Bootlaw: October 2010 - Using and abusing trademarks online

Event Info

Wed 6 Oct, 2010 at 6:30pm
Winston & Strawn
99 Gresham Street
London, UK (Map)
Cost: Free (RSVP required)


On 6th October 2010 we are delighted to welcome back Ian Silcock, an IP barrister at Hardwicke Chambers, to discuss the latest developments in the use (and abuse) of trademarks on the internet. Following various recent European Court decisions, the use of trademarks as advertising keywords is firmly in the spotlight, and Ian is well versed in this complex area of law.

Ian will also speak to us about the use of trademarks in domain names - and issues around reclaiming or defending domain name challenges - as answering as many of your question as possible.

Ian last appeared at Bootlaw in June and July 2009 - when attracted rave reviews from Bootlawyers for his entertaining and educational presentations.


About our Speaker:

Ian began his career as a barrister specialising in IP litigation in the legal department of The Body Shop Intl Plc. Before commencing independent practice at the bar in 2002, he worked as in-house legal counsel to a global internet and domain name consultancy, and later as technical assistant to a leading firm of patent & trade mark attorneys.

In addition to his legal experience, Ian has a post-graduate degree in computer science, which he obtained with a distinction in 2001, following the award of a scholarship from the European Physics & Science Research Council in the previous year.

Ian’s practice covers all aspects of intellectual property and information technology law, including the law of patents, copyright, designs, trade marks and passing off, as well as aspects of related fields, such as media, music and entertainment law, defamation, breach of confidence and competition law. In the field of ADR, Ian has experience of acting for clients in mediation and in arbitration under the Arbitration Act 1996. He has lectured at the Institute of Professional Representatives before the European Patent Office (epi) in Munich, and is Visiting Lecturer both to the Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute, London, and to the Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Industrielle (CEIPI), Strasbourg.


The evening will take the usual format of:

6.30pm - Doors open, beer and networking. 
7pm - Legal presentation starts. 
8pm - More beer, pizza and networking. 
9pm - Head to the pub.


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