Regional Meeting

Thursday 23 May

Midlands Regional 2024

When and where

Date and time

Start: Thursday 23 May 2024, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 23 May 2024, 07:00 PM


Pentahotel, Ernest Street/Holloway Head, Birmingam, B1 1NS

Event Overview

The Midlands Regional Meeting will be taking place on the 23 May 2024 at the Pentahotel Birmingham

Get ready to connect with fellow professionals at the Midlands Regional Meeting. Discover exciting developments in IP, network with like-minded individuals, and gain valuable insights from our speakers.

Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of  Midland’s vibrant and dynamic community. Register now to secure your spot and be a part of the Midlands Regional Meeting!

Programme to be announced shortly.



Programme & Speakers

  • 13:30 - 13:40 - Introduction from the chair
  • 13:40 - 14:25 - A comparison of EP and US patent practice
    Sarah J. Rodriguez, Finnegan

    Sarah J. Rodriguez, Finnegan

    Sarah Rodriguez is qualified as a patent attorney in the United States, the United Kingdom, and in Europe. She works mainly on patent prosecution in electrical fields including circuit design, nanotechnology, semiconductor devices, medical devices, software applications, signal processing, mechanical structures, optical devices, and communications.

  • 14:25 - 15:10 - Patent Box – the corporation tax benefits arising from patents
    Caroline Hawkins, Cooper Parry

    Caroline Hawkins, Cooper Parry

    Caroline is a senior tax manager in the Innovation team at Cooper Parry, heading up the national Patent Box team. Caroline has over 27 years’ experience as a corporate tax adviser, specialising in R&D and Patent Box tax relief since 2012.

    Caroline acts for a wide variety of companies of all sizes and across all sectors. Having seen the significant commercial benefits arising for claimants of Patent Box relief, and the difference this can make to a company’s success, Caroline is committed to increasing awareness of Patent Box tax relief.

  • 15:10 - 15:40 - Refreshment Break
  • 15:40 - 16:25 - What to expect from IPO’s new patents service
    Simeon Bowen, IPO

    Simeon Bowen, IPO

    Simeon is Communications Lead for the One IPO Transformation Programme. He has worked in public sector communications for over 10 years, having previously worked in a variety of comms roles at the Office for National Statistics and UK Statistics Authority. Simeon joined IPO two years ago and acts as a key link between IPO developers and customers. In his spare time, Simeon is an avid gamer and a Tae Kwon-do instructor.

  • 16:25 - 17:10 - Protection of plant innovations
    Michael Roberts, Reddie & Grose

    Michael Roberts, Reddie & Grose

    Dr Michael Roberts is a Partner in the Cambridge office of Reddie & Grose. He joined the patent profession in 1999 and qualified as a European and Chartered Patent Attorney in 2003.

    Michael’s IP practice is focused in the life sciences fields, and includes biotechnology, microbiology, molecular biology, genetic engineering, immunology (including vaccines), enzymology, pharmaceuticals, medical instruments and plant protection (including plant variety rights).

    Before entering the patent profession, Michael gained extensive technical knowledge and experience whilst obtaining his PhD in molecular genetics at the University of St Andrews, followed by three years of postdoctoral research at the John Innes Centre, Norwich.

    Michael has acted for clients from around the world, including small and medium-sized companies, multinationals and universities. In addition to patent drafting and prosecution, he assists clients with due diligence and patent reports, notably for private or public fund raising, patent portfolio advice, and issues such as freedom to operate and patent validity.

  • 17:10 - 17:20 - Closing Remarks from the Chair
  • 17:20 - 19:00 - Drinks Reception with Canapes

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