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INTERNATIONAL PATENT FORUM - AGENDA

April 16 & 17, 2013 - Sheraton Park Lane Hotel, London




















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Day 1:

08.30 Registration and coffee

09.00 Chair's opening remarks
Andrew Hammond
, European patent attorney, Valea

09.10 Keynote address
James Pooley
, deputy director general, WIPO

09.30 IP & Business focus: How to maximize the monetization of your patents

  • Aligning your patent portfolio with the broader business strategy of your company: What is needed in order to effectively build and maintain a thriving profit centre?
  • Conducting and applying patent valuation
  • Transactional matters and patent management: licensing, M&A, purchasing other's portfolios, due diligence and insightful budgeting for reforms
  • Open innovation: promote development, prevent theft

Bart Van der Stockt, managing director, UNILIN
Vincent Couteau, head of legal IPR, Atos
Matthew Goodwin
, global head of patents, Unilever
Andrew Hammond
, European patent attorney, Valea

11.00 Coffee

11.00 Russia Focus

  • Key trends in patent protection and enforcement in Russia
  • Patents as a key to business expansion: produced in Russia
  • Non-practicing entities in Russia: threats and defensive tactics

Natalia Gulyaeva, partner and head of IP, media & technology practice, Hogan Lovells CIS

11.50 Europe, the unitary patent and unified court

  • European patents: How does the land lie now?
  • How should companies comply with changes (whether they like them or not?)
  • Implications for enforcement strategies

Belinda Gascoyne, IP counsel, IBM
David Rosenberg
, industry affairs manager, GlaxoSmithKline
Gordon Harris
, partner, Wragge & Co
David Barron
, partner, Wragge & Co

12.50 Lunch

13.50 Doing business in China: Ensure that your patented assets in China are making you money

  • Overview: where are things actually at in terms of patent protection in China now? An update from the ground
  • A guide to business culture in China
  • Trade secret protection and ensuring the safety of lucrative business partnerships in China

Qinghong Xu, partner, Lung Tin
Roya Ghafele
, research fellow, University of Oxford and chair of IP, University of Edinburgh

14.50 Practical implications of the US Patent reform one year on

  • Has the AIA addressed the problem of pendency? If so, how?
  • How has the AIA addressed excessive enforcement costs?
  • Global harmonization: Are we there yet?
  • Over all reflection on the patents industry - legal and business in the US today

Dietmar Pressner, global vice president IP, DSM
Sarah Dixon
, director of patents and licensing, Johnson Matthey
Anthony Tridico
, partner, Finnegan
Bryan Diner
, partner, Finnegan

15.20 Africa Focus

  • Navigating a complex terrain: What you must know about IP across a diverse continent and mastering cross-border issues
  • Key developments in African patent law and the legal framework
  • African 'hot-spots': Where to invest and when?

Dario Tanziani, firm chairman, Adams & Adams
Darren Olivier
, partner, Adams & Adams

16.20 Coffee

16.50 Important tax take home points for in-house IP counsel

  • The patent box demystified: A practical guide to the new tax breaks for patents 
  • What is being incentivised and how?
  • How can corporations incorporate the reforms into their IP monetization plans?
  • Where did Amazon go wrong with the transfer pricing of their IP?
  • Tax, intangibles and reputational risk: IP and brand management as part of the "bigger picture"

Paul Wilmshurst, principal, transfer pricing and valuation, Charles River Associates
Tom Scott
, partner, McDermott Will & Emery

17.50 Close of day one and cocktail reception


Day 2:

8.30 Registration and coffee

09.00 Chair's opening remarks
James Nurton
, managing editor, Managing IP

09.10 Q&A session
James Nurton
, managing editor, Managing IP
Anthony Tridico
, partner, Finnegan

09.30 Latest legislative updates of China's Patent Law amendment 

  • An overview of the amendments: Have we seen a revision of all major IP statutes in China?
  • What are SIPO's ambitions?
  • What implications will the amendments have for foreign corporate patent practice in China?

Paul Ranjard, of counsel, Wan Hui Da 
Hubert Kiehl
, industrial and intellectual property director, Groupe SEB
Yves Reboul
, professor, University of Strasbourg
Yin Xintian
, senior partner, Wan Hui Da

10.30
 Licensing: Best practices

  • Assessing types of licenses and apt applications
  • Licenses and tech transfer
  • Utilizing patent pools and standard setting
  • Tips for writing and negotiating good licenses
  • How to pre-empt and prevent post licensing disputes 

Monica Winghart, general counsel, ROL Group and chair, Association of Corporate Counsel IP Committee
Catriona Hammer
, senior counsel, Intellectual Property, GE Healthcare
Roya Ghafele
, research fellow, University of Oxford and chair of IP, University of Edinburgh
Kevin Scott
, principal IP counsel, Philips

11.30 Coffee

12.00 India Focus

  • Recent trends in Indian patent litigation: Pharmaceuticals, telecommunications and beyond
  • How does the procedure for filing patent infringement actions work

Prathiba Singh, managing partner, Singh & Singh
Saya Choudhary, partner, Singh & Singh

12.30 Brazil Focus

  • An update on legal developments in the region
  • Brazil's growing importance and how to be effectively involved and well protected
  • In anticipation of the World Cup 2014: IP and the world of international sporting events

David Merrylees, engineer and industrial property agent, Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira
Peter Dirk Siemsen
, senior partner, Dannemann, Siemsen, Bigler & Ipanema Moreira

13.00 Lunch

14.00 High tech, electronics and software: What are the Smartphone Wars teaching/warning us?

  • An overview of the past 12 months in high tech industries and the wars
  • Standards and competition in the industry: Licensing and FRAND
  • How will the industry be impacted by European reforms and how should we mitigate against any new risks?
  • Smartphone wars and cross jurisdictional divides

James Nurton, managing editor, Managing IP
Tim Frain
, director IP & government affairs, Nokia
Pablo Tapia
, senior IP attorney, Microsoft
Adam Pilcher
, patent manager, Metaswitch
Chris Benson, partner, Harrison Goddard Foote

15.00 Coffee

15.20 Pharmaceutical Industry focus  

  • The AstraZeneca case: A renewed look at regulation around competition in pharma
  • What are the significant implications of the Prometheus and myriad rulings? 
  • Tech transfer, open innovation and the key to successful partnerships
  • Disruptive patents and their implications  

Harry Thangaraj, scientific and administrative coordinator of the Access to Pharmaceuticals, St George's University
Kate Taylor
, partner and head of life sciences, Harrison Goddard Foote
Mike Nelson
, partner, Harrison Goddard Foote
Stephen Zou
, partner, Lung Tin
Marek Lazewski
, partner, Lazewski Depo & Partners

16.30 End of Conference


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