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Marks & Clerk hosts the inaugural Cambridge IP Summit 2018

31 October 2018

Tuesday 16th October saw the hosting of the inaugural Cambridge Intellectual Property (IP) Summit at the Tamburlaine Hotel. The event, hosted by IP firm Marks & Clerk, brought together more than 90 delegates from organisations in Cambridge and beyond, to discuss the big issues in the world of IP.

Of particular focus, and reflecting the dynamic economy of Cambridgeshire, was the life sciences and the software sectors. With patent applications in the field of AI having doubled in the last decade and the life-science sector worth an estimated £70 billion to UK plc, the debate at the IP Summit wasn’t just academic.

Amongst the speakers at the event were Jeremiah Frueauf and Nirav Desai of US IP firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox; Chris Davie, executive director at local life-sciences leader Mundipharma; Mike Banach, technical director of FlexEnable and Professor Sir Richard Friend.

Of particular interest was new guidance from the European Patent Office (EPO) on the patentability of AI. Dr Philip Martin of Marks & Clerk discussed the new guidance, alongside delegates from the Nicolas Douarche from the EPO.

Pia Bjork, director of the European Patent Office, said of the event:

“Congratulations to the organisers of this IP summit. There was something for everyone in the programme that contained a very balanced mixture of presentations and well-moderated panel discussions.

“The many concrete examples, best practices and honest answers on “how it really is” was a very effective way in raising awareness for IP and its advantages and challenges.

“Cambridge is a perfect setting for such an event that gathered a range of IP professionals, established researchers, start-ups, investors and patent office staff. I am certainly looking forward to the next one!”

Kirsteen Gordon, a Partner at Marks & Clerk’s Cambridge office said: “Cambridge remains a global innovation hot-spot and it was great to be able to bring so many leading businesses and experts together for this event.

“The current pace of technological change is remarkable and it’s important that IP law keeps up. Conversations like the ones we had at the Cambridge IP Summit are therefore important in terms of getting businesses together with the EPO to discuss the major innovations of our time and how they can be protected with IP.”

For further details, please contact:
Bella Parke

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