Strategic Intellectual Property Forum

Small meets large – IP challenges

Organizing for IP exploitation

Intellectual property (IP) may adopt many forms - patents, trademarks, goodwill, designs, copyright and know-how. But what all of these forms have in common is that they provide key IP assets potentially with substantial commercial and innovation potential. Knowing how to leverage these IP assets requires a balanced blend of IP awareness, commercial understanding and familiarity with IP portfolio management. Committed to supporting the UK industry, IfM’s Centre for Technology Management (CTM) and Avidity IP launched the Strategic Intellectual Property Forum (SIPF) to help companies understand how to manage and exploit their IP.



The CTM and Avidity IP are looking forward to welcoming you to the IfM.




13:00 Registration and refreshments


13:30 Introduction to the day


Frank Tietze, Centre for Technology Management, IfM and Adrian Howson, AvidityIP


13:45 Welcome to the IfM, Open Innovation and IP

Tim Minshall, Head, Centre for Technology Management, IfM


14:00 David vs Goliat

John Nevard, Director of IP, Cambridge Display Technology


14:30 Moving forward together in R&D - collaboration between large industrials and smaller tech companies – an IP view from Caterpillar   Jo Costura, Intellectual Property Transaction and Technology Licensing Manager EAME, Caterpillar


15:00 Refreshments and Wall of Ideas


15:30 An entrepreneur’s view of the real role of IP in starting a business

Michael Evans, CEO, Cambridge Carbon Capture               


16:00 Sharing trade secrets with others

Donal O’Connell, former VP of R&D and Director of IP, Nokia


16:30 Refreshments


16:40 Why Do Companies Pledge Their Patents?
Panel Discussion - Donal O'Connell, former VP of R&D and Director of IP, Nokia, Michael Evans, CEO, Cambridge Carbon Capture, Patrick Farrant, Partner, Taylor Vinters and Marc Wilson, Director, GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals   


17:10 Wrap-up and next steps for SIPF


Frank Tietze, Centre for Technology Management, IfM and Adrian Howson, AvidityIP



The event is kindly supported by: 


Who should attend

SIPF caters for decision makers in large, mid-caps but also small companies and high-tech start-ups such as CTOs, portfolio managers, VPs Technology, Heads of IP / licensing from the Cambridge cluster and beyond.


Attendance is free of charge, but pre-event registration is required. Come along and engage in an expert community for discussions on strategic IP topics. We look forward welcoming you to the IfM!

Please join our LinkedIn group created specifically to form an IP community in the Cambridge area and beyond.

For further information please contact:

Events Team

T: +44 (0)1223 748267