On 9 December 2016, the next Union-IP seminar will be held at the Bavarian Ministry of Justice, Prielmayerstraße 7, Munich. The theme of the event is "Prison or Debt Tower - The Personal Liability of the Directors and their legal Advisors". Register for this event at www.union-ip.org.
On October 12, 2016, MH partners Dr. Andreas Hübel and Dr. Ulrich Storz have spoken at an IP seminar at the University of Siena, Italy, which was founded in 1240, and is hence said to be the 4th oldest University in the world. The seminar was titled "Biopharmaceuticals: Challenges in Intellectual Property and Patentability", and was organized by Prof. Maurizio Taddei, Prof. Annalisa Santucci, Prof. Stefano Mangani and Prof. Elena Petricci, from the department of biotechnology, chemistry and pharmacy. Also speaking were three examiners from the EPO in Rijswijk. Enrique Molina gave an Introduction to the European Patent Office, Maria Giuseppina Covone-van Hees spoke about patent issues related to therapeutic antibodies, and Giovanni Macchia generally addressed the patentability of biotechnological inventions. Dr Hübel spoke about the Role of IP in Chemistry and Biotech Startups, and Dr. Storz spoke about International IP Strategies in the Chemistry and Biotech fields.
MHP partner Dr. Ulrich Storz was an invited speaker at a seminar of the Boston Patent Law Association (BPLA) organized by Boston Law Firm Nutter McClennan Fish LLP, on August 8, 2016. His talk was titled "Navigating EPO Case Law on Antibody Patents", and he spoke about a new database he has established in which all antibody-related decisions of the EPO Board of Appeal 3.3.04 are analyzed in great detail.
4iP Council speaks to Aloys Hüttermann author of a recent paper analysing patent invalidity rates. You can read the interview here: http://www.4ipcouncil.com/news/patents-paper-tigers-or-real-tigers
MH partner Dr. Ulrich Storz speaks at the 4th Antibody Industrial Symposium, July 4-5, 2016 in Montpellier. This congress, jointly organized by the LabEx MAbImprove and MabDesign, is the continuation of the series of Industrial Symposia organized by MAbImprove since 2013 (Antibody Biosimilars, MAbDosing and MAbDelivery). Ulrich's talk is titled "Antibody patents in Europe: Possibilities and Limitations".
MHP partner Dr. Ulrich Storz organized an IP panel at the 8th International Congress of Antibodies (ICA) in Dalian, China, April 26, 2016. The panel assembled Antibody IP experts from China (Luke Zuo, NTD), Japan (Makoto Aihara, SIKS & Co), India (Gandhi Tarun, Chada & Chada) and the United States (Colin Sandercock, Perkins Coie). The contributors provided a comparative view on antibody IP on a global perspective. This panel was the first of its class worldwide and was applauded by the audience as extremely interesting.
In May 2016, one of the partners, Guido Quiram, is conducting a seminary around the topics "Software and business method patenting in Europe – chances und hurdles" and "Cost-and-time saving techniques and practices for securing best patent rights worldwide" along with colleagues from China, Canada and the US. Premises are in different major cities of the US-Westcoast. In his seminaries, Guido advises about best practice and offers methods of resolution.
Dr. Christoph Volpers, Senior Patent Manager at MH Patent, will be an invited speaker at the C5's 15th International Forum on Pharmaceutical Patent Term Extensions in Munich on June 21/22, 2016. He will be elaborating upon the "Two Sides of the same Coin – Deciphering the Extent of Protection for Biologics".
The firm's partner Dr. Torsten Exner has been reappointed as a member of the examination committee ECII for the European Qualifying Examination (EQE).
On 19. April 2016, Dr. Aloys Hüttermann speaks at the Korean Patent Attorneys Association about An Institutional Patent Theory.
This year, Harald Bienert, partner of Michalski Hüttermann & Partner, speaks at the Summer School on Intellectual Property at the University Bonn about "IP and Telecommunications".
MHP Partner Ulrich Storz will speak at the Düsseldorfer Patentrechtstage 2016, March 10 – 11, 2016, about 2nd medical use claims. His co-speakers are Rian Kalden, Gerechtshof Den Haag, and Ass.-Prof. Dr. Christoph Rademacher, Waseda Univ.
MHP Partner Ulrich Storz presents at the Basel Intellectual Property Lecture on February 23, 2016, with the following lecture topic: 2nd medical use claims — new indications for an old claim category".
Ulrich discusses the changes over time that 2nd medical use claims went through in the last decade. He will not only discuss the change from swiss type claims to purpose limited compound claims, and the resulting implications as to enablement requirements and patent infringement, but will also address the transfer of this concept to medical devices, where 2nd medical use claims are still relatively novel. Further, Ulrich discusses a phenomenon that is sometimes disrespectfully called "nonsense indications". The lecture takes place in the Auditorium of the Pharmacenter of the University of Basel, Klingelbergstrasse 50/70, Feb 23, 016, 6:15 p.m.
Ulrich Storz gives a presentation at the ADC World congress Berlin, 8-10 February 2016. Ulrich will speak on day 2 of the congress about the Intellectual Property Perspective on the Requirements for Successful ADC Drug Development.
Dr. Christoph Volpers, Senior Patent Manager at MH Patent, will be an invited speaker at the 2nd Biologics & Biosimilars Congress on February 1-2, 2016. The conference will take place in Berlin, in the Maritim ProArte Hotel. Christoph will speak about "Chances and Challenges in Biosimilars IP". In his talk, he will address the complexities of biosimilar IP landscapes, focus on the interplay with commercial and regulatory aspects, and discuss recent case law.
On 22 January, Dr. Aloys Hüttermann will speak about "Being prepared for changes in your legal practice and internal organisation".
Dr. Aloys Hüttermann represents the IPO at the EPA symposium about Art 84 on 14 January in Den Haag.
On 7. December 2015, Dr. Aloys Hüttermann lectured at the University of Cologne. The topic of his lecture was: "Patentierung, aber wie?".
On 1. December 2015, Dr. Aloys Hüttermann spoke at the patent conference OWL/ Südniedersachsen/ Nordhessen in Holzminden about recent developments of the unitary patent (court) und the EPO.
Two partners of the firm, Guido Quiram and Dr. Dirk Schulz, took the chance to inform diverse companies in China, Japan and South Korea on-site about recent developments concerning the Unitary Patent and the Unitary Patent Court in autumn 2015. The lectures were very much appreciated and there will be a re-run this summer with the recent amendments concerning these topics.
On September 13, Dr. Dirk Schulz lectured about "Strong patents as a basis for successful patent litigation" at the epi-seminar in Cologne. He was accompanied by Dr. Tilmann Büttner (judge at the regional court Munich) and Dr. Peter Kather (lawyer in Düsseldorf). Together they discussed the different point of views (judge/ lawyer/ patent attorney) about what makes a patent "strong" and how to enforce patents effectively. Big emphasis was placed on the handling of cases of patent infringement under the doctrine of equivalent before German courts.
Dr. Aloys Hüttermann will be lecturer at the 2015 Summer course on European Intellectual Property Law which will take place from 29 June to 3 July at the Academy of European Law (ERA) in Trier. Topic of his lecture will be: "Enforcement of intellectual property rights".
Dr. Aloys Hüttermann will speak at the IPO European Conference on 20 May about "Why opt-out at the moment is a possibility you probably won't need".
On 12 May 2015, Dr. Aloys Hüttermann will give a lecture on "Recent Trends in EPO jurisdiction".
On 28 April 2015, Dr. Aloys Hüttermann will speak at the Basel IP Lectures about "Disclaimers and Selection Inventions before the EPO".
MHP partner Dr. Ulrich Storz has attended the 7th International Congress of Antibodies (ICA) in Nanjing, China, from April 25 – 29, where he give a lecture entitled "Intellectual Property in the Antibody Space: Strategies for Startups, Pharma and Biosimilar Manufacturers".
Dr. Aloys Hüttermann will speak at the VPP Mitte-West disctrict organization on 15 January 2015 in Hanover about the coming Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court.
MH partner Dr. Ulrich Storz has represented the German woundcare company Sorbion GmbH & Co KG in the acquisition by BSN medical (BSN). Sorbion is a privately held company headquartered in Senden (Münsterland), which specializes in the development, manufacture and distribution of modern wound care products. With the acquisition, BSN, which is also active in this field, will strengthen its market position. In the future, Sorbion will merge in BSN's Wound Care & Vascular Group, which has a turnover of about 500 million euros. With this transaction, BSN medical supplements the recent launch of the negative pressure wound therapy system Cura Sul® . Michalski Hüttermann & Partner will continue to represent the acquired patent portfolio. The purchase price was not disclosed. The transaction is subject to approval by the Federal Cartel Office.