Professor Gwilym Roberts advises clients on all aspects of the patent process including IP audit and capture, IP filing strategies and patent portfolio management techniques. He acts for a range of clients including individuals, SMEs, Universities, and spin outs through to multi-nationals and handles a broad and diverse range of cases before the UK Patent Office, EPO and WIPO.
Gwilym is the co-host of the podcast Two IPs In A Pod alongside CIPA's Lee Davies. They chat with entrepreneurs, creatives, patent attorneys and the occasional judge about how patents, trade marks, designs and copyright can improve our lives and solve problems for humanity.
You can listen to them here or on most podcast platforms.
James Porter is Deputy Director in the Policy and Legal Division at the Intellectual Property Office. His responsibilities include IP legislative change and he led the Parliamentary Bill teams who delivered the IP Act 2014 and the IP (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017. His most recent legislative work has been on aspects of IP law affected by the UK’s exit from the EU, and his current focus continues to be on exit and trade related matters. He joined the Office as a patent examiner, following a PhD in condensed matter physics
Matt Cope, Deputy Director IP Enforcement, Intellectual Property Office
Matt took over responsibility for the IP enforcement team at the UK IPO in May 2014, but has worked for the IPO for over 17 years. A Mechanical Engineer by training, Matt originally joined the IPO as a Patent Examiner before moving into areas including corporate strategy, copyright reform and digital and online issues before most recently moving to focus on IP Enforcement. As Deputy Director in charge of IP enforcement, Matt is responsible for several teams of policy staff, as well as outreach and education initiatives, legislative reform, and the IPO’s IP Crime Intelligence Hub.
Emma Himsworth QC is a member of chambers at One Essex Court. She specialises in all areas of intellectual property law and related aspects of competition and commercial law. Her practice encompasses court and advisory work. Emma has a particular interest and expertise in matters involving trade marks and passing off. She sits as an Appointed Person, hearing appeals from the UK Registrar of Trade Marks and also accepts appointments as Arbitrator. On behalf of the Intellectual Property Bar Association Emma has extensively worked on addressing policy issues and requests for views on submissions on behalf of various professional bodies in relation to the impact of the UK’s exit from the EU on IP law and practice and related matters with a particular focus on trade marks and designs.