The third IP Protect Expo is taking place at the Business Design Centre in Islington, London on 11 and 12 March 2014. The event is hosted by ACG (UK Anti-Counterfeiting Group) and its partners include the Intellectual Property Office and many of the main industry associations and law enforcement bodies. In 2013 the event had 500 participants and around 50 exhibitors.
There are speakers from Nintendo, Hunter Boots, Tangle Teezer, Alibaba, Beiersdorf, Hewlett Packard, Epson and Trunki - and the 1709 Blog's very own Ben Challis - nervously following in the footsteps of our Blogmeister and IPChiefKat Jeremy Phillips: we are told that delegates can learn from others about the challenges faced by rights owners across the world. Speakers will share their issues and the practical solutions and programmes they have developed in the fight against the counterfeiters, pirates and fraudsters.
With a big focus on Internet protection, IP Protect Expo offers a range of seminars and workshops from gTLDs (generic Top Level Domains) and partnership between rights owners, payment providers and law enforcement, to case studies and industry sessions including the film, music and games industries. Security packaging also plays an important part in the programme with seminars on security inks, track & trace, fashion labelling and mobile apps. Other relevant topics forming part of the programme include 3D printing, China, Free Trade Zones, the Middle East and the US, and FACT will be presenting a case study on "Breaking the chain - disrupting criminal activity"
Supported by an extensive law enforcement exhibition in the restricted law enforcement networking area, the conference programme also offers a range of seminars supporting closer cooperation between law enforcement and IP rights owners. These include sessions delivered by FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft), IFPI (International Federation of Phonographic Industries), the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit and Interpol. In addition Hewlett Packard are sponsoring a drinks party on 11 March 2014 between 5.00pm and 7.00pm at the Business Design Centre to promote public – private partnership. All rights owners and law enforcement officers are invited!