At the end of Hilary Term the IP Centre held its annual International IP Moot at St Catherine's College. The Moot is now in its 7th year, but this was its first year since the Centre's transfer from St Peter's College to the Law Faculty.
Twenty teams from Universities around the world descended on St Catz for a two-day, four-stage competition that was judged by more than 30 IP academics and practitioners. The final was before Lords Justice Mummery and Jacob, Mr Justice Floyd, and won for the second year in a row by the Queensland University of Technology. Highlights included the inaugural IP Conversazione that was held on the first evening of the event.
A panel of four distinguished speakers with different experience of the patent system --
- Professor Rochelle Dreyfuss (patent academic from NYU),
- Professor Michael Yudkin (biochemistry academic from Oxford and past scientific advisor to the House of Lords),
- Judge Michael Fysh QC (Patents County Court Judge),
- Nigel Jones (senior partner from the patents section of Linklaters)
came to Catz to offer their perspectives on the need for scientific expertise in patent law.
The panel was chaired by the Faculty's incoming Chair in IP, Graeme Dinwoodie, and sponsored by Linklaters, 8 New Square Chambers, Stikeman Elliot LLP, Slaughter & May, Herbert Smith, Rouse and OUP.