The new European patent landscape: State of play of the Unified Patent Court

Time to get ready for the Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court. Europe’s new patent regime is finally taking effect, and we are going through the biggest shake-up in the IP field in decades.

We will discuss this topic with some of the players at the forefront of this revolution, moderated by Lydia Mendola, head of IP practice and partner at Portolano Cavallo.


  • Willem Hoyng: Chairman of the Advisory Committee of the Unified Patent Court (UPC) and member of the drafting committee of the Rules of Procedure of the UPC; Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Tilburg; partner at Hoyng Rokh Monegier.
  • Marina Tavassi: President of the Association of European Competition Law Judges and Vice President of the Intellectual Property Judges Association; member of the drafting committee of the Rules of Procedure of the UPC; former President of the Court of Appeal of Milan and of the Court of Milan’s Business Division; former national judge at the Enlarged Board of Appeal of the European Patent Office; of counsel at BonelliErede.
  • Sabine Agé: Managing partner of the French office at Hoyng Rokh Monegier.
  • Micaela Modiano: Co-managing partner at Modiano & Partners; head of the chemistry & life sciences department and of the European patent department.
  • Alessandro Sanchini: UPC technically qualified judge; head of the electricity and IT department at Modiano & Partners.
  • Maria Balestriero: Of counsel at Portolano Cavallo.

Due to limited availability of seats, please register for the event by filling the application form below. You will receive a confirmation email in the next few days.

The seminar will be held in English.

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