How to Identify and Secure Commercially Relevant Intellectual Property Rights

How to Identify and Secure Commercially Relevant Intellectual Property Rights

12/3/2020 12:00:00 AM

Thursday, December 3, 2020, 10:00 AM 11:00 AM

We are delighted to be partnering with Mathys & Squire to jointly organise a series of workshops on Intellectual Property. These workshops will cover a range of issues, starting with this general overview on the topic.

TusPark UK is a key contributor to the UK’s innovation community, and its Bio-Innovation Centre is the first fully-equipped, shared-use laboratory in the Cambridge Science Park designed for innovative businesses in the Life Sciences and HealthTech to grow, particularly those with a research-heavy focus.

This workshop will introduce the shared laboratory model of TusPark Cambridge’s Bio-Innovation Centre: how it supports entrepreneurs, startups, spin-outs and scientists for their research and development, and IP creation work. We’ll then follow this up with an introduction to considerations around IP, breaking down the different types of IP that innovators need to know.

This series of workshops are designed to be participatory: we’ll listen to feedback from our audience for suggestions about what other matters they would like us to address. Possible future topics around IP can also include: licensing, commercial agreements, investment, and mergers and acquisitions.





10:00 – 10:05 Welcome by TusPark UK

  • Colin Tan, Director of Operations, TusPark UK

10:05 – 10:20 Shared Laboratory model of the Bio-Innovation Centre

  • David Chaplin, General Manager of the Bio-Innovation Centre, TusPark UK

    David will introduce the Co-working laboratory in the Bio-Innovation Centre.  As the first shared lab space in the Cambridge Science Park, David will discuss the model and general information about the facility.

10:20 – 10:50 Intellectual Property (IP) essentials for Innovators

  • Craig Titmus, Partner (Life Sciences), UK and European Patent Attorney

  • James Pitchford, Partner (IT & Engineering), UK and European Patent Attorney

    Craig and James will focus on how to identify and secure commercially relevant IP rights, including an overview of the various types of IP rights that are available to innovators (including IP rights that can arise automatically and might already exist). Particular emphasis will be placed on IP of most relevance to growth-stage companies as they scale up their commercial presence and expand their R&D activities.

10:50-11:00 Q&A



David is responsible for activities related to the occupation and operation of Bio-Innovation Centre on the Cambridge Science Park. He has broad experience in R&D, operational and business leadership in both large and small companies, including as a company director. Experience has been within the pharmaceutical and fine chemicals industries with a keen interest in biotechnology. He has extensive project and people management experience across global organisations, including setting up major strategic projects internally and with external collaborators.

Craig’s Intellectual Property practice covers diverse biotechnological subject-matter, with a particular focus on diagnostics, vaccines, therapeutic antibodies, and biofuels. Craig has significant experience of patent drafting and European and international patent prosecution, with a strong focus on China, US and Japan. Craig coordinates global IP strategies for a range of clients including start-ups, SMEs, universities, large corporations and the UK Government. 

Craig gained a first-class honour’s degree in molecular biology and biochemistry at the University of Durham where he ranked top in his year. He went on to the University of Cambridge to undertake a PhD in collaboration with a multinational crop research company, focussing on interfaces between metabolism and the cell cycle. Craig features as a Recommended Individual in the ‘IAM Patent 1000, The World’s Leading Patent Professionals’ as "a true strategic partner, helping clients far beyond the scope of their existing engagements" and as an “exceptional lawyer” in ‘The Legal 500’.

James obtained a Master’s degree in Natural Sciences (Physics and Materials Science) and a PhD in Materials Science, both from the University of Cambridge.  He then entered the patent profession in 2000.  James specialises in patent matters (including drafting, international prosecution, portfolio management and due diligence) in the physics, electronics, engineering, computer software and materials science sectors.  He also has a keen professional interest in communications technology.  He has significant experience working with entrepreneurs, start-ups, spin-outs and SMEs, alongside large corporations, research institutions and universities.