Designing Britain’s Future: 22nd November

How design protection in commerce and industry will progress post Brexit

CIPA Offices in Holborn from 4-6pm after IPAN’s short AGM

This IPAN network event will consider how design protection will change after Brexit, what Government is planning, and how industry needs to adapt.

Design protection is one of the key areas of IP rights where our UK industries rely substantially on EU rights: for example the fashion industry on the EU unregistered design right for which there is currently no UK equivalent. The event is also an opportunity to see how innovation in design is addressing the issues of today like plastic pollution and how new design can make us greener.

Our  invited panel of experts includes Dids Macdonald OBE (CEO of ACID), Prof Rob Holdway (Giraffe Innovation Ltd), Nathan Abraham (IPO, EU Exit policy: TMs and Designs) and Margaret Briffa (IP solicitor).  See below for more information about the speakers and their topics.

Speaker presentations will be followed by a Q & A to the panel and a chance to continue the discussions and network over a glass of wine.

Network events are primarily for IPAN members.  However, if you are not a member but would like to attend this event, please email us to ask about availability – event@ipaware.orgno later than 9th November.


Speaker Profiles and Topics of Discussion

Dids Macdonald has over 25 years experience within the design sector and co-founded ACID (Anti Copying in Design) because her products were consistently copied. ACID represents 1000’s of designers and campaigns for design law reforms, most notably the introduction of criminal provisions for the intentional infringement of a registered design enshrined in the 2014 IP Act. Dids is passionate about helping micro and SMEs protect their valuable IP via education and awareness and by creating a proactive IP Strategy. In June 2015 Dids was made an Honorary Fellow of the British Institute of Interior Design and the same month Dids was also made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in Her Majesty’s Birthday Honours for her services to the design industry. In June 2016, Dids was nominated into the Design Week Hall of Fame and in July 2016 ACID was named as IP Champion by the Alliance for Intellectual Property on its first British IP Day at Westminster. In November 2017 Dids was honoured by the UK Designer Kitchen & Bathroom Awards. The Services to the Industry Award is given each year to an individual who has made a broader contribution to the development and success of design in and around the industry.

Dids Macdonald OBE - Chief Executive of ACID - Anti Copying in Design

Topic: Challenges and opportunities for the creative industries in designing for the future

Rob co-founded Giraffe Innovation Ltd in 1998 specialising in eco-design and life-cycle assessment. Giraffe was described by The Guardian newspaper business pages as ‘one of the UK’s top green businesses’ and by The Manufacturer Magazine as ‘Britain’s leading eco-design consultancy’. Rob has worked internationally on eco-design and circular economy projects and Giraffe’s work with Virgin Atlantic won a DBA Gold Design Effectiveness Award. Rob has recently taken a role as Industrial Design Lead at Red Bull Advanced Technologies which extends the high-achieving spirit of adventure of Aston Martin Red Bull Racing beyond the racing environment, developing technical and commercial solutions for leading-edge clients across a wide range of industries.

Rob is a familiar media face in design and sustainability issues and best known for presenting Channel 4’s Dumped TV programme where 11 unsuspecting contributors signed up for an eco-challenge only to be told they would live of a landfill near East Croydon for 3 weeks! Rob is a London Sustainable Development Commission – London Leader, a Davos World Economic Forum YGL and Professor Associate, Brunel University School of Engineering, Design and Physical Sciences. He is also an Innovation Director on an ERDF project that seeks to align Brunel’s world class academics and students with SME’s in London.

Professor Rob Holdway - Director Giraffe Innovation Ltd and Industrial Design Lead, Red Bull Advanced Technologies

Topic: Designing a green and pleasant land

Nathan has been Joint Head of EU Exit Policy for Trade Marks and Designs since April 2018, focusing on the UK’s preparation for exit and its impact upon both registered and unregistered EU intellectual property rights. Prior to his current role. Nathan was Head of UK Examination Practice for Trade Marks and Designs, with responsibility for ensuring that IPO’s examination practice reflects UK and European law. He has represented the UK Registrar at appeals relating to absolute grounds matters before the Appointed Person, and has also instructed UK Government lawyers on matters before the UK Courts and the CJEU. Since 2012, Nathan has been the UK’s representative in a range of EU convergence projects aimed at harmonising trade mark practices across the EU IPO and Community Trade Mark Offices.

Nathan Abraham - Joint Head of EU Exit Policy, Trade Marks and Designs, UK IPO

Topic: the “design” for Brexit

Margaret is a leading Intellectual Property Solicitor and Founder of Briffa. She advises on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement with a particular emphasis on dispute resolution.

Margaret is well known for her commercial approach to the most complex problems which delivers clients the business solution they want. While resolving disputes in the best way possible Margaret has represented clients in court on numerous design trade mark patent and copyright matters. Leading cases which have set legal precedent in Intellectual Property include:

· Magmatic v PMS Group International Limited (The ‘Trunki’ case concerning ride on childrens’ suitcases where Margaret presented Trunki.

· Future New Developments v Green Lane Products v PMS International Limited

· Farmers Build v Carriers Bulk Handling Limited (2008)

· Parker v Tidball

· Norowzian v Arks & Guinness Brewing Worldwide

She is co-author of Law Society Publication ‘Design Law’ and writers of numerous articles on Intellectual Property. She regularly speaks at IP events where she delivers messages through case studies and humour

Margaret Briffa - Briffa IP Solicitors

Topic: Design Protection, past and future