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14 July 2015 // PEC Brochure // Upcoming Events
Patrick Erk
President - Professional Excellence Commission

The Best IP Advice
Professional Excellence Commission

FICPI has produced for its members a brochure for distribution to existing and new clients, explaining to clients and prospective clients what makes FICPI members special and why they should select FICPI members for the best advice in Intellectual Property matters. The brochure emphasises the high professional standards of FICPI members through FICPI’s stringent admission criteria and its strict code of professional conduct, and the legal education and the knowledge of latest international issues and best practices available to FICPI members.

The brochure is available for free download in a format fit for printing here and for electronic distribution here.

If you would like to find out more about the Professional Excellence Commission, please click here.
16 July 2015

Premier Cercle - 3rd Annual UP&UPC Conference

After a successful start in 2013 and an equally successful continuation in 2014, the Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court Conference has being established as an annual premium event and leading conference on the latest advancements in the UP & UPC with high-profile participants from all over Europe and North America.

This year, Premier Cercle™, is teaming up once again with Hoying Monégier LLP (knowledge partner), ROKH IP and Powell Gilbert, under the patronage of the European Patent Office, to organize the 3rd edition of the Unitary Patent & Unified Patent Court 2015: The Last Miles conference, Thursday July 16th, 2015 at the European Patent Office in Munich, Germany.

This conference, entirely focused on patent matters, will gather speakers with influence on the unitary patent topic, such as Benoit Battistelli, President, EPO ; Mr Paul van Beukering, Chair, Preparatory Committee; Ms Margot Froehlinger, Principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, EPO;  six judges of different nationalities (UK, Germany, France, The Netherlands, Belgium), the heads of the committees in charge of implementing the new system (Preparatory Committee, EPO select Committee, training of judges...), as well as economists and major industrials from Europe and North America.

We hope that this event will attract all your attention, and we would be pleased to welcome you in this special occasion, to debate with the key speakers and delegates.

For further information and registration, please visit:
29 November - 2 December 2015

ASIPI - Congress 2015
Cartagena des Indias

ASIPI will be holding their Congress in the beautiful city of Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.  Cartagena de Indias is a city on the northern coast of Colombia, capital of the Department of Bolivar, located on the Caribbean Sea.

An exciting working programme including workshops, coupled with an exceptional social programme, awaits you.

Please click here for further information and registration.
8 September - Munich
10 September - Paris

MIP - European Patent Reform Forum 2015

The MIP European Patent Reform Forum, will take place in both Munich on 8 September 8 at The Charles Hotel and Paris on 10 September at the Marriott Champs Élysées Hotel.

With the onset of European Patent Reform and the Unitary Patent Court fast approaching, it is now time to look at the specifics and make the last crucial adjustments to your portfolio strategies. 

Join your peers from global corporations, public health, life sciences and, of course, leading legal experts to discuss the next steps and most recent updates on the European Patent Reform. Attend this seminal international event to:
  • Understand and determine the success and adoption of the UPC 
  • Analyse the selection of judges of the UPC 
  • Discuss the implications of the court and renewal fees on your budget and strategies  
  • Assess the use of opposition proceedings and alternative IP strategies 
  • Join debate on opting out of existing European patents and plan a strategy
Currently registered delegates include:

Google France, Hewlett-Packard, Novartis, Sanofi, Nissan, Siemens, Intel, 3M, Nokia, Hermès International, Alcatel-Lucent, Technicolor, Reckitt Benckiser, European Patent Office, European Patent Institute, MANN+HUMMEL, INPI France, Telefónica Germany, AREVA, CNCPI, UK Intellectual Property Office and over 50 other national and multinational companies...
  • FICPI members which are private practitioners, consultants and advisers, can register for €875 (a 20% discount).
  • For in-house counsel, in-house patent counsel and corporate executives it will be free of charge.
To register your free place or secure your discounted rate, please email and quote FICPI2015.

For more information visit 

FICPI / ACPAA - The 5th China Intellectual Property Symposium
5-7 November 2015
Chengdu, P.R. China
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