13 May 2010

Munich hosts two major IP Conventions in 2010

As the place of location of the European Patent Office, the Federal Patent Court (BPatG), the widely known Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and its Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, a number of professional associations as well as the highest density of national and international IP law firms and IP professionals throughout Europe making up a rather vivid IP community, Munich is supposed to be Europe's IP capital.

Besides this, Munich, the capital city of Bavaria, and surrounded by the magnificent upper Bavarian region, combines the splendour of an old royal city with the vitality of a modern high-tech location, combining various epochs of style into a stunning mix of historical and visionary architecture. The city owes its structure to the reign of King Ludwig I.

Attractions range from the distinctive twin towers of the Frauenkirche church to Munich's spectacular museums among which are Munich's world famous art galleries, the Three Pinakotheken, to modern features like the world-renowned tentroof of the Olympic Park, and the Allianz Arena, Germany's most beautiful and thrilling soccer stadium. Munich's legendary quality of life attracts people from around the world.

This year, Munich will host two major IP related conventions, namely the 3rd IP Business Congress (IPBC), 20 to 22 June 2010, and the 12th FICPI Open Forum, 8 to 11 September 2010, both taking place at the Bayerischer Hof Hotel in the city center.
Our Munich-based IP law firm k/s/n/h will of course be present at both meetings. While personally I am not yet sure which one to attend, my partners Jochen Höhfeld and Achim Vierheilig have already registered for IPBC and FICPI, respectively. So if there is something you would like to discuss with me/us on this occasion, please do not hesitate to contact me anytime. Needless to say, we would be more than pleased to welcome you to our top floor office above the roofs of Munich to enjoy the view over the city up to the alps and discuss IP or business related topics while enjoying hot latte macchiato.
The IP Business Congress, presented by IAM magazine, has meanwhile established itself as one of the world's leading business-related IP conferences while being dedicated to bringing together leaders from the worlds of IP business and finance to discuss issues that centre on the creation and management of IP value. It offers this year  
  • a plenary session specifically to the IP needs of small and medium-sized enterprises, so crucial to the global economy and to the future of innovation;
  • the "Meet the decision makers" plenary – a chance to hear what elected politicians from a variety of parties and countries have to say about IP policy, as well as to question them about their priorities; and
  • the CIPO clinic will give delegates a unique opportunity to get advice from some of the world's leading chief intellectual property officers on how they deal with the challenge of making IP a corporate profit centre.
FICPI is the only association whose membership consists solely of IP professionals in private practice. With members in 86 countries/regions FICPI can rightly claim to be a truly international  organisation, broadly representative of the free profession and maintaining the standards of the profession world-wide, e.g. by its yearly Open Fora as ideal opportunities to keep abreast of new developments, to stay informed, and to make an impact on future legislation. This year's Open Forum will especially offer the following highlights: 
  • three distinguished judges, Judge Prof. Meier-Beck (DE), Judge Paul Michel (US), and Chief Judge Tsukuhara (JP) discuss the infringement questions raised by differences in the doctrine of equivalents;
  • arbitration and mediation as alternatives to litigation;
  • the "same invention" and how that concept applies to almost all aspects of patent drafting and prosecution;
  • the do's and don'ts of expert witnesses and their increasing importance in IP litigation;
  • gathering evidence for use in infringement proceedings;
  • using IP laws to protect unique designs against theft through unauthorized CAD models;
  • the secrets of obtaining favourable claim interpretations;
  • latest developments in the EU trade mark system, 3D marks, and enforcement of rights in domain names;
  • the latest developments in questions of patentability