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The UK group of AIPPI organises talks and research events concerning intellectual property throughout the year.  Our events count for CPD under the Solicitors Regulation Authority, the Bar Standards Board and IPReg requirements.


Most events provide drinks afterwards and the opportunity to meet the speakers and other attendees.


Attendance at our events is free for members and new applicants for membership.


For new membership applications or to enquire about our events, please see the Contact page.

Upcoming Events

20 February 2024

Study Questions Kick-Off Meeting 2024

Bird & Bird LLP 15 Fetter Lane London EC4A 1JP

6.00 pm

AIPPI has now announced the Study Questions for its 2024 Congress and the UK group will be holding our kick-off meeting to discuss on Tuesday 20 February at the offices of Bird & Bird, starting at 6pm.

The topics (and AIPPI UK Council Members responsible for leading the questions) are:

• PATENTS: Harmonisation of disclosure requirements and consequences of non-compliance) (led by Dom Adair (Bristows) and Jan Vleck (Reddie & Grose));

• TRADE MARKS: Conflicts between composite trademarks including non-distinctive elements (led by Paul Harris (Dehns) and Trevor Cook (Bird & Bird));

• COPYRIGHT: Defence of parody in copyright (led by Richard Vary (Bird & Bird) and Toby Bond (Bird & Bird)); and

• GENERAL: Unjustified allegations of infringement of IP rights (led by Richard Miller KC (3 New Square) and Ed Cronan (11 South Square)).

The purpose of the kick-off meeting will be for the question leaders and group to discuss the main points that the question raises for UK practitioners, consider proposals for harmonisation and reform, and plan the further preparation of the UK response.

The meetings will take place in round-table hybrid format, with in-person attendance encouraged, scheduled to take place on Tuesday 20 February at the offices of Bird & Bird. There will be a separate meeting for each question, preceded by a plenary session for the purpose of introducing the questions. The event will start at 6pm and last for approximately 2 hours. Those interested in participating are requested to choose only one question.

Twenty places are available for each question on a first-come-first-served basis. If you cannot attend the meeting, but would like to participate in work on the questions, please contact

Each launch meeting is free and is open to members and non-members. Continued involvement after that will be limited to members, or those with pending applications for membership.

AIPPI UK Annual Prize

Members (including new members) who were 35 or younger on 1 January 2024 and who participate in the preparation of the response to a Question are eligible for consideration for the annual AIPPI UK prize for the best contribution by an eligible member of the group. The overall winner will receive a £3,000 contribution towards the attendance of an in-person congress (this year in Hangzhou, China; next year in Yokohama, Japan) and up to three other contributors will have the chance to receive a “highly commended” prize of £300 in book tokens.

Past Events

18 January 2024

Thaler in the Supreme Court – the judgment, and how can UK patent law evolve in future to accommodate AI-generated inventions?

Online event

Stuart Baran, Professor Ryan Abbott


19 December 2023

UK Patent Roundup 2023

Hogan Lovells Holborn Viaduct London EC1A 2FG

Andrew Lykiardopoulos KC and Henry Edwards


15 November 2023

2023 AIPPI Resolutions Report

Online event

Colin Paterson, Georgie Hart, Mark Nichols, Trevor Cook and Mari Sierra


8 November 2023

RAPID REACTION: Priority: the changing roles of the EPO and national courts

Allen & Overy, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD

James Warner and Trevor Cook


13 September 2023

Copyright roundup 2023

Mishcon de Reya, Africa House 70 Kingsway London WC2B 6AH and online

Nicholas Caddick, Uma Suthersanen


6 September 2023

AIPPI Summer Party 2023

Fieldfisher LLP, Riverbank House, 2 Swan Lane, London EC4R 3TT


28 June 2023

FRAND - what is happening?

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, 1 Southampton Row, London WC1B 5HA

Sophie Lawrance, Tess Waldron


9 May 2023

Webinar: Preparing for the UPC – An open discussion with UPC judges

Online event

UPC Judges



26 April 2023

UK Trade Marks Roundup 2023

Allen & Overy

Benet Brandreth KC and Kyra Nezami


13 March 2023

The future of UPC decisions in UK patent litigation

Bird & Bird LLP 12 New Fetter Lane London EC4A 1JP

Mr Justice Meade


9 February 2023

Study Questions Kick-Off Meeting 2023

Bird & Bird LLP 15 Fetter Lane London EC4A 1JP



31 January 2023

UK Patent Roundup 2022

Hogan Lovells LLP Atlantic House Holborn Viaduct London EC1A 2FG

Andrew Lykiardopoulos KC and Henry Edwards


10 January 2023

The UPC and unitary patent are finally coming

Carpmaels & Ransford
1 Southampton Row London WC1B 5HA

Kevin Mooney and David Holland


7 November 2022

2022 AIPPI Resolutions Report


UK delegates


11 October 2022

Investor IP Due Diligence Panel Talk

Herbert Smith Freehills
Exchange House Primrose Street London EC2A 2EG

Peter Finnie, Dr. Robert Tansley, Fiona Law, Dr. Simon Kerry, Patrick Farrant


7 June 2022

Summer Party 2022

Allen & Overy


26 April 2022

Soft IP roundup 2022

Bird & Bird and online

Benet Brandreth QC and Kyra Nezami, 11 South Square


3 March 2022



Anthony Macey, Gabriella Bornstein and Jeff Ostrow; Calum Smyth


23 February 2022

Civil Procedure and Patents Court update


Mr Justice Meade and Alice Hart


31 January 2022

31 Jan - 9 Feb Kick-off Meetings

Online meeting


26 January 2022

Cometh the UPC and Unitary Patent?


Kevin Mooney and David Holland


9 December 2021

2021 Patent Round-up


Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC, Henry Edwards


2 November 2021

Anti-Suit Injunctions


Ted Stevenson, Cordula Schumacher, Alex Brodie, Richard Vary


20 October 2021

The latest on Supplementary Protection Certificates


James Horgan


4 October 2021

Can AI be an inventor and who can apply for a patent?


Katharine Stephens


8 September 2021

The Future of Civil Justice


Lord Justice Birss


31 July 2021

Ongoing work on the Study Questions for the 2021 World Congress


28 July 2021

Briefing on the CPTPP


Professor Kim Weatherall, Dr John Liddicoat, Dr Emily Hudson, Professor William Van Caenegem, Professor Robert Burrell


17 May 2021

Lord Justice Arnold on FRAND disputes


Lord Justice Arnold


19 April 2021

Are you sitting comfortably? A soft IP story book 2021


Benet Brandreth and Kyra Nezami


31 March 2021

Patents for computer-implemented simulations - Rapid Response to G1/19


Pawel Piotrowicz and Sam Jones


23 February 2021

Mr Justice Meade - a view from the patent bench - nearly 6 months in


Mr Justice Meade


8 February 2021

Kick-Off Meetings for the Study Questions at the 2021 Congress



2 December 2020

Artificial Intelligence: AI-assisted / generated innovation

Panel online

Calum Smyth, Dr. Ulrike Till, Prof. Ryan Abbott, Rich Christiansen, Toby Bond


19 October 2020

The AIPPI Remedies Trilogy Part 3 - Interim remedies


Speaker: Nicholas Caddick QC


8 September 2020

Remedies 2 - Damages and Accounts of Profit


Speaker: Andrew Norris QC

Tuesday, 1 September 2020

UKSC Unwired Planet Rapid Reaction


Speakers: Sir Robin Jacob, Richard Vary, Laura Whiting; Jane Mutimear

29 July 2020

Taking Stock: Neurim, Regeneron & the state of life sciences in the UK


Speakers: Victoria Kitcatt, David Rosenberg, Katherine Moggridge, Rose Hughes, Tom Mitcheson QC, Imogen Ireland, Jemma Trainor, Annsley Merelle Ward

23 June 2020

Remedies 1 - Jurisdiction


Speaker: Jonathan Moss of Hogarth Chambers

27 February 2020

Intermediary Responsibility: Duties, Regulation and Liability

Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD

Frederick Mostert, Rachel Alexander and Jaani Riordan

27 January 2020

UK kick-off Session for Study Questions for AIPPI World Congress in Hangzhou, 2020

23 Jan 2020

The Cofemel decision – what have the CJEU done now?

Bristows LLP, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH

Speaker: Lionel Bently

19 December 2019

UK Patent Roundup 2019

Hogan Lovells, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

Speaker: Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC

14 November 2019

Rapid Response: Shanks v Unilever

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, 65 Fleet Street London EC4Y 1HS

Speakers: Dr Bobby Mukherjee and Alan Johnson

6 November 2019

Disclosure Pilot Scheme: navigating the impossible

Linklaters, One Silk Street EC2Y 8HQ London

Speakers: Charlotte Blythe, Nick Zweck

9 July 2019

AIPPI UK Summer Party 2019

Taylor Wessing, 5 New Street Square, London, EC4A 3TQ

8 May 2019

A Soft IP Storybook 2019

Allen & Overy LLP, One Bishops Square, London E1 6AD

Speaker: Benet Brandreth

4th April 2019

Rapid Response: Actavis v ICOS (tadalafil) UKSC Judgment

Hogan Lovells, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London EC1A 2FG

Speakers: Tom Mitcheson QC (3 New Square) and Mark Chacksfield QC (8 New Square)

2nd April 2019

SPC Event

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP, 1 Southampton Row, London, WC1B 5HA

Speakers: Hugh Goodfellow, Charlotte May QC, Tomos Shillingford and David Rosenberg

14 March 2019

AI Generated Innovation

Bristows, 100 Victoria Embankment, London EC4Y 0DH

12 February 2019

UK kick-off Session for Study Questions for AIPPI World Congress in London, 2019

31 December 2018

2018 Report of activities of AIPPI UK

Author: Justin Watts

10 December 2018

Are you sitting comfortably....? Patent Roundup 2018

Hogan Lovells, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG

Speaker: Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC

21 June 2018

ARM's Reach: An evening with Phil David, former General Counsel of ARM Holdings, chaired by Sean Dennehey

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

5 December 2018

RAPID RESPONSE: Lyrica in the Supreme Court – a practitioner’s perspective

Freshfields, 65 Fleet Street, London, EC4Y 1HS

Speakers: Claire Baldock (Boult Wade Tennant), Stuart Baran (Three New Square), Brian Cordery (Bristows)

13 November 2018

Rapid Response: Unwired Planet v Huawei CA

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London, EC4A 1JP

Speakers: Richard Vary and Sir Robin Jacob

23-26 September 2018

Report on Cancun Congress

Author: Justin Watts

12 July 2018

Technical Talk: "Cancer, we’re watching you. How immunosurveillance is shifting the balance in the war against cancer."

The Francis Crick Institute, 1 Midland Rd, Kings Cross, London, NW1 1AT

Speaker: Professor Adrian Hayday

3 July 2018 (Cancelled)


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

Speakers: Charlotte May QC, Rachel Alexander, Prof Frederick Mostert

25 June 2018

AIPPI UK Summer Party 2018

Norton Rose Fulbright, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ

14 June 2018

Hatch-Waxman - US pharmaceutical patent litigation

Kilburn & Strode, Lacon London, 84 Theobalds Road, London, WC1X 8NL

Speakers: AIPLA delegates

28 March 2018

A soft IP storybook 2018

Hogan Lovells, 50 Holborn Viaduct, London, EC1A 2FG

Speaker: Roger Wyand QC

27 February 2018

Registration, Notice and Property Definition in IP Law

Bristows LLP 100 Victoria Embankment, London, EC4Y 0DH

Professor Lionel Bently, University of Cambridge

16 January 2018

Kick-off meeting for Cancun Questions

Bird & Bird LLP 12 New Fetter Lane EC4A 1JP London

31 December 2017

Report of AIPPI UK activities in 2017

Author: Justin Watts

12 December 2017

Is that a threat? - The Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act

Bird & Bird LLP 12 New Fetter Lane EC4A 1JP London

Speaker: Michael Hicks (Hogarth Chambers)

7 December 2017

Patent Roundup 2017

Hogan Lovells International LLP 50 Holborn Viaduct EC1A 2FG London

Speaker: Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC

14 November 2017

Traditional knowledge: free to use or deserving of protection?

Linklaters LLP 1 Silk Street London EC2Y 8HQ

Professor Graham Dutfield (University of Leeds), Darren Smyth (EIP) and Tim Roberts (Brookes IP) debated the issues, moderated by Trevor Cook (Wilmer Hale)

28 June 2017

Annual Summer Party 2017

Allen & Overy, Bishops Square, London E1 6AD

15 June 2017

Copyright in the digital age: US and UK perspectives

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

Eleonora Rosati and Maria Scungio

31 May 2017

The UP and UPC – institutions and industry panel debate

Bird & Bird, 12 New Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1JP

Michael Froehlich, Tim Frain, Alan Johnson

11 April 2017

Rapid Response: Unwired Planet v Huawei

Bird & Bird

Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Richard Vary

6 April 2017

Rapid Response: Fujifilm v AbbVie

Allen & Overy

Michael Silverleaf QC, Mike Brealey QC, Ravi Srinivasan

29 March 2017

Are you sitting comfortably? A soft IP storybook

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Roger Wyand QC

26 January 2017

Launch workshop on study questions for AIPPI Sydney Congress 2017

Bird & Bird

15 December 2016

On the edge of your seat: Recent UK patent cases

Hogan Lovells

Speaker: Andrew Lykiardopoulos QC

29 November 2016

Rapid Response: Court of Appeal decision in the Lyrica case

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Speakers: Claire Baldock (Boult Wade Tennant), Stuart Baran (Three New Square) and Brian Cordery (Bristows)

22 November 2016

Pharma IP – the in-house perspective

Bird & Bird

Speakers: Nick Finnie (Novartis), Ravinder Chahil (Polpharma Group)

25 July 2016


K&L Gates

Speakers: Daniel Alexander QC, or another (8 New Square), Jonathan Moss (Hogarth Chambers), Neil Thomson (Boult Wade Tennant), Justin Watts (Freshfields), Catherine Wolfe (Boult Wade Tennant)

13 July 2016

Annual Garden Party

Middle Temple

5 July 2016

Alternative Dispute Resolution


Speaker: Simon Thorley QC

2 June 2016

Copycat Packaging

Linklaters LLP

Speakers: Michael Edenborough QC, John Noble

26 May 2016

Copyright exceptions: Small Islands in the (c) of Rights

Gowlings WLG

Speaker: Professor Lionel Bently

11 May 2016

A Brave New World – an in depth look at the EU Trade Mark reforms

Simmons & Simmons

Speakers: Graham Dinwoodie, Simon Malynicz QC, David Stone (moderator)

21 March 2016

Rapid Response: PMS Rides On at the Supreme Court ("The Trunki Case")

Allen & Overy

Speakers: Mark Vanhegan QC, Michael Hicks, Jonny Moss

24 February 2016

The use of the Shorter and Flexible Trial Pilots in IP cases

Hogan Lovells

Speakers: Mr Justice Birss

2 February 2016

AIPPI Milan Study Questions Workshop 2016

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

18 January 2016

Patent Eligibility - Alice is Lost in Wonderland

Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

Darin Gibby (Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP), Jonathan Moss (Hogarth Chambers) and Peter Finnie (Gill Jennings & Every LLP)

18 November 2015

IP and Ethics: The impact of ethical considerations on the existence or enforcement of IP Rights

UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

Mr Justice Carr, Professor Aurora Plomer (University of Sheffield), Professor Peter Coffey (UCL), Professor Lionel Bentley (University of Cambridge)

12 November 2015

Second medical use patents after Lyrica: views from across the profession

Baker & McKenzie

Speakers: Stuart Baran, Brian Cordery & Claire Baldock

7 October 2015

IPEC - Further Reflections from the Coalface

Linklaters LLP

HHJ Richard Hacon

17 September 2015

Everything Else in IP Round-Up 2015 - James Mellor QC on Trade Marks, Designs & Copyright

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

James Mellor QC

29 July 2015

Rapid Response: CJEU in Huawei v. ZTE

Bird & Bird LLP

Christian Harmsen (Bird & Bird, Germany) and Jemima Stratford QC (Brick Court Chambers)

8 July 2015

Annual Garden Party

Middle Temple

8 June 2015

Joint Meeting of AIPLA (US) and AIPPI (UK)

Tom Mitcheson QC (Chair), Peter Schechter (Osha Liang LLP), Enrica Bruno (Steinfl & Bruno), Patrick Lloyd (Reddie & Grose), Chris Tunstall (Carpmaels & Ransford LLP)

26 May 2015

Patents & Standards - FRAND: the story so far

Lord Justice Floyd and Richard Vary (Nokia)

29 April 2015

Legal Privilege: the UK and US regimes and their applicability to IP practitioners

Michael Edenborough QC and Anthony Tridico

30 March 2015

What’s the CJEU said this time? A review of the latest SPC musings from Luxembourg

Speakers: Daniel Wise (Carpmaels), Michael Lubienski (UCB) and Edward Oates (Carpmaels)

19 February 2015

Geographical Indications: FAGE, Feta, Fontina, and the battle for world markets

Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer

Wolf Meier-Ewert and Dev Gangjee, with Sir Richard Arnold (chair)

27 January 2015

AIPPI Rio de Janeiro Questions Workshop 2015

Bird & Bird

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