Trade secret protection, data privacy protection and unitary patent


Major changes in EU law at the horizon that will affect IP

Are you and your company prepared for these challenges?

29 & 30 June 2017, Berlin , Germany


In Dec 2017, the EU regulations 1257/2012 and 1260/2012, both concerning the unitary patent (UP), and the agreement on a unified patent court (UPC) will (most likely) enter into force. This will be a jumping start of a completely new unified European patent system.

In June 2017 the EU-Directive 2016/943 on the protection of trade secrets (undisclosed know-how and business information) entered into force. For the first time, EU-wide legal standards on the protection of such trade secrets and its enforcement will so be created.

In April 2016 the General Data Protection Regulation 2016/680 entered into force. It gives citizens back control over their personal data and to simplify and unify the regulatory environment for business within the EU and that enters into application on 25 May 2018.

These three new laws within the EU will have a considerable impact onto the way how IP issues, trade secrets and personal data (e.g. of inventors) are handled by and within the companies and will force them to review their strategies, policies, guidelines and working procedures connected with IP.

In 2017, the two SIG-IAM meetings will focus on these three late-breaking topics: in June, we will explore the situation in the EU, but we will also address the current practice of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH). In November, we will focus on the US and other major economic areas outside Europe in order to understand the commonalities and differences and how to turn these findings into practice.


Issues addressed

  • How does the EU-Directive 2016-943 define a trade secret?
    How to adapt internal policies, guidelines, routines to adapt to the coming new legal environment?
    What are the practical consequences of the General Data Protection Regulation for companies in respect to the private data of their employees?
    What to do if a person joins or leaves the company?
    Unitary patent vs. European patent; national patent court vs. unified patent court: pro’s & con’s, risks & opportunities
    Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH): pro’s & con’s, risks & opportunities

Target Audience

R&D, innovation & intellectual asset managers and experts, IP and licensing managers, patent attorneys as well as business strategy, business development managers, production & Open Innovation managers.


Dr. Werner Fröhling, Managing Director, Flooring Technologies Ltd. and Chief IP Counsel for the Swiss Krono Group

To Register

PDF  Full Programme and registration available here

Accomodation: make your own room reservation.The special EIRMA Group rate for the rooms is secured until 29 May 2017!  

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A block booking with special rates have been secured in the Hotel Berlin, Berlin for the nights of 28 and 29 June 2017. The rate for a single room is 141,50 €, breakfast at 7,50€ by day.
To book your room please complete the attached room registration form and sent it directly to the hotel ( preferably by 29 May 2017.

Event's fee: 650.00€ (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 786,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members.

Early bird fee (valid until 19 May 2017) : 550,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 665,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members.

The meeting registration fee covers the administrative costs, facilities costs,  refreshments, visit, dinner and lunch.

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We will refund 100% of the registration fee for cancellations received 2 weeks before the meeting, 50% of the registration fee for cancellations received 1 week before the meeting, 25% of the registration fee for cancellations received 3 days before the meeting.
Names may be substituted at any time without charge.

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  • Ms Ingrid Baele (Philips)
  • Ms Sarah Barrès (Novo Nordisk)
  • Dr Hans-Peter Brack (Sulzer)
  • Mr Michel Cancellier (Tarkett)
  • Mr Jean-Luc Cerdan (Electricite de France)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Mr Martin Fähndrich (Hoganlovells)
  • Dr Olivier Françoisse (Lhoist)
  • Dr Werner Fröhling (Flooring Technologies Ltd)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Mr Thomas Kohl (SKF)
  • Ms Helen Lavery (Shell)
  • Mr Thomas Marlow (WIPO)
  • Mr Felix Moser (Sulzer)
  • Ms Ligia Onetto (Armines)
  • Mr Wouter Pors (Bird & Bird)
  • Dr Christian Schott (Melexis)
  • Mr Jyn Schultze-Melling (Ernst & Young AG)
  • Mr Loek Steffanie (DSM)


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