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Joint LES & CIPA Conference - IP Portfolio & Strategy Building for Start-Ups & Spin-Outs

28 April 2016 13:30 to 17:00




13:30 - 17:00 (registration and lunch from 12:30)


The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London, W1G 0AE

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Registration Fees

LES / CIPA Members - £120.00

Student Members - £80.00

Non-members - £150.00

To mark World IP Day 2016, we are hosting a joint seminar on IP portfolio and strategy building for start-ups and spin-outs.  Our speakers will cover topics such as aligning an IP strategy with the overall business plan; pitfalls to avoid when creating an IP portfolio and tricks for making optimum use of limited early-stage resources; using IP informatics to shape tactics and positioning; what investors and commercial partners look for in an IP portfolio; special considerations for spin-outs; and how the new Unitary Patent and UPC will impact on licensing and other aspects of IP strategy.  We will include panel discussion sessions and opportunities for questions.

Registration includes a buffet lunch before the seminar, and an informal networking and drinks reception afterwards.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • Roger Ashby, Chairman, Sugru
  • Catriona Hammer, IP Consultant, formerly Senior IP Counsel at GE Healthcare
  • Charles Harding, D Young & Co
  • Annsley Merelle Ward, Bristows LLP
  • Carolyn Porter, Deputy Head of Technology Transfer, ISIS Innovation Ltd
  • Nigel Swycher, CEO, Aistemos



13:30 - 13:40   Introduction

13:40 - 15:10   Session 1

Chair:  Hayley French (Apitope International and President LES Britain & Ireland)


Catriona Hammer (CIPA Immediate Past President, ex GE healthcare) - IP Portfolio strategy for start-ups, spin-outs and other small companies

Carolyn Porter (ISIS Innovation) - TTO to University spin-out- Managing IP to maximise value

Roger Ashby (Chairman, Sugru)

15:10 - 15:30   Tea break

15:30 - 17:00   Session 2

Chair:  Andrea Brewster (CIPA President)


Nigel Swycher (CEO, Aistemos) - Competitive intelligence as the backbone to IP strategy

Annsley Merrelle Ward (Bristows LLP) - UPC Update:  Key strategy considerations from invention to exploitation

Charles Harding (Partner, D Young & Co) - The role of the patent attorney in IP strategy

17:00 - 18:00   Drinks reception




Sponsorship packages are still available - contact 01355 244966 or for more details


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