The Forum of In House IP Managers and Counsel, UK is an organization who members are IP Managers, Directors, Counsel or persons responsible for the Intellectual Property portfolios of companies based in the UK, both those whose company is local and subsidiaries of international companies. Participants at the meetings represent Fortune 500 as well as SMEs covering all technologies.  Included among them are 3M, IBM Europe, Airbus Operations Limited, BAE SYSTEMS, BT Intellectual Property Dept., British Telecommunications, Canon Europe, Celldex Therapeutics, Caterpillar U.K. Ltd, Ericsson Ltd, Licensing and Patent Development, Ford of Europe, GE, GE Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Nokia UK Limited registered in England & Wales, Shell, Rolls Royce, Vodafone Group Services Limited Technology Transfer Companies of Universities and Hospitals and others.  


Past Programs Included:


Meeting: UPC and the Unitary Patent: Effects on our Strategic Decision-Making

Hosting Firm: Bird & Bird LLP

Speakers:  Trevor Cook, partner in the Intellectual Property Group and co-head of Bird & Bird's International Life Sciences Sector Group; David Sant, solicitor-advocate in patent disputes at Bird & Bird, Robert Williams and Neil Jenkins, Bird & Bird; Laura Starrs, Senior Policy Advisor IPO.


Meeting: TROLLS or "Trolls": NPE's Influence, Strategies, Damages and Injunctions in Dealing with NPE's  

Hosting Firm: Hogan Lovells International LLP

Speakers: Myles Jelf, partner in Bristows’ IP department. Stephen Bennett, partner in the London Hogan Lovells IP practice; Raymond Kurz, partner in Washington, DC in Hogan Lovells IP practice; Linda Biel Allied Security Trust, Senior Vice President


Meeting: Addressing the Legal Challenges of Industry and University Interface

Hosting Firm: Linklaters

Speakers: Dr. Andrea Cantone, Cambridge Enterprise and Dr Jeremy M Holmes RPA EPA, Imperial Innovations; Ian Karet, Head of IP Practice Linklaters; A Shirley McCulloch, Legal Counsel, Syngenta Europe & AME; John Nevard, Director, Intellectual Property at Cambridge Display Technology Ltd.


Meeting: International Patent Enforcement Strategies for In House IP Managers

Hosting Firm: CMS Cameron McKenna

Speakers: Isabel Davies, Senior Partner, IP & Chair, Technology, Media & Telecoms Sector, CMS Cameron McKenna, London; Christopher V Carani, Shareholder, McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Chicago; James Cross, Partner, RGC Jenkins, London


Meeting: The Patent Box and IP Practitioners; The actual affects on our daily decision making and how it will work in Practice not just Theory

Hosting Firm: Norton Rose 

Speakers: Huw Evans, Partner Norton Rose; David Cullum HMRC; Elizabeth Dawson and Assaf Weiler, Pearl Cohen Zedek Latzer


Meeting: IP Commercialisation Strategies for In House IP Managers

Hosting Firm: Allen & Overy LLP

Speakers: Jim Ford, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP; Colleen Keck, Partner, Allen & Overy LLP:

John Nevard, Chief Patent Counsel, Cambridge Display Technologies (previously Chief Patent Counsel, Alere, Inc)


Meeting: Practicalities when Establishing Operations in a New Country or Territory

Hosting Firm: Squires Sanders

Speakers: Chris McLeod, Director of Trade Marks Squires Sanders; Tim Stead, Senior Associate, Squires Sanders in the Corporate Transactions, Finance & Governance practice

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