Navigating the New EU Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court

Strategic Considerations for U.S. Applicants and Patentees

Recording of a 90-minute CLE webinar with Q&A


Conducted on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Program Materials

This CLE webinar will provide guidance to patent counsel on the new EU Unitary Patent System and the European Unified Patent Court. Also covered will be the nuts and bolts of the systems as well as strategic considerations for U.S. applicants and patentees with European portfolios.

Description

The Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court (UPC) is on the horizon. Expected to come into force in 2017, this will be the biggest change for 40 years in European patent practice and will directly affect all current and future European patents and applications.

Once the new system arrives, applicants will have a choice of the current “classical” European Patent (equivalent to a “bundle” of European national patents) or a new model, the EU Unitary Patent. With fewer fees, the Unitary Patent potentially offers a significant reduction in costs, depending on in which EU states you pursue protection and for how long.

Europe is also establishing a new centralized patent court system that offers a unified body of substantive and procedural laws intended to simplify patent litigation throughout much of the EU. However, the new forum is not without concerns. Companies operating or planning to do business in Europe will want to keep in mind several factors as they navigate the new system.

The UPC will allow coordination of strategy and procedures and provide broader enforcement across the EU in a single action. However, for many the potential significant reduction in costs could be offset by the substantial risk of a single central revocation action also with affect across the EU. Companies and their counsel must understand the benefits and risks of the Unitary Patent and the UPC. Now is the time to prepare.

Listen as our authoritative panel examines the nuts and bolts of the new Unitary Patent System and UPC. The panel will also discuss strategic considerations for U.S. applicants and patentees and will offer guidance on what needs to be done to prepare.

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Outline

  1. Nuts and bolts of the new Unitary Patent System and UPC
  2. Strategic considerations for U.S. applicants and patentees with European portfolios
  3. Guidance on what needs to be done to prepare for the new system

Benefits

The panel will review these and other important issues:

  • What are the advantages and disadvantages of the EU Unitary Patent System? How does it differ from the current system?
  • What are the benefits and risks of the new Unified Patent Court?
  • What key considerations should companies and their counsel keep in mind as they navigate the new systems?
  • What steps should patent counsel take to prepare for the new systems?

Faculty

Ford, Hazel
Dr. Hazel Ford

Partner
Finnegan Europe

Dr. Ford has extensive experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications at the European Patent Office (EPO) and...  |  Read More

Leythem A. Wall
Leythem A. Wall

European Patent Attorney
Finnegan Europe

Mr. Wall’s practice involves patent drafting, prosecution, opinions on infringement and validity,...  |  Read More

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