Changes in the European Patent Systems (UPC)

Moderator: Mr. Francois-Regis Hannart - Principal Director of European and International Cooperation, EPO

  • Mr. Thierry Calame, Partner and Head of Intellectual Property Group, Lenz & Staehelin, past Reporter General, AIPPI Switzerland : T‎he institutional and jurisdictional issues of the UPC
  • Mr. Gerard Myon, Treasurer General, AIPPI: Unitary Patent System
  • Dr. Cornelis (Kees) Schüller, Group Head of Patents, Intellectual Property Department, Nestec SA, Vevey, Switzerland: UPC "What Else?", an Industry perspective

Tuesday, March 22, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm, Hall A

Major changes of the European Patent System are under way as Europe is preparing to introduce a new European Patent with Unitary effect and a single Unified Patent Court with divisions located throughout Europe.
This session will present the major features of the new Unitary Patent and how it differs from the current European Patent despite a common grant procedure. This session will also review the major features of the Unified Patent Court (UPC), which will have exclusive jurisdiction for the litigation of both Unitary Patents and European Patents over almost the entire territory of the EU. The speakers will discuss the fundamental changes and implications the imminent introduction of the UPC will bring about for companies, judges, lawyers and patent agents alike.