Unified Patent Court seminar series - April


Date: 18 April 2013
Time: 13:00 - 19:30    Venue: Bird & Bird 15 Fetter Lane


Bird & Bird is running a series of seminars across Europe on the UPC. The forthcoming seminar to be held in London is third in the series after the seminars held in The Hague on Thursday 7 March and Munich on Thursday 21 March. The seminar in Paris will take place on Friday 31 May 2013.
 
The Commission is proposing that the UPC should be open for business by the end of 2014. The jurisdiction of the UPC will extend not only to Unitary Patents but also to existing European Patents (unless the proprietor has opted out and chosen not to opt in again). Anyone wishing to enforce or defend against an existing  European Patent as well as a Unitary Patent will need to understand how the system is going to work in practice, what options are available to them in terms of courts (both as regards national vs UPC as well as within the UPC system) and what filing and litigation strategies they will need to adopt in order to maximise the prospects of a successful outcome. At the forthcoming seminar in London, we aim to explore the practical implications of the new Unitary Patent and UPC regimes, some of which are only now becoming fully apparent.

As mentioned above, the final seminar in this first series will be taking place in Paris on Friday 31 May. 

For further information on this event, please contact:

Email: katie.blampied@twobirds.com
Tel: +44 (0)20 7415 6000

The programme

13.30 - 14.00
Registration and refreshments

14.00 - 14.15
Welcome and introduction
Trevor Cook, Partner, Bird & Bird UK

14.15 - 14.15
The unitary patent: the system, the choices, the strategies?
Michael Alt, Partner and European Patent Attorney, Bird & Bird Germany

15.00 - 15.30
Implementation of the UPC
Laura Starrs, Senior Policy Advisor, UK IPO

15.30 - 15.45
Break

15.45 - 16.30
UPC: Overview and Litigation strategies
Neil Jenkins, Partner, Bird & Bird UK
Morag Macdonald, Partner, Bird & Bird UK

16.30 - 16.45
Views from the pharma industry
Tony Rollins, Head of Group Patents, Merck

16.45 - 17.00
Views from the telecom industry
Richard Vary, Head of Litigation, Nokia

17.00 - 19.00
Drinks