2-Credit MCLE Event - The European Patent Shakeup - Pending Changes to the European Patent System

Temple Law Japan is honored to present Naoise Gaffney as a special guest speaker for a 2-credit CLE seminar on the topic The European Patent Shakeup.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014
19:00 - Presentation
21:15 - End
Temple University, Japan Campus, Mita Hall, Room 502 (Access)
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Attendance Fee:
¥5,000 for attendees requiring CLE credit.
(Free to anyone not requiring credit)

The European patent system currently comprises a centralized patent application and patent grant procedure overseen by the European Patent Office. However, upon grant, national patents get issued in each European state, rather than as a single Europe-wide patent. As such, post-grant matters in Europe (such as infringement and validity litigation) currently take place on a state-by-state basis before national courts. This arrangement makes pan-European protection and enforcement multiple times more expensive than do the counterpart procedures in the U.S. or Japan. Currently, changes are under way to introduce a single Europe-wide "Unitary Patent" to redress the balance. In parallel, a new court, the Unified Patent Court, will be established to hear European patent litigation cases. This talk will focus on the way these new initiatives will likely be implemented and the possible implications for rights holders.

About the Speaker

Naoise Gaffney

European Patent Attorney admitted to practice before the European Patent Office, the USPTO (as a patent agent), the UK Intellectual Property Office, and the Irish Patents Office. Mr. Gaffney is also a Community (EU) Trademark and Designs attorney. He works as a foreign-qualified patent attorney for the Ryuka Intellectual Property Firm in Tokyo, and also as a consultant for Tomkins IP in Dublin, Ireland. He specializes in patent prosecution, portfolio management, and IP strategy.

Mr. Gaffney is also the co-founder of the Start-Ed free legal clinic initiative for entrepreneurs and startups (www.start-ed.org). He is currently trying to establish a Start-Ed branch in Tokyo.

"Naoise" (pronounced "Nee-sha") is an uncommon Irish name that, Mr. Gaffney says, has caused much confusion and amusement over the years.

About CLE Credit

Please bring your state attorney ID number so that you can complete the necessary paperwork. Various states, including California and New York, recognize Pennsylvania CLE credits. However, attorneys are responsible for checking with the CLE board in their jurisdiction before attending the CLE seminar whether Pennsylvania CLE credits will count towards their CLE requirements and what their jurisdiction requires them to do to claim out-of-state CLE credits. Please inform us before the seminar if your CLE board requires anything other than a copy of the Pennsylvania CLE credit form and a certificate of attendance.

Persons who are interested in the topic but who do not require CLE credits are most welcome to attend.