Alison Brimelow will discuss ‘Are IP regimes fit for purpose in the internet age?’


The next meeting of the Anglo-Bavarian Club will take place in the Bayerischer Hof on Wednesday 11th May at 18:30.

In a world where creativity is increasingly becoming as important as production, an issue which affects all of us is the protection of intellectual property. In an age where seemingly an ‘anything goes‘ regime exists on the web and where scant respect is shown for the intellectual property rights of authors, filmmakers, composers and performers and commercial companies

Alison Brimelow

will discuss

 ’Are IP regimes fit for purpose in the internet age?’

Bayerischer Hof, Wednesday, 11 May 2016, 18:30

Alison Brimelow was President of the European Patent Office from 2003 to 2007.
Before that, she had pursued a varied career in the civil service, including experience of intellectual property at national, European and international levels.
She joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1973 and later transferred to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), where she worked in a variety of positions at Headquarters, mostly concerned with policy in the EU. In 1991 she joined the UK Patent Office (now the UK Intellectual Property Office), where she became head of the Trade Marks Registry.
In 1997 she returned to DTI Headquarters to work on European and international competition policy.
In March 1999 Alison Brimelow was appointed Chief Executive and Comptroller General of the UK Patent Office, a position she held until December 2003.
From 1999 to 2003 she headed the UK delegation on the Administrative Council of the European Patent Organisation. In 2003 she was elected President of the European Patent Office jointly with Professor Alain Pompidou, whose term of office ended in June 2007. She resigned from the UK Civil Service on 31 December 2003, but remained part of the UK delegation on the Administrative Council, and was the Council’s Deputy Chair from December 2003 to 2006. From November 2004 to December 2006 Alison Brimelow chaired the Steering Board of the National Weights and Measures Laboratory. In February 2005 she was elected Associate Fellow of Templeton College in Oxford University’s Saïd Business School and received an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from the University of Wolverhampton, for services to intellectual property. In 2005, she was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire.

Please reply including the names of your guests, preferably by e-mail to or telephone or fax as below as soon as possible but no later than 9 May, 2016.

Join us to hear the Alison speak and contribute to a lively post-presentation discussion followed by dinner.

For dinner, a set menu comprising starter, main course, water and a glass of wine will cost €43,00.

Looking forward to seeing you and your guests there.

Hamish Douglas, ABC Chairman

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