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European Patent Reform Forum USA 2014

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December 10 2014, San Jose

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December 12 2014, New York

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8.00 Registration

8.45 Opening remarks by Managing IP 

8.50 The European Patent Reform: an overview, by Pierre Véron, partner, Véron & Associés; Member of the Expert Panel group of the Unified Patent Court; Member of the Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure

9.05 The Unitary Patent

  • What does the new patent look like? How does it work?
  • Pros and cons of filing the UP in comparison to a national patent
  • Strategic advice for prosecution
  • A guide to the translation regime
  • An overview of costs and implications for your budget

Stefan Luginbuehl, lawyer, international legal affairs, European Patent Office
Matthew Weinstein
, intellectual property legal counsel, Accenture
Paul Inman
, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Michael Schneider
, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Peter Koch
, associate, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

10.00 Understanding the Unified Patent Court in detail

  • How to best understand and utilise the new divisions and structures
  • Strategising in advance to gain a competitive edge over your competitors

Kim Jessum, associate general counsel, Heraeus Incorporated
Liz Cohen
, partner, Bristows
Robert Burrows
, partner, Bristows

10.30 Coffee break and networking

11.05 Bifurcation: Why you shouldn't be scared of it

  • What is it, and how does it work?
  • Evaluating pros and cons of bifurcation
  • What can you learn from current German practices?
  • Implications of bifurcation for US companies, and how to handle them

Larry Horn, CEO, MPEG LA
Pamela Simonton
, executive vice president and general counsel, Exelixis Pharmaceuticals
Clemens Heusch
, head of European litigation, Nokia
Jeffrey Butler,
senior associate general counsel, (Bio/Pharma sector)
Gottfried Schüll
, partner, COHAUSZ & FLORACK
Arwed Burrichter
, partner, COHAUSZ & FLORACK

12.00 Industry discussion: Global litigation strategies

  • How to utilise simultaneous proceedings in a number of countries to get ahead of your competitor
  • Which countries are best suited to invalidate your competitor's patents
  • Best global litigation practices on limited budget

Laura Grunzinger, IP counsel, Tredegar Corporation
Julia Tanase
, director, legal, Technicolor
William Cook
, partner, Marks & Clerk
Graham Burnett-Hall
, partner, Marks & Clerk

12.55 Lunch

How to win opposition proceedings without discovery

  • The benefits and pitfalls of discovery
  • Similarities with and lessons learned from PTAB proceedings
  • Best practises to survive without obtaining evidence from the opposing party

Koen Bijvank, partner, V.O.
Sherry Knowles
, principal, Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies
Charles Macedo
, partner, Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein
Bernard Ledeboer
, partner, V.O.
Michael Loney
, Americas editor, Managing IP (moderator)

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

David Cohen, chief legal and intellectual property counsel, Vringo
Tim Whitfield
, partner, Powell Gilbert
Alex Wilson
, partner, Powell Gilbert
Isabelle Romet, partner, Véron & Associés

15.30 Coffee break and networking

15.45 Working with your European Patent Attorney

  • Forward planning 
  • Alternative filing strategies 
  • Prosecution decisions and approach

Rosie Hardy, UK and European Patent Attorney, Withers & Rogers LLP

16.15 Alternative IP strategies parallel to the UPC

  • Avoiding costly litigation: dispute resolution alternatives in Europe
  • Best practices and strategies to utilise: third party observation; opposition; and central revocation
  • Interdependency and interplay between existing legal mechanisms and the UPC 

David Por, partner, Allen & Overy
Joachim Feldges
, partner, Allen & Overy
David Cohen
, chief legal and intellectual property counsel, Vringo
Larry Coury
, director, dispute resolution, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals

17.10 End of conference

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