08:50 Opening remarks by Kingsley Egbuonu, IP stars & MIP reporter, Managing IP
09:00 Keynote address: Raimund Lutz, vice president of the department for legal & international affairs, European Patent Office
09:15 Final preparations for the sunrise period: to opt or not to opt?
- How to undertake a successful opt-out and adjustments to your filing strategy
- Practical steps and strategies for the next 3-6 months
- Will the UK stay or go post-Brexit?
Ulrich Blumenröder , partner, Grünecker
Sebastian Ochs, partner, Grünecker
10:05 Procedures to obtaining evidence of an infringement
- The rules of evidence in the UPC
- Drawing comparisons between different systems in Europe
- Analysing the procedural advantages of each jurisdiction
Axel Casalonga, senior partner and European patent attorney, Casalonga
Floriane Codevelle, partner, Casalonga
10:55 Coffee break and networking
11:20 Litigating and licensing SEPs in Europe
- Questions unanswered by Unwired Planet
- German decisions after Huawei v ZTE
- A comparison of the German and UK approach to the Huawei v ZTE framework
- Availability of final injunctions in Germany and the UK for SEP infringements
- SEP litigation in the UPC – who will benefit and who will lose out?
David Barron , partner, Gowling WLG ( moderator )
Huw Edwards , senior IPR litigation counsel, Nokia
Matthias Schneider , senior licensing manager, Audi
David Molnia , partner, df-mp
12:10 UK Courts get down to business: application of discretion and flexibility to resolve commercial uncertainty
- Arrow declarations to weed out thickets of divisionals
- Developments in worldwide discretionary telecoms declarations
- Impact of Supreme Court in Pemetrexed on declarations of non-infringement
Alex Wilson, partner, Powell Gilbert
Pete Damerell , partner, Powell Gilbert
13:00 Lunch and networking
13:50 Life sciences and pharma litigation
- Life sciences and the unitary patent package: will the system be used and if so how?
- Taking advantage of second medical use patents and data: enough is enough
- Patent protection strategies involving divisionals: have we gone too far?
Robert Burrows , partner, Bristows
Savroop Purewal, director patent law, Janssen Sciences
Simon Spink, senior associate, Bristows
14:40 How can defendants use the UPC to revoke patents?
- What litigation will exist in national courts and EPO in parallel to the UPC?
- Pros and cons
- Patent litigation and forum shopping at a cross-EU level
- Will the UPC system be able to apply the bifurcation principle?
Marianne Schaffner, partner, Dechert
15:30 Coffee break and networking
15:50 Case study: efficiently protecting your software-related inventions: the do’s and don’ts
- Which software inventions can be protected by European patents?
- What are the important issues when drafting a European patent application for a software-related invention?
- What are the crucial questions the EPO examiner will ask you?
- What remedies are available to you if your software-related patent application is refused at first instance
Koen Lievens, director operations, information & communications technology, European Patent Office
16:30 Effective dispute resolution mechanisms
- Understanding the alternatives to court proceedings in the UPC
- Patent Mediation and Arbitration Centre (PMAC) case study
- Enforcement of arbitration judgements
Clemens Heusch , head of European IP litigation, Nokia
Bastian Arnold, senior legal counsel, Osram
17:10 Close of conference