Protect and exploit design in the age of disruption




Thur 4pm - 6pm (4.30pm start)

Ticketed Event

Talk / Seminar

Q&A on protecting innovation with Mayku startup co-founder Alex Smilansky (Design Council Spark finalist), digital expert Nikki Barton of Autotrader (formerly of Nokia and Microsoft) and international designer Matt Round of tangerine, chaired by Gowling WLG IP specialist Matt Hervey.

This event offers a great opportunity to hear from a number of designers with different experience - from a start-up founder supported by the Design Council through to experienced digital and product designers. The event will be followed by an opportunity to meet fellow designers over drinks with a spectacular view over the Thames.

Here is a little more info about each of the speakers:

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, a start-up supported by the Design Council's Spark programme

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.

Gowling WLG

Gowling WLG is a leading law firm, with a particular strength in intellectual property. With offices in the UK, Canada, China, France, Germany, Singapore, Russia and the Middle East, it is well placed to deal with any issue that may come up from the setting up of a new business, to stopping people taking advantage once it has become successful.

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