World IP Day & SPLiCE 18th Anniversary
Virtual · Tuesday, April 26
As SPLiCE celebrates its anniversary and the World IP Day on April 26,
we will address global thought leadership on ways
to protect, promote, and enhance brand integrity through licensing.
Registration is open for SPLiCE Members only.
Should you have any questions please contact
About World IP Day
In 2000, WIPO's member states designated April 26 – the day on which the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP. Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.
Society of Product Licensors Committed to Excellence (SPLiCE),
founded on April 26, 2004, maintains a vision to continuously improve brand licensing. We are a community of licensors who share best practices
to protect, promote and enhance brand integrity.
2021 Event Highlights
Hershey x Changi Airport Event
Andy Paladino, Sr. Manager, Global Licensing, The Hershey Licensing Company
Inspired by the iconic Hershey’s Chocolate World store found in New York’s Times Square, Changi Airport and The HERSHEY Company are proud to bring the bright lights and big city excitement of Broadway and Times Square to Singapore residents. Modeled after the Amazing Candy Machine in the New York store, there are 8 flavours of chocolates to choose from, with 3 new to Changi flavours.
Tied Up Designs & Shady Practices: Conflict of Laws
Dr Julian M Potter LLM, Partner, Chartered and European Patent Attorney,
Higher Courts Litigator, WP Thompson, London
Unregistered Community Designs (UCDs) ceased to be valid in the UK following Brexit.
UK & EU registered designs provide protection based closely on drawings in registration.
Unauthorized: Case Study Nike Air Force 1 USPS
Christopher Karpenko, Executive Director of Brand Marketing, United States Postal Service
The U.S. Postal Service (U.S.P.S.) called out Nike for using their intellectual property in its Nike Air Force 1 USPS. The U.S.P.S. summarized that the agency will take whatever actions deemed necessary to protect its valuable IP rights. The irony is that Nike is known to be aggressively protective of its own IP. We will discuss the case study of actions taken and where the case stands today. Join us for an authentic conversation of brand protection.
Legal Breakout ThinkIn Session & Networking
Breakout ThinkIn session for all attendees with global experts to discuss the ways in which we can protect our brands and IP from misuse. We will focus on the USPS case study and Unregistered Community Designs in the UK and EU.
DE&I x Global Licensing Breakout ThinkIn Session
Breakout ThinkIn session for all attendees with global experts to discuss the ways in which we can embrace DE&I in the licensing model. We will look at The Walt Disney Company’s DE&I initiatives with open Q&A. Our conversation will focus to support a 360-lens for licensing program commitments. We will explore:
• International DE&I engagement • Product & Marketing DE&I Screening
• One theme, one program: how core objectives can cascade to licensees and suppliers
• Inspiration & content
What Matters to Consumers Today?
Leigh Ann Schwarzkopf, Co-founder, Project Partners Network
Michelle Lamb, Co-founder, Marketing Directions, Inc., and Editorial Director, The Trend Curve
Tom Mirabile, Principal & Founder, Springboard Futures
Universal themes for companies that are “trend- or consumer-aware”.
To be authentic, a licensor needs to understand its’ consumer.
What trends are coming in, going out, and the future.
After Hours Team Building
“SPLiCE is important to me and my company because it keeps me on the forefront of the licensing industry and I learn from the very best”
Brand Licensing Manager