Association Internationale pour la Protection de la Propriété Intellectuelle
nternational Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property
Internationale Vereinigung für den Schutz des Geistigen Eigentums
UK Group Events

For general information on AIPPI UK events, please email

Forthcoming Events

6th February 2014 (6pm to 7.30pm)
AIPPI Toronto Questions Workshop 2014
Location: Bristows LLP, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH

11th June 2014 (6pm)
Garden Party 2014

Join us for canapes and champagne with musical entertainment on the lawns of Middle Temple
Location: Middle Temple Gardens

Past Events in 2014

21st January 2014
Gilding the Lilly: Making Sense of the CJEU’s recent SPC decisions

Hugh Goodfellow & Daniel Wise (Carpmaels & Ransford LLP) and James Horgan (Merck & Co., Inc.)

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA

14 January 2014
Rewriting res judicata: the effect on stays for EPO oppositions
Richard Miller QC, Henry Carr QC and Gordon Harris
Location: Wragge & Co LLP, 3 Waterhouse Square, 142 Holborn, London, EC1N 2SW

Past Events in 2013

18 December 2013
Patent Case Law Round-Up 2013
Daniel Alexander QC
Location: Baker & McKenzie, 100 New Bridge Street, London, EC4V 6JA

14 October 2013
Patent Box and ATL credits: The First Six Months - A Success?

Anne Fairpo (Barrister at Thirteen Old Square Chambers and Atlas Tax Chambers; Lecturer at Kings College, London)
Kevin Phillips (International Tax Partner at Baker Tilly)
April 2013 brought with it two new UK Government initiatives providing innovative UK companies with the opportunity to make significant savings on their tax bills: a Patent Box and an 'above the line' credits scheme for large-company R&D investment. These schemes were designed to encourage innovative companies to locate jobs associated with the development, manufacture and exploitation of new technologies in the UK. However, the Patent Box in particular has attracted criticism, both at home and on the continent, as being an anti-competitive tax avoidance device. Nevertheless, it is showing signs of having a positive effect on UK business, with multinational pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline reportedly being set to transfer 150 overseas research projects to the UK to take advantage of it. Anne Fairpo guided us through the law governing each initiative and HMRC's approach to examining applications for them. Kevin Phillips outlined the steps that UK companies can take to reap the benefits on offer, including making use of the opportunities presented by the differences the UK's system and those available in other territories.


12 September 2013
The UPC and what it means for your practice
Kevin Mooney
(Partner, Simmons & Simmons)
Laura Starrs (Policy Adviser, UKIPO)
Darren Smyth (Partner, EIP, and IPKat)

27 June 2013
AIPPI UK Annual Garden Party
The ever-popular AIPPI UK Annual Garden Party was, once again, held in the delightful Middle Temple Gardens.

30 May 2013
The Future of Cancer Treatment
Speaker: Professor Charles Coombes
Event Chairman: Lord Justice Kitchin
Cancer treatment is at the cutting edge of medical science. Putting to one side the obvious interest of the subject outside of professional work, it is an area that comes up repeatedly in leading patent cases, and the future directions of cancer treatment form part of the essential background for patent practitioners.

19th March 2013
Supreme Court in Schutz v Werit
This forum was chaired by Mr Justice Floyd who heard the case at first instance, and the case was introduced by Daniel Brook who was the partner at Hogan Lovells with conduct of the case.

11th March 2013
Jackanory 2013: Are you sitting even more comfortably?
James Mellor QC summarised recent cases on trade marks and passing off, designs, copyright, and other recent non-patent IP issues.

4th March 2013
AIPPI Questions for Helsinki 2013

Q233 Grace Period for Patents (led by Daniel Brook)

Q234 Relevant public for determining the degree of recognition of famous marks, well-known marks and marks with a reputation (led by Trevor Cook)

Q235 Term of Copyright Protection (led by Ashley Roughton and Sara Ashby)

Q236 Relief in IP proceedings other than injunctions or damages (led by Justin Watts and Richard Vary)

12th February 2013
Mr Justice Arnold: Implementation of the Jackson Report's Recommendations

9 January 2013
Section 52: Should it stay or should it go?
Prof. Lionel Bently
(Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property, University of Cambridge)
Dr. Reinhard Oertli, LL.M. (Meyerlustenberger Lachenal, Switzerland)
Chaired by: The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob (Director, Institute of Brand and Innovation Law, UCL)
Section 52 of the Copyright Designs and Patents Act 1988 limits the term of copyright protection for industrially exploited artistic designs to 25 years. It is to be repealed by The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill, currently in Committee stage. The British Government's justification was published in the UKIPO's Impact Statement (May 2012), following lobbying from owners of some iconic furniture designs, who argue that Section 52 is in conflict with the copyright Term Directive, which harmonised the term of copyright protection to life of the author plus 70 years, as highlighted by the judgment of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the Flos v Semeraro case (C-168/08). Not so, says Prof. Lionel Bently, whose excellent EIPR article (2012, issue 10) sets out all that is wrong with the Flos decision and the UKIPO Impact Statement, and says this move heralds a return to 'industrial copyright'. He is not alone: in July 2012 seven professors wrote to the Times, highlighting, amongst other things, the lack of consultation on the repeal of section 52. No need to consult, says Reinhard Oertli, the EU law is clear, but waving goodbye to this provision may not mean the end of all debate regarding design protection. The panel debated both sides of the argument and also considered the implications and impact, beyond the world of three dimensional copyright works, of repealing section 52.
Venue: Bristows (100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DH)

Past Events in 2012

18 December 2012 (5.30pm for 6pm)
Are you still sitting comfortably?
Case Law Round-Up
Daniel Alexander Q.C.
Following the success of his "summary of the year" talk last year, we are delighted that Daniel Alexander Q.C. has agreed to provide for us a round up of this years' patent cases.
Venue: Hogan Lovells International IP, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

21 November 2012 (5.30pm for 6pm)
The European Commission - interventions and IP; where next?

Daniel Beard QC (Monckton Chambers)
Derek Ridyard (Partner, RBB Economics)
The European Commission has been taking an increasingly interventionist approach to the role of patents and other IP in markets such as software, pharmaceuticals and mobile telecommunications, closely examining the economic effects of IP. Daniel Beard QC and Derek Ridyard of RBB Economics provided a guide to the more significant cases and recent events, and an analysis of the legal and economic bases on which the EC is working, its direction of travel, and the indicators which businesses need to bear in mind.
Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH

2 August 2012 (5.30pm for 6pm)
The world of SPCs post-Neurim. So what has changed?
Jürgen Dressel
(Head Patents, Litigations ex-US, Novartis Pharma AG)
Hugh Goodfellow (Partner & Head of SPC practice, Carpmaels & Ransford)
Ed Oates (Senior Associate, Carpmaels & Ransford)
On 19th July 2012, the Court of Justice of the European Union delivered its eagerly anticipated Neurim Pharmaceuticals judgment. Following the Advocate General's guidance, the Court has made it clear that Neurim should be granted its SPC for melatonin despite the existence of earlier authorisations relating to that active ingredient. However, the judgment is expressed in terms which are considerably broader than the facts at issue in the Neurim case.Continuing AIPPI UK's quick response events on SPCs, Hugh Goodfellow gave his insightful views having acted for Neurim along with Ed Oates. Jürgen Dressel from Novartis spoke to give his views.
Venue: Carpmaels & Ransford, One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA

28 June 2012
AIPPI UK Garden Party
Middle Temple Gardens

29 May 2012 (5.30pm for 6pm)
Plain Packaging: Are trade marks under attack?

Speakers: Christopher Morcom QC (Hogarth Chambers) and
Professor Spyros Maniatis (Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, QMUL)
The UK Government launched a “Consultation on standardised packaging of tobacco products” on 16 April 2012. That consultation follows the publication in March of the Government’s Alcohol Strategy, in the context of which the House of Commons Health Select Committee is currently examining (amongst other things) the potential impact of plain packaging for alcohol. Since then, six European trade mark organisations (APRAM, BMM, ECTA, GRUR, MARQUES and UNION) have issued a joint press release opposing plain or standardised packaging. The issues raised by the prospect of such plain packaging proposals go to the very heart of what it means to have a right conferred by a trade mark registration system. Christopher Morcom QC (Hogarth Chambers) and Professor Spyros Maniatis (Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies at Queen Mary, University of London and consultant with Edwards Wildman), both well known and highly regarded commentators in the trade mark field, led a discussion on these issues.
Venue: Edwards Wildman, 69 Old Broad Street, City of London, EC2M 1QS

Past Events in 2011

8 December 2011 (5.30pm for 6pm)
The "Star Wars" Case perhaps no longer in a Court Far, Far Away?
Michael Bloch Q.C. and Alan Bryson (Wilberforce Chambers)
Lucasfilm v. Ainsworth opened up a new hope for enforcement of overseas IP rights in the UK courts. As well as discussing the copyright aspects, Michael and Alan
reviewed the important and controversial justiciability aspects of the case, and the effect which that might have on the appeal of the UK courts as a forum in which to determine infringement of foreign IP rights and to enforce them.
Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4A 0DH

28 September 2011 (6pm)
Annual General Meeting
Taylor Wessing, 5 New Street Square, London EC4A 3TW

28 September 2011 (5.30pm for 6pm)
Are you sitting comfortably? An IP roundup
Speaker: Daniel Alexander QC
Venue: Taylor Wessing, 5 New Street Square, London EC4A 3TW

23 May 2011
Privilege in IP advice: managing national and international dilemmas
Venue: Linklaters LLP, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ

13 September 2011 (5.30pm for 6pm)
SPCs for combination products - where will we end up?
Speakers: Hugh Goodfellow (Partner, Carpmaels & Ransford), Peter Thomsen (Global Head IP-Policy, Novartis), Tony Rollins (Managing Counsel European Patents, Merck & Co)
Venue: Carpmaels & Ransford, One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA

29 June 2011
Annual Garden Party
Venue: Middle Temple Gardens

9 February 2011 (6pm)
Questions for Hyderabad ExCo 2011

The following Questions for 2011 were discussed:

Q216B  Digital copyright exceptions (led by Tom Heide)
Q217 Inventive step (led by Jan Vleck / John Brunner)
Q218 Genuine use of trademarks (led by Ian Karet)
Q219 Injunctions (led by Ari Laakkonen / Richard Vary)

Venue: Bird & Bird, 15 Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

Past Events in 2010

24 November 2010
The Patents County Court is changing: a first dispatch from the coal face by its new judge
His Honour Judge Birss Q.C.
The Patents County Court, 20 years old in 2010, came under new management. His Honour Judge Birss QC talked on how he applies skills learned in from the hive to managing litigants before him.
Venue: Baker & McKenzie LLP, 100 New Bridge Street London EC4V 6JA

21 July 2010
L'Oréal v Bellure - the end of the saga. Was Benelux right all along?

Speakers: Henry Carr QC and Willem Hoyng, Howrey LLP
The event provided a rapid reaction to the final step in the L'Oréal v Bellure litigation. The ECJ determined that attempts to "ride on the coat-tails" of a mark must be considered to be taking unfair advantage. IP practitioners should see the test applied in practice in the Court of Appeal's judgment.Our speakers were well placed to provide particular insight for IP litigators into the litigation from UK, Benelux and ECJ perspectives.
Venue: Olswang, 90 High Holborn, London WC1V 6XX

7 July 2010
The future of European copyright [REPORT]
Speaker: Professor Lionel Bently (Herchel Smith Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Director of the University of Cambridge Centre for Intellectual Property and Information Law, University of Cambridge)
Copyright has been a fertile area for EU legislation, and the Lisbon Treaty has created a legal basis for the creation of an EU copyright. Professor Lionel Bently's talk was insightful, thought-provoking and well received. He took us through the possible future development of copyright in the European Union, recent moves towards harmonisation, and the issues this raises.
Venue: Hogan Lovells International LLP

16 June 2010
Annual Garden Party
Venue: Middle Temple Gardens

29 March 2010
The cost of justice: IP litigation following the Jackson Report: views from the judiciary, industry and the professions [EVENT REPORT NOT YET AVAILABLE]

Mr Justice Arnold, Richard Vary (Nokia), Trevor Cook (Bird & Bird)
This event informed IP practitioners of the impact the Jackson Report anticipated by the judiciary, industry and the profession. The reforms suggested in the Jackson Report, at least for larger cases, are incremental rather than revolutionary: notably, a call for even more robust case management. Smaller cases, through changes in the Patents County Court, face deeper procedural change. Our speakers provided insight for IP litigators into the impact of the Jackson Report from three distinct perspectives, and whether the changes might rescue patentees from the mischief lamented by Lord Esher.
Venue: Baker & McKenzie LLP, 100 New Bridge Street, London EC4V 6JA

8 February 2010 (5.30pm for 6pm)
IP in the WTO: Enforcement, Goods in Transit and Cross-Retaliation - Current TRIPS issues and cases at the World Trade Organization [EVENT REPORT NOT YET AVAILABLE]
Wolf Meier-Ewert (Legal Officer, IP Division, WTO)
This event provided IP practitioners with insight into the current IP issues under examination in the policy and dispute resolution functions of the WTO. Prior to joining the WTO Secretariat, our speaker Mr. Meier-Ewert was an attorney at an international law firm in London and Munich, a consultant to the German Federal Ministry of Justice on the implementation of European copyright legislation, and a researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich.
Venue: Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT

19 January 2010 (6pm)
Workshops on Questions for AIPPI Congress, Paris 2010
AIPPI published the Resolutions passed at its 2009 meeting in Buenos Aires, and announced the questions that will be put to the Congress in Paris, 3 - 6 October 2010. AIPPI United Kingdom invited all members to participate in the preparation of the UK responses to these Questions.

Past Events in 2009

4 November 2009 (5.30pm for 6pm)
Employee compensation for inventions in Germany and the UK [
Speakers: Klaus Haft (Reimann Osterrieth Köhler Haft, Düsseldorf) and
Michael Edenborough (Serle Court, Lincoln's Inn, London)
Venue: Linklaters, One Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8HQ

14 September 2009 (5.30 for 6pm)
President of the European Patent Office, Alison Brimelow
Strengthening the Patent System in Europe for the Future
Venue: Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London, E1 6AD

25 June 2009 (6pm)
Annual Garden Party
Venue: Middle Temple Gardens, London

13 May 2009 (5.30 for 6pm)
Lord Hoffmann: The past, the present and the future [EVENT REPORT NOT AVAILABLE]
Once described by Legal Business magazine as "the most dominant personality in the Lords by a mile" and credited by the BBC as "the cleverest law lord of his generation", Lord Hoffmann has been at the helm of the development of UK IP law since his elevation to the Lords in 1995. His landmark judgments include United Wire, Sabaf, Kirin Amgen, Synthon, Yeda, Lundbeck (CA), Angiotech, Hello!, NLA v M&S, Designers Guild and Parma Ham. This event provided an opportunity to hear Lord Hoffmann talk on the development of IP to its current position, and his perspective on what is to come.
Venue: Lovells, Atlantic House, Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

8 April 2009
Copyright: Extension of Sound Recordings and Performer’s Rights [EVENT REPORT NOT AVAILABLE]
Professor Bernt Hugenholtz & Richard Mollet
Professor Bernt Hugenholtz of the Institute for Information Law at the University of Amsterdam, and Richard Mollett, Director of Public Affairs at the BPI, spoke on the Extension of Sound Recordings and Performer’s Rights. How far should they go? The event was particularly timely given the recent announcement of UK government backing for an extended term of protection for sound recordings.

14 January 2009
Workshops on Questions for
AIPPI Congress, Buenos Aires 2009

AIPPI published the Resolutions passed at its 2008 Congress meeting and announced the questions that will be put to the next meeting in Buenos Aires in 2009. AIPPI will hold its Buenos Aires Forum and Executive Committee meeting between 10-15 October 2009. The Questions for 2009 were as follows:

Q194 Co-ownership (led by Michael Edenborough & Lucy Harrold)
Q208 Border detention (led by Ari Laakkonen)
Q209 Selection patents (led by David Knight)
Q210 Sporting events (led by Jane Mutimear)

AIPPI United Kingdom invited all members to participate in the preparation of the UK responses to these Questions.

The UK responses to the questions can be viewed here.

Past Events in 2008

4 December 2008
Symbian: Where do we stand now? [EVENT REPORT NOT AVAILABLE]
Colin Birss QC
Following the Court of Appeal's recent judgment, Colin Birss led a discussion on Symbian Limited v Comptroller General of Patents and considered current and possible future developments in the UK and Europe regarding the patentability of computer programs.

21 May 2008
Patents and Economics: Strategies to Improve Patenting and Enforcement [REPORT]
The impact of patent thickets, renewal fees and litigation insurance
Speaker: Professor Schankerman, London School of Economics
Venue: Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH

7 May 2008
Community Designs – a Silver Bullet or a Rubber Dagger? What is happening in the Community courts?
Speakers: Henry Carr QC and Dr Henning Hartwig of Bardehle Pagenburg (Germany)
Venue: Linklaters LLP, One Silk Street, London EC2Y 8HQ

17 January 2008
1st UK Workshop on Questions 202 to 205 for discussion at the AIPPI Congress in Boston in September 2008
All members were invited to attend, to help formulate the UK position on the questions.
The UK responses to the questions can be viewed here.
Venue: Bird & Bird, 15 Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

Past Events in 2007

5 December 2007
Patent Litigation in Europe: the Commission Communication - is this the last chance?
Speakers: Tim Frain (Nokia), Kevin Mooney (Simmons & Simmons), David Rosenberg (GSK), Margot Froehlinger (European Commission)
Venue: Freshfields, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HS

17 October 2007
Annual General Meeting
Professor Lionel Bently on Copyright [REPORT]

13 June 2007
Annual Garden Party
Venue: Middle Temple Gardens

11 April 2007 (6pm)
Managing an international patent portfolio
Speakers: Tony Tangena (Philips) and John Nevard (Inverness Medical)
Venue: Allen & Overy, One Bishop's Square


John Brunner
Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, One Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA

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