CMS CMNO Panel on IP in Design

CMS Design Team Panel: What’s law got to do with it? Design rights – top tips for protecting your IP

Thursday 29 June

11:00 - 11:45


Holly Fulton, Fashion and Textile designer 

Aimi Williams-Smith, Tu Clothing

Helen Newman, IP expert and fashion law consultant

The design law experts at leading international law firm CMS host a panel discussion on Intellectual Property (IP) in Design, with insights from Fashion and Textile designers Holly Fulton, Aimi Williams-Smith of Tu Clothing, and Helen Newman of Stella McCartney Ltd and Levi Palmer of Palmer//Harding. Our fantastic speakers will share first-hand experiences and advice for emerging designers on how best to protect their designs and IP when starting their careers – and how to avoid some of the most common pitfalls.

All talks and workshops are free to attend with a valid ticket to New Designers. To attend a talk or workshop please book your ticket to New Designers, making sure to book on the corresponding day. You may then reserve your place to attend the talk or workshop using the link below.

Kaisa Patsalides is a Senior Associate at CMS who leads the dedicated Design Law Team forming part of CMS’ London IP practice. Kaisa advises on all types of “soft” IP, with a particular focus on trade marks and designs. She is well-versed in the full lifecycle of brands and designs, from their creation and protection through to enforcement and licensing. 

She regularly provides training and commentary on design law, both within CMS and in notable legal practice resources. Kaisa has a key role in CMS’ campaigns for promoting better awareness of IP and design rights in the UK design industry, and for reforming UK design law and policy. Her design clients range from start-up companies to household brands and major multinationals, including high street retailers, supermarket chains, high-end fashion, luxury furniture and homeware designers, global tech and media companies, and consumer brands.

Holly Fulton is an award winning designer and creative director based in East London. Working across the fashion and lifestyle sectors, the Holly Fulton studio is renowned for its distinctive sense of graphic luxury and understanding of innovative craftsmanship. Collaboration is a core part of her ethos and approach to design alongside a passion for the creative process. Involved widely in projects supporting ethical, societal and sustainable change, Holly is internationally acknowledged as an advocate for using the collective power of the creative industries for positive change.

Aimi Williams-Smith Head of Design & Visual Communication for Kidswear and Essentials at Tu clothing. I have been with the business for the last 10 years of my career. 

I have over 28 years’ experience within the fashion industry, primarily focussed on the supermarket sector. I am passionate about fashion design and believe that trend and style is for everyone, whatever your budget.  

I am passionate about sustainability and ensuring we make sustainability an everyday consideration in all our designs.  I’m thrilled to be part of New Designers and supporting new talent entering our industry.  

I feel so fortunate to be involved with New Designers. Supporting young graduates and emerging homegrown designers of tomorrow. They are our future industry.  

Helen Newman, an intellectual property lawyer with extensive experience of advising a wide spectrum of designers, artists and brand owners – from start-ups to global businesses.  Previously a partner in City based international law firms, including CMS, and currently  a consultant to and director of a number of  commercial businesses (including Stella McCartney Limited) and not-for- profit entities in the fashion and art sector. Helen is also a director of The Mayor’s London Fashion Fund which supports early stage businesses across fashion and retail.