The African continent is one of the most difficult regions to protect and enforce IP rights even though it is increasingly becoming important for IP owners to obtain adequate and sufficient IP protection in many African jurisdictions. There are uncertainties in this region with a question often asked being whether or not Africa will ever see a real economic boom that was seen in Asia over the past half-century. The answer to this question is uncertain, although provision should be made by IP owners for this possibility. In this session, we explore the latest developments in key issues that impact the convenience to IP owners to file in Africa: digitization, skills development at IPO’s and the expansion and effectiveness of IP treaties.
The U.S. patent landscape continues to evolve with changes that impact both prosecution and enforcement strategies. Over the last few years, the U.S. Supreme Court has issued a number of significant decisions that have upended Federal Circuit precedent and long-standing principles of patent law including. The USPTO has also been active, retooling its procedures and issuing numerous guidelines in response to demands for better efficiency and clearer examination standards.
Prior to the IP Summit, Finnegan will be hosting an Advanced U.S. Patent Seminar. This seminar will address the key developments that are important to patent stakeholders in and outside of the United States, including conditioned sales and exhaustion issues in view of Quanta and Lexmark. It will also provide practical advice to address the needs of in-house counsel and experienced patent practitioners, as well as those familiar U.S. patent law fundamentals.
The following topics will be addressed by this seminar:
12:00 - 13:00 Registration and Lunch
13:00 - 18:00 Program
18:00 - 19:00 Reception
Date and Location:
Wednesday, 6 December 2017 The Hotel
Boulevard de Waterloo, 38
RSVP: Please register here.
What is the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court conference?
This event takes part in the ongoing process for the implementation of the European patent system through the new Unitary Patent right and the establishment of the Unified Patent court.
This conference provides the audience with a taste of the latest news from the Committees dealing with the preparation of the UP and the UPC.
In the frame of its 6th edition, Premier Cercle gathers the most important stakeholders who work for the implementation of the future Unitary Patent System and the establishment of the Unified Patent Court. The system's launch by the beginning of 2018 will be discussed by the European judges, the Committees and the Industry.
This event is organised in association with the European Patent Office on July 5, 2017 in Munich (Germany).
Additional information: www.unitarypatentsystem.eu
12.07.18 (tentative date)
8.30 to 6.00 pm
European Patent Office
Key decision makers, industry representatives, institutional, academic and legal experts