The Unitary Patent system – a game-changer for innovation in Europe

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The Unitary Patent system - Event 2022

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The long-awaited entry into operation of the Unitary Patent system in spring 2023 will mark the dawning of a new era for IP in Europe and the fostering of innovation across the continent.

As an additional element of the European patent system, the Unitary Patent system will be of particular benefit to start-ups and SMEs and will eventually enable them to obtain protection in up to 25 EU Member States by filing a single application with the EPO. What's more, with the creation of the Unified Patent Court, the new system will remove the last remaining obstacles to the EU's single market, thus helping to strengthen the European technology market.

Through a series of lectures and panel discussions the conference will present insight into the Unitary Patent system from a number of perspectives and evaluate its advantages for entrepreneurs and innovating businesses. High‑level speakers from the European Commission, the European Patent Office and the Belgian government as well as representatives from innovative SMEs, academia and the judiciary will discuss the various avenues that the Unitary Patent system will open up for IP protection, as well as its potential to boost innovation across Europe.

Who should attend?

Representatives from the worlds of intellectual property, research and innovation; business advisors and investors; high-ranking figures from SMEs, academia and research institutes and experts in innovation politics.

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Zurückliegende Veranstaltung
9:00 - 18:00 h



17 November 2022

Moderator: James Nurton, Director, Lextel Partners Ltd, London UK

09.00 hrs Arrival and welcome coffee
09.30 hrs Presentation of the European patent system by James Nurton
09.40 hrs Opening addresses by:
Pierre-Yves Dermagne, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy
Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market
António Campinos, President of the European Patent Office
Anna-Carin Svensson, Director-General for International Affairs at the Swedish Ministry of Justice
10.15 hrs Contribution of patents to innovation in Europe
Angelika Niebler, Member of the European Parliament
Philippe Busquin, former European Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation
Mark Ferguson, Chairman of the European Innovation Council Board
Yann Ménière, European Patent Office Chief Economist
10.45 hrs Coffee break
11.00 hrs Main features of unitary patent protection and the Unified Patent Court (video)
11.05 hrs Views from present and former representatives of EU institutions
Maive Rute, Deputy Director-General and Chief Standardisation Officer, DG GROW, EuropeanCommission
Didier Seeuws, Director-General for General and Institutional Policy, Council of the EU
Cecilia Wikström, former Member of the European Parliament and shadow rapporteur for the UPP regulations
11.30 hrs Views of academics
Panel moderator: Giovanni Casucci, Partner at EY Studio Legale Tributario IP Department, advisory board member of EPLAW, the European Patent Lawyers Association

Professor Bruno Van Pottelsberghe (Université libre de Bruxelles)
Professor Edouard Treppoz (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne university)
Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders (Maastricht University)
12.00 hrs Views of business associations
Panel moderator: James Nurton

Thierry Sueur, BusinessEurope
Véronique Willems, Secretary General of SMEunited
Ben Butters, Eurochambers
12.30 hrs Lunch
14.00 hrs Introduction to the afternoon session
14.05 hrs Views of innovative SMEs
Panel moderator: Gabriel Grésillon, Reporter at Les Echos

Professor Nuno Correia, INEGI / Solaris Float
Ruben Bonet, President and CEO, Fractus
Arnaud Castaignet, Vice President, Public Relations & Government Affairs, Skeleton Technologies
Professor Karl Leo, European Inventor Award 2021 in the "Lifetime achievement" category
14.40 hrs Views of professional representatives
Panel moderator: Joff Wild, Editor-at-large for IAM and WTR

Klaus Haft, trial lawyer in intellectual property law, past-president and advisory board member of EPLAW, the European Patent Lawyers Association
Ina Schreiber, Patent Attorney at Plasseraud IP
Koen Bijvank, Advocaat and Patent Attorney at Brinkhof, Amsterdam
15.20 hrs Coffee break
15.40 hrs Presentation of the UPC - its judges, premises and electronic case management system (video)
115.55 hrs Views of judges
Panel moderator: Kevin Mooney, co-founder, past-president and advisory board member of EPLAW, the European Patent Lawyers Association

Klaus Grabinski, President of the Court of Appeal of the UPC
Florence Butin, President of the Court of First Instance of the UPC
Rian Kalden, Presiding judge of the second panel of the Court of Appeal of the UPC
Emanuela Germano, Judge to the Court of Appeal of the UPC
Stefan Johansson, Judge to the Court of First Instance of the UPC, NordicBaltic Regional Division
16.45 hrs Conclusions
Winfried Tilmann, Professor Emeritus at Heidelberg University, co-founder and advisory board member of EPLAW, the European Patent Lawyers Association
17-18.00 hrs Reception

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