WSG Life Sciences & Patent Law Group Europe Meeting

  • When: 21 - 23 September 2022
  • Where: Edinburgh, Scotland

The WSG Life Sciences & Patent Law Groups invite members to its annual cross practice group meeting hosted by Shepherd and Wedderburn in Edinburgh, Scotland. This meeting will cover important topics and issues within the industry and will be a great opportunity to meet in-person in Europe after the past several years of virtual events. We invite WSG members to once again network with colleagues and strengthen relationships in-person. This is the first in-person Life Sciences Group meeting in Europe since 2019.


Wednesday, 21 September
19:30 - 22:30
Optional Welcome Dinner
The Outsider Restaurant
15 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh EH1 1 EE

Thursday, 22 September
09:30 - 10:00
Registration and Coffee

10:00 - 10:45
Introductions and News from WSG Life Sciences Firms
Participants introduce themselves and give an update on their practices.

10:45 - 11:30
Digital Health and Artificial Intelligence
AI and Patents – the DARBUS cases relating to machines as “inventors”; and The unintended legal consequences of harvesting medical data.


Joanna Boag-Thomson

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

John MacKenzie

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

11:30 - 11:45
Coffee Break

11:45 - 12:30
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
Overview and challenges for patent holders and their attorneys.


Philippe de Jong


Matthew Phillip

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

Christophe Ronse


12:30 - 14:00

14:0 - 14:45
Investing in Life Sciences Companies – An Investor’s View
Presentation by Malcolm Gillies from Intuitive Investments Group PLC. Malcolm is an investor and also a director of several private companies involved in the medical and technology sectors. He was a director of Scottish company Aircraft Medical Ltd until it was sold to Medtronic Limited for US$110 million. He will discuss life sciences investments in UK companies. Attendees are encouraged to participate with their observations from their own jurisdictions.


Malcolm Gillies

Non-Executive Director
Intuitive Investment Group PLC

15:00 - 15:45
The UK’s National Security & Investment Act and its Effect on Life Sciences Transactions
A review of the NSI Act, its requirements for notification and its impact on both M&A and IP licensing Transactions.


John Grady

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP

15:45 - 16:30
Opportunities for WSG Life Sciences collaborations

18:30 - 20:00
Pre- Dinner Drinks
Angels Share Bar & Restaurant
7 Hope St., Edinburgh, EH2 4EL

20:00 - 23:00
The Bonham Hotel
35 Drumsheugh Gardens, Edinburgh, EH3 7RN

Friday, 23 September
10:00 - 12:30
Optional Excursion
Holyrood Palace
Canongate, Edinburgh EH8 8DX, United Kingdom

12:30 - 14:30
Optional Lunch

Hosted By:

Shepherd and Wedderburn LLP