The New 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 the Motion Picture Association’s (MPA) Representative in the UK. She joined the organization in June 2009 (as a Senior Vice President based in the association’s Southern California Headquarters), after 10 months there as a consultant (via Resources Global Professionals).

Marianne is now based temporarily in London and, as well as being responsible for the organisation’s Government Affairs activities in the UK, is leading MPA’s efforts to implement and operate the “Get it Right from a Genuine Site” initiative. “Get it Right” (https://www.getitrightfromagenuinesite, #GetItRight, @GetitRight) is a joint venture with the BPI - involving also the UK’s 4 largest ISPs (and their various brands) and supported by the wider UK creative industry and the Government. Marianne serves as MPA’s representative on the Board of the Creative Content UK Partnership Ltd. (the oversight organisation for “Get it Right”) – and , before her move to the UK, she helped to set up, and served on the Board of, the Center for Copyright Information ((CCI), the entity formed to support the Copyright Alert Program (CAS) in the US).

Prior to joining the MPA, Marianne held several significant management, IT, business development and consulting positions in the US following several years in corporate IT management roles at the Los Angeles Times in California and the London Evening Standard, Daily Mail and their parent - Associated Newspaper Group - in London

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.

In January of 2013, Mr Forsythe was selected to build Nissan’s Brand Protection Group in North America. He grew the group to include collaborations with other OEM stakeholders and US Government agency partners, and established a digital partnership to combat the proliferation of counterfeit sales through ecommerce platforms online. These efforts led to a substantial decrease in intellectual property infringements against Nissan and its affiliates in North America and globally. Mr Forsythe has been recognised as a Subject Matter Expert and industry leader in automotive brand protection by Forbes magazine, and is a frequent speaker at training seminars, expositions, and brand protection meetings globally. Mr Forsythe is also the President of the (North American) Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council.

Mr Forsythe’s previous responsibilities with Nissan from 2006-2013 include various roles in Aftersales, Warranty, and Fixed Operations. Between 1995 and 2006 Mr Forsythe worked in the automotive aftermarket as an independent parts distributor, and Regional then National Sales Manager for a major automotive aftermarket parts retailer.

In 2016 Andy Forsythe was selected by members of North American automotive manufacturers to be the inaugural President of the Automotive Anti-Counterfeiting Council, or A2C2. A2C2 is a collaboration of auto manufacturers that have partnered to combat counterfeiting of automotive parts in North America.

Mr Forsythe is Tennessee native, a graduate of the University of Memphis, a former federal law enforcement officer, and is a US Navy veteran. He currently resides in Spring Hill, TN, USA.

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.

Many of Kate's clients are in the leisure and retail industries with interests across the globe.

Kate is currently the President of the UK Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys and is a member of the INTA Pro Bono Committee. Kate was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to education.

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'.

User Experience Researcher with PhD in Applied Psychology and Ergonomics and almost ten years of international research experience in the field of UX & HMI. My specialties: user behaviour analysis using both quantitative and qualitative methods, with a focus on eye tracking. Before joining TSW I worked in academia for almost 8 years of which four years in France as a UX & HMI Researcher and previously in the USA as a Visiting Scientist.

He finished the Police Academy in 2007, where he achieved his bachelor’s law degree, and joined Economic Crimes Investigation Department from Romanian Police, where he tackled all types of intellectual property crimes and other economic crimes as gambling offences, excise frauds, tax evasion and customs frauds.

Since 2012, he joined to the IPR department of economic crimes and focused especially on internet offences area where he enthusiastically investigated cases related to illegal TV streaming, card sharing, torrent websites and illegal online ecommerce.

During this period, based on his expertise in this field was invited to share his knowledge as a speaker at various IP conferences organized by international organisation like Interpol, Europol and EUIPO.

Since 1st of June 2016 he joined Europol-IPC3 as an expert where he is dealing with the development of both strategic and operational projects carried out in the online area of counterfeit, sub-standard goods and commodities infringing on health and safety regulations.

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.

Iris is Head of Community Moderation at Depop. With a background in data analytics and business intelligence, Iris incorporates a data-centric approach to ensure infringing items and users are proactively actioned on. She envisages moderation at Depop to gradually adopt machine learning to combat online infringement more efficiently.

A UK Chartered Trademark Attorney, Claire Jones specialises in trademark prosecution, trademark filing strategies and portfolio management. She has provided IP support and services to a wide range of national and international organisations, from chocolate manufacturers and fashion designers to animal charities, spirits producers and private equity firms.

At Novagraaf, Claire advises clients on the protection and enforcement of trademarks, including guiding companies through the trademark selection and registration process, consulting on filing strategies, and managing opposition, non-use and infringement actions. She particularly enjoys advising on the protection of non-traditional forms of IP, from colour marks to hashtags.

Rob Davey is a member of the Thomson CompuMark Senior Leadership team responsible for driving client strategy and managing the overall delivery of global customer care. He is accountable for end to end customer experience via four teams providing 24 hour service five days a week from seven global offices. In addition Rob is responsible for TCM Client Insight (Customer Pulse Survey, Client Advisory Panel)  as well as internal channel management for the Japanese market and Thomson Brandy operation in Tokyo.

  Rob joined the company in 2007 as Senior Account Manager, Trademarks for the UK & Ireland and then spent two years as Manager, IP Solutions Patent & Trademark Solution Consultants. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters Rob was Global Sales Manager at the TMDS division of CPA Global and previously European Sales & Service Manager at Netsearchers/ (now CSC Digital Brand Services). Rob started his career in Customer Service at Nominet UK, the .uk domain name registry.

  Rob was named one of the top 50 LGBT business executives by the Daily Telegraph and has been nominated for “Inspirational Role Model of the year” by the European Diversity Awards 2016.

  Rob has recently had articles published by Lawyer Monthly and Trademark Lawyer Magazine and has been interviewed by The Times, Financial Times and Newsday regarding Thomson CompuMark’s 2016 #Hashtag #Trademark research.

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. He is a member of the New York Bar and a solicitor of England and Wales. He has practised corporate law at Shearman and Sterling and international intellectual property law at Fross, Zelnick, Lehrman & Zissu in New York.

He was inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame in 2015, which honours those who have helped to establish intellectual property as one of the key business assets of the 21st century.

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.

Joanna Gęga, Intellectual Property Team Manager in Trust & Safety Department in Allegro Group, specializes in intellectual property and ISP liability. She is involved in matters regarding IP rights infringements and its enforcement, as well as in direct cooperation with Rights Owners within Allegro’s Right Protection Cooperation Program. She completed postgraduate studies in intellectual property law at Warsaw University (Faculty of Law and Administration) and also was awarded a Diploma in English and European Law from the British Law Centre.

Anna has nearly 30 years of experience as an intellectual property lawyer and has practised as both a solicitor and a barrister. Representing clients across a very wide range of industries and professions, she has experience of litigating in the English and EU Courts, as well as representing clients before the UK IPO and EUIPO, often in intertwined cases. Anna is a CEDR-accredited mediator and has extensive additional experience of being a “neutral” through her roles as Appointed Person on UK trade mark appeals (2007-2015) and as a member of Nominet’s Expert Review Group for its domain name dispute resolution service (ongoing). Anna is currently a member of INTA’s Brexit Rapid Response Group.

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.

Martin is the Executive Director and a co-founder of the Brand Registry Group (BRG). The BRG is a trade association, formed in 2013, to support the interests of major brands that apply to run their own dotBrand registries. This association tackles policy and contractual issues within the ICANN arena, where Martin has been actively engaged for many years, as well as providing a network for brand-holders to share best practices for launching and operating their dotBrand registries.

Martin was a former risk manager for one of the world’s leading global banks, managing digital risks that related to domain name portfolios, online fraud and security, brand protection and enforcement. He also led HSBC's New gTLD programme, including the application for their own registry (.hsbc) and developing their strategic response to the introduction of 1600+ top level domains.

He also runs his own company, Top Dot Ltd, which helps major companies to improve risk management towards their critical domain names (digital assets), including their top-level-domain registries.

Based in Baker McKenzie's London Office, Birgit Clark is a PSL for the EMEA region focussing on European IP law. Birgit originally qualified as Attorney-at-Law in Germany and subsequently also as UK solicitor and Chartered UK and European trade mark attorney. Having studied in Germany and the UK, she published her doctoral thesis in the field of intellectual property and privacy laws and has been specialising in trade marks, designs and related soft IP in the UK since 2006. Birgit is an extensively published legal author (in English and her native German), legal commentator and blogger. She regularly speaks at IP seminars and conferences and has a particular interest in how modern technology affects IP law protection.

ECCO®, is a world-wide brand of shoes, bags and accessories combining style and comfort. ECCO has built its success on great design and leather quality, and innovative technology.

Michael is Corporate Legal Counsel and globally responsible for ECCO’s IPR. Michael had lead and worked with various kinds of brand protection for ECCO during the last 4 years and before that as a Danish Attorney at Law for a number of years.

Mark Frost possesses a wealth of experience in creating and executing breakaway strategies to solve customer problems while driving category and product leadership. With a 20-year track record at the forefront of Cloud business models, Mark delivers a unique combination of operational, product and P&L experience that outperforms the status quo. Prior to joining MarkMonitor, Mark served as General Manager for the Software as a Service (SaaS) Business Unit of CA Technologies, where he was part of the Global Leadership Team and responsible for pioneering and leading the transformation to SaaS for this $4.2B IT management software company. His efforts helped drive significant year-over-year revenue growth for his business unit and increased market share with the acquisition of 330 new customers.

Mark also served as EVP and General Manager for the SaaS Business Unit of MarketTools where his efforts accelerated time-to-market and resulted in a more than 90 percent customer satisfaction score for this enterprise feedback management and market research leader. His previous experience included the Chief Operating Officer role at Saba Software, Inc. where he provided the strategic and tactical leadership that helped double annual revenue in 24 months. Prior to that, Mark was Group Vice President and General Manager of the 880-person Human Capital Management product division at PeopleSoft. He has also served as Vice President and General Manager of Product Operations at Documentum and in executive and leadership roles at Neovista, Systems Control, EDS and General Electric.

Mark holds a BA in Computer Science from the University of California, Berkeley.

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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