Interested in influencing IP laws and policies?

law societyAre you interested in influencing the development of future IP legislation and policies in the UK, EU and internationally, as a member of a technical committee of lawyers in England and Wales?

The Law Society of England and Wales (LSEW) has announced that it has vacancies for membership of some of its committees, including its Intellectual Property Law Committee (IPLC). (Mark Anderson is the current chairman of the IPLC.)

The IPLC has an interesting and diverse workload. Recent projects of note include the Unitary Patent, the draft Bill to revise UK law on making threats of IP infringements, a consultation on the EU Enforcement Directive, and the European Commission’s digital rights agenda. As well as meeting 4 times per year, members of the IPLC volunteer to work on responses to consultations and proposals for draft legislation.

Members of the IPLC receive a small allowance and are entitled to claim certain travel costs.

The IPLC has four vacancies. Details of the vacancies (as well as the vacancies for the other committees), and how to apply, can be found here. We are looking for good people, irrespective of background. On this occasion, to balance the experience of IPLC members, we are particularly interested in candidates who are:

  • digital copyright specialists,
  • trade secret specialists,

Including candidates who are:

  • in-house lawyers,
  • City solicitors (and perhaps willing to act as a liaison with the City of London Law Society’s IP group), or
  • Regional solicitors

But even if you don’t fit into these categories, we have 4 vacancies so you shouldn’t be put off from applying if you have the technical knowledge and skills to contribute to the IPLC’s work.

If you are an IP solicitor in England and Wales and this type of work interests you, please consider making an application. The closing date for applications is 12.00 noon on 20 April 2016.  If you would like to discuss any aspect, please contact Mark at or on 01865 858 878.


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