Day 1 - Wednesday, October 19, 2016

8:30
Registration and Welcome Coffee
9:15
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Klaas Bisschop
Partner
Hogan Lovells

9:30
Defining an inventor and ascertaining ownership of an invention

Jennifer Pierce
Partner
Charles Russell Speechlys (UK)

  • What is the invention, who made it and who owns it?
  • Avoiding disputes – including joint ownership issues.

10:15
Implementing effective Inventor remuneration programmes and policies

Marco Conti
Partner, Patent Attorney
Bugnion S.p.A (Italy)

  • Determining the level of remuneration
  • Establishing fair compensation
  • Compensation from breakthrough inventions to small improvements
  • Defining outstanding benefit to the company
  • Managing employees that have already left

11:00
Morning Refreshments
11:15
Overcoming the Challenges of Remunerating Inventors for International Collaborations in Multinational Companies

Akash Sachdeva
Partner
Cooley (UK) LLP

Andrew White
Director Global Intellectual Property
AGCO Corporation (UK)

Oliver Lutze
Principal, Manager
Spruson & Ferguson PTE Ltd. (China)

  • Avoiding situations where an employee is remunerated greater than another
  • Managing international rules
  • Building effective internal policies

12:00
Networking Lunch
1:15
COMPARATIVE AFTERNOON – A ROUND-UP OF THE KEY JURISDICTIONS Germany

Dr Georg Andreas Rauh
Partner
Vossius & Partner (Germany)

Handling issues of employee Inventorship in multinational companies operating in various jurisdictions has become increasingly complex, requiring knowledge of national and international law.

This comparative afternoon will take you through the key jurisdictions covering the topic of Inventor Remuneration across a number of countries.

  • The German Act on Employees’ Inventions (GAEI) and its importance for innovative companies
  • German Employees’ Inventions Remuneration Rules – the current issues with the formula and solutions proposed
  • The problem of “old cases” according to the former GAEI

1:45
France

Pierre Véron
Partner
Véron & Associés (France)

  • Managing the increasing discretion available to French courts
  • International collaborations
  • Collective bargaining
  • Relationship with Trade Unions

2:15
Italy

Cristiano Alliney
Legal Affairs
Finmeccanica (Italy)

  • Determining rights and ownership over an invention – public v private sector
  • The approach taken by Italian courts
  • Understanding the status of a university invention
  • Innovating in the Italian market
  • Cementing the relationship between HR and R&D

2:45
Afternoon Refreshments
3:00
UK

Will James
Partner
Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP (UK)

  • Position of inventors within the UK
  • Out of court settlements
  • Determining outstanding benefit
  • Kelly case v Shanks case

3:45
China

Oliver Lutze
Principal, Manager
Spruson & Ferguson PTE Ltd. (China)

Arnaud van Wijck
Partner
Marks & Clerk Solicitors LLP (UK)

  • Learning from China’s inventor friendly market
  • Understanding the difference between reward and remuneration under Chinese law
  • Key challenges to be addressed

4:15
End of Conference