The Intellectual Property Conference at Scots Law 2023
The Continued Expansion of IP
£195 + VAT (member) / £245 + VAT (non-member)
We We are delighted to be returning to Murrayfield Stadium for the next in our Scots Law 2023 Conference Series, exclusively available to delegates in person on the day.
As intellectual property develops rapidly, so does the legal system required to give effect to client innovation. Chaired by leading IP Lawyer Colin Hulme of Burness Paull, our 2023 Conference will provide delegates with the opportunity to not only understand the impact of the key decisions reached in a variety of courts over the past 12 months, but also gain an understanding of where the law needs to keep pace with client developments.
An expert panel of speakers will join Colin, including Neeraj Thomas of CMS, David Woods from Pinsent Masons, Usman Tariq of Ampersand Advocates, Shepherd & Wedderburn's Joanna Boag-Thomson, Hazel Moffat of Burness Paull, Mandy Deeley of Cirrus Logic and Andrew McWhirter from Axiom Advocates.
Questions to be considered will include:
how do you navigate the IP challenges of artificial intelligence?
what have we learned from the new United Patent Court and what might we expect to see in the coming months?
how do you avoid IP licence ‘elephant traps’?
how do you appeal a decision in the UKIPO?
how can the risk of loss or misappropriation of intellectual property rights be reduced?
how can brands tackle the thorny issue of copycat products?
what are the trends being seen from recent IP cases in the Scottish courts?
What's being covered?
Artificial Intelligence – navigating the IP challenges
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a transformative technology, which is revolutionising many areas of our lives. The potential for AI to improve our lives is vast. But of course, there is another side of this coin. One of the challenges is the ability of intellectual property law to keep up with the pace of AI. We do not yet know who owns copyright in the output from generative AI nor whether or not copyright is infringed during the act of creating that output. The question of whether or not an AI “inventor” can be awarded patents for their inventions remains unanswered. This presentation will provide an update on this topic and hope to provide some answers to these questions.
Colin Hulme, Burness Paull
Six months of the Unified Patent Court: a new era in patent law
The long awaited Unified Patent Court (UPC) began operating this year. Whether defending existing markets or looking to access new markets, the UPC offers a new route for businesses to achieve their commercial objectives. This session will provide an overview of the UPC’s operation to date; the first cases making their way through the new court; what opportunities the UPC model offers; and what we might expect to see in the coming months.
David Woods, Pinsent Masons
Top tips for IP licences
This session will cover the basics of IP licensing, with a focus on some common “elephant traps” and how to avoid them.
Joanna Boag-Thomson, Shepherd & Wedderburn
IP Copycats – key considerations, practical advice and case studies
The issue of IP copycats has never been more relevant. Every month there seems to be a new brand holder who raises an objection claiming a supermarket or other retailer’s “own brand” product has sailed too close to the wind in terms of copying. This session will provide an overview of the main issues to be aware of in this area, some practical tips brands can take when trying to tackle the thorny issue of copycat products as well as an overview of the main cases which have arisen in the last few years.
Neeraj Thomas, CMS
Cybersecurity and IP
Hazel Moffat, Burness Paull
Protecting IP– an in-house perspective
When intellectual property is fundamental to the success of a business, how can the risk of loss or misappropriation of rights be reduced? This session will look from an in-house perspective at the importance of patent, copyright, trade mark and confidential information/trade secret laws in protecting intellectual property rights.
Mandy Deeley, Cirrus Logic
Appealing a decision of the UKIPO: forum, strategy and challenges
This session will examine the options available for appealing a decision of a UKIPO Hearing Officer in a trade mark case. The presentation will focus on when it might be appropriate to appeal a decision, where to appeal to and what tests are applied in deciding whether the Hearing Officer made the right decision.
Andrew McWhirter, Axiom Advocates
IP case-law update
This presentation will provide an overview of recent IP cases in the Scottish courts and the trends seen in the Scottish courts. The presentation will also discuss a selection of cases from the English courts.