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Event – Gathering evidence in patent proceedings: a comparison of Japan, France, Germany and the UK

09 Sep 2016

Gathering evidence in patent proceedings: a comparison of Japan, France, Germany and the UK, Paris, 23 September 2016

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An in depth look at the changing landscape of evidence gathering in Europe and Japan with leading specialist judges and experienced patent litigation practitioners.

Proving infringement of patents in complex technologies is increasingly challenging. Often the key evidence is in hands of another party and may be highly confidential. The court procedures of the key jurisdictions of Japan, France, Germany and the UK have developed a variety of approaches to deal with these challenges, and continue to evolve. The UPC rules of procedure have adapted a number of these approaches.

The Japanese court and legislature are also reforming evidence gathering. This event provides an insight from judges and patent litigation lawyers from these key jurisdictions involved at the forefront of the development of the law. The evidence gathering challenges which patentees and defendants face in the current systems and in the future will be brought to life by a mock trial format.

The event is supported by the European Patent Lawyers’ Association (EPLAW) which represents patent litigators across Europe.

Leading Japanese IP associations are co-sponsoring the event and have been involved in the reform of Japanese evidence gathering reform.


9:30 Welcome and introduction – the changing European landscape – Update on the UPC
Dr Penny Gilbert – President of EPLAW

10:00 Japanese evidence gathering reform
Ms Izumi Hayashi, Sakurazaka Law Offices, Tokyo

10:15 Mock trial introduction

10:30 Mock trial – France
Judge Alain Girardet, Cour de Cassation, Paris

11:30 Coffee

12:00 Mock trial – UK
HHJ Richard Hacon, IP and Enterprise Court, London

13:00 Seated Lunch

14:00 Mock trial – Germany
Dr Klaus Grabinski, Supreme Court, Karlsruhe

15:00 Mock trial – Japan
Chief Judge Ryuichi Shitara, IP High Court, Tokyo

16:00 Coffee

16:30 Decisions handed down by judges

17:00 Panel Discussion: the future of evidence gathering

17:30 Conclusion

18:00 Drinks Reception

La Maison des Polytechniciens (near Musée d’Orsay)
Rue de Poitiers
75007 Paris

€150 per attendee (Lunch and evening drinks reception included)

Limited availability. Click here to book now. 

Visit the conference web page here.