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MIP European Patent Forum 2019

September 24, Westin Paris Vendome
September 26, The Charles Hotel, Munich

Agenda - Munich 


Paris registration is now open - confirm your place online

Free registration for in-house IP/patent counsel, general counsel and heads of legal
Places still available for private practice, IP service providers and consultants


Munich registration is now open - confirm your place online

Free registration for in-house IP/patent counsel, general counsel and heads of legal 
Places still available for private practice, IP service providers and consultants

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Matt Jones,
partner, EIP

9.20 Preparing your European patent strategy for 2020 and beyond

  • How should you rethink your strategy in light of rapid technological developments?
  • Debating the impact, challenges and consequences of Brexit
  • Cost-benefit analysis: UP versus national patents US PTAB IPRs - are EU patents strategically more important
    in light of what is happening in the US?

Albert Graf Von Keyserlingk, European patent attorney, director, Infineon Technologies
Hubertus Schacht
, judge, Regional Court Munich

10.00 Navigating Europe's litigation landscape
Panel debate followed by group table-top discussions

  • How do procedures differ in France/Germany/Italy/Netherlands/UK
  • Preparing your case: understanding what forums to choose and why
  • How to coordinate and manage a piece of litigation that runs in a number of countries
  • Successfully revocating third parties in the right jurisdiction
  • Will the UPC decrease the need for fragmented litigation in Europe?

Ewoud Caspers, senior legal counsel, IP & standards, Philips
Michele Fattori
, director, European intellectual property, Snap-on
Sara Burghart, lead IP litigation counsel, global litigation, Sandoz

10.45-11.00 Table-top discussions


11.30 Roundtable discussions
The discussions will last for one hour, designed to enhance the level of collaborative, strategic discussion and allow executives to breakout into smaller groups where you will be able to learn and debate with your peers. Delegates will choose one roundtable discussion on a topic that is a key priority.

A) SPC manufacturing waiver: practical application

B) Managing the anticipated 5G revolution

C) Effectively managing your trade secrets

D) IP challenges in the era of connectivity, autonomous driving & disruptive technologies
Steve Faraji, senior patent and licensing manager, Audi

E) Key learnings from Supreme Court decisions in life sciences

F) Protecting and enforcing your IP in China
Xuting Huang, patent counsel, ZF Group

12.30 Pitfalls and traps to avoid when drafting and negotiating patent license agreements

  • Court decisions reveal the pitfalls to avoid when drafting licensing agreements
  • Court decisions also reveal clauses in license agreements that can be inconsistent with each other
  • There are implications when entering into a new agreement rather than amending an existing agreement
  • There are reasons why "boilerplate" clauses should be negotiated

Russell Levine, partner, Kirkland & Ellis


14.10 Strategic considerations when planning & enforcing your international patents

Panel debate followed by group table-top discussions

  • Considering enforcement activity in China and overcoming obstacles
  • Changing forces affecting global innovation
  • Taking advantage of the updated Section 101 guidance
  • Europe versus US filing strategies and litigation
  • Practical benefits of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)

Kathleen Fox-Murphy, partner, EIP (moderator)
Anja Kasper, IP manager patents, European patent attorney, Evonik
Xuting Huang
, patent counsel, ZF Group
Ulrich Harst,
German & European patent attorney, Thyssenkrupp
Isabelle Schaller,
associate, EIP

14.55-15.10 Table-top discussions


15.40 Building, managing and maintaining a strong IP department

  • Drawing comparisons between industries - how to build an IP strategy and to run your IP department
  • Managing IP risk and opportunities: who is the economic owner - business unit or legal department?
  • Building a culture of inclusion and strategically assembling a diverse team with the necessary competencies
  • Pros and cons of outsourcing for operational efficiency and working with outside counsel

Kristin Cooklin, global head of patents, Zentiva
Peter Berg
, VP, intellectual property, Infineon Technologies

16.25 The future of AI and Big Data

  • How to obtain a valid patent with the new guidelines
  • Identifying where you can digitalise your work to efficiently manage innovation
  • Should you protect AI with patents or trade secrets?
  • Examining big data approaches across industries
  • Identifying the impact of data ownership and access
  • Data privacy concerns

Ferenc Molnar, head of IP support, Roche Diabetes Care
Sandro Di Giuseppe
, European patent attorney, Googlep
Thomas Buchholz
, corporate innovation, intellectual property, BSH Hausgerate





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Kirkland & Ellis

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