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

MORNING PLENARIES

9:00 - 9:15 AM

Foreword by the conference chair

Willem Hoyng - Member, Drafting Committee of the Rules of Proceedings; Member, Advisory Comm., UPC Preparatory Committee; Full Professor - TILBURG LAW SCHOOL

Introduction of the conference

 

9:15- 9:30 AM

Opening address

Benoît Battistelli - President - EUROPEAN PATENT OFFICE

Morning panel discussions

9:35 - 10:45 AM

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

> Preparatory, administrative and select committees: the state of play
> Unified Patent Court: opening by the beginning of 2018?
> Judges' selection process and profiles of candidates: quality of the Court

  • Jérôme Debrulle - Head of the Belgium Intellectual Property Office, Chairman of the Select Committee of the EPOrg - FPS Economy, SME’s, Middle classes and Energy / Belgium
  • Dr. György Kozma - HR and Training Working Group Coordinator - Preparatory Committee / Head of Cabinet - Permanent Representation of Hungary to the EU / Belgium
  • Tony Huydecoper - Advocate-General - Netherlands Supreme Court  / Netherlands
  • The Rt. Hon. Prof. Sir Robin Jacob - Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law - UCL Faculty of Laws / United Kingdom

Chair : Prof. Dr. Ansgar Ohly - Chair of Civil Law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law - University of Munich / Germany

10:45 - 11:10 AM

Coffee break

11:10 - 12:10 AM

Latest news from countries preparing for the implementation of the Unitary Patent and the UPC 

Are the countries ready to start?

  • Max Brunner - French UPC’s Project Manager in European and International Department - French Ministry of Justice
  • Louise Akerblom - Vice-Chair of Preparatory Committee Unified Patent Court - Luxembourgish Ministry of Foreign Affairs / Luxembourg
  • Liz Coleman - Divisional Director - UK's Intellectual Property Office / United Kingdom
  • Dr. Britta Heidkamp-Borchers - Ministry of Justice - North Rhine Westfalia / Germany

Chair: Dr. Martin Köhler - Rechtsanwalt, Partner - HOYNG ROKH MONEGIER / Germany

12:15 - 12:45 AM

Keynote address

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

12:45 AM - 1:50 PM

Buffet lunch

Afternoon panel sessions

1:55 - 2:55 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 ?

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

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

  • Hon. Richard Hacon - Presiding Judge - IPEC / United Kingdom

  • Angel Galco Peco - Presiding Judge of Chamber No. 28, specialised in Commercial Cases - Madrid Court of Appeal / Spain

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

2:55 - 3:20 PM

Coffee break

3:20 - 4:30 PM

Industry panel: Impact of the new Unitary Patent System on patent portfolios

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

  • Bettina Wanner - Bayer IP Group / Germany
  • Rubén Bonet - Co-Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer - Fractus / Spain
  • Maaike van Velzen - Head of IP Portfolio Management - Philips Intellectual Property & Standards / Netherlands
  • Thierry Sueur - VP European and International Affairs, Intellectual Property Strategy - Air Liquide / France
  • Paolo Markovina - Patent Manager - Electrolux Italia / Italy

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

4:35 - 5:30 PM

Applying for Unitary Patents and filing submissions at the UPC including opt-outs

UPC Case Management System
Requesting unitary effect at the EPO and UP Register
Users' view

  • Patrice Vidon - IP Counsel, European Trademark and Design Attorney, Vice-President - CNCPI / France
  • Hans-Christian Haugg - Director of the Legal and Unitary Patent Division - European Patent Office / Germany
  • Cristiano Morganti - Director of International Projects - Net Service Information Technology Ltd / Italy
  • Chris Mercer - Former Honorary Secretary - Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys / United Kingdom 

Chair : Rainer Hilli - Partner - Roschier / Finland

5:30 - 6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception

 

 

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