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2018_SC_programme1Wednesday 21st March

2pm - 8pm - CITMA Intensive Training Seminar – IP contracts (including drinks reception)

Our first intensive seminar will take place at Bird & Bird LLP and focus on IP contracts, including how they are drafted, an introduction to contract law, as well as advice on clauses in more complex agreements. It comes at an extra cost but Spring Conference delegates receive a discount on the ticket price so take a look at the programme and consider attending.  

6pm - 8pm: Networking drinks reception

Balls Brothers, Athene Place, 73 Shoe Lane, London, EC4A 3BQ

Join us for our opening evening drinks reception nestled in Shoe Lane where Balls Brothers has been looking after the City for 150 years. Our relaxed drinks reception is the perfect way to open the Spring Conference with fellow delegates and non-delegates who are attending just for the evening.

2018_SC_programme4aThursday 22nd March

9am – 5.10pm: Spring Conference day one, County Hall

County Hall, Riverside Building, Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB

Day one of the Spring Conference features many great speakers on a range of topics. Chaired by Kate O'Rourke and Tania Clark.

Time Title 
9am Welcome
9.10am Brexit, Kate O'Rourke, CITMA President

IP Crime – state of the nation - Matt Cope, UKIPO IP Enforcement, UK

Matt will cover recent work by the UKIPO and its enforcement agency partners, highlighting emerging trends and developing threats. During the talk Matt will also cover the UKIPO’s international enforcement work, and explain how it works with partners at home and abroad to tackle the trade in counterfeits.


Are you exhausted? - Kate Swaine, Gowling WLG, UK

The free movement principle and its application to trade mark law is enshrined in the Trade Marks Directive (EC 2008/95) as the exhaustion of rights. The limits of, exceptions to and the practicalities of exhaustion of rights mean that the application of this principle can be a thorny issue. The advent of Brexit has only added another layer of complication and uncertainty. Kate will consider what exhaustion of rights actually means for brand owners by looking at the most recent case law and will also consider what it may mean in the future as the UK anticipates its departure from the European Union.


The One Belt, One Road Initiative and IP enforcement challenges in Asia and beyond - Samantha Foulkes, Richemont International, UK

Samantha will give an overview of the One Belt, One Road (OBOR) Initiative in China and the issues it raises for Richemont from an anti-counterfeiting perspective. She will also consider the anti-counterfeiting enforcement challenges faced by Richemont brands in Asia and to a lesser extent in Turkey, Brazil and Russia.

10.50am Break - tea and coffee

The best talk on advertising standards ever – probably - Cameron Crowe and Anna Medvinskaia, Gough Square Chambers, UK 

Advertising in the UK is governed by a combination of regulation and self-regulation. Cameron and Anna's talk will provide an overview of the UK legislation governing advertising - the Consumer Protection from Unfair Trading Regulations 2008 and Business Protection from Misleading Marketing Regulations 2008 - and highlight recent cases and issues of interest, including comparative advertising, judicial review of Advertising Standards Authority adjudications and referrals to trading standards and Ofcom.


Headaches in U.S. enforcement efforts - Chris Schulte, Merchant & Gould, U.S.

Numerous issues abound for trade mark holders outside the U.S. seeking to enforce their rights in America. Non-famous, unused and unregistered marks have often failed in enforcement actions in the U.S., but a recent case involving Bayer has changed that reality. Federal registration through the Madrid Protocol or Paris Convention may not provide a complete answer either, as foreign registrants must contend with abandonment counter-claims. Finally, even in a U.S. Trademark Office contested matter there is a chance that a non-U.S. client will be required to cross the atlantic ocean to appear and give testimony. Chris' session will focus on what all non-U.S. trade mark holders should anticipate when considering enforcement action in the U.S..


Coty Ugly: what are the wider implications of the Coty case? - Dervla Broderick, CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP 

In 2017, 68% of EU internet users chose to shop online either through retailers’ own websites or online marketplaces, such as Amazon. For many brands, the internet is a way to reach a greater number and variety of customers. However, luxury brand owners in particular, have often struggled to ensure that their products are appropriately positioned in an online retail environment.

A landmark ruling from the Court of Justice in Coty has recently provided reassurance for luxury brands. The ruling held that restrictions which ban distributors within a selective distribution system from selling goods on internet marketplaces are compatible with EU competition law. The finding of the Court was that such bans are legal provided the restrictions are necessary to preserve the luxury image of the goods.

Dervla's presentation aims to provide an overview of the application of competition law to selective distribution and to examine in more wider implications of the Coty ruling on suppliers of both luxury and non-luxury goods.

12.50pm Break - lunch

Challenges for trade mark owners in emerging markets - Andrew Bellingall, ABO IP, Brazil, Yana Tsygankova, Rouse, Russia and Selma Ünlü, NSN Law Firm, Turkey

In this panel, Andrew and Yana, from Brazil and Russia respectively, will discuss well-known marks, look-a-likes, unfair competition and general IP litigation issues, as well as providing updates on recent changes in trade mark legislation in their own countries. Selma will join the panel and cover the important amendments of the new IP law in Turkey from a prosecution and litigation perspective.


An in-house approach to enforcement - Mark Bearfoot, Harley-Davidson Europe

Mark will provide an invaluable insight into developing and implementing a global trade mark enforcement strategy. He will discuss the need to engage with key stakeholders to raise awareness and to demonstrate the investment value of brand protection. Mark will also consider the key challenges facing right holders in the digital economy, including anonymity and the rise in drop shipping.

3.40pm Break - tea and coffee

Case law update 2018 - Aaron Wood, Wood IP, UK and Denise McFarland, Three New Square, UK

The presentation will bring together the key trade mark and design decisions from the year, presented by Denise of Three New Square and Aaron, trade mark attorney and advocate. The presentation will include focus on those elements of the cases which may not have been drawn out by the legal reporting when these cases were first decided, together with any insights into their application by other Courts or the UKIPO.

5.10pm Closing remarks
5.15pm Close

6.30pm – 10.30pm: Gala Dinner at County Hall


Our Gala Dinner will be held in one of London’s most iconic buildings, County Hall by Westminster Bridge. We’ve decided to lift you up a level to the fourth floor of County Hall, with views out to the London Eye and across to the City of Westminster where you will enjoy aperitifs with us while the Waterloo Suite – also our location for the conference – is readied for a banquet. 

Our Gala Dinner is our most prestigious annual event for both those attending the Spring Conference, and those who enjoy wining and dining with their CITMA colleagues. This year promises to be more special than ever, as we welcome delegates from a wider international backdrop than any other year. 

County Hall, Riverside Building, Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB


Friday 23rd March

9.30am – 12.40pm: Spring Conference day two, County Hall

County Hall, Riverside Building, Belvedere Road, London SE1 7PB

Day two of the Spring Conference features many great speakers on a range of topics. Chaired by Kate O'Rourke and Tania Clark.

Time Title
9.30am Welcome

International organisations in conversation

Made in Canada – is it? Anti-counterfeiting tools and amendments to Canada’s Trade-marks Act and Regulations on the (near) horizon - Grant Lynds, IPIC President, Canada

Grant will summarise the significant changes to Canada’s Trade-marks Regulations, that will likely come into force in 2019, based on recent legislation that was passed in Canada, including provisions that will allow Canada to accede to the Madrid Protocol.  Grant will also discuss the tools and recent decisions regarding the enforcement of trade-mark rights against counterfeits, including the following topics:

  • Brand strategies to prepare for the legislative changes;
  • Request For Assistance Program regarding counterfeits at the border; and
  • Federal Court decisions and Government developments from 2017 that focus on anti-counterfeit activity.

Border control in Japan - Shunji Sato, Chair of International Committee, JTA, Japan

Customs enforcement is a key part of IP protection strategy in Japan. Even in this era of online shopping, there is no doubt about the importance of preventing trade mark infringement at border areas before entering into Japan. Shunji's presentation will cover customs examination procedures in Japan and how effectively these measures are being implemented as well as recent amendments and court decisions in Japan.

Brexit – an Irish perspective - Simon Gray, APTMA President, Ireland

10.35am Break - tea and coffee

Failing to win the fight against IP crime - Handley Brustad, Trading Standards, UK

Handley has been involved with enforcing against IP crime since the mid 1980’s and, apart from the types of products counterfeited, not a lot has changed. Counterfeits are still having a serious impact on the economy of the country and the safety of consumers. Innovation is seen as the way forward with the use of intelligence led enforcement and a follow the money approach since the introduction of POCA. So why are we not winning? Why is the number of counterfeits not decreasing? Are we educating the consumers enough to change their attitude to buying counterfeits? The creation of a fit for purpose enforcement regime is the only chance we have to win the battle against IP theft.

When online goes offline, infringers lurking in the shadows - Michael Wakefield, Cerberus

Michael will explore the emerging strategies employed by infringers to get their products to market using lesser-known supply channels and how social media is being used as a tool to evade detection. In light of this, he will cover the measures brand owners can take to mitigate against this phenomenon. 

Is your IP online or on the line? - Daniel Greenberg, Lexsynergy Limited

The IP industry is saturated with online IP monitoring services, identifying various forms of infringements. The question then asked is “Now What? How do we effectively remove what is found?” In answering the question, we will explore the infringement landscape with practical infringement examples and key points that ensure infringements are taken down effectively and efficiently across multiple jurisdictions.


Fighting against counterfeits – an inside view into the pharmaceutical industry - Jonas Kölle, Merck Group, Germany

For tackling the phenomenon of global counterfeiting, team work is key. Jonas’ presentation will shed light on the efforts of a multi-national pharmaceutical company in the prevention and mitigation of counterfeiting. He will provide arguments for building up global cross-functional networks, the need for raising awareness on the issue of falsified medicines and finally report about best enforcement practices once a counterfeit product is identified. 

12.35pm Closing remarks
12.40pm Optional lunch (informal)