Programme 8 February 2018

Programme of Unitary Patent Package Conference


9.00 hrs | Registration and morning coffee

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

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9.35 hrs | The Unitary Patent and the UPC: the last steps

  • What will be the expected introduction date?
  • Organisation of the UPC including operation ofthe registries, locations, upcoming ratifications
  • Courts: latest developments of the UPC: Local and regional divisions, fees, Patent Litigation Certificate, Sunrise register etc.
  • Judges: Appointed judges and coordination
  • Unitary Patent: latest developments on the practical issues

Alexander Ramsay, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court

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10.10 hrs | Unitary Patents and European Patents: substantive law issues

  • The principle of unitary effect
  • Differences between UP’s and EP’s
  • Advantages and possible disadvantages of a Unitary Patent
  • Advantages and possible disadvantages of an opt-out

Bas Pinckaers, Head Patent Department, Van Doorne

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10.45 hrs | Vision of the Judges

  • Dr. Klaus Grabinsky, Judge of Federal Court of Justice of Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Marie Courboulay, Vice-President, 3rd Chamber, Paris Court of Appeal, France
  • Sam Granata, Judge, Court of Appeal of Antwerp, Belgium

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11.15 hrs | Coffee and tea break

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11.45 hrs | Economic views: The importance of UPC and Unitary Patent


  • Back to basics: views about the economic interests of the Unitary patent and the court for European industry
  • “All that for this…” Do we really need a Unitary Patent and a Unitary court?

Thierry Sueur, Vice President European and International Affairs , Air Liquide

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12.20 hrs | The vision of the in-house patents

  • Francesco Macchetta, Director Intellectual Property, Bracco Group, Italy
  • Dr. Werner Fröhling, Managing Director and Chief IP Counsel Flooring Technologies LTD, Malta
  • Thierry Sueur, Vice President, European and International Affairs, Air Liquide
  • Fredrik Egrelius, Director, Patent Unit United Kingdom IPR & Licensing, Ericsson Limited

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12.55 hrs | Lunch
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13.55 hrs | The final version of the Rules of Procedure and the training of Judges

  • The selection of the judges and their training program
  • The consequences of a hard or soft Brexit
  • Proposed selection of panels for local and regional divisions

Kevin Mooney, Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure for the UPC and Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP

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14.30 hrs | How to request a Unitary Patent?

  • Presentation of the on-line procedure
  • Practical information for users including the UP – user guide

Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director Unitary Patent, European and International Legal Affairs, European Patent Office
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15.05 hrs | Round table discussions round 1

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[accordion title=”1. The last important changes of the Rules of Procedures and the training of Judges” closed=”1″]

  • Final version Rules Of Procedure
  • The training of both Legally Qualified and technically Qualified Judges of Court
  • Getting to grips with the CMS

Table Chair: Kevin Mooney, Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure for the UPC and Partner Simmons & Simmons LLP

[accordion title=”2. Costs of obtaining and maintaining patents in the EP, the future UP and the USA system for different use cases:” closed=”1″]

  • Influence of number of EP countries to be validated
  • Influence of Brexit
  • Influence of number of years maintaining the patent

Table Chair: Hans Hutter, Partner and Dutch and European Patent Attorney, NLO

[accordion title=”3. Forum shopping between the UPC and the national courts and between various local and regional divisions, language regime and experience” closed=”1″]

  • The jurisdiction of the UPC and the national courts
  • Rules for lis pendens under the Brussels I Regulation
  • Where will the UPC Divisions be, what will they look like, who will be the judges and which languages will be available?
  • Could you be sued in a language that you don’t understand?
  • Do you want cross-examination of experts?
  • How do you select the forum that is the best for your case?

Table Chair: Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird

[accordion title=”4. Patent Strategy: How and where to file and litigate?” closed=”1″]

  • Opt-out: choice per patent or per portfolio
  • Litigation tactics: spread or concentrate?

Bart van Wezenbeek, Patent Attorney and Senior Associate, V.O. Patents & Trademarkts
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15.50 hrs | Coffee and tea break

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16.10 hrs | Round table discussions round 2

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16.55 hrs | Summary of results of Round Table discussions

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17.15 hrs | Closing words by the Chairman & Drinks

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