We are delighted to announce that the Law Society of England and Wales – the professional body for English solicitors – has appointed Mark as the next Chairman of its Intellectual Property Committee (IPLC). The appointment takes effect from 1 September 2015 and continues for 3 years.
Mark has been a member of the IPLC for the last 10 years. The IPLC makes representations on matters affecting IP law and practice. Recent projects of note include its 9 year campaign to revise the law on “threats” in IP legislation, which resulted in the Law Commission researching and reporting on the topic, and the UK Government recently declaring that it intends to implement most of the Law Commission’s recommendations.
The IPLC lobbied hard on bringing the Unified Patent court to the UK, and was delighted when the UK Prime Minister, David Cameron, personally negotiated to have the life sciences part of the central division of the court located in the UK.
Non-contentious IP also features in the IPLC’s work, and Mark led a team that prepared submissions to the European Commission on what became the 2014 Technology Transfer Block Exemption Regulation.