This event (originally planned for 17 March 2020) has been postponed, TIPLO hopes to run the event in June 2020. Contact TIPLO for more details

Date and venue TBC

Section 40(1) of the Patents Act 1977 controversially provides that employee-inventors may be entitled to substantial money awards for inventions that turned out to be exceptionally profitable. The Supreme Court in October 2019 in Shanks v Unilever awarded £2m to Prof Shanks.

Tibor Gold MBE, retired solicitor and Chartered Patent Attorney, had a substantial practice acting for employees and passionately believes the award and the Supreme Court decision were right and long overdue. Greg Bacon, on the other hand, a solicitor representing many R&D employers, will argue that the provisions are unnecessary, unfair on other employees, and create more uncertainty than they are worth.

Who is right? Does the law need to be changed?


Greg Bacon - Partner, Bristows

Tibor Gold MBE - Retired solicitor and Chartered Patent Attorney

Chair: David Wilkinson

The Programme:

6.30pm  - Registration and refreshments

7.00pm  - Dinner followed by speakers

TIPLO dinners are not only a great way to network with your peers in the world of IP, but also a good opportunity to take clients to some of London's most prestigious legal venues for an evening of topical discussion and great food.

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