European Law Society

"If Europe were once united in the sharing of its common inheritance, there would be no limit to the happiness, to the prosperity and glory which its three or four hundred million people would enjoy. ... We must build a kind of United States of Europe. . . . . ."

Winston Churchill, Zurich, I9th September 1946




Wednesday, September 6, 2017

  • Arrival of attendees (attendees‘ own arrangement/expense)

  • 19:00 h h informal get-together at the Pub Cafe Royal - drinks & food


Thursday, September 7, 2017

  • 09:30 h s.t. meeting at The Place and walk to the office of the First Minister

  • 10:00 - 11:00 h BREXIT - SC-ENTRY? Meeting & Discussion

    Dr. Alasdair Allan, Minister for International Development and Europe, Member of the Scottish Parliament

    Mr. Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Justice, Member of the Scottish Parliament

    venue: Office of the First Minister, St. Andrew's House, Edinburg

  • 12:30 h lunch (attendees‘ own arrangement/expense)

  • 16:00 h ELS Assembly & Formalities, at The Place, Agenda

    - (ordinary) election of the board: for a 2-years term expiring 2019 for the positions of the President, the Vice-president, the Treasurer, the Auditor

    - cash and activity report 2016/2017 by the board and approval by the assembly, approval of the minutes of the 2016 assembly

    - discussion points raised by attendees

    - welcome of new members

    - perspectives for 2018

  • 19:00 h ELS Sundowner** – networking and meeting with local colleagues at 99Hanover

  • 21:30 h dinner at Witchery by the Castle 3 course set dinner menu*


Friday, September 8, 2017


Saturday, September 9, 2017

  • 07:30 h breakfast*

  • 09:00 h pick-up by coach and departure from Springkell Castle to Edinburgh (approx.1:45 h) 2 drop-off points:

    1) Edinburgh Airport (departures)

    2) Hotel The Place (Edinburgh central)

  • Departure from Edinburgh (attendees‘ own arrangement/expense)

*included in registration fee, attendees have to pay tip/drinks/service charge

** pre-selected drinks (2 per attendee)

*** rooms in Springkell Castle are limited and will be awarded on a first-come-first-serve basis, no guarantee that the room will be in the castle but it can also be in a cottage on the castle estate



For enquiries, please, send an e-mail to

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ELS will contact you upon registration and make sure that the room reservation for Edinburgh is transferred to you. A detailed program and updates thereof will be sent out by e-mail to your registered e-mail address before the ELS Delegation Trip. If you wish to invite others to the ELS Sundowner or if you have allergies or food intolerances to be respected for the dinners during the event, please, send an e-mail to


The registration fee includes (per person): transportation by coach frem/to Edinbutgh to/from Springkell, dinner* / 1 night / breakfast* / clay pigeon shooting / Whiskey tasting at Springkell Castle, meetings on 07.09.2017, 2 drinks per attendee at the ELS Sundowner, a 3-courses set menu* at The Witchery in Edinburgh, admission to Edinburgh Gin Distillery and 1 sample, admission to Tartan Weaving Mill.

*included in registration fee, however attendees have to pay tip/drinks/service charge


During the 2 days session (7th - 8th September 2017) ELS provides a training for intellectual property practictions in the fields of

  • current case law, particularly in trademark, design and patent litigation

  • perspectives of the Unified Patent Court and the Unitary Patent System to be established

  • strategies of attack & defense in patent infringement matters

  • impending introduction of EU certification marks

  • IP portfolio management strategies

  • impact of Brexit on EU protective rights and cross-border litigation

  • developments of the European Unitary Patent