CIPA life sciences: the year in review


CIPA life sciences: the year in review

The Right Honourable Sir Robin Jacob will deliver the pre-dinner address at this year’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys annual life sciences conference, the highlight of a wide-ranging programme in Eastbourne.

Following last year’s successful conference in Luton Hoo, for 2013 the UK’s Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) takes its annual life sciences conference to Eastbourne, on the UK’s south coast.

Starting on November 14, the conference will kick off with an introduction by morning session chair Simon Wright of JA Kemp & Co, after which panels will cover procedure at the European Patent Office (EPO) Board of Appeal, ethics and morality, and the state of the pharma and biotech sectors. To end the morning session, Neil Jenkins of Bird & Bird LLP will address the topic of how to maximise protection for innovative products, looking at patents and supplementary protection certificates.

The afternoon session, chaired by Maria Nichol of CIPA and ITMA’s Joint Examination Board, will take in research exemptions for using patents in the EU, the new litigation environment promised by the proposed Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court, and a roundtable discussion with representatives from Novartis, the UK Intellectual Property Office, and leading international law firms.

EPO Board of Appeal, Unitary Patent, Unified Patent Court