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08.35 Opening remarks by MIP
08.45 Keynote by Pierre Véron, partner, Véron & Associés
09.00 Detailed focus on the Unified Patent Court
- Understanding the structure of the courts
- Analysing evidence gathering and case management under the UPC
- Examining how the courts will apply the drafted rules and what laws will the first decisions be based on?
- Debating the pros and cons of bifurcation
- Will the UPC can remain a system outside of the EU framework?
Sam Granata, judge, Antwerp Commercial Court
Xavier Seuba, senior lecturer and researcher, CEIPI
Alexandra Brodie, partner, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Hélène D'lorio, partner, Gowlings
09.50 How to select the best litigation strategy for your business
- Analysing the wide scope for forum shopping: risks and opportunities
- Overcoming litigation shopping during transitional period
- Strategies to defend yourself against forum shopping
- Will the UPC provide a legitimate, respectable venue for patent litigation?
Marie Courboulay, presiding judge, IP Chamber of the Paris First Instance Court
Laëtitia Bénard, partner, Allen & Overy
Nicola Dagg, partner, Allen & Overy
10.40 Coffee break
10.55 The Unitary Patent: Financial considerations
- Overview of granting procedures and translation requirements under the Unitary Patent
- Budgeting: how and when should you be preparing for the costs?
- Examining the implications on your budget and strategies to prepare for any unexpected costs
- Cost comparison: Unitary Patent versus European Patent versus National Patents
Stefan Luginbuehl, lawyer, international legal affairs, European Patent Office
Alex Wilson, partner, Powell Gilbert
Thomas Bouvet, partner, Véron & Associés
11.45 FOCUS: IT & Technology
- Analysing the impact of the UPC on the IT and technology sector
- Understanding tools for proceedings and claimant costs
- Will the UPC have a positive impact on patent filing in the IT and technology sector?
Simon Roberts, patent attorney, BT
Ed Round, partner, Marks & Clerk
William Cook, partner, Marks & Clerk
12:35 The impact of the UPC on life sciences
- Concerns versus opportunities: understanding the risk of your patents in the transitional period
- Examining how to obtain an injunction and the scope of liability
- Evaluating the potential costs of a wrongly granted injunction
- How suitable is the UPC for challenging patents?
- Considerations to opt in or out?
Mathilde Rauline, LBP European patent litigation, Sanofi
Gavin Lawson, senior manager, intellectual property, Gilead Sciences
Edward Nodder, partner, Bristows
Claire Phipps-Jones, associate, Bristows
14.05 Alternative IP strategies parallel to the UPC
- Understanding the rules of arbitration under the UPC
- Examining the WIPO arbitration and mediation centre
- Assessing when to use opposition proceedings
- Is arbitration an attractive option under the new court system?
Kay Kasper, partner, ROKH IP
Benoît Strowel, partner, Hoyng Monegier
Luis Fernández-Novoa, partner, Hoyng Monegier
14.55 Different systems: Poland & Spain
- Understanding concerns and implications of the use of foreign languages in filing procedures and the geographical locations of proceedings
- Challenges and opportunities for patent owners using a system outside the UPC
- Will the decision to join/opt out of the UPC be changed?
- Looking to the future, e.g. will there be a new Spanish Patent Act?
Ewa Skrzydło-Tefelska, partner, Sołtysiński Kawecki & Szlęzak
Benoît Strowel, partner, Hoyng Monegier
15.35 Coffee break
16.00 FOCUS: USA
- Will US companies utilise the new system?
- Understanding how the Unified Patent Court and Unitary Patent will link with the US system
- Future predictions
Adrian Howes, senior litigation counsel, Nokia
Tom Ross, partner, Ropes & Gray
Edward Kelly, partner, Ropes & Gray
16.50 Industry debate
- Industry snapshot: How advanced should you be in preparing for the reform?
- How do the costs influence decisions and potential usage of the courts?
- Determining the success and adoption of the UPC
- Opting out existing European Patents: pros and cons and how to plan a strategy
- What are the likely costs - how does this change budgeting strategy?
Ulrich Blumenröder, partner, Grünecker
Bobby Mukherjee, chief counsel, BAE Systems
Olivier Gicquel, head of intellectual property, Airbus
Naoise Gaffney, senior prosecution attorney, Invention Investment Ireland
Marianne Schaffner, partner, Dechert
17.40 Close of conference