EUPACO was conceived as a neutral forum for industry, academia, civil society, and policy makers. The goal of EUPACO is to answer the question, "what future for the European patent system"?
The hard part with any problem is agreeing on the question. EUPACO-2 only started to get agreement on the problems facing the European patent system: quality, inflation, and so on.
When organising a EUPACO event, keep in mind these key guidelines:
- EUPACO is not a soapbox. Dialogue demands that we all listen, not just talk.
- Let the facts speak. There is growing research and data on the patent system, and above all, EUPACO must find this research and expose it.
- Get the right public. EUPACO addresses experts. There is no point in bringing laymen to a EUPACO event, unless it is to help. Make a real effort to bring policy makers to the table.
- Make it enjoyable. The best dialogue happens in the coffee breaks and over a glass. Wrap the event in a good layer of sociability.
- Find good moderators. Moderators must be confident, neutral, and relaxed.
- Start small, and grow. When planning your first event, make it small and simple. Then build up over the next months and years.
- Communicate. Make sure you have an up-to-date web site and email lists.
- Sponsorship makes it work. Before you can plan a conference, you need funding.
- Diversity is valuable. Try to get a diverse audience, and diverse speakers.
Roughly, to organise a half-day event, you will need about 2-3 months of preparation, and 200 hours of work. To organise a two-day event will take double that. It's easier to organise a small event, and then a larger one a few months later, than just a large event.