Sunday, 28 April 2013

Experts and scientific advisors: their role in EU patent litigation

PatLit received a most excited email from Professor Sir Robin Jacob (IBIL), drawing our attention to an original and unusual  conference. Is this the first time that an event on this subject has been put on?  Here are some details:

The Role of Experts & Scientific Advisors in Patent Litigation in the EU

UCL Institute of Brand and Innovation Law (IBIL)

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 from 8:45 AM to 6:00 PM (BST)

London, United Kingdom

The advent of the European Unitary Patent and Unitary Patent Court raises acute questions as to how the court is to receive, use and particularly evaluate expert evidence. It will involve something of an amalgam of UK and continental procedure.
This conference will bring together lawyers with patent expertise from a variety of continental jurisdictions to describe the system in their domestic jurisdiction (USA, The Netherlands, Germany, UK, Spain, France, Sweden, Denmark, Switzerland and Italy). It also does something for the first time - bringing technical experts who have given evidence in UK courts to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the UK system. The event also includes judicial input from the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit of the USA, UK, Germany and Holland 
Of significance in very high tech cases in recent years has been the use by the court of scientific advisors. Two experts who have done this job will talk about their experience - again a matter of great interest generally and perhaps of particular application in the new court. 

This conference is accredited by the SRA and the Bar Standards Board with 6.5 CPD hours. It also constitutes relevant CPD for IPReg. 
For further details and registration, click here.

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