Unified Patent Court: Bird & Bird seminar series. Belgium - June 19, 2013

19 June 2013


Ablynx nv, Technologiepark 21, 9052 Ghent/Zwijnaarde, Belgium

The new Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court (UPC),
the biggest change in European patent law in 40 years.

What the UPC means for business

The long-awaited new system will allow companies, research institutions, and individuals to obtain a unitary patent with immediate and uniform effect in 25 EU Member States, as well as access to infringement and validity proceedings before the new UPC. This vast project is rapidly taking shape through the efforts of various collaborating working groups and is aimed to be implemented and ready for use in 2014.

Since the new system will add another option with far-reaching consequences to the already available national, European and international patent application routes, strategic and enforcement-aware applicants will need to develop a patent strategy that involves a choice between the new unitary patent, a traditional European patent and the various national patents, or sometimes even combinations of these.

We hope you can join us.

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The programme

Registration and refreshments

Welcome and introduction
Bruno Vandermeulen, IP Litigator, Partner, Bird & Bird Belgium

The workings of the unitary patent system, and outlining the additional prosecution choices and strategies that applicants will now have. Focus will be on the kind of patents, their effect, enforcement and costs under the new system.
Michael Alt, Patent Attorney, Partner, Bird & Bird Germany

The most recent insights in litigation before the new Europe-wide court, recent developments and the work and choices ahead.
Wouter Pors, IP Litigator, Partner, Bird & Bird The Netherlands


Language issues provide yet another strategic layer of complexity to the unitary patent system and one that not all Member States may as yet be fully sensitive to.
The rules about the language of proceedings and the required translations before the UPC will be analyzed as well as the flexibility of the system and the surprising absence of sanctions for those who fail to submit the required translations.
Bruno Vandermeulen, IP litigator, Partner, Bird & Bird Belgium

Panel discussion moderated by
Philippe Jacobs, European Patent Attorney, TechTransfer UGent
Harry Kraft, Senior Patent Attorney, Ablynx NV

Q&A and close of session

Contact / Registration

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