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Companies invited to join an ‘intellectual property journey’ at Institute of Physics speaker event

Posted: 19th September 2018

EDINBURGH is set to host a special speaker event this week, bringing together experts from across physics, technology and other related sectors.

The event – entitled ‘Journeys in Intellectual Property: Perspectives from Physics and Technology’ – will take place at the University of Edinburgh’s Informatics Forum in Crichton Street on 20 September.

Organised by the Institute of Physics Business Innovation and Growth Group, it is the only event of its kind in Scotland and represents a first for Edinburgh.

It has been set up in collaboration with Edinburgh intellectual property specialists, Marks & Clerk.

Speakers will be on hand from Canon Medical Research Europe, leading tech firm pureLiFi, university researchers EPSRC Proteus IRC, and spin-out company Novosound.

The diverse range of organisations will provide a spectrum of perspectives on what intellectual property (IP) means to them. They will each discuss their own ‘IP journeys’, why they chose to pursue IP protection, what they learned, and what approach they would recommend.

Mostafa Afgani, CTO of pureLiFi, said: “Intellectual property plays a crucial part in facilitating growth within our business. We’re creating disruptive technology. Our strong IP portfolio allows us to explore new business models and create value in our company for our customers, investors and partners.”

Experts from Marks & Clerk will also provide a brief update on IP protection, informing attendees of the latest developments in this area.

Chartered (UK) and European Patent Attorney, Kate Adamson of Marks & Clerk said: “IP is important to many companies across physics, technology and other related sectors, and we look forward to hearing the diverse stories.

“While IP means different things to different companies, one thing remains the same – it has a crucial part to play in facilitating their growth. IP needs are ever-changing and considerations will constantly evolve over a business cycle.

“So whether you’re only just starting to consider IP, or you’re experienced and want to make sure you’ve got your finger on the pulse, this event is suitable for anyone with an interest in IP.”

Further information on the event – which includes an optional tour of the Informatics Forum and the new Bayes Centre – can be found at:

Marks & Clerk recently relocated to larger premises in the regenerated Haymarket area amid sustained strong performance. Marks & Clerk has moved to a modern office space at 40 Torphichen Street, providing more room for expansion, as well as more integration of its existing team across a single floor.

The Edinburgh team advises start-ups and large multinational companies alike, combining specialized scientific backgrounds with clear commercial acumen.

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