Designing Britain’s Future:
How design protection in commerce and industry will progress post Brexit.
Following IPAN’s short AGM on the 22nd November 2018, an invited panel of experts will lead discussion of commercial aspects of design protection.
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Date: 22nd November 2018
Location: CIPA offices, Holborn
Speaker Profiles and Topics of Discussion:
Dids Macdonald OBE - Chief Executive of ACID - Anti Copying in Design
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
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 & Designs, UK IPO
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