Regional Meeting

Thursday 2 May

Scotland Regional Meeting 2024

When and where

Date and time

Start: Thursday 2 May 2024, 12:30 PM

End: Thursday 2 May 2024, 07:30 PM


YOTEL Edinburgh, 68-73 Queen St, Edinburgh, EH2 4NA

Event Overview

The Scotland Regional Meeting will be taking place on the 2 May 2024 at the Yotel Edinburgh.

Get ready to connect with fellow professionals at the Scotland 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  Scotland’s vibrant and dynamic community. Register now to secure your spot and be a part of the Scotland Regional Meeting!

Programme to be announced shortly.



Programme & Speakers

  • 12:30 - 13.30 - Registration & Networking Lunch
  • 13:30 - 13:40 - Introduction from the chair
  • 13:40 - 14:25 - Allies, Assumptions and Marie Antoinette
    Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive

    Andrea Brewster OBE, IP Inclusive

    Andrea is a Chartered Patent Attorney and a former CIPA President. In the past she has served on the Institute’s governing Council and several of its committees.

    Before her retirement she was a partner in a small regional IP practice, Greaves Brewster LLP, of which she had been a co-founder.

    Andrea established IP Inclusive in 2015 to promote equality, diversity, inclusion (EDI) and wellbeing throughout the UK’s IP professions. Alongside many enthusiastic volunteers, she has developed the initiative into a well-connected and influential player in the IP sector. She became its first Lead Executive Officer in 2019.


  • 14:25 - 15:10 - 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.

  • 15:10 - 15:40 - Refreshment Break
  • 15:40 - 16:25 - IPREG's transparency requirement
    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.

  • 16:25 - 17:10 - Patent Application Filing in .docx format - pros and cons
    Kevin J Fournier, Intellectual Property Legal Services Limited

    Kevin J Fournier, Intellectual Property Legal Services Limited

    Kevin Fournier is a European patent attorney and a US patent attorney, as well as a US qualified lawyer.  He was formally a USPTO Examiner, an outside IP counsel in the US, and an IBM IP lawyer/patent attorney for many years, where he developed considerable expertise in IP business transactions such as patent licensing, collaboration agreements and technology services/consulting agreements.  He is currently practising IP law in his own solo law firm, helping technology clients with a wide range of IP legal matters.

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

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