Date: 5 October 2023
Time: 3:00 PM UTC
Duration: 60 min
Language: English
Format: Online
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Worldwide: Trade Secrets – Strategic Considerations to Maximise Value for the Business

This one hour webinar will provide a comprehensive and practical guide to Trade Secrets, including pointers on when and how to incorporate Trade Secrets into a wider IP strategy, examples and discussion of key technology sectors, and best practice for identifying, documenting, and protecting Trade Secrets to maximise their value for the business. The presenters will cover:
1. What is a Trade secret and when is it useful?
A brief recap on the key features of Trade Secret provisions, including enforcement and jurisdiction questions, as well as guidance on how to decide whether a patent or Trade Secret is most appropriate for any given innovation.
2. Sector Specific examples – AI and Life Sciences
Particular considerations around the use of Trade Secrets to protect innovations in these key technology areas. With multiple sector specific factors to consider, including patentability and patent enforcement considerations, and the impact of sector regulation, the questions of how and when to use Trade Secret protection for AI and Life Sciences subject matter will be considered in more detail.  
3. So what should I do?
The presenters will provide an overview of best practice for identifying, documenting, and securing Trade Secrets, including guidance from case law and considerations for eventual enforcement to ensure that the value of Trade Secrets is maximised.
Webinar attendees will come away with a deeper understanding of how Trade Secrets can be incorporated into their IP strategy, and the practical steps to take in developing or reinforcing their policies for managing and securing their business’s Trade Secrets. Given the topics covered in this webinar it will have relevance to IP professionals globally.

Jamie Rowlands

Jamie has over 20 years of experience advising on, protecting and enforcing clients’ valuable IP rights. His work has always been internationally-focused. Jamie has experience in all areas of IP law with a particular focus on dispute resolution. Whilst his primary focus is patent litigation, he has regularly advised clients in relation to confidential information and trade secrets on both contentious and non-contentious matters. He has provided IP advice in a wide variety of sectors including consumer products, telecoms, software, medical devices, aviation, automotive, oil & gas and advanced manufacturing.

Gemma Robin

Gemma handles a wide variety of software and telecommunications subject matter, with a particular emphasis on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the fields of Reinforcement Learning, Transfer Learning, and Distributed Learning, as well as applications of probabilistic graphical models, control theory and optimisation. Gemma assists clients in protecting innovation at the intersection of AI and multiple related disciplines, including telecommunciations, security and encryption technology.

Frances Wilding

Frances started her career as a Patent Examiner at the European Patent Office in Munich, where she spent 8 years working on examination and opposition of European cases and PCT examination, covering a variety of engineering and electronics fields. Frances then transferred to private practice in the UK.  At HLK, Frances has continued to work across a broad variety of fields, including mobile telecommunications, healthcare, medical and display technology, including user interfaces, simulation systems, data centres, design and implementation of neural networks (AI), and business and internet-based inventions.

Joseph Lenthall

Joseph specialises in obtaining and managing patent portfolios in the pharmaceutical and chemical industries. He is particularly experienced in EPO Oppositions and Appeals proceedings acting for clients in patent matters across a diverse range of technologies, and has also led patent proceedings in the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and Court of Appeal. Joseph has developed substantial technical and professional expertise in the fields of new pharmaceutical chemical entities (including protein kinase inhibitors, ADCs and PROTACs), radiopharmaceuticals, oral protein formulations, dentistry, biocompatible materials, assay devices, glass technology and consumer product formulations.

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