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Unified Patent Court – from Brexit to the future of European patent litigation in TMT sector

October 13, 2016

"Unified Patent Court – from Brexit to the future of European patent litigation in TMT sector"

Please join the IP Committee on October 13, 2016 at 11:00AM EDT (4pm BST, 5pm CEST, 8:30pm IST) as we welcome Finnish speaker Jussi Karttunen, Judge from the Markets Court, Finnish representative in the UPC preparatory committee and Nick Cunningham, Partner at Gowling WLG.

Speaker Bios:

Jussi Karttunen 

Mr Karttunen, born 1969, is a Judge and Head of Division at the Finnish Market Court – a court which has an exclusive jurisdiction of all IPR civil litigation and which also functions has an appellate court for the decisions of the Finnish Patent Office.

Mr. Karttunen has a background as a Referendary both at the Supreme Court and at the Helsinki Court of Appeal specializing in matters dealing with intellectual property law. He has also served as a Senior Specialist at the Finnish Ministry of Justice, where he inter alia was responsible for dossiers on the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and on the national court reform concerning the handling of IPR matters.

Mr Karttunen is an external member of the Enlarged Board of Appeal at the European Patent Office (EPO). He is also a representative of Finland at the UPC Preparatory Committee.”

Nick Cunningham

Nick has a wide-ranging dispute resolution practice, with contrasting specialisms in telecoms standards, standard essential patents and FRAND, trade secret protection, copyright and defamation. He assists one of the firm's most significant clients with lobbying the European Commission and European Parliament in Brussels. He is also a qualified mediator.

Nick has been leading Gowling WLG's preparations for the introduction of the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent, and has given various talks to clients and associates on the topic. Most recently he has been closely involved in discussions within the UK legal profession about the consequences of Brexit for the UPC and the possible ways forward.