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2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Meeting: Thursday, January 25, 2018, 3:45PM-4:45PM
Chemical Practice Educational Session

Panel Discussion: How to Win-Win with a Unitary Patent System and Innovation In Europe"


Patentanwalt (German patent attorney)
European patent attorney
Wallinger Ricker Schlotter Tostmann, Munich, Germany


UK chartered patent attorney
European patent attorney
Forresters, Munich, Germany

Topic Overview: 
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court aims to strengthen and simplify the patenting procedure in Europe, thereby benefitting inventors and innovators seeking protection for their IP investment. The Unitary Patent will provide blanket protection across 26 EU member states – a unified market of around 400 million people. The Unified Patent Court will handle validity and infringement of these Unitary Patents and ultimately European patents too, in a single forum providing legal certainty and avoiding costly parallel litigation. This session will discuss the proposed operation of the new systems as well as providing an update of the latest status, including an explanation of the delays caused by Brexit in the UK and the constitutional complaint filed in Germany. Most importantly we will look into how the unitary systems will benefit the chemical industry, whether the aims of the systems are achievable, and what potential problems might arise with a unified patent regime.​​

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2017 AIPLA Annual Meeting: Friday, October 20, 2017
Chemical Practice/IP Practice in Latin America (Joint Meeting)

Panel Discussion: “Speed of Prosecution: For When You Need (or Don’t Need) Patent Rights”

Ignacio Sanchez, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal – Buenos Aires, Argentina
Gustavo Morais, Danneman Siemsen – Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oscar Isler, Estudio Villaseca – Santiago, Chile 
Andy Harding, Forresters  London, United Kingdom
Dr. Manuel Lopez, Uhthoff  – Mexico City, Mexico


The Chemical Practice Committee was pleased to convene a joint committee meeting with the IP Practice in Latin America Committee, at this year’s Annual Meeting of AIPLA. The meeting took the form of a panel discussion, moderated by Dr. Matthew Barton (Forresters – Germany) on the topic of “Speed of Prosecution: For When You Need (or Don’t Need) Patent Rights” focusing on the opportunities to speed up or slow down patent prosecution in various jurisdictions. Ignacio Sanchez  (Marval) firstly looked at the modernization of patent procedures in Argentina and the drive to sign new agreements such as PPH. Gustavo Morais (Danneman) focused on solving the problem of the patent prosecution Backlog in Brazil and the future prospects for faster grant. Oscar Isler (Estudio Villaseca) explored the prosecution times in Chile along with the possibilities to expedite; he explained that the PPH procedure in Chile is not guaranteed to lead to quick grant. Andy Harding (Forresters – United Kingdom) explained the particular PACE expedited procedures of the European Patent Office, where PPH is also not always the best route to fast grant. Finally Dr. Manuel Lopez (Uhthoff) discussed expedited procedures and the problems of excluded subject matter in Mexico. The session was rounded off by a lively question and answer session with the panel, and a happy hour sponsored by EAG Laboratories.​

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