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25 March 2021
14h00 - 15h30
Patents are prohibitive rights. Without effective and efficient enforcement, the value of protection to a company is limited. One of the main reasons why companies choose to protect their innovations through patents is the arsenal of remedies available to the patent owner when competitors use the technology protected by the patent.
Belgian law provides for both proceedings on the merits (e.g. for damages or permanent injunctions) and swift provisional measures (summary proceedings, seizure for counterfeiting).
What to expect
Koen Vanhalst, Patent Attorney at De Clercq & Partners, and Simone Vandewynckel and Kristof Neefs, lawyers at Inteo, will guide you through the process of optimising a patent portfolio and the use of (injunctive) measures. They provide information based on practical examples and will shed light on patent enforcement from the point of view of both the patent owner and the party accused of infringement.
The workshop will follow the lifecycle of patent enforcement: from the preparation of a patent portfolio or defence, collection of evidence, provisional injunctions to proceedings on the merits. Speakers will discuss, inter alia, adjustments of patent applications during the grant procedure, compilation of a file to prove prior use, efficient use of and response to counterfeit seizures, calculation and proof of damages, and the relationship between national infringement proceedings and opposition proceedings before the European Patent Office.
Date: Thursday 25 March 2021
Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm CET
Registration is free of charge. To sign up for the session, please click this link.
This session will also be organized in French on Thursday 1 April 2021. More information via the link.