Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court: Bird & Bird co-hosts conference in Amsterdam


Date: 06 February 2014
Time: 9.00 - 17.15 CET    Venue: Steigenberger Airport Hotel, Stationsplein ZW 951, CE 1117, Schiphol-Oost/Amsterdam, Netherlands


All you need to know about outlining your patent strategy. Learn more about the possibilities and risks of the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent court.

Bird & Bird is co-hosting the Unitary Patent Conference with IIR Legal. The conference will take place in Amsterdam on the 6th of February 2014. During this event, for international patent experts and decision makers, we will bring you up to speed about the changes concerning the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. For you as a patent expert, the conference will have deep impact on your patent strategy, risks and protection considerations.

Main topics

  • Update UPC: Local/regional divisions, fees, patent litigation certificate & IT system
  • The results of the Public Consultation & most important changes in the Rules of Procedure
  • Unitary Patent: practical issues, implementing rules & costs/fees discussion
  • New strategies for patent protection & procedures
  • Transitional period & opt-out system; how does it work in practice?
  • The role of the European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Expectations, wishes and fears of several EU in-house patent attorneys

Key speakers

  • Paul van Beukering, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court
  • Kevin Mooney, Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court
  • Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office (EPO)
  • Richard Vary, Head of Litigation, Nokia
  • Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird
  • Alia Knight, Senior Counsel European Litigation, Teva Europe

For more information please contact Wouter Pors or Swaantje Taube.

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The programme

09.00 Registration & morning coffee

09.30 Opening event, welcome and short introduction by chairman
Richard Vary, Head of Litigation, Nokia

09.45 The Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent “under construction”: Where are we now?
Paul van Beukering, Chairman of the Preparatory Committee for the Unified Patent Court

10.15 Q & A

10.30 European patents and Unitary Patents: most important changes after effectuation of the UPC Agreement
Bas Pinckaers , Head Engineering & Electronics Department at Van Doorne N.V.

11.00 Coffee and tea break

11.30 Strategies for proceedings at the UPC
Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird

12.00 Vision of and interview with several in-house patent attorneys regarding the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court
Thierry Sueur, Vice President Intellectual Property, Air Liquide
Marianne Rots, Vice President Patents, Unilever and Chair of the IP committee, VNO-NCW / MKB
Alia Knight, Senior Counsel European Litigation, Teva Europe
Pierre Gendraud, Director, Technology Watching and Intellectual Property Division, PSA Peugeot Citroën

12.45 Q & A

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court; the final phase
Kevin Mooney, Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court and Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP

14.45 The role of the European Patent Office regarding the Unitary Patent
Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office

15.15 Round table discussions 2x 45 minutes

15.15 Part I
16.00 Coffee and tea break
16.15 Part 2

The roundtable discussions are an opportunity for the participants to get together in an informal setting to discuss issues from their working area point of view as they relate to the Unitary Patent Package. One can choose from four main themes:

I Rules of Procedure – changes discussion
Table Chair: Kevin Mooney, Chairman of the Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure for the Unified Patent Court and Partner at Simmons & Simmons LLP

II Optimizing filing strategies on the basis of different example cases
Table Chair: Walter Hart, Dutch & European Patent Attorney, EP&C

III Strategies for different routes to patent protection
Table Chair: Koen Bijvank, Partner, V.O. Patents & Trademarks

IV Forum shopping between the various local and regional divisions & Language Regime
Table Chair: Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird

17.00 Summary of results of Round Table discussions

17.15 Closing words by chairman & drinks

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