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MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2016 - Munich agenda

September 6, Munich; September 8, Paris


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08:15 Registration

08:50 Opening remarks by Kingsley Egbuonu,
IP stars & MIP reporter, Managing IP

09:00 Patent implications of Brexit

  • Understanding Brexit consequences on the UPC
  • Examining the future of the UPC: with or without the UK?
  • Will the Unitary Patent still be a priority for industry?
  • Policy consequences of Brexit

Karl Barnfather, chairman and partner, Withers & Rogers (moderator)
Margot Fröhlinger, principal director, patent law and multilateral affairs, European Patent Office
Winfried Tilmann,
of counsel, Hogan Lovells; member of UPC expert committee

09:50 Litigation and enforcement strategies in view of the current framework

  • Recent litigation tools and trends
  • Comparison of litigation in different jurisdictions: Germany versus France versus UK
  • Analysing the procedural advantages of each jurisdiction

Joachim Feldges, partner, Allen & Overy (moderator)
Anne Vincent, European patent counsel, B. Braun Melsungen 
George Moore,  head of transactions, patent support & senior patent litigation counsel, Sandoz

Mark Ridgway
, partner, Allen & Overy

10:40 Coffee break and networking

11:10 FOCUS: IT & TMT sectors

  • The permanent opt-out: what would the UPC look like without UK involvement for telecoms, networking, IoT and other CII patents?  NPE heaven?
  • Patent prosecution: cost benefit analysis of the UP excluding UK coverage
  • EPO oppositions: (even) more attractive in a fragmented Europe?
  • Hi-tech rarely respects borders: would the UK courts wither or flourish in the shadow of the UPC?

Graham Burnett-Hall, partner, Marks & Clerk (moderator)
Maarten Mooij, senior IP corporate counsel, Nokia
Tim Hargreaves
, partner, Marks & Clerk

12:00 Frand: Litigating and licensing SEPs in Europe

  • How Huawei v ZTE is being applied before the national courts in Europe
  • How the framework might be applied before the UPC
  • Use of UPC rules/procedures for SEP cases
  • UPC jurisdiction to determine Frand disputes
  • What happens to SEP litigation if the UPC is delayed, never opens for business or proceeds without the UK?

David Barron, partner, Gowling WLG (moderator)
Clemens Heusch, head of European IP litigation, Nokia
Claudia Tapia,
director of IPR policy, Ericsson 
Matthias Schneider,
senior licensing manager, Audi
Michael Schneider, partner, Gowling WLG

12:50 Lunch and networking

13.50 Effective patent dispute resolution: What makes a successful strategy?

  • Avoiding the dispute in the first place
  • Factors for choosing the right venue(s)
  • Is there an ideal jurisdiction?
  • Managing outside counsel

Alex Wilson, partner, Powell Gilbert (moderator)
Neil Trueman, director, European IP strategy, Mundipharma International
Peter Berg,
chief IP counsel, Dräxlmaier
Tom Oliver,
senior associate, Powell Gilbert

14:40 FOCUS: Life sciences and pharma

  • Would UPC minus the UK be attractive to the pharma industry?
  • If the UPC proceeds without the UK, what will be the role of the UK on the global patent litigation stage?
  • Post grant validity challenges: EPO oppositions versus a fragmented litigation system
  • SPCs post Brexit

Dominic Adair, partner, Bristows (moderator)
George Moore, head of transactions, patent support & senior patent litigation counsel, Sandoz
Cordula Schumacher
, partner, Arnold Ruess
Katie Hutchinson,
senior associate, Bristows

15:30 Coffee break and networking

15:50 Obtaining evidence of an infringement in Europe

  • Overview of different European approaches to obtaining evidence 
  • Obtaining evidence of an infringement – saisie-contrefaçon
  • Actions for declaration of non-infringement
  • How will evidence be used in the UPC: will you be able to use a combination of systems?

Caroline Casalonga, partner, Casalonga (moderator)
Cyrille Sevin, manager, intellectual property, Airbus 
Gérard Dossmann,
partner, Casalonga

16:40 Patent enforcement: Alternatives to court proceedings

  • Suitable cases for arbitration and mediation
  • Relevant types of arbitration and mediation (WIPO, ITC, investment treaties, UPC)
  • Enforcement of arbitration judgements
  • Trade secrets: impact of the new EU Directive on national court proceedings/attractiveness of arbitration

Joachim Feldges, partner, Allen & Overy (moderator)
Heike Wollgast, senior legal officer, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Centre 
Clemens Heusch,
head of European litigation, Nokia

17:30 Close of conference





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Hogan Lovells
Marks & Clerk

Powell Gilbert
Withers & Rogers

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