The second tangible result of this international cooperation is the promotion of two celebratory seminars, one of which is being organised by JIPLP in London, the other being organised by GRUR in Munich.
Details of the London seminar are as follows:
Title: Secondary Protection for Innovation in Germany: Problem or Solution?
Date and time: Tuesday, 22 January 2013
Venue: the London office of Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP, 65 Fleet Street, London EC4Y 1HT.
4.00pm: Welcome from the hosts (Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)
4.05pm: Welcome from JIPLP (Jeremy Phillips, JIPLP editor-in-chief and IP consultant, Olswang LLP)
4.10pm: Secondary protection of innovations in Germany: what are the advantages? (Wolrad Prinz zu Waldeck und Pyrmont, Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer LLP)
4.40pm: Secondary protection of innovations in Germany: is there another side to the story? (Karsten Königer, Harmsen Utescher)
5.10pm: Panel discussion, followed by questions from the floor.
Panellists who have already agreed to participate are Ian Karet (Linklaters LLP), Christopher Stothers (Arnold & Porter LLP), Darren Smyth (EIP) and Timo Minssen (University of Copenhagen), respectively representing expertise in litigation, competition issues, patent drafting and academia.
6.00pm: Chairman’s closing summary, followed by refreshments.
The seminar will probe the scope of protection accorded to innovations by the German Gebrauchsmuster, its advantages and disadvantages, its attractiveness to Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises ('SMEs') and its possible role as a model for adoption elsewhere in Europe. Regard will also be had to the experiences of other jurisdictions in which innovation patents, utility models and petty patents are available.
Registration: all are welcome to attend and there is no registration fee.
Training points: it is hoped that CPD points will be awarded for attendance at this event. Further information will be provided once it is available.
To attend: please email Jeremy Phillips here, with the subject line "Secondary Innovation", stating your name and affiliation. Your email will be acknowledged and there are no further formalities. If you subsequently find that you are unable to attend, please let us know so that your place can be allocated to someone else.