Tuesday 30 April

The UPC and Unitary Patent: a Transactional Perspective

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Start: Tuesday 30 April 2024, 12:30 PM

End: Tuesday 30 April 2024, 01:30 PM

Event Overview

The long-awaited Unified Patent Court and new Unitary Patent system came into effect last year. With the caseload of the new court continuing to grow and cases pending across a range of sectors, innovators in all fields who are negotiating patent transactions need to ensure that their deal documentation properly addresses the new system.

So how do you make sure your patent licences, R&D collaborations and other agreements are fit for the UPC? Do your existing contracts cater adequately for the UPC and allow you to implement your desired prosecution and enforcement strategies? What should you bear in mind when negotiating with contractual partners so that you have enough influence or control over UPC-related decisions?

Two Bristows experts focusing on the commercialisation and exploitation of intellectual property, partner Ellen Lambrix and associate Daniel Owen, will examine these points and explain what business should do make sure that their patent related agreements are fit for the new system.



Ellen Lambirx, Bristows

Ellen Lambirx, Bristows

Ellen is a partner in the Bristows Commercial IP Team and has over 10 years’ experience advising clients on a broad range of IP matters. Ellen specialises in advising clients on non-contentious IP matters with a focus on transactions which involve the development, exploitation and transfer of IP rights. She advises clients across a range of sectors including life sciences and consumer products and her clients range from large multinational companies, start-ups and growing companies to spin outs and research organisations.

Ellen frequently advises on high value research and development collaborations and licensing and option deals. She also advises on a range of other IP agreements including trade mark licences, franchising agreements and manufacturing and supply arrangements and IP issues arising in the context of corporate transactions. Ellen also advises on settlements of high-value and strategically significant patent or trade mark litigation disputes.

Daniel Owen, Bristows

Daniel Owen, Bristows

Daniel is an associate in the Bristows Commercial IP Team. His expertise is in advising on non-contentious transactions in IP-rich sectors. Daniel has experience advising on the IP aspects of a wide-range of transactions, including licensing and collaboration deals, franchise agreements, university spin-outs and M&A transactions in the life sciences and technology sectors.

In addition to his time in private practice, Daniel has spent time on secondment at a large global health company. His work there included advising on global health, academic and high-value data driven collaborations.

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