End-of-year round up from Haseltine Lake

23 December 2016

To wrap up 2016, we fondly look back on all of the events Haseltine Lake has hosted and sponsored throughout the year, and share some of our highlights…

  • In January, Haseltine Lake sponsored the FameLab regional heats for the second consecutive year, of which one was held in Bristol. In February, Simon Rees attended the FameLab UK South West finals, where Amy Jenkins gave an outstanding three minute presentation on the importance of scientifically sound Science Communication with a particular focus on her research area - detecting early onset Alzheimer's - which saw her take first place at the regional final.

Simon Rees from Haseltine Lake, Amy Jenkins and Joel Ross

  • With the growth of the firm in Munich, the team was delighted to move to larger premises in the heart of Munich in March.
  • 26th April marked World IP Day which Haseltine Lake celebrated in the office with food, drink and games. Established by the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) in 2000, World IP Day helps to promote awareness and encourage discussion the impact patents, trade marks, copyright and designs have on day-to-day life. Each year a different theme is chosen, with this year’s theme as ‘Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined’. 
  • In April we hosted a Design seminar in Bristol, titled “Design rights and wrongs – maximising the value of product designs”, in collaboration with integrated innovation, research and design consultancy, Kinneir Dufort. The seminar discussed strategies for identifying commercially valuable designs, and how to protect and enforce those that add real value to your business.
  • (Ellie) Li Min our Chief Representative in China, spoke at the UK-China (Shenzhen) Intellectual Property Forum on the 29th April. The event was organised by the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC) and the British Chamber of Commerce Guangdong and Ellie discussed how Chinese companies can build an IP portfolio in Europe.
  • June 6th saw the third of our highly successful masterclasses on “International Patent Prosecution Challenges” taking place at the World Trade Centre in Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Our HL speakers included David O’Connell, Robert Margue, Daniel Chew, David Hammond and Elizabeth Cooper-Rolfe.
  • From the 15th – 17th June Isobel Finnie, Magnus Johnston and Andrew Dowling attended the annual PraxisUnico conference – the largest event in the Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation (KEC) sector – in Stratford-Upon-Avon. The theme of this year’s conference was “Develop, Promote, Connect” and Haseltine Lake was pleased to continue with its longstanding support of the conference by sponsoring the gala drinks reception again.

Andrew Dowling, Magnus Johnston and Isobel Finnie  at PraxisUnico conference

  • In early July, Lee Birth, Daniel Hirons, Eamon Robinson, Jack Whitfield and Andrew Flaxman from the Bristol office, were out in full force for the ‘It’s a Knockout’ challenge, which was held at Clevedon Community School in Bristol. The annual event is hosted by Hydro International PLC, in support of global charity, Wateraid.
  • November was an eventful month with our fourth annual Oppositions masterclass at the Royal Society of Chemistry in central London. Along with our guest speakers, Colin Drew from the EPO Munich, Richard Kempner and Brian Whitehead from Kempner & Partners, our own team of Oppositions experts – Isobel Finnie, David Brown, David Hammond and David Lewin – shared their experiences and expertise on the subject.
  • Last month, we also hosted an informal dinner, “Shedding light on IP in China”, in Bristol on 14th November with representatives from UK businesses with an interest or experience of protecting their IP in China. Haseltine Lake attorneys Daniel Chew, Jane More O’Ferrall, Alex Rogers and Michael Conway, and HL Chief Executive, Lesley Evans, led the dinner, shared their advice and gave support and expertise to the guests.
  • Also in November, some of our trainees attended the BYP (Bristol Young Professionals) event at Bar 135 in Clifton, which was sponsored by Haseltine Lake. 
  • And to complete the round up for this year, Haseltine Lake staff enjoyed the annual Christmas raffle which raised £600 for the Emmaus Bristol charity, while also wearing their best (or worst) Christmas jumpers.

Rachel McGlue, Olivia Murphy and Nina Szamocki

On behalf of Haseltine Lake, we would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We look forward to working with you again in 2017.

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