International intellectual property policy experts have gathered at two conferences this week to discuss the future of the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court following the UK referendum result to leave the EU. Many expressed strong support for the project continuing, with the inclusion of the UK.
The Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court 4th Annual Conference was held on 7 July at the European Patent Office, Munich. EPO President Benoît Battistelli, Chairman of the Select Committee, Jérôme Debrulle, and the Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee, Alexander Ramsay, all told the conference that they believed the UPC should go ahead with the UK's involvement. A report can be read on the EPO website. On the 11 July President Battistelli also wrote this blog post on his hopes for UK ratification of the UPC agreement and the UK's continued involvement in the UP project.
The previous day a seminar was held in Paris to discuss the UPC in the light of the referendum vote, at which international IP experts expressed similar views about the importance of the UPC continuing with UK involvement. The speakers were Vice-President of IP at Air Liquide and Chairman of the Patents Working Committee of BusinessEurope, Thierry Sueur, Prof. Dr. Winfried Tilmann of Hogan Lovells, Chairman of the Intellectual Property Lawyers’ Association Rowan Freeland and Alexander Ramsay.
A video recording of the event can be viewed here and presentations can be found here on the website of the organisers, Association des Praticiens Européens des Brevets (APEB).