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Intellectual Property (IP) ConfEx

(Speed Networking Meetings Format)

LONDON, UK - 21 MARCH 2024

THE Queen Elizabeth II Centre,

Broad Sanctuary Westminster, London, SW1P 3EE

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Speed Networking Opportunities in:

IP. Patent. Trademark. Copyright. Litigation. Patent Management. Brand Protection. IP Infringement. IP Rights. IP Management. IP Licensing. Patent Portfolio. IP Assets. Counterfeiting. Patent Monetization. Patent Search. Privacy. Risk. Security. Compliance. Data Protection. IP Translation. AI. IP Technology.
This event will gather a vast array of IP and technology professionals, such as IP Counsel, Heads of IP Departments, Patent Managers, Trademark Managers, Risk & Compliance Professionals, Chief IP Officers, Data Privacy Officers, Governance Manager, Heads of Patents, Patent Attorneys, Directors of Data Privacy & IP, IP Law Firm Partners, IP Tech Professionals, and Service Providers.

The Global Intellectual Property (IP) ConfEx is an upcoming event scheduled to take place on March 21, 2024, in London, UK. This event will gather a vast array of IP and technology professionals, such as IP Counsel, Heads of IP Departments, Patent Managers, Trademark Managers, Risk & Compliance Professionals, Chief IP Officers, Data Privacy Officers, Governance Manager, Heads of Patents, Patent Attorneys, Directors of Data Privacy & IP, IP Law Firm Partners, IP Tech Professionals, and Service Providers.


The conference will feature keynote addresses from renowned experts, case study presentations, collaborative round table discussions, and exhibitions. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with peers and gain valuable insights into the latest trends and technologies related to intellectual property.


Overall, the Global Intellectual Property (IP) ConfEx promises to be an informative and engaging event that will provide attendees with a unique opportunity to connect, learn, and exchange ideas with some of the brightest minds in the field of intellectual property.

  • Join an exciting IP and technology conference with a multitude of speakers and participants in attendance.

  • Explore the latest industry trends and innovations presented by both national and international speakers, sponsors, and exhibitors.

  • Establish valuable connections with Bar Associations and Media Partners to expand your professional network.

  • Acquire valuable knowledge through captivating keynote speeches, exclusive case studies, round table discussions, and business dialogues.

  • Connect with C-level executives and decision-makers to discover new business prospects and opportunities.

  • Experience ample networking opportunities that facilitate professionals in connecting with others in their respective fields, fostering relationships that could lead to future collaborations.

  • Participate in collaborative round table discussions to share your insights and perspectives, ensuring an inclusive and cooperative conversation.

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Esteemed speakers from diverse backgrounds in IP, technology, and business fields will headline this event. Attendees can expect to gain valuable insights from these experts as they share their experiences and knowledge on key topics outlined in the program agenda.

Speakers at Conference

(Speed Networking Meetings Format)

(08:00 AM – 05:45 PM Local Time)

08:00 AM – Onwards

Conference Registration

Networking tea with speakers & delegates.

Informal networking with exhibitors.

08:30 AM – 09:30 AM

Speed Networking Meetings: Facilitating Connections among General Counsel, Law Firm Partners, and Service Providers

Our event includes a unique feature called "Speed Networking Meetings," which bring together Connecting Counsel, Law Firm Partners, and Service Providers. Initially, all participants are invited to introduce themselves using a microphone, allowing everyone to familiarize themselves with each other in the conference hall on the morning of the event.


Following this introduction, attendees are encouraged to actively participate in dynamic speed networking sessions. They are prompted to stand up, engage with peers seated nearby, exchange business cards, and delve into meaningful discussions. There are no limitations on whom participants should interact with; everyone is encouraged to engage with each other within the designated timeframe, facilitating the exchange of contacts and discussions on potential opportunities.

09:30 AM – 10:10 AM

Collaborative Round Table Discussions 1

Mitigating the Million-Dollar risks: How Accurate IP Data Drives Informed Decision-Making

  • Examine the significance of Intellectual Property data in decision-making.

  • Enhance your skills to become a valuable asset to your organization and improve productivity.

  • Learn effective evaluation methods to save time in IP analyses.

  • Communicate insights to stakeholders and influence daily business decisions.


Arthur Lallement, Intellectual Property Manager, Endomag

Ragini Jain, Innovation and IP Manager, Cambridge GaN Devices

Martha Vanin, Global IP Counsel, Focusrite Group

Wayne Spillett, Head of Legal, Vodafone

Mirjam Medanovic Gominsek, Legal Counsel, Outbrain

Craig Kelly, Senior Associate and Head of Corporate/Commercial, Holmes & Hills Solicitors

Mark Cracknell, IP Manager, ALL.SPACE
Rachel Free, Partner (Patent Attorney), CMS UK

Helen Anderson, Interactive Legal Counsel, Accenture

Dr. Duncan Curley, IP Partner, Penningtons Manches Cooper LLP

10:10 AM – 10:40 AM

Keynote Address 1

Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Analyzing the potential impact of artificial intelligence on Intellectual Property.

  • Identifying potential opportunities and challenges associated with the use of AI in Intellectual Property management.

  • Sharing best practices for managing Intellectual Property in the context of artificial intelligence.


Donald McCombie, Partner, Clifford Chance

Matt Hervey, Partner | Head of Artificial Intelligence Law, Gowling WLG (UK) LLP

10:40 AM – 11:10 AM

Informal Networking & Tea Break

  • Networking tea with speakers & delegates.

  • Informal networking with exhibitors.

11:10 AM – 11:40 AM

Keynote Address 2

Protect Your Business: How to Identify and Control Litigation Data Breaches in Intellectual Property

  • Identifying threats: detecting vulnerabilities and areas of exposure.

  • Measuring and enhancing the effectiveness of existing solutions.

  • Closing the loop with a unified, end-to-end solution to address IP data breaches and control litigation data that could leave a company exposed.

11:40 AM – 12:00 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation 1

How to translate Patents for International Markets: The case of the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO)


Pascale Le Blévennec, Senior Account Manager EMEA, SYSTRAN

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12:00 PM – 12:20 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation 2

12:20 PM – 01:00 PM

Collaborative Round Table Discussions 2

Navigating Willful Infringement Allegations in Intellectual Property Litigation: Effective Strategies

  • Actively manage practices to minimize the risk of being deemed a willful infringer.

  • Strategically time the acquisition of patent opinions to align with key stages of product development.

  • Assess the potential for securing licenses under patents to proactively prevent infringement.

  • Negotiate favorable licensing agreements as a strategic approach to avoid willful infringement.

  • Continuously reassess the necessity of opinion letters in light of evolving legal considerations.

  • Consider alternative approaches to mitigate the risk of willful infringement exposure.


Enrico Bonadio, Reader in intellectual property law, City, University of London
Praveen Pandey, VP, Senior Corporate Counsel, Elavon, Inc.

Malcolm Dowden, Data Protection, Privacy and Technology Lawyer, Squire Patton Boggs

Abraham Mertens, Assistant General Counsel, Arista Networks

01:00 PM – 02:00 PM

Informal Networking & Lunch Break

  • Networking lunch with speakers & delegates

  • Informal networking with exhibitors

02:00 PM – 02:40 PM

Collaborative Round Table Discussions 3

IP Litigation Strategies for 2024: Balancing Approaches and Foreseeing Trends

  • Assess the viability of defensive patenting as a proactive litigation avoidance strategy.

  • Conduct thorough freedom to operate searches to identify and mitigate potential market risks.

  • Obtain clearance opinions to ensure legal protection and minimize IP infringement challenges.

  • Anticipate and prepare for international litigation challenges in the evolving global landscape.

  • Implement proactive defensive strategies to safeguard against potential IP litigation risks.

  • Analyze and understand the roles of operating companies and rivals in the dynamic IP litigation arena.


Jacqueline Watts, Director, A City Law Firm Ltd

Iain Connor, Partner, Michelmores
Roberto Valenti, IP Partner, DLA Piper

Gareth Dickson, IP Partner, Mishcon de Reya LLP

Joaquim Goulart, Partner, Dannemann Siemsen

Benjamin Thomas, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons LLP

Fred Nicolle, Managing Associate, Simmons & Simmons

02:40 PM – 03:10 PM

Keynote Address 3

Copyright infringement (With Focus on Audiovisual Piracy)

  • Why has this subject become one of the priorities of the European Commission; facts and figures?

  • What influences piracy?

  • What about existing legislative frameworks and various cooperation schemes in Europe and elsewhere to fight it?

  • Impact of technology on such infringement.

  • Audiovisual piracy and cybercrime.

  • Conclusion.

03:10 PM – 03:30 PM

Exclusive Case Study Presentation 3

03:30 PM – 04:10 PM

Collaborative Round Table Discussions 4

Strategic Management of Intellectual Property Disputes on a Global Scale 

  • Conducting thorough pre-arbitration assessments.

  • Exploring alternative dispute resolution methods.

  • Evaluating arbitration forums based on case-specific factors.

  • Tailoring strategies to unique IP rights characteristics.

  • Integrating technology for streamlined case management.

  • Addressing jurisdictional challenges.

  • Fostering cross-cultural communication for effective arbitration.


Antony Craggs, Partner, Shoosmiths

Richard Vary, Partner, Bird & Bird

Shobana Iyer, Commercial Barrister, Swan Chambers

Kirk Sigmon, Partner, Intellectual Property Litigation & Patent Prosecution, Banner & Witcoff Ltd.

04:10 PM – 04:20 PM

Informal Networking & Tea Break

  • Networking tea with speakers & delegates.

  • Informal networking with exhibitors.

04:20 PM – 05:00 PM

Collaborative Round Table Discussions 5

Countdown: Everything you Should Know About the Unified Patent Court

  • Exploring the changes brought by the new patent system to the legal landscape.

  • Understanding the new procedural rules from various European jurisdictions.

  • Ensuring cross-border capabilities and gathering skills for navigating the new system.

  • Identifying the challenges and opportunities for IP lawyers in the new patent system.


Rebecca Lawrence, Partner, DLA Piper

Caitlin Heard, Partner, CMS

Justyna Ostrowska, Senior Associate, Taylor Wessing

Jamie Rowlands, Partner, Haseltine Lake Kempner LLP

David Lancaster, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan, LLP


Khushbu Singh, Head of IP, Novocomms Limited

Richard Milchior, Partner, Herald

Liz Cohen, Patent Litigation Partner, Bristows LLP

05:00 PM – 05:40 PM

Collaborative Round Table Discussions 6

The Role of Patents in Promoting Innovation and Economic Growth

  • Importance of Patents in Innovation.

  • Economic Impact of Patents.

  • Patents and Technology Transfer.

  • Patent Strategies for Businesses and Inventors.

  • Patent Litigation and Enforcement.

  • International Patent Systems and Harmonization Efforts.

  • Emerging Trends and Challenges.

  • Policy Considerations and Future Directions.


Abhijit Mukhopadhyay, President (Legal) & General Counsel, Hinduja Group

05:40 PM – 05:45 PM

Thank You Note & Closing Remarks

Thank you note in the presence of all speakers, sponsors & global delegates who made this event happen with their undaunting support and participation.

*Program and Timings are subject to change without notice.

**A collaborative round table discussion is a group conversation format where individuals from different backgrounds and experiences come together to discuss a specific topic or issue. Unlike traditional presentations or lectures, where one person is the  primary speaker, round table discussions encourage all participants to share their ideas, experiences, and perspectives.

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