Published: 12, May 2016
Tony Rollins has been elected as President of CIPA. He succeeded Andrea Brewster at the Institute’s 134th Annual General Meeting last night.
Tony said: “In my Presidency, I feel it is important to build on what has been achieved in the past few years by continuing to work effectively for our members, particularly in relation to policy initiatives and education. We need to liaise closely with the UK IPO, for example, on patent harmonization, and continue to develop our relationships with the EPO and WIPO. We should ensure that CIPA is an organisation that is always consulted on new policy matters.
We need to provide our members with training on the implications of the new Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) and start work on an advanced Administrators course.
The Unitary Patent and the UPC are opportunities for the UK profession to demonstrate the excellence of the services they offer clients. CIPA, particularly the Litigation Committee, has worked hard to ensure that its members can represent their clients before the new court. We now need to ensure that CIPA equips its members with enough information so that they can benefit from the opportunities and overcome any challenges the new system may throw up.”
Tony is a highly experienced patent attorney and was former Managing Counsel for European Patents at Merck Sharp & Dohme. He will work with Vice-President Stephen Jones, Consultant at Baker and McKenzie and Council Member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property UK (AIPPI UK).