Monday 29 April

UK patent drafting and litigation – myth, legend & reality

When and where

Date and time

Start: Monday 29 April 2024, 05:00 PM

End: Monday 29 April 2024, 07:00 PM


Chemistry & Industry, 14-15 Belgrave Square, London, SW1X 8PS

Event Overview

Is there a disconnect between drafting a patent for grant and litigating a patent?

Should patent attorneys think more about potential future litigation when drafting patents? Should litigators know more about the patent drafting process? What makes a patent easy to defend or easy to attack? Who better to ask than the UK’s leading IP Judges? Join us as we meet with an expert panel of Judges, for an hour session, to look at patent litigation from the perspective of the judiciary. This promises to be a fascinating insight into patent litigation, followed by a drinks reception for an opportunity to network and socialise.


This event is now fully booked, please contact [email protected] to be added the waiting list.




The Hon. Mr Justice Mellor

The Hon. Mr Justice Mellor

James Mellor read engineering and then production engineering at King’s College Cambridge, with spells of work in Somalia, the Congo, Germany, France and Iraq before returning to King’s in 1984/5 to do the six core subjects in law.  He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in June 1986.  After pupillage with Michael Briggs and John Baldwin, he secured a tenancy in the IP Chambers of Thomas Blanco-White QC, then at Francis Taylor Building.  Chambers moved to 8, New Square, Lincoln’s Inn in 1992.  James took silk in 2006 and became Head of Chambers in March 2018.  He was appointed an Appointed Person for Trade Marks and Designs in 2015, a Deputy High Court Judge in 2020 and to the High Court bench on 8th February 2021, being sworn in online, as one of the specialist Judges in the Patents Court.  James is currently the Judge in charge of the Shorter Trials Scheme.

Outside work, James is a keen windsurfer, skier and mountain biker, with his three sons only being interested in the latter two sports.

His Honour Judge Hacon

His Honour Judge Hacon

His Honour Judge Hacon was called to the Bar on in 1979. He has been the Presiding Judge of the IPEC from its creation in 2013.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Arnold

The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Arnold

Lord Justice Arnold was born in Chelmsford and spent his childhood in North London. Educated at Highgate School he then read Chemistry before training as a barrister, specialising in intellectual property law and allied fields, particularly entertainment and media law and ICT law.

Called to the Bar in 1985, he was appointed to the High Court, Chancery Division in October 2008 and was appointed to be Judge in Charge of the Patents Court in April 2013. In March 2016 he was appointed as an External Member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

As a judge he has continued to specialise in intellectual property and in 2017 was made an honorary Doctor of Law by the University of Westminster. Outside his judicial role, he enjoys cooking, walking in Suffolk and watching cricket. He has contributed to a number of publications, including as the author of Performers’ Rights (5th ed, Sweet & Maxwell, 2015), the editor of the Halsbury’s Laws of England title Trade Marks and Trade Names (5th ed, Butterworths, 2014) and acted as editor of Entertainment and Media Law Reports from 1993 to 2004 inclusive.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Birss

The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice Birss

Lord Justice Colin Birss was called to the Bar in 1990 and practised in intellectual property law. He was Standing Counsel for the Comptroller 2003-2008. In 2008 he took silk and also became Deputy Chair of the Copyright Tribunal. In 2010 he was appointed as a Specialist Circuit Judge sitting in the Patents County Court (now IPEC). In 2013 he was appointed to the High Court, Chancery Division. He served as Supervising Judge for the Business and Property Courts on the Midlands, Western and Wales Circuits from 2017-2019 and in 2019 became Judge in Charge of the Patents Court.

He is an independent judicial member of the EPO Boards of Appeal Committee, serves on the Advisory Board of Judges for the WIPO Judicial Institute, is General Editor of Terrell on the Law of Patents, and is a Council member of the UK Foundation for Science and Technology.

He was appointed a Lord Justice of Appeal on 25 January 2021 and Deputy Head of Civil Justice from 11 January 2021.

Daniel Alexander KC

Daniel Alexander KC

Daniel Alexander KC is a highly-regarded advocate, focusing on IP disputes of international significance in a wide range of technologies and industries. He has been lead counsel in a number of defining cases in electronics, pharmaceuticals, biophysics and biotechnology, as well as some of the leading trade mark and media disputes. He has a broad practice, focussing on intellectual property but extending to contractual cases, IT, media/entertainment law and a range of international disputes. He is rated in the top band of silks in IP in legal directories.

Daniel also sits part-time as a judge (High Court, Chancery Division and Patents Court and as an Appointed Person). He sits as an arbitrator, including as chair, under various rules. He is also a member of the Football Association Premier League appeals panel. In his judicial/arbitral capacities he has written over 80 decisions, of which a number are reported, on IP law/procedure, competition, commercial, regulatory, real property and sports law.

The Hon. Mr Justice Meade

The Hon. Mr Justice Meade

Sir Richard Meade was called by Lincoln’s Inn in 1991. He became a Recorder in 2009 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2011, and has sat as a Deputy in the Chancery Division and the Patents Court since then. He started as a High Court Judge in September 2020.

The event has been added to your basket:

UK patent drafting and litigation – myth, legend & reality

Proceed to basket

Shopping Basket

No products in the cart.

Are you a CIPA member?

Sign in to your account to register for the event

Forgotten password?

If you are not yet registered or a member of CIPA, please register here

Skip to content