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4th Pan-European LESI Young Members Event


Discussion of the Legislative Reforms including the Unitary Patent

Friday, 4 November 2016
10.00 h - 18.00 h

Campus Repsol – Conference Hall
Méndez Álvaro, 44, 28045 Madrid

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Register Online from 5 Aug - 24 Oct

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Trade secrets protection provides an alternative to intellectual property rights to protect know-how and business information and allow European businesses, irrespective of their size, to maximize the profits derived from its creativity and innovation and have an important role in protecting the exchange of knowledge. An efficient trade secrets protection is a critical element to strengthen Europe’s leading position as a global leader in research and development.

The EU Directive 2016/943 on the protection of trade Secrets recently approved, in its own words, seeks to “approximate the laws of the Member States so as to ensure that there is a sufficient and consistent level of civil redress in the internal market in the event of unlawful acquisition, use or disclosure of a trade secret”. The Directive harmonises the definition of trade secret (which will comprise technological, business and commercial information) and lays down common rules, legal remedies and procedures to enforce trade secrets and protect confidential information in court proceedings.

The fourth Pan-European LESI Young Members Event is aimed at providing an overview of the recently approved Directive and allowing the exchange between young practitioners in the licensing and technology transfer field of ideas and good practices for taking full advantage of the current framework, as well as creating and promoting a culture for the protection of know-how and business information created within our relevant organizations.

The event shall finally tackle the most significant challenges of the Unitary Patent Package in the current post-Brexit referendum scenario.

The Pan-European LESI Young Members Event is free of charge for LES Members, including the post-event networking dinner at the Santiago Bernabeu Stadium, home of Real Madrid football team.


10.00 - 10.15 h Reception and welcome: General introduction to the conference

Susana Bayón
Head of IP of Repsol, President of LES Spain & Portugal
10.15 - 11.35 h Threats and opportunities for trade secrets in the 21st century: cybersecurity and big data

Speaker (15 minutes)

  • Vincent Bergeron
    Partner, Robic


  • Javier Fernández-Lasquetty
    Partner- Elzaburu


  • Manuel Desantes (15 minutes)
    Professor and Head of the Private International Law Department. University of Alicante
  • Antonio Ramos (15 minutes)
    Vice-President - ISACA
  • Enrique García Chamón (t.b.c.) (15 minutes)
    (Magistrate-Judge, President of the EU Trademarks and Designs Court of Appeal (8th Chamber) of Alicante)

Discussion (20 minutes)


11.35 - 12.05 h Coffee break
12.05 - 13.20 h The EU Directive


  • Scope of the definition of trade secrets and the concept of infringing goods (15 minutes)

    Philippe Campolini
    Partner, Simont Braun
  • The lawful and unlawful acts of acquisition, use and disclosure of trade secrets (15 minutes)

    Alexander Haertel
    Partner, Kather Augestein
  • Exceptions and limitations to the protection of trade secrets (15 minutes)

    Sergio Poza
    Senior Associate, Gómez-Acebo & Pombo


  • Francisco Velasco
    Executive Director - MRI International


  • The balance between trade secrets and the right to freedom of expression and information

    Journalist (t.b.c)
  • Dr. Marta Tortajada
    Director of Microbial Biotechnology Department - Biopolis


  • Dr. Javier Maira
    Head of Commercialization Unit – CSIC. Spanish National Research Council

Discussion (30 minutes)

13.20 - 14.15 h Lunch break
14.15 - 16.00 h Workshop on best practices in the protection and management of trade secrets


  • Sergio Miralles
    Partner, Intangibles IP Law


  • Sherry Rollo
    Partner, Hahn Loeser
  • Natalie Raffoul
    Managing Partner
    Clancy P.C.+Brion Raffoul
  • Philipe Kutschke
    Partner, Bardehle Pagenberg

Case explanation (15 minutes) Teamwork (30 minutes)
Discussion (30 minutes)

16.00 - 16.30 h Coffee break
16.30 - 17.15 h Round table: need for legislative reform in the different European countries
  • Mattia Dalla Costa
    Partner, - CBA Studio Legale
  • Charlotta Ljungdahl
    Intellectual Property Director, Airliquide
17.15 - 17.45 h The Unitary Patent Package and the impact of Brexit


Klaus Haft
Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier, Secretary of LES Germany, Vice-president EPLAW
17.45 - 18.00 h Conclusions and farewell
Patricia García Escudero
Ditrector, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office

José Miguel Lissén, Partner
Gómez-Acebo & Pombo, Secretary of LES Spain & Portugal
For LES Young Members (up to 40): free of charge For non-LES members up to 40 (including full membership at LES Spain & Portugal for 2016 and 2017): 80 € For non-LES members above 40 (including full membership at LES Spain & Portugal for 2016 and 2017): 135 €

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Registration open:
on 5 August 2016
Registration deadline:
24 October 2016