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Date(s) - Wed 03/01/2023
11:00 am - 1:30 pm

Sheraton Hotel Palo Alto

LES Silicon Valley Chapter In-Person Meeting

 “Europe’s New Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court – Impact on Patent Strategy, Litigation and Licensing”

 Wednesday, March 1, 2023

11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. – Registration, Networking & Lunch

12:00 p.m.-1:30 p.m. – Program


Location: Sheraton Hotel Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto (just south of University Avenue)

(Complimentary parking lot adjacent to hotel)


The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC) is the biggest change to the patent landscape in Europe for 50 years. It will come into effect on June 1st, 2023 and will impact all aspects of patent practice: prosecution, litigation and licensing. Come and find out from our expert panel what you need to know and what actions to take in order to prepare for this seismic shift. The program will be in the form of a panel discussion and will cover:

  • Scene-setting: what is the UP and UPC and how will it work?
  • Strategy: how does this change impact on your patenting strategy in Europe? How does the opt-out system work?
  • Litigation: what do we know about the new Court? How does it impact on the European patent litigation landscape?
  • Licensing: what actions should I take now in relation to existing licenses? What decisions do I need to make in future licenses and what are the implications on drafting and negotiation?


When you leave the program, you will know what the UP and UPC are, how they are relevant to your business, and how to assess what steps you need to take now and in the future in relation to this new system.



Brad Waugh, Associate General Counsel, Intel Litigation Group

Morag Macdonald, Partner, Bird & Bird

Chris de Mauny, Partner, Bird & Bird

Soody Tronson, Founding Managing Counsel, STLGIP