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    This guide provides corporate counsel and international practitioners with a comprehensive worldwide legal analysis of Alternative Investment Funds laws and regulations.

  2. Program Materials

    The European Unified Patent Court (UPC) – which centralizes patent litigation throughout most of the EU – is on track to go live in late 2016 or early 2017. The new UPC is expected to rival and potentially surpass US courts as the preferred venue for major patent disputes, as US companies will be able to obtain an EU-wide injunction via a single litigation, instead of having to litigate in each jurisdiction. This will drastically reduce costs and improve enforcement, but it won’t be easy. The new system and the changes in procedure and process are complex. Companies must assess multiple factors to decide in advance whether to participate or opt-out. This panel comprised of lawyers dually qualified in the US and UK will focus on how the UPC will impact IP filing and enforcement strategies of US companies, and answer questions such as: What strategic planning should US companies be doing now to prepare for the UPC?; What are the best practices to protect US companies’ patent portfolios in Europe?; What are the commercial advantages of opting-in or out of the UPC?; How will early UPC participants shape the new court system?; How do US companies decide whether to opt-in or opt-out?; How do US companies approach product clearance and FTO in Europe, particularly as applied in licensing and acquisitions?; What are the options for mitigating significant competitor patent risk before it is exacerbated by the UPC?

  3. Program Materials

    Get your pencils ready and don't be shy, because this program is not a panel of speakers telling you how to draft and negotiate a contract. Instead, you’ll get hands on experience with your peers on drafting those challenging provisions facing in-house counsel. Additionally, through interactive discussions, you will share and learn from your colleagues best practices on how a legal department can become a better facilitator in the contracting process within your organization.

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