European Intellectual Property Conference, Patents & Trademarks
For its 9th edition, the IP Summit is back to Brussels (Hotel Steigenberger) on December 4 and 5
2014, hotspot for a 360° birds eye view on the main Intellectual Property issues. Indeed, the newly elected
European Commission will have to define its new IP strategy and strengthen the IP infrastructure in Europe. Again in 2014, the IP Summit will be a unique opportunity to meet decision-makers and industry leaders and share views on the IP future in Europe and beyond.
IP AGE - After a century-long industrial revolution, and a few decades-long rise of a services economy, the world has swiftly
shifted into a knowledge era. This era has started with innovation at a pace and in proportions never seen before, and drives the increasing importance of intangibles on the
sheets, in international trade, in States productivity. In other terms, the new rules of global competition.
Modelled on the 3D printing topic, which raises several questions on its protection, the IP Summit 2014 will broach subjects as various as
Patents, Trademarks and
Copyright. Two days will not be enough to deal with the importance of IP in the boardroom on the one hand and the future IP guidelines in Europe on the other hand.
For the Patents part, the IP Summit 2014 will try to answer the last questions before the Unitary Patent (and the Unified Patent Court) comes into force. Indeed, some important questions should still find an adequate and effective answer. Will be tackled as well: new patents challenges, competition issues, patents strategies as well as topics related to life sciences, notably seeds patenting.
Regarding Trademarks, the focus will be on the new challenges that Trademarks have to face such as counterfeiting, filing issues and plain packaging... Strategies brought by the launch of the gTLDs have changed and still have to be understood. The European reforms will be of course part of the Trademarks programme.
For the Copyright part, the Svensson decision has clearly set up a new deal. Indeed, if the ECJ decision was very awaited, this latter has also raised new questions for Copyright practitioners. As several countries are discussing the future of their Copyright law, reforms are in progress. The
innovation and litigation sides will be also tackled during the yearly sought-after IP Summit 2014.
With a mix of keynote speeches, plenary sessions and workshops, these two days aim at discussing, with high level corporate and business professionals from the industry and representatives of competent public authorities, major and recent IP evolutions.
COPYRIGHT? What is the best method to protect novel features where innovation
involves patentable technology, artistic copyright and design. The above
vessel benefits from all three plus trademark protection, but how can a
small entity or sole trader afford such protection. Copyright is free and
lasts for the life of the artist + 50 years, design registration only
lasts 6 years and patents are disproportionally expensive with a short
life of 20 years. Considering the cost of development of disruptive technology, and there is almost no chance of the inventor seeing any
return whatsoever from his disclosure. A fairer way could be to grant a
patent to the inventor
on the basis of an application and processing fee in the usual way, but
then no fees after that until the invention goes into production with the
benefit of a bona fide licence from the proprietor. The patent would not expire in 20 years.
The 20 year countdown would begin from the manufacturing date. If the
majority of countries were agreeable to such modification of international
patent law, then the time for claw-back from the patent could be subject
to a sensible reduction, to say 10 years from the date of sale to
customers. The British patent
relating to the above vessel was published on the 17th
of September 2014.
THE IP ECONOMY
Two days will be necessary to tackle all the key issues: with a mix of keynote speeches, plenary sessions and workshops, this three-day-conference aims at
discussing major recent evolutions, actions, and ongoing reforms - with
the help of high level speakers from many organisations.
4 and Friday 5 December 2014
Schedule: Day One from 9.00 am to
6.00 pm - Day Two from 9.00
am to 5.00 pm
4 December: Morning Workshops
NEW TRADEMARKS CHALLENGES
NEW PATENTS CHALLENGES
COPYRIGHT LEGAL CHALLENGES
Hard Time for Unconventional Trademarks
IP & Pharma, an Explosive Combination
Reviewing the EU legal framework
Genuine Use of a Mark
- 3.B. Focus on 3D Printing
4 December: Afternoon Workshops
DOMAIN NAMES & INTERNET
PATENTS & COMPETITION
COPYRIGHT & INNOVATION
Latest Development on gTLDs
at a Cross-Road
The evolution of fair use
Brand Protection in gTLDs Era
Standards & FRAND
Collective Mngt & Cross-border Licensing
IP Issues in New Media
Patent Pools & Consortia
Public performance doctrine
5 December: Morning Plenaries
· 2 Plenary Sessions on the Unitary Patent and the
Unified Patent Court
·2 Plenary Sessions on Trademarks
5 December: Morning Workshops
NEW TRADEMARKS ISSUES
NEW LIFE SCIENCES ISSUES
COPYRIGHT & LITIGATION
Plain Packaging: No smoke without Fire
Stem Cells Patenting
Piracy & Counterfeiting
Patents on Seeds
Litigation Perspectives - Online Infringements
5 December: Afternoon Workshops
Rational Practices for Global Companies
Focus on China
Adaptation Rights issues
of the art Wartsila diesel engine for oil tankers and cruise liners may
soon (in the next 20 years) become an outdated technology as solar and wind powered vessels
become economically viable due to clean air laws.
3 Keynote Speeches
6 Plenary Sessions
CEO Rockstar Consortium
Chief IP Officer Nokia
Chief Financial Officer Yahoo!
VP, Patents, Software & Services IP Licensing IBM
Senior Executive Vice-President, General Manager IP Solvay
Executive Vice-President, Licensing & Technical Knowledge Solvay
Chief Executive Officer The Royalty Exchange
Russell L. Stein
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer Intellectual Ventures
Global Head of Corporate Finance SEB Skandinaviska Enskilda Banken
John C. Lindgren
President & Chief Executive Officer Conversant IP
Edward G. Black
Partner Ropes & Gray LLP
Vikas M. Keswani
Managing Director Highbridge Principal Strategies, LLC
Managing Partner Insight Partners
Jorge M. Torres
Founder Torres Venture Law Group LLC
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