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Paolo Beconcini

A sought-after authority on IP protection and enforcement in China, Paolo regularly appears in Chinese courts and attends IPR raids on local counterfeiters. His record of success in patent infringement lawsuits includes a landmark case once designated “case of the year” by several IP journals. He leads business intelligence teams that pursue evidence of counterfeiting operations, particularly in China’s automotive and mechanical industry, but also in its fashion industry.

He is frequently invited to speak at conferences devoted to the growing field of Chinese IP, and has been actively involved in field projects, including trademark and patent enforcement training programs for Chinese civil servants. Paolo is regularly interviewed on China IP matters by media around the world such as The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Bloomberg, La Tribune and Il Sole24 Ore, to name a few.

In China, where intellectual property disputes routinely involve multiple cultures, Paolo’s fluency in six languages, including Mandarin, helps him navigate international borders, and creates confidence in his clients. Paolo represents US and European clients in confronting the myriad cross-cultural challenges – legal, commercial, political – that threaten patent and trademark assets.

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Tuesday, 16 May 2017

08:15 Morning refreshments and registration

08:50 Welcome & chair’s opening remarks

Jonathan Russell, Co-Founder, Spire Partners


Barbara Kolsun, Adjunct Professor of Fashion Law and Co-Director, Cardozo’s FAME (Fashion Arts Media and Entertainment) Program

09:00 Luxury futures in a disruptive world
09.20 Fashion 2020

Caroline Rush, CEO, British Fashion Council

From See Now, Buy Now to the implications of Brexit for luxury fashion, the head of the British Fashion Council shares her views on the business of fashion.

09.40 Reinterpreting Italian style in luxury hospitality

Valeriano Antonioli, CEO, Lungarno Collection

10.00 The General Counsel view

10.30 Refreshments and networking

11.00 Breakout sessions, choose one from the following

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Speakers include:
Julie Bercovy, Mergers & Acquisitions, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Caroline Bergeron, Deputy GC, LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton
Daniel L. Dominguez, Chair of the Fashion, Luxury & Retail Group, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP
Wendi E. Sloane, Chair of the Intellectual Property Group, Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum & Nagelberg LLP

E-Commerce vs bricks & mortar: Who is winning?

bryan cave whiteThe Bryan Cave Retail Team will host a discussion around this ongoing debate, recent trends and what retailers need to consider when deciding how to balance their online presence with their physical one.


• Private prosecution: An alternative to civil litigation

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The roundtable will explore the pros and cons of civil vs criminal procedures, and in particular the use of private prosecutions, as an effective weapon in luxury retail litigation.

• E-business workshop: Making the digital economy work for fashion and luxury


The session will look at the intersection of various legal aspects of the digital economy including:

o The digital experience: Creating, advertising and protecting luxury or fashion shopping experience online, from social influencers to preventing unauthorised sales.
o E-commerce: How to ensure compliance with online consumer regulations and taxation.
o The importance of data: privacy compliance and data as an asset.

11.50 Luxury takeaways

Your opportunity to hear the key learnings from all the morning’s breakout sessions

12.00 The good company: Building a sustainable luxury brand

The session will look at how to manage risk, build brand integrity and reputation in disruptive times.

Panel Chairs:
Jonathan Russell, Co-Founder, Spire Partners
Kelly Koyama-Garcia, Senior VP, General Counsel and Assistant Secretary, Marc Jacobs

12.50 Lunch and networking

 14.00 The CEO Perspective

Building a brand: Bonnie Takhar, President, Charlotte Olympia
The world of gems: Ian Harebottle, CEO, Gemfields
The world of luxury travel: Ameerh Naran, CEO, Vimana Private Jets

14.30 Luxpreneurs: Handmade chic is the new luxury

Panel Chair: Marion Hume, Fashion Journalist and Ethical Consultant
Mark Tallowin, Designer, Tallowin
Mesh Chhibber, Co-founder, Peau de Chagrin
Jeremy & Cath Brown, Founding partners, Feldspar
Sophie Habsburg, Designer, Sophie Habsburg Design
Kitty Bruce-Gardyne, Founder and Design Director, Kitty Mackenzie Scottish Tweed and Cashmere
Orsola de Castro, CoF-ounder and Director, Fashion Revolution

15.10 Breakout sessions, choose one from the following:

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• Foot in mouth – and how to remove it!
Nigel Rowley
, Managing Partner, Mackrell Turner Garrett
Maung Aye, Partner, Mackrell Turner Garrett

How to avoid being damaged by corporate social media.

Jenner & Block JPG• Growing Luxury Brands:  Legal Opportunities and Challenges

• The online counterfeit economy – risks and solutions for luxury brand
David Franklin
, Global Director of Brand Protection

CSC_primary_CMYK_stackedThe fast-growing digital world has created the perfect storm for the counterfeit economy to flourish. Rogue websites, online marketplaces, social media channels and mobile apps give fraudsters readily-available anonymous channels, making conducting their business easier than ever – and business is booming.

Cost and convenience drive the online counterfeit market in consumer electronics, apparel & accessories and food & drink. Luxury goods are particularly targeted as counterfeiters can make big margins on sales and consumers continue to seek out lower prices and alluring discounts.

Join this session to discover:
• The impact online counterfeiting – from brand-damaging to life-threatening
• What are the threats to luxury brands – and to consumers?
• The view from a consumer standpoint
• The importance of a solid brand protection strategy – and how you can keep you and your customers safer online.

 16.00 Refreshments

16.20 Luxury takeaways

Your opportunity to hear the key learnings from all the morning’s breakout sessions

16.30 What’s in a name? – Eponymous Fashion Brands and M&A

Chair: Douglas Hand, Hand Baldachin Amburgey

Todd Snyder, Founder, Todd Snyder
Simon James Spurr, Founder, Simon James Spurr

16.50 Chairman’s summing up

17.00 The Luxury law Awards

Welcome – Gesa Michahelles, Georg Jensen
Presentations to Award winners hosted by Jonathan Russell
Reception sponsored by Georg Jensen

20.00 Close

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 Save up to £500 when booking your place before 24th March! If you would like more information about attending The Luxury Law Summit as a delegate, please contact:

 Martin Dewhirst
E: martin@no-4.co.uk

©2017. The organisers reserve the right to amend the program without giving prior notice.

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Blainey North

Blainey North is the go-to interior architect for those in search of glamorous yet practical living. Anexpert at private homes, yachts, hotels and corporate offices, she herself has offices in London and in Sydney. Her clients include some of the world’s biggest companies and several oscar winning actors, although, given she is known for ultimate discretion, itis they that talk about herwork and not the other way around. Her signature styleis a cool, cutting edge perspective, with the use of rich materials. She works with many leading artisansto produce one-of-a-kind spaces toinspire and excite then adds, in her own words “a huge lick of glamour”

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