Date: Wednesday, 2 January 2019
Julia Florence, the new President of the Charted Institute of Patent Attorneys, has begun her term of office by announcing that she will lead a series of Brexit-related intellectual property roadshows to the USA in April.
Julia, until last month a senior patent attorney at British pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline, said she and her top team at the institute would continue to press for the most favourable IP outcomes from Brexit.
She said: “In these uncertain and challenging times it is important to keep our eyes on the Brexit ball, and its aftermath, and to promote the UK’s IP services to our key markets once we have more clarity.
“In April 2019, CIPA will lead a series of intellectual property roadshows in the USA, with participation from the Chartered Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys, the UK Intellectual Property Office and Sir Colin Birss, a judge of the Patents Court of England and Wales, in Washington, Boston and San Francisco.
“Our key message to our US colleagues, for whom we conduct much European work, will be that, because the European Patent Office is not an EU institution, our work for them in Europe can continue unaffected. We will also be giving updates on other aspects of intellectual property and will promote the UK as a hub for intellectual property services and dispute resolution.
“We know that, following Brexit, the UK Government is keen to negotiate trade deals outside the EU and we need our voice to be heard in relation to the IP aspects of such agreements. I am pleased to say that we are already engaged with Department for International Trade and the UK IPO on this and it will be vital to maintain this throughout the coming year.”
Whilst emphasizing the importance of CIPA’s Brexit activities, which fall under two of CIPA’s key pillars: status and influence, Julia is also keen to maintain focus on the other two pillars: learning and community.
“These themes combine, for example, in CIPA’s programme of seminars and regional meetings and I am hoping to meet many of our members at these events during the coming year,” she added.
“I will also be continuing CIPA’s support for IP Inclusive. This movement for diversity and inclusion has taken off and become embedded across the profession in a few short years. I will ensure that CIPA continues to support and engage with IP Inclusive to enable it to grow and evolve in the most effective way.”