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What’s the programme ?

For its 5th edition on July 5, 2017 Premier Cercle™ gathers key decision makers, industry representatives, instututional, academic and legal experts.

MORNING PLENARIES

9:00 - 9:10 AM

Foreword by the conference chair

Willem Hoyng - Managing Partner - HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER

9:10 - 9:15 AM

Introduction of the conference

Patrice Cros - CEO - Premier Cercle

9:15 - 9:30 AM

Opening address

Benoît Battistelli - President - EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE

Morning panel discussions

9:30 - 10:35 AM

Latest news from the committees dealing with the preparation of the European patent with unitary effect and the UPC

> Preparatory and Administrative Committees: the state of play
> Unified Patent Court: opening in December 2017?
> Judges selection process and profiles of candidates: quality of the Court and robustness of the process

  • Tony Huydecoper - Advocate-General - Netherlands Supreme Court  / Netherlands
  • The Rt. Hon. Professor Sir Robin Jacob - Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law - University College London / United Kingdom
  • Dr. Ansgar Ohly - Chair of Civil Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law - University of Munchen / Germany
  • Jérôme Debrulle - Director of Intellectual Property - Minister of Economy / Belgium
10:35 - 11:00 AM

Coffee break

11:05 - 12:10 AM

Latest news from capitals preparing for the implementation of the unitary patent and the UPC 

Are the capitals ready to start?

  • Louise Akerblom - Vice-Chair Unified Patent Court / Luxembourg
  • Liz Coleman - Divisional Director - Intellectual Property Office / United Kingdom
  • Max Brunner - Chargé de Mission JUB, General Secretariat, European and International Affairs - Ministry of Justice / France
12:15 - 12:40 AM

Keynote address

Margot Fröhlinger - Principal Director unitary patent, European and International Legal Affairs - European Patent Office

12:40 - 1:55 PM

Lunch break

Afternoon panel sessions

1:55 - 3:00 PM

Court of first instance and Court of Appeal of the future UPC: are the judges ready?

Local flavour or everywhere the same (harmonised approach)?
Jurisdictions during the transitory period?
The Court of Appeal: de novo or de jure approach?
Injunction: automatic or at discretion ?

  • Klaus Grabinski - Judge - Federal Court of Justice / Germany

  • Rian Kalden - Judge - Court of Appeal of the Hague / The Netherlands

  • Richard Hacon - Judge - IPEC / United Kingdom

 

Chair : Penny X. Gilbert - Partner - Powell Gilbert / United Kingdom

3:00 - 3:20 PM

Coffee break

3:20 - 4:25 PM

Industry panel: Impact of the new unitary patent system on patent portfolios

Whether to opt-out from the UPC jurisdiction?
Patent filling strategies for international portfolios?
The influence on licences and R&D agreements?

  • Jörg Thomaier - CEO, Head of IP Bayer Group - Bayer / Germany
  • Rubén Bonet - Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer - Fractus / Spain
  • Maaike van Velzen - Head of Legal Department - Philips IP & Standards / Netherlands

Chair : Vittorio Cerulli Irelli - Partner - Trevisan & Cuonzo / Italy  

4:25 - 5:10 PM

Registering unitary patent and filling submissions including opt-outs before the UPC

> UPC Case Management System 

> EPO filling of unitary effect and UPP Register

> User’s view

  • Chris Mercer - Honorary Secretary - Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys / United Kingdom 
  • Cristiano Morganti - CMS Project Manager - Net Service SpA / Italy

 

Chair : Rainer Hilli - Partner - Roschier / Finland

5:10 - 5:15 PM

Closing words

Cocktail Reception

 

 

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