Speakers' BioProgramme


Public CPD Points: 10.5
Practice Area: Intellectual Property
Training Category: Advanced  

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27 AUG 2019 | Tuesday
8.00am – 9.00am Registration, Networking and Morning Coffee

9.00am – 9.10am

Welcome Address

Daren Tang
Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

9.10am – 9.25am

Opening Address by the Guest of Honour 

Chan Chun Sing
Minister for Trade and Industry

9.25am – 10.00am


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10.00am – 10.30am

Networking Tea Break

10.30am – 11.45am

Plenary 1 – Beyond Regulations: IP Offices for the Future 

Unprecedented technological advances in the last decade have intensified global competition for innovation. Countries all over the world are investing heavily into innovation. Global R&D expenditure reached an all-time high of US$1.7 trillion in 2017. The demand for IP protection and commercialisation have surpassed the rate of global economic growth. In staying ahead of the curve, IP offices face the challenge of ensuring that their policies and expertise are in pace with the unparalleled technological revolution seen in the last decade. This plenary examines how IP offices of today could better support innovation and enterprise growth through bold transformations in the 21st century.



11.45am – 1.00pm

Plenary 2 – Collaboration amongst Innovation Hubs: A Win-Win or Zero-Sum Game? 

Innovation is the new driving force of economic growth. Yet, no single economy can drive innovation by itself today. Regardless of the origin of innovation, taking an idea to the market often require cooperation beyond geographical borders. By 2030, collaboration in innovation is predicted to contribute up to a quarter of business revenue. The supply chain of global innovation is no longer confined to specific regions or countries. More than ever, it is imperative for innovation hubs to connect, collaborate and commercialise their R&D. This plenary would examine the rise of innovation hubs around the world, and explore the importance of global cooperation in innovation.



1.00pm – 2.30pm

Networking Lunch

2.30pm – 4.00pm

Legal Track Panel 1A –

AI: Disrupting or Advancing IP?

Artificial intelligence (AI) is the driving force that has had a staggering impact on the world in the era of Industry 4.0. Since 2013, the share of jobs requiring AI skills has increased by more than four-fold. AI is expected to raise global GDP by 15 percent in the next decade. Whilst AI has powered innovations and transformed the way we work and live, it poses unique challenges on the traditional application of IP laws. This panel will examine the impact that developments in AI has on IP law and policies, and explore how innovators may leverage on IP rights to protect AI innovations.



Business Track Panel 1B –

Emerging Markets: The Innovation and IP Playbook

As emerging markets expand their footprints in the global economy, the forces driving their economic growth have changed. Emerging markets have embraced the use of technology, and become global market innovators in various fields. As of 2017, more than 40 percent of the world’s new patent applications came from emerging economies, with China leading the charge at close to 1.4 million applications filed, twice the amount received by the United States. Even as opportunities abound, challenges remain for innovative enterprises seeking to expand their business in emerging economies. This panel of speakers will shed light on how investors and businesses may achieve success in emerging markets through the deployment of a good set of IP and innovation strategies.



4.00pm – 4.30pm

Networking Tea Break

4.30pm – 6.00pm

Legal Track Panel 2A –

Standard Essential Patents: A “FRAND” or Foe?

In a world where Internet of Things (IoT) technologies are rapidly developing, standards play a critical role in allowing interoperability and increasing consumer choices. There are today thousands of standard essential patents (SEPs) filed with Standard Setting Organisations (SSOs). Yet, as more SEPs are being declared, there has been intensive debates over the conundrum that SEPs pose between innovation, competitiveness and growth. This panel seeks to explore how SEP owners may strike a balance between innovation and fair competition, and how licensing issues for SEPs might be more efficiently resolved.



Business Track Panel 2B –

Capitalising on the Intangible Economy: Are We Ready for It?

Riding on the global shift towards a knowledge-based economy, intangible assets (IA) are becoming increasingly vital for enterprise growth. Today, more than half the value of the global economy is in intangible assets such as data and IP. Yet, unlike tangible assets, the management and use of intangibles, as well as its valuation, remain a challenge. Are we pricing our brands right? Do we need to insure our ideas? This panel will examine how the global economy might ready itself for a market that is increasingly powered by intangible assets with novel tools and policies.



6.30pm – 8.30pm

Dinner Extravaganza
Special Highlights - Jazz Recital by IPOS’ Chief Executive Daren Tang and WIPO Singapore Office’s Candra Darusman

28 AUG 2019 | Wednesday

8.00am – 9.00am

Registration, Networking and Morning Coffee

9.00am – 10.30am

Plenary 3 – The Asian Century: Powering Growth with Innovation

Asia has emerged as a leading innovation hot spot. Asian companies now invest four times more in R&D as compared to a decade ago. The region also accounts for around two-thirds of global IP filings. Four of the world’s top ten most innovative companies are Asian. This plenary takes a leaf out of the experience of top innovative Asian companies, and explores how innovation, whilst not without its challenges, may power enterprise growth and help take businesses to the next level.



10.30am – 11.00am

Networking Tea Break

11.00am – 12.30pm

Legal Track Panel 3A -

Judges Panel

In the area of IP law, judges are often confronted with difficult cases requiring them to balance many different competing interests. In this session, the learned Judges will be discussing the following key issues: (1) copyright: does the “first sale doctrine” apply to goods in digital format? (2) patents: what should be the test for infringement of a second medical use patent? (3) trade marks: in order to obtain trade mark protection, is it necessary to show that consumers rely on that trade mark as a badge of origin, or is it sufficient to demonstrate that consumers associate the trade mark with a particular source? The Judges will discuss these issues in the context of a recent judgment from each of their jurisdictions.

Judge Cen will also be talking about the new IP Court of China’s Supreme People’s Court (established on 1 January 2019), as well as the court’s first decision in Valeo Systemes d’Essuyage v Xiamen Lukasi Car Accessories CO & Another (27 March 2019)



Business Track Panel 3B - 

Designs as the New Driver for Business Growth

From world leading enterprises to disruptive start-ups, businesses across all fields are harnessing the power of designs and brands to stay ahead. Global brand value has amounted to US$5.9 trillion in 2018, twice that a decade ago. In such a competitive market, companies that have invested in designs have found a 20 times growth in revenue for every dollar invested. What are the challenges facing design focused companies as they use their designs and brand for business growth? Join us as our panel speakers share their success stories on how investments into their designs and brands have given their businesses a competitive edge.



12.30pm – 2.00pm

Networking Lunch

2.00pm – 4.00pm

Legal Track Panel 4A - 

Inside the UK IP Enterprise Court

The UK IP Enterprise Court (“IPEC”) has seen notable success in providing an efficient and effective forum for IP litigation in the UK. Through a combination of innovative features such as active case management, caps on costs and damages, early identification of issues by the judge, time limits on trials and sanctions aimed at encouraging early settlement of disputes, the IPEC has enhanced access to justice for SMEs in IP disputes in the UK.

In this session, His Honour Douglas Campbell QC, Deputy Judge, will preside over a roleplay to demonstrate areas where IPEC practice differs from conventional litigation. Attendees will gain a first hand appreciation of the salient features of the IPEC, and enjoy the rare opportunity to pose questions to his Honour at the end of the roleplay.




Business Track Panel 4B - 

Lessons on the Road to IP Monetisation

What enterprises want to achieve ultimately is to commercialise their IP and gain sustainable revenue. However, the road to IP monetisation is full of surprising twists and turns, with obstacles along the way. Our panel of speakers across an SME, LLE, MNC and IP strategy firm share experiences from their own journey in creating valuable assets. What pitfalls have they avoided? Are there "tricks of the trade" in deploying, licensing or selling IP? How about their biggest realisations on IP monetisation? Discover how business owners have made their IP "work smart" for them against global competition.



4.00pm – 5.30pm

Closing Reception

End of Event

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