Guests of Honour: His Honour Judge Hacon, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and Neil Feinson, Director of International Policy, Intellectual Property Office and UK Representative, Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee

This seminar will focus on the future of domestic and international patent reform. It is timed to consider next steps for the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) – one year on from its formal establishment – and is also scheduled as European policymakers approach a finalised Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent, expected in early 2015.

Sessions will bring together senior policymakers with intellectual property lawyers and consultants, businesses representatives from a variety of high-tech and innovative sectors, universities, commentators and economists. Sessions will bring out latest thinking on what more the IPEC can do to develop an affordable and efficient framework of domestic patent protection and dispute resolution, and in what ways reform in this area can support Government’s wider aims to foster innovation and growth among SMEs. Delegates will also have the opportunity to discuss the impact of forthcoming European reforms – with stakeholder perspectives on the Unified Patent Court’s legal framework, and how it might impact on UK interests.

We are delighted that His Honour Judge Hacon, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and Neil Feinson, Director of International Policy, Intellectual Property Office and UK Representative, Unified Patent Court Preparatory Committee have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.

Dominic Adair, Associate, Bristows; Tim Frain, Director, IP Regulatory, Nokia; Professor Johanna Gibson, Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Director, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute (QMIPRI), Queen Mary, University of London and James Nurton, Managing Editor, Managing IP have also agreed to speak at this seminar, together with speakers confirmed from the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and International Chamber of Commerce.

Baroness Wilcox, former Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.