EUPACO-1 - Brussels, 24 January, 2007

Time and Place

  • 10am-17.00 on Wednesday 24 January, 2006
  • La Tentation, rue de Laeken 28, Brussels

There is no entrance fee. Registration is required.



  • Jonathan Sage (IBM), Pieter Hintjens (EUPACO Chair)

Conference Programme

09:00-10:00 – Breakfast for early arrivals

Coffee, tea, fruit juice, and croissants will be served.

10:00 – Chairman's welcome

10:30-12:30 – Session 1 - Current issues with the patent system

Reports about the situation and upcoming developments in the patent system:

  • Current situation of patent granting and enforcement.
  • Quality and desirability of patents in various fields.
  • Unification of the European patent system.
  • Open standards, interoperability, infrastructures.
  • Quality and democratic control of European patent system.
  • Substantive research on the patent system.

12:30-13:30 – Lunch

A Japanese buffet will be served, with fine wines.

13:30-15:30 – Session 2 - Towards a new EU patent system

The European Parliament has called for "significant improvements to the EPLA text". The speakers will present proposals for improvements to the European patent system.

16:00-17:00 – Workshop

Members of the audience are given a platform to present questions and ideas to the speakers, who will answer and discuss them.


  • Drinks and snacks will be provided all day
  • A limited number of places are available, register to guarantee your place

Access by public transport

Access from airport: take the train connection to Gare Centrale, then walk west downtown through the Grand Place to Boulevard Anspach.
Access from Gare du Midi: take the metro to Bourse or Brouckere.