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Jurisdiction in IP Disputes

Date: 22nd January 2007

Time: Not specified

Venue: Not available

Event Details

What is the seminar about?

Two ECJ judgments of 13 July 2006 - GAT v. LuK and Roche Nederland BV - have stirred much concern in the patent community. It was ruled that contrary to practice presently established in some Member States the courts in the country of registration are exclusively competent to adjudicate validity, even when the issue of validity only arises as an incidental matter. Further it has been held that it is also not possible to join claims against affiliated companies for coordinated infringement of European bundle patents before the courts in the country where the principal office steering the activities has its seat.

  • The seminar will feature an in-depth discussion of the implications for the English practice of the recent ECJ cases referred to.
  • It will further explore current issues in England and Wales and other European jurisdictions relative to the subject of jurisdiction in cross-border IP cases.

On the same day, 17:30-19:30 (followed by a reception), a second IP seminar is organised: "The Future of International Patent Litigation in Europe"

Chair: The Hon Mr Justice Kitchin


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:

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

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