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CIPA “strengthens links with America” via successful roadshows


The Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) has said the success of its roadshows in the United States (US) has strengthened the institute’s links with America – so much so that CIPA has been asked to return to the US in 2020.


The UK delegation was led by CIPA President Julia Florence and Past President Tony Rollins and included Patents Court Judge Sir Colin Birss, CITMA President Tania Clark and Vice-President Richard Goddard, as well as senior UKIPO officials.


The roadshows comprised all-day seminars supported by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) in Washington, Boston and Palo Alto.


US delegates heard about the impact of Brexit on patents, trade marks and designs, as well as comparisons between the US and UK IP litigation systems, insights into filing at the European Patent Office, the patentability of artificial intelligence (AI) in Europe – and modernisation programmes at the UKIPO and USPTO.


CIPA’s main message was that European patent work would be unaffected by Brexit. CIPA showed delegates a video on the subject.


Sir Colin was joined in Washington by retired Federal Circuit Judge Paul Michel – and in Boston by Chief District Court Judge Patti Saris of Massachusetts.


Sir Colin explained the benefits of litigating at the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC) for smaller companies – including the cap on costs and fast-track procedures.


In Palo Alto, CIPA was joined by senior in-house litigators Laurie Hill and Rebecca Grant of biotech giant Genentech, as well as Catherine Maresh of Immersion Corp – and partner and co-head of Bird and Bird’s San Francisco office, Nick Aries – for a panel exploring best practice in international IP litigation strategy.


CIPA said that all panel sessions were “well received, with our AIPLA moderators doing a fantastic job”.


In Palo Alto, two moderators travelled in from Chicago and Texas – and delegates were joined in the audience by award-winning entrepreneur, Patrick O’Neill, who invented the iPhone’s removable lens, the Olloclip.


CIPA extended its thanks to the many speakers for the UK delegation, who helped make the roadshows such a success.


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