We will be running these as
guest blog posts over the coming weeks and months (you can see
the first – Florian Mueller’s views of
the Apple-Samsung ex-USA litigation settlement
But we also want to
engage some of our top 50 in some real-time dialogue about IP
issues. So on Tuesday September 23 we will be hosting a Twitter
Q&A with Rosa Wilkinson, the UK IPO’s
Director of Innovation (pictured).
This is what we said about her
in this year’s top 50 list:
"There must be something in the
water in Newport, Wales. The twitter account of the UK IPO
(which is based in the town) has a whopping 40,000 followers
(more than those of the EPO, USPTO and OHIM combined). The
Office’s Innovation Director Rosa Wilkinson is a
little way behind that figure, but her twitter account is a
compelling mix of advice, trivia, links and images, arguing the
case for robust IP policy and its role in economic growth."
We will be asking Rosa about how
IP rights can spur innovation (or whether they can hinder it),
and whether IP offices offer enough support to SMEs. We will
also be asking her about the impact of the Unitary Patent on
national IP offices in Europe, and how the UK IPO is preparing
We would like the debate to be
as wide as possible, so do join us on the day by following
@managingip (it will begin at 4pm BST/11am EST). You can also
send us questions in advance, or on the day by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Remember to use the hashtag #MIP50.
It is also appropriate that our
first live Q&A is with a leading woman in IP. This year saw
the launch of our Women in IP network, which brings together
women (and men) in the profession to share best practices for
developing female talent through web seminars, and a series of
conferences and breakfast/drinks events. If you want more
information about the network please call Melanie Petch on +44
20 7779 8836 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also download the brochure. The network is free
to in-house counsel.