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The Future of International Patent Litigation in Europe

22nd January 2007

What is this seminar about?

At present patents can be awarded either on a national basis or through the European Patent Office (EPO) in Munich, which grants so-called 'European Patents' with a single application and granting procedure. However, once granted the European patent becomes a national patent for the designated Member State which causes difficulties by the need to work in different national legal systems in case of dispute. In view of the difficulties in reaching an agreement on the Community Patent, other legal agreements have been proposed outside the European Union legal framework to reduce the cost of litigation, namely the London Agreement and the European Patent Litigation Agreement (EPLA).

  • The Seminar will address current issues relative to international patent litigation with a particular focus on the practice in England and Wales.
  • It will further explore recent and future developments at European Community level which will determine the substance of international patent litigation.

On the same day, 15:00-17:00, a second IP seminar is organised: "Jurisdiction in IP Disputes"

Chair: The Rt Hon Lord Justice Jacob


Both seminars are part of the British Institute's seminar series on private international law which will run throughout the Autumn of 2006 and well into 2007 entitled Private International Law in the UK: Current Topics and Changing Landscapes.

The British Institute's Series on Private International Law is kindly sponsored by:

If you have any queries relating to this event please contact Jacob van de Velden. If you would like to receive updates similar Institute events, please sign up to this website. Those with a particular interest in private international law are also encouraged to sign up to the Institute's Private International Law Discussion List.

2 CPD hours may be claimed by both solicitors and barristers through attendance at this event.

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