9Oct
Congress

Wednesday 9 October

Congress 2024: The UPC and its impact

When and where

Date and time

Start: Wednesday 9 October 2024, 08:30 AM

End: Wednesday 9 October 2024, 07:00 PM

Location

Kimpton Charlotte Square Hotel, 38 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, EH2 4HQ

Event Overview

This year’s Congress will be held at the Kimpton Charlotte Square, Edinburgh on Wednesday 9 October 2024.

By the time we reach Congress it will have been just over a year since the launch of the UPC, the biggest change to the patent landscape in Europe since the EPC.  The Committee are putting together a stimulating programme, including high-profile key-note speakers and topical panel discussions in which our members can share their expertise and views on using the UPC and how it is impacting the patent profession in the UK and beyond.

* please note subjects and timings are provisional

 

Extra Events

Congress: Pre-Conference Tour & Drinks Reception

Following requests for more networking opportunities at CIPA Congress, we’re delighted to announce a Congress pre-event, which will be held on Tuesday 8 October 2024 from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.

Join us for an exclusive evening at the National Gallery Edinburgh, for this year’s Congress pre-event drinks reception.  Please click the link above to learn about the Pre-Conference Tour & Drinks Reception

Annual Dinner

This year’s Congress Annual Dinner will take place at 7.00pm on Wednesday 9 October 2024, after the conference, and is bookable separately. Join us for an evening surrounded by peers accompanied by a three course meal. Please click the link above to learn about the Annual Dinner.

Audience

All

Programme & Speakers

Wednesday 9 October

  • 8:30- Registration and Refreshments
  • 9:10 - Opening by CIPA President
    Speakers
    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt Dixon, CIPA President

    Matt has been a member of CIPA Council for over 15 years. During this time, he has focused particularly on business practice and regulatory issues, especially consulting vigorously with IPREG on the issues of client accounts and anti-money laundering regulation with the ultimate aim of achieving clarity and simplicity for members. He has been a regular speaker to CIPA new entrants on commercial matters. In his own business career, he has been a partner at Dehns in both Munich and London, a director and founder of the London office of IP21 and a partner, London office head and head of the engineering group at HGF. He now has a role of counsel at Cranach, a brand-new patent attorney firm based primarily in Aberdeen.  In 2023, Matt served as the Vice President of CIPA and assumed the role of President in 2024.

  • 9:15- Transparency at the UPC
  • 9:45 - Practical experiences of using the UPC – Insights of users of the UPC in the first year
    Speakers
    Tilman Müller-Stoy, Bardehle Pagenberg

    Tilman Müller-Stoy, Bardehle Pagenberg

    Tilman Müller-Stoy, a renowned German patent litigator, secured the first inter partes preliminary injunction under the Unitary Patent for clients 10x Genomics and Harvard, establishing himself as a pioneer in the European Unified Patent Court. With over two decades of IP experience, he’s led hundreds of multinational patent disputes, specialising in high-profile cases across various sectors such as telecommunications, IT, automotive, and life sciences. As a trained commercial mediator, he also guides clients through IP-related alternative dispute resolution processes globally.

    Rachel Fetches, HGF

    Rachel Fetches, HGF

    Rachel, an IP/Patent Litigation Partner, specializes in contentious intellectual property matters spanning diverse sectors like life sciences, pharmaceuticals, and telecommunications. With extensive experience in UK Patents Court and High Court litigation, she also leads HGF’s UPC team, strategizing pan-European IP litigation for patents and trademarks.

    Jimmy Nicholls, J A Kemp

    Jimmy Nicholls, J A Kemp

    Jimmy, a seasoned European Patent Attorney and Litigator, specializes in biotechnology and life sciences patents globally. With expertise in immunology, genetic engineering, and biosensors, he serves a diverse clientele, including biotech companies and university spin-outs. His background in genetics and protein biochemistry enriches his ability to draft and prosecute patents across multiple jurisdictions, managing extensive patent portfolios with precision.

    Chris Thornham, Taylor Wessing

    Chris Thornham, Taylor Wessing

    Chris is an award-winning lawyer specialising in patents and technical disputes. He works with clients across the life sciences, engineering, and telecoms sectors.
    He advises clients on freedom to operate, product launch, patent litigation, and licensing strategies including FRAND licence disputes.
    He’s acted in over 20 English patent trials and appeals, as well as numerous arbitration cases.

    Chris advises on strategy and the coordination of multi-jurisdictional patent advice and litigation. He helps clients win infringement/validity disputes and to navigate through the remedies and relief available including interim and final injunctions, financial compensation claims, destruction of infringing products, modification of products, court declarations, publicity orders and costs awards.
    Chris has a strong background in natural sciences and multi-jurisdictional patent disputes. Before practising law, Chris graduated with a degree in natural sciences, specialising in experimental physics. In his early career, he also gained experience working in Washington DC and California.
    He speaks and writes regularly on patent issues.

    Daniel Wise, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

    Daniel Wise, Carpmaels & Ransford LLP

    Daniel specialises in biologics and pharmaceuticals, focusing on EPO opposition proceedings with extensive experience in both attack and defence, including high-profile cases like AbbVie v. Janssen and Amgen v. Sanofi. He also handles original drafting, prosecution, opinions, and freedom to operate analyses, adeptly navigating pan-European litigation. With a passion for aiding clients in bringing innovative medicines to market, Daniel boasts comprehensive knowledge of supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) and has contributed to key cases at the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • 10:55 - Refreshment break
  • 11: 20 - Keynote
  • 11:50 - UPC judges, a view from the bench
    Speakers
    Andrās Kupecz, UPC

    Andrās Kupecz, UPC

    András Kupecz holds an LLM in private law from Amsterdam University and an MSc from Utrecht University with focus on molecular biology. He was active as a European patent litigator, dually qualified as a lawyer and a European patent attorney, before taking up his duties at the UPC.

    Klaus Grabinski, President of the UPC Court of Appeal

    Klaus Grabinski, President of the UPC Court of Appeal

    Klaus Grabinski studied law at the Universities of Trier, Geneva and Cologne. He passed the 1st and 2nd state examination in 1988 and 1992. He was a university assistant and received a Doctor Iuris from Trier University in 1991.

    He served on the German Federal Court of Justice’s 10th Civil Division, including as the Deputy Presiding Justice of the Division that has, inter alia, jurisdiction on patent litigation matters. Before joining the German Federal Court of Justice in 2009, he held a number of judicial roles, including as a presiding judge of a patent litigation division at the Düsseldorf Regional Court and as a judge at the Düsseldorf Higher Regional Court.

    He was an external legally qualified member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office.

    Since November 2022, Klaus Grabinski serves as President of the Court of Appeal and chairperson of the Presidium of the Unified Patent Court.

     

    Penny Gilbert, Powell Gilbert

    Penny Gilbert, Powell Gilbert

    With a degree in biochemistry and a doctorate in molecular biology, Penny’s strong scientific background has led to her specialisation in advising clients in the life sciences sector. She represents clients before all levels of the UK patent courts including the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.  She successfully represented clients in appeals to the Supreme Court on issues of industrial application and sufficiency of claim scope.  She has also represented clients in referrals to the CJEU and the EFTA Court on the interpretation of the SPC Regulation.

    She has a wealth of experience in advising on European litigation strategy and co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She has represented clients in European Patent Office opposition and appeal proceedings and in appeals from the UK IPO. Penny also represents clients in patent licence disputes before the UK courts and in arbitration. She is a qualified mediator and a solicitor advocate.

    Penny also counsels on pharmaceutical lifecycle management, and is experienced in providing freedom to operate and due diligence advice.

    She is a frequent lecturer on aspects of IP law affecting the life sciences sector and a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice course, teaching patent litigation.  As a former President of EPLAW, and a current member of its advisory board, she has been involved with its aims of harmonising European Patent law, including involvement in the training of judges for the UPC.

    Penny has been a partner at Powell Gilbert since it was founded in 2007.

    Kai Härmand, Judge, Nordic-Baltic regional division

    Kai Härmand, Judge, Nordic-Baltic regional division

    Estonian Kai Härmand is the second permanent judge at the Nordic-Baltic regional division. Like Stefan Johansson, she is currently only involved in the UPC cases pending before this division. Parallel to the UPC, Kai Härmand has been a judge at the Harju County Court since 2020. Prior to this, she was deputy secretary general at the Estonian Ministry of Justice and a legal adviser at the Estonian Patent Office. Between 2006 and 2014, Härmand was a legally qualified member of the EPO’s Enlarged Board of Appeal.

  • 12:50 - Lunch
  • 14:10 - Drafting for the world
  • 15: 20 -UK University Spin-outs: IP Commercialisation and Investment
    Speakers
    Dr. Claudia M. Duffy, EPA BSc, MSc, PhD (Cantab) Founder of Innovare IP and Alta IP

    Dr. Claudia M. Duffy, EPA BSc, MSc, PhD (Cantab) Founder of Innovare IP and Alta IP

    A former Scientist turned European Patent Attorney and IP Entrepreneur, Claudia has 10 years’ experience as a Research Scientist (in Munich and Cambridge), over 16 years’ experience as a Patent Attorney in both in-house (for two Cambridge University spin-outs) and private practice roles (in London, Cambridge and Edinburgh) and over 5 years’ experience as an IP Entrepreneur. She is the Founder of Innovare IP, a full-service practice of patent and trademark attorneys working with entrepreneurial communities, investors and universities and Alta IP, a LegalTech company developing a Suite of Apps based on digitised IP services.

    Claudia is an Ambassador for Women Enterprise Scotland, a Professional Member of the Economy and Enterprise Committee of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. She is also a Member of CIPA’s and EPI’s IP Commercialisation Committee.

    Sandy Finlayson, LLB OBE FRSE WS Co-Founder MBM Commercial

    Sandy Finlayson, LLB OBE FRSE WS Co-Founder MBM Commercial

    Now retired, Sandy was a Co-Founder and Senior Partner at Edinburgh and London based Award Winning law firm MBM Commercial. He sits on the CivTech Advisory Group and served for four years as Chair of Converge Challenge, Scotland’s leading company creation programme for all Scottish Universities and Research Institutes.

    Sandy has also held and continues to hold many other advisory and Chair roles with third sector organisations.

  • 15:50 - Refreshment break
  • 16:20 - Industry experiences of opt outs, unitary patents and the UPC
    Speakers
    Lucy Wojcik, Head of IP, Ocado Group plc

    Lucy Wojcik, Head of IP, Ocado Group plc

    After graduating in materials engineering from Imperial College London, Lucy E Wojcik trained as a patent attorney in two private practice firms before qualifying as a European patent attorney and chartered patent attorney in 1999 and moving to an in-house role for BAE Systems plc. Having gained significant commercial IP experience, Ms Wojcik became a freelance IP consultant and patent attorney for Leonardo MW (a subsidiary of Finmeccanica SpA) and, more recently, for Ocado Innovation Ltd. She was appointed head of intellectual property for Ocado Group plc in 2016. She is also a visiting lecturer on the IP practice and management course at Brunel University.

    Susan Chiappenelli, GSK

    Susan Chiappenelli, GSK

    Susan began working at GSK in 1998 as a patent trainee.  Since then she’s worked in various IP roles across the company supporting small and large molecules, vaccines and technologies.  Having spent the 2018 – 2022 leading the team that provides IP support to the Pharmaceutical portfolio, she moved teams at the beginning of 2023 to perform the same role for the Vaccines part of the business.

  • 17: 20 - Closing Remarks
    Speakers
    Alexandra Seymour-Pierce, Venner Shipley LLP

    Alexandra Seymour-Pierce, Venner Shipley LLP

    Alexandra is a Senior Associate at Venner Shipley LLP, and Vice-Chair of CIPA’s Congress Committee. She specialises in patent drafting and patent prosecution of computer-implemented inventions and associated hardware, with a particular focus on the use of software and sensing data for control of robots and autonomous vehicles.  She also has extensive experience with semiconductor technology, particularly for use in consumer electronics and photovoltaic cells.  She joined the patent profession in 2014, following a PhD in Engineering Physics from University College London, during which she designed and tested sports equipment for use by Team GB athletes at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

  • 17: 30 - Drinks Reception

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