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CIPPM Spring Public Lectures Series 2014

The 2014 Spring Public Lecture Series will include lectures by Trevor Cook (Partner, Bird & Bird) on 27 February, by Dr Ilanah Simon Fhima (University College London) on 3 April, and by Prof Peter Jaszi (Professor of Law, American University) on 1 May. All lectures take place in the Executive Business Centre on Thursdays at 6pm.


Trevor Cook (Partner, Bird & Bird) – Patent litigation in Europe: now and in the future

Date: Thursday 27 February
Time: 6pm
Location: Executive Business Centre (EB206), Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB

Trevor is one of the best-known names in the intellectual property market and has been working in this area for thirty five years.

Trevor is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group based in London and is co-head of Bird & Bird’s International Life Sciences Sector Group.

While Trevor’s main area of focus is patent and other intellectual property litigation and advice, he is also active in the area of life sciences administrative law.

He is president of the UK Group of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and Chairman of the British Copyright Council. He is on the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) List of Arbitrators.

Trevor has a degree in chemistry from Southampton University. He joined Bird & Bird in 1974 and has been a partner since 1981.

Trevor has authored numerous articles and books during his career, his most recent books being A Users’ Guide to Patents (3rd edition – Bloomsbury 2011), International Intellectual Property Arbitration (Wolters Kluwer 2010), EU Intellectual Property Law (Oxford University Press 2010), and Pharmaceuticals Biotechnology and the Law (2nd edition – Butterworths 2009).  He co-authors Practical Intellectual Property Precedents (Sweet & Maxwell 1998 to date) and is a general editor of The Modern Law of Patents (Butterworths 2005, 2010).

Trevor received the ‘Patent Lawyer of the Year’ in 2012 for the seventh consecutive year from Who’s Who Legal and is ranked as a “star individual”, the only one in this category, in Chambers UK 2012 for his IP and patent litigation work in the life sciences sector.


Dr Ilanah Simon Fhima (University College London) – The confusion test in European trade mark law

Date: Thursday 3 April
Time: 6pm
Location: Executive Business Centre (EB206), Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB

Ilanah joined UCL in September 2007, and is co-director of UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law. Ilanah completed her PhD as a Herchel Smith Research Scholar at the Intellectual Property Research Institute of Queen Mary University of London, during which time she also taught at UCL and Kings College, London. More recently, she was a lecturer at Brunel University (2006-2007) and an invited researcher at the Institute of Intellectual Property Law, Tokyo.

Ilanah’s research centres around intellectual property, and in particular, trade mark law. She is particularly interested in infringement issues, the influence of European law on intellectual property law and the development of the ‘essential function’/’specific subject matter’ doctrine. Ilanah has particular research experience in comparative trade mark law (especially with relation to the United States) and trade mark dilution, the subject of her doctoral thesis.

Ilanah serves on the editorial board of the European Intellectual Property Review and was deputy editor of the European Trade Mark Reports until the end of 2009. She was a group leader on the European section of the International Trade Mark Association’s Well Known Marks and Dilution Committee between 2005 and 2007. She co-founded and was previously a contributor to the IPKat intellectual property weblog.

Ilanah speaks regularly presents her research at international conferences, and has conducted judicial training on intellectual property in Israel and Croatia.


Prof Peter Jaszi (Professor of Law, American University) – The advantages of a flexible or “open-ended” approach to copyright limitations and exceptions.

Date: Thursday 1 May
Time: 6pm
Location: Executive Business Centre (EB206), Holdenhurst Road, Bournemouth BH8 8EB

Peter Jaszi teaches copyright law at American University law school in Washington, D.C. He works on topics ranging from law and the traditional arts of Indonesia to the contemporary doctrine of fair use. In 2011, he and Patricia Aufderheide published Reclaiming Fair Use: How To Put Balance Back in Copyright. Along with Prof. Aufderheide and others, Jaszi has worked with various creative communities to develop fair use Codes of Best Practices.

He currently is helping to develop a set of community-based Best Practices for the fair use of “orphan works,” with a special focus on archival collections, and another code for fair use in the visual arts, under the auspices of the College Art Association. Among Jaszi’s other recent publications are“Copy right in Transition” (with Martha Woodmansee, in Volume IV of the History of the Book in America series, 2009), and “Is There Such a Thing as Post-Modern Copyright?” (inMaking and Unmaking Intellectual Property, 2011, which he edited with Woodmansee and Mario Biagioii).

Jaszi served on the 1994 Librarian of Congress’ Advisory Commission on Copyright Registration and Deposit, and in 1995 he helped organize the Digital Future Coalition. He is part of the legal team representing the National Federal of the Blind in the Authors Guild v. HathiTrust litigation. In 2007, the American Library Association recognized him with its L. Ray Patterson Copyright Award.


All lectures take place on at 18:00, in the Executive Business Centre, close to the Bournemouth Travel Interchange (89 Holdenhurst Road, BH8 8EB). The lectures are free to attend, but places are limited, and admission to the building closes at 18:15. If you wish to reserve a place, please contact Mandy Lynch.