Spring Conference 2018 16-18 May 2018

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Join us in Telford for the PraxisAuril spring Conference, a packed programme and great networking opportunities await!


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Haseltine Lake is a major European intellectual property practice, offering top quality technical and legal advice across the full spectrum of IP rights and issues around the world. With over 70 IP professionals located in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands, we are well positioned and resourced to provide a truly pan-European service for our clients across the world. To support relationships with our clients and contacts in China and South East Asia we also have a representative office in Guangzhou, China.



Oxentia is a global innovation management and technology commercialisation consultancy that started its life as an operating division within the world-leading technology transfer company of the University of Oxford, Oxford University Innovation. Oxentia is a key component of Oxford’s thriving innovation ecosystem. Since 2004, Oxentia has delivered innovation services to a worldwide customer base of public and private sector clients in over 65 countries. We work in partnership with global clients to build capacity, develop capability and enable innovation for the benefit of economies and societies. Clients benefit from ATTP accredited training, expert commercialisation support and our friendly, creative approach to developing new initiatives to support entrepreneurship, innovation and impact.


Research England shapes healthy, dynamic research and knowledge exchange in English universities. We are responsible for funding, engaging with and understanding these institutions, and working with devolved funding bodies and the Office for Students to understand their strategies, capabilities and capacity. We support and challenge universities to create new knowledge, strengthen the economy, and enrich society. We distribute over £2.2bn to universities in England every year in the form of quality-related research (QR) funding, and via the Higher Education Innovation Fund. We are responsible for administering the Research Excellence Framework, used to inform QR funding, and for delivering the forthcoming Knowledge Exchange Framework.



Withers & Rogers is a full service intellectual property (IP) practice providing clients with a comprehensive and highly tailored service to meet their exact needs. Our multi-disciplinary teams ensure that we provide clients with the right balance of skills and experience to deliver commercial solutions for securing patents, trade marks and designs, as well as IP litigation and renewals. Strategic IP consultancy is at the core of our service and our position as one of Europe’s leading IP firms enables us to offer high level insights. We offer Board level support to a wide range of businesses and effectively match IP planning with wider strategic objectives.



Appleyard Lees has a large team of specialist patent attorneys with degrees and PhDs across all scientific fields. We assist universities throughout the UK, Ireland and overseas to secure the right protection for their valuable investments in intellectual property. We are known for our excellent client service and our pragmatic approach, and also for our particular expertise in working in this sector and its related spin-outs.



Beauhurst is a searchable database of the UK’s high-growth companies. Our platform is trusted by thousands of professionals to help them find, research and target the most ambitious businesses in Britain. We collect data on every company that meets our unique criteria of high-growth; from equity-backed startups to accelerator attendees, academic spinouts and fast-growing scaleups. Our clients include a range of knowledge transfer and commercialisation teams at organisations including the University of Manchester, University of Southampton and University College London; and investment and research teams at organisations including BGF, British Business Bank and Innovate UK. Our data is also used by a range of media organisations for their writing and analysis, as well as Government and think tanks in developing – and critiquing – economic policy.



The ICURe (Innovation to Commercialisation of University Research) programme, supported by Innovate UK, offers university researchers with innovative ideas up to £35,000 to ‘get out of the lab’ and validate these in the marketplace. In 2018-19, the University of Warwick and Queen’s University Belfast and will work alongside ICURe’s original delivery partner, the SETsquared Partnership, to deliver and grow the programme across the UK.



RWS is the world leader in translation and localization, intellectual property support solutions and life sciences language services. For 60 years, we have led the industry and helped more than 10,000 clients protect their IP and enforce their rights around the world. With staff of over 2000 and offices in Europe, North America and APAC, RWS serves clients worldwide. Clients include the world’s major patent applicants, law firms, licensing and tech transfer offices. 


IN-PART unlocks innovation from research by connecting universities and companies through an intelligent matchmaking platform. Using natural language processing and smart-matching algorithms, IN-PART connects the specific R&D requirements of companies with the most relevant innovation and expertise developed by academic researchers. Taking a proactive approach to community engagement, we provide a personal introduction for every match made through the platform. Over the past four years, IN-PART has established as the world's leading proactive technology marketing and introduction system for universities and companies. With over 120 universities and 5,000 companies using IN-PART to connect with the purpose of forming new partnerships, the platform has facilitated over 2,000 engagements since it launched in 2014. 



The Intellectual Property Office (IPO) are the government department which deal with the registration and policy around intellectual Property (copyright, trade marks, design and patents) in the UK. The UK IPO engages with businesses and universities to help safeguard their IP, foster collaboration and overcome the barriers preventing the links between industry and universities.



IP Pragmatics is a management consultancy specialising in technology and intellectual property. The company is headquartered in London with offices in Scotland and Australia. We also have strategic partners in Japan and North America. Our clients include universities, research institutes, SMEs, large enterprise and public sector organisations in over 20 countries. We combine industry experience with a practical approach to progress product and service-based opportunities at any stage in their lifecycle. Our services encompass: Market Assessments; Partnering; KE  Policy & Strategy; IP Audits; Patent Landscaping and IP Valuations. We also provide paperless patent, design and trademark renewals in over 122 countries globally through our Swiss partner IPRIS AG.



Konfer is innovation brokerage at your fingertips. It opens up research, researchers and services in UK universities and research institutions, and for academics, it is a way to find impact partners. Developed by National Centre for Universities and Business (NCUB), Research England, the Research Councils and Innovate UK, konfer is a free to use online match-making tool created to enable collaboration between academics and business. It is backed by 132 UK universities and includes profiles of 130,000 academics and over 50,000 publicly funded research projects.



LifeArc is a medical research charity with a 25-year legacy of helping scientists and organisations turn their research into treatments and diagnostics for patients. LifeArc pioneers new ways to turn great science into greater patient impact. It brings together a network of partners to tackle specific diseases and directly funds academic and early stage research. So far, LifeArc’s work has helped to develop four drugs (Keytruda®, Actemra®, Tysabri® and Entyvio®) and a test for antimicrobial resistance.  



Winner of the prestigious Queen’s Award for International Trade again in 2015, Minesoft has fast become an established leader in the field of Patent Information, working with academic institutions, industrial corporations, patent attorney firms and patent authorities around the world. Minesoft’s flagship product PatBase enables users to protect their designs by checking novelty against existing patents and to solve technical dilemmas by studying patent texts, patent drawings and non-patent literature. 



myIP Limited is a leading supplier of web-based IP Management software. Over the past 16 years our we have implemented the myIP platform for clients around the world. Highly customizable and catering for different audiences within your organization, myIP provides a comprehensive way to manage not just your Intellectual Property but also your Commercialization activities. Real-time graphical Dashboards allow management to track progress towards KPIs and researchers are engaged through the Inventor Portal. The myIP Web platform can be hosted internally at your organization and is also available as a Cloud-hosted option. 



Ximbio is the world’s largest non-profit reagent technology transfer service with an online portfolio of diverse and unique research reagents sourced globally. Scientists can exchange knowledge and maximise commercial opportunities for research reagents they have created. Our mission is to make these novel reagents easily available to scientists to accelerate life science research. Ximbio is dedicated exclusively to life science research reagents of all kinds including antibodies, cell lines, mouse models and small molecules. These reagents are the cornerstones of basic scientific research that scientists can use to test their hypotheses, validate their ideas or develop new concepts.


16 May 2018 5:00 PM through 18 May 2018 12:45 PM
Telford International Centre
St Quentin Gate
Telford, TF3-4JH
United Kingdom
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Conference fee options- MEMBER/EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT will be deducted, where applicable, when registering.
Full Conference £850.00
Full Conference - RTTP accredited £750.00
Full Conference - Student discounted rate (evidence required & only available to those who are not also in employment) £295.00
Thursday (sessions, plus dinner) £495.00
Thursday (sessions only) £465.00
Friday (sessions, plus Thursday dinner) £480.00
Friday (sessions only) £450.00
Gala dinner only (Thursday) £95.00
Sponsor's Package Place £0.00
Speaker/Other £0.00
Wednesday afternoon site visits
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Sirane £25.00
Rowton Brewery (Sold Out) £25.00
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