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MIP European Patent Forum 2019

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

Agenda - Paris 

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Gary Moss,
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?

Marianne Schaffner, partner, Reed Smith (moderator)
Karine Berthier, director of patents, Nokia
Maximin Gourcy
, group intellectual capital manager, DS Smith
Yann Menière, chief economist, European Patent Office

10.10 Navigating Europe’s litigation landscape
Panel debate followed by group table-top discussions

  • How do procedures differ in Germany/France/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?

Benjamin May, partner, Aramis Law (moderator)
Olivier Thirard, deputy legal director, intellectual property, Orange
Toni Santamaria,
head of intellectual property, Accord
Giovanni Casucci,
partner, Dentons

10.50-11.00 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
Toni Santamaria, head of intellectual property, Accord

B) Managing the anticipated 5G revolution
Gary Moss, partner, EIP

C) Effectively managing your trade secrets
Clarissa de Jager, general counsel and director of IP, Ceres Power 

D) IP challenges in the era of connectivity, autonomous driving & disruptive technologies
Michael Carter, principal associate, Gowling WLG

E) Key learnings from Supreme Court decisions in life sciences
Alessandra Cincotti, senior legal counsel, Servier

F) Protecting and enforcing your IP in China
Maximin Gourcy, group intellectual capital manager, DS Smith

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 Building, managing and maintaining a strong IP department

  • Drawing comparisons between industries – how do you run your IP department?
  • Pros and cons of outsourcing for operational efficiency
  • Building a culture of inclusion and strategically assembling a diverse team
  • Managing IP risk: who is the economic owner – business unit or legal department?
  • Working with outside counsel to support your IP strategy

Clarissa de Jager, general counsel and director of IP, Ceres Power
Fiona Bor,
head of IP, Mereo Biopharma
Bruno Leduc,
director of licensing, intellectual property, IBM
Bobby Mukherjee,
chief counsel, group intellectual property, BAE Systems

14.55-15.10 Table-top discussions


15.40 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)
Beatriz Diaz, senior IP counsel, Insud Pharma
Axel Ferrazzini,
managing director, 4iP Council
Christof Höhne
, partner, EIP

16.30 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

David Masson, partner, Dentons (moderator)
Alessandra Cincotti, senior legal counsel, Servier
Christine Maury-Panis
, EVP, general counsel and security, Viaccess-Orca



 Aramis Law



Gowling WLG Kirkland & Ellis Reed Smith

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