In light of the delay in the German ratification, it is still uncertain whether the UP and UPC are likely to come into effect before Brexit. However, once the UK and German ratifications take place, there is only a four month window to prepare. Accordingly, the EPO is ready to perform its duties in relation to the Unitary Patent and work has been done to prepare the UPC case management system to handle opt-outs. This webinar explores the practical aspects of the tasks that European patent attorneys are likely to undertake in relation to the unitary patent and opt-outs. There will also be a discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of the various options which will be available once the system is in force.
Julia Gwilt, Appleyard Lees IP LLP
Julia has worked in the profession in the Cambridge area for twenty years and in January 2017 opened the Cambridge office for Appleyard Lees IP. She graduated from Cambridge University with a mathematics degree and then studied computer science at Ecole Centrale Paris.
Over the years, Julia has worked on software-implemented inventions including cryptography and communication networks as well as other inventions having complex mathematics at their core. Julia also has considerable experience of working with clients whose inventions lie outside of mathematics in technologies such as agricultural equipment and consumer products including sanitary ware, hair-care devices and e-readers.
Julia is also very interested in training and is a founding member of the Patent Examination Board which administers the examination for the certificate in patent administration as well as the qualifying examinations for patent attorneys. In her former position as a partner at Marks & Clerk LLP, Julia spearheaded the training academy which provided both academic support and a peer network to help M&C trainees in preparing for the examinations