UPC Judges Released – A Conversation on the Unified Patent Court

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Date & Time: 28th October 2022 at 15h30 - 16h30 GMT

What the Panel Discussion is About

The list of judges who have been appointed to the Unified Patent Court has just been released. As the Unified Patent Court is taking its final shape, we discuss current status and latest appointments in an open webinar with leading patent litigators from France, Germany and Italy. The discussants will bring on board their in depth knowledge of the French, German and Italian patent litigation landscapes.

About the Speakers

Dr. Ulrich Blumenröder

  • Dr Ulrich Blumenröder was admitted to the bar in Germany in 1992, holds a PhD from the University of Salzburg and an LL.M. from the Dickinson School of Law of the Pennsylvania State University. In 1995, Ulrich became partner at Grünecker. 


    He counsels in all IP fields with a focus on IP litigation. Multi-national patent litigation is one of Ulrich’s core competencies. Among his clients are PAEs as well as OEMs and mid-size companies, mainly from Europe, Japan, the United States and China. He can draw upon profound experience concerning litigating patents from the telecommunication and consumer electronics sector. 


    Litigation includes pre-trial counselling. Ulrich has negotiated license agreements all over the world and is an expert in negotiating SEP license agreements.

    He publishes on IP matters and gives lectures on problems and questions regarding the German and European patent system. Currently, he regularly holds seminars on the UPC-system.


    Ulrich is president of Work Group on Patent Judicature and member of LES, EPLAW and GRUR.

Vittorio Cerulli Irelli

  • Vittorio Cerulli Irelli is a partner at Trevisan & Cuonzo and an expert litigator. With over 15 years of courtroom experience, Vittorio has successfully represented companies of all sizes before the Italian and European Union courts and agencies in a broad range of high-profile cases, with an emphasis on the interaction between intellectual property and competition law. He handled multiple, extensive, multi-jurisdictional patent and trade secret litigations in the areas of telecommunications, electronics, semiconductors, software, medical devices, chemical processes and mechanics. He also acted in multiple proceedings before the Italian and EU antitrust agencies in cases concerning alleged refusals to deal, FRAND abuses, hardcore cartels, and package licenses. A specific focus of Vittorio’s practice is litigating standard-essential patents (SEPs), where he acted for Korean, Japanese, U.S., French and Chinese clients in numerous cases setting leading precedents on substance and case management. Vittorio holds a PhD from the University of London, has published extensively on a broad range of issues and has repeatedly given expert opinions on Italian law for foreign courts.

Cyrille Amar

  • Cyrille Amar is a French avocat. He is currently an active member of the Paris Bar and has been since 2000. He is a partner at Amar Goussu Staub, a law firm which he founded in 2003. His practice focuses on intellectual property, with a specific experience in licensing and litigation involving standards essential patents and FRAND terms.  He has participated as co-counsel or lead counsel to more than 20 FRAND cases in France and abroad, before French courts and arbitration tribunals. He has produced expert statements regarding the ETSI IPR policy in court and in arbitration cases in France, in the US and in the UK.


    Cyrille Amar is also the founder of FrandAvenue, a marketplace for licensing agreements. FrandAvenue provides a virtual negotiation space in which SEP licensors and implementers find all the information necessary to the negotiation of a FRAND licence agreement.

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