Conference on IP Rights Enforcement at Trade Shows: International Perspectives and Best Practices (UNLV Law)

Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement at Trade Shows: International Perspectives and Best Practices

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8am–7pm
Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility #151
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154



Trade shows are frontiers of innovation and creativity, but they can also be catalysts for disputes over intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents on inventions and designs. Enforcement of intellectual property rights is of vital importance at trade shows – where in one venue and in just a few days products and services receive the attention of a wide international audience. With some 260 million visitors attending trade shows worldwide annually*, the annual global trade shows audience, taken as a group, would constitute the fifth most populated country in the world**. This conference brings together intellectual property law experts from the United States and other countries – attorneys, judges, representatives of trade show operators, and others – to discuss best practices for intellectual property rights enforcement at trade shows, including practices in courts and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Note: The Conference will be followed on Friday, October 5, 2018, by the Annual Conference of the Nevada Bar Intellectual Property Law Section.

Confirmed Speakers

Opening Remarks:



  • West Allen, Howard and Howard, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Stephen Calogero, IGT, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Mark Cohen, UC Berkeley, California (formerly USPTO)
  • Judge Anne-Kristin Fricke, Landgericht München I, Munich, Germany
  • John Krieger, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Christoph Lanz, MCH Group, Baselworld, Basel, Switzerland
  • Michael McCue, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Judge Florencio Molina Lopez, Juzgado Mercantil nº 5, Barcelona, Spain
  • Kai Rüting, Vossius & Partner, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Kimberly P. Stein, Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Barbara Weizsaecker, European Major Exhibition Centres Association (AISBL)


* UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Global Exhibition Industry Statistics, March 2014, page 15 ** Countries in the World by Population (2018), Worldometers