This workshop will explore in depth how IP, regulatory and competition law can affect parallel trade in the pharmaceutical industry. Through interactive case studies, it will provide insight into the potential competition law issues raised by strategies to manage parallel trade, the use of trade mark and patent rights to prevent the sale of repackaged parallel imports, and how regulatory notifications can be monitored to assess risk.

Understand the legal framework regulating parallel trade of pharmaceuticals
Participate in interactive case studies considering common competition law and IP issues
Analyse the risks of parallel trade management strategies

Heads, General Managers, Executives involved in:


• International Trade and Relations
• Supply Chain Development – Brexit
• Brexit Implementation
• Market Access
• Supply Chain Manager
• Parallel trade reporting
• Regulatory Affairs
• IP
• Purchasing
• Policy Patent Operations
• European Affairs
• Supply and Demand
• Attorney
• Distribution

Workshop programme

13:30 Registration & Coffee

14:10 Case study 1: Competition law and management strategies

•Legal principles - Articles 101/102 TFEU and case law
•Quota systems and potential risks
•Agency (direct to pharmacy/hospital) systems and potential risks
•Other competition risks and red flags

John Schmidt

John Schmidt, Partner, Arnold and Porter
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Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz San Martin, Partner, Arnold & Porter
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14:50 Case study 2: Trade mark exhaustion and repackaging

•Legal principles - trade mark exhaustion
•BMS conditions - when and how can goods be repackaged?
•Consent to sale of goods in the EEA - what about related and group companies?

John Schmidt

John Schmidt, Partner, Arnold and Porter
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Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz San Martin, Partner, Arnold & Porter
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15:20 Afternoon Tea

15:50 Case Study 3: SPC Waiver and Brexit Implications

 • SPC Waiver - how does it work?
• Brexit implications - what happens to SPC Waiver in a “no deal” situation?

John Schmidt

John Schmidt, Partner, Arnold and Porter
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Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz San Martin, Partner, Arnold & Porter
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17:30 Closing Remarks and End of Workshop

John Schmidt

John Schmidt, Partner, Arnold and Porter
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Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz San Martin, Partner, Arnold & Porter
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Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz San Martin

Partner, Arnold & Porter
John Schmidt

John Schmidt

Partner, Arnold and Porter

Beatriz San Martin

Partner, Arnold & Porter
Beatriz San Martin

Beatriz has significant intellectual property experience handling cases before the UK Courts and the CJEU, including high-profile European litigation. In addition to her patent and SPC experience, she also counsels on and litigates other IP rights including copyright, trademark, passing off, design rights, database rights and confidential information. Her cases have involved a wide range of technologies including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, agrochemicals, insulation products, software, medical imaging and mosquito nets.

John Schmidt

Partner, Arnold and Porter
John Schmidt

John Schmidt leads the UK Competition team in London. He has more than two decades of experience dealing with competition authorities and courts in the UK and the EU and regularly advises on complex competition conduct issues, investigations, litigation, and merger cases. He is dual-qualified in the UK and Germany and has a particular focus on the life sciences, consumer goods, finance, and infrastructure sectors.

Mr. Schmidt has extensive experience advising pharmaceutical and medical device companies on pricing matters, including a number of reverse payment patent settlement cases both at the EU and UK level. A significant recent success involved a no grounds for action case closure for Teva Pharmaceuticals in the CMA's investigation into paroxetine after a statement of objections, a supplemental statement of objections, and two oral hearings. He is currently involved in a number of CMA investigations in the pharma sector.

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CPD stands for Continuing Professional Development’. It is essentially a philosophy, which maintains that in order to be effective, learning should be organised and structured. The most common definition is:

‘A commitment to structured skills and knowledge enhancement for Personal or Professional competence’

CPD is a common requirement of individual membership with professional bodies and Institutes. Increasingly, employers also expect their staff to undertake regular CPD activities.

Undertaken over a period of time, CPD ensures that educational qualifications do not become obsolete, and allows for best practice and professional standards to be upheld.

CPD can be undertaken through a variety of learning activities including instructor led training courses, seminars and conferences, e:learning modules or structured reading.


There are approximately 470 institutes in the UK across all industry sectors, with a collective membership of circa 4 million professionals, and they all expect their members to undertake CPD.

For some institutes undertaking CPD is mandatory e.g. accountancy and law, and linked to a licence to practice, for others it’s obligatory. By ensuring that their members undertake CPD, the professional bodies seek to ensure that professional standards, legislative awareness and ethical practices are maintained.

CPD Schemes often run over the period of a year and the institutes generally provide online tools for their members to record and reflect on their CPD activities.


Professional bodies and Institutes CPD schemes are either structured as ‘Input’ or ‘Output’ based.

‘Input’ based schemes list a precise number of CPD hours that individuals must achieve within a given time period. These schemes can also use different ‘currencies’ such as points, merits, units or credits, where an individual must accumulate the number required. These currencies are usually based on time i.e. 1 CPD point = 1 hour of learning.

‘Output’ based schemes are learner centred. They require individuals to set learning goals that align to professional competencies, or personal development objectives. These schemes also list different ways to achieve the learning goals e.g. training courses, seminars or e:learning, which enables an individual to complete their CPD through their preferred mode of learning.

The majority of Input and Output based schemes actively encourage individuals to seek appropriate CPD activities independently.

As a formal provider of CPD certified activities, SMI Group can provide an indication of the learning benefit gained and the typical completion. However, it is ultimately the responsibility of the delegate to evaluate their learning, and record it correctly in line with their professional body’s or employers requirements.


Increasingly, international and emerging markets are ‘professionalising’ their workforces and looking to the UK to benchmark educational standards. The undertaking of CPD is now increasingly expected of any individual employed within today’s global marketplace.

CPD Certificates

We can provide a certificate for all our accredited events. To request a CPD certificate for a conference , workshop, master classes you have attended please email events@smi-online.co.uk

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