Glasses raised for another successful World IP Day Conference

06 Apr


Whisky will be a main feature of the Faculty’s ninth World Intellectual Property Day Conference, when the organisers expect to toast another full house.

The free event is fully subscribed every year, so those interested in attending on Friday, 22 April, are encouraged to register soon to avoid disappointment.

World IP Day – 26 April - was established in 2000 by the Geneva-based World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) to promote discussion of the role of intellectual property in encouraging innovation and creativity. This year, WIPO has chosen the theme “Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined”, bringing into focus the ways in which technology is transforming how consumable culture is created, distributed and enjoyed.

The Faculty’s conference this year has two guest speakers -  Lindesay Low, legal adviser of the Scottish Whisky Association, will talk on “The Scotch Whisky Association: Safeguarding a Scottish Icon”, and James Taylor, a specialist in Creative Digital Media, will look at “Creativity: How We Create, Innovate and Thrive in the Digital Economy.”

Roisin Higgins, QC, an IP law specialist, is co-chair of the conference with Graeme McWilliams, legal adviser of Standard Life.

She said: “Graeme and I are excited to be hosting our ninth annual WIPD event and are delighted to have secured two excellent speakers. On a topic close to many people’s hearts, we are very glad to be welcoming Lindesay Low, who will discuss the daily challenges of protecting the valuable IP in our ancient national drink.

“In addition, the technology theme chosen this year by WIPO is highly pertinent to the present social media age and we are looking forward to hearing James Taylor, an industry expert in digital creativity, speak about how the IP issues surrounding the creative process have been impacted by the evolving digital environment.” 

Details of the conference are at