Friday 10 January 2014

IP Protect Expo on target with 2014 conference programme

IP Protect Expo has launched  its 2014 conference programme which provides a wide variety of seminars and training sessions dealing with intellectual property and brand protection, both on and off-line. It brings together brands, content owners and designers from across the world, as well as many experts in the field of intellectual property.

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"

Specifically the programme also covers a review of the latest changes to design rights legislation from Bill Trott and Clare Hurley from the Intellectual Property Office, as well as a review potential reforms to copyright legislation in a number of different jurisdictions around the World from Ben. The Intellectual Property Office in conjunction with Tangle Teezer are running a special session for SMEs, and Neil Boyd, Senior European AP Counsel, Nintendo, is lined up for "Copyright  protection in the UK and abroad - the Super Mario story". The full programme for the law focussed Day 1 can be found here.  

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!

Conference ticket prices start from £65-£100 + VAT for a single day ticket for law enforcement officers and IP rights owners respectively. You can visit the exhibition free of charge . Complimentary sessions include the Intellectual Property Office’s help desks for companies interested in trading in India, Brazil, China and South East Asia; MarkMonitor are running a help desk on gTLDs; AlpVision are demonstrating smart phone authentication and Epstein Drangel are providing their top 10 tips for brand protection in the US. There are also two sponsored workshops, offering free training to all IP rights owners: MarkMonitor: ‘From improbable to inevitable - it's time to prepare your brand for the new gTLD's, and the new internet’; and Procter & Gamble: ‘Rooting Out Rogue On-line Merchants: Anti-Counterfeiting Tactics for the Modern Era’.

To book complimentary exhibition passes, conference tickets or apply for tickets for the drinks party or the free workshops, please go to

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