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Seattle LES May Event: Patent Opposition Procedure Before the EPO as a Powerful Competitive Tool
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Patent Opposition Procedure Before the EPO as a Powerful Competitive Tool

When: Wednesday, May 16, 2018
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Where: Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
1201 Third Avenue Suite 2200
Seattle, Washington  98101
United States
Contact: Tandi Collisson

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LES Seattle Chapter presents:

Patent Opposition Procedure Before the EPO as a Powerful Competitive Tool
(Expert Presentation and Lunch)


The opposition procedure after patent grant is the only centralized tool currently available in Europe for seeking revocation of a competitor’s patent. Patent owners and interested third parties should keep in mind the time frame of nine-months after grant of the European patent for designing and implementing cost-effective national patent infringement and/or centralized revocation strategies. After the nine-month period expires only national procedures for revocation proceedings are available in Europe. National litigations can be expensive, time-consuming, endowed with a high risk of diverging decisions (as national case law heavily influences the final outcome) and the parties are confronted with different procedures for each state.

This seminar will provide an overview of the opposition proceedings, the pros and cons of such a centralized procedure from a strategic point of view and the average costs involved. A brief outline of the national patent infringement and revocation proceedings in Italy, Germany and the UK will also be provided with the respective pros and cons.

Light lunch and beverages will be available

CLE credits available 1 hour


Cristina Biggi, Ph.D

Cristina Biggi, Ph.D, has been head of the Chemistry and Life Science Patent Group of Bugnion since 2011 and a partner of the firm since 2017. Cristina is a European and Italian patent and design attorney. In 15+ years of practice, she has filed and prosecuted hundreds of cases before the EPO, WIPO and the Italian PTO. She is also involved in opposition and appeal proceedings at the EPO. Cristina is a recognized technical patent expert in patent litigation before the Italian courts and regularly appointed as technical patent expert by Italian judges in nullity and infringement litigations. She regularly speaks at Intellectual Property seminars organized by Bugnion or others at research centers, universities, and companies (located both in Italy and abroad) about European and Italian patent law and current issues relating to patenting chemical and pharmaceutical inventions as well as issues regarding the new Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court System. 
Michela Errico, Ph.D    

Michela Errico, Ph.D, handles patents in the life sciences with a focus on the biotech, pharmaceutical and agricultural science sectors. She has assisted clients in a range of technological areas within these sectors and has developed particular expertise in obtaining protection for inventions relating to nucleic acid and protein sequences, cells and cell lines, antibodies, microorganisms, animal models, gene and cellular therapy, agricultural formulations and plant genomic techniques. She deals mainly with drafting and prosecuting patent applications in Europe, in Italy and in the US. Michela also handles national litigations. Michela’s legal practice also includes operate opinions, validity opinions and managing the patent portfolios for a number of large companies providing advice on patent protection strategies and portfolio development.

She also has experience in protecting vegetal varieties and assisting clients in filing microorganisms according to the provisions of the Budapest Treaty.

Michela frequently participates as a speaker in Intellectual Property seminars organized by Bugnion and held at research centers, universities, and at companies, where she addresses issues relating to patenting biotechnological inventions.




Wednesday, May 16, 2018
11:30 am - 1:00 pm Pacific


Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
1201 Third Avenue Suite 2200 
Seattle, WA 98101



Through May 11, 2018
LES Members: $20
Non-Members: $25
Student/Unemployed: $15 
After May 11, 2018 and Onsite
LES Members: $25
Non-Members: $30
Student/Unemployed: $20 


This event is generously sponsored by:

Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP



The Seattle chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.

A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after May 11.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.

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