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10 June 2016 // The Road to St Petersburg #2 // Early Bird Deadline
This second issue of "The Road to St Petersburg" features our Patent Stream, two amazing tourist destinations and information about visa practicalities.

16th Open ForumEarly Bird Deadline - 30 June 2016

Register now to benefit from reduced delegates' fees.  Please click here for further information about the Open Forum and how to register.

The Patent Stream

The Patent Stream of the FICPI Open Forum is well known for providing high-quality sessions about important aspects of the patent practice throughout the world. This year in St. Petersburg, the Patent Stream will bring a particular focus on practical aspects of efficient generation and enforcement of patents.

The detection of valuable inventions which should be selected for protection through a patent, is not an easy game. A session led by highly experienced practitioners will provide a unique opportunity to hear and discuss about how to capture inventions which should have priority for a protection by patent, including the role of R&D management, how to communicate with inventors and how to best use the expertise of patent attorneys.

Another session of the Patent Stream will focus on the drafting of quality patents, a notion that has no single definition but rather draws on insight and experience of skilled patent attorneys. Considering critical issues such as claim interpretation by the courts, as well as the acts that could possibly be infringing a new technology, the speakers will explore and discuss ways to optimize the quality and efficiency of claims.

Enforcement is critical to the efficiency of the patent system, and a contentious situation often has the potential to develop across several jurisdictions. A further session of the Patent Stream will consider key factors that should be carefully evaluated before deciding on a course of action, considering aspects such as efficiency, speed, procedural options, costs and more.

In addition to patents, trade secrets can afford strong legal protection, and several jurisdictions have recently engaged into legal initiatives to strengthen their provisions for the protection of trade secrets. It is thus timely to examine how these valuable intangible assets can best be protected and this will be the focus of another session of the Patent Stream in St Petersburg.

The Patent Stream will also offer two workshop sessions addressing the interplay between patents in regulation, in the telecom and pharma sectors, respectively. Still another session will provide a unique opportunity to hear about the latest developments and perspectives about the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court, from the EPO and senior judges from the three most important European patent litigation jurisdictions.

The Patent Stream of the St. Petersburg FICPI Open Forum has been designed to provide participants with high-quality, up-to-date information about these important aspects. Do not miss this opportunity to hear, learn and share in a productive and relaxed environment!

Corinthia HotelGreat Gostiny Dvor

Great Gostiny Dvor (Russian: Большой Гостиный Двор) is a vast department store on Nevsky Avenue in St Petersburg.

The Gostiny Dvor is not only the city's oldest shopping centre, but also one of the first shopping arcades in the world. Sprawling at the intersection of Nevsky Prospekt and Sadovaya Street for over one kilometre and embracing the area of 53,000 m2 (570,000 sq ft), the indoor complex of more than 100 shops took twenty-eight years to construct. Building works commenced in 1757 to an elaborate design by Bartolomeo Rastrelli, but that subsequently was discarded in favour of a less expensive and more functional Neoclassical design submitted by Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe(1729–1800).

Throughout the following century, Gostiny Dvor was continuously augmented, resulting in ten indoor streets and as many as 178 shops by the 20th century. By that time, the Gostiny Dvor had lost its popularity to the more fashionable Passage and New Passage, situated on the Nevsky Prospekt nearby. During the post-World War II reconstructions, its inner walls were demolished and a huge shopping mall came into being.

This massive 18th-century structure was recently renovated and entered the 21st century as one of the most fashionable shopping centres in Eastern Europe. A nearby station of Saint Petersburg Metro takes its name from Gostiny Dvor.

 

Yusupov PalaceYusupov Palace on the Moika River

FICPI is offering all delegates and guests the opportunity to visit the Yusupov Palace on Saturday 8 October.  We have an exclusive early opening of the Yusupov Palace, where FICPI guests will have the chance to admire one of the city’s most beautiful Classicism style buildings.  

Please select Optional Tour A when you register.  Lunch is included. 

One of two surviving St. Petersburg residences of the monumentally wealthy Yusupov family, the Yusupov Palace on the Moika River is perhaps most famous as the scene of the assassination of Grigory Rasputin, and is one of the few aristocratic homes in the city to have retained many of its original interiors.

Grand StaircaseThe land on which the palace stands, in the south of the historic centre close to the Mariinsky Theatre, was originally the site of a wooden palace belonging to Tsarevna Praskovia Ivanovna, niece of Peter the Great. In the mid-18th century it was bought by Count Peter Shuvalov. In 1770, his heir Andrei Shuvalov commissioned the French architect Jean-Baptiste Vallin de la Mothe, designer of the Small Hermitage, Gostiny Dvor and the Academy of Sciences, to build a new palace on the site. De la Mothe's building forms the basis of the palace that can be seen today, although various additions and alterations were made by leading architects as the palace changed hands over the years.

After the October Revolution, the palace was handed to the educational authorities, which fortunately opted to preserve many of the original interiors and used the building as a type of clubhouse for the city's teachers. As well as the Rasputin display (which can be seen only on guided tours in Russian, unless booked in advance), the modern museum offers guests the chance to explore the reception rooms and living quarters on the ground floor of the palace (English-language audio tours available). The Yusupov Palace also functions as a cultural centre, hosting classical concerts and theatre performances in the beautiful rococo Palace Theatre and the equally impressive White-Columns Hall.

Russian Visa

The majority of non-Russian citizens wishing to enter the Russian Federation must bear a valid Russian visa, although there are some exceptions, e.g. citizens of countries which have signed a bilateral visa-free regime agreement with the Russian Federation.  

Please click here to view the list of countries who do not require a visa to enter the Russian Federation.  If your country is not listed, please click here for visa application assistance.
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