Patent protection experts questioned by Committee
30 October 2018
The EU Justice Sub-Committee holds the second of three evidence sessions on intellectual property (IP) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC)
Tuesday 30 October in Committee Room 3, Palace of Westminster
- Mr Kevin Mooney, Simmons & Simmons (and Chairman of the Committee tasked with drafting the Rules and Procedure of the Unified Patent Court)
- Mr Stephen Jones, President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA)
Topics for discussion and likely questions
This week, the EU Justice Sub-Committee, under the Chairmanship of Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws, continues its inquiry into the ramifications of Brexit for the future protection of intellectual property rights. The Committee will hear from leading experts, Kevin Mooney of Simmons & Simmons and Stephen Jones, President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, about EU based patent protection and the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Amongst many matters, the Committee is particularly looking forward to exploring the impact of Brexit on the UK’s participation in the UPC, a division of which is expected to be based in London.
Questions are likely to include:
- What is the relationship between the European Patent Convention, EU law and the Unified Patent Court (UPC)?
- Does Brexit pose any dangers to the broader protection of patent rights in the UK?
- What are the positive aspects of Brexit for the protection of patent rights in the UK?
- To what extent does Brexit create opportunities for reform of the UK's patent protection system?
- Ideally, what Brexit deal would you like to see the Government achieve for patent protection?
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