Dr Michael Jewess is a UK Chartered Patent Attorney, a European Patent Attorney, and a European Trade Mark Attorney.
From 1988 to 2009, he headed successively the IP departments of Metal Box plc, CMB Packaging SA, British Telecommunications plc, and BAE Systems plc, responsible for patents, trade marks, and agreements, having previously worked in private practice and in the chemical industry. His book Inside intellectual property – best practice in intellectual property law, management, and strategy (CIPA, London, autumn 2013) covers a similar range and was described by one reviewer as “a ‘must-have’ for all IP practitioners of whatever nationality and wherever they practise worldwide”.
He has also been President of the IP Federation and has worked on CIPA committees.
This webinar will look at ethical best practice for UK patent and trade mark attorneys, who are subject the IPReg “Rules of conduct”. Many UK patent and trade mark attorneys are subject also to one or more of the following: the EPO Administrative Council's “Regulation on discipline”; the EPI’s “Code of conduct”; and the SRA's “Solicitors' Code of Conduct”.
The webinar will identify key common principles in these regulatory régimes, and will consider real-life ethical dilemmas that arise for IP practitioners, whether working in private practice or in-house, including for IP solicitors who are not also patent or trade mark attorneys, especially those engaged in non-contentious work.
In respect of solicitors, the webinar will identify some aspects of IP practice that are special and are not covered expressly in the Solicitors' Code of Conduct (even though on analysis they are considered to be covered by the Code’s mandatory “Principles”).
Webinars on this topic have been given before, but (a) the above-mentioned regulatory documents do get revised, and (b) the subject is of high importance to all practitioners. Previous familiarity with the four régimes will not be assumed in the webinar, but any participant who is interested can find references to them (and to other key regulatory material) as they stood immediately before the last webinar at www.researchinip.com/ethicsrefs2017.htm. Shortly before the 2018 webinar, a new webpage www.researchinip.com/ethicsrefs2018.htm will be created.