The agendas for both days have been
updated and can be seen online (Munich
Notably, each day will open with a session on the patent
implications of Brexit. We are
delighted that Margot Fröhlinger of the EPO will be
speaking at this.
Having talked to her at the recent CIPA Anniversary Dinner,
I know Fröhlinger has lots of interesting thoughts about
what might happen to the UPC and Unitary Patent
after the UK vote to leave the EU, including how the plans
might be revised to ensure the system remains useful to patent
owners and applicants. So this is a session not to be
There will also be other panels looking at aspects of the
UPC, including a US perspective, and sessions on litigation
strategy in Europe more generally.
Other topics on the agenda include
SEPs and FRAND, evidence and ADR, and there will be dedicated
sessions on life sciences/pharma and IT/TMT.
This is the fourth year we have held the European Patent
Reform Forum, and arguably there is more to discuss now than
I know previous attendees have valued the presentations and
discussions at the events so I look forward to seeing many
readers there this year.
The Munich Forum is at the Charles Hotel on September 6 and
the Paris Forum at the Pullman Eiffel Tower on September 8.
Find out more on our events page or
download the Munich or Paris brochures (PDF).
is free for in-house IP and patent counsel, R&D
professionals and academics and €1,095 for advisers,
consultants and private practitioners.
We have many more events coming up later this year in
Europe, the US and Asia so we hope to see you at one of them