Practice Management (PMC) and Study & Work (CET) Committees

16:00 - 17:30 // Friday 27 September 

FICPI's 22nd Open Forum is an opportunity to strengthen existing relationships and create new ones, driven by FICPI's focus on bringing independent IP attorneys from around the globe together to connect, share knowledge and grow.

Anne Lévy, PMC President, and Robert Watson, CET President invite all FICPI members to join the PMC or CET group meetings at the Open Forum.

These group meetings provide a valuable opportunity to gain insights into FICPI's operations and connect with your co-members.

Whether you're an experienced IP attorney or new to the field, both PMC and CET offer knowledge-sharing and networking opportunities.

Anne Lévy (FR)

FICPI // President - Practice Management Committee
Managing Partner, Brandon IP

Anne has an extensive background in IP strategy and commercialisation. After gaining valuable business and management qualifications in France and the USA, she acquired commercial experience in Europe and USA.

In 1991, Anne became involved in the French IP strategy and commercialisation firm Brandon Valorisation, where she learned more about intellectual property law and gained experience in IP strategy, IP valuation, patent commercialisation and licensing.

With Anne’s diverse background and experience, she is not only active in advising clients in filing and pre-litigation and litigation support services but also in building customised development strategies using intellectual property rights and viewing intellectual property as a major asset for her clients to generate revenue.

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Robert Watson (UK)

FICPI // President - Study & Work Committee
Partner, Mewburn Ellis

Robert Watson is President of FICPI’s Work and Study Commission (CET). He was previously Vice-President of the CET for 7 years, chair of the International Designs study group for 6 years, and was president of FICPI-UK (the UK national group of FICPI) from 2011 to 2015. He has represented FICPI on working meetings at the UKIPO, EPO, EUIPO and WIPO, as well as meeting with offices and law makers globally. He is also a member of the Designs and Copyright committee of CIPA.

He is a partner of the UK firm, Mewburn Ellis LLP, where he has worked since 1995, having gained a 1st class degree in Chemistry from the University of Oxford. Robert handles patent work in chemistry and materials with particular experience in the pharmaceutical, industrial chemistry and nanotech sectors.

He has also extensive experience with industrial designs. In the pharmaceutical sector he advises on the protection of drugs from initial discovery, through commercialisation to approval, including patent term extensions. In the nanotech sector, he has advised on novel nanoscale materials, and novel methods of producing graphene. He has helped numerous clients through due diligence associated with investment and acquisition.

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