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The future for the UK's patent framework
THURSDAY, 2ND FEBRUARY 2017
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
Guests of Honour: Dr Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office and His Honour Judge Hacon, Presiding Judge, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court
This conference will provide a timely opportunity to consider the future for the UK’s patent framework.
It is being scheduled to bring out discussion on the long-term impact of the EU referendum on UK patent law - most notably in relation to the UK’s future involvement and interaction with the Unified Patent system and Unified Patent Court (UPC).
Delegates will discuss key challenges and opportunities for UK patent policy post-Brexit, looking at next steps for developing the UK’s future attractiveness as a jurisdiction for cross-border disputes; options ahead for rights holders in seeking pan-European and international patent protection; as well as the future impact of the European Patent Convention on UK litigation, including the governance of standard essential patents.
Following the recent publication of the Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) five year strategy - which sets out plans to promote UK creativity and innovation - further planned sessions will look at next steps for generating UK economic growth through IP policy, including initiatives to encourage businesses to better understand and protect their IP. Delegates will also focus on Government’s Intellectual Property (Unjustified Threats) Bill - which is currently making its way through Parliament - and its possible impact on business competition, dispute resolution and litigation, and ensuring consistent enforcement processes.
Speakers and other delegates are expected to be an informed group including Members of both Houses of Parliament, central government officials; senior UK and European officials together with key stakeholders working across this area - including legal practitioners, businesses and their in-house counsel, economists, commentators, academics and campaign groups, as well as members of the national and trade press.
We are delighted that Dr Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office; His Honour Judge Hacon, Presiding Judge, Intellectual Property Enterprise Court and Dr Luke McDonagh, Lecturer, School of Law, City, University of London have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar.
We are delighted that Baroness Bowles of Berkhamsted has kindly agreed to chair part of this seminar.