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London IP News
June 2013
4-5 Gray's Inn Square, London, WC1R 5AH
020 7404 5252
Dear Practitioner,

I guess I'm in a similar position to the manager of a football club that has just been promoted to the Premier League. I clerk the IP, Technology and Media Law Group of 4-5 Gray's Inn Square, the new team at the IP and Tech bar and one that is determined to be ranked among the best.

I have some impressive recent signings: 
I'd really like you to meet them and we'd certainly like to meet you. We therefore invite you to our Introduction to Intellectual Property Law workshop which will take place in chambers at 16:00 on the 26 June 2013

Although this is fundamental it will not be superficial. I promise that even seasoned IP practitioners will learn something new. We are offering CPD points (SRA and BSB) and it is absolutely free. You will get to meet my team and you can judge for yourselves how good they are.

If you want to get in touch my direct dial is 020 7670 1555 or you can fill out our contact form

With best wishes

Joint Senior Clerk
Intellectual Property Bill
The Intellectual Property Bill was introduced into the House of Lords on the 10 May 2013. 

For an introduction and overview see Thomas Dillon's "UK Intellectual Property Bill"  of the 28 May 2013. Thomas discusses clause 13 which creates a new offence of deliberate copying of a registered design, the Bill's most controversial provision. 

For a detailed analysis of the Bill see Jane Lambert's "The Intellectual Property Bill". Jane's post  links to a number of other articles on the proposed legislation including powerful submissions against criminal sanctions by Sir Robin Jacob and other leading academics and the IP Federation and ACID's arguments in favour.

Clause 13 has led to vigorous debate on twitter with Jane, Thomas and David taking different sides. What do you think of criminal sanctions for registered design infringement?
Photo: Wikipedia  This Bill will create a new offence of deliberate copying of a registered design punishable by up to 10 years in prison
Boxing Clever
Scouse, a Liverpool delicacy Source Wikipedia
The patent box is a valuable tax concession to encourage invention in the UK. It came into force on 1 April 2013 and we are holding a series of workshops on the new incentive with our good friends at BDO.

The first of those events took place in Liverpool on 29 April 2013 and you can download the presentations that were given at that workshop from "The Patent Box Workshop: Liverpool Inventors Club" 3 May 2013 IP Northwest.

The next event was at Leeds Central Library on 8 May 2013 at 18:00 where the main speaker was BDO tax partner Dan Brookes (see "Patent Box and R & D Credits: Dan Brookes Slides" 15 May 2013 IP Yorkshire).

Our next event will take place in London at the Liverpool Embassy (Royal Mint) on 12 July 2013 at 12:00 where they may or may not serve scouse (see picture).  If you dare to attend that seminar,  please call Steve on 020 7670 1555. 

And Finally

We're supporting a runner in the Jane Tomlinson 10k Run in Leeds on 14 July 2013 for Northern Ballet's "Sponsor a Dancer" appeal.

Jane Tomlinson was an athlete who raised £1.85 million for charity despite suffering from terminal cancer.

Every year a 10 kilometre run takes place in Leeds in Tomlinson's memory to raise money for the Jane Tomlinson appeal and other good causes. This year's run will take place on Bastille Day, 14 July and our cause is Northern Ballet's "Sponsor a Dancer"

None of us is up to running 10 kilometres but we are glad to say that we know someone who is.  She is Fiona Noonan, dance teacher and mother of two. You can donate by clicking her link here. Allez, Fiona, la gloire vous attend!
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