Friday 4th October 2013 – International Conference in English (simultaneous translation to French and Dutch) 

08:30  Welcome

 

PROTECTION OF KNOW-HOW

09:00-09:45  Impact of the TRIPS Agreement (Agreement on Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights) on distribution networks - European and US perspectives


Thomas HENNINGER - Associate Officer WIPO (Patent Law Section)


09:45-10:15  
Present and future EU regulation of commercial practices and its effects on national commercial practices legislation in Europe. How to protect the know-how of a franchisor?

Jules STUYCK - Professor Katholieke Universiteit Leuven - Member of the Brussels bar - Partner Liedekerke Wolters Waelbroeck & Kirkpatrick


10:15-11:15  Panel Discussion : 
Protection of know-how within distribution networks
Case studies – Experience from National Law:

Moderator :  Leonard HAWKES  - Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales (juriste-conseil) - Of Counsel DBB

Panelists :

Annick MOTTET HAUGAARD – Member of the Brussels bar - Partner Lydian (Belgium)

Philippe SÜSS – Member of the Munich bar - Partner Reed Smith (Germany)

John PRATT – Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales - Senior Partner Hamilton Pratt (UK)

Jennifer C. DEBROW – Member of the Wisconsin and Minnesota bars - Principal Gray Plant Mooty (USA)


11:15-11:30  Coffee break

 

INTERNATIONAL DISTRIBUTION CONTRACTS

11:30-12:00  Choice of applicable law and jurisdiction and arbitration - tips for writing contracts.

Pascal HOLLANDER - Member of the Brussels bar - Partner Hanotiau & van den Berg 

 

THE INTERNET/ NEW DISTRIBUTION CHANNEL “PAR EXCELLENCE”? THEORY & PRACTICE.

12:00-12:30  The impact of the verticals block exemption (EU Regulation 330/2010) on the use of the Internet in commercial distribution networks in Europe

Jérôme PHILIPPE - Member of the Paris bar - Partner Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer


12:30-14:00  Lunch


14:00-15:00  Panel discussion: What is the best way to use a web-site in a distribution network? How does a web-site impact on territorial exclusivity? What European competition law permits and what it excludes. Testimonials & practical experience. 

Moderator:  Tom S. PICK - Member of the Cologne and Brussels bars - Partner DBB

Panelists:

Julio ROCAFULL RODRIGUEZ - Member of the Madrid bar - Partner AGM (Spain)

Olivier MEYER - Member of the Paris bar - Partner DM&D (France) 

Mark BLUNDEN - Solicitor of the Supreme Court of England and Wales - Partner Boyes Turner (UK)

Christian BAHR – Partner SBR (Germany)

15:00-15:30  Coffee break

PRICE POLICY IN COMMERCIAL NETWORKS

15:30-16:30  The issue of re-sale prices under EU law: maximum prices - minimum prices - abusively low prices - price fixing - Legal and economic aspects.

Frank WIJCKMANS - Member of the Courtray and Brussels bars - Partner Contrast



16:30-17:00  KEY NOTE SPEAKER TBC


18:00  Reception hosted by the Lawrope EEIG and by DBB in the marble hall of the Palais des Academies