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European Patent Reform Forum 2014: AGENDA - PARIS


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8.00 Registration

8.45 Opening remarks by Managing IP

8.50 The Unified Patent Court explained in detail

  • How to best navigate the new divisions and structures
  • A practical guide to making best use of the courts and mitigating costs
  • Understanding procedures: From starting proceedings through to trial
  • Strategising in advance
Tim Powell, partner, Powell Gilbert
Christian Osterrieth,
partner, ROKH IP
Pierre Véron
, partner, Véron & Associés

9.45 Split Proceedings and the UPC

  • Complaints by Licensees, Counterclaims for Revocation against Proprietor
  • Bifurcation: Debunking the myths - Evaluating the possible pros and cons
  • Appeals against Bifurcation under the 16th draft of the Rules of Procedure
  • What should be learnt from current German practice?
  • How judges will handle bifurcation
Jochen Meyer, head of IPR Germany, Vodafone
Hon. Tilmann Büttner, Judge of the Regional Court of Düsseldorf
Ulrich Blumenröder,
partner, Grünecker
Wolfgang Neubeck,
partner, Grünecker

10.40 Coffee break and networking

    11.00 Alternative IP strategies parallel to the UPC

    • Patent protection - are there more cost effective alternatives
    • Strategies to accelerate your patent applications and enforcement
    • Third party observations and oppositions
    • How to deal with 3rd party IP rights
    Simon Roberts, director of patents, BT
    Anita Varma,
    partner, Ropes & Gray
    Edward Kelly,
    partner, Ropes & Gray

    11.55 Swiss focus

    • The new patent court – how does it work?
    • Implications of the new patent court, and how it interacts with the UPC
    • Challenges and opportunities for companies doing business in Switzerland
    Simon Holzer, partner, meyerlustenberger | lachenal
    Michael Ritscher,
    partner, meyerlustenberger | lachenal

    12.25 Lunch and networking

      13.15 The European Court of Justice and the Unified Patent Court

      • How the Spanish challenge affected plans for the new system
      • When will/ won't the ECJ be able to review issues of law pertaining to patents?
      Laëtitia Bénard, partner, Allen & Overy
      Nicola Dagg,
      partner, Allen & Overy

      14.10 Litigation planning and forum shopping in the European Unified Patent Court

      • Game over? Litigation planning and strategy under the new UPC
      • Risks and opportunities of forum shopping in Europe
      Penny Gilbert, partner, Powell Gilbert
      Martin Köhler,
      partner, ROKH IP
      Thomas Bouvet
      , partner, Véron & Associés

      15.05 Coffee break and networking

        15.25 Analysing the judges

        • How qualified will the judges be, and what background do they have?
        • Can the training adequately prepare less specialised judges for the job?
        • How to prepare for potential performance gaps between different judges
        Mathilde Rauline, head of the European patent litigation, Sanofi
        Christophe Geiger,
        director general, CEIPI
        Stanislas Roux-Vaillard,
        partner, Hogan Lovells
        Camille Pecnard,
        senior associate, Hogan Lovells

        16.20 Inter-industry debate - International litigation considerations

        • How different countries regard the UPC
        • The future of national legislation
        • The unanswered questions about the UPC
        Richard Vary, global head of litigation, Nokia
        Colette Vogele,
        director of IP policy, EMEA, Microsoft
        Alex Wilson,
        partner, Powell Gilbert
        Sabine Age
        , partner, Véron & Associés

        17.15 End of conference

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                 ROKH IP      Vernon & Associes



            Hogan Lovells      King & Wood Mallesons SJ Berwin      Meyerlustenberger Lachenal

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            EPO      GRUR      GRUR

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