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