The Intellectual Property Conference at Scots Law 2022
The Diverse Application of IP in 2022
EARLY BIRD OFFER, BOOK ON OR BEFORE 12 AUGUST
£160 + VAT (member) / £200 + VAT (non-member)*
The diversity and breadth of intellectual property has been drawn sharply into focus over the past year with a number of key developments.
Chaired by Colin Hulme, the head of Burness Paull’s Dispute IP team and the only Scottish litigator ranked in Band 1 for IP by Chambers and also in the Legal 500 “Hall of Fame”, our comprehensive new online Intellectual Property Conference will reflect this breadth and give you the opportunity to learn from and discuss key issues with our panel of leading IP experts. The IPO will also provide an important session on the UK Government approach to tackling IP crime.
Trade secrets and confidentiality, a Scottish perspective on IP disputes, brand management, getting the most from your external counsel, IP in the energy sector and a round-up of the recent copyright cases are just some of the topics to be covered.
*All bookings received ahead of publication of the full conference programme on 15th August can take advantage of our Early Bird rate of £160 + VAT for members and £200 + VAT for non-members. To obtain this discount simply add the code SCOT25 during checkout when you book online, email email@example.com call 0141 225 6700.
Questions to be considered will include:
what is the UK Government’s strategy for tackling intellectual property crime?
what are the practical issues important to rights holder clients when considering enforcing their rights?
how and why are trade secrets and confidential information protected and enforced in the UK?
what role can you play in managing IP effectively?
how do you get the most from your external counsel?
what is the role of IP rights across all aspects of energy?
what unites Ed Sheeran, Del Boy and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex?
We look forward to welcoming you to this important online conference.
What's being covered?
The UK Government approach to tackling intellectual property crime
Earlier this year, the government published its five-year strategy for tackling intellectual property crime – the IP Counter-Infringement Strategy 2022-27. This presentation will take you through the strategy, how it will help tackle counterfeiting and piracy, and achievements so far. The presentation will also briefly touch upon other current workstreams at the Intellectual Property Office.
Rhys Hurley, Intellectual Property Office
IP disputes in the UK – a Scottish perspective
A discussion of the benefits and drawbacks of resolving disputes in Edinburgh and London. In this presentation we will discuss the practical issues important to rights holder clients when considering enforcing their rights: pre-action requirements, effectiveness, timescales, costs, prospects, tactical considerations and expertise of solicitors, the Bar and the Bench.
Colin Hulme, Burness Paull
Protect the Crown Jewels - Trade Secrets and Confidentiality – An overview on how and why trade secrets and confidential information are protected and enforced in the UK
Intangible assets, which include a company’s confidential information and trade secrets, are often among the most important assets a business has. As such, protecting these “crown jewels” has never been more important”. This session will provide an overview of how trade secrets and confidential information are protected in the UK (both from a legislative and common law) perspective. The session will also cover how instances of misuse/misappropriation can occur and underline the importance of seeking to prevent such issues occurring in the first place. Finally, the session will cover an overview of the legal remedies open to those who suffer misuse/misappropriation and will look at some recent cases where some of these issues have played out.
Neeraj Thomas, CMS
IP portfolio management – an in-house perspective
This session will examine some of the challenges and trends that impact global IP portfolio management from innovation to enforcement. In addition, it will look at the key roles that business, in-house counsel and external counsel play in managing IP effectively.
Shona Tennant, William Grant & Sons
Building the Team: How to get the most from your external counsel
The Scotch Whisky Association works with a network of law firms in well over 100 countries across 6 continents. Much of its success in protecting Scotch Whisky depends on building and maintaining these relationships. Drawing on over 20 years of experience, Lindesay Low will share what he has learned about finding the right lawyers, what an IPR owner values from its advisers and successful methods of working. Whether you are looking to engage external law firms, or whether you are a law firm looking to represent your international clients in the best way that you can, this should be of interest to you.
Lindesay Low, Scotch Whisky Association
Copyright case-law update – Del Boy, Ed Sheeran, Meghan, Duchess of Sussex and more!
What unites Ed Sheeran, Del Boy and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex? All these people, real or fictional, have been at the heart of some of the most interesting and high-profile cases of recent times involving copyright law. This presentation will cover some of the leading copyright cases in the UK of the past year. As Del Boy would say, lovely jubbly!
Usman Tariq, Ampersand Advocates
IP in the Energy Sector
Following an overview of the energy sector, the role of IP rights across all aspects of energy will be considered with a deeper dive into managing IP in R&D collaborations and joint ventures and a look at energy ventures: the drivers of strategic investors, IP due diligence, information rights and licensing.