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Max Andersson MEP (The Greens/EFA Group, Sweden)
Mady Delvaux MEP (S&D Group, Luxembourg)
- Why are Patent Assertion Entities targeting Europe?
- How are they exploiting Europe’s patent legal system?
- Which countries and sectors are most at risk?
- How can EU policy action prevent damage to innovation in Europe?
Join us to hear evidence of targeted abuse of Europe’s patent legal system in a landmark report by Darts-ip on PAE activity 2007-17 followed by an open expert policy debate.
With the support of IP2Innovate and Darts-ip, we are pleased to invite you to attend the launch of a landmark report by Darts-ip on Patent Assertion Entity (PAE) litigation activity in Europe between 2007 and 2017.
The report represents the largest and most comprehensive data collection and analysis of litigation activity in Europe by PAEs. The report provides evidence of the growth of PAE litigation activity in Europe and the countries, sectors and companies PAEs target.
We are of the view that the Darts-ip report reveals how PAEs are abusing Europe’s patent legal system to damage innovation in Europe and the growth of Europe’s digital economy.
The Darts-ip report marks a significant turning point for both European innovators and policy makers, and comes at a critical time. The European Commission’s IP Package of Communications on IP of 29 November 2017 highlights a number of attention points to improve the operation of Europe’s IP systems and makes specific recommendations for further action to prevent abuses.
The event will bring together a select group of high-level experts including lawyers, judges, policy makers, Member State officials, European business leaders and civil society representatives. You will have the opportunity to put forward questions during the panel discussion on concrete safeguards needed to secure Europe’s innovation ecosystem.
Three course dinner to be served through the evening.
MEP Max Andersson
Max Andersson is a Member of the European Parliament for the Green party in Sweden since 2014. He focuses on trade agreements, IT, migration and climate policies. Mr. Andersson was the rapporteur for the Marrakech Treaty and has taken the initiative for two pilot projects within the EU promoting open source and increased participation of citizens in the legislative process. He is also a Member of the Committee of Legal Affairs where he works for increased transparency and democracy.
MEP Mady Delvaux-Stehres
Mady Delvaux-Stehres is a Luxemburgish Socialist MEP. She is Vice-chair of the JURI committee and substitute in the ECON committee. She was rapporteur of the report on Civil Law Rules on Robotics and Chair of the Working Group on Robotics and Artificial Intelligence. Prior to being elected to the European Parliament in 2014, she held various ministerial positions in Luxembourgish governments over the past 20 years. She was notably Minister for Education and Minister of Social Security, Transport and Communication.
President, European Patent Lawyers Association
Legal Coordinator, DARTS-IP
David Marques is a Portuguese Trademark and Patent Attorney, he holds an LL.M by the Nova University of Lisbon, and his academic knowledge and interests are focused on law and biology. David started his career in IP at the Portuguese Industrial Property Office, in its Legal Affairs Unit. Since 2015, David has worked for Darts-IP, where he currently holds the position of legal coordinator for the Darts-IP patent unit.
IP Counsel, SAP
Kevin Prey serves as IP Counsel for SAP. Kevin joined SAP in 2010 and works in SAP’s Strategic IP Initiatives Group on matters related to IP strategy and policy, patent transactions, and pre-litigation. In addition to his role as Chairman of IP2I, Kevin serves as SAP’s representative on the Executive Licensing Board of LOT Network, a non-profit community of companies formed to preserve the traditional uses of patents while protecting against the PAE problem. Prior to joining SAP, he was a patent litigation attorney at Kenyon & Kenyon LLP in New York where he represented corporate clients facing allegations of patent infringement, including in cases in the Eastern District of Texas and the United States International Trade Commission (ITC).
Executive Director, IP2Innovate
Patrick Oliver has 25 years of senior management experience in the private sector, international organisations and not-for-profit organizations. He has led a number of public affairs campaigns for multinational companies, trade associations and professional societies to influence the direction of European policy and legislation in sectors as diverse as professional services, technology, innovation and entrepreneurship, competition policy and international trade. Prior to joining Interel, Patrick was Managing Director for European Government Relations at Accenture PLC, an official of the European Commission and Head of EU & WTO Affairs at the Law Societies’ Joint Brussels Office. Patrick obtained law degrees from King’s College in London, La Sorbonne in Paris and Harvard Law School, USA and is a qualified lawyer in both England & Wales and the State of New York.
Senior Legal Counsel, Patent Strategy & Defense
Professor of IP law at the UCLouvain and University Saint-Louis
Senior Fellow, European Commission, Joint Research Centre
Nikolaus Thumm is Senior Fellow at the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre in Spain. He is responsible to provide evidence based policy support to the European Commission in the field of patents and standardization. Recent activities include the analysis of patent assertion entities in Europe and the role of standard essential patents for innovation. Until 2013 he was Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. Before that, he was working as Senior Economic Counsellor for the Swiss Federation. He was chairman of the United Nations’ Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public partnership group. He has been member of different expert groups with the European Commission, the OECD and the World Intellectual Property Organization.