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Wednesday, March 6 • 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Patents and Innovation LIMITED

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Speakers from the European Patent Office will first explore the policies which encourage innovation: patents and their alternatives. Patents promote technology diffusion to markets in more ways than you would imagine. After an introduction to the current patent procedure in Europe, the proposals for the Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court will be described, showing how long-needed reforms are creating the patent system European innovators really need if they are to protect markets and attract investment. This will lead to a concluding presentation about the economic impact of patents: central to prosperity and progress in Europe.

The plenary will be completed by a case study from an inspirational innovator who has won the
European Inventor Award.

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Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders

Professor, University Maastricht
Professor Anselm Kamperman Sanders is a faculty member of International and European Law at Maastricht University, where he specialises in Intellectual Property Professor Sanders is recognised as Director of the Advanced Masters Intellectual Property Law and Knowledge Management (IPKM LLM/MSc), and Academic Director of the Institute for Globalisation and International Regulation (IGIR) at Maastricht University, the Netherlands. He is Director... Read More →

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Josef Bille

Professor, Institute of Applied Physics, University of Heidelberg
Josef Bille is a professor at the Institute of Applied Physics at the University of Heidelberg. Since earning his professorship in 1978, Professor Bille has filed almost 100 patents in the field of ophthalmology and is a pioneer in the area of laser eye correction. He is known for inventing a method for mapping irregularities in the cornea with unprecedented precision and fine-tuning the lasers to repair them. This groundbreaking invention, which... Read More →
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Jeremy Philpott

Principal Directorate Communication, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich
As Chef vom Dienst, Jeremy co-ordinates the various external communication activities of the EPO - via printed publications, the website and media relations - for diverse audiences. He supports the Principal Director for Communication in strategic planning, topic-scouting and being a spokesperson. From 2006 to 2012 Jeremy led the European Patent Academy's Innovation Support Unit promoting and supporting patent-related IP training to industry and... Read More →
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Nikolaus Thumm

Chief Economist, European Patent Office (EPO)
Nikolaus Thumm is the Chief Economist of the European Patent Office. He is also Executive Secretary of the EPO Economic and Scientific Advisory Board. Prior to joining the EPO Mr. Thumm was working as Senior Economic Counselor at the Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property. He was chairman of the United Nations' Advisory Group on the Protection and Implementation of Intellectual Property Rights for Investment, a private-public... Read More →
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Eskil Waage

EPO International Legal Affairs
Eskil Waage is a Lawyer in the European Patent Office’s Directorate for International Legal Affairs (DG5) in Munich. He has been closely involved in the Union’s patent reform over the last years. After graduating in law and receiving his cand. jur. at Copenhagen University in 1995, Mr. Waage completed his doctorate in law at the Université de Strasbourg in 1998. Mr. Waage started his career as staff lawyer at the EPO in the... Read More →

Wednesday March 6, 2013 2:00pm - 4:00pm
European Parliament 2Q2