Congratulations to the first graduates of the WIPO IP Management and Valuation course!

7 students from seven countries graduated from the inaugural Specialized Course in Intellectual Property (IP) Management and Valuation, which was jointly offered by the WIPO Academy, the LUISS Business School and the Italian Patent and Trademark Office.

Further details: Course in IP Management and Valuation: Congratulations to the First Graduating Class!

For everyone with an interest in IP and patents this should be an excellent summer (or autumn) read

In „The Last Days of Night“ Graham Moore unpacks the battle between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse about IP ownership for introducing electricity across the US with Paul Cravath, a just graduated patent lawyer as the protagonist, also featuring Nicola Tesla (inventor of AC current) and J.P. Morgan. Worth reading!

Read here the Washington Post book review.

Impressions from today’s Strategic IP Forum

Thanks to everyone for coming along to today’s fifth Strategic IP Forum at the IfM and particular our excellent speakers from BenevolentAI (Gareth Jones), Microsoft (Patricia Christias), Eagle Genomics (Anthony Finbow), the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Ross Rounsevell) and Martin Callinan (Source Code Control Ltd).

Just published: A short report on sharing innovative and best-practice approaches for teaching intellectual property management

A short report with a summary and insights from our IP management best-practice teaching workshop that Marcus Holgersson from Chalmers and I ran at the IfM in September 2016 has just been published by WPI. Thanks again to the EPO, UKIPO and EITIM for supporting the workshop. Read more here:

Sharing innovative and best-practice approaches for teaching intellectual property management: A workshop report

Another speaker confirmed for next week’s Strategic IP Forum

Very glad to confirm Ross Rounsevell from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute, who will share his perspective on „Opportunities and challenges in academic informatics commercialisation“. We look forward to another interesting event with lots of discussions this time on IP strategies for software. Further details here.

Strategic IP Forum, 18 May – speaker confirmations – IP strategies for software

Very glad to confirm two speakers for the next Strategic IP Forum on 18 May, which will focus on IP strategis in and for software. Further details and registration for this free event available here.

Gareth Jones – VP Intellectual Property, BenevolentAI

Gareth is VP Intellectual Property at BenevolentAI, the largest private AI company in Europe and one of the top five largest private AI companies in the world. BenevolentAI is applying AI technology to enhance and accelerate scientific innovation, and has already achieved major breakthroughs in human health and entered into license agreements with some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies. Gareth was previously Head of IP for SwiftKey, where he built and scaled IP operations in preparation for one of the largest UK tech exits in 2015/16. He has a background in technical leadership and software development, and experience with IBM, Vodafone, and Microsoft.

Martin Callinan – Founder, Source Code Control Ltd

Martin has over 20 years experience providing organisations with strategies to manage business risks associated with open source software such as IP compliance, security vulnerability management and procurement. He is actively involved in the open source software industry to help create best practices and industry standards for the adoption and management of open source based software through organisations such as TechUK and OpenUK Industry Association for Software Asset Management.