02 May 2006

Dispute Resolution: ADR and Arbitration of IP Disputes

Free Seminar: BPP Law School, Leeds
Wednesday, 10 May 2006 14:00 - 17:00

On 3 April 2006 the UK Patent Office announced a new mediation service for the resolution of intellectual property disputes. That announcement followed hard on the implementation of s.74A and s.74B of the Patents Act 1977 providing for advisory opinions on the validity and infringement of patents.

These initiatives indicate determination on the part of HM government that to do something about the scandal that England and Wales is one of most expensive places in the developed world to enforce intellectual property rights. This scandal is one of the reasons why the UK trails not just the USA, Japan, Germany and France in the number of European patent applications every year but even the Netherlands.

Things are about to change and if you want to learn about these changes the best opportunity is to attend a free IPCEX seminar at BPP Law School, 2 Whitehall Quays, Leeds LS1 4HG on Wednesday 10 May 2006 at 14:00.

We have top speakers for this event: Ignacio de Castro Head - Information and External Relations Section of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre in Geneva, Peter Back of the Patent Office and our very own Sara Ludlam of Keeble Hawson.

If you are really serious about intellectual property you will come. This seminar won't be repeated - at least not in the North and probably not in London. It is worth travelling up from London, down from Edinburgh, certainly over the Pennines and even catching a plane to attend. It is worth re-arranging and even cancelling appointments. Your clients will be much happier to know that you are up to date on this seismic change in IP dispute resolution than chatting to them about the cost of legal services. So no excuses. Be there.

Call +44 (0)870 990 5081 or email seminars@ipcex.org.uk quoting "10 May 2006" to reserve your place.

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