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6 June, 2017 - 12:08 By Kate Sweeney

Luminance lights up Cambridge IP summit

Jane List Stuart Newbold

One of Cambridge’s most exciting AI startups, Luminance, is set to help light up a second annual Intellectual Property summit in the city.

Luminance CEO Emily Foges is one of the keynote speakers at the Cambridge Information and Intellectual Property Meeting (CIIPM) at Homerton College on July 5. She will address the issue of artificial intelligence for contracts analysis – an area in which the Mike Lynch-backed business has forged a global niche.

Luminance has just been chosen by top-ranked Stockholm law firm Cederquist which will use its market-leading AI technology to improve the efficiency of its M&A due diligence. 

Founded in 2010 by mathematicians from the University of Cambridge, Luminance is quickly expanding its client base across Europe and further afield, “demonstrating the benefits of our technology for lawyers in all jurisdictions,” according to Foges.

Luminance launched in September 2016 and is currently live in 12 countries, having completed over 110 client transactions globally. Its presence at CIIPM is testimony to the impact the event made on its debut in the Cambridge calendar last year.

Event organisers Jane List and Stuart Newbold are experienced, Cambridgeshire based Information and IP focused practioners. Both founded their businesses in 2013, following careers which spanned IP, information and technology industries. CIIPM was conceived to bring these fields together.

The pair recognised a need for an independent meeting, where technology innovators could meet with IP specialists, legal teams, investors, and information providers in a neutral space to make sense of ‘big data’, artificial intelligence, IP issues, patent, legal and commercial information.

List says: “CIIPM offers not only great opportunities for networking but also – and importantly – opportunities to learn from a range of practitioners with insights of ambitious technology companies, about setting up collaborations, understanding how to make the most of patent box, using IP to protect innovation, to define a market place and more on the successful commercialisation of technology products.”

Besides Emily Foges, speakers include Marc Wilkinson of TM and patent attorney practice J A Kemp who will speak about patenting in Europe and the possibility of a unified patent court and system.

Paula Juckes from UCB will address competitive intelligence through patents while Maria Peyman of law firm Birketts will give an insight into contracts and IP issues.

Other speakers are Deepti Agarwal – managing director of Watermill Accounting in Cambridge (on R & D tax credits); Archipelago Technology chief executive Guy Newcombe on ‘managing IP on a budget’ from a tech startup’s perspective, and Nicola Baker-Munton, CEO of Cambridge-based Stratagem IPM, who will round off the formal part of the afternoon with her talk on the importance of trade secrets.
Tickets are available through Eventbrite and registration in advance is required. For further details contact jane [at] or stuart [at]

• PHOTOGRAPH SHOWS: Event organisers Jane List and Stuart Newbold

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