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MIP European Patent Reform Forum 2017 - Munich agenda

September 5, The Charles Hotel, Munich
September 7, Paris Marriott Champs Elysees, Paris

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08:15 Registration

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




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