What is the future of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court following the Brexit referendum? When and how will the new system go live? What does industry make of it all? These were the issues up for debate at AIPPI's exclusive seminar yesterday evening on: "The UP and UPC - institutions and industry panel debate", hosted at Bird & Bird's offices in New Fetter Lane.
The panel comprised: Michael Froehlich (EPO) providing an institutional perspective on what practitioners can expect when the new system comes into effect; Tim Frain (Nokia) giving an industry insight on what users are doing to prepare for the new system; and Alan Johnson (Bristows) providing a private practice view on the creation of the UP/UPC - a topic he has been following since 1999. Laura Starrs of the UKIPO had been scheduled to speak, but was unable to participate due to purdah rules that govern civil servants in the run up to a UK general election (see the Cabinet Office's 39 page guide on purdah here...). The speakers expressed their own private views which are not necessarily reflective of those of their organisations.
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