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Beate Devoghele-Lalk is a leading international intellectual property lawyer with more than 20 years’ experience in the protection and enforcement of IP rights, supply chain IP due diligence and IP contracts. Before establishing her own IP firm she worked with the legal department of Daimler AG as their Head of Intellectual Property and Global Brand Protection. Beate has led a diverse team of specialists from the U.S., Latin America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia, developing and implementing global anti-counterfeit strategies. She has held leadership positions in various IP associations including the co-chair of BASCAP (Business Action to Stop Counterfeiting and Piracy) and is currently a member of the ICC IP Commission.
Simon Brown is the Director of the Film Content Protection Agency (FCPA) in the UK. The FCPA is part of the Film Distributors’ Association Ltd. (FDA) – the trade body for theatrical film distributors in the UK, which works in partnership with other bodies who share the goal of safeguarding films from piracy. Simon has 25 years of experience in the fields of investigation and security, in both the public and private sectors, having previously worked for Lancashire Police, the BBC and FACT (Federation Against Copyright Theft). He has spent the last 11 years specializing in the protection of film content from piracy in UK cinemas by focusing on the detection and prevention of illegal recording activity. Simon is a Bachelor of Science (BSc Hons) from the University of Sheffield.