The European Unitary Patent: Strategic Considerations for a New Era (Live Onsite MBHB Seminar)

Please note: this is an onsite seminar only – there is no webinar component.

During this one-hour onsite seminar, Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (“NLO”) patent attorneys Paul Clarkson and Caroline Pallard will explain the upcoming changes in the European Patent System. They will explore the consequences such changes may have for U.S. clients with patent portfolios within this jurisdiction. They will also be looking at the enforcement possibilities within the new regime and the strategies that U.S. clients may wish to consider in order to maximize the effectiveness of their IP investments.

About the Presenters

Caroline Pallard joined Nederlandsch Octrooibureau (The Hague) in 2006. Previously, she worked as a European and Dutch patent attorney at the patent department of DSM/Gist- brocades in Delft. Prior to that, she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Dutch Cancer Institute (Nederlands Kanker Instituut) (1996-1998) where she dedicated herself to immunology and biochemistry. Caroline practices in biotechnology, particularly in molecular biology, genomics, biochemistry, haematology especially immunology and microbiology. She has extensive experience with drafting and prosecuting complex patent applications. Caroline frequently advises biotech startups on their IP strategies. Caroline also has experience with supporting complex license negotiations in which IP is pivotal.

Paul Clarkson joined Nederlandsch Octrooibureau in 2010 after spending 10 years with an international IP law firm. There, he gained considerable exposure to US patent prosecution, international litigation and the IP-antitrust interface. His knowledge of US procedures has proven invaluable to clients in ensuring a harmonised approach when handling key cases across different jurisdictions. In addition to prosecution and portfolio management, his work included license negotiation and strategic IP advice. Previously, Paul was an Examiner with the European Patent Office in The Hague, dedicating himself to packaging and medical device technology. He also provided expert training to overseas patent offices. Paul operates in the mechanical and electrical fields. In particular, he serves clients in the agricultural, medical, textile, oil exploration and machinery segments. He is a qualified European and British patent attorney and he also advises on design protection and the use of trademarks in optimally exploiting IP portfolios.

While there is no fee to participate, all attendees must register in advance. All registrants will receive an email confirmation containing details and directions for onsite participation in downtown Chicago.

Please note: this is an onsite seminar only – there is no webinar component.

MCLE credit is pending for the state of Illinois.

Beverages and an assortment of pastries and bagels will be provided.

McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP is committed to educating clients and friends of the firm with respect to significant developments and trends in the areas of intellectual property law.