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Sir Colin Birss, Judge at the Patents Court


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Stephen Jones, CIPA President




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Julia Florence, CIPA Vice President

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Chris Mercer, CIPA Honarary Secretary





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John Bambridge, European Patent Office




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Nigel Swycher, Aistemos



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Alasdair Poore, Mills & Reeve LLP




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Dr Ludmila Striukova, SKEMA Business School


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Belinda Gascoyne, IBM Europe


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Sean Dennehey CBE, Consultant 



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Ettie-Ann Alder, Ericsson


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Max Olofsson, Avanci




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David Musker, Maucher Jenkins



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Simon Wright, J A Kemp







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Alexandra Brodie, Gowling WLG






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Jonathan Sage, IBM




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Matthew Critten, Abel & Imray

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David Humphries MBE, IPO

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Alexandra Jones, Victoria and Albert Museum


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Thierry Rayna, École Polytechnique 

Sir Colin Birss

Sir Colin Birss is a judge of the High Court of England and Wales.  He was called to the English Bar in 1990 and practiced in intellectual property law.  He was appointed Standing Counsel for the Comptroller 2003-2008 and took silk in 2008.  In 2010 he left the Bar to become the new judge of the Patents County Court and Chairman of the UK Copyright Tribunal.  His appointment to the Patents County Court (now Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)) coincided with the introduction of major procedural reforms.  In 2013 Colin Birss was appointed to the High Court.  He sits in the Chancery Division and is one of the judges nominated to sit in the Patents Court.  He is also General Editor of Terrell on the Law of Patents.


Stephen Jones, CIPA President

Stephen is the current President of CIPA and was formerly editor for 15 years of the CIPA Guide to the Patents Acts. He is a UK and European patent attorney and trade mark attorney. He is also an accredited mediator and a solicitor-advocate. During a career spanning nearly 40 years he has has practised with major international law firms, with one of the leading UK patent attorney firms and in house at a major industrial company. Stephen was most recently a partner and then consultant at Baker & McKenzie where he worked for 17 years. He is a visiting professor at the University of Law (formerly the College of Law), a visiting lecturer at University College London and tutor on the IP Diploma Course of the University of Oxford. He is also a Council Member of AIPPI UK.



Julia Florence, GlaxoSmithKline / CIPA Vice President

Assistant General Counsel (Patents)

Julia is a senior patent attorney at GlaxoSmithKline and has extensive experience of managing IP portfolios for pharmaceutical products at all stages of development.  This includes working with SPCs as well as advising on other types of exclusivity available for pharmaceuticals.


Chris Mercer, CIPA Honorary Secretary

Professional Career: After university, Chris joined the patents department of the National Coal Board where he trained for and passed all the CIPA examinations. On qualification, he joined Carpmaels & Ransford and became a partner in 1989. Chris retired from the partnership in 2010 and became a consultant to the firm. His practice is mainly before the EPO and latterly he has concentrated on oppositions and appeals at the EPO. During his career, Chris was involved in large scale, multi-national litigations and obtained his litigation certificate as a result.

He has also been involved with providing education, having been a tutor on the JDD P6 course for many years and more recently on their Paper C course. He regularly lectures for the Informals. Chris has been a JEB examiner and was the epi delegate for the revision of the EQE. He is now a member of the Supervisory Board for the EQE.
Positions Held: Chris at present is the Honorary Secretary of CIPA. He is a Past President of CIPA and was formerly CIPA’s Vice-President for two years. He has been a member of Council for over 15 years. He is a member of CIPA’s Patents, Litigation, Regulatory Affairs and Congress Steering Committees.

Chris was a Vice-President and then President of epi and is currently a member of epi’s Council and Board and a member of epi’s European Patent Practice Committee. He is one of epi’s representatives on SACEPO and regularly meets with the Chairmen of the Boards of Appeal at the EPO. Chris is the Chairman of the Supervisory Board for the EQE. 

John Bambridge, European Patent Office

John Bambridge joined the EPO having graduated from Imperial College, London where he read mathematics, He joined the European Patent Office in 1981. After 3 years as a search examiner in The Hague and 2 years substantive examiner in Munich, John moved to Information Services to set up the helpdesk for examiners. In 1990, he joined the Controlling Office within the EPO, where he was responsible for the control of Automation Expenditure and Planning. 

In 1994 he moved back to Information Services where he initially managed the EPO’s transition to a paperless document management system.  From 1999 until 2007, he was responsible as Director for the EPO’s e-business initiative epoline. 

In 2007, he was appointed Principal Director, initially responsible for the development of search, documentation and automation systems that support the Patent Grant process for examiners. Since 2010, John has been responsible for understanding the business requirements for examiners, formalities officers and applicants, using this to design the automated support for a simplified patent granting process and ensuring that these systems run smoothly and provide the efficient and effective support that the core business of the EPO needs.

Nigel Swycher, CEO Aistemos

Nigel Swycher is the founder and CEO of Aistemos, an IP analytics and strategy company with headquarters in London. Nigel is committed to providing more accessible information about technology protected by patents globally. Our product Cipher harnesses AI and machine learning to understand who owns patented technologies, to enhance the competitive intelligence available to R&D, M&A and strategy teams at the heart of the deals that will transform the sector. Nigel is also a director of ORoPO (the Open Register of Patent Ownership) and is a recognised by IAM Strategy 300 as an expert in the field. (www.cipher.ai)
Prior to Aistemos, Nigel had a long career in the law first as an intellectual property partner with leading law firm Slaughter and May and later as head of technology at Olswang.

Alasdair Poore, Mills & Reeve LLP 

Alasdair is Head of the Intellectual Property Team at Mills & Reeve LLP, advising on protection of intellectual property and technology contracting especially in the IT and public procurement sectors. He is a past President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys and Editor of the CIPA Journal. 
Alasdair has a mixed Natural Sciences and Law degree, following which he qualified as a barrister, before joining Shell’s Patents and Licensing Department, working in London and Canada, before moving into practice practice as a lawyer and patent attorney. He specialises in advising on the use of IP, patent, trade mark and registered design filing and protection, licensing, franchising and exploitation, and corporate due diligence and IP in spin out and start up companies, and on IP litigation and disputes resolution, especially in the High Court, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court, and patent and trade mark offices including the European Patent Office and Community Trade mark Offices, and mediation. My work often involves Universities in the UK as well as private sector clients from spin out companies to major IP intensive multinationals, advising on intellectual property policies, ownership issues, collaboration and research agreements. He was on the Working Group preparing the rules for the PCC (now the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court), and sits on the IPEC Users Committee and Intellectual Property Court Users Committee.
Alasdair is also Deputy Chair of the Litigation Committee of CIPA, and member of CIPA’s Trade Marks and Patents Committees.

Dr Ludmila Striukova, SKEMA Business School

Dr Ludmila Striukova is an Associate Dean of Innovation Academy at SKEMA Business School. Previously Ludmila held positions at University College London, King’s College, the LSE, and Euromonitor. Her research focuses on disruptive technologies (3D printing, Internet of Things, blockchain), big data, business model innovation and intellectual property management. Ludmila has been regularly invited to give talks at industry events and has been a mentor of several start-ups.


Belinda Gascoyne, IBM Europe

Belinda is Senior IP Law Counsel at IBM where she heads up the EMEA IP Law team, providing all aspects of IP Law support. Belinda is a Chartered and European Patent Attorney with a background in Physics and has wide practical experience in drafting, filing and prosecuting patent applications as well as in IP strategy, patent management and copyright issues. Before joining IBM in 2004, Belinda worked in private practice in London.
Belinda is also actively involved in policy matters and is currently President of the IP Federation, a member of the techUK IPR Committee, the Digital Europe Patents Working Group, and a director of ORoPO – the Open Register of Patent Ownership.

Sean Dennehey CBE, Consultant

Sean Dennehey was appointed Commander of the British Empire for services to intellectual property, and elected an Honorary Member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, having been Acting Chief Executive of the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO).  As Deputy Chief Executive, Sean was responsible for the delivery of UK national patents, trade marks and registered designs, and for the IPO’s tribunal and policy functions in those areas.  Sean is well known in international IP circles and especially in Europe, having been head of the UK delegation to the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation (EPO), and for seven years a member of the EPO Board and Chairman of its Committee on Patent Law.  His previous policy experience includes negotiation of European legislation on the legal protection of biotechnological inventions and supplementary protection certificates, and he led the UK delegation to the Diplomatic Conference to revise the European Patent Convention in 2000.  From his 14 years on the IPO’s executive board, Sean is highly experienced in corporate leadership, governance and developing and implementing strategy, and he has a strong insight into the working of government.  Sean began his career as a patent examiner after reading Natural Sciences at Cambridge University.

Ettie-Ann Alder, Ericsson

Ettie-Ann is a senior patent attorney at Ericsson. She has substantial experience of drafting, prosecuting and claim charting telecommunication inventions, in particular in relation to LTE and 5G. She has defended Ericsson’s patents at oppositions before the EPO, and co-ordinated preparation of cases for litigation within Europe. Ettie-Ann is responsible for IP policy in the UK within Ericsson. She represents Ericsson in IP Federation and TECH UK.

Prior to joining Ericsson in 2013, Ettie-Ann worked at a private practice firm in London. She is a chartered and European patent attorney.

Max Olofsson, Avanci

Max has more than 20 years of broad experience in the patent licensing business for the wireless communications industry. His history of partnering with patent holders and device makers to drive new innovations will be instrumental to Avanci as the marketplace and its licensing programs grow.
Prior to joining Avanci, Max was Director of Patent Licensing at Ericsson, where he negotiated licensing agreements with American, European, Indian and Japanese corporations during his 18 years there. He also participated in setting up patent platforms, and negotiated both technology as well as trademark license agreements.
Before Ericsson, Max held positions with the Swedish Patent Office and World Patent Technology.
Max received his bachelor of business administration and Master of Science degree in physics from Stockholm University. He also studied one semester at Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany. Besides Swedish and English, Max speaks German and French. He enjoys exercise and running, as well as traveling with his family, cooking and collecting wine.

David Musker, Maucher Jenkins

David worked in-house in government and the telecommunications industry before joining Maucher Jenkins, where he was a partner for many years.
He specialises in registered and unregistered designs, but also has patent expertise in a number of sectors in cluding communications, signal processing, computing and business-oriented subject matter. He is also a qualified trade mark attorney.
He has extensive experience of practice and advocacy before the UK and European Patent Offices.
David is a Professor of International Design Law at Queen Mary University of London, and has lectured at Oxford and Bristol Universities, ETH, Zurich; and CEIPI, Strasbourg.
He is a former Chairman of CIPA's Designs and Copyright Committee, and former President of UNION's Design Commission.
He is on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice (JIPLP) and European Copyright and Design Reports.

Simon Wright, J A Kemp

Simon Wright has over 30 years’ experience of patent work, including drafting and filing patent applications throughout the world, but in particular before the European Patent Office (EPO). He handles prosecution, as well as opposition and appeal work, primarily in the life sciences arena.
His technical work has covered vaccines, pharmaceuticals, fermentation technology, gene therapy, personalised nutrition, biofuels, liposome technology, cancer biomarkers, micro-arrays, stem cells and CRISPR technology.
His clients range from US multi-national companies to small UK academic organisations and SMEs. He has been involved in oppositions and appeals concerning human pheromones, Hoffman-La Roche’s PCR patents, ultrasound contrast agents, medical devices (for measuring glucose levels), nutritional uses of ARA, vaccines and anti-prolactin agents.
He also acted as an expert witness, and so gave evidence to the UK High Court, in the HGS v Eli Lilly litigation, which led to the first-ever Supreme Court decision on a patent matter (concerning industrial applicability).
Simon has been a council member of CIPA since 2001, chaired the CIPA Life Sciences Committee since 2004 and a member of PatCom since 2017. He has been a GB delegate on epi Council since 2008 and on the epi Board from 2011 to 2017. He was also a member of SACEPO for 6 years. Currently he is the Secretary of the epi Biotech Committee and a member of the epi By Laws committee. 
Simon joined J A Kemp in 1994, after working at Kilburn & Strode since 1986, and became a partner in 1999. He enjoys running, cycling and wine (but not necessarily simultaneously).

Alexandra Brodie, Gowling WLG

Alexandra Brodie is one of the UK's leading IP litigators. Based in London, she is described as "a great strategist and tactician who knows how to position for success at every level of trial" in Chambers, 2016 and by Managing Intellectual Property as one of the Global Top 250 Women in IP 2016. World Trademark Review recognised Alexandra in the 2017 edition of its prestigious annual guide, WTR 1000, for enforcement and litigation. Alexandra has been litigating all IP rights for many years and has enjoyed particular success in the field of telco patents and big brands, having represented clients such as Hasbro in its Play-Doh litigation and various technology companies in relation to setting strategy in multi-jurisdictional standards essential disputes. She has recently secured victories at the High Court and Court of Appeal against BT in connection with its provision of internet services to the UK. She chairs the firm's tech sector and ensures that our firm-wide team is immersed in the sector such that it can provide not just sector focussed advice and strategy but also connections and introductions for our clients. She is intrigued by the everincreasing reach of tech into all industries and her team has recently provided networking events for clients in fields as diverse as autonomous cars, e-retail, additive manufacturing, connected health and fintech. Alexandra is passionate about the need to encourage a diverse environment with opportunities for all and heads up our initiative to provide mentoring and coaching to our people as part of our More Women project.

She is also an active member of our US Sales Initiative with responsibility for the Boston territories alongside colleagues from around the business. Alex was recognised as both a 'trade mark star' and 'patent star' in the IP Stars guide 2017.

Jonathan Sage, IBM


Jonathan is a core member of the IBM’s Government and Regulatory Affairs team handling tech policy - artificial intelligence, cloud computing and cyber security in the EU. In his current role he is responsible for steering legislative and soft law initiatives from the Commission, handling relationships with European Institutions and EU member states – key legislative issues he has covered in recent years is the Network and Information Security (NIS) Directive, GDPR and relating Codes of Conduct that IBM is participating in. In previous roles, Jonathan led IBM’s involvement in EU Framework Programme research. Formerly he was managing consultant in the IBM’s Strategic Change consulting practice in the public sector based in Belgium. Before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers where he led the EMEA internal knowledge management team, and then IBM, Jonathan was marketing director for a UK software company which pioneered the first eCommerce applications. He also spent 6 years as Commercial Attache for the British Embassy in Vienna responsible for trade relations in the capital goods sector. He held a part time post Assistant Professor at the University of Business Administration and Economics in Vienna. He was also on the faculty of the Open University Business School for its MBA course and tutor in Strategy. Jonathan is currently an external lecturer at the College of Europe in Bruges.

Jonathan holds a degree in modern languages from the University of Oxford (MA) and an MBA from Henley Business School, UK.

Matthew Critten, Abel & Imray
Matthew Critten has been at Abel & Imray since joining the profession in 1996.  He became a partner in 2001 and was appointed Managing Partner in 2016.  His technical specialism is optics (especially lasers, optical fibres, metamaterials and contact lenses), and he has also handled many cases in geophysics and radar.  Matthew lives in rural Somerset with his family.  He was a fencer for many years but has recently taken up Olympic weightlifting, which he finds both fun and frustratingly tricky.


David Humphries MBE, IPO

David is a career civil servant who has worked in a range of high profile policy roles across the UK Government.  He has taken the lead on a variety of policy issues from sport for people with disabilities, to the Millennium celebrations, for which he was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Millennium honours, through to creative industries export policy. He currently is head of Research Development at the UK Intellectual Property Office where he manages a programme of innovative world leading research to inform the development of IP policy.  


Alexandra Jones, Victoria and Albert Museum

Alexandra Jones is Assistant Curator of Metalwork at the Victoria and Albert Museum, having obtained an MA in Classics from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Museum Studies from the University of Glasgow. She previously worked for several years as a software engineer, and this combination of two very different areas of expertise has given Alex a passion for exploring the links between modern-day technological developments and their historic predecessors. She curated the recent display ‘Maqdala 1868’ at the V&A and is a member of the curatorial team for a new gallery in the Museum’s Cast Courts (opening in November 2018) which will examine the history of copying in relation to the Museum’s collections of plaster casts and electrotypes, as well as exploring more recent technologies such as 3D scanning and printing.

Thierry Rayna, École Polytechnique 

Thierry Rayna is Professor of Innovation Management at the École Polytechnique and Fellow of the CNRS Innovation Interdisciplinary Institute. Beforehand, he spent most of his carrier in the UK, where he held positions at Imperial College London, the London School of Economics, UCL, and the University of Cambridge, amongst others. His research investigates the consequences of technological change and digitisation on IP strategies, business models and innovation ecosystems. Over the past few years, the main focus of his research has been on the changes brought about by digital manufacturing (3D printing/Additive Manufacturing, in particular) technologies and he has published extensively in this area and has taken part, as keynote speaker, in many events and conferences related to 3D printing worldwide. Prof. Rayna has served as an advisor for national and international organisations. He is currently Open Innovation advisor at the French INPI and sits on the Advisory Board of INPI's Innovation Observatory. He has also collaborated in the past with the UK IPO and the European Patent Office. Due to his research, Prof. Rayna has strong ties with the industry, in particular with companies involved with Additive Manufacturing (as users or manufacturers). He also mentors startups. Currently, Prof. Rayna holds visiting positions at both Imperial College and Birkbeck, University of London and he is Associate Editor in the International Journal of Manufacturing and Technology Management.