20Oct
Regional Meeting

Thursday 20 October

Manchester Meeting 2022

When and where

Date and time

Start: Thursday 20 October 2022, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 20 October 2022, 05:30 PM

Location

Innside By Melia, Inside By Melia, 1 First Street, Manchester, M15 4RP

Event Overview

The Manchester Meeting will be taking place on the 20th of October at INNSIDE by Meliá Manchester.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to listen to key talks by our speakers and network with members in the Merseyside area!

The safety of our members here at CIPA is paramount therefore we have created a COVID-19 Policy for in person events. At all in person events the venues we have carefully chosen will have increased cleaning including sanitizing stations, along with increased ventilation. Lastly, we advise any delegates who are feeling unwell not to attend an in person event. Thank you for your cooperation and on going support.

Audience

Members, Non Members

Programme & Speakers

Thursday 20th October 2022

  • 12.30-13:30 - Registration & Networking lunch
  • 13:30-13:40 - Introduction from the Chair
    Speakers
    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt has been a member of CIPA Council for over 15 years. During this time, he has focused particularly on business practice and regulatory issues, especially consulting vigorously with IPREG on the issues of client accounts and anti-money laundering regulation with the ultimate aim of achieving clarity and simplicity for members. He has been a regular speaker to CIPA new entrants on commercial matters. In his own business career, he has been a partner at Dehns in both Munich and London, a director and founder of the London office of IP21 and a partner, London office head and head of the engineering group at HGF. He now has a role of counsel at Cranach, a brand-new patent attorney firm based primarily in Aberdeen.  In 2023, Matt served as the Vice President of CIPA and assumed the role of President in 2024.

  • 13:40 -14:25 - EPO opposition v/ UPC revocation action
    Speakers
    Eskil Waage, EPO

    Eskil Waage, EPO

    Eskil Waage (mr), born 26.9.1968 in Copenhagen, Denmark

    cand. jur. 1995 (Copenhagen University), docteur en droit 1998 (Université de Strasbourg)

    Assistant of Professor Dr Dieter Stauder, CEIPI, Strasbourg, 1994-1998

    Staff lawyer at the European Patent Office’s Directorate for International Legal Affairs (DG5), Munich, 1998-2008 and again 2012-to date

    Seconded expert at the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Internal Market, Industrial Property Unit, Brussels, 2008-2011

    Main fields of activity:

    –        preparatory work for the revision of the EPC (1998-2002)

    –        draft European Patent Litigation Agreement (2003-2005)

    –        action in favour of the London Agreement on translation of European patents (2006-2008)

    –        contribution to the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court projects (2008-to date)

    –        in charge of the SACEPO Secretariat (Standing advisory committees of user representatives before the EPO)

  • 14:25 - 15:10 - IPO Places & Levelling up Policy, Engagement in Greater Manchester & One IPO Transformation
    Speakers
    Peter Slater, IPO

    Peter Slater, IPO

    Peter has 32 years of experience working in the UKIPO during which he has been Deputy Director, Head of Examination in the field of Telecommunications, a Tribunal Hearing Officer and Head of Patent Information and Commercial Search Services. Peter is recognised as an expert in patent search and classification. He has previously held the post of Deputy Chairman of WIPO’s IPC Committee of Experts and has been responsible for the introduction of EPOQUENET and the Co-operative Patent Classification (CPC) here at the UKIPO. Peter is currently one of four Service Owners on our programme of digital transformation where he is most recently lead a project to introduce a new cross rights online renewal service. As Head of Business Support and IT Services, his previous achievements include the delivery of an integrated document management system, a successful mainframe migration and implementation of the Federated Register. Peter is a qualified Programme Manager with experience of contract negotiations and working with 3rd party suppliers to deliver IT solutions. He is currently Deputy Chairman of the EPO’s Technical and Operational Support Committee (TOSC) and has played a lead role in European Co-operation since 2006.

  • 15:10 -15:30 - Refreshment Break
  • 15:30 - 16:15 - Decisions of the Boards of Appeal: 2022
    Speakers
    Parminder Lally, Appleyard Lees

    Parminder Lally, Appleyard Lees

    Parminder is a UK and European patent attorney and a Partner at Appleyard Lees. She joined the patent profession in 2011 and specialises in drafting and prosecuting patent applications for computer-implemented inventions, including AI.

    Parminder is currently a member of CIPA Council, the Chair of CIPA’s Education Committee (EdCom) and on CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee. Parminder is particularly passionate about ensuring student members have access to training and learning opportunities, and support, wherever they work or are based. In her spare time, she writes her brAIn blog and tries to grow her own veg

    Howard Read, Appleyard Lees

    Howard Read, Appleyard Lees

    Howard worked extensively both in industry on new products and in the academic sector before retraining as a patent attorney in 2014. Howard not only appreciates the business value derivable from intellectual property but also the business cost due to the intellectual property of others.

    Howard is particularly keen on developments in legislation and case law and regularly represents before the Opposition Divisions and Boards of Appeal.

    As well as a BA (Hons) and MA in Natural Sciences, Howard also has a PhD in metallurgy. In addition, Howard has a BSc (Hons) in Technology, a MSc in Computing and a LLM in Intellectual Property Law.

    Howard is a Partner at Appleyard Lees and has recently relocated from Manchester back to Cambridge. A member of the CIPA International Liaison Committee and of FICPI-UK Council, Howard promotes UK patent attorneys globally.

  • 16:15 - 17:00 CIPA Talk
    Speakers
    Neil Lampert, Deputy Chief Executive, CIPA

    Neil Lampert, Deputy Chief Executive, CIPA

    As Deputy Chief Executive, Neil is responsible for CIPA’s stakeholder management at home and overseas, as well as public affairs, public relations and all external and internal communications. In 2018 Neil won the Memcom award for Outstanding Achiever in a Membership or Marketing Team in recognition of his use of stakeholder engagement to build advocacy and spread CIPA’s key post-Brexit messages globally.

    He joined CIPA from the Probation Association, the national membership body for the Probation Trusts of England and Wales. As the Association’s PR and Communications Manager he held the most senior communications position in the probation service outside of Government, briefing politicians and managing national media appearances by senior probation chiefs.

    A journalist by trade, Neil spent many years running newsrooms in newspaper and radio environments. He also managed teams in a city PR agency.

    He is a keen cyclist, a long-suffering Arsenal fan and music geek.

  • 17:00 - 17:10 Closing remarks from the Chair
    Speakers
    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt has been a member of CIPA Council for over 15 years. During this time, he has focused particularly on business practice and regulatory issues, especially consulting vigorously with IPREG on the issues of client accounts and anti-money laundering regulation with the ultimate aim of achieving clarity and simplicity for members. He has been a regular speaker to CIPA new entrants on commercial matters. In his own business career, he has been a partner at Dehns in both Munich and London, a director and founder of the London office of IP21 and a partner, London office head and head of the engineering group at HGF. He now has a role of counsel at Cranach, a brand-new patent attorney firm based primarily in Aberdeen.  In 2023, Matt served as the Vice President of CIPA and assumed the role of President in 2024.

  • 17:10 – 19:00 Drinks reception with canapés

Sponsors

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