The European patent system is changing! What does it mean for you?

July 26, 2016 8:30 - 9:45 am


Intellectual property underpins the success of many companies. High-tech and highly innovative companies may stand or fall on the basis of their IP, whether they are a spin-out, a start-up searching for investment, an expanding company looking to IPO, or larger companies wanting to maintain their market share. Obtaining strong IP can be expensive, but a robust IP strategy aligned to the business plan can minimise costs if the process of obtaining, maintaining, asserting and defending IP rights is managed properly.

At present there are exciting changes happening in Europe, with the development of a new European wide unitary patent system which, after many years of discussion, may soon come into effect. The new system may bring many opportunities and risks for businesses of all sizes and in view of these changes companies may need to reassess their IP strategies. In this session our panel will discuss IP, its commercialisation and summarise the new European unitary patent.

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