Vaporetto to Venice #2 // Plenary and Patents Speaker News
Welcome to FICPI's second "Vaporetto to Venice" newsletter!
In the months leading up to the 17th Open Forum, we will be providing you with regular news and updates to the Working Programme, the Social Programme, and information on what else can be seen and done in Venice.
This second edition will focus on our newly appointed Plenary and Patent Stream speakers.
Mediation - An Interactive Experience
Mediation is a well-known alternative for resolving disputes in many fields, including intellectual property, but very few IP attorneys have any real, practical experience of mediation. Why should we, as IP professionals, consider mediation as an option for our clients? And, if mediation is chosen, how can we support our clients during the process? What added value can we provide?
In this plenary session, examples will be provided to demonstrate the benefits of mediating IP disputes. Delegates will also experience a mock IP mediation, with opportunities to interact with members of the panel who will take on the roles of the mediator and the opposing parties.
We are pleased to announce that Antonio Mario Pizzoli of Società Italiana Brevetti S.p.a has joined the panel. Antonio is enrolled with the Register of Court-Appointed Experts on Industrial Property of the Court of Milan, among the largest of twelve Italian Courts with a specialised IP section. He also acts as ex-parte expert in patent litigation.
Disclosures that are alleged to be “prior art” may sometimes have uncertain status. What are the requirements for relevant technical information truly to become part of the state of the art? When is a disclosure enabling (and when is it not)? In this session we will review the law and practice in various leading jurisdictions to examine when a disclosure in the “grey area” is not prior art, covering Internet disclosures, the automated generation of virtual chemical structures and many other examples.
We are also pleased to announce that Roberto Pistolesi will join Johan Örtenblad and MaryAnne Armstrong on the panel of speakers. Roberto is a Partner & CEO at Dragotti & Associati and also FICPI Secretary General. He specialises in patent strategies, infringement and validity opinions. He also has an extensive experience in the field of Supplementary Protection Certificates.
Online Platforms: Why do you still need a patent attorney?
Patent prosecution involves a wide range of operations, from essentially formal actions to detailed legal and business analysis. Many of these operations are susceptible to a degree of automation through the use of online platforms, offering great cost-savings for our clients. As representatives, we often come under pressure from our clients to use such systems, for renewals, invention disclosure records, translations, validations and even national phase entry. But what are the pitfalls? Which parts of the process can safely be automated and commoditised, and which steps still require the guiding hand of an experienced professional to ensure his/her clients' rights are properly protected?
In this session, Louis-Pierre Gravelle of Robic, joined by Samson Yu of Kangzin Partners P.C. and Michael Richardson of WIPO. Louis-Pierre specialises in the drafting and prosecution of patent applications and providing patentability, validity, infringement and right to manufacture opinions in the fields of electricity, telecommunications, mechanicals and information technology. In addition to the drafting and prosecution of patent applications, he is involved in due diligence matters and in managing patent portfolios. He is also involved in strategic counselling for medium- and large-sized businesses.
Extra Judicial Enforcement: Crossing borders
Enforcement of a patent is primarily designed to be limited to the territory covered by the patent. However, some jurisdictions offer options for crossing borders and enforcing a patent outside its natural jurisdiction. This session will refresh our views on extrajudicial enforcement, including factors that representatives should take into account when drafting a patent to optimise its potential extra-jurisdictional reach.
FICPI is pleased to announce that Matthew Hitching, Head of the European Intellectual Property Group in Canon, one of the world’s leading imaging businesses will join the panel. He studied engineering at Cambridge University and trained as a patent attorney in a London private practice firm, eventually becoming a partner. His clients at that time included many leading Japanese electronics and software companies and he drafted and prosecuted many patent applications in the fields of telecoms, data processing and microelectronics. He also followed the developments in the practices of the EPO and national patent offices in Europe on computer-related inventions. In 2007 he took the leap from private practice to the corporate world, joining Canon at its European HQ near to London’s Heathrow airport. This gave him the chance to expand the range of his IP work to include oppositions, appeals, patent litigation in the major European countries, as well as US patent litigation which is increasingly affecting Canon’s group companies in Europe. His IP work also includes aspects of brand management, competition law, anti-counterfeit activities, standardisation activities and contractual IP issues.