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MIP International Patent Forum 2018

March 7-8, Waldorf Hilton, London


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08:30 Registration

09:15 Opening remarks by Managing IP and welcome from the Chair; Andrew Hammond, senior partner, Valea

09:25 Keynote address from the Rt. Hon. Lord Neuberger of Abbotsbury, former president of the UK Supreme Court

09:40 Patent infringement by equivalents in the UK, France and Germany

  • What is the Doctrine of Equivalents in Actavis v Lilly and how have the UK courts been applying it?
  • What is the French and German approach to equivalents?
  • Would the French and German courts have reached the same decision?
  • The validity gap – does it exist and what impact does it have?

Alex Brodie , partner, Gowling WLG
Cèline Bey
, partner, Gowling WLG
Carsten Schulte
, partner, Gowling WLG

10:30 Latest rulings and policy developments: litigating & licensing SEP’s

  • Applying Unwired Planet v Huawei across jurisdictions in Europe
  • EU Commission on SEP licensing
  • Availability of final injunctions in Europe for infringements
  • Alternative dispute resolution in SEP cases

Roberto Dini , founder, Metroconsult ( moderator )
Clemens Heusch , head of European litigation, Nokia
Hugo Sakkers
, head of legal, Philips International
Russell Levine
, partner, Kirkland & Ellis

11:20 Coffee break and networking

11:50 Overcoming the key challenges in life sciences to promote commercial growth

  • Second medical use patents in Europe: health regulations and case law
  • The patent portfolio coverage in different jurisdictions
  • Patentability and enforcement concerns
  • Challenges in the newly evolved technologies

Qinghong Xu , partner & attorney at law, Lung Tin
Patricia Hec
, head legal, oncology, Novartis
Tilman Breitenstein
, director of intellectual property, DSM

12:30 Tracking the advantages of judicial protection in Russia

  • Latest patent developments in Russia and how this impacts your business
  • Defending your patent rights and top tips to avoid trolls
  • Patent application and registration process for your design rights

Natalia Gulyaeva , partner, Hogan Lovells
Markus Gruber
, senior patent attorney, Novartis

13:00 Lunch and networking

14:00 High tech patents in the automotive industry – new technologies, IP protection & litigation

  • How does the changing technology landscape affect the exploitation & protection of patents?
  • Patent litigation trends and the threat from NPE’s
  • Autonomous vehicles and Artificial Intelligence
  • Do we need new case law to cover the specific needs of the automotive industry?

Matt Hervey , director, Gowling WLG ( moderator )
Adrian Howes , senior legal counsel, Nokia
Colin Lamond
, IP and patent consultant, Nissan
Roberto Vacca
, director, European Patent Office

14:50 The importance of IP and innovation in India

  • Policy, infrastructure and legislative changes
  • Recent case law and enforcement strategies impacting time, remedies and cost resulting in a stronger IP system
  • Areas of future reform

Pravin Anand , managing partner, Anand & Anand

15:20 Coffee break and networking

15:50 Global landscape for IP owners: comprehensive analysis

  • Interplay between opposition actions in Europe and PTAB
  • Tips to make the best use out of proceedings and deciding which strategy to adopt
  • Overview of the important issues when drafting EU applications for software-related inventions
  • Software protection in EU versus US: how are applications aligning in practice?

Matthew Birkett , partner, Hoffmann Eitle ( moderator )
Heli Pihlajamaa , director of patent law, European Patent Office
Jean-Marc Brunel
, chief intellectual property officer, Safran
Pete Wilson
, senior patent attorney, BT
Yannis Skulikaris
, director operations, sector ICT, European Patent Office

16:50 Closing comments

17:00 Drinks reception


09:00 Registration

09:30 Opening remarks by Michael Loney, managing editor, Managing IP

09:40 Patent litigation strategies in Europe

  • The Unified Patent Court – where are we?
  • Patent litigation and forum shopping at a cross-EU level
  • Keeping your strategy flexible to overcome uncertainty
  • Post-Brexit patent litigation

Dirk Bühler , European patent attorney, Maiwald
Elise Cardin
, patents director, Saint-Gobain
Huw Edwards
, senior IPR litigation counsel, Nokia

10:30 Safeguarding a global market for easily copied innovative products

  • What measures can be utilised?
  • In which jurisdictions should litigation be considered?
  • How can compliance with licensing agreements be monitored?

Andrew Hammond , senior partner, Valea
Bart Van der Stockt,
managing director, Unilin

11:20 Coffee break and networking

11:50 How to successfully manage and protect your trade secrets

  • Treating the protection of trade secrets as a board level issue
  • Patents versus trade secret protection and the issue of innovation
  • Trade secret protection in a globalised environment

Ilya Goryachev , senior lawyer, Gorodissky & Partners ( moderator )
Arthur Lallement, IP manager, hVIVO Services
Bruce Elder
, director, intellectual property & licensing, Integrated Device Technology
Tilman Breitenstein
, director of intellectual property, DSM

12:40 Preliminary injunctions in Turkey

  • Conditions of PI
  • Impact of a national invalidation and EPO proceedings on the PI demand
  • Interpretation of Bolar exemption and PI
  • Unjust PI and damage claims

Özge Atilgan Karakulak , partner, Gün + Partners
Susanna Leon
, senior patent attorney, Novartis
Selin Sinem Erciyas
, partner, Gün + Partners

13:10 Lunch and networking

14:00 Strategic measures to consider when protecting your IP in China

  • Overcoming the difficulties of evidence collection on patent infringement
  • Taking advantage of the new method of software patents in China
  • Top tips for foreign companies drafting claims and defending against Chinese plaintiffs
  • One Belt One Road: opportunities and threats for European companies

Jeffrey McLean , partner, Deacons ( moderator)
Andy Bartlett , divisional director, patents, UK Intellectual Property Office
Haibin Xue
, general counsel for greater China, Hexagon

14:40 5G technology: standards versus open-source

  • Where do standards and open-source intersect?
  • Open-source developments, benefits & emerging difficulties
  • Disruptive technologies
  • To what extent is there a 5G patent war on the horizon?

Simon Kahn , partner, Boult Wade Tennant ( moderator )
Catharina Maracke , associate professor of IT and data law, Kühne Logistics University
Jimmy Ahlberg
, IPR & licensing, Ericsson
Robert Pocknell
, chairman, Fair Standards Alliance

15:30 Coffee break and networking

16:00 Close of conference


Lead sponsor





Gowling WLG

Gun + Partners

Kirkland & Ellis

Lung Tin   Maiwald Metroconsult

Supporting Organisation



CPA GLOBAL patsnap


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