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What’s the programme ?

For its 6th edition on July 3, 2018 Premier Cercle™ gathers key decision makers, industry representatives, institutional, academic and legal experts.


8:30 - 8:55 AM

Welcome coffee

8:55 - 9:00 AM

Foreword by the conference chair

Willem Hoyng - Member, Drafting Committee of the Rules of Proceedings; Member, Advisory Comm., UPC Preparatory Committee; Full Professor - Tilburg Law School

9:00- 9:15 AM

Opening address

António Campinos - 

President, European Patent Office

Morning panel discussions

9:15 - 10:25 AM

I. Latest developments within the Committees dealing with the preparation of the Unitary Patent

Latest developments in the Select Committee

  • Jérôme Debrulle - Chairman of the Select Committee of the EPO and Head of the Belgium Intellectual Property Office, FPS Economy, SME’s, Middle classes and Energy / Belgium

Implementation of the Unitary Patent into national legislation

  • Max Brunner -  French UPC’s Project Manager at the Ministry of Justice in the European and International Department in the General Secretary / France

  • Paul H.M. van Beukering - Unit Manager, Knowledge Protection and Utilisation, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy / The Netherlands

  • Liz Coleman - Divisional Director at UK Intellectual Property Office / United Kingdom

Chair : Stefanie Mielert - Head of Fraunhofer Corporate Governance, Fraunhofer Gesellschaft / Germany

10:25 - 10:50 AM

Coffee break

10:50 - 12:00 AM

II. Current challenges stemming from the entry into force of the UPC

Latest developments within the UPC Preparatory Committee / Practical Implementation Group

  • Alexander Ramsay - Chairman of the Preparatory Committee of the Unified Patent Court and Judge at the Patent and Market Court / Sweden

Parallel jurisdiction of the UPC and national courts in general

  • Prof. Dr. Ansgar Ohly - Chair of Civil law, Intellectual Property and Competition Law - Munich University / Germany

Parallel jurisdiction of the UPC and national courts during the transition period

  • Pierre Véron - Honorary President EPLAW, Member of the Drafting Committee of the Rules of Procedure of the Unified Patent Court, Member of the Expert panel group

Possible Scenario Before Brexit and After.

  • Douglas Campbell QC - Deputy High Court Judge, Business and Property Courts of England and Wales / United Kingdom


Chair: Tim Whitfield - Partner, Powel Gilbert LLP

12:00 - 12:30 PM

Keynote address

Latest news from the E.P.O.

  • Margot Fröhlinger - Principal Director Unitary Patent, European and International Legal Affairs - European Patent Office

12:30 - 1:45 PM

Buffet lunch

Afternoon panel sessions

1:45 - 3:15 PM

III. Mock Trial: How would the judges rule on an interim injunction application?

Application of Art 62 of the UPC Agreement;

Factors that might be relevant to the application of discretion;

Will there be differences in approach arising from existing national practice?



  • Eric Mille - Judge - Commercial Court of Brussels 


  • Camille Lignières - Judge -  High Court of Paris 


  • Dr. Matthias Zigann -  Presiding Judge - Munich Regional Court 

The United Kingdom

  • Mr Justice Henry Carr -  High Court Judge, Patents Court, England and Wales,


Douglas Campbell QC - Barrister and Deputy High Court Judge, England and Wales

Joel Coles -  Senior Associate and Solicitor Advocate,  Powell Gilbert LLP

Chair : Penny Gilbert - Partner at Powell Gilbert LLP

3:15 - 3:30 PM

Coffee break

3:30 - 4:45 PM

IV. Industry panel: Impact of the new Unitary Patent System on patent portfolios

Whether to opt-in or opt-out from the UPC jurisdiction?
Patent filing strategies for international portfolios?
The influence on licences and R&D agreements?
Litigation strategies under the new scenario



  • Dr Jörg Thomaier - CEO Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH and Head of IP Bayer Group

The United Kingdom

  • Carol Arnold - Policy Advisor, IP Federation 

The Netherlands 

  • Ton van Hoef - Senior Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel - ASML Corporate Intellectual Property


  • Béatrice Levy-Moulin - Group Intellectual Property Director, Valeo 

User Representative

  • Klaus Haft - President, EPLAW (European Patent Law Association) 

Chair: Vittorio Cerulli Irelli  - Partner and Head of Rome Office, Trevisan & Cuonzo

4:45 - 5:15 PM

V.  Implications

Expected economic benefits of the Unitary Patent and the UPC

  • Yann Menière - Chief Economist, European Patent Office

Chair: Dr. Joel Nägerl -  European Patent Attorney,  Partner at Zimmermann & Partner mbB / Germany

5:15 - 6:00 PM

Cocktail Reception

Cocktail Reception



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