Jon Markham, Beck Greener
Jonathan is a partner at Beck Greener in London. He joined Beck Greener in 2009, having previously worked in-house for Dyson. His background is in physics, with a PhD in organic LED displays. Jonathan is a contributing author to the CIPA Black Book, the standard reference text for patent attorneys. He is a regular speaker and presenter.
Ben Micklewright, IPO
Ben Micklewright is a Deputy Director in the Intellectual Property Office’s Policy and Legal Division. He has particular responsibility for domestic legislation and practice for patents, trade marks and registered designs. He also leads on legal work in the IPO’s Transformation programme which is aimed at transforming the IPO’s services. Ben’s career at the IPO has spanned over 20 years, joining initially as a patent examiner working in computing technologies following a PhD in physics. He has had a varied career, working in the IPO’s policy and legal teams and leading a number of patent examination teams, including the team responsible for examining patent applications in the computing field. For some years he was in charge of the recruitment of new patent examiners. Ben is also a patents hearing officer, hearing cases on a variety of legal and substantive matters.