SAVE THE DATE – UPC One Year Later: A First Overview

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Milan/Online, 3 May 2024

Università degli Studi di Milano

Sala Napoleonica

from 2:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. CET


All our esteemed members are warmly invited by LES Italy, LES Germany and LES France to our joint event – UPC ONE YEAR LATER: A FIRST OVERVIEW – taking place in Milan, Italy on May 30, 2024.

This is momentous occasion to celebrate the 1st anniversary of the UPC and the opening of the new Section of the Central Division in Milan.

Join us on the eve of this landmark event as we delve into the latest developments, challenges, and innovations shaping the future of patent law in Europe.



h. 2.00 p.m. – OPENING

Mattia DALLA COSTA, Vice President LES Italy and LES International

Rinaldo PLEBANI, Frédéric PORTAL, Gabriele MOHSLER, Presidents of LES Italy, France and Germany

h. 2.10 p.m. – KEYNOTE

Klaus GRABINSKI, President of the UPC Court of Appeal and Chairperson of the Presidium (Luxembourg)

h. 2.30 p.m. – FIRST PANEL Views from the UPC Judges


Anne Charlotte LE BIHAN, Bird & Bird

Tilman MÜLLER, Bardehle Pagenberg


Florence BUTIN, President, Court of First Instance (Paris)

Pierluigi PERROTTI, Judge, Court of First Instance (Milano)

Paolo CATALLOZZI, Judge, Court of First Instance (Paris)

Ronny THOMAS, Member of the Presidium, Presiding Judge (Düsseldorf)

Andrea PERRONACE, Technically Qualified Judge

h. 4.00 p.m. – COFFEE BREAK

h. 4.30 p.m. – Marina TAVASSI, Member of the Expert Panel for the RoP, Coordinator of the Italian Tavolo Tecnico TUB

h. 4.45 p.m. – SECOND PANEL: Views from the Industry


Sergio LASCA, Head of IP – Patents & Know How, Pirelli

Clemens HEUSCH, Nokia, Head of litigation


Sophie PASQUIER, Senior Director, Principal Licensing Counsel-Royal Philips

Gianluca PREVITI, Head of Intellectual Property, IVECO Group

Valérie BITAUD, IP Department, Senior Director, BioMérieux

Anne Julia MEINEL, Head of Support Function DC Patents, Roche Diabetes Care

h. 6.20 p.m. – FINAL REMARKS

Massimo SCUFFI, Member of the Advisory Committe UPC, President emeritus IPJA – Intellectual property judges Association


The conference will be followed by a Cocktail Reception



The event is free for all LES International Members.

The registration fee for Non-LES Members is:

  • 183 euro to attend in person
  • 100 euro to attend online

The participation fee is required to cover the event organization expenses and catering.

To attend in person

As we’re nearing full capacity for in-person attendance, to register please send an email to to assess remaining availability.

To attend remotly

If you’re planning to attend remotely, please fill the online form



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Additional information on how to register at LES Italy are available at the following link.