Benito, GSK

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Oscar is Assistant General Counsel, Vaccines Trade Marks at GSK. He is a Chartered UK Trade Mark Attorney. a UK solicitor, a Spanish attorney and a Spanish Agente de la Propiedad Industrial

Oscar has global responsibilities for the clearance, protection and enforcement of marks for the Vaccines business at GSK. Oscar joined them in 2003 and before that Oscar was a trade mark lawyer at Jacobacci & Partners (Madrid).

Oscar leads CITMA’s WIPO Liaison group and is a contributor to the WIPO chapter of The Community Trade Mark Handbook (Sweet & Maxwell).


Steve Rowan, UK Intellectual Property Office

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Steve is the Director of Tribunals, Trade Marks and Designs at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office (IPO).

He joined the IPO in 1991 and has held a number of operational and tribunal roles covering patents, trade marks and designs, including sitting as a Principal Hearing Officer deciding trade mark opposition and cancellation disputes. He has undertaken secondments to the Prime Minister’s Strategy Unit (2004) and HM Treasury (2006) and worked on the Gowers Review of IP.

More recently he worked on a range of IP policy issues as Deputy Director of International Policy and Deputy Director of Copyright Policy including leading the UK delegation to the Beijing and Marrakesh treaties. In September 2013 he took up his current role where he is responsible for the examination, tribunal and policy functions for trade marks and designs at the IPO.


Rob Deans, Clyde & Co.

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Rob is a partner and the head of Clyde & Co's intellectual property team in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.

He has over 20 years' experience handling IP matters, and he has been practising in MENA since 2003. 

Rob has repeatedly been recognised by multiple independent publications as one of the region's leading IP lawyers.

Rob is an Overseas member of CITMA.


Alastair Mackay, Philip Morris International

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Alastair is Head of Strategy & Policy, UK & Ireland at Philip Morris International, the largest international tobacco company. A competition lawyer by background, he joined the company in its Corporate Affairs function in 2013. Since then he has worked on a range of policy issues, including plain packaging. Currently he is working on the company’s transformation programme as it aims to phase out cigarettes.


Zoriţa Pop, RB

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Zoriţa helps businesses achieve and maintain their competitive advantage through intellectual property.

Working from a variety of locations in Europe and Asia, and running international IP programs have given Zoriţa a unique perspective on what it takes to succeed in a global marketplace and the challenges of IP protection, brand building and protection and enforcement. She has extensive experience in the field of trade marks, copyright, Internet (including domain names) and in running anti-counterfeiting program.


Arty Rajendra, Osborne Clarke

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Arty moved to Osborne Clarke at the end of February 2017.

Arty has extensive experience in IP litigation, including acting in the Nokia counterfeit goods in transit case. She has acted in litigation involving well-known marks, trade mark infringement and validity (distinctiveness and non-use), shape marks, passing off (traditional and extended form), repackaging of pharmaceuticals, exhaustion of rights, border enforcement measures, unregistered design rights, right to repair.

Arty has handled patent litigation involving technologies relating to virtual reality, electronics, user interfaces, image processing, security systems and mechanical electrical power devices.

Arty is a committee member of the Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association and chairs the Trade Marks & Designs Brexit Working Group.


Douglas Campbell QC, IPEC

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Douglas is authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge in all forms of IP cases, primarily those proceeding in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, or IPEC (appointed February 2015), as a Civil Recorder (appointed October 2010), and as a Crime Recorder on the South Eastern Circuit (appointed December 2014).

From 2011 to 2013 he sat in the Patents County Court, the predecessor of the IPEC.

Prior to taking silk he was a member of the Attorney General's Panel of Junior Counsel and in this capacity acted for and/or advised a number of Governmental departments and agencies including the IPO.


David Stone, Allen & Overy LLP

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David is one Europe’s leading exponents of design rights.

Having successfully litigated Samsung’s pan-EU design dispute with Apple, David continues to help protect designers in a range of industries.

He chairs the Designs Committee of INTA, was a jury member for the 2016 EUIPO European Design Awards and teaches on designs for the Universities of Oxford and Alicante.

The second edition of his European Union Design Law: A Practitioners’ Guide was published by OUP in 2016.