Key Points
  • Commercialisation and Technology Transfer - Opening Sessions will consider how greater collaboration between stakeholders in Industry, Technology Transfer Offices, Universities and Government can be fostered.
  • Intellectual Property Policy and Legislation - Further sessions will assess the effects that regulatory changes such as those proposed in the new Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill would have on industry and how IP policy can encourage innovation and competition.
  • Equitable Access - The forum will conclude with an evaluation of whether changing the management of IP and Technology Transfer could result in the equitable access to commercialisation opportunities for SME's and small businesses.
Guest of Honour

Pippa Hall Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office

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Overview
Following the Science and Technology Committee’s inquiry into Managing Intellectual Property (IP) & Technology Transfer and just after the Government announced in its Autumn Statement that there will be £2 Billion of new funding for technology, science, research and development, this timely forum will consider what the next steps are to aid the commercialisation process for new technologies such as those named the 'Eight Great Technologies' by the Government in 2013. Delegates will be given the opportunity to consider the way forward for governmental support for IP and research to deliver long-term economic growth and societal benefits. Discussions will include an analysis of new legislation such as the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill; the top priorities for new technologies within the UK’s future trade strategies following Brexit and creating equitable access for small and large businesses in the current market.

Agenda
Start

08:30 - 09:00
Coffee and Networking

 

09:00 - 09:05
Chair's opening remarks

 

09:05 - 09:35
UK Industrial Strategy: Next Steps for Patents and the Commercialisation of Research Technology

 

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Pippa Hall Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office

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09:35 - 10:35
Intellectual Property Policy: New Legislation and the Post-Brexit IP framework

 
 FOCUS POINTS:         
What are the next steps to aiding the commercialisation process for new technologies such as those named the 'Eight Great Technologies' by the Government in 2013?

What should businesses do to better protect and understand their IP?         
How can the Intellectual Property (IP) Framework be amended to encourage research to deliver long term economic growth?
    
What part does the commercialisation of new research technologies play in the government’s new industrial strategy?
  
In what ways will the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund benefit new research technologies?

What is the future for the new Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill and what effect would this have on industry?
     
What are the challenges and opportunities for UK patent policy post-Brexit?
    
What effect will the European digital single market and the UK’s likely exclusion have on UK research and commercialisation?

Is the recently formed EU Unified Patent Court a good or bad thing for UK industry?

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Georgie Collins Partner, Irwin Mitchell

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Jeff Skinner Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School

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10:35 - 10:40
Chair's closing remarks

 

10:40 - 11:10
Coffee and Networking

 

11:10 - 11:15
Chair's opening remarks

 

11:15 - 12:10
Commercialisation and Technology Transfer: Fostering Collaboration Between Researchers, Business and Technology Transfer Offices (TTOs)

 
FOCUS POINTS:         
In what ways will the newly formed UKRI help the business community form a clearer understanding of the opportunities that there are for them from the intellectual property that is being generated and the ideas that are being generated in our research community? What role will Innovate UK and the research councils play in this?

How can universities, businesses, the Government and TTOs be encouraged to adopt good practices and IP strategies ensuring that commercialisation and forward looking policy is created?

What lessons have been Learnt from Graphene and how can they help plan a future roadmap for the future commercialisation of new technology?
The Dowling Review of Business-University Research Collaborations highlighted the UK can be dismissive of research, how can collaboration with industry be fostered to ensure that research is not dismissed?        
What is needed to encourage university TTOs to prioritise long term knowledge exchange and investment over short term income generation?
         
How can regional investment in science be fostered within these plans?




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James Baker Graphene Business Director, National Graphene Institute

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Tom Frostick Policy and Programmes Manager at University Alliance

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12:10 - 12:55
Equitable Access Intellectual Property Rules That Work for Small and Large Business

 
FOCUS POINTS:         
What changes need to be made to the current IP and technology transfer frameworks to ensure more equitable access to commercialisation opportunities for SMEs?

How can commercialisation be stimulated by SMEs that use Innovate UK’s services and engage with the academic community?





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Speakers

James Baker Graphene Business Director, National Graphene Institute

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Georgie Collins Partner, Irwin Mitchell

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Tom Frostick Policy and Programmes Manager at University Alliance

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Pippa Hall Chief Economist, Intellectual Property Office

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Jeff Skinner Executive Director of the Deloitte Institute of Innovation and Entrepreneurship at London Business School

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Dr Georg von Graevenitz Senior Lecturer, Queen Mary University of London

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Rich Walker Managing Director, Shadow Robotics

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Venue details

Royal Society of Chemistry Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA.

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