Event Info

Are You Ready for EU and US Patent Reforms?

UK businesses invest over £65 billion annually in a thriving intellectual property (IP), largely because they see patents as the driving force behind global innovation. But change is on the horizon. In 2015 the European patent system will change with the introduction of the unitary patent system. In the US, the patent system has already begun to roll out reforms with the enactment of the America Invent Act. Are you ready for the new world of IP? Recognizing the challenges and opportunities that these patent reforms present, the Global Outsourcing Association for Lawyers (GOAL) is producing the London IP Conference to take place in 2014. This conference will gather IP lawyers and legal departments, legal process outsourcing professionals and government representatives to discuss issues and opportunities for global IP and IP outsourcing industry.

PROMINENT SPEAKERS

Martin Liden

Martin Liden

Key Account Manager Swedish Patent and Registration Office (PRV), Sweden

Liz Cohen

Liz Cohen

Partner Bristows LLP, UK

Chris Trim

Chris Trim

Head of Contract Management CMS Cameron McKenna, UK

Haibin Xue

Haibin Xue

General Counsel Hexagon AB, UK

Rosemary Choueka

Rosemary Choueka

Partner Bristows LLP, UK

Rob McCallough

Rob McCallough

Partner Pinsent Masons, UK

Alan Meneghetti

Alan Meneghetti

Partner Locke Lord LLP, UK

Agenda 1

CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY 1 – 09 Sep 2014 – Understanding US and EU Patent Reforms

  • 08:30 – 09:30 AM

    Registration; Informal Networking with Exhibitors

  • 09:30 – 09:45 AM

    Opening Remarks; Official Introductions of Global Delegates

    • Official introductions of global delegates
    • About the conference speakers
    • Official introductions among buyers, vendors, and other delegates
    • How to build synergies and leverage conference services most effectively
  • 09:45 – 10:45 AM

    Panel Discussion

    Post Patent Reform: Surviving IP Due Diligence in an M&A
    Virtually every M&A deal involves some type of IP assets. This workshop will cover the importance of value-driven patent portfolios and offer strategies to ensure potential patent issues have been addressed in order to maximize opportunities in M&A deals.

    • The provisions of the America Invents Act
    • Assessing how the Act will impact new patent filings
    • Understanding the potential impact on licensing and the performance of due diligence
    • Treatment of joint research
    • Agreements under the Act
    • Departure from first to invent system
    • Broadened scope of patent-defeating prior art
    • Broad prior user rights provisions
    • Treatment of academic institutions and inventions
    • Anticipating the impact on business development strategies
    • M&A considerations
    • Trade secrets considerations
  • 10:45 – 11:15 AM

    Networking Tea and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

  • 11:15 – 12:00 PM

    Panel Discussion

    Global IP Industry: Are You Ready for New Regimes?
    Large law firms and legal departments outsource much of their patent prosecution processes already, including prior art searches, patent illustrations, patent proofreading, patent drafting, and patent docketing support. The outsourcing of patent services is high-value work for LPOs, and the recent changes to the US and EU patent systems have the potential to generate an increased volume and scope of work for IP outsourcers.

    Topics to be Covered:

    • Sourcing IP services globally
    • High value work
    • Global patent systems
    • Changes and latest trends
    • New roles and responsibilities
  • 12:00 – 12:45 PM

    Panel Discussion

    General Counsel Roundtable: The View from the Top
    Hear from General Counsel of global companies on how they are preparing for and dealing with new patent regimes and IP issues around the world from the US to China.

    Topics to be Covered:

    • IP issues around the world
    • Trademark, Patents and Copyright
    • New developments
    • Creating wealth
    • Information Technology for Global Lawyers
    • Corporate policies
  • 12:45 – 01:45 PM

    Networking Luncheon and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

  • 01:45 – 02.30 PM

    Panel Discussion

    The European Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court
    In 2013 the EU established a single Unified Patent Court, which has the power to issue judgments binding across all signatory EU Member States relating to the infringement and validity of patents. In contrast, the current system requires litigation on a country-by-country basis. This session will discuss how the new provisions may impact your IP strategies.

    Topics to be Covered:

    • European Unitary Patent Court
    • The Unified Patent Courtt
    • EU member states
    • Current system
    • New provisions impacting your IP strategies
  • 02:30 – 03:15 PM

    Panel Discussion

    US Patent Law: Recent Developments and What to Expect

    • The changes brought by U.S. patent reform and what it means to individuals and firms. The key provisions of the America Invents Act that went into effect in March 2013 are overwhelmingly among the most important topics for the IP industry in 2013.
      • First to File or publish regardless who is the original inventor with exceptions
      • Expanded definition of “Prior Art”
      • Derivation Proceedings
    • The changes brought by US patent reform and key provisions of the America Invents Act that went into effect in March 2013 are overwhelmingly among the most important issues for the US IP industry.
    • This session will provide an update on the progress of US patent reform and how new provisions may impact legal outsourcing models.
  • 03:15 – 03:30 PM

    Networking Tea Break and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

  • 03:30 – 04:15 PM

    Panel Discussion

    Cross-Border IP Portfolio Management
    Global protection of your brand requires a major financial investment. This session will address several key considerations when outsourcing management of your IP portfolio: resources and budget, filing regimes, process efficiencies, and technology.

    Topics to be Covered:

    • Managing IP portfolio
    • Global scale
    • Rules and regulations
    • Objectives
    • Protection strategies and challenges
    • Resources, budgets and technology
  • 04:15 – 05.00 PM

    Panel Discussion

    IP Litigation around the World – Strategies to Manage Costs

    • Patent, Trademark and Copyright
    • Trends and strategies
    • Staffing
    • Technology
    • Cost management tools
    • Role of outsourcing
    • Support services
    • Role of law firms in managing multi-jurisdictional litigation
  • 05:00 PM

    Day One Closing Remarks

     

Agenda 2

CONFERENCE AGENDA

DAY 2 – 10 Sep 2014 – IP Outsourcing Strategies in the New IP World

  • 09:00 – 09:30 AM

    Registration; Informal Networking with Exhibitors

  • 09:30 – 10:30 AM

    Panel Discussion

    Litigation as an Effective Strategy against Patent Threats
    Litigation has traditionally been seen as a poor option for an accused infringer. Instead, litigation is commonly viewed as an activity that is forced on an unwilling participant. The threat of litigation is particularly important when the patentee is a patent troll, offsetting the patent troll’s ability to force a license, and playing a key role in forcing low-cost settlements. This workshop explores the options available to the accused infringer in the face of a patent threat.

    • Defining the concept of a patent roll
    • Reasons why an infringer might choose to litigate
    • Infringer and patentee’s decision-making process
    • How changes in the ability of patentees to obtain injunctions may drive the tendency of parties to litigate
    • Licensing strategies
    • The value of settlements that occur in place of litigation
    • Understanding the US Innovation Act and its impact of patent trolls
    • 10.30 – 11:00 AM

      Networking Tea and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

    • 11:00 – 11:45 AM

      Panel Discussion

      How to Get the Most from Your Outsourcing Service Provider
      In this session, delegates will gain practical insights into how legal, IT and business process outsourcing is improving competencies and driving down overall costs in legal departments and law firms.

      Topics to be Covered:

      • Defining needs
      • Sourcing the right service provider
      • Location analysis
      • Managing costs
      • Technology use for lawyers
      • Legal, IP, IT and Business process outsourcing
      • Ethical compliances
      • Data Security & Data Privacy
      • Rules and regulations
    • 11:45 – 12:30 PM

      Panel Discussion

      Trademark and Copyright: National & International Developments
      In today’s global marketplace, a trademark strategy can create business value. Learn how engaging an outsourced provider specializing in trademarks can success.

      Topics to be Covered:

      • Trademark portfolio management
      • Copyright strategies
      • Litigation
      • Global scale – UK and overseas perspective
      • Creative business value
      • Outsourcing strategies
    • 12:30 – 01:15 PM

      Panel Discussion

      Governance, Compliance, Ethical and Legislative Issues in the Global Legal/IP Industry

      • Governance and Compliances
      • Ethical practices
      • Cloud Computing and data protection issues in Europe (focus on UK and France)
      • Government and regulatory norms
      • Unauthorized practice of law
      • Data Security in Global Legal Community
      • Legislative issues in legal outsourcing world
      • Bar association opinion
    • 01:15 – 02:15 PM

      Networking Luncheon and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

    • 02:15 – 03:00 PM

      Panel Discussion

      Cross Border Merger & Acquisitions: IP Management Perspective

      • Cross border M&A
      • Managing IP
      • Strategies
      • Challenges
      • Antitrust / Competition
      • Current scenario
      • Case examples
      • LPO Support for M&A
      • Avoiding antitrust problems – A practical guide for IP lawyers
    • 03.00 – 03:45 PM

      Expert Panel Discussion and Q&A

      The A-Z of Negotiating, Enacting and Managing Relationships – Law Firms and In-house Lawyer Perspective

      • Establishing your needs
      • Law firms vs LPO
      • How to begin with outsourcing
      • Due diligence process
      • Visiting service provider offices
      • Getting the right people on board
      • Pricing and negotiations
      • Signing contracts
    • 03:45 – 04:00 PM

      Day Two Closing Remarks

    • 04:00 – 05:00 PM

      Networking Tea Break and Informal Networking with Exhibitors

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