UCL Faculty of Laws


Recording | The 2023 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture

21 June 2023, 6:00 pm–7:15 pm

The UPC sets sail

"The UPC sets sail" with Judge Rian Kalden (Vice-President of the Unified Patent Court)

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Cruciform Lecture Theatre 1
Cruciform Building, Gower Street

We are delighted to invite you to the 2023 Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture

The UPC Sets Sail

with Judge Rian Kalden (Vice-President of the Unified Patent Court, and Judge of the Court of Appeal of The Hague)

Chaired by Professor Sir Robin Jacob (UCL)

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About the speaker

Rian Kalden graduated at Leiden University and finished a Master (including Intellectual and Industrial Property law at LSE) at the University of London. After graduating she joined the Amsterdam Bar with the law firm Stibbe where she practised for almost 11 years. There she first joined the intellectual property department and turned to company law (focussing on mergers and acquisitions) later on. In 2002 she became a judge at the District Court of The Hague, where she joined the Patent Chamber. After a short period in the criminal division at the District Court of Haarlem, where she was appointed vice president in 2007, she returned to the Intellectual Property Division of the District Court of The Hague mid-2008, from 2009 as head of the Division, where she dealt with all kinds of IP cases, but mostly patent cases. Rian Kalden was appointed judge in The Court of Appeal of The Hague in September 2013 where for 5 years she headed the Division that, among other areas, also covers all IP cases. As a Senior Judge she now primarily deals with patent cases. In July 2018 she was appointed Judge at the Benelux Court of Justice, where appeals from decisions of the Benelux trademark offices are heard. Rian Kalden has been appointed as legally qualified judge at the Court of Appeal of the Unified Patent Court where she will be Presiding Judge of the second panel. She is also member of the Presidium of the UPC. She regularly speaks at national and international conferences on Patent law and related issues.

About the lectures

The annual Sir Hugh Laddie Lecture is a public lecture which has taken place every year in June since 2009 in honour of IBIL's founder. Previous lecturers have included Lord Hoffmann (2009), Raimund Lutz (2010), Mrs Justice Macken (2011), Chief Judge Randall Rader (2012), Prof Dr Joachim Bornkamm (2013), Prof. Hugh Hansen (2014), Judge Alex Kozinski (2015), The Hon Dr Annabelle Bennett (2016), Shira Perlmutter (2017), HH Michael Fysh KC SC (2018), Willem Hoyng (2019), Prof Daniel Gervais (2020), Prof Barton Beebe (2012), and Prof. David Vaver (2022). See details of these talks, with links to recordings at: https://www.ucl.ac.uk/ibil/past-events/annual-sir-hugh-laddie-lectures