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League table of UK IP lawyers

peer reviewIt’s that time of the year again, when IP Draughts presents his “poll of polls” on the best transactional IP lawyers in the UK.

As in previous years, the methodology is very simple. Identify the people who are listed on both the IAM Patent 1000 list of recommended UK licensing lawyers, and the Chambers Directory list of recommended UK life science lawyers. The latter list was published earlier today.

Selecting people who feature in both lists has the advantage of weeding out some corporate lawyers who feature on the Chambers list. It also omits a few people who appear on the IAM list, whom IP Draughts rates highly, but you can’t have everything. IP Draughts thinks the result is a reasonably reliable list of genuine specialists in transactional IP with a technology focus.

The list comprises, in alphabetical order:

Laura Anderson – Bristows

Mark Anderson – Anderson Law

Malcom Bates – Taylor Wessing

Richard Binns – Simmons & Simmons

Allistair Booth – Pinsent Masons

Patrick Duxbury – Wragges

Jim Ford – Allen & Overy

Michael Gavey – Simmons & Simmons

Sarah Hanson – CMS Cameron McKennanot bad

Gary Howes – Faskens

Mark Lubbock – Ashursts

Nicola Maguire – Reed Smith

Lucinda Osborne – Covington & Burling

Daniel Pavin – Covington & Burling

Stephen Reese – Olswang

John Wilkinson – Reed Smith



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Put the dates in your diary (please): 4 & 16 September

courseThe first event in IP Draughts’ Summer and Autumn programme of courses took place earlier this week – Drafting Legal Clauses in Commercial Contracts. This course has been running in different formats for over 15 years.

The next events, subject to bookings, will be:

4 September – Contract Drafting: an Advanced-Level Workshop

16 September – Intellectual Property Licensing: an Advanced-Level Drafting Workshop

Further details on these events, which are held in central London, can be found here.

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181-year-old corpse of Jeremy Bentham attends UCL board meeting

Mark Anderson:

Add spice (or at least embalming fluid) to your Board meeting. Invite Jeremy Bentham!

Originally posted on Metro:

JB_CollegeCouncil_0145  Tuesday 9th July marked the day that the retiring Provost of UCL, Sir Malcolm Grant, attended his last ever Council meeting. We at UCL Museums thought we would mark this by doing something a little bit different¿  Most people know that Jeremy Bentham, the spiritual founder of UCL, attends every UCL council meeting. He is always recorded as 'present but not voting', except when the council is split on a motion. On those rare occasions he gets a vote, and always votes in favour of the motion, due to his mischievous personality.   It's a brilliant story, it has everything. A dead body, academic eccentricity reanimation of a corpse, ancient tradition¿what's not to love? Except unfortunately it's a myth. One of the many legends that have built up around the 'old radical' that I have no doubt that he would have enjoyed.  There is the possibility that the auto-icon of Jeremy Bentham attended council meetings to mark the centenary and (150???) anniversaries of the founding of UCL (1926 and 1976 respectivly). I say possibility because even though it is given as fact by several sources, including Wikipedia, there is no proof in the archive of documents relating to the auto-icon. My rule of thumb with all the Bentham myths is that I'll try not to pass on a 'fact' until there at least 3 independent sources supporting it. I know this probably sounds quite harsh, it's not an academic journal after all, but there are SO MANY stories built up around him and they are SO GOOD that I want to be sure before I pass anything on. For instance have you heard his real head was stolen and found in a left luggage locker in Aberdeen? Apparently the Professor who allegedly went to retrieve the head swears blind it didn't happen.  Anyway, given the end of the Provosts ten year stint at UCL, and the fact it was upsetting seeing the disappointed looks on visitors faces when asked if the story was true, UCL Museums decided to make myth a reality. And not only that we would take lots of pictures and make sure that it was definitely recorded in our archives for future generations.   One of the main reasons that we don't get the auto-icon out that often, except to clean or inspect, is that its not an easy job. It takes 3 people to get him out of his inner box (he's in two of them) and, as he's bolted to his chair, he has to be moved in one go. This involves two people carrying his chair and body, while a third holds onto his feet to try to keep them still. His makers used copper wire and jointed hinges to keep the skeleton together, which means in theory he could move his body like a living person. In practice this means that his feet want to stay on the ground or, if held high enough, dangle off his chair and kick in the air. An absolute nightmare when you are trying to move him delicately.   Another reason why we try not to move him is the fear of pests getting onto him and his clothes, eating away at him and causing huge damage. His undershirt was destroyed in this way in xxxx, the one he wears now was donated by xxxx, and the records show that he has been treated twice for infestation since the 1980's. When you look at his clothes its clear to see small holes and areas of grazing, caused by pests. Moving him around food and people is just asking for trouble. Infact the first thing I did as soon as we got him safely into the council chamber was hover the floor, to try get rid of any bugs or beats. Not all glamour this job.  Once he was safely in the room and the floor hovered he was placed on a plastozote, a foam like substance, and acid free tissue. This was to keep him from touching the floor and hopefully keep bugs away.   We placed him at the far end of the room, away from the door and in an area where people were least likely to brush past him as the moved around. One of the senior members of staff had agreed to act as his body guard for the meeting, and so was sat next to him. The door to the council chamber was slightly open and it was great fun to watch people walking past and doing a double take.  After an hour or so sitting with the corpse of the 83 year old the members of the Council started arriving. The attendees seemed to fall into three groups. Those who knew about it before walked into the room scanning the faces of everyone sat down until spotting him, stopped briefly and laughed. The second group were people who had no idea that it would be happening. They walked into the room, usually made it to their seats and then looked about before spotting him (it was probably his hat which gave him away), looked surprised and usually asked if it was really him before laughing. Both these groups then pulled out their phones and took pictures. The final group consisted of people who walked in, dropped their stuff off at their desk, went for a coffee and then sat down at their desk without seeing him. I have to say that most of the students representatives feel into this category.  With everyone there I passed responsibility for his welfare over to his bodyguard, and left the room. The meeting lasted for well over three hours and I'm sure there was a lot of questions addressed to Jeremy during it¿  Now that we have done this there are no plans to move him again in the near future. All I need to do now is update our documentation and archive, and our web pages, plus our recent news, oh and Wikipedia¿

Point of order: The late Jeremy Bentham joins the farewell committee meeting (Picture: UCL)

Many board meetings are so tedious that members often end up looking like waxwork dummies.

But at this gathering, the well-dressed gentleman in the corner can be forgiven for looking a little out of it – Jeremy Bentham died 181 years ago.

The ‘spiritual founder’ of University College London can usually be found in a cabinet in a university corridor.

But he was moved earlier this week to mark the last council meeting attended by retiring provost Sir Malcolm Grant.

Old radical: Bentham is bolted to his chair (Picture: UCL)

Old radical: Bentham is bolted to his chair (Picture: UCL)

Bentham, a philosopher regarded as the founder of utilitarianism, requested that his skeleton should be preserved and dressed in his own clothes.

One of the many myths surrounding him is that he attends every UCL council meeting and is always recorded as ‘present but not voting’.

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Mark Anderson:

Breaching client confidentiality on a train: a scale of 1 to 10

Originally posted on The Bizzle:

Tom Kilroy blogged recently about how lawyers working on the train may be committing serious breaches of confidentiality. For the his pains, he has been called, on the Roll On Friday discussion board and elsewhere, “a prig”, “an utter nob”, “a pompous arse”, and “a keeno teedfest” (this last from a partner at the prestigious firm of Beiber and Bieber, apparently). 

Now, I’m completely with Tom on this, if only because the constant tippy-tapping of laptop keyboards and self-important BB yapping irritates me almost to the point of homicide. But it is clear that a more nuanced approach is required to head off accusations of over-reaction and priggishness. 

I have therefore gathered together a team of the finest intellects in the country (myself, Mrs Bizzle, and the cat) to consider this vexed question. After a week of hard thought and intense debate, we are delighted to present the Kilroy Scale.


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