Monday, 22 July 2013

Italians hold conference on new EU patent regime

Italy has committed itself to the Unified Patent Court, even though it has declined to join the unitary patent system.  What might this mean in practice for the profession in Italy?  Some answers to this question may be obtained from a forthcoming conference at the University of Milan, the details of which can be obtained from Professor Costanza Honorati.

University of Milano-Bicocca
Friday 27 September 2013 – Aula Martini U6-4

The EU Patent System: the European Patent With Unitary Effect And The Unified Patent Court

with the support of:
European Commission Representation in Italy, Italian Ministry of Economic Development
AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property – Italian Group)

9.00 – Registration of participants
9.15 – Welcome speeches: Prof. Marcello Fontanesi – Rector, University of Milano-Bicocca, Dr. Fabrizio Spada – Director, European Commission Representation, Office in Milan

9.30 – Morning session:

The Substantive Law
Chair: Prof. Dr. Hanns Ullrich (Max-Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law, München)

The Long Road from EC Patent to Patent with Unitary Effect: Potentials and Challenges Ahead
Michael König – Head of Unit, Industrial Property, DG Internal Market, EU Commission

La cooperazione rafforzata in materia di brevetti e il controllo della Corte di giustizia UE
(The Enhanced Cooperation on Patents and the Control by the CJEU)
Prof. Fausto Pocar – University of Milan, International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia

Natura e contenuto del brevetto con effetto unitario
(The Legal Nature and the Content of the Patent with Unitary Effect)
Prof. Giovanni Guglielmetti – University of Milano-Bicocca

10.30-10.50  Coffee-break

The European Patent with Unitary Effect and the European Patent Office
Prof. Manuel Desantes Real – University of Alicante, Former Vice-President EPO

La concorrenza di discipline di fonte diversa nel brevetto ad effetto unitario
(Concurring Sources of Law in the Legal Regime of the Patent with Unitary Effect)
Prof. Vincenzo Di Cataldo – University of Catania

La collocazione normativa delle disposizioni di diritto sostanziale e la loro interpretazione pregiudiziale
(The Legal Frame for Substantive Law Provisions and their Referral to the ECJ for Preliminary Ruling)
Prof. Giandonato Caggiano – University of Roma Tre

12.00 – Interventions
Dr. Francesco Macchetta – IP Director, Bracco Imaging

14.30 – Afternoon session:                                                                             

The Judicial Frame
Chair: Prof. Riccardo Luzzatto (University of Milan)

The Institutional Framework for the Enforcement of European Patents and European Patents with Unitary Effect: a View from the Hague Conference
Prof. Marta Pertegás – First Secretary, Hague Conference of Private International Law, The Hague

La natura del Tribunale unificato tra tribunale nazionale «comune agli Stati» e tribunale internazionale
(The Unified Patent Court between a National Court “Common to the Member States” and an International Court)
Prof. Roberto Baratta – University of Macerata, Legal Advisor, Permanent Representation of Italy in Brussels

Le Rules of Procedure e i rapporti tra Tribunale unificato e giudice nazionale
(The Rules of Procedure and the Relations between the Unified Patent Court and National Courts)
Dr. Marina Tavassi – President of the IP Specialised Section, Milan Tribunal

15.45-16.10  tea-break

Il diritto applicabile dal Tribunale unificato: diritto UE, diritto internazionale, diritto interno
(The Law Applicable by the Unified Patent Court: EU Law, International Law, National Law)
Prof. Costanza Honorati – University of Milano-Bicocca

La ‘biforcazione’ tra azioni di validità e azioni di contraffazione: ragioni teoriche e problemi applicativi – (‘Bifurcation’ of Revocation and Infringement Actions: Theoretical Reasons and Practical Problems)
Prof. Marco Ricolfi – University of Turin

Il ruolo del patent attorney di fronte al Tribunale unificato
(The Role of Patent Attorneys Before the Unified Patent Court)
Dr. Micaela Modiano – European Patent Attorney

17.30 – Interventions and discussion
Dr. Francesca Ferrari – University of Insubria
Dr. Benedetta Ubertazzi – University of Macerata
Dr. Lidia Sandrini – University of Milan

18.30 –Conference closes

Scientific Coordinator: prof. Costanza Honorati

The Conference will be held in English and in Italian. Simultaneous translation will be provided

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