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European Patent Reform Forum 2015 - Overview

September 8, Munich; September 10, Paris


Agenda- Paris

Speakers - Munich

Speakers - Paris

delegates Munich

Delegates - Paris

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With final decisions of the European Patent Reform and the Unified Patent Court imminent, it is essential that the specifics are understood and analysed in order to adapt your strategy. The MIP European Patent Reform Forum examined the new court and financial considerations of the unitary patent in detail. Recent developments were evaluated, such as the confirmed costs and fees; the selection of judges; and the impact of the UPC on the technology and life sciences sectors. In addition, the forum guided delegates on whether to opt in or opt out their patents.

The Forum provided an invaluable analysis of the details and specifics of European patent reform, where delegates learned to:

  • Understand and determine the success and adoption of the UPC
  • Analyse the selection of judges of the UPC to help finalise your strategies
  • Discuss the implications of the court and renewal fees on your budget to prepare for the costs
  • Assess the use of opposition proceedings and alternative IP strategies
  • Examine the impact of the UPC on the life sciences sector and how to plan accordingly
  • Join the debate on opting out of existing European patents and plan a strategy

The programme addressed the major issues at hand and encouraged participation and debate on all the pertinent topics and technical matters from the varied perspectives of a wide range of stakeholders.

Who was in attendance?
The Forum registered 150 delegates in Munich and 170 in Paris, bringing together over 150 patent and IP experts from corporations, industry associations and private practice to discuss and impart valuable knowledge.

Key takeaways



Allen & Overy




Marks & Clerk

Powell Gilbert ROKH
Ropes & Gray     SKS Legal


Veron & Associes   Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Supporting Organisations

European Patent Office



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