Patent drafting is presented as the central skill of the patent attorney, and we are certainly very good at it. However it does not seem to be brilliantly valued by all patentees and the discrepancy between the cost of drafting a patent application and the cost of litigating is unbelievable. In addition to the commercial challenges, drafting also faces threats from evolving computer technology solutions and yet another player in this sinister plot is the sheer outdatedness of the mechanics of the patent system. Put them all together, and the future of patent drafting is, if not bleak, definitely murky. Gwilym Roberts explores some of the current issues and challenges and discusses where we might see the market going in the future.
Speaker Information: Gwilym Roberts, CIPA Honorary Secretary/Kilburn & Strode
Heavily involved in CIPA’s patents committee, Gwilym is closely involved in responding to patent office consultations especially in the area of future changes and improvements to the system. In his professional life he 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. He is a visiting Professor at QMUL, President of the British Group of UNION, Chairman of Kilburn & Strode LLP and a Council Member of CIPA.