Welcome to the CITMA Spring Conference 2018

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2018_SC_photo1Join us for the CITMA Spring Conference 2018

This year’s Spring Conference – IP in a global economy – sees us welcome our most international line-up of speakers ever. With talks on counterfeiting around the globe, to debate about IP internationally, we plan to set the world to rights.

As countries around the world face increasing challenges to enforce IP on the international stage, we are proud to bring together some of the biggest names in the international trade mark community to discuss the issues.

This year’s headlining event sees three industry heavyweights – Grant Lynds (IPIC President), Richard Baddeley (IPTA President) and Shunji Sato (chair of the International Committee of JTA) – talk counterfeiting in their respective jurisdictions. Expect lively debate as they discuss precluding and deterring such activity.

We will also hear from Samantha Foulkes, Richemont International. She’ll give us an overview of the One Belt, One Road Initiative in China, including the anti-counterfeiting issues it raises for Richemont. Plus, we will learn about the anti-counterfeiting enforcement challenges Richemont brands face in Asia beyond.

UKIPO’s criminal division will bring a UK perspective to this year’s conference, enlightening us about high-profile news and seizures of branded counterfeits, and how they collaborate with the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit.

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And our first intensive seminar? This 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.

Between talks, enjoy relaxed conversations, consolidate old relationships and develop new ones, and expand your network of colleagues and clients. Meet international and UK-based trade mark attorneys, IP barristers, judges, investigators, searchers, exhibitors, and support services.

Last year’s conference welcomed delegates from 36 countries, spanning six continents. This year – with our conference and Gala Dinner taking place on the fourth floor of County Hall, boasting views along the River Thames to the London Eye and Palace of Westminster – we expect another great turnout.

With a full delegate ticket, you get:

  • entry to every session
  • documentation from the conference
  • a USB stick with speaker presentations
  • welcome drinks reception on 21st March
  • conference lunch on 22nd and optional lunch on 23rd March
  • drinks reception and Gala Dinner on 22nd March
  • all the coffee and tea you can drink.

You will also earn 9 hours of CPD.

For the first time, we are offering a full ticket at half-price for in-house practitioners and Student members - just enter SPRING18 at the checkout*.

Join us for this year’s conference at:

County Hall
Belvedere Road
London
SE1 7PB

Click here to book now

We look forward to seeing you there.


Confirmed speakers

  • Grant Lynds, IPIC, Canada
  • Shunji Sato, JTA, Japan
  • Richard Baddeley, IPTA, Australia
  • Matt Cope, UKIPO, UK
  • Kate Swaine, Gowling WLG, UK
  • Andrew Bellingall, ABO IP, Brazil
  • Samantha Foulkes, Richemont International, UK
  • Chris Schulte, Merchant & Gould, USA
  • Cameron Crowe, Gough Square Chambers, UK
  • Yana Tsygankova, Rouse, Russia
  • Mark Bearfoot, Harley-Davidson Europe, UK
  • Aaron Wood, Wood IP, UK
  • Selma Ünlü, NSN Law Firm, Turkey
  • Denise McFarland, Three New Square, UK
  • Handley Brustad, HMRC, UK
  • Jonas Kölle, Merck Group, Germany

Programme

Wednesday 21st March

  • 6pm - 8pm: Networking drinks reception, Balls Brothers, Shoe Lane

Thursday 22nd March

  • 9am - 5.15pm: Spring Conference day one
  • 6.30pm - 7.30pm: Drinks reception
  • 7.30pm - 10.30pm: Gala dinner

Friday 23rd March

  • 9.30am - 12.40pm: Spring Conference day two (followed by optional, informal lunch)

Rates

Full delegate place, including conference and socials (current rate to 2nd January)

  • CITMA member - £650 (VAT exempt)
  • Non-member - £790 (VAT exempt)

  • In-house attorneys/Student members - 50% discount (use code SPRING18 at checkout*)

Click here to book a full delegate place including socials now

Socials only tickets Wednesday networking drinks reception

  • CITMA member £54 (£45 +£9 VAT)
  • Non-member £72 (£60 + £12 VAT)

Click here to book a Wednesday networking drinks reception only ticket

Social only tickets - Thursday Gala Dinner and drinks reception

  • CITMA Member £99.60 (£83 + £16.60 VAT)
  • Non-member £140.40 (£117 + £23.40 VAT)

Click here to book a Thursday Gala Dinner and drinks reception only ticket


All rates

Full delegate - includes all socials and conference sessions

  • Super early bird, to 2nd Jan – CITMA member £650 (VAT exempt)
  • Super early bird, to 2nd Jan non member £790 (VAT exempt)
  • Early bird – 3rd Jan to 31st Jan– CITMA member £685 (VAT exempt)
  • Early bird – 3rd Jan to 31st Jan non member £825 (VAT exempt)
  • Full rate – 1st Feb to 7th March – CITMA member £800 (VAT exempt)
  • Full rate – 1st Feb to 7th March non member £940 (VAT exempt)

  • In-house attorneys/Student members - 50% discount (use code SPRING18 at checkout*)

Registration closes at 9am, 12th March 2018 

Click here to book now

Full terms and conditions apply.

* Promotional code should be entered in the 'Promotional code' field on the first page of the registration process. Discounts cannot be applied post-registration.