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How to protect your IP in the age of disruption

How to protect your IP in the age of disruption

8 August 2016


As part of London Design Festival we've joined forces with design consultancy tangerine and international law firm Gowling WLG to address one of the most quintessential challenges facing designers today: How do you protect your IP in the current climate? Is registration the best way to go or are there alternatives?

Our panel of speakers, from Design Council Spark finalists to the Autotrader's Head of Design to top IP lawyers, will consider the many sides, opinions and elements that comprise this often tricky topic. The panel will then offer you the opportunity to ask questions and share your own experiences and opinions. It's a topic close to every designer's heart so come along and be part of the conversation. 

The event will be followed by an opportunity to meet fellow designers over drinks with a spectacular view over the Thames.



Matt Round, Chief Creative Officer, tangerine

Matt is an international designer, whose passion for innovation and groundbreaking design has fuelled success for global brands, with award-winning products and services. Household names include; Toyota, Nikon, Haier, Huawei, LG and Samsung. He is the creative director behind two generations of British Airways’ iconic Club World seat, Heathrow Express's first class carriage, and most recently, the widely acclaimed design for Virgin Australia’s new international business class cabin, which elevates the airline's brand on the international stage.

Nikki Barton, Head of Design and UX, Autotrader

Nikki has been working in digital since the beginning – consistently pushing boundaries by understanding the technology but not being dictated to by its limitations. She has worked on many award winning products including Nokia Lumia Camera, Tate Website & Handheld Tour, Malcolm McLaren’s Casino of Authenticity & Karaoke art installation, and feature films such as 007 Goldeneye. Nikki is currently Head of Design at Auto Trader UK, and combines an entrepreneurial streak from founding a successful digital media agency, to VP level design roles in global corporates.

Alex Smilansky, co-founder of Mayku and Design Council Spark finalist.

Design Council Spark finalists from 2015, Mayku are on a mission to revolutionise the experience of designing and making from home. Their desktop vacuum former is already a crowdfunding success story, with an ever-growing online community of FormBox Fans. Alex Smilansky, one half of the Mayku team, joins the panel to discuss his experiences of developing a product and the challenges and opportunities when starting out

Matt Hervey, a Director in the Intellectual Property team at international law firm Gowling WLG

Matt is a trusted intellectual property adviser for clients with disputes over their IP. Matt's cases have involved video compression, telecommunications, aircraft design, software, consumer electronics, location sensing and traffic analysis. Matt has handled product clearances and disputes involving copyright, trade marks, designs and confidential information for clients in the aerospace, retail, fashion, automotive and financial services sectors.

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