The biggest change in patent law in 40 years: Europe gets a unitary patent and a unified court to enforce it. It's time to innovate your patent strategies!
This will allow for one patent application, resulting in a uniform right throughout Europe, which can be enforced through a brand new court at the European level.
The relevant Regulations were published 31 December 2012, whereas the agreement that will set up the court system is planned to be signed on 19 February 2013. Provided the agreement will be ratified by at least 13 states in time, unitary patents and their enforcement will become available early 2014. Applicants will need to develop a patent strategy that involves a choice between the new unitary patent, a traditional European patent and national patents, or sometimes even combinations of these.
Bird & Bird is running a series of seminars in 2013, across Europe, on the UPC. There will be various speakers at each seminar discussing how they see patent filing strategies and litigation before the UPC working in practice. This will include the latest news on the implementation of the system and the issues that are not covered by the Regulations and the Agreement, as well as a strategic view on the new choices for patent protection and for litigation. Although this is a unified system, there will be differences in approach at the various locations, which means you have to choose your options carefully. Seminar dates and locations are as follows:
>Thursday 7 March: The Hague
>Thursday 21 March: Munich
>Thursday 18 April: London
>Friday 31 May: Paris
If you are interested in attending any of these events or for further information please contact:
Tel: +44 (0)207 415 6000
Please see below for the programme for our first seminar to be held in The Hague.
Seminar 1 programme
Registration and refreshments
14.00 - 14.45
Welcome and introduction to the UPC litigation system and its options
Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird The Netherlands
14.45 - 15.30
The unitary patent: the system, the choices, the strategies?
Michael Alt, Partner and European Patent Attorney, Bird & Bird Germany