Thursday, March 21, 2019

Conference on Enforcing Patents Smoothly: From Automatic Injunctions to Proportionate Remedies

This is just a reminder, for any readers in the vicinity of southern Germany, that tomorrow the Institute of Law and Technology at Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg will be hosting a conference titled "Enforcing Patents Smoothly: From Automatic Injunctions to Proportionate Remedies." I will be speaking on the economics of injunctions in patent law.  Here is a link to the conference flyer, and below is the program in full.  It should be quite interesting.  I think the "grace period" referred to below is the Aufbrauchfrist, which is something I've blogged about a few times (see, most recently, here) and am eager to learn more about. 
9.00 a.m. Registration and Coffee
9.30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction
Balancing interests via remedies
(Prof. Dr. Franz Hofmann, LL.M., Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Injunctions in Patent Law – The Fundamentals
10.00 a.m. Injunctions in European Patent Law
(Prof. Dr. Lea Tochtermann, Universität Mannheim)
10.45 a.m. Discussion
11.00 a.m. Economics of Injunctions in Patent Law
(Prof. Thomas F. Cotter, University of Minnesota Law School)
11.30 a.m. Discussion
11.45 a.m. Coffee
Case Studies: “Tailored” Injunctions
12.15 p.m. The “grace period” in German Unfair
Competition Law, Copyright and Trademark Law
(Prof. Dr. Jan Bernd Nordemann, LL.M., Attorney at law, Berlin)
12.45 p.m. The “grace period” in German Patent Law
(Prof. Dr. Christian Osterrieth, Attorney at law, Düsseldorf)
1.15 p.m. Discussion
1.30 p.m. Lunch
2.30 p.m. “FRAND-Injunctions” in Europe
(Prof. Dr. Peter Picht, LL.M., Universität Zürich)

3.00 p.m. Discussion
Case Studies: Compensation in Lieu of Injunctions
3.15 p.m. The English case law
(Daniel Alexander QC, 8 New Square London)

3.45 p.m. The US case law after eBay v. MercExchange
(Prof. Dr. John M. Golden, University of Texas at Austin)
4.15 p.m. Discussion
4.30 p.m. Coffee
Conclusions and Key Take-Aways
5.00 p.m. Identifying underlying legal principles
(Dr. Martin Stierle, LL.M., Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München)
5.30 p.m. Practical implications.
The judge’s perspective
(Dr. Peter Tochtermann, Presiding Judge, Mannheim Regional
6.00 p.m. Discussion
6.15 p.m. Panel Discussion
The good, the bad, and the ugly – Injunctions in Patent Law and alternatives
Patrick Schmitz, LL.M., Senior Legal Counsel, Deutsche Telekom
Dr. Clemens-August Heusch, LL.M., Head of European Litigation, Nokia
Dr. Peter Tochtermann, Presiding Judge, Mannheim Regional Court
(Chair: Dr. Ralf Uhrich, LL.M., Patent Litigation Counsel, Google)
7.00 p.m. Reception

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