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2018 Designs Conference: The Power of Design
February 26-27, 2018 — London, UK

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2018 Designs Conference: The Power of Design
February 26-27, 2018
London, United Kingdom


Design is an integral part of our everyday lives—from the clothes we wear and smartphones we use, to the cars we drive and websites we visit. The beauty or ease of function of a well-designed product is easy to appreciate: good designs deliver great value by providing a means for us to readily differentiate products in the marketplace, thus adding value to the bottom line of the companies that create such designs. Protecting these valuable design assets in a global marketplace is becoming increasingly important to companies of all sizes. 
Join us for the 2018 Designs Conference: The Power of Design, February 26 and 27, in London, where leading business and legal experts will teach us how to harness the power of designs and navigate the challenges of obtaining valid and enforceable protection.
Sessions cover the following hot topics:
  • Exploiting the overlap between design rights and other IP rights, including trademarks and copyright;
  • Design protection tactics to protect and grow your business (led by a panel of industry experts, including in-house counsel); 
  • Global protection strategies and hot tips based on experts’ experience of how to best use the Hague System following the accession of the US, South Korea and Japan; 
  • Remedies for design enforcement in key jurisdictions;
  • Leveraging design rights in anticounterfeiting efforts; 
  • Impact of Brexit on UK and EU design rights;
  • Design law issues, including those involving three-dimensional (3D) printing;
  • And much more!

Confirmed Speakers:
  • Susie Arnesen, Loje Arnesen & Meedom (Denmark)
  • Sara Ashby, Wiggin LLP (United Kingdom)
  • Paolo Beconcini, Squire Patton Boggs (Hong Kong)
  • Simon Bennett, Fox Williams LLP (United Kingdom)
  • Grégoire Bisson, World Intellectual Property Organization - WIPO (Switzerland) 
  • Laura Bonnes, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (Netherlands)
  • Christopher Carani, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. (United States)
  • Kenneth J. Davis, Morgan Lewis (United States)
  • Tracy-Gene Durkin, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox P.L.L.C. (United States)
  • John Froemming, Jones Day (United States)
  • Natasha Hinds-Payne, Cath Kidston Limited (United Kingdom)
  • Robert S. Katz, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd. (United States)
  • Giacomo Moleri, SIBLegal (Italy)
  • Daniel Plane, SIPS – Simone Intellectual Property Services Asia Ltd. (Hong Kong)
  • Lisa Ritchie, Philip Morris International Management SA (Switzerland)
  • Stephen Rowan, UK Intellectual Property Office (UKIPO)(United Kingdom)
  • Christian Spintig, Heuking Kuhn Luer Wojtek (Germany)
  • David Stone, Allen & Overy LLP (United Kingdom)

Conference topics align with top-of-mind issues that INTA is addressing:

Model Design Law Guidelines—The Board of Directors, at its November 7 meeting, approved a resolution adopting Model Design Law Guidelines, which will serve as a standard for INTA analysis and comment on national and regional design laws and regulations. The Guidelines were submitted by the International Designs Harmonization Subcommittee of the Designs Committee. Learn more about INTA’s Board Resolutions and how they could support brand owners here and about the Model Design Law Guidelines here.

Brexit Position Paper—INTA’s Brexit Cross-Committee Task Force presented a Brexit position paper to the Board at its November 7 meeting. The paper is an analysis of INTA’s concerns about the impact of Brexit on intellectual property rights, including design rights. It discusses what the Association believes should be the required core principles of Brexit and the key issues to address. These positions will be the basis for INTA’s continued participation in consultations and user meetings conducted by the EU and the UK. Learn more about INTA’s recommendations and how they could support brand owners here and about INTA’s actions relating to Brexit here.

3D Printing Report—The Designs Committee, working with four other committees— Emerging Issues, Brands and Innovation, Famous and Well-Known Marks, and Copyright Committees — presented a report to the Board on 3D printing, at the Board’s September 12 meeting. The report entitled “3D Printing: Key Legal Issues and Options for Change” has been published on INTA’s website here.