While Europe is finally coming close to introducing both a European patent with unitary effect throughout the European Union and a Unified Patent Court, there have been remarkable recent developments under the present system in all areas of patent law. In this year’s CPPC seminar, we will look at patent prosecution and litigation under the present rules as well as the expected changes and how to prepare for them.
In the U.S., it is approaching almost one full year since the America Invents Act came into force, and IP practice is still in the course of adapting to the new law. Moreover, several landmark decisions of the Supreme Court and the CAFC have called into question what was common understanding in the IP world for years.
Some, but not all, of the recent changes aim at or lead to harmonization between the systems on both sides of the Atlantic, and we will highlight the differences as well as the trends towards harmonization.
One area of particular interest is the life sciences industries which are facing big challenges under the changing legal systems. We will therefore devote the second seminar day entirely to life science related issues, while the first seminar day will deal with topics of a more general nature that will be of interest to all industries. Depending on your interest, you may register for just one or both seminar days.
In addition to comparative views of the situation in the U.S. and Europe, expert comments from a Japanese perspective will be provided.
Simultaneous interpretation into Japanese will be provided throughout both seminars.
On the evening of November 12, all seminar participants are invited to the CPPC Reception at the Roppongi Hills Club (51st floor).
Roppongi Hills Mori Tower 49F
6-10-1 Roppongi, Minato-ku, Tokyo
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