CIPA Congress 6-7 October, London


The CIPA Congress at The Lancaster London Hotel in October will focus on practical measures that can help innovative businesses make the most of their intellectual property assets.

One of the key difficulties facing businesses of any size in the current climate is keeping costs under control. And where intellectual property is concerned, those difficulties can be exacerbated all too easily by expensive litigation. But in the UK, the Patents County Court is proving an excellent attempt to address the problem. At the CIPA Congress, Judge Colin Birss will speak about the progress of the court, and how it is tackling the problem of over-costly litigation.

Giving the keynote address will be Margot Froehlinger, of the European Commission’s DG Markt. As someone who has been heavily involved in proposals for a European Patent and a European Patent Court, she can give an insider’s perspective on the European situation.

The two-day conference also features a range of interesting panel sessions. Former CIPA president Alasdair Poore will chair a discussion of the challenges facing small and medium-sized enterprises in protecting and exploiting their intellectual property, while other sessions will deal with topics ranging from anti-counterfeiting to the Patent Prosecution Highway.

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