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What you will learn from this workshop:

There is considerable legal uncertainty in the extent to which patent protection is available for stem cells, their products and their methods of production.

This workshop will provide up to date information on the present position taken by the European Patent Office and national offices for certain European states, and key territories such as US, Japan, China and India.

The interactive session will provide practical tips on drafting, filing and prosecution strategy for stem cell patent applications in order to provide flexibility and maximise protection in each jurisdiction.

Who should attend?

  • Directors and group leaders from biotech companies in the stem cell/regenerative medicine area
  • Directors of patent departments and patent managers
  • Technology transfer officers
  • Patent attorneys and in-house counsel from biotech companies wishing to increase their knowledge of stem cell patenting

About the workshop leaders: 

Louise Holliday is a Partner of D Young & Co in the biotechnology team.  She is a specialist in all types of biotechnology subject matter, especially immunology, antibody technology, stem cells and regenerative medicine, molecular biology and virology. She is highly experienced in drafting, filing and prosecuting UK, European and PCT applications, EPO opposition and appeal work and her clients include academic departments, research institutes, start-ups, SMEs and larger biotech companies.  Louise lectures frequently on Biotechnology patent law and practice and has written a number of articles in the field.

Charles Harding is a Partner of D Young & Co.  Charles handles a broad range of subject-matter in both the chemical and biological fields, including biochemistry, biotechnology, molecular biology, food science, pharmaceuticals, drug delivery and diagnostics and has previous experience in the Chemical and Biotechnological Industry with Rohm & Haas Company. Charles has extensive experience, particularly acting before the European Patent Office representing clients in complex Opposition and Appeal proceedings.  His success has been individually recognized in the Legal 500, which provides independent advice to clients seeking the best attorneys for their work.

About D Young & Co:

D Young & Co is one of the principal European firms of patent and trademark attorneys. The firm provides a high quality personalised and professional service for a diverse range of clients around the world including multinational corporations, small and medium-sized enterprises, successful start-up companies, and prestige academic institutions.

Many of the attorneys are at the forefront of developments in IP law sitting on key IP panels and IP forums.  The firm is known for its integrity through provision of high quality advice and the development of long term relationships and trust amongst clients and suppliers.


Workshop programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 What makes a patentable invention?

10:30 Morning Coffee

10:45 Exceptions to patentability

12:15 Networking Lunch

13:15 The position in Europe, UK, Japan, China and India

14:45 Afternoon Tea

15:00 Worked examples and discussion session

16:00 End of Day


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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

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We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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