The fifth annual Retromark conference returns for another afternoon of in-person trade mark law and practice hosted by Darren Meale of Simmons & Simmons and the IPKat on Tuesday 7 May. This year, the keynote speech will be delivered by Allan James, Senior Hearing Officer at the UKIPO.

Starting at 2 pm and finishing with drinks and canapes from 6:15pm at Simmons’ offices in Citypoint, Moorgate, the full line up is below:
14:00-14:30 – Registration

14:30-14:40 – Introduction and welcome (Darren Meale)

14:40-15:40 – Panel 1 – “When you do nothing or you can’t do anything – acquiescence and other modern challenges in trade mark enforcement” (We will explore the state of play on acquiescence following Combe v Wolff and Industrial Cleaning Equipment, while also looking at other issues in our enforcement system)
Moderator: Professor Eleonora Rosati, IPKat, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University
  • Guy Tritton, Barrister, Hogarth Chambers
  • Alessandro Cerri, IPKat, Senior IP Lawyer, Warner Bros. Discovery
  • Dev Gangjee, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Oxford
  • Stephen Reid, Head of Intellectual Property at Imperial Brands PLC 

15:40-16:00 – The future of trade marks – revisited (Darren Meale)

16:00-16:30 – Coffee/tea break

16:30-17:15 – Keynote address: Allan James, Senior Hearing Officer, UKIPO

17:15-18:15 – Panel 2 – “A tale of a supreme saga: where does the Supreme Court judgment in Skykick leave us?” (Now that one of the most significant trade mark cases in modern times has drawn [or is about to draw!] to a close with the Supreme Court’s final judgment [insert description based on outcome – if we have one!], we will examine its conclusions and ponder what’s to become of the problems the saga highlighted in our registration system)

Moderator: Darren Meale
  • Natasza Shilling, Lead Counsel, Vodafone
  • George Sevier, Head of IP Enforcement, Brands and Licensing, Dyson
  • HHJ Melissa Clarke, Senior Circuit Judge, Designated Civil Judge for Oxford and Thames Valley at the Courts of England Wales
  • Daniel Alexander KC, Barrister, 8 New Square 

18:15-19:30 – Drinks and canapes

Tickets are strictly limited and available on a first come, first served basis. The event usually sells out, so don’t delay. Tickets are free, but there is again an option to make a donation to charity by purchasing a special ticket – the event will be supporting Bowel Cancer UK once more (please give generously!).
You can sign up via Eventbrite here.

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