Friday, 5 March 2010

Great conference -- but what about the menu?

On 16 and 17 April 16 and 2010 the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) is organizing a conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, writes CEPIPI's Director General Christophe Geiger. The subject is "Towards a European Patent Court" and the event takes place under the high patronage of Mrs Catherine Trautmann, member of the European Parliament and former Minister for Culture and Communications. Says Christophe:
"As you know, there is now a rather broad consensus in favour of the creation of a common jurisdiction to settle disputes related to European patents and forthcoming Community patents. Indeed, the relevance of patent protection closely depends on the effectiveness of the jurisdictional system in charge of its implementation. On this matter the present system could be improved [a gentle understatement!].

This project is part of a resolutely federative process. However, it is still a delicate question and several controversial issues remain. With this in mind, we have gathered a panel of specialists – academics, practitioners and senior officials – to share their expertise and contribute to the success of this ambitious project.

For this reason, we are particularly honoured to inform you about this event and the gala dinner organised on the evening of the first day of the conference, on Friday 16 April at 8:00pm at the hotel restaurant du Parc in Obernai" (right).
If you'd like to attend, the provisional programme of the conference and the registration form are available on the CEIPI website here. Regretfully PatLit must report that the menu for the gala dinner has yet to be published.

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