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What was the Global Patent Congress has grown to become IP World Summit 2017.

Why? Because it now covers more approaches to IP and monetisation on a truly global scale, uncovering all key areas of Intellectual Property, from patents and trade secrets, to copyright, licensing and trademarks.

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It's more than just a conference...

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What to expect?

Now in its 11th year, IP World has grown to be the biggest IP leadership-level event of its kind and will feature a mix of thought provoking, practical sessions, in-depth case studies, and exclusive keynote speeches led by industry leaders, including Microsoft USA’s VP & Chief IP Counsel and LG Electronics’ VP of Intellectual Property, speaking at IP World Summit for the first time. Collectively these sessions will cover all aspects of IP strategies and patents, all under one roof.

Expect more of a focus on global strategy for leveraging and protecting your IP portfolio this year, with over 60 expert speakers representing over 20 countries across Europe, the USA, China and more.

Also, don’t miss out on the innovative networking opportunities within the exhibition space, at our drinks receptions, and during patent bingo, with IP leaders attending from a huge mix of sectors.


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At this year's summit hear first-hand experiences from users of IP administration and analytics tools at our Case Study Demo Drive, and get involved in discussions led by industry leaders around a range of IP issues within a number of interactive sessions including panel and armchair discussions.

Here are some of the key topics to be addressed this year...

Intellectual Property in China

In previous years we’ve seen and discussed the difficulties faced by foreign brands in IP enforcement procedures. So, last year, French Lawyer Paul Ranjard, based in China for the past 20 years, discussed with us how China specifically, had been making progress and paying special attention to the improvement of their procedures.

This included how the EU and China launched IP Key in 2013, which focused on facilitating the development of an IPR framework that is increasingly effective, fair, transparent, and based on international best practices.

Ranjard said: ‘An overall judicial reform is also being implemented and the Supreme People’s Court has created a centre in Beijing which is focusing on the role of case law, a move that is bound to progressively bring China in line with international practice.’

This year’s conference will look at ‘where is the next China’ with an update on case law and IP strategy in the current landscape.

Brexit and the UPC

Last year covered the Brexit debate and what it could mean for the UPC. Kevin Mooney, Chairman of Drafting Committee for the Rules of Procedure at the UPC, discussed how different legal opinions had emerged around how non-EU members cannot be a part of the UPC.

It was thought that the UPC would be less attractive to industry as UK lawyers and judges would not participate, and will also make it less valuable.

‘This is a project which we’ve been trying for 40 years to set up. The UK’s ratification is paramount in ensuring the UPC’s success and a stepping stone in providing the option for non-EU countries to participate.’

We have since learnt that the UK will ratify the agreement, and moreover, a focus at this year’s conference will be on how the new Unified Patent Courts will work and the impact of Brexit.

A UPC and potential implications

2014 was the year that began discussions around UPC agreements. Europe wanted to establish a centralized patent court, with the intention to provide a legally predictable, cost and time effective pan-European litigation system, in which a single court decision may, for example, provide an injunction effective in all UPC states. But as with many proposals, there are opposing beliefs and the need for compromise.

Concerns were raised by the pharmaceutical industry about the risk of litigating patents with high commercial value in a non-tested new court system by potentially ‘inexperienced’ judges and the risk of losing the ‘crown-jewel’ patent in all UPC states by a single court decision. It was believed that innovating pharmaceutical companies might find it more attractive to ‘opt-out’ from the UPC.

Thus, in the proposed year for the UPC to take effect, we look at aspects of the UPC strategy, how to prepare for them, and last minute opt-in opt-out advice.

Latest developments in European patent enforcement

Last year, Heli Pihlajamaa from the EPO provided insight on the developments in patent enforcement, and what she regarded as the most important element; the expansion of the Early Certainty Programme.

‘The EPO is using its resources more efficiently to tackle the backlogs in examination and to shorten the duration of the opposition proceedings to 15 months in average.’

In 2014 the goal was to issue all search reports within 6 months from the date the examiner receives the file, which has been achieved. ‘Now, mainly internal changes have been made in the EPO workflows to get the decision in opposition taken on average within 15 months’.

Heli said that the EPO’s IP approach will lead to more active and real-time communication with the users in 2017.


Amsterdam is the headquarters to a number of multinational companies, including Philips and TomTom, both of which have representatives attending this year. It's ranked second in the world by the EPO for its European patent applications.

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