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The Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court: The Practical Effects of Europe’s New Patent
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Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting

When: 02/24/2016
11:30 AM until 2:00 PM
Where: Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California  94301
United States
Contact: James House

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The Unitary Patent System and the Unified Patent Court: The Practical Effects of Europe’s New Patent System on Worldwide Licensing

The Unitary Patent System (UPS) and the Unified Patent Court (UPC) will come into effect in early 2017 if current predictions are accurate. This will represent the biggest change in patent legislation in Europe for almost 40 years since the European Patent Office came into being. It will have potentially profound consequences for existing, as well as future, patent rights.

From a licensing perspective, one potentially significant effect for patent owners whose patents fall within the UPS will be the ability to license a single European patent in a market approaching the size of the US market. Such patent owners also can litigate in a single court (the UPC) rather than in separate national courts.

Managers of patent portfolios and licenses as well as attorneys around the world involved in drafting licenses need to be aware of the new legislation and how it may affect existing licenses and future deals. This means understanding the new powers that are presented to the licensor, as well as exclusive and non-exclusive licensees. In addition, it is important to understand what different parties in license agreements may want to see in a patent license going forward. Probably the most important issue is that of the ability for patents to be opted out of the UPC such that patent litigation can only take place before national courts. Issues such as who can make an opt-out, the actual effect of opting out and how this is managed within a license are hot topics that will be discussed.

Nick Shipp, Partner, Kilburn & Strode LLP

Joe Beyers, Chairman and CEO, Inventergy
Subroto Bose, Senior Director, Global Patent Strategy and IP Operations, Dolby
Richard Feustel, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
Greg Lundell, VP of IP Strategy and Licensing, Nagra

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Registration and Networking lunch
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Program

Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

Early, by Friday, February 19, 2016, 9 PM PST
LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $50

After Friday, February 19, 2016, 9 PM PST
LES Members: $50
Non-Members: $55

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, February 22, 2016, 9 PM PST

After February 22, 2016, contact James House at siliconvalleywriting@gmail.com.

No refunds after Friday, February 19, 2016

Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit



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Joe Beyers, Chairman and CEO, Inventergy
Inventergy is the fourth IP-centric startup for Joe, after a 34 year career leading IP licensing for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he increased the IP income for the company by 20x in just six years. In addition to driving the IP strategy for HP, he reviewed and approved every IP transaction, including patent licensing, technology licensing, brand licensing, standards based licensing and patent sales & acquisitions. less [-]

A corporate veteran with an inventor's soul, Joe developed operating systems, was the lead inventor of the world's first single chip 32bit microprocessor and led M&A, technology partnership, and corporate strategy programs for HP. He received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the University of Illinois. Joe has been featured twice on the cover of IAM Magazine, most recently along with Steve Jobs and 22 others as the “Top people who helped transform the IP industry in the last decade”.

Richard Feustel, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
Rich Feustel is head of Ropes & Gray’s Silicon Valley intellectual property rights management engineering practice. For almost 20 years, Rich has provided proven and successful results for clients on the West Coast and around the world. Rich advises clients in a variety of technical disciplines, including consumer electronics, integrated circuits, power converters, medical devices, telecommunications, cloud computing, storage area network systems, Internet applications, financial trading systems, and industrial equipment.

Rich focuses on strategic portfolio development – building patent portfolios that achieve real-world results for his clients. Typically these results are measured by the success of a licensing program, an ability to secure other types of liquidity events, or successful assertions in the US or abroad. Rich has also enjoyed helping inventors who simply want to obtain a patent because it was personally meaningful. Whatever the goal, Rich employs his years of hybrid litigation and prosecution experience to ensure that when its time for your portfolio to perform, it will. Rich is also extremely experienced in strategically managing patent office challenges, having defended against (and requested) numerous reexaminations and similar proceedings in the US and abroad.

Subroto Bose, Senior Director, Global Patent Strategy and IP Operations, Dolby
Subroto Bose is Senior Director, Global Patent Strategy and IP Operations at Dolby Laboratories.  His responsibilities include managing Dolby’s worldwide patent and trademark operations.  In addition, he advises on patent issues in corporate transactions, open source issues, and issues related to standard setting organizations and standards essential patents.  His prior experience includes working at a number of law firms, where he represented both plaintiffs and defendants before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and federal district courts.  Subroto’s prior experience also includes developing and implementing IP strategies, developing and managing patent portfolios, analyzing large patent portfolios, and providing advice regarding monetization and intellectual property development strategies.

Nick Shipp, Partner, Kilburn & Strode LLP
With a background in electronic engineering, Nick is experienced in providing patent advice in relation to both hardware and software inventions. He has drafted and prosecuted patent applications relating to semiconductor devices, control circuits, telecommunications systems, audio and acoustical engineering, as well as mechanical devices for the aeronautical and oil industries. Having worked as a software engineer, Nick is a specialist in advising on global strategies for protecting software, including mobile phone apps and computer-implemented business methods. Nick also provides portfolio management and due diligence services, such as infringement opinions, and has a successful track record at hearings before the Examination and Opposition Divisions of the European Patent Office.

While Nick deals with a range of clients from large blue-chip companies to SMEs, he has a particular interest in assisting start-ups in understanding and protecting their IP. For example, Nick is actively involved in the thriving ‘Tech City’ start-up community in east London as well as other tech clusters across Europe and the United States.

Nick also provides pro bono advice at the CIPA advice clinics and coordinates Kilburn & Strode's involvement in qLegal, a free legal advice service provided by Queen Mary, University of London.

Greg Lundell, VP of IP Strategy and Licensing, Nagra
Greg Lundell, VP IP Strategy & Licensing, is responsible for managing the Kudeslki Group’s worldwide patent portfolio. The Kudelski Group is a global leader in providing video distribution technology and services. Greg has overseen patent enforcement and portfolio development in the multimedia distribution industry since 2008. Before that, Greg was part of the Gray Cary and DLA Piper law firms where he litigated patents and complex commercial issues primarily around semiconductor and Internet technologies. In his current role, Greg is focused on maintaining a potent patent portfolio to support licensing and business development initiatives across the Kudelski Group’s businesses.


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