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11 May, 2016 - 12:16 By Kate Sweeney

Global IP issues examined at Cambridge summit

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IP and China and the role of Intellectual Property in manufacturing, technology and other industry sectors are being debated at a Cambridge summit.

The third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, a half-day seminar designed to help companies better understand innovation and IP management, is on May 24 at the University of Cambridge’s Institute for Manufacturing (IfM).

It will be themed around ‘Organising for IP Exploitation’ and will feature an impressive line-up of speakers discussing some of the challenges and opportunities faced by IP professionals:
Stephan Wolke, head of IP & Services at Thyssenkrupp AG, the global steel production and manufacturing giant, will describe how IP has become central to Thyssenkrupp strategy and the impact it has had on the business.

Ian Harvey, former CEO of healthcare company BTG Plc, will discuss IP and China – debunking some myths and offering practical guidance.

Annie Brooking, CEO of Cambridge-based tech company, Bactest, will provide insights into developing successful IP-based business strategies gleaned from her extensive experience as a CEO and non-executive director bringing many new products to market.

Ian Anderson, innovation director at Bespak – a leading developer and manufacturer of complex medical devices with an innovation centre in Cambridge – will discuss the use of IP as a marketing and commercial tool.

This will be the third Strategic Intellectual Property Forum, jointly run by the IfM and Cambridge-based intellectual property firm Avidity IP to help companies in the Cambridge area and beyond exploit their IP on a commercial and strategic basis.

Dr Frank Tietze, a lecturer at the IfM and a prime mover in the SIPF initiative, said: “We have a fantastic line-up of speakers. It will be a great opportunity for delegates to hear from – and talk to – these practitioners who have very different experience and perspectives.

“We started the forum with Avidity to contribute to the region’s expertise in IP and the interest we have had in our events so far suggests that it is a useful initiative.”

The event runs from 1pm until 6pm on May 24 at the Institute for Manufacturing – the Alan Reece Building, 17 Charles Babbage Road Cambridge.

It is for decision makers and IP managers in businesses of all sizes, with VPs of technology, heads of IP and licensing executives already registered. Attendance is free, although pre-event registration is required. Visit

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