IP WEEK @ SG 2017 IS BACK!
IP Week @ SG 2017 is happening on 29 – 30 August at Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Centre. Themed “Ideas to Assets – Driving the Future Economy with Intellectual Property”, the event expects over 1,500 attendees from more than 30 countries. It is Asia’s premier IP conference for the innovation community to celebrate, network and collaborate.
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29 AUGUST 2017
Registration, Networking and Morning Coffee
Chief Executive Officer, IPOS
Chairman, Board of Directors, IP Academy
Opening Address by the Guest of Honour
Minister for Home Affairs and Law
WIPO-IPOS IP Awards
Morning Networking Tea Break
Plenary 1 – Ideas to Assets: Driving the Future Economy with Intellectual Property
The engines of growth in the Future Economy will depend on morphing ideas into valuable assets, and Intellectual Property will play an important role. This segment will have DGs of the various IP offices share their views and plans for their countries, and to speak on the evolution of the role of IP Offices to meet the needs of future economies.
Plenary 2 – IP & Innovation: Disrupt or Be Disrupted in the Future Economy
Business disruption has become the norm with the environment of accelerating change and ever deepening complexity. Technological advancements and globalisation have resulted in companies needing to disrupt internally before they get disrupted by other companies. The speakers on this panel will share their experiences and insights on how these disruptions have affected their businesses as well as how they approach the next curve.
Panel 1A – A Shift to the Left; A Nod to the Right: Copyright’s Response to Technological Disruption
Technological disruptions appear to be empowering individual creators to drive users to, and create audiences for, their works, to the disadvantage of corporate copyright owners. Proposed changes to the Singapore copyright regime are indicating a “shift to the left”: a refocus on authorial attribution and strengthening the exclusive rights of individual creators. To which jurisdictions can Singapore legislators look to for bright lines in balancing current practical realities with the future-proofing of legislative provisions? Are there possibilities for the fundamentals of copyright protection to evolve? Our distinguished speakers weigh in on the challenges facing copyright in the face of increasingly faster disruptions.
Panel 1B – Made in Singapore – A Vision or A Dream?
In the current economy where competition is stiff and time-to-market is shortened, innovation and value creation is everything. Globally successful companies not only need to respond quicker to market needs, but also look ahead to anticipate future trends. What should Singapore companies do to stand out from the pack and establish ourselves in the global market? What are the multitude of issues that Singapore companies need to consider while venturing abroad? How should Singapore companies align their IP strategies with their business strategies to capture greater value from their innovative solutions?
Join us as our eminent speakers from the hospitality, tech and engineering industries, as well as the start-up community share their perspectives on continual need to innovate in order to realise their “Made in Singapore” visions.
Afternoon Networking Tea Break
Panel 2A – Keeping Your Secrets Secret! – A Review of Legislative Solutions for the Protection of Trade Secrets
Trade secret protection is a particularly nebulous area of IP law. Trade secrets are not disclosed to the world at large and must be protected from competitors by instituting special procedures for handling them, as well as technological and legal security measures. Use of the right sort of contractual measures can also effectively continue to protect secret information. Nevertheless, Governments face increasing demand for legislative solutions for the protection of their innovative work and to preserve competitive gains. Our panel of experts will survey the legal landscape for trade secret protection in key IP jurisdictions including the US’s Defend Trade Secrets Act of 2016 and the impact in the UK from Brexit.
Panel 2B – What’s Next: How IP Operation is Driving the Knowledge Economy in China
Since 2014, China has been first in the number of patent applications worldwide. How to effectively manage these patents has become the most important issue for the Chinese government and enterprises. There are multitudes of business models such as the use of intermediaries (Non-Practicing Entities; NPEs), transaction and financing platforms, technology matching and alliances. However, majority of these cannot survive in this new economy and the Chinese government and corporate agencies are devoting large amounts of resources to manage the IP operation so as to realise the idea of “Ideas Today, Assets Tomorrow” and to maximise profits. This session also presents the opportunities such an emerging trend brings to Singapore enterprises in the Maritime Silk Road.
中国专利申请量从2014年起位列世界第一，当数量达到特定规模之后，如何有效运营并获利已经成为政府与企业最关心的议题。一些新兴的商业交易模式如中介商、交易平台、融资平台、技术媒合平台以及联盟等合纵连横模式层出不穷。然而并非所有的运营模式都能在知识经济时代成功的存活下来。从政府到企业都投入大量的资源并以活化专利运用，随着中国企业通过开放式平台创新的浪潮之下，企业应如何透过知识产权运营达到”Ideas Today, Assets Tomorrow”的目标，极大化企业利润? 此变化对于身处「一带一路」海上丝绸之路的新加坡企业又有什么启示与机会呢?
Plenary 3 – Innovation: It’s Not About Ideas. It’s About Making Ideas Happen
Innovation and creativity famously happen at boundaries, be they technological or domain-centric. The session focuses on how these companies have turned their ideas into tangibles which have then taken their companies ahead of the curve.
Plenary 4 – Judges Plenary: Do the Courts Have a Role in Encouraging Technological Advances which Are in the Public’s Interest?
In the landmark Singapore Court of Appeal decision in RecordTV Pte Ltd v MediaCorp TV Singapore Pte Ltd and others  SGCA 43 (1 December 2010), the court was confronted with “an important policy issue as to how the courts should interpret copyright legislation in the light of technological advances which have clear legitimate and beneficial uses for the public, but which may be circumscribed or stymied by expansive claims of existing copyright owners.”
As noted by the court, “[b]earing in mind that the law strives to encourage both creativity and innovation for the common good… how should the courts strike a just and fair balance between the interests of all affected stakeholders, viz, consumers, content providers as well as technology and service vendors? If the law is not clear as to whether the use of improved technology which is beneficial to society constitutes a breach of copyright, should the courts interpret legislative provisions to favour the private rights of the copyright owner or the public’s wider interests?”
Join us as our eminent jurists share their perspectives on this complex and controversial issue, and gain some insights as to how the courts in their respective jurisdictions are likely to answer these questions.
Panel 3A – IP Enterprise Court: Mock Patents Trial
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.
Justice Colin Birss, formerly the Presiding Judge in the IPEC and currently a Justice of the English High Court (Chancery Division) and Patents Court, is largely credited with the success of the IPEC.
In this session, Justice Birss will preside over a mock case management conference (“CMC”) and a mock trial for a patent infringement suit. The role play will demonstrate key areas where IPEC practice differs from the High Court at the CMC and trial stages.
Participants 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 role play.
Panel 3B – IP Financing: Time for a Sea Change?
The first well-known use of a patent as security for a loan was in the late 1880s when Thomas Edison used his patent for the incandescent electric light bulb as collateral to secure financing to start his company, the General Electric Company. Since then, many banks, lenders, capital ventures and government bodies have sought to provide IP-backed financing. Yet, this area of financing has yet to take-off and remains largely utilised only when all other options to raise loans against tangible assets have been exhausted. This is largely due to the higher risks that intangible assets carry as well as the consequent higher cost of financing that organisations bear due to their less reliable and marketable collateral. Are significant changes and new structures required to change the scene or is IP financing doomed to just be a last-ditch resort for companies? Our panel of experts will share their views.
Closing Networking Reception
*Programme and speakers are subject to change.
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