Global Forum on IP

Join senior business leaders, policy makers, heads of IP Offices, lawyers and academics as they discuss and debate over cutting edge issues surrounding IP and the innovation cycle.

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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.


  • Daren Tang, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore

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.


  • Professor Daryl Lim, Professor of Law & Director, Center for Intellectual Property, Information and Privacy Law, John Marshall Law School


  • Sun Jungong, Vice President, Alibaba Group and Head, Alibaba IP Research Institute, Alibaba Group

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.


  • Audrey Yap, Partner, Yusarn Audrey

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.


  • David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore, LLP

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

28 AUG 2019 | Wednesday

8.00am – 9.00am

Registration, Networking and Morning Coffee

9.00am – 10.30am

IP Conversation

      10.30am – 11.00am

      Networking Tea Break

      11.00am – 12.30pm

      Legal Track Panel 3A

      Judges Panel


      • Judge Denny Chin, US Circuit Judge, United States of Appeals for the Second Circuit
      • Douglas Campbell QC, Deputy High Court Judge, IP Enterprise Court

        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 design in gaining an edge in a competitive market. Every dollar invested in design could lead to a 20 times growth in revenue. What are the challenges facing companies in using design as a strategy for business growth? Join us as our panel speakers share their success stories on how investments into design have given their businesses a competitive edge.


        • Ng Kok Wan, Assistant Chief Executive (Registries), IPOS


        • Jamie Lim, Regional Marketing Director, Scanteak
        • Mark Wee, Executive Director, DesignSingapore Council

        12.30pm – 2.00pm

        Networking Lunch

        2.00pm – 4.00pm

        Legal Track Panel 4A

        Inside the UK IP Enterprise Court

        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