January 1, 2011

‘Stephen Welfare at The Spring Fair 2011, 6-10 February’

Royds at The Spring Fair International, the UK’s largest trade show Supporting  British jewellery, luxury goods and accessories businesses 6-10 February 2011 Birmingham NEC

Stephen Welfare, Head of Intellectual property at City law firm Royds, supported by other lawyers from the litigation department, will again attend the annual Spring Fair to provide on the ground support and advice to members of the British Jewellery Association, the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association, the Jewellery Distributors Association and other clients. Stephen has been attending the show for 16 years.

The Spring Fair is the largest trade fair in the UK covering products as diverse as jewellery, giftware, kitchen and dining ware, greeting cards and stationery, toys, furnishings and more. Last year there were over 52,000 visiting buyers. This year there will be 3,000 exhibitors (nearly a third of whom are from overseas) and over 300,000 new products launched.

Stephen, who has advises the BJA and its members and other organisations in the jewellery, giftware and luxury goods markets on protecting their designs and intellectual property rights commented “We go to protect our clients’ interests by keeping an eye out for possible infringements and to provide immediate advice with any issues that arise. It really is an incredible event to attend. I expect to hear retailers talk about the impact on the UK market of the VAT increase and generally the growing global menace of small on-line businesses selling grey imports and outright copies”.

Recently, Stephen Welfare appeared in Professional Jeweller magazine in the Voice of Industry section regarding the issue of look-a-likes and he has an article appearing in this months edition of Retail Jeweller about copyright protection.

While at the Fair, Stephen can be found at the BJA stand (5-44) in Hall 17.

Royds has produced a comprehensive guide to Agency and Distribution which it provides for the many international buyers and distributors who attend the show who are seeking UK agents and distributors.

For further information, please contact:

Stephen Welfare

Intellectual Property Partner

Tel no 02078421426

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