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European Patent Reform Forum USA 2015 - Silicon Valley Agenda 

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8.15 Registration

8.50 Opening remarks by Managing IP
9.00 The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: An update

  • What is the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court?
  • A practical guide to making best use of the courts and mitigating costs
  • Understanding procedures: From starting proceedings through to trial
  • Cost overview: fees of the Unitary Patent and implications on your budget

Penny Gilbert, partner, Powell Gilbert 
Amandine Métier, partner, Véron & Associés
Sabine Agé, partner, Véron & Associés

9.50 Patent Enforcement in Europe: Deciding on your strategy

  • What jurisdictions are available to litigate?
  • Cost focus: what are the average costs and procedural advantages of each strategy?
  • Strategies to accelerate your patent applications and enforcement
  • Best global litigation practices on limited budgets

Andrew Filler, general counsel, 3IP
Tom Anderton, general counsel & company secretary, Zonare 
Caroline Casalonga, partner, Casalonga
Jürgen Neugebauer, partner, Casalonga

10.40 Coffee break and networking

11.00 FRAND: Licensing standard essential patents in Europe

  • The current state of the law following the decisions of the Court of Justice in he European Union in Huawei v ZTE and the European Commission in Motorola
  • A practical guide to successful licensing and litigating of standard essential patents
  • The consequences of getting it wrong - as a licensee or as licensor

Anna Johns, vice president, IP licensing, Inventergy
Michael Schneider, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

11.50 Litigation planning and forum shopping in Europe

  • Litigation planning and strategy under the new UPC
  • Risks and opportunities of forum shopping in Europe
  • Strategies to defend yourself against forum shopping
  • Do the benefits of litigating in the UPC outweigh the increased costs and risks?

Catherine Lacavera, director of litigation, Google
Christopher Parry, associate general counsel, Broadcom
David Por, partner, Allen & Overy
Joachim Feldges, partner, Allen & Overy

12.40 Working with your European Patent Attorney
  • Forward planning
  • Alternative filing strategies
  • Assessing different prosecution decisions and approaches

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

13.10 Lunch and networking

14.00 Opposition proceedings before the UPC

  • Exploring revocation actions under the UPC: how does it work?
  • Are revocation actions an additional threat to patent owners in Europe?
  • What can be learned from the first experiences with the PTAB oppositions in the US?

Christoph de Coster, partner, Taylor Wessing
Nigel Stoate, partner, Taylor Wessing
Greg Warder, director IP legal, Maxim Integrated

14.50 The impact of the UPC on IT & technology

  • Analysing the impact of the UPC on the IT and technology sector
  • Understanding tools for proceedings and claimant costs
  • Contrasting software patent protection in the US vs. Europe

Tim Hargreaves, partner, Marks & Clerk
William Cook, partner, Marks & Clerk
Shawn Ambwani, COO, Unified Patents

15.40 Coffee break and networking

16.00 FOCUS: Life sciences & pharma

  • Concerns versus opportunities: understanding the risk of your patents in the transitional period
  • Examining how to obtain an injunction and the scope of liability
  • How suitable is the UPC for challenging patents?

Pauline Farmer-Koppenol, associate general counsel, Bio-Rad Laboratories
Marianne Schaffner, partner, Dechert

16.50  Alternative Dispute Resolution Strategies

  • Alternatives to litigation within and outside the UPC
  • When is arbitration a good alternative to court proceedings? - the telecoms industry experience
  • What makes a successful dispute resolution system?

Bradley Perkins, senior vice president, general counsel & company secretary, Fingi
Mike Willardson, IP attorney/Tech Transfer Chief, Stanford University - SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory 
Amandine Métier, partner, Véron & Associés
Bethan Hopewell, associate, Powell Gilbert

17.40 Close of conference




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