The CIPA 2012 Intellectual Property Debate
in association with the
UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law
'This house believes that political pressure and a few loud business voices are making the IP systems in Europe less and less relevant to the needs of small enterprises.'
on Tuesday 19 June 2012,
from 6 - 7.30pm,
followed by a reception and finger buffet
The Rt Hon Professor Sir Robin Jacob,
The Rt Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob was, as Lord Justice Jacob, a judge in the Court of Appeal of England and Wales. He retired from the Court of Appeal in March 2011 to take up his current position, the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in intellectual property at University College London. He also serves on the Economic and Scientific Advisory Board of the European Patent Office. Sir Robin, in the Court of Appeal, has had a profound effect on intellectual property law over recent years. His judgments are robust: he calls it as he sees it, and is never afraid to challenge received ideas.
FOR THE MOTION:
Michael Wilcox, from Pembroke, Wales, is Chairman of Michael Wilcox School of Colour and a serial inventor, with several patents to his name. He has spent £150,000 on developing a new digital colour printing technology, for which he obtained a UK patent. His invention also attracted a £100,000 government grant. He made national headlines in March when he burnt one of his patents in protest outside the Houses of Parliament, claiming that it had become worthless when several packaging and printing companies allegedly copied it.
Vicki Salmon is both a European and British patent attorney and a patent attorney litigator. She is a member of the Council of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and chairs its Litigation Committee. In her CIPA capacity she has been deeply involved in putting pressure on the UK government to hold out for more changes to the proposed European Unitary Patent. On this subject, she has appeared before the UK Parliament’s European Scrutiny Committee and been interviewed on the BBC Radio 4 Today Programme.
AGAINST THE MOTION:
Sean Dennehey is Deputy Chief Executive and Patents Director at the Intellectual Property Office (IPO). After reading natural sciences at Cambridge University, he joined the Office in 1978 as a patent examiner. He has been involved in a number of policy initiatives, including the conference in 2000 to revise the European Patent Convention. As Patents Director, Sean is responsible for the operational delivery of the UK patent system. His focus is on the provision of high quality and timely UK national patents and a range of related products and services. He is also responsible for patent policy.
James Nurton is Managing editor of Managing Intellectual Property, where he has worked since 1996. He studied modern history at Oxford University and Birkbeck College, London and trained as a journalist with Euromoney Institutional Investor PLC. He has written and spoken widely on IP-related issues and has chaired numerous conferences and discussions. James also edits the weekly newsletter MIP Week and has been editor of the INTA Daily News, published during the INTA Annual Meeting, since its launch in 2003.
The Institute of Brand and Innovation Law was established in 2007, by the late Sir Hugh Laddie, to reflect UCL’s strategy of expanding its activity in the field of intellectual property law. IBIL is based in the UCL Faculty of Laws. IBIL's Director, from April 2011, will be The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob who has been appointed to the Sir Hugh Laddie Chair in IP Law.
IBIL is sponsored by: Taylor Wessing LLP; 8 New Square and GlaxoSmithKline; Arnold & Porter, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, Powell Gilbert , Rouse, Simmons & Simmons, WilmerHale, and Gowling WLG (UK) LLP.
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