Westminster Legal Policy Forum

The future for the UK's patent framework

Thursday, 2nd February 2017

The Caledonian Club, 9 Halkin Street, London SW1X 7DR

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



This conference will provide a timely opportunity to consider the future for the UK’s patent framework.

It is being scheduled to bring out discussion on the long-term impact of the EU referendum on UK patent law - most notably in relation to the UK’s future involvement and interaction with the Unified Patent system and Unified Patent Court (UPC).

Delegates will discuss key challenges and opportunities for UK patent policy post-Brexit, looking at next steps for developing the UK’s future attractiveness as a jurisdiction for cross-border disputes; options ahead for rights holders in seeking pan-European and international patent protection; as well as the future impact of the European Patent Convention on UK litigation, including the governance of standard essential patents.

Following the recent publication of the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) five year strategy - which sets out plans to promote UK creativity and innovation - further planned sessions will look at next steps for generating UK economic growth through IP policy, including initiatives to encourage businesses to better understand and protect their IP. Delegates will also focus on Government’s Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill - which is currently making its way through Parliament - and its possible impact on business competition, dispute resolution and litigation, and ensuring consistent enforcement processes.

Speakers and other delegates are expected to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, central government officials; senior UK and European officials together with key stakeholders working across this area - including legal practitioners, businesses and their in-house counsel, economists, commentators, academics and campaign groups, as well as members of the national and trade press.


Guests of Honour

Dr Margot Fröhlinger

Principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office

His Honour Judge Hacon

Presiding Judge, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Guests of Honour

His Honour Judge Hacon

Presiding Judge, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court

Dr Margot Fröhlinger

Principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office

Keynote Speaker

Dr Luke McDonagh

Lecturer, School of Law, City, University of London

Chair

Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted

Speakers

Dr David Harris

Senior Policy Advisor, HMRC

Ian Wood

Head of Intellectual Property, Charles Russell Speechlys

Mr Francis Tierney

Senior Patent Director, AstraZeneca

Matt McBrien

Head of Patents, BAE Systems

Dr Tony Raven

Chief Executive, Cambridge Enterprise, University of Cambridge

Kevin Mooney

Partner, Simmons & Simmons; Chairman, Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and Member, UPC Expert Group

Tim Frain

Director, IP Regulatory, Legal & Intellectual Property, Nokia

Elizabeth Bain

IP and Licensing Manager, Science and Technology Facilities Council

Julia Jarzabkowski

Lead, Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill, The Law Commission

Tony Rollins

President, The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys