First 15-20 minutes is for networking Light breakfast included Hosted by the Intellectual Property Committee In the U.S., the Supreme Court has made it more difficult for patent holders to obtain injunctive relief against infringers in federal district court. At the same time, the standard has been liberalized for establishing the domestic industry requirement in order to bring a Section 337 investigation in the International Trade Commission (ITC) to bar importation of infringing imports. These trends have made the ITC a forum of choice, particularly for non-practicing entities. We will discuss these trends and what they portend for parties bringing or defending patent infringement cases in the U.S.
Europe is currently experiencing the most important change in patent law since about 40 years. In early 2014 the European Union will introduce the so called 'unitary patent', i.e. the first patent ever which is valid throughout Europe and which will allow patentees to obtain in one proceeding an injunction for all of Europe. Enforcement as well as nullification of this patent will take place before the chambers of the unitary patent court, an entirely new court system which will be established in Europe now. We will set out the characteristics of the new unitary patent and the unitary Patent Court and describe consequences for your patent filing and enforcement strategies in Europe.
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