Intellectual Property: the hottest topic in MOD contracting?

21 January 2020

16:00 - 19:00

Bird & Bird
12 New Fetter Lane
London EC4A 1JP

In the technology rich world of defence, intellectual property (IP) is a hugely valuable and critical asset, both for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) and contractors. Ownership of IP and how it can be used and exploited is one of the most important topics in any negotiation with the MOD. This is a particularly hot topic at the moment as MOD is questioning whether its current approach to IP is fit for the modern technology rich world, and is seeking some amendments to its IP standard terms. In addition, the technological transformation of the sector, with increased application of AI and big data, raises some fundamental questions as to whether current IP rights are suitable to protect these assets.

This interactive and thought-provoking session will cover:

  • The MoD perspective: why is IP important to us and what are our key objectives in our IP commercial policy? The MOD Intellectual Property Policy Review and its implementation in defence contracting: what does it all mean for contractors? Nicholas Matheson, Air Systems, Defence Intellectual Property Rights (DIPR), MOD, and Gareth Jones, Policy, DIPR, MOD

  • Working with the IP DEFCONs: some challenges for contractors, Mark Leach, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • IP hot topics: ownership of IP, how joint ownership arises and why it should be avoided, compensation for employee inventions and protecting trade secrets - Katharine Stephens, Partner, Bird & Bird

  • Panel discussion and Q&A

The event is aimed at anyone working in an organisation currently contracting, or looking to contract with MOD. It is part of Bird & Bird's defence seminar programme: a forum for members of the industry to network with peers, hear about the latest industry trends and developments, share common experiences and challenges and learn from others.

We look forward to hosting you at what is sure to be a lively and engaging session!

Please note that this event will be run simultaneously as an in-person seminar in London, and broadcast remotely as a webinar. Please do invite colleagues who cannot attend in person to dial into the webinar.


The programme

16:00 -16:30
Registration (in person only)

16:30 - 18:00
Presentation and panel discussion (in person/webinar)

18:00 - 19:00
Networking and drinks (in person only)

Contact / Registration