Protection and Exploitation of Technology and Automotive Inventions: Key US and EU patent and trade secret law developments for Japanese companies

Seminar covered some of the key issues relating to the protection and exploitation of technology and automotive inventions, with special focus on developments in the US and EU markets.

Topics:

1. Patent law and practice •Strategies for avoiding treble damages for willful infringement in the US after the Halo decision

Key US and EU patent and trade secret law developments for Japanese companies

  • Revival of equivalent infringement in Germany and comparison with other EU states
  • Laches and new liability in the US for infringement forgotten long ago after SCA Hygiene Products
  • The impact of the new streamlined EPO opposition on litigation in Europe

2. Trade secrets law
  • US Defend Trade Secrets Act – Trade secret litigation in federal court and how to opt out
  • EU Trade Secrets – What does the new EU Directive change in the different EU member states?

3. Impact of political and policy changes •Predictions for Clinton versus Trump – How the presidential election will likely impact IP law and policy
  • "Brexit" – The impact on IP protection in the UK and the rest of the EU



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