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Dr. Stephen Blake elected to European Patent Institute Council

3 October 2017

Dr. Stephen Blake, Managing Partner in the Birmingham office of leading intellectual property service provider Marks & Clerk, has been elected to the Council of the European Patent Institute (EPI), the professional body representing all Patent Attorneys practicing across Europe.

As a member of the elected council, Dr. Blake will be tasked with analysing developments in patent law and ensuring the EPI’s 11,600 members, drawn from businesses and legal teams across Europe, are kept up to date with case law and legislation.

Dr. Blake is a Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney specialising in telecommunications, software, electronic engineering, and mechanical engineering. He joined the firm’s Birmingham office from its Oxford office in 2015 and recently took over as Office Managing Partner. His election to the Council of the EPI further deepens the experience of the team at Marks & Clerks’ Birmingham office, which comprises seven Partners, ten Trainees and four Associates.

Alongside Dr. Blake, Julian Asquith – a Partner in Marks & Clerk’s Oxford office – was also elected to the position of substitute member of the EPI Council. Julian has a background in physics and is a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney.

Commenting on his election to the EPI Council, Dr. Blake said: “It’s an honor to have received this recognition from colleagues and IP practitioners across the UK, and for them to have elected me to serve on the EPI Council.

“Technology is advancing at pace and this position puts me, and the wider Marks & Clerk team, at the center of developments in patent law. Being at the heart of the EPI will help us continue giving the best possible advice and delivering our clients a world class service.

“I look forward to the challenges that sitting on the EPI Council will bring, and to helping shape the future of IP practice in Europe.”

For further details, please contact:
Liam Thompson

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