A niche blog dedicated to the issues that arise when supplementary protection certificates (SPCs) extend patents beyond their normal life -- and to the respective positions of patent owners, investors, competitors and consumers. The blog also addresses wider issues that may be of interest or use to those involved in the extension of patent rights. You can email The SPC Blog here

Wednesday 18 October 2017

"SPC Law and Practice 2017: you can’t keep a good blog down": now open for registration

Anyone working with SPCs must have a very special sort of understanding...
This year's seminar run by The SPC Blog, "SPC Law and Practice 2017: you can’t keep a good blog down” is now open for registration. After a year with our SPC feet up, the new referrals have reopened some issues and we’ll be taking the usual punchy look at the evolving case law and practice with speakers from private practice and the IPO.  This year we have a new venue, the CMS office at 78 Cannon Street, and the date of the seminar is the afternoon of Friday 1 December 2017.

The link to the invite is here!

The planned agenda (subject to some evolution..) is:

A review of the recent case law – Catherine Katzka (Kilburn and Strode)
“The IPO examiners” – practice and case law update from around Europe
Inventive advance – [speaker to be confirmed]
The Max Plank review of SPCs – Roberto Romandini (MPI)

Further speakers to be confirmed in due course.

We will try to accommodate all comers, but if demand for places outstrips the supply it may be necessary to limit the number of people attending per law firm to give as many firms as possible a chance of attending.  Preference will be given to anyone from industry, since they are kind enough to provide the patents, the SPCs, the litigation and the competitive edge that makes the whole seminar possible.

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