3 April 2014

What a chemist needs to know about patents

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SCI's Young Chemists' Panel

University of the Arts, London, UK

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The history of patents and patent laws is generally considered to have started with a Statute of 1474 issued by the Republic of Venice, Italy. This decreed that new and inventive devices, once they had been put into practice, had to be communicated to the Republic in order to obtain legal protection against potential infringers.

The modern definition of a patent is:
‘A form of intellectual property consisting of a set of exclusive rights granted by a sovereign state to an inventor or their assignee for a limited period of time in exchange for the public disclosure of an invention’

Intellectual Property (IP) is now one of the major outputs of all Research and Development (R&D) organisations, yet for most scientists it remains an area shrouded in mystery and misunderstanding. To debunk the myths, the SCI Young Chemists Group in collaboration with UK-based patent and trademark attorneys and litigators, EIP will hold a one-day workshop in London on 3 April 2014 entitled ‘What a chemist needs to know about patents’.

The workshop will feature modules presented by representatives from some of the world’s leading Patent Attorneys and chemical companies including EIP, Fish & Richardson and Unilever. A full spectrum of patent activities will be covered including what makes inventions patentable, the drafting of patents and patent specifications, infringement and endorsement and even how to determine the value of your patent portfolio. There will also be a ‘rough guide’ on how to deal with IP issues arising during third-party negotiations. Showcasing how to read and understand patents, the legal frameworks under which patents are filed and granted and the key factors which must be included for a patent to be valid, the sessions will be interactive, requiring input from the audience and designed to prompt group discussion.

The day will conclude with a case study exploring a real Unilever patent case, followed by a Q&A session which in the past has served to further confirm the interest and enthusiasm for this topic.  The lunch, refreshment break and a wine reception after the close of the conference will also provide plenty of opportunity for the exchange of ideas and discussions with speakers and fellow attendees.

Aimed at R&D and legal staff covering a broad spectrum of industries, the conference is particularly relevant for those who wish to learn more about patents and IP within their area. This highly successful event has proved popular with previous attendees and speakers alike.


Day 1

Registration and refreshments
What is a patent?
Darren Smyth, Partner, Patent Attorney, EIP
The commercial value of patents
Peter Elliott, Patent Attorney Litigator, Unilever PLC
Inventorship and ownership of patents
Eifion Phillips, U.S. Patent Attorney, Fish & Richardson
Patentability - before the patent office
Darren Smyth, Partner, Patent Attorney, EIP
Patentability - when you are in court
Robert Lundie Smith, Solicitor Advocate, EIP
Patentability - from a US perspective
Eifion Phillips, U.S. Patent Attorney, Fish & Richardson
Patent specifications and chemical claims
Darren Smyth, Partner, Patent Attorney, EIP
Infringement and Enforcement
Robert Lundie Smith, Solicitor Advocate, EIP
What a chemist needs to know about U.S. patent litigation and the duty of "candour"
Eifion Phillips, U.S. Patent Attorney, Fish & Richardson
Case study - running into third party patents
Peter Elliott, Patent Attorney Litigator, Unilever PLC
Question and answer session
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Venue and Contact


University of the Arts
272 High Holborn
London, WC1V 7EY


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

Early Bird Rate - before 21 February 2014

GB£120. . . . . . . . . SCI Member
GB£40 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student Member
GB£80 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Subsidised Member
GB£160. . . . . . . . . Non Member 

Standard Rate - after 21 February 2014

GB£140. . . . . . . . . SCI Member
GB£45 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Student Member
GB£90 . . . . . . . . . .SCI Subsidised Member
GB£185 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

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Exhibition and Sponsorship

An exhibition will take place alongside the conference for companies and related organisations who may wish to exhibit. Please email conferences@soci.org for further information and prices. Spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.