European Patent Seminar in Florence

Boost your knowledge of the latest developments in European IP


Learn the latest ins-and-outs concerning examination, opposition and appeal proceedings before the EPO. Be updated on the unitary patent and the unified patent court. Anyone wishing to expand his or her working knowledge of the patent and design procedures in Europe should attend the fourth edition of V.O.’s bi-annual IP seminar!

Excellent two-day seminar program

The seminar is particularly designed for non-European patent practitioners who want to improve their practical understanding of the European patent system. The essential aspects of this system will be addressed in a series of in-depth presentations by key experts.

Further, in anticipation of the unitary patent and the unified patent court, we are on the eve of Europe’s biggest change in patent law in decades. How should we adapt our present patent strategies to these changes? And what impact will Brexit have on all this? The European Patent Seminar will provide workable answers to these and other questions.

Tuscany Classic Car Rally

Unique outing program

Three-day Tuscany classic car rally

While you are here why not enjoy the beautiful surroundings of Florence? There is no better way to do so than with open sport cars from the nineteen sixties and seventies. This additional program is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity!

Two-day seminar program

Seminar €850


The seminar will feature a series of speaker presentations on such topics as prosecution, litigation, the unitary patent and the unified patent court. In addition, there will be a practical workshop aimed at maximizing the benefits of this learning experience. At this point, the program may still be subject to changes.

Monday 9 October

Focus on prosecution and Unitary Patent

09:00 - 09:15   Welcome
09:15 - 10:45   Introduction to the European Patent Convention – A quick orientation through the basics
10:45 - 11:15   Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30   EP Case Law of Interest – Updates on significant and recent decisions
12:30 - 13:00   EP Claim Drafting Specialties – The essential differences
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch
14:15 - 15:15   Unitary Patent – Update on the status
15:15 - 15:45   Coffee break
15:45 - 16:45   Cost Saving Strategies – Effective ways to save your or your clients’ money
16:45 - 17:00   Wrap up of the first day
19:00       Dinner

Tuesday 10 October

Focus on litigation and Unified Patent Court

09:00 - 09:15   Welcome
09:15 - 10:45   Patent Infringement Litigation – Highlights practical aspects in connection with litigation in Europe
10:45 - 11:15   Coffee break
11:15 - 12:30   Unified Patent Court – Current state of affairs and the expected implications on future patent litigation
12:30 - 13:00   Patent Filing Strategies – Find your way: the UP - EP patent, national patents and utility models
13:00 - 14:00   Lunch
14:15 - 15:15   Workshop
15:15 - 15:45   Wrap up of this course
16:00       Guided tour in Florence or transport to Gargonza for the complementary oldtimer rally program
19:00       Dinner

Extra outing options

On Wednesday 11 October, there will be a guided tour to Florence’s cathedral and dome, followed by a visit to the equally famous Uffizi Gallery (included in the seminar package). Those who prefer a more adventurous finale of their stay, are given the opportunity to particpate in an optional two-day classic car rally program. This program is optional and includes inside information from key IP speakers (see below).

Location and accommodation

The seminar will be held at one of best located hotels in Florence city centre. Also the best choice for your accommodation! Details will follow soon.

Seminar Fee

This unique offer is open to patent attorneys of patent firms outside Europe and focuses on current and practice-relevant information for those dealing with European intellectual property rights. The registration fee for participants is €850. This includes admission to sessions, seminar documentation, coffee breaks and lunches, dinners and the guided city tour. Accompanying persons can join both dinners and the guided tours. The admission for this is €300.

Three-day classic car rally program

Rally €1,950

This all inclusive trip provides you with inside information from a UPC key speaker and industry IP expert. It will also let you enjoy the beauty of Tuscany in a unique and unforgettable experience. Together with other leading IP professionals you stay at the medieval village annex hotel Castello di Gargonza (www.gargonza.it). En route you will admire the breathtaking scenery and during the stops you taste Tuscany’s fabulous kitchen. View the selected classic cars here.

Seminar + classic car rally = €200 discount

Wednesday 11 October: getting acquainted

09:00 - 11:00   Key speaker UPC
11:00 - 11:30   Coffee break and briefing
11:30 - 13:00   Rally stage 1
13:00 - 15:00   Lunch stop
15:00 - 17:00   Drive to Gargonza
20:00       Dinner in Siena

Thursday 12 October: full rally day

09:00 - 11:00   IP expert industry
11:00 - 11:30   Coffee break and briefing
11:30 - 13:00   Rally stage 2
13:00 - 15:30   Lunch stop
15:30 - 17:00   Finish & drinks
20:00       Dinner in Gargonza and award ceremony

Friday 13 October: at ease

Take one of the cars for a free ride in the morning or visit Siena. At noon there is a transfer to Florence.

This trip includes: Transfers from Florence to Gargonza and return, three nights at hotel including breakfast, lunch and diner, use of oldtimers, guided tour in Siena and last but not least an unforgettable experience!