We are very excited about our annual Congress this week and
are delighted that our IP Minister, Baroness Neville-Rolfe,
will be attending to give the opening keynote address. Her
business background should give her plenty to say on the topic
She has already led a highly
successful delegation to China in which CIPA was pleased to
be represented by Gwilym Roberts.
The Congress theme is "The Lifecycle of Intellectual
Property: Intellectual property from cradle to grave". We look
forward to hearing from a full programme of distinguished
speakers taking us all the way through from recognising
inventions to licensing and litigation.
There will be a keynote speech from Heli Pihlajamaa of the
EPO after lunch on the opening day.
In addition, we expect a provocative lunchtime debate on the
second day when Dr Mohga Kamal-Yanni, Senior Health and HIV
Policy Advisor for Oxfam GB, will speak on the effect that the
charity believes "Big Pharma" companies are having on public
health in the developing world and John Pender from Glaxo
Smithkline will reply for the industry.
For those attending the President’s Dinner,
there will be the Rt Hon The Lord Justice Vos as guest speaker
– plus a few surprises in store.
There is certainly a lot happening in the world of IP and
CIPA is actively engaged in a diverse range of issues such as:
the European Trade Mark Directive and Regulations; the proposed
Trade Secrets Directive and, of course, the ongoing saga of the
Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court. All of these topics
feature on the agenda for Congress and, of course, we expect to
get many contributions and questions from the audience.