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Profile of registrant

Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association

Identification number in the register: 15066281874-49
Registration date: 22/06/09 13:13:36

The information on this organisation was last modified on 26/05/14 13:47:17
The date of the last annual update was 26/05/14 13:47:17

Registrant : Organisation or self-employed individual

Name/company name: Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association
Acronym: IPLA
Legal status: Unincorporated Association
Website address:


Section: II - In-house lobbyists and trade/professional associations
and more precisely: Trade, business & professional associations

Person with legal responsibility

Surname, Name: Mr  Philip Westmacott
Position: Chairman

Permanent person in charge of EU relations

Surname, Name: Mr  Rowan Freeland
Position: Secretary

Contact details:

Contact details of organisation's head office: CityPoint c/o R Freeland, Simmons & Simmons LLP One Ropemaker Street,
London EC2Y 9SS
Telephone number: (+44 20) 7825 4447
Fax number: (+) 
Other contact information:

Correct contact address:

Intellectual Property Lawyers' Association
c/o Rowan Freeland,
Simmons & Simmons LLP
One Ropemaker Street
London EC2Y 9SS

Goals / remit

Goals / remit of the organisation: To keep under review the law, court procedure and practice relating to patents, trade marks, registered designs, copyright in drawings capable of industrial application whether registrable or not, trade secrets, designs, unfair competition and passing-off: and to make representations and to offer assistance or recommendations to relevant government and regulatory bodies.
The organisation's fields of interests are:
  • national

Number of persons engaged in activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register

Number of persons: 66
Complementary information: 66 law firms are members of IPLA. We do not have information about the number of individual lawyers engaged in relevant activities - we estimate it is in excess of 350.

Persons accredited for access to European Parliament premises

No accredited persons


Main EU initiatives covered the year before by activities falling under the scope of the Transparency Register:

Unified Patent Court Agreement
Unified Patent Court draft Rules of Procedure
Unified Patent Court implementation
Patents County Court procedures and costs

Trade Marks:
Community Trade Marks

Copyright and designs:
Innocence defence to design right infringement
Digital Copyright issues
"Fair use" issues

Technology Transfer Block Exemption review
Revisions to English court and Intellectual Property Office procedures
Legal costs in IP litigation
Actionability of threats of IP infringement proceedings

Fields of interest for e-mail alerts on consultations and roadmaps;

Fields declared by the organisation:
  • Competition
  • Culture
  • Customs
  • Enterprise
  • Home Affairs
  • Information Society
  • Internal Market
  • Justice and Fundamental Rights
  • Public Health
  • Research and Technology


Information on (i) organisation's membership of any associations/federations/confederations or (ii) relationships to other bodies in formal or informal networks.

Financial data

Financial year: 04/2013 - 03/2014
Estimated costs to the organisation directly related to representing interests to EU institutions in that year: < 50000  €
Amount and source of funding received from the EU institutions in financial year n-1 of registration
Procurement: 0 €
Grants: 0 €
Other (financial) information provided by the organisation:

IPLA represents English law firms practising in the field of intellectual property. The officers of the Association, and all those who contribute to its submissions, act as volunteers, without payment. An occasinal levy is made to pay for the website.

Code of conduct

By its registration the organisation has signed the Transparency Register Code of Conduct.