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Lord Justice Kitchin Appointed Supreme Court Judge
The UK Supreme Court announced on 27 June 2018, that Lord Justice Kitchin is to be appointed as one of three new UK Supreme Court Judges later this year. Lord Justice Kitchin will take his seat on the highest appeal court on 1 October 2018, as will Lady Justice Arden, shortly followed by Lord Justice Sales on 11 January 2019. The appointments follow the retirement of Lord Mance, former Deputy President of the Court, in June 2018, and comes as Lord Hughes and Lord Sumption are due to retire in August and December 2018 respectively.
This is welcome news for the IP profession as Lord Justice Kitchin’s practice covers all aspects of intellectual property law, in particular patents. Lord Justice Kitchin studied natural sciences and law at Cambridge University before being called to the bar in 1977 and becoming Queen’s Counsel in 1994. Since then Lord Justice Kitchin has served as a Judge of the High Court’s Chancery Division in 2005, and Senior Judge of the Patents Court in 2007. From 2009 to 2011 he also served as both the Chancery Supervising Judge for the Midland, Wales and Western Circuits as well as a member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office. In 2011 he also appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal responsible for the supervision of intellectual property appeals.
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