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.
- Pieter Hintjens, President, FFII (Paper) (Slides)
- Dr Johanna Gibson, Queen Mary Intellectual Property Research Institute
- Tommy Schweiger, Greenpeace (Slides)
- Basil Cousins, OpenForum Europe (Slides)
- Roger Burt, IBM IP Law Counsel for Europe (Slides)
- Amedee Turner, QC
- Andre Rebentisch, FFII (Slides)
- Lidia Mallo, European Generics Association (Slides)
- Cristian Miceli, in-house Legal Consultant (Solicitor, non-practising). (Slides)
- Stuart Ritchie, Director Professional Contractors Group (Slides)
- Jonathan Sage (IBM), Pieter Hintjens (EUPACO Chair)
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.