2023 Global Series Fall Session | Milan, Italy

November 1 - 3, 2023
Hotel Principe di Savoia
, Milano


Wednesday, November 1, 2023

8:45 – 9:45am                      EU legislative and regulatory initiatives

    • European Commission SEP Regulation proposal
    • Patent Modernization Law
    • Antirust, anti-monopoly regulations re Brand, drug pricing
    • Non-compete agreements
    • Impact of US CHIPS/IRA (Inflation Reduction Act) on EU innovators
    • Should AI be regulated


9:45 – 10:45am               Pharma and Medical Devices IP Issues

    • Plausibility
    • Case in November 2022 at EPO Enlarged Board of Appeal and its effects on pharma
    • Biosimilar Litigation Differences
    • Compulsory licensing

10:45 – 11:00am                     Networking Break

11:00 – 12:00pm                 Global Trends on NPEs, TPLF, and Injunctions / Exclusion Orders

    • Role of injunctions as a trade remedy
    • Comparative analysis of standards of injunctions in different jurisdictions

12:00 – 1:15pm                     Keynote Speaker and Lunch

1:15 – 2:15pm                     Managing Trade at Borders - International Comparison

    • US-EU Trade and Technology Council
    • Ways importation can be controlled from the perspective of patent infringement
    • Global supply chains and “friendshoring”
    • Extraterritorial reach of patents as a trade issue

2:15 – 3:15pm                     Subject Matter Eligibility Limits: Protecting Brand when Patents are not available

    • American Axle patent case
    • Jack Daniels trademark case
    • Apple case - Design patent, not utility patent
      • LKQ vs GM

3:15 – 3:30pm                     Networking Break

3:30 – 4:30pm                     Protecting new technologies: Green Energy, Climate Change, Sustainability


Thursday, November 2, 2023

8:30 – 9:30am                      Recent Initiatives in Addressing SEPs

    • Transparency Proposals
    • SEP Royalty Boards
    • Anti-suit Injunctions
      • Role of anti-suit injunctions in different jurisdictions vying to be ultimate decision maker (e.g., China, US, Europe (UPC))

9:30 – 10:30am                   Artificial Intelligence

    • Privacy, confidentiality, public disclosure concerns
    • AI’s impact on the practice of law
    • AI Act passed in Europe
    • How will the UPC address AI

10:30 – 10:45am                  Networking Break

10:45 – 11:45am                 High Court Cases from Around the World

    • DABUS in UK
    • Jack Daniels case in USA 
    • Lenovo UK Case
    • Dow Supreme Court case in Canada
    • Amgen Case


1:00 – 2:00pm                     Hot topics in Italy – Protecting Brand via Smart Trade and IP (part 1)

    • This panel will focus upon cultural aspects regarding the role of industrial and intellectual property rights in the fight against counterfeiting; the impact of influencers; the development of IP rights/assets to mitigate brand dilution and price erosion; and effective partnering in a global market.

2:00 – 3:00pm                     International Business and the role of Multinational Treaties - Shifting Trends 

    • Tenders – projects conducted on national soil – Italian companies pursue tenders in other countries but US companies don’t pursue in Italy
    • GATT
    • WTO / TRIPS waiver extension
    • USTR Perspectives:  EG USTR Request for ITC investigation of a TRIPS waiver
    • Pandemic preparedness treaty at WHO

3:00 – 3:15pm                     Networking Break

3:15 – 4:15pm                    Unified Patent Court – Perspectives, Lessons Learned, and Building Jurisprudence and Predictability

    • Conflicts of interest re technical judges, and impact thereof
    • Damages comparison of UPC vs other courts
    • Confidentiality

4:15 – 5:30pm                     Friends of the Global Series Reception

Friday, November 3, 2023

8:30 – 9:30am                      Subject Matter Jurisdiction of Global Courts

    • Scope of Judicial Jurisdictions for IP and Trade based issues
    • Overlapping jurisdictions in the resolution of trade disputes

9:30 – 10:45am                   Unified Patent Court – Moot Court panel argument

    • re infringement/procedure in hypothetical  case context

11:00 – 11:15am                 Unified Patent Court – Trial analysis/decision follow up

    • Moot Court Judges decision/analysis

11:15 – 12:15pm                 Hot topics in Italy – Protecting Brand via Smart Trade and IP (part 2)

    • “Made In Italy” initiative
    • Wine, Fashion, Furniture, Auto
    • Italian “Sounding”
    • Geographical Origin/Indications; Sovereignty (e.g., EU Court: Parmesan case and follow on regulatory debate)

Speakers as of September 15 (more TBA)

Klaus Bacher, Presiding Judge, 10th Civil Senate at the German Federal Court of Justice

Paolo Catallozzi, Judge, Central Division of the Court of First Instance, Unified Patent Court

Giorgio Checcacci, Technical Judge, Unified Patent Court

Raymond Chen, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Clark Cheney, Chief Administrative Law Judge, United States International Trade Commission

Irina Chicu, Associate Program Officer, Office of the Assistant Director General, Global Challenges and Partnerships Sector, World Intellectual Property Organization

Timothy Dyk, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Rodney Gilstrap, Chief Judge, United States District Court, Eastern District of Texas

Todd Hughes, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Rian Kalden, Presiding Judge, second panel of the Court of Appeal, Unified Patent Court

Kisu KIM, Judge, Intellectual Property High Court of Korea

Kimberly Moore, Chief Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Sharon Prost, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Jimmie Reyna, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Katherine Vidal, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office

TBA, World Trade Organization


Sabine Age, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Vishal Amin, Head of IP Policy, Intel Corporation

José Arochi, Associate, Arochi & Lindner

Will Boyer, Partner, Gowling WLG

Alexandra Brodie, Partner, Gowling WLG

Le Chen, Head of IP Policy, Europe, Xiaomi

Nicola Dagg, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis International LLP

Ron Dimock, Partner, Gowling WLG

Kevin Duan, Partner, Han Kun Law Offices

Matthew Fedowitz, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Axel Ferrazzini, Managing Director, 4IP Council EU

Claudia Frost, Partner, Orrick

Giovanni Galimberti, Partner, Bird & Bird

Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert

Nick Groombridge, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP

Klaus Haft, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Ed Haug, Chairman, Haug Partners

Bowman Heiden, Deputy director, Centre for Intellectual Property Studies, Chalmers University of Technology

Bethan Hopewell, Partner, Powell Gilbert

Willem Hoyng, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier

Vincenzo Jandoli, Senior Partner, Franzosi Dal Negro Setti

Patrick Keane, Executive Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

Ute Kilger, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert

Mattias Kramer, Department Head for External Economic Policy, Federation of German Industries

Manderieux Laurent, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Bocconi University

Jane Licata, Founder and Partner, Licata & Tyrrell

Otto Licks, Founding Partner, Licks Attorneys

Rui Luo, Partner, Han Kun Law Offices

Micaela Modiano, Co-Managing Partner, Modiano & Partners

Gabriele Mohsler, Vice President Patent Development at IPR & Licensing, Ericsson

Melanie Mueller, Attorney at Law, Boehmert & Boehmert

Rebekka Porath, Global IP Policy Director, Intel Corporation

Peter Rashish, Vice President and Director, Geoeconomics Program, German-American Institute

Joseph Reisman, Partner, Knobbe Martens

Roberto Rodrigues, Partner, Licks Attorneys

Corey Salsberg, VP, Global Head IP Affairs, Novartis

Michael Sandonato, Partner, Venable LLP

Tim Simcoe, Professor, Boston University

Agata Sobol, Partner, Franzosi Dal Negro Setti

Jonathan Spadt, CEO & President, RatnerPrestia

Ralf Uhrich, Head of European Patent Litigation, Google LLC

Lucky Vidmar, Head of IP and AI Litigation, Microsoft Corporation

Tess Waldron, Partner, Powell Gilbert

Yan Wang, Partner, Han Kun Law Offices

Jeremy Want, Principal, Smart & Biggar LLP

Contact Jeremy Atkinson at for more details.

Sponsoring Firms have a number of seats they can use to register.  POCs were provided with a code to use for registration.  If your organization would like to become a sponsor, please reach out to Jeremy Atkinson at or Roseanna Quinlan at

Individual registration pricing is as follows:

  • FCBA/EPLAW Members - $700 USD
  • Non-Members - $850 USD
  • Guest add-ons - $250 USD (Includes lunch on Wednesday and Thursday and the Reception on Thursday evening.  Does not include conference attendance)


All registration and hotel accommodations in our discounted room block (while space available) can be completed by clicking the Register button above.  An FCBA profile must be created if you do not have one already.

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