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Yale-UCL Collaborative: House of Commons event

By news editor, on 29 June 2011

Senior leaders and scientists from Yale and UCL mixed with government ministers, MPs and peers at an event at the House of Commons on 27 June, which aimed to raise awareness of the Yale-UCL Collaborative as a novel research model and example of transatlantic working, reports UCL News.

During his State visit to the UK in May 2011 President Barack Obama pledged to improve research links with the UK. This event showcased the Yale-UCL Collaborative as a leading example of transatlantic research collaboration.

Speaking at the event, Minister of State for Universities, David Willetts said:

“Unlocking the potential of the UK’s Life Science sector is a top priority for the government and this sort of pioneering, collaborative model of global research can play a vital role in that. It is an example of the kind of UK/US collaboration we had hoped for after the Prime Minister and President Obama’s recent announcement and I congratulate the two universities.”

Read more on UCL News.

David Kappos, Director of US Patent & Trademark Office: first UK address

By Ruth Grenville, on 5 April 2011

On 4 April, UCL’s Institute of Brand and Innovation Law hosted over 200 early risers for an all-star intellectual property panel and breakfast discussion. The event, organised by the Directors Roundtable Institute with the co-operation of AIPPI UK (the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property), was billed as ‘A Dialogue with David Kappos, Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office’. It was Mr Kappos’s first UK public address. He was introduced by the Rt Hon Sir Robin Jacob, holder of the new Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property at UCL Laws, who also joined in the debate.

Sir Robin Jacob (left) with David Kappos

Sir Robin Jacob of UCL Laws (left) with David Kappos, Director of the US Patent & Trademark Office


US Supreme Court Justice Breyer at UCL Laws

By Ruth Grenville, on 22 March 2011

On 17 March, UCL’s Judicial Institute was delighted to host a visit by US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, a rare occasion for our law students to hear about the American justice system, direct from the source.

Justice Breyer and Professor John Lowry

Justice Breyer brandishes a copy of the US constitution, as UCL Laws Vice-Dean for Staffing Professor John Lowry looks on