Event hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry’s law group

23 May 2016

Last week I chaired an event with the Royal Society of Chemistry’s (RSC) law group in London, to provide an introduction to intellectual property (IP) to chemistry researchers with little knowledge of IP. The event was held on Monday 16 May, at Burlington House in Piccadilly, London.

As part of the RSC’s Law Group committee – a group of eight professionals with a chemistry background working in various areas of IP – we decided to host an event aimed at postgraduate and early-career researchers, to give them an overview of patent and other intellectual property rights.

Over the course of the afternoon we covered patents, including more specific considerations for chemistry patents, non-patentable IP – such as trade marks, copyright, designs, know-how and confidential information – and assignments, licences, and research & development collaborations. This gave the attendees opportunity to understand ways in which IP can be protected as well as problems that can arise and steps that can be taken to reduce the risk of particular problems occurring. One particular area of interest was the ownership of IP – as some delegates worked for university spin-out companies for which this is a hot topic!

As well as helping to organise the event, I chaired and presented a session alongside four other presentations from different IP professionals. My interactive session involved a group practical exercise applying information provided in earlier sessions covering the basics of patents and considerations for chemistry patents, and an in depth discussion of the exercise.

Around 30 delegates attended the event, coming from a wide range of universities around the country, including Cardiff, Bristol, Nottingham, Hull, Oxford, Imperial, UCL, Southampton, Warwick, Manchester and Strathclyde. The attendees shared a vast range of specialist fields within chemistry research, including functional nanomaterials, analytical chemistry, catalysts and medicinal chemistry.

We are delighted with the event and received great feedback from the students, with lots of interesting questions and discussions.

For more information about the event, please visit: www.rsc.org/events/detail/22080/introduction-to-intellectual-property-for-researchers

If you are interested in a career in IP, please check out our career resource pages here: www.haseltinelake.com/careers

Joanne Addison

Joanne Addison

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Joanne Addison (née Haywood)
Joanne Addison (née Haywood)
Location: Bristol (UK)

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