Intellectual Property Battle Fields: copyright v copyleft, what software is patentable?, file sharing ......... Why should you care?

Wednesday 25th March 2009, 6.00pm.

Lawley Lecture Theatre, Kingston Hill Campus

John Collins, Partner, Marks & Cleark

18:00 - Registration and coffee/tea
18:30 - Main session
19:30 - Q&A
20:00 - Close


The impact of intellectual property in the IT field seems to be constantly in the headlines with illegal music downloaders being threatened with court proceedings, the proposed extension of the copyright term, software patents vs. open source to name but a few hot topics. The talk will explain the full range of intellectual property available under the law and explore the myths and realities of how intellectual property laws affect people's lives in IT.

The Speaker

John Collins PhD, CPA, EPA, ETMA

John has considerable experience of proceedings before the European Patent Office and litigation both in the UK and the USA. His expertise lies in the field of software, Internet and business method patents both in Europe and the US. As a member of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys (CIPA) Technology Committee and a member of the CIPA Parliamentary Committee, he is involved in advising CIPA and members of the UK and EU parliament on developments in patent law in the field of software, business methods and electronics.

Founded in 1887, Marks & Clerk Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys is the largest firm of Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys in the UK and has been voted the No 1 Firm in the UK for both patents and trade marks in each of the last 7 years in Managing Intellectual Property Magazine's independent worldwide survey.