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ICEL IP Conference 2016

Trademarks, patents and designs

Friday 25th November 10:00-16:30 (Registration 09:30)

Royal Irish Academy, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
5 CPD Points

 The influence of European law in the area of intellectual property is immense and the ICEL is happy to hold a full day conference on trademarks and patents.  Online registration is now open, or download a registration form here.  The draft programme is available here but this may be subject to change.


The following speakers and topics are confirmed:

  • The Hon. Mrs Justice Fidelma Macken - Chair
  • Noel Travers SC - Chair
  • Professor Alexander von Mühlendahl, Visiting Professor, Queen Mary University of London; Attorney at Law, Bardehle Pagenberg Partnerschaft mbB, Munich - Multi-state infringements of trademarks and design in Europe: Jurisdiction and applicable law
  • The Right Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob, University College London and 8 New Square Chambers - The patent system under attack – the threat to innovation
  • Gordon Humphreys, Chairperson of the 5th Board of Appeal -  Organisation and procedural aspects of the EUIPO’s Boards of Appeal
  • Sven Stürmann, Leader of Knowledge and Legal Support Team at the Boards of Appeal - Recent changes to the EU Trademark Regulation
  • Théophile M. Margellos, President of the Boards of Appeal - The relationship between trademarks and designs
  • John Gordon SC - The role of trademark injunctions in online IP infringements
  • Christina Gates, Partner, Tomkins - Ireland's Knowledge Development Box
  • Kate Colleary, Kate Colleary & Co Solicitors - Plain packaging legislation – a review of global trends and their potential repercussions for all trade mark owners



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The 2017 Privacy Conference is now open for registration. For details of the event, click here.  


Professor Carl Baudenbacher, President of the EFTA Court will address members of the ICEL on the possible role of the EFTA court in a post-Brexit world.  Click here for more details.


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