25 April 2016

What a Chemist Needs to Know About Patents 2016

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SCI's Young Chemists’ Panel

University of the Arts, London, UK

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Intellectual Property (IP) is one of the major outputs of all Research and Development (R&D) organisations, yet remains an area most scientists are unfamiliar with. SCI’s Young Chemists Panel in collaboration with UK-based patent and trademark attorneys and litigators, EIP, will hold this one-day workshop to introduce patent law and IP to those with a scientific background.
This event will bring together R&D and legal staff covering a broad spectrum of industries, the conference is particularly relevant to those who wish to learn more about patents and IP in their field. This highly successful event has proved popular with previous attendees and speakers alike as a chance to gain insight into the world of patents and IP from leading professionals in their field. 
SCI Members are able to claim CPD points for this event.

Day 1 - 25 April 2016

Registration and refreshments
What is a patent?, Dr Darren Smyth What is a patent, how do you get one, who owns it, how long does it take, how long does it last, what rights does it give you and what does it all mean?
Inventorship and ownership of patents, Dr Eifion Phillips Who should be included as an inventor of a patent? Issues relating to ownership of patents and the importance of inventorship and experimental records.
Patentability before the patent office, Dr Darren Smyth What is a patentable chemical invention? What are the requirements for patentability?
Refreshment Break
Patentability when you are in court, Dr Robert Lundie-Smith Litigation case studies of patent validity.
Patentability from a US perspective, Dr Eifion Phillips What is patentable in the U.S., and some of the standards for patentability. Examples will be presented. The effect of the America Invents Act will be discussed.
Patent filing strategies; a pharmaceutical industry perspective, Dr Peter Dolan Relative strengths of patents; strategies to cover your product’s unique selling point; how to decide which countries to seek protection; building a patent portfolio for optimum effect.
Patent specifications and chemical claims, Dr Darren Smyth How to read and interpret a patent specification. Patents as a source of information. Varieties of patent claims used in a chemical context. Timing of patent filings for optimising protection and value.
Infringement and enforcement, Dr Robert Lundie-Smith How to proceed when your patent is infringed - or you are accused of infringing. What constitutes patent infringement? Strategies to avoid infringement. Unitary Patent.
Refreshment Break
What a chemist needs to know about US patent litigation, Dr Eifion Phillips What happens when a patent is litigated in the US and how you can prepare now for when your patents are litigated. Discussion of the duty to disclose relevant information to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office when obtaining a U.S. patent.
Patent litigation; playing for the in-house team on offence and defence, Dr Peter Dolan Monitoring for infringement/ infringers; how your (written) past may come back to haunt you; procedures such as Saisie Contrefaçon; dealing with experts; testing for infringement; managing multi-country litigation
Panel Session
Drinks Reception
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Venue and Contact

272 High Holborn 

Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org

GB£140 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI Member 
GB£70 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI Student Member 
GB£100 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . SCI Subsidised Member* 
GB£185 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Non-Member

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Additional Info

Confirmed speakers include

  • Dr Peter Dolan, Merial Ltd
  • Dr Robert Lundie-Smith, EIP
  • Dr Eifion Phillips, Fish & Richardson
  • Dr Darren Smyth, EIP

Organising Committee

  • Dr Steven Twiddle, SCI/Pfizer Ltd
  • Mr Thomas Wheatley, SCI/AstraZeneca