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SCI Members invited to join the 2015 CIPA Annual Debate

Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys

2 Oct 2015

We are pleased to share details of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys’ (CIPA) Annual Debate.

This year CIPA turns its attention to disruptive technologies in the fields of science and engineering, in particular artificial intelligence (AI) and the likely consequences for intellectual property rights.

The debate will be held at 6.45 pm on Monday 2 November 2015 in London at the Science Museum’s IMAX Theatre. Tom Clarke, Science Editor of Channel4 News, will chair a panel of four speakers in front of an invited audience and the debate will be broadcast live on the web.

The panel will address the proposition that ‘this House believes it is inevitable that, within 25 years, a patent will be filed and granted without human intervention.’

Speaking for the proposition will be Chrissie Lightfoot, lawyer, entrepreneur, AI commentator, futurist and author of Tomorrow's Naked Lawyer: New Tech, New Human, New Law and Calum Chace,  author of the AI novel Pandora’s Brain and the soon-to-be-published non-fiction book, Surviving AI.

Speaking against the proposition will be Nigel Hanley, a Senior Patent Examiner at the Intellectual Property Office and Patent Attorney Ilya Kazi, a partner at leading intellectual property firm Mathys & Squire.

SCI Members are invited to attend the debate. Please book using the link below before 30 October 2015.

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