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Why Cyber Attacks are a Business Risk not an IT Problem: The Growing Business of IP Theft, CPD Webinar (1hr)


Thursday, June 2, 2016 12:30pm – 13:30pm

With the cost of cyber crime on the rise, businesses need to open their eyes to the increasing risk to UK businesses. Globally Cyber Crime is believed to be costing in the region of $3 trillion per year with online fraud accounting for up to half and according to the City of London Police, cyber crime is worth more than the illegal drugs trade in the UK.

The lack of awareness and accountability among top management in UK businesses, is leaving them exposed to attacks and demands a change of culture in how businesses protect their assets.

In this webinar Andrew Beckett, Managing Director with Kroll will discuss:

  • The costs of cyber-crime to UK business and why criminals are going on-line to steal IP
  • Types of cyber-attack that are prevalent in the UK (and indeed most of the developed world)
  • Likely targets for hackers and
  • What companies can do to defend against attacks


Speaker: Andrew Beckett – Managing Director, Cyber and Investigations at Kroll

Practical Aspects of IP Licensing – IP Transactions with Universities, CPD Webinar (1hr)

Thursday, June 23, 2016 12:30pm – 13:30pm

Non Member £72.00   Member £48.00

Exemplified by transactions between universities and commercial entities, Taj Mattu and Mike Barlow will present some basic principles of technology and IP licensing, including objectives of both licensor and licensee, and the need to disentangle the legal issues from the commercial and developmental issues so that focussed client advice can be provided.


  • Dr Taj Mattu, Foresight Science and Technology

Mike Barlow is a Fellow of CIPA and was until 2009 Head of BP International’s Global Patents and Technology Law.  Since then he has run his own IP consultancy Fairoaks IP advising high-tech companies in the UK and Europe on how to manage and exploit their IP from a strategic perspective.  He is a past president of the IP Federation, a former Chair of the European Chemical Industry’s IP Task Force, and a former Council member of CIPA.  Currently, Mike  is Chair of the International Advisory Board of the German chemical company OTI AG and advisor to the Board of Coimbra Genomics SA.  In 2010 he was awarded an OBE for his services to innovation and IP in the UK.  Since 2011 he has been a member of the IAM 300 list of the world’s top IP strategists.

  • Dr Mike Barlow OBE, Fairoaks IP

Taj Mattu is President of Foresight Science & Technology in the UK.  Prior to joining Foresight, he was with Oxford University’s technology transfer company, Isis Innovation Ltd., and also Ploughshare Innovation, Ltd. which commercialises research from the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory at Porton Down.   Taj has worked in many industry sectors with an emphasis on biochemistry, biomedicine, and clean energy. He has been a Principal Investigator on a number of NIH grants and led the development of a new proteomics instrument with funding from the Ben Franklin Foundation.  Taj is a member of the Licensing Executive Society, an Associate member of CIPA and a former committee member of Praxis-UNICO.

Chair – Richard Oldroyd, Brookes Batchellor LLP