IP Case Law Conference

Substantive and Procedural issues of Trade Mark and Design Dispute Resolution


On 5-6 May 2016, the Office held its first IP Case Law Conference.

The event was dedicated to substantive and procedural issues surrounding trade mark and design registration.



The presentations given by the speakers at the event are available under the links below.

Day 1:

Session 1: The Role of the Boards of Appeal in building Effective Dispute Resolution

  • Dr. Matteo Gargantini, Senior Research Fellow, Max Planck Institute for International, European and Regulatory Procedural Law, Luxembourg - PDF
  • Ms Mercedes Ortuño Sierra, Chairman of the Board of Appeal of the European Chemicals Agency - PDF
  • Ms Elisabeth Fink, Member of the Fourth Board of Appeal, EUIPO and Judge at the German Federal Patent Court - PDF
  • Ms Kai Härmand, Deputy Secretary General, Ministry of Justice, Estonia - PDF

Session 2: Effective administration of litigation proceedings

  • Ms Diana Wallis, President of the European Law Institute (ELI) - PDF
  • Ms Anna Veneziano, Deputy Secretary-General of the International Institute for the Unification of Private Law, UNIDROIT - PDF
  • Ms Virginia Melgar, Member of the Fifth Board of Appeal, EUIPO and President of the European Stability Mechanism Administrative Tribunal - PDF
  • Judge Ulloa Rubio, Seventh Chamber, General Court of the European Union - PDF
  • Mr Francisco Fonseca Morillo, Deputy Director-General, DG Justice and Consumers, European Commission

Session 3: Litigating before the Boards and the Court of Justice

  • Hanne Kirk, Legal Counsel, PhD, Vice-Chairman of the Danish Board of Appeal for Patents and Trademarks - PDF
  • The Honorable Judge Lorelei Ritchie, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO - PDF
  • Mr Gordon Humphreys, Chairperson of the Fifth Board of Appeal, EUIPO - PDF
  • Mr Detlef Schennen, Chairperson of the Fourth Board of Appeal, EUIPO - PDF
  • Thierry van Innis, avocat - PDF
  • David N.W. Chen, Professor, founding and Senior Partner, Allbright Law Offices - PDF

Session 4: Defending famous brands

  • Professor Spyros Maniatis, Director of the Centre for Commercial Law Studies, Queen Mary, University of London - PDF
  • Ms. Dr. Martina Schwonke, Judge, Federal Court of Justice (Bundesgerichtschof), Karlsruhe, Germany
  • Professor David Franklyn, Director of the McCarthy Institute for IP and Technology Law, University of San Francisco - PDF
  • Dr Frederick Mostert, Research Fellow, St Peter’s College, Oxford University
  • Mr Arne Führer, Regional Court Judge, Hamburg - PDF


Day 2:

Session 5: Arguing national law

  • Prof. Dr. Gordian N. Hasselblatt, LL.M - PDF
  • Ms Beate Schmidt, President, Federal Patent Court (Bundespatentgericht), Germany - PDF
  • Geoffrey Hobbs, QC - PDF
  • Manfred Büchele, Professor of IP and Corporate Law, University of Innsbruck, Austria - PDF
  • Mr Giuseppe Bertoli, Head of Litigation Service, ICLAD, EUIPO - PDF

Session 6: Dealing with weak brands

  • Ms Ruta Olmane, Vice-President of European Communities Trade Mark Association (ECTA), Associated Partner, Metida Law Firm - PDF
  • Mr David T Keeling, Member of the Boards of Appeal at EPO and Former Member of the EUIPO Boards of Appeal - PDF
  • Mr Jan de Visser, Manager Brand Protection, Senior Director, Global Brand Licensing, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
  • Ms Anna Carboni, Partner at Redd Solicitors, LLP - PDF
  • Mr Dimitris Botis, Deputy Director, ICLAD, EUIPO - PDF
  • Mr Christoph Bartos, Member of the Fourth Board of Appeal, EUIPO - PDF