European Patent System

How to Manage Patent Prosecution, Litigation and Licensing Under the New European Patent System

Date: December 1 (Thursday)
Time: Noon – 1:15 PM (ET)
Cost: $150 Members, $225 Non-Members

While European IP professionals have been discussing this new system for many years, its imminent implementation may have caught stakeholders off-guard. The long-awaited Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court system will soon be a reality with a projected start date of April 1, 2023, and preparatory sunrise period beginning January 1, 2023.

In this AUTM webinar, European-based IP attorneys will cover major aspects of the new European patent system so that university technology transfer professionals and other AUTM members can be adequately prepared.

The discussion will include:

  • An overview of a Unitary Patent and comparison to so-called "classic" European patents;
  • The Unified Patent Court’s judicial scope which covers most existing and new European patents;
  • The advantages and disadvantages of this new patent system when compared to its predecessor;
  • Licensing implications for patent proprietors and exclusive licensees; and
  • Suggested modifications to provisions of typical license and collaborative agreements.
Learning Objectives include:
  • Understanding how the new system affects European patent prosecution
  • Identifying the pros and cons of the new Unitary Patent Court system
  • Describing how provisions of license and inter-institutional agreements can be drafted to reduce risks inherent in the new system


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Speaker Bios

Robert Alderson




Robert Alderson is one of a very small number of intellectual property attorneys working at a European IP firm who has a law degree from the United States and is qualified to practice before both the United States Patent and Trademark Office and the European Patent Office. Prior to moving to Europe over 10 years ago, he worked in New York as an intellectual property attorney for 14 years, including over 10 years in the IP group of an AmLaw 100 law firm.

Mariella Massaro




Mariella Massaro is a Certified Licensing Professional (CLP) and she works on all aspects of license and collaborative agreements in key global markets. Mariella practiced for 15 years in Italy as an IP attorney-at-law assisting a variety of clients, including high-tech and software companies, iconic design and fashion houses, research institutions and start-ups. Mariella is also a member of Berggren’s International Client Relations team, ensuring that foreign clients receive excellent legal services, tailored to their needs and expectations.

Michael Nielsen
European & UK Patent Attorney




Michael Nielsen is a European Patent Attorney and a Chartered Patent Attorney (UK). He specializes in European patent prosecution, oppositions and appeals primarily within the physics and medical device fields. Michael studied theoretical physics at Imperial College London before beginning his career as a patent attorney at one of the top London IP firms. While working in London, he handled hundreds of European patent applications for non-EU clients, including several of the world’s most valuable companies. Now based in Finland, Michael continues to handle EPO oppositions, appeals and patent applications, having particular success handling European patent applications that have been struggling to progress.

Questions about the new Spotlight Sessions? Just email Sammi Spiegel, AUTM Professional Development Manager, or call +1-202-960-1791.