Inventive Step in the UK and Use of Experts in Patent Litigation

Hosted by the Department of Law

CLM.5.02 , Clement House , United Kingdom


Dr Christopher Robertson

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, University of Arizona.

Sir Richard Arnold

High Court Judge

Sir Colin Birss

UK High Court

Dr Mathias Zigann

Presiding Officer Munich Regional Court


Dr Siva Thambisetty

Dr Siva Thambisetty

Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science

This seminar brings together social scientists, lawyers and judges to explore the cognitive burden and mechanics of litigation strategies on inventive step. Inventive step standard is the corner stone of a patent system that incentivises the right kind of technical advances. However, using expert evidence for an objective view on inventive step can present practical difficulties with logical consequences for decision-making.

 In this unique event we will conduct a vignette-based survey in real time, followed by responses and discussion of results by a distinguished panel.

 This event is particularly suited to those with patent litigation experience.

 Survey questions can be taken on a phone or tablet and the link to materials will be emailed at the event. Wifi will be available at the venue but please bring a personal device to receive the questions.

CPD points will be available for registered participants who respond to the survey.

The event will begin promptly at 6 pm.

Sir Richard Arnold.

Sir Colin Birss (UK High Court).

Professor Christopher Robertson, Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, University of Arizona.

Dr. Matthias Zigann, Presiding Judge, Regional Court Munich I, 7th Division

Dr Siva Thambisetty, Associate Professor of Law, London School of Economics and Political Science.

Dominic Adair, Partner at Bristows and Anna Edwards-Stuart of 11 South Square will also contribute as discussants. Survey materials prepared by Alan Johnson, Partner at Bristows.

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This event has been certified for CPD purposes by the CPD Certification Service. Self-Assessment Record forms will be made available for delegates wishing to record further learning and knowledge enhancement for Continuing Personal and Professional Development (CPD) purposes. For delegates who wish to obtain a CPD Certificate of Attendance, it is the responsibility of delegates to register their details with a LSE steward at the end of the event and as of 1 September 2014 a certificate will be sent within 28 days of the date of the event attended by the CPD Certification Service.  If a delegate fails to register their details at the event, it will not prove possible to issue a certificate. (For queries relating to CPD Certificates of attendance after a request please phone 0208 840 4383 or email

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