|Descent into the Maelstrom?|
No, just EU patent reform ...
A year later, rumour has it that, if the end is not yet in sight, we have at least reached the beginning of the endgame. Of the two countries standing out against the unitary patent system, the unkind rumour from Brussels is that Spain will sell its opposition in exchange for a financial substantial bail-out to ease its economic crisis and that, once Spain surrenders, Italy will not want to stand out alone. There is an expectation that opponents of Articles 6 to 8 of the proposed Regulation on the unified patent court will eventually accept with good (or bad) grace that these provisions, and the role of the Court of Justice of the European Union in the European patent litigation process, are non-negotiable. There is also the hope, perhaps more imaginary than real, that objectors to the proposed scheme will be pressured by their clients who perceive that they are being deprived of the chance to make substantial savings in maintaining and protecting their European patent portfolios through the intransigence of their legal advisers and representatives.
It is against this backdrop that IBC's fourth annual International Patent Litigation Conference in London on 11 December. This is an event in which several of this Kat's friends are participating, which is another reason why he takes a particular interest in it.
The first thing this Kat notes is that, in the midst of the negative effect of the "three Cs" -- confusion, criticism and conflict -- patent litigation in Europe goes on; there are three more positive "Cs" to balance them: continuity, calculation and consensus. The unitary patent system and the unified patent court merit the attention of conference participants only as far as the morning coffee break. With Professor Sir Robin Jacob (IBIL) providing the thunder and David Rosenberg (GSK) the lightning, a subtle incentive is given to any registrant who might otherwise have thought of slipping in quietly during the break.
|After coffee, the programme|
is still quite stirring ...
If you want to share the fun and experience the thunder and the lightning, or just want to enjoy the ambience of the Bloomsbury Hotel, London, you can get further details of the International Patent Litigation programme here. There's a 10% reduction on the registration fee for all readers of this weblog. To claim your discount, don't forget to quote the VIP katcode FKW82338IPK.