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Matt Cope, UKIPO
Matt, who is Deputy Director of IP Enforcement, took over responsibility for the IP enforcement team in May 2014, but has worked for the UKIPO for over 17 years.
A mechanical engineer by training, Matt originally joined the UKIPO as a patent examiner before moving into policy work, working in areas including corporate strategy, copyright reform and digital and online issues before moving to focus on IP enforcement.
Matt is responsible for three IP enforcement policy teams as well as overseeing the IP Crime Intelligence Hub which provides intelligence and analytical support to law enforcement.
Kate Swaine, Gowling WLG
Kate is head of the brands and design time at Gowling WLG (UK) and is an expert in international brand strategy and enforcement. She works closely with clients in the creation, exploitation and enforcement of their rights.
Kate’s expertise has been recognised in 2017’s prestigious Acritas Stars database as a star lawyer. She has been recognised as an IP star for her trade marks expertise over successive years and was included in the Expert’s Guide: Women in Business Law 2017.
Kate is chair of Marque’s IP Emerging Issues and a member of INTA’s Pro Bono committee.
Kate is a CITMA member.
Samantha Foulkes, Richemont International
Samantha joined Richemont in August 2013 and currently works as a Senior Anti-counterfeiting Paralegal.
During the last ten years, she has worked as a paralegal in private practice at Rouse and in the IP team at Nabarro LLP, where she gained experience in anti-counterfeiting, trade mark prosecution and domain names. In 2011, Samantha moved in-house as a paralegal in the global trade marks team at GlaxoSmithKline. There she worked on the global vaccine trade mark portfolio and assisted with regional anti-counterfeiting matters.
Samantha now works on anti-counterfeiting matters for all Richemont brands in Asia and North America.
Samantha is a CITMA member.
Cameron Crowe, Gough Square Chambers
Cameron is recognised as a leading consumer law and trading standards barrister by both of the independent legal directories, and undertakes the full spectrum of consumer and trading standards law, encompassing fraud and money laundering.
His experience includes representing private companies, local authorities and private individuals in both criminal prosecutions and Part 8 Enterprise Act 2002 enforcement (including secondary contempt proceedings), as well as advising on compliance with consumer and trading standards legislation for the purposes of civil and/or criminal liability, and for the purposes of professional discipline.
Chris Schulte, Merchant & Gould
Chris is a partner in Merchant & Gould's Minneapolis office and chair of their trade mark practice group.
He assists his clients in the U.S. and overseas with trade mark issues related to global portfolio management, clearance, registration, and enforcement, and is constantly developing innovative methods for finding trade mark infringements in the marketplace and online in order to protect his clients’ brands.
Chris has served as a member of, and chair of subcommittees for, several international trade mark organisations such as INTA, GRUR and PTMG.
Chris is a CITMA member.
Andrew Bellingall, ABO IP
The “B” of ABO IP, Andrew Bellingall, has been working with intellectual property for nearly thirty years and with Brazilian IP since 1995.
He has an in-depth knowledge of Brazil’s industrial property laws, particularly in the areas of trade marks and copyright. Andrew manages portfolios for well-known clients in different areas such as IT, software, entertainment, pharmaceuticals, clothing and perfumery and undertakes civil and criminal enforcement.
He has presented lectures and seminars at INTA, CITMA, IIPLA, BRICS IP FORUM and at various clients during visits to the United States, Japan and Europe.
Yana Tsygankova, Rouse
Yana is an Executive in Rouse's Moscow office since its opening in 2013. She has been practising IP law for ten years and has been extensively dealing with contentious and non-contentious matters covering varieties of trade mark, copyright, trade name, domain name, trade secret and unfair competition issues.
With broad and extensive practical experience, Yana concentrates on providing strategic IP advice in the region (Russia and CIS), as well as in the fields of IP-related commercial, strict and complex legal issues, including regulatory compliance, data protection and advertising spheres.
She has a wide range of IP enforcement and prosecution practice and has been involved in litigation in the Arbitration and General Jurisdiction courts, representing clients in various trade marks and copyright infringement, domain names recovery and unfair competition matters.
Selma Ünlü, NSN Law Firm
Selma is a senior partner of the NSN Law Firm in Istanbul.
She has been a qualified as an IP litigator and a trade mark & patent attorney for 27 years, regularly recommended by MIP, WTR, IAM, Legal 500 and Chambers & Partners. She has been chosen among the top 250 Women in IP in the World by MIP.
She advises in all aspects of IP including portfolio management, enforcement of IPRs and litigation as well as the life sciences regulations. She is an accredited-court appointed expert in IP disputes before IP Courts of Istanbul and is also the author of several publications.
Selma is a CITMA member and serves of a number of its working groups.
Mark Bearfoot, Harley-Davidson Europe
Mark is a Chartered Trade Mark Attorney with 18 years experience in the trade mark profession — both in commercial and private practice environments. This experience has allowed him to gain a detailed knowledge of IP law, especially in trade mark, design and domain name practice.
He is a motivated and trusted business partner with strong commercial awareness, particularly when approaching complex legal issues.
Mark has a proven ability to build and manage global IP portfolios with a strategic focus on enhancing brand value whilst managing a global network of external counsel and delivering on budget.
Mark is a CITMA Council member, he is chair of CITMA's Education, Policy and Development Committee and serves on various other CITMA committees and working groups.
Aaron Wood, Wood IP
Aaron is a Chartered Trade Mark and Design Attorney and is also one of a small number of Trade Mark Advocates and Trade Mark Litigators.
He has appeared in a number of cases before the High Court and the IPEC, and figures amongst the most experienced attorneys in the UK in relation to oral hearings before the UKIPO.
His active litigation and advocacy workload includes trade mark, design and copyright cases and includes conduct and advocacy work as part of the IP Pro Bono scheme.
Aaron is a CITMA Council member and serves on various CITMA committees and working groups.
Denise McFarland, Three New Square
Denise’s practice covers a huge range of areas and subject matters. She is a highly experienced Mediator and Evaluative Neutral, specialising in commercial disputes (with or without IP aspects) in the UK and global disputes.
Denise has huge advocacy experience acting for parties before the UK Courts and in EU Courts and tribunals, including; the High Court of England and Wales (Court of Appeal and Supreme Court) the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, or IPEC, the UKIPO, the Company Names Tribunal, the EUIPO, the EU Patent Office and the General Court of the European Union (Luxembourg) and appeals to the Court of Justice. She has also appeared before both the legal and technical Boards of Appeal and the Opposition Division of the EPO.
Grant Lynds, IPIC
Grant is the President of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) and currently chairs its Intervention Committee. He is a patent agent, trade mark agent and a principal at Marks & Clerk in Ottawa, where his practice covers patent and industrial design prosecution, patent and trade mark litigation, as well as IP licensing, infringement and validity opinions, IP counsel for corporate transactions and patent portfolio management.
Before returning to private practice in 2005, Grant spent a number of years as in-house IP licensing and litigation counsel for Nortel, a multinational telecommunications company. In that role, Grant negotiated patent licences and managed US and Canadian litigation, arbitration and mediation in a variety of subject areas, including patent and copyright infringement and litigation regarding patent indemnities.
Grant was called to the Bar of Ontario in 1997 and was admitted to the New York State Bar in 2001. He is also a patent attorney in the U.S., and a professional engineer in Alberta and Ontario.
Shunji Sato, JTA
Shunji is a partner at a Japanese leading law firm, TMI Associates, specialising in trade mark, design and unfair competition matters for major Japanese and multinational companies.
Shunji has more than 20 years of experience in trade mark/design prosecution and enforcement in Japan and assists clients in actions both before the Japan Patent Office, including oppositions, invalidations and cancellation proceedings, and before the district courts and Intellectual Property High Court.
Shunji is currently serving on the Board of Directors of INTA and continuing to serve on many of its committees.
Handley Brustad, HMRC
Handley started work as an assistant in the Weights and Measures Department of Monmouthshire County Council on 1st April 1968, so on the date of the conference he will be nine days away from completing 50 years’ working in the Trading Standards service.
Handley's highlights have been his work with the National Intellectual Property Crime Strategy Group, which he has been a member of since its inception, the organisation of IP work to protect the Brand of the 2012 Olympics and with UEFA for the Champions League Final in Cardiff.
Handley was made a Fellow of the Chartered Trading Standards Institute in 2015.