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International Patent Forum - Agenda

10 & 11 March, 2015 - The Waldorf Hilton Hotel


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8.15 Registration

8.55 Opening by Managing IP

9.00 Keynote address: Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills and Minister for
Intellectual Property, United Kingdom

9.10 Post-grant and Inter-Partes review in the USA

  • Analysis of post-grant proceedings
  • The crucial importance of initial filings
  • Brief comparison with EPO opposition proceedings
  • Best practices and lessons learned

Andrew Hammond, senior partner, Valea
Maria Engstrand, senior partner, Valea
Keith Gilman, partner, Lerner David Littenberg Krumholz & Mentlik

10.10 Software patenting in the USA and Europe

  • The impact of Alice v CLS Bank: Is software patenting dead?
  • Comparing software patenting in the USA and Europe
  • Future outlook: How the situation will change
  • Alternatives: How to utilise copyright to protect your software

Kevin Fournier, lawyer, IBM
Timothy May, partner, Finnegan
Philip Cupitt, partner, Finnegan
Adeline-Fleur Smith,
senior patent attorney, ARM
Matthew Mitching,
head of IP, Europe, Canon

11.10 Coffee and networking

11.40 Litigating standard essential patents

  • Newest developments in the SEP sector: Apple; Samsung; Motorola
  • Perspectives and recent decisions of the ECJ
  • First impressions on the consultation issued by the European Commission

David Barron, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Nick Cunningham, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Simone Ferrara
, global IPR counsel, Vodafone; council member, CIPA
Roberto Dini
, founder, Sisvel

12.40 Russia focus: Business and politics

  • Why IP protection is not affected by politics
  • Reassuring cases from the specialised IP court
  • Lessons learned from two years of specialised IP court practise

Natalia Gulyaeva, partner, Hogan Lovells

13.10 Lunch and networking

14.10 China focus: The new specialist IP courts

  • Analysing jurisdiction and powers of the new court
  • How good is the new court and its judges?
  • How the new court fits into the old system, and what this means for your IP strategy

Qinghong Xu, partner, Lung Tin

14.55 Coffee and Networking

15.25 European Patent Reform

  • Latest updates on the reform
  • Comparison of fees: Unitary patent versus European patent protection
  • How this will impact your IP strategy in Europe
  • Advanced litigation strategies

Clemens Heusch, head of European litigation, Nokia
David Por, partner, Allen & Overy
Joachim Feldges
, partner, Allen & Overy

16.25 Cocktail reception

17.25 End of day one


8.15 Registration

9.00 Opening by Managing IP

9.00 Keynote address: Patrick Kilbride, Executive Director, International Intellectual Property, Global Intellectual Property Center, U.S. Chamber of

9.20 IP & business focus: Patent monetisation

  • How to align your IP portfolio with the broader business strategy of your company
  • Maximising profit centre potential: Licensing; monetisation through divestment; and litigation
  • Best practices and successful case studies for monetisation

Julie Dunnett, director of IP, GKN plc
Andrew Spicer,
director & senior patent counsel, InterDigital
Gavin Clarke
, VP IP licensing EMEA, Rovi Corporation
Nicholas Wallin
, partner, Withers & Rogers
Danis Keseris
, senior associate, Withers & Rogers

10.20 Pharmaceutical Patents in South Africa - the story so far and what the future holds

  • Understanding the history of patent enforcement and access to medicine
  • Changes envisaged in the draft IP policy
  • In-house observations and advise for doing business in South Africa

Dario Tanziani, partner, Adams & Adams
Russell Bagnall,
partner, Adams & Adams
Reda Bouchenak,
European patent attorney, Sanofi

11.20 Coffee and networking

11.40 IP strategies for India

  • Procedural and substantive litigation advice
  • Easy ways to compute damages
  • Strategic considerations when protecting your IP in India

Pravin Anand, managing partner, Anand & Anand
Ian Hiscock,
head of IP policy and litigation, Novartis International

12.30 Spotlight on Turkey: Recent Trends and Pitfalls in Patent Litigation

  • Patent Enforcement Environmen
  •  2014 Cases on Patentability and Enforcement
  •  Update on Draft Patent Law

Ozge Atilgan Karakulak, partner, Gun & Partners
Sinem Yalincakli, partner, Gun & Partners

13.15 Lunch and networking

14.15 Alternative protection: The rise of trade secrets as a means to protect IP

  • What counts as trade secrets, and how can you convince the court to take your side?
  • How to best utilise trade secrets to protect your IP
  • Benefits and challenges when resorting to trade secret protection

Alexander Herget, brand protection specialist, Ingenium
Nick Cunningham
, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Gabriel Cuonzo
, co-founder, Trevisan & Cuonzo

15.15 Coffee and networking

15.35 Navigating a challenging patent landscape in Brazil

  • Is Brazil becoming anti-patent?
  • Strategies to deal with lower standards of patent protection, weaker enforcement and a rising bar for patentability
  • The role of Otavio Brandelli, commissioner for the Brazilian Patent Office

Otto Licks, managing partner, Licks Attorneys
Carlos Aboim,
partner, Licks Attorneys
Andre Venturini
, patent attorney, Licks attorneys

16.20 The impact of new tax and transfer pricing regulations on IP departments

  • How state-aid investigations of Apple and Amazon will transform your business
  • Why IP managers should be concerned
  • Why you will need to move both intangible assets and staff
  • Advice on how to budget for the new changes

Adrian Gregory, tax director, PwC

16.50 End of conference

Lead Sponsor


Adams & Adams    

Anand and Anand     Finnegan

Gun & Partners   Hogan Lovells

Licks Attorneys     Lung Tin

  Trevisan & Cuonzo   Withers & Rogers

      Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Exhibition Sponsors

Morningside IP    Park IP

Singh & Singh     Valipat

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