On November 29th, ClearViewIP’s MD, Jon Calvert, was invited to participate on a panel discussing ‘Best Practices: Investor and Venture Capital Perspectives.’ The event was the London International Series 2012 ‘Quality, Efficiency and Change: Best Practices in Today’s Global IP, Trade and Procurement Community’, hosted by Bench & Bar Charitable and Educational Fund – The Federal Circuit Association.
The event was attended and presided over by some of the biggest names in the Legal IP Community including Chief Judge Randall Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Sir Robin Jacob, Chair of IP Law at UCL, and David Kappos, for whom this may sadly be one of the last events he attends as Head of the USPTO, having announced just a day before the event that he will be stepping down in January.
Jon’s panel, despite being post-lunch, was very interactive with a strong focus on SMEs. In particular there was a focus on the expense and challenges in accessing intellectual property legal redress. Jon’s stance, countered by Sir Robin Jacob, was that the bar is currently set too high: although the UK Patents County Court offering is now coming into its own as an alternative platform to the Patents Court, it still does not level the playing field for an SME looking to square up against a wealthy Goliath.
Jon was joined on the panel by Edward Griffiths, Partner of DLA Piper and Richard Buttrick, IP Consultant at RB Intellectual Property, with Nicholas Groombridge, Partner at Paul, Weiss, moderating. Discussions were wide ranging around current key areas in IP, both national and international, such as: the UK’s introduction and implementation of The Patent Box regime, offering lower rates of Corporation Tax on eligible patents; David Rosenberg, Industry Affairs Manager, Corporate IP at GlaxoSmithKline, had some interesting observations on the proposed European Unitary Patent Court, whilst internationally, discussion was centred around the US patent system and how the discovery process has lost its way, rarely finding evidence that sways the outcome of a litigation case, but incurring massive costs and substantial delays in getting to a court decision.
Overall, the event was well attended by influential industry leaders, allowing for informed and passionate debates on the hottest topics affecting the intellectual property industry today.