Spring Symposium 2017 2017-04-06T18:00:38+00:00
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The Next Generation of Online Brand Protection

Whether you are new to Online Brand Protection or looking to refresh and expand on your existing knowledge, this year’s seminar will bring together some of the industry’s leading experts to share their experiences and knowledge of the brand protection landscape.

Confirmed Speakers

Nikki Consterdine is currently the IP Protection Manager for Epson Europe BV, managing their IP enforcement programme across Europe, Middle East and Africa. She has been working at Epson for over 5 years, however during her 20 year career in Brand Protection. Nikki has worked for Reebok, Harley-Davidson and ghd. She has been a MarkMonitor client for nearly the entire time. Nikki is a current ACG Council member and campaigns to promote strong public-private partnerships between law enforcement agencies and rights holders.

Chris March works as Intelligence Project Manager for EPSON Europe BV, and is responsible for gathering and assessing information on the damage being done to EPSON’s business through IP infringement and planning its response. He has been with EPSON for over 10 years, and was involved in the decision to appoint MarkMonitor as its global service provider for trade mark protection.

Marianne Grant is a Senior Vice President at the Motion Picture Association of America, Inc. (MPAA) – an international trade association that represents the interests of major companies that invest in, produce, distribute and market audio-visual content. MPAA is identified in the United Kingdom and throughout Europe as the Motion Picture Association (MPA).

Mr Forsythe is a corporate automotive professional with over 25 years experience in various roles in the automotive aftermarket and with the OEMs. Mr Forsythe currently manages the Brand Protection Group for Nissan North America in Franklin, Tennessee.

Kate is a solicitor and registered trade mark attorney, with over 25 years experience in relation to trade marks and related copyright, design and internet matters. She leads the Trade Mark Registration and Protection team at the firm and her work includes advising on the adoption, registration and enforcement of trade marks and designs internationally.

Leighton Cassidy is co-head of the Intellectual Property & Technology Protection and Enforcement department and heads up the IP protection team. He is qualified as a lawyer in New Zealand (1997) and England & Wales (2006) and graduated from the University of Otago, New Zealand with the degrees Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Laws. He works across multiple industry sectors including energy and natural resources, financial institutions; hotels and leisure; retail; life sciences and healthcare; and technology, media and telecommunications.

Leighton has over 18 years’ domestic and international experience advising clients in relation to their intellectual property and commercial requirements. This includes worldwide trade mark and design clearance, filing and prosecution; contentious registry proceedings including bringing and defending trade mark opposition, invalidity and revocation actions throughout the world; trade mark licensing, exploitation and commercialization; settlement, co-existence agreements and dispute resolution, managing disputes and IP litigation internationally. He has represented a number of household name clients in protecting their brands from infringement. His practice is truly international and he regularly works for clients on their intellectual property matters in the European Union, North America, Middle East, China and the Far East, Asia Pacific.

Leighton is an active committee member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and sits on The INTA Bulletin committee. He regularly attends the INTA annual and INTA leadership meetings.

Leighton is regarded as an expert in the field of intellectual property and recommended in the leading legal directories including Legal 500, Who’s Who Legal, Managing IP – IP Stars, Super Lawyers, WIPR leaders. He is described as having ‘an excellent grasp of the commercial needs of his clients’.

He has commented and published articles in Licensing Executives Society (LES) NewsXchange; Intellectual Property Magazine, World Trademark Review, Managing Intellectual Property, The Trademark Reporter and World Intellectual Property Review and for our IP blog ‘SnIPpets’.

Charlie Abrahams joined MarkMonitor in 2007 to build the company’s regional presence and to lead its EMEA operations which have grown substantially since then. Charlie started his career with major technology providers IBM and Unisys, and has spent the last fourteen years managing the entry into Europe of privately owned US solutions companies, including Plumtree Software and Network General.

Since January 2014, Charlie has been responsible for MarkMonitor’s WorldWide Sales and supporting operations.

In recent years Charlie has become an industry spokesperson on the growing topic of online brand protection, especially the sale of counterfeit goods and internet fraud and has regularly spoken at conferences such as “eCrime” in London, “the Global Secure Summit” in Vienna, “Securing the Pharma Supply Chain”, Amsterdam as well as appearing on BBC Breakfast News and Channel 4 News on the subject of the sale of counterfeit goods online.

Charlie holds a degree in Economics and Sociology from Cambridge University.

Troy Fuhriman is the Director of Domain Management at Markmonitor, overseeing the global Client Service and Operation teams. With over 13 years of direct experience, Troy is a leader in the field of corporate domain name management, domain recovery and the New gTLD Program. Troy works closely with many Fortune 1,000 companies in assisting with domain portfolio management and recovery strategies.

Troy holds undergraduate degrees in Operations Management and Spanish from Boise State University, and an MBA from Northwest Nazarene University.

Kate Anthony Wilkinson is a Solicitor and Head of Group Legal and Company Secretary for Mulberry, the English luxury leather goods manufacturer and retailer, famous for its iconic leather bags such as the Bayswater and Alexa bags, often seen on the arms of celebrities around the world.

Kate is based at Mulberry’s main manufacturing operation in the Somerset countryside. She is responsible for all legal facets of Mulberry’s global business, from commercial contracts to property; governance and compliance for the Board to legal advice on customer issues, as well as providing legal advice in relation to trademarks and counterfeits and being responsible for Mulberry’s brand protection. Mulberry has an established global presence which brings with it global legal issues and global brand protection requirements.

Previously to Mulberry, Kate was General Counsel for British Alcan Aluminium, a Canadian mining, metals and packing group and subsequently with Rio Tinto, and has been Legal Counsel for a number of packaging and metals companies. Prior to moving in-house, Kate was a corporate finance Solicitor with a national UK law firm. Kate is also prolific writer of articles and blog on a variety of legal and commercial matters for UK publications.

Georgina is General Counsel of global luxury brand Manolo Blahnik International Limited. Georgina’s background is in corporate law, however since moving in-house her legal practice areas have expanded to include general commercial, company secretariat, intellectual property, IT, data protection, advertising, employment, real estate, consumer protection, employment and finance. Joining Manolo Blahnik in 2015 combined Georgina’s personal interests in fashion and retail with her professional desire to progress further in her legal career and become involved in strategic decision-making. At Manolo Blahnik Georgina works closely with the executive and has been involved in the partnership with Bluebell to expand the Company’s points of sale in Asia, exclusive design collaborations with pop icon, Rihanna, and fashion brand of the moment, Vetements, the launch of an omni-channel E-commerce platform in partnership with online retailer Farfetch and the partnering with Mark Monitor to pursue trade mark and copyright infringements.

Dr Frederick Mostert is an international lawyer, scholar and author on trade marks and Intellectual Property law.

He is a Past President of the International Trademark Association. He served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Chief Legal Counsel of Richemont, which includes Cartier, Van Cleef and Arpels, and Alfred Dunhill. He is a Research Fellow at the Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre, University of Oxford, a Research Fellow at Peking University and a Visiting Professor at University College, London, and serves on the Advisory Council of the McCarthy Institute for Intellectual Property and Technology Law, the Board of The Walpole Group, the Royal Academy of Culinary Art, the Adopt a School Trust, and, the Steering Committee of the Lawyers Group at Classics for All. He is a Member of the Advisory Council of Anti Copying in Design (ACID).

He is the principal author of Famous and Well-known Marks ­- An International Analysis and From Edison to iPod – Protect Your Ideas and Profit and a number of articles on the law and intellectual property.

His op-eds have been featured in the Financial Times and the South China Morning Post and he has provided pro bono legal assistance to President Nelson Mandela and the Shaolin Monks.

He holds a masters degree from Columbia University School of Law in New York City and a doctorate from the University of Johannesburg.

Senior IP Legal counsel at eBay, I have a global role taking care of Rights Owner relations and IP counselling. In addition, I manage the VeRO program, in particular re Germany, Italy, Austria and Switzerland. Through the VeRO program, eBay actively partners with more than 40.000 of rights owners. Launched in 1998, VeRO provides rights owners with an easy-to-use system that allows them to quickly and easily report counterfeits or copyright infringements and eBay will remove the listing.

Dawn has worked for Sky for 19 years and currently leads the Online Compliance Operations team in Sky Technology. Responsibilities include domain management, operating the dotsky top level domain registry, enrolment of public encryption certificates and guiding projects through the maze of online regulations and company policies.

Stefanie Ellis is the MarkMonitor Product Marketing Manager for both AntiFaud and Dark Web & Cyber Intelligence Services. Stefanie has over 11 years of experience in anti-fraud, brand protection and vendor relations, she has worked with a wide range of industries from financial to retail, manufacturing to social media. Stefanie has managed a team of Client Service Managers and Analysts supporting both the AntiFraud and Brand Protection Services in her tenure with MarkMonitor, and she has a deep knowledge of phishing fraud, grey area brand fraud/brand abuse, and the MarkMonitor customer user experience.

Kevin Day joined MarkMonitor ten years ago to increase the company’s regional presence. Initially focused on building the partner program and applying his knowledge and skills to develop the region, Kevin then moved into running the Nordic, Netherlands and Emerging Market territories for MarkMonitor.

This year he will be focused on a small number of Strategic Accounts across Northern Europe.

Kevin has 22 years experience growing technology companies in different regions throughout Europe, Middle East, India and Africa in both a direct sales and channel capacity, including Opsware, webMethods and Candle.

Olivia Mazzucotelli works as Global Relationship Manager at MarkMonitor in London and is in charge of developing external relationships and mutually beneficial partnerships with third party platforms such as law enforcement authorities, registries, search engines, marketplaces, social media platforms and mobile app stores globally.

She was previously responsible for the management and successful delivery of MarkMonitor’s Brand Protection services to a large portfolio of Fortune 100 clients across different industries and regions. For over five years, Olivia has gained extensive technical knowledge in online threats, having worked previously as a consultant in competitive intelligence, web security, domain names and online anti-counterfeiting/brand protection. Olivia holds a MA Hons in International Security & Defence from the University of Lyon and participated in several high-level trainings at the NATO School Oberammergau in Germany and at the Military School and Institute for Higher National Defence Studies in Paris, France.

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