Powell Gilbert co-sponsors the United Patent & United Patent Court Conference in Paris

Powell Gilbert is pleased to co-sponsor Premier Cercle’s conference on progress towards implementation of the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent.
The event, which promises a full day of great debates, will be held in Central Paris at Pavillon Gabriel, 5 avenue Gabriel, on Friday 4th July 2014 from 9:00am – 6:00pm. Keynote speeches will be given by Paul van Beukering, chairman of the UPC preparatory committee, and Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, EPO.

Powell Gilbert partner Alex Wilson will chair a debate between European judges from the UK, France, Belgium, Germany and The Netherlands on the UPC Rules of Procedure. Penny Gilbert, Zoe Butler, Tim Whitfield, Peter Damerell, Tom Oliver and David Lancaster will also be attending.

Key Topics include:
EPO Select and Preparatory Committees: A Critical Review
UPC Agreement Ratification Process: One Fraught With Risk?
Implementation Phase: Is 2015 A Realistic Goal?
Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court: Where we are and where it ends?
IP-Intensive Companies: Will Innovation & Growth Really Be at the End of the Road?

Speakers include:
Jérôme Debrulle, Chair EPO Select Committee
Alexander Ramsay, Vice Chair, Preparatory Committee
Olivér Varhelyi, Member of the Preparatory Committee (judge selection and training)
Catherine Lacavera, GOOGLE Inc.
Jean-Christophe Gracia, French Ministry of Justice
David Rosenberg, GlaxoSmithKline plc.
David Laliberté, Microsoft
Programme and registration may be found here: http://www.premiercercle.com/index.php?item=event-details&ide=194