Today is the last day of IP Draughts’ 3-year term as chairman of the IP Law Committee of the Law Society of England and Wales. Tomorrow, Carolyn Pepper officially takes over. He wishes her all the best in the role over the next 3 years.
It sounds like a cliché to say that people grow into a role, but the phrase resonates with IP Draughts: as he performed the role, he developed the skills and confidence to perform it better.
It has been a real pleasure to work with a talented and dedicated group of people on the committee in pursuit of a common cause. IP Draughts also enjoyed working with others, including:
- some talented and committed people at the Law Society, including our policy adviser, and former committee secretary, Lauren Rabaiotti
- representatives of other IP professions, including the IP Bar Association, CIPA, CITMA, the IPLA and the IP Federation
- representatives of the UK Intellectual Property Office and other government departments and agencies, including some representatives of the Ministry of Justice.
Among many highlights were having the opportunity to give oral evidence to committees of the UK Parliament:
- Together with Matthew Harris of the IP Law Committee, and Vicky Salmon of CIPA, IP Draughts gave oral evidence to the House of Lords’ Public Bill Committee that considered the Bill that eventually became the Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Act 2017, and negotiated changes to the text of the draft Bill with representatives of the Law Commission and the Parliamentary Draftsman’s office.
- Together with Daniel Nelki, then in a senior role at Wellcome Trust, he gave oral evidence to the House of Commons’ Science and Technology Committee, in relation to its inquiry into technology transfer.
Now, IP Draughts would like another public/legal role that will make use of the chairing skills that he developed with the IPLC, and the legal skills that he has developed over the last 39 years. If you hear of anything, please let him know…