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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

February 6, Waldorf Hilton, London


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Free registration for in-house IP counsel, general counsel and heads of legal

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8:30 Registration 

9:00 Opening remarks by Lucy Songi, researcher, Managing IP 

9:10 Brexit and the short-to-medium implications on your IP portfolio

  • What will happen with pan-European injunctions, representation and unregistered design rights?
  • Latest updates from the Unified Patent Court
  • Enforcement issues for trade marks and designs
  • Brexit implications for copyright

Lara Elder, senior associate, Carpmaels & Ransford (moderator)
Ruby Kakati, senior counsel, Lucozade Ribena Suntory
Lia Young
, corporate counsel, Caterpillar

10:00 Social media, brands and trade mark infringement

  • Threats and opportunities for brand owners
  • Responsibilities of online social media platforms
  • Emerging challenges with social media: liability, remedies and new approaches
  • Practical approaches to protect your brand
  • Social value and influence, IP-strategies, #verified 

Helen Saunders, chief operating officer, INCOPRO (moderator)
Alexia Willetts, chief operating officer, Wistla 
Catrin Turner, IP counsel, head of global IP, Dr Martens
Rachel Alexander
, partner, Wiggin

10:50 Coffee break and networking
11:20 Strategically managing your trade mark and design portfolios

  • Tracking the implementation of EUTM changes – what has the real impact been?
  • How does your enforcement strategy need adapting in light of Brexit?
  • Interplay between trade dress, design protection and copyright protection
  • Practically obtaining registration of non-traditional trade marks
  • Challenges with non-traditional trade marks

France Delord, partner, Taylor Wessing
Elizabeth May
, maison lead IP counsel, Richemont International
Wiebke Baars
, partner, Taylor Wessing 

12:10 Industry 4.0 and the digital revolution of IP

  • Emerging challenges with Industry 4.0: implications of AI and how this affects work as lawyers
  • Maintaining brand integrity in the digital world and dealing with ‘fake news’
  • Telecoms: how are courts in Europe dealing with the issue of FRAND licensing?

Cordula Schumacher, partner, Arnold Ruess
Emily O’Neill, IP and litigation counsel, Spectris 

12:50 Lunch and networking

13:50 Protecting your software patents in EU and US post-Alice

  • Current state of Section 101 and overview of developments in the US
  • The EU view of software patents
  • To what extent is there a convergence with EU and US practice?
  • Beyond patents: other IP that can protect software

Coreena Brinck, senior associate, CMS
Helen Wallis
, partner, CMS

14:30 Identifying, protecting and defending your trade secrets

  • How are businesses dealing with trade secrets?
  • Protecting your trade secrets from internal and external threats
  • Remedies available under the EU Trade Secrets Directive
  • What affect will Brexit have on the EU Trade Secrets Directive?

Shaoni Mitchell, senior IP counsel, Edwards (moderator)
Joanna Conway, of counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright
Petra Simoncic, IP manager, AMS (austriamicrosystems)
Sarah Wright, partner, CMS

15:20 Coffee break and networking 

15:50 Copyright protection and Digital Single Market

  • An overview of copyright trends across Europe: current status of the DSM
  • Draft Copyright Directive and Draft Broadcasters’ Regulation
  • DSM and social media

Rebecca Swindells, partner, Jones Day 
Lorna Brazell
, partner, Osborne Clarke

16:40 Leadership through the keyhole

  • Work-life balance and career management
  • Top tips to successfully generate business whilst maintaining balance
  • Retention of women lawyers
  • Developing your career: how can you network and promote yourself

Emma Graham, partner, Mewburn Ellis (moderator)
Ruth Stone
, general counsel, SCB Group
Susan Chiappinelli
, vice president, patents pharma, GlaxoSmithKline
Veena Marr, senior legal director, global head of IP, eBay
Sofia Arenal
, partner, Mewburn Ellis

17:30 Close of conference 



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