James Calkins, Associate Vice President and Global Head of Patent Support for Emerging Markets and Consumer Products at Sanofi, will speak at the event. In his presentation, he will explain the pros and cons of the current E.U. patent system as well as will provide the U.S. business and pharmaceutical industry’s perspectives on the system. Mr. Calkins previously litigated and licensed IP and started a boutique IP firm that specialized in advising Wall Street firms on patent matters. Before attending law school, Mr. Calkins worked for 14 years in the chemical industry. Mr. Calkins is a graduate of the University of New Hampshire College of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center).
He will be joined by Dr. Thomas L. Bittner, a European and German patent attorney at Boehmert & Boehmert, one of the largest legal practices in Germany specializing in intellectual property. Dr. Bittner will compare options for patent protection in Europe today with regards to a national patent, a European “bundle” patent, and a future unitary patent. His presentation will also explore the basic aspects of the future unitary patent court (UPC) as well as the options of court action in Europe today and after implementation of the UPC. Dr. Bittner studied physics at the Humboldt University in Berlin. After his Ph.D., he worked at the Argonne National Laboratory in the U.S before starting his career in IP at IBM Germany’s patent department. Since 1999, he has been a partner at Boehmert & Boehmert. Dr. Bittner is a former visiting lecturer at the Hasso-Plattner-
Dr. Julian Waiblinger, Attorney at Law at Boehmert & Boehmert, will provide an update on the new rules regarding technology transfer agreements. He will also address the new regulations and guidelines the European commission has adopted, which will take effect May 1, 2014. His presentation will further cover important changes related to strict restrictions and no-challenge clauses. Dr. Waiblinger studied law at Humboldt University in Berlin and at King's College in London. He obtained his Ph.D. at the University of Freiburg in copyright law with a thesis entitled “Plagiarism in Science.” During his legal clerkship, Dr. Waiblinger worked with a U.S. corporate law firm in New York City as well as at the German Foreign Office. Since 2011, Dr. Waiblinger has been working in the field of intellectual property law at Boehmert & Boehmert.
Dr. Christian Czychowski, Attorney at Law at Boehmert & Boehmert, will help moderate the discussion.Dr. Cyzchowski studied law and musicology at the University of Bonn and subsequently obtained his doctorate in copyright contract law. In 2014, he was appointed Honorary Professor by the University of Potsdam. His areas of specialty are copyright and information technology law as well as patent and licensing contract law. In 2009, Dr. Czychowski played a key role in the development of the publication “Model Agreements for Research and Development Cooperation’
Dr. Heinz Goddar, a German patent attorney and European patent and trademark attorney in Munich at Boehmert & Boehmert, will also assist as moderator. His technical background as well as his Ph.D. degree is in physics. Dr. Goddar teaches intellectual property law as an honorary professor at the University of Bremen, Germany, as a lecturer at the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center (MIPLC), and as a visiting professor as well as a lecturer at several universities in both Asia and the U.S. Dr. Goddar is a past president of the Licensing Executives Society (LES) International and of LES Germany.
Jochen Wolter, Consul and Head of Press and Public Information for the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany in New York, will provide the welcome remarks.
This event will take place on Tuesday, April 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the German Center for Research and Innovation (871 United Nations Plaza, First Avenue, btw. 48th & 49th Streets). Unable to attend? Follow @gcri_ny (https://twitter.com/
This event is co-sponsored by the German Center for Research and Innovation (GCRI), the German American Chambers of Commerce, Inc., and Boehmert & Boehmert.
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