Legal Briefing - Part 2: The upcoming Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court: opportunities, threats and what should my business be doing now to prepare?

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You may be asking yourself whether your business needs to focus on the new patent reforms at this point? Aren’t they still only proposals which may never be implemented?

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About the event

Can’t we wait until we are much closer to the unitary patents becoming available and the Unified Patent Court opening for business? In association with Eversheds, this timely London event will bring top legal experts to examine Unitary Patents and Unified Patent Court from a business perspective and to facilitate informal group discussions.

Taking place at Campus London, one of Google’s renowned collaborative working spaces, this highly-focused event offers a comprehensive insight into reality being shaped by the following:

  • The proposed reforms are the biggest upheaval in the patent system in a generation. They have significant implications for your long-term business planning, including your patent filing strategy, CAPEX decisions on the location of manufacturing or distribution facilities, and your key business contracts. This means your preparation needs to start now
  • The Unified Patent Court could be up and running as soon as Q4 2016, allowing you to exclude infringing competitors from the majority of the EU market in a single court action. Or to revoke their patent protection for a key invention across the EU in a single action. Conversely, an incoming action poses a similar risk for your business
  • Long-awaited key information about the costs (renewal fees, court fees and opt-out fees) is due to become available shortly before this session

Join us and hear from industry experts in the Wireless sector on how their businesses are preparing for these reforms, learn about a 5-step checklist your business can follow now to optimize its position, share your comments and ideas, and debate the new patenting landscape in the EU.

You can follow @cambwireless on Twitter and tweet about this event using #CWLegal.

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Welcome and overview of key aspects of the Unitary Patent and the Unitary Patent Court from Adrian Toutoungi of Eversheds


Interractive Discussions led by experts: Anne McAleer, Patent Manager at CSR and Laura Daly, Patent Attorney at ARM, covering –

• Available filing strategies in Europe upon the advent of the Unitary Patent and the pros and
cons of each
• Practical things that companies should be doing now to prepare
• To opt out or not?


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Laura Daly - Patent Attorney, Arm

Anne McAleer

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Julia Gwilt - Partner, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

Since joining the patent profession in 1997, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions such as cryptography and communication networks as well as inventions having complex mathematics, including machine learning at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers. As well as managing the prosecution of patent portfolios covering the UK and overseas, she has been involved in contentious matters. In recent years, she has managed over 70 oppositions to European patents, most in the field of electronic program guides. Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations. She also offers bespoke training programmes to her clients.

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Anthony Waller - Partner, CMS

Anthony Waller is a partner in the Corporate/M&A Team at CMS London. Anthony deals with all aspects of corporate work, including private company and business acquisitions and disposals, public takeovers, schemes of arrangement, fundraisings, venture capital investments and IPOs, joint ventures and reorganisations. Anthony works alongside the firm's international Corporate team. Anthony has advised clients in the TMT sector for many years, advising established international companies on a variety of transactions and public company issues. His practice focuses on high growth technology companies, acting for both the companies themselves and investors into the sector.

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Campus London, 4-5 Bonhill St, Shoreditch, London EC2A 4BX

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