Retromark: the conference is back on 2 May – sign up now!


The fourth 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 2 May. This year, the keynote speech will be delivered by His Honour Judge Richard Hacon, Presiding Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court.

Starting at 2pm 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 – “Trade marks as legal weapons – are us lawyers abusing the system? Viewpoints on Lidl v Tesco and a look ahead to the next round of SkyKick

(Bad faith isn’t a new topic but it is still very topical – we will explore evergreening, lack of intention to use, abusive specifications and more as we examine the hottest battleground in trade mark law)

Moderator: Eleonora Rosati, IPKat, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University

 Marisa Broughton, Partner, Simmons & Simmons
Lauren Buchan, Senior Legal Counsel: Privacy, Technology and IP, Dentsu International
Amanda Michaels, Barrister, Hogarth Chambers
Kate Anthony Wilkinson, Group General Counsel, Mulberry Group Plc

15:40-16:00 – The Return of the Retromark Awards (Darren Meale)

16:00-16:30 – Coffee/tea break

16:30-17:15 – Keynote address: His Honour Judge Richard Hacon, Presiding Judge of the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

17:15-18:15 – Panel 2 – “Confused by confusion – what does it really mean, do we decide it too readily or not readily enough?”

(Confusion is at the heart of the job of a trade mark lawyer, advocate and judge, but is it just a coin toss or a measure of the mood of a judge on the day? We will explore the legal and practical meaning and consider if there are better ways to decide trade mark disputes)

Moderator: Darren Meale

 Rhys Edwards, Senior Legal Counsel, Monzo Bank
Christine Wang, Legal Director, Marshall Amplification
Simon Malynicz KC, Barrister, Hogarth Chambers
Chehrazade Chemcham, Vice President, Head of Brand Rights, Haleon

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.

Sign up while you can!
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