Trade secrets and IP in the Far West and the Far East.


Trade secrets and IP in the Far West and the Far East

Are European companies sailing in stormy weather or are on an island of bliss?

Special Interest Group on Intellectual Asset Management

16&17 November 2017, hosted by Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche (CNR),Rome, Italy


During the meeting of 29-30 June in Berlin, the Special Interest Group on Intellectual Asset Management (SIG IAM) explored the situation in the EU about trade secret and unitary patent, as well as the current practice of Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH).

The November session will focus on the US and Italy in order to understand the commonalities and differences of these protection regimes in these two important economic areas and how to turn these findings into practice.

PDF  Full Programme available here


Issues addressed

  • How do the US define a trade secret?

  • How to adapt internal policies, guidelines, routines to adapt to the coming new legal environment?

  • What to do if your company is sued (or threatened to be sued) for infringement of a US-patent?

  • What to do to protect your secret know-how in a patent infringement law suit and during a description in Italy.

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: you need to make your own room reservation.

 The special EIRMA Group rate for the rooms is secured until 8 November2017!  

Online reservation, ckick here: EIRMA - SIG IAM Meeting

PDF  Room reservation form to be sent to the hotel (

On-line Registration Form
If you wish to participate to this event, please complete the registration form as soon as possible but certainly before 9 November 2017. 

In the case the paying entity has no VAT number, please indicate its Official Registration Number

Only e-mails related to this specific event will be sent to the adresses indicated.

A block booking with special rates have been secured in the Radisson Blu es. Hotel, Rome for the nights of 16, 17 and 18 November 2017. The rate for a single room is 160€ (breakfast included), 175€ (breakfast included) for a double room.
To book your room please use the link "EIRMA - SIG IAM Meeting" that you find on the webpage of the event or complete the attached room registration form and sent it directly to the hotel ( preferably by 20 October 2017.

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

Early bird fee (valid until 16 October 2017) : 550,00 € (VAT excluded) for members excluded Belgium - 665,50 € (VAT included) for Belgian members.

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

We prefer payment by bank transfer but can also accept credit card (Visa, MasterCard or American Express). All delegates will receive confirmation letters, including an invoice or receipt as appropriate.

Account N° 363-1073576-20
ING – Rond Point Robert Schuman 8 – 1040 Brussels - Belgium
IBAN: BE28 3631 0735 7620 - BIC: BBRUBEBB

For payment by card, if not yet done, please communicate your card number, security code and expiry date to EIRMA in advance of the meeting.

For any further information, please contact Ms. Carine Ternest at EIRMA.
Tel.: +32 (0)2 233 11 81 - Fax.: +32 (0)2 231 08 35 -

Please give as much notice as possible if you are obliged to cancel.

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.

Dietary requirements, food allergy....


  • Mr Giulio Bollino (National Council of Research (CNR))
  • Mr Martin A. Bruehs (Dentons)
  • Mr Thomas P. Canty (Leydig, Voit & Mayer)
  • Mr Giovanni Casucci (Dentons)
  • Mr Didier Charpignon (Michelin)
  • Mr Luke Collins (Independent)
  • Dr Antonio Cusma (National Council of Research (CNR))
  • Dr Olivier Françoisse (Lhoist)
  • Dr Werner Fröhling (Flooring Technologies Ltd)
  • Ms Aurélie Jablonski (EIRMA)
  • Dr Asko Kananen (Melexis)
  • Ms Helen Lavery (Shell)
  • Ms Emma Montevecchi (Cantaluppi & Partners S.r.l.)
  • Ms Katarina Nilsson (Stora Enso)
  • Ms Caroline Orlebar (Shell)
  • Ms Augusta Paci (National Council of Research (CNR))
  • Mr Corrado Spinella (National Council of Research (CNR))
  • Ms Antonella Tajani (National Council of Research (CNR))


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