Programme of Unitary Patent Package Kick Off Conference

At the moment we are preparing the UPP Kick Off Conference where you will hear :

  • The views from the most important appointed judges of the UPC and the Court of Justice.
  • A report on the selection of judges and their training program, proposed selection of panels for local and regional divisions from Kevin Mooney
  • The latest news of Alexander Ramsey on the organization of the UPC including operation of the registries, locations, upcoming ratifications.
  • From Margot Fröhlinger the report on delay of grant before the EPO; result of national prior rights for the validity of the unitary patent and
  • How the United Kingdom will be part of the UPC system.

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Day 2 | Get ready for UPP Bootcamp

Goal of the bootcamp

How far is your company in deciding what to do with your patents in Europe?

  • Will you opt-out or opt-in? Or a combination?
  • And if you have decided, do you know exactly how to register to opt-in or opt-out and what is the time schedule?
  • Do you know how to handle if you are sued for the UPC?
  • How do you select the forum that is best for your case?
  • Could you be sued in a language you don’t understand?

Therefore we have developed the Get ready for UPP Bootcamp. You will receive a checklist of all you have to do before the introduction and the procedures, divisions, costs and litigation as soon as the UPC starts. The interesting programme is developed by Bird & Bird, NLO, Van Doorne and V.O. Patents & Trademarks.


Programme UPP Bootcamp

9.oo hrs | Registration and morning coffee

9.30 hrs | Opening, welcome and short introduction by the Chairman: Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird

9.35 hrs | Part 1: Checklist & Time line (How)

  • What needs to be done before the start of UP and UPC?
  • How to opt-in or opt-out? When does the Sunrise register starts and when will it close?
  • What are the consequences if you opt-out? Can you opt-in on a later moment?

Opt-in or opt-out, that’s the question?!

  • Basic knowledge difference between Unitary Patents and European Patents
  • Advantages and possible disadvantages of an Unitay Patent
  • Advantages and possible disadvantages of an opt-out

Bas Pinckaers, Head of Patent Department, Van Doorne

11.05 hrs | Coffee and tea break

11.30 hrs | Part 2: Strategies for proceeding at the UPC

How to prepare your portfolio and your strategy for the new opportunities and challenges?

  • Combining litigation at the UPC and national courts
  • The divisions of the Court, their locations, languages and ‘couleur locale’
  • Coordination, bifurcation, stays and speed of proceedings
  • How to plan your litigation and deal with the judge-rapporteur

Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird

13.00 hrs | Lunch

14.00 hrs | Part 3 : Costs of obtaining and maintaining patents under the Unitary Patent system, comparison to the United States

  • What will be the cost of an Unitary Patent in comparison to a classical European patent?
  • Compare costs for validation including translation costs, publication fees, and attorney fees?
  • National validations of EP versus costs obtaining UP
  • Renewal fees, including related transactional costs of EP and UP
  • Comparison between costs for UP and US patent

Hans Hutter, Partner and Dutch and European Patent Attorney, NLO

15.30 hrs |  Coffee and tea break

16.00 hrs | Checklist of what to be done asap

  • Case management system (get to know the system, registration as ‘representative’ for the CMS)
  • Registration as representative before the UPC
  • Check on license agreements
  • Postpone grants of your European patent applications
  • Patent portfolio management (which cases to opt out, when to file for unitary effect?)
  • Is your docketing system up to speed? How about your administrative employees?
  • Overseas territories (Isle of Man, Dutch Caribbean islands, French Caribbean islands, Greenland?)

Bart van Wezenbeek, Senior Associate and Dutch and European patent attorney, V.O. Patent & Trademarks

17.30 hrs | Closing words by Chairman & drinks