Future Patent Policy in Europe
“The EU Patent Ten Years On: Time is running out”
This event is organised by the Federal Public Service Economy in cooperation with the Directorate General Internal Market and Services of the European Commission.
Patents are a driving force for innovation, growth and competitiveness. However, the single market for patents remains incomplete. Despite all the efforts that have been made for the last decade, protecting an invention in Europe costs far too much for most European companies because of the high costs resulting after grant from the validations of European patents country per country. Furthermore, the lack of a unified and specialised patent litigation system results in legal risks and high costs both for companies wanting to enforce and wanting to challenge patents. Improvements are therefore needed in order to give European companies the chance to reap the full benefits of the EU Single Market.
Building on the EU Council conclusions of 4 December 2009 on an Enhanced Patent System in Europe, we need to reach a final agreement on a European patent reform.
The Conference will tackle the two following topics: the European and EU patents Court, and the EU patent.
Keynote speakers include:
Minister of Economy and Reform Vincent Van Quickenborne
European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Michel Barnier
President of the European Patent Office Benoît Battistelli
Vice-Chair of the Committee on Legal Affairs of the European Parliament Raffaele Baldassarre
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The conference will be held in French, Dutch, English and German with simultaneous interpretation.
Registration was closed on 20 October 2010
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