Trilateral User Day 2008

"Working together towards a sustainable patent system"

13 November 2008
08:00 - 16:15

The Hague,
European Patent Office


Time Programme
08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Breakfast
09:00 - 09:30 Welcoming Remarks

- Alison Brimelow, President of the EPO
- Thierry Sueur, Vice-President Intellectual Property and Vice President, European & International Affairs AIR LIQUIDE

09:30 - 10:15 Round table:

Business needs to maintain a sustainable patent system and the role of the PCT

Moderator: Joff Wild, IAM Magazine

- Tony Rollins, Managing Counsel, European Patents, Merck, Sharp & Dohme (BUSINESSEUROPE)
- David Kappos, Vice-President of IPO, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property Law and Strategy, IBM Corporation
- Hirohiko Usui, President of JIPA

10:15 - 11:00 Questions / Discussions
11:00 - 11:30 Coffee break
11:30 - 12:15 Round table:

Insights into the Trilateral Patent Offices' work-sharing and the main assets of the PCT

Moderator: Thierry Sueur, Vice-President, Intellectual Property and Vice President, European & International Affairs AIR LIQUIDE

- Alison Brimelow, President of the EPO
- Jon Dudas, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director USPTO
- Takashi Suzuki, Commissioner of the JPO
Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO

12:15 - 13:00 Questions / Discussions
13:00 - 14:30 Lunch
14:30 - 15:15 Round table:

Insights/perspectives from intellectual property associations on a sustainable patent system (Development of the PCT / Quality)

Moderator: Wim van der Eijk, Principal Director International Legal Affairs and Patent Law

- Jacques Combeau, Advisor to the Vice President, Intellectual Property, AIR LIQUIDE (BUSINESSEUROPE)
- Steven W. Miller, IPO President and Chief IP Counsel for Proctor & Gamble Co. (IPO)
- Todd Dickinson, Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
- Hiroki Naito, Managing Director of JIPA

15:15 - 16:00 Questions / Discussions
16:00 - 16:10 Closing remarks from Alison Brimelow