Friday 9 October

Brexit and IP: a legal update

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Start: Friday 9 October 2020, 02:00 PM

End: Friday 9 October 2020, 03:30 PM

Event Overview

Join our speakers who will be bringing together the various jigsaw pieces that together make up what happens to IP after the end of the transition period from a UK and EU perspective.  Included will be enforcement issues, retained EU law, the Withdrawal Agreement  and the NI Protocol, and some practical insights.




Emma Himsworth QC, One Essex Court

Emma Himsworth QC, One Essex Court

Emma Himsworth QC is a member of chambers at One Essex Court.  She specialises in all areas of intellectual property law and related aspects of competition and commercial law. Her practice encompasses court and advisory work.  Emma has a particular interest and expertise in matters involving trade marks and passing off. She sits as an Appointed Person, hearing appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks and also accepts appointments as Arbitrator.  On behalf of the Intellectual Property Bar Association Emma has extensively worked on addressing policy issues and requests for views on submissions on behalf of various professional bodies in relation to the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on IP law and practice and related matters with a particular focus on trade marks and designs.

Matt Cope, IPO

Matt Cope, IPO

Matt took over responsibility for the IP enforcement team at the UK IPO in May 2014, but has worked for the IPO for over 17 years. A Mechanical Engineer by training, Matt originally joined the IPO as a Patent Examiner before moving into areas including corporate strategy, copyright reform and digital and online issues before most recently moving to focus on IP Enforcement. As Deputy Director in charge of IP enforcement, Matt is responsible for several teams of policy staff, as well as outreach and education initiatives, legislative reform, and the IPO’s IP Crime Intelligence Hub.

James Porter, UK IPO

James Porter, UK IPO

James Porter works at the UK’s Intellectual Property Office as Deputy Director in the Policy and Legal Division.  He is head of the Legal Section and also a hearing officer in relation to patents matters.  James is responsible for UK patents legislation and practice, as well as having some wider responsibilities for IP legislative change.  He has led two Parliamentary teams taking Government Bills on IP through Parliament, and has recently been responsible for aspects of IP legislation connected to the UK’s exit from the EU.  He joined the Office as a patent examiner, following a PhD in condensed matter physics.


Gwilym Roberts, Honorary Secretary, CIPA

Gwilym Roberts, Honorary Secretary, CIPA

Gwilym Roberts advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO.

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