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About the conference

From 1 January to 30 June 2022, France will hold the presidency of the Council of the European Union.

During this presidency, the French government aims to contribute to a more united, more sovereign Europe. It also aims to ensure that Europe “exploits the full potential of the economic recovery and of the ecological and digital transition”.

Industrial property plays an important role in the emergence of the world-class economic champions that will help secure the financial and technological independence of the European Union and its Member States. Industrial property protection is one of the key components of any innovation strategy. It enables users to secure their inventions and creations by providing them with monopoly rights.

In light of France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the French Patent and Trademark Office (INPI) is organizing a conference on 3 February 2022 on the industrial property challenges associated with the economic recovery.

The conference will be structured around four themes.

The unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court

Businesses, of all sizes, are an invaluable source of economic growth and recovery. They will soon be able to benefit from the implementation of the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court, which will create a single European market for technologies by providing standardized protection at a lower cost across all contracting Member States, as well as increased legal certainty. The discussion will centre around the status of the new system and its benefits.

Sovereignty and SMEs

This discussion will focus on the growth and vitality of European businesses and how these can be stimulated by industrial property, and more particularly by a framework and tools that are adapted to their needs and to market developments, notably at the international level.

Artisanal and industrial geographical indications

In addition to innovation, protecting existing know-how is also recognized as a key growth driver. In response to the European Commission’s legislative initiative to introduce EU-wide protection, part of the conference will be dedicated to discussing non-agricultural geographical indications.

Anti-counterfeiting

In light of the anti-counterfeiting reform bill currently being discussed in the French Parliament, we will talk about the need to adapt anti-counterfeiting mechanisms to ensure they can be activated easily and in a timeframe compatible with business life.

We look forward to seeing you on 3 February.

9.30 – 11.00: Opening speeches
11.15 - 12.45: Panel 1 – “The UPC and the unitary patent: How businesses will benefit”
13.45 - 15.15: Panel 2 – “Sovereignty and SMEs: IP’s contribution to the recovery for SMEs”
15.30 - 16.30: Panel 3 – “Artisanal and industrial geographical indications as a means of promoting know-how”
16.45 - 17.45: Panel 4 – “The new way to combat counterfeiting: Enforcing rights through innovation”
18.00 – 18.20: Closing remarks

Organized in light of France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union*

*This event is not organized by the French government but the logo of France’s Presidency of the Council of the European Union is used with the consent of the French government.

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Speakers

Eric Dupond-Moretti
Eric Dupond-Moretti

French Minister of Justice

Agnès Pannier-Runacher
Agnès Pannier-Runacher

Minister Delegate for Industry, attached to the Minister of the Economy, Finance and the Recovery

Thierry Breton
Thierry Breton

European Commissioner for the Internal Market

Daren Tang
Daren Tang

Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization

Christian Archambeau
Christian Archambeau

Executive Director of the European Union Intellectual Property Office

Antonio Campinos
Antonio Campinos

President of the European Patent Office

Pascal Faure
Pascal Faure

Chief Executive Officer of the French Patent and Trademark Office

Jérôme Debrulle
Jérôme Debrulle

Director general ad interim Directorate general Economic Regulation at FOD Economie / SPF Economie / FPS Economy, Belgium

Margot Fröhlinger
Margot Fröhlinger

Former principal Director of Patent Law and Multilateral Affairs, European Patent Office

Géraldine Guery-Jacques
Géraldine Guery-Jacques

IP and Patents Director

Alexander Ramsay
Alexander Ramsay

Chairman of the UPC Preparatory Committee

Jean-Christophe Rolland
Jean-Christophe Rolland

Moderator

Thierry Sueur
Thierry Sueur

Chairman of UJUB-Union pour la Juridiction Unifiée des Brevets

Edouard Treppoz
Edouard Treppoz

Professor, University Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne

François-Xavier de Beaufort
François-Xavier de Beaufort

Director of Economic Action - Moderator

Andrea Di Carlo
Andrea Di Carlo

Deputy Executive Director – European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

Jacques Lewiner
Jacques Lewiner

Professor and Honorary Scientific Director of The City of Paris Industrial Physics and Chemistry Higher Educational Institution (ESPCI)

Jean-David Malo
Jean-David Malo

Director of the Agency for EIC and SMEs

Yann Meniere
Yann Meniere

Chief Economist at European Patent Office

Audrey Plantureux
Audrey Plantureux

Head of Intellectual Property, OVH

Rosemonde Maillet
Rosemonde Maillet

Véronique Willems
Véronique Willems

Secretary General, SME United

Laurence Besse
Laurence Besse

Porcelaine de Limoges GI Association

Thomas Gouzènes
Thomas Gouzènes

Moderator

Delphine Marie-Vivien
Delphine Marie-Vivien

Researcher in Law, Deputy Head of UMR Innovation

Claudia Martinez-Felix
Claudia Martinez-Felix

Deputy Head of Unit, Intangible Economy, DG GROW

Pilar Montero
Pilar Montero

Professor at the University of Alicante, expert in Intellectual Property Law

Benjamin Moutet
Benjamin Moutet

Linge basque weaver firm

Yann Basire
Yann Basire

Moderator

May Berthelot
May Berthelot

Reputation and Fight against counterfeiting Manager/Head, Le Bon Coin - Vide Dressing

Marie-Laure Bonnaffous
Marie-Laure Bonnaffous

Head of Intellectual Property for the Italian Couture House FENDI

Corinne Cleostrate
Corinne Cleostrate

Head of Legal affairs and anti-fraud department of the French customs general directorate

Jan Kleijssen
Jan Kleijssen

Director of Information Society and Action against Crime, Directorate General Human Rights and Rule of Law, of the Council of Europe

Paul Maier
Paul Maier

Director of the EU Observatory on infringements of intellectual property rights

Christian Peugeot
Christian Peugeot

President of the French association for the promotion and defence of intellectual property rights (UNIFAB)

Lucia Toffanin
Lucia Toffanin

INDICAM General Secretary

Kerstin Jorna
Kerstin Jorna

Director General of Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (GROW) at the European Commission

Jean-Marie Cavada
Jean-Marie Cavada

President of iDFRights - Institute of Digital Fundamental Rights

Asha Sumputh
Asha Sumputh

Moderator