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Draft Programme

08:00 - 08:45
Breakfast & Registration

08:45 - 09:00
Welcome and Introduction
Stephen Jones, CIPA President

09:00 - 09:30
Keynote Speech
Sir Colin Birss, Judge at the Patents Court

09:30 - 10:30 ~  
Chair: Belinda Gascoyne, IBM
Speakers:
Nigel Swycher, Aistemos
John Bambridge, European Patent Office


Will AI run the patent system?

Computers are getting more powerful and more clever. AI allows computers to think for themselves. Are computers going to be able to do all the jobs we now do? Will AI be able to take over those back office functions which have not already been automated? Given a description of an invention, could AI do a search, draft an application, examine the application, grant a patent and litigate the patent? If so, do we need patent offices or patent attorneys?

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10:30 - 11:00 ~ 
Tea/Coffee Break

11:00 - 12:00 ~ 
Chair: Alex Brodie, Gowling WLG
Speakers: 

Ettie-Ann Alder, Ericsson
Max Olofsson, Avanci





12:00 - 13:00 ~ 
Chair: Matthew Critten, Abel & Imray
Speakers: 

Simon Wright, J A Kemp
Jonathan Sage, IBM


Licensing and litigation standards - essential patents

Over the past 10-15 years no patent-related topic has occupied the courts and regulators around the world more than standard-essential patents, as all aspects of modern life become increasingly connected.  The licensing and litigation of SEPs has thrown up novel legal concepts as well as knotty issues where competition law abuts patent law.  The seminal UK judgment in Unwired Planet has resulted in the English courts being an attractive choice for those seeking to resolve their SEP disputes in a single forum.  Congress 2018 will address some of the issues arising from Unwired Planet, perhaps also by the date of Congress benefitting from the Court of Appeal ruling as the matter goes on appeal in May 2018.  Congress will also review some of the key decisions from elsewhere in Europe and across the globe as SEP licensing is invariably conducted on a global scale.  A highly-experienced panel will debate some of the key issues, drawing on substantial experience from both in-house and corporate perspectives.

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Restricting protection of inventions and ideas - are ethics really relevant in IP?

Are changes to how we live and work reflected in the framework we currently use for IP protection? Does that framework support (or curtail) how a client might choose to innovate or commercialise?

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13:00 - 14:00 ~ 
Lunch

14:00 - 15:15 ~ 
Chair: Chris Mercer, CIPA Honorary Secretary
Speakers: 
David Humphries, Intellectual Property Office
Ludmila Striukova, SKEMA Business School

Thierry Rayna, École Polytechnique
Alexandra Jones, Victoria & Albert Museum

15:15 - 16:00 ~ 
Chair: Stephen Jones, CIPA President
Speakers: 

Alasdair Poore, Mills & Reeve LLP
David Musker, Maucher Jenkins

3D Printing

The IPO has commissioned socio-legal research on the relationship between 3D printing and intellectual property (IP) at the current point in time and in potential future scenarios, through the use of horizon-scanning methods in six countries - China, France, India, Russia, Singapore and the UK - to build a rich picture comprising both developed and emerging economies. The report will be published in the near future. This session includes presentations by two of the authors of that report. There will also be discussions of the implications for IP Offices, IP Practitioners and on the impact of 3D printing on the museum sector. 

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Designed to fail?

With several recent cases (including Trunki) having failed because of inadequacies in the design application, Patent Attorneys should be well equipped to serve clients and help them obtain the best protection available

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16:00 - 16:30 ~ 
Tea/Coffee Break

16:30 - 17:15 ~ 

Chair: Sean Dennehey CBE, Consultant

Hot Topics

There's plenty of action on the IP front this year and this "Hot Topics" session will give us the ability to bring you the latest and most relevant IP topics.

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17:15 - 17:30 
Closing Remarks
Julia Florence, CIPA Vice President
  

17:30 - 19:00                        

IP Inclusive Networking Drinks

Join us alongside IP Inclusive directly after CIPA Congress this year for the IP Inclusive Networking Drinks reception.

This event will now focus on IP Inclusive's BAME support network, IP& ME.  In the run-up to Black History Month, we're delighted to welcome Daniel Alexander QC from 8 New Square who will speak on ethnic diversity at the IP bar.  There will also be plenty of opportunity to learn more about IP & ME and about IP Inclusive more generally, and of course to catch up with old friends and meet some new ones as well. 

Please note that a dinner will take place after Congress this year. For more information or to book your place please visit the Congress Dinner 2018 booking page

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