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Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Two upcoming events

This Kat would like to alert readers to two events that are coming up - he will be speaking at one and attending the other.

The first is IBC Legal's Biotech & Pharma Patenting Conference 2016 taking place on 23-24 June 2016 in Munich.  This moggy will be speaking about enablement and sufficiency, in particular looking at the "plausibility" criterion that has become increasingly prominent in recent UK cases, for example Generics v Warner Lambert and Merck Sharp & Dohme v Ono Pharmaceutical.  There are many other interesting looking sessions, and this Kat is very much looking forward to the Judges' Panel, which includes Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Judge Edger F Brinkman from the Court of the Hague, Judge Fidelma Macken (formerly of the Supreme Court of Ireland), and Judge Annabelle Bennett of the Federal Court of Australia.  Of course no IP gathering nowadays is complete without a discussion of the Unified Patent Court, and Pierre Véron (Véron & Associés) and Rowan Freeland (Simmons & Simmons) will be tackling this.  (Merpel notes that the referendum on whether the UK stays within the EU and therefore the UPC will have taken place the day before this session, so that should be quite exciting.  UK attendees of the event should remember to apply for a postal or proxy vote first!)

You can see the agenda and book through this link, which also includes a 20% discount for IPKat readers.  There is a further £100 off for booking by the end of Friday 20 May.

The second is a completely different affair - the summer party of UNION-IP.  You can see the flier of the event here.  In their own words:

UNION-IP is delighted to announce that Baroness Neville-Rolfe, Minister for Intellectual Property, will be speaking at their Summer Champagne Reception on 29 June 2016 at the Royal Society. The Baroness shows an impressive level of personal enthusiasm and involvement as Intellectual Property Minister, so her brief talk on “National and International-level concerns and developments regarding the IP landscape” is bound to be fascinating. Furthermore, as the event is just six days after the EU referendum, the subsequent questions and discussion should also be very interesting! Full details and tickets can be obtained through EventBrite at

This event completes a trio of stellar guests at the UNION-IP events - first our own dear Jeremy Phillips, in one of his last appearances (IPKat post here) before his retirement, followed by EPO President M Benoit Battistelli, and now the UK's Minister for Intellectual Property.

These and many other IP-related events are listed on the IPKat events calendar, so don't forget to check it out.

1 comment:

Candy said...

Plausibility is turning into a 'data' criterion, where the quality of the prior art document or spec becomes a significant issue (rather than the objective question of whether it is enabled which can be fixed to an extent by postfiling data). Plausibility will make things more arguable (both in defending against prior art based objections and in attacking patents post grant), and I think is a much-needed new test for medical inventions.

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