Stephen Jones is elected president at 135th annual meeting

Published: 5 October 2017

Stephen Jones has been elected as President of CIPA. He succeeded Tony Rollins at the Institute’s 135th Annual General Meeting last night (Wednesday, 4 October).

Stephen said: “My priorities in the coming year will be to continue the Institute’s work in policy and education, international harmonisation and promotion of diversity in the profession. I will also build on what we have acheived so far with IP Pro Bono in providing access to IP services for those who cannot afford to pay, and to work with CITMA and IPReg in ensuring an efficient and robust system of regulation for the IP professions.

 “In these uncertain times CIPA plays an important role in supporting its members and upholding the public interest in robust and efficient systems for protecting intellectual property. After the referendum last year, CIPA emphasised a consistent message about the future of IP in the UK. It is “business as usual” for UK industry and the profession at the European Patent Office and the UK Intellectual Property Office.

“We have strongly supported the Unified Patent Court and the UK’s role in it, and in the world of trade marks and designs we have joined in responding to the challenges of Brexit. At the same time the law continues to develop, and our own Supreme Court has opened up a new debate on the interpretation of patents and the scope of infringement.

“Throughout its 135-year history, including over 125 years under a Royal Charter, CIPA has been there to help its members meet such challenges and to protect the public. We work with government, international bodies, sister organisations and our delegated regulatory body to uphold the standards for an effective and vigorous profession in the 21st Century.  I am glad to be able to play my part in that, along with all the volunteers and members of staff who work so hard to uphold CIPA’s reputation as a trusted voice in the world of IP. I look forward to working with Julia Florence as our newly elected Vice President.”

Stephen joined the profession in 1978. He qualified as a patent attorney in 1981 and later also as a solicitor, with an emphasis on patent litigation and advice. He also practised in trade marks, designs and copyright, and as an accredited mediator. He has worked with some major law firms, with a leading patent attorney firm and in house.  He now has a number of academic roles with leading institutions, and is a Council Member of AIPPI UK.

Stephen will work with Vice-President Julia Florence, Senior Patent Counsel at GSK.