Panelist Profile


Calum Smyth

Barclays Bank Plc, Global Head of IP (UK)


Calum started professional life as an aeronautical engineer and retrained as a lawyer with a London City law firm.  Calum went on to specialise in IP litigation with a focus on patent disputes in the electronics and telecoms sector for clients including Intel and Nokia.  After 7 years in private practice Calum moved in-house to Kraft Foods to lead the European Patent & Design function based in Zurich.  After 5 years with Kraft Foods, Calum joined Barclays in 2012 as the Global Head of Intellectual Property.  Calum has advised on all aspects of IP affecting the bank, including brand protection, the impact of intangible assets on UK banking reform, cyber-security, technology deals, patent litigation and how to strategically protect the bank’s core technology assets.  Calum supports Barclays Ventures team and its Eagle Labs network of entrepreneurs and start-ups, the largest incubator of its kind in Europe. Calum is an associate member of CIPA, sits on the UK Council of AIPPI and chairs the organising Committee for AIPPI London Congress 2019.