IPTA Annual Conference

6 - 9 April 2022

Invitation

Dear Members

On behalf of the Council of IPTA, we have great pleasure in inviting you to the 2022 Annual Conference including the 103rd Annual General Meeting.

The 2022 Annual Conference will be held from Wednesday 6 April to Friday 8 April 2022 at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa in Kingscliff, NSW. Located just south of Tweed Heads in the Northern Rivers region of NSW, Kingscliff is a picturesque holiday coastal town with a gorgeous beach and estuary.

Although we know 2022 has started with the Omicron variant in the forefront of everyone’s mind, we remain optimistic and keen to make our annual conference this year one of our most successful, especially after the challenging last two years of COVID-19 related restrictions across Australia.

To this end, we have increased our popular trade mark half day sessions to a full day as a result of IPTA’s increased engagement with trade mark attorney members this year. We are also pleased to have a “super patents session” featuring a panel of speakers including Professor Ryan Abbott, author of “The Reasonable Robot: Artificial Intelligence and the Law”. Our Conference Committee has worked hard to put together an informative program covering a broad range of subjects which we believe will be of interest to you. An intent of the conference is to also engage attendees in high level, informative and open discussions about key issues facing the IP industry.

The conference will open on the Wednesday morning with a full day of trade mark sessions, followed by welcome drinks for YIPTA and Corporate members and a sit-down welcome dinner for all delegates at Peppers Lagoon Poolside. On the Thursday there will be a full day of sessions on a variety of subjects including ethics, people management plus sessions by IP Australia and YIPTA followed by a fun relaxed dinner at Osteria in Casuarina. The conference will conclude on Friday 8 April, with three breakfast sessions for YIPTA members, Corporate members and a Small Firm Practitioner’s breakfast, following with a full day of patent and design sessions. Our Gala dinner that evening will be held at Fins at Plantation House in Duranbah.

All educational business sessions are included in the full delegate registration fee, however we understand that your time is valuable and 3 days out of the office may sometimes not be feasible, so day rates are once again available to members who wish to attend part of the conference only.

IPTA would again like to encourage more of the newly registered attorneys to attend the Annual Conference and so this year we are pleased to announce special registration fees for YIPTA members.

In accordance with the Trans-Tasman IP Attorneys Board (TTIPAB) guidelines, patent and trade marks attorneys attending the conference may claim one-hour CPE for each hour of business sessions they attend. This provides the opportunity to record approximately 15 hours of CPE as detailed in the program.

The deadline for conference registration is 7 March 2022. Online registration, conference program and a link to special accommodation rates are now available on the IPTA website.

We would like to reassure you that IPTA has a COVID-19 policy in place for the conference and is also offering last minute cancellation up to a day before the conference commences for a full refund of conference registration fees paid if you or anyone you are travelling with are unable to travel due to illness or unforeseen state restrictions in place.

Please help us make this conference a great success. We look forward to seeing you there.

Jennifer McEwan

Jennifer McEwan
Convenor, Conference Committee

Janelle Borham

Janelle Borham
President

 

The Venue

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff

1 Bells Boulevard, Kingscliff, NSW, 2487

Metres from the grass fringed sands of Salt Beach lies Peppers Salt Resort & Spa.

You will never be short of things to do, with the lagoon pool, The Spa at Salt, tennis courts and Season restaurant for the most delectable of dining.

 

Accommodation

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff

 Embracing breezy seaside style, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa is the ideal coastal Kingscliff accommodation. Located 20 minutes south of the Gold Coast Airport, check-in to your hotel room, spa suite or apartment and prepare for ultimate relaxation.

 

 

 

Located in serene Kingscliff, Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff helps guests make the most of the location, situated just seconds from the ocean waves. Enjoy seaside relaxation on Australia’s amazing coast.

IPTA’s preferred travel agent is Luxe Executive Travel and you may wish to contact Lea Burford on lea@luxetravelco.com.au or phone 03 5261 9677 who will be happy to assist you with your booking.

Activities

Wellness Lunch

We will be discussing the topic of "Managing your Mental Health for Life!"

Fun Run / Fun Walk

Make sure you get your teams together for the annual IPTA Fun Run / Fun Walk alongside Kingscliff Beach!

YIPTA, Corporate and Small Firm Practitioners Members

Special registration discount for YIPTA members!

Wednesday 6 April 2022
6.00pm-7.00pm
YIPTA Pre-Dinner Drinks

Wednesday 6 April 2022
6.00pm-7.00pm
Corporate/In-House Members Pre-Dinner Drinks

Friday 8 April 2022
7.30am-8.30am
YIPTA, Corporate and Small Firm Practitioners Members Breakfast and Presentation

Schedule

6 - 9 April 2022

Wednesday 6 April 2022

9.00am - 5.00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

9.00am - 9.05am

Welcome by Janelle Borham, IPTA President

9.05am - 9.15am

Welcome to Country by Uncle Victor Slockee

12.30pm - 1.30pm

Lunch

Peppers Season Restaurant

6.00pm - 7.00pm

YIPTA Pre-Dinner Drinks

Peppers Season Restaurant

6.00pm - 7.00pm

Corporate/In-House Members Pre-Dinner Drinks

Peppers Lagoon Poolside

7.00pm - 10.00pm

Welcome Reception and Banquet Dinner

Peppers Lagoon Poolside

10.00pm - 12.00am

Hospitality Suite

Peppers Season Restaurant

Thursday 7 April 2022

7:00am

Wellness

Annual Fun Run and Walk on Kingscliff Beach

9.00am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

9:00am - 9:45am

IPTA AGM

IPTA Annual General Meeting & President’s Address

1.00pm - 2.00pm

IPTA Wellness Lunch

Mantra on Salt

1.00pm - 2.00pm

Lunch

Peppers Season Restaurant

7:00pm - 10:30pm

Informal Dinner

Osteria - Casuarina

10.00pm - 12.00am

Hospitality Suite

Peppers Season Restaurant

Friday 8 April 2022

7:30am - 8.30am

Breakfast

YIPTA, Corporate and Small Firm Practitioners Breakfast and Presentations

8:30am - 5:00pm

Registration & Business Sessions

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch
Peppers Season Restaurant

7:00pm - 11:00pm

Gala Dinner

FINS at Plantation House
Band: Black Tie

10.00pm - 12.00am

Hospitality Suite

Peppers Season Restaurant

Saturday 9 April 2022


9:00am  – 5:00pm

OPTIONAL ACTIVITY

Picking up in front of Peppers Salt Resort, Kingscliff at 9.00am with our first stop being Tropical Fruit World, then Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Art Centre, Lunch at Mavis Kitchen and finally our last stop at Husk Farm Distillery Tour Duration: 8 hours

Restaurants

Wednesday Welcome Dinner
Peppers Lagoon Poolside
https://www.peppers.com.au/salt/features/

Thursday Informal Dinner
Osteria
1 Barclay Drive
Casuarina NSW 2487
https://osteriacasuarina.com.au/

Friday Gala Dinner
FINS at Plantation House
13 Duranbah Rd
Duranbah NSW 2487
https://finsatplantationhouse.com.au/

IPTA Annual Conference

6 - 9 April 2022