GFIP_Logo 4th Global Forum on Intellectual Property (GFIP) 2013
27-28 August 2013, Level 3, Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Begonia Ballroom, Singapore

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What is GFIP 2013?

Themed “The Changing Global Innovation Landscape: Whither IP?”, the fourth Global Forum on Intellectual Property (GFIP) is the anchor event of IP Week @ SG 2013.  The 2-day event, organised by the IP Academy, will comprise plenary sessions featuring keynote presentations by prominent IP and industry leaders in the mornings followed by breakout sessions in the afternoon.  This year, the breakout sessions will focus on IP not only in terms of the Legal arena, but also as a strategic instrument for the Business & Technology industries in this global knowledge economy.

Why attend GFIP 2013?

Since its inception in 2006, this biennial event has established itself as a premier meeting ground offering invaluable global networking opportunities for the who’s who in the IP industry to interact and connect with international counterparts.  Asia’s preferred multi-disciplinary IP event, more than 450 IP and industry leaders are expected to congregate to discuss and exchange experiences, strategies and insights on critical and cutting edge IP issues in today’s dynamic IP landscape.  As the development and exploitation of IP becomes increasingly important, why not join GFIP 2013 and learn how you can employ the right tools to exert maximum leverage from your company’s IPs!

SILE_Logo GFIP is a SILE-CPD accredited activity.

Who should attend GFIP 2013?

GFIP 2013 is tailored to the needs of:

  • IP Lawyers
  • Patent Attorneys
  • General Counsels across the Industries
  • Director of Legal Affairs/IP and Standards
  • Business Development Directors
  • Business IP Asset Managers
  • IP Consultants
  • IP Owners
  • IP Strategists
  • IP Investors
  • Policy-Makers and Regulators
  • Academics and Researchers in IP or IP-related areas

Provisional Programme*
* The Organiser reserves the right to amend or vary the provisional programme should the need arise.

Day 1 – Monday 26th August
06:00pm – 08:00pm Welcome Reception (By Invitation) – External Venue


Day 2 – Tuesday 27th August – Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Begonia Ballroom
08:00am – 09:00am Registration
08:30am – 09:30am Networking & Morning Coffee
09:30am – 09:45am Welcome Address by GFIP 2013 Chairman
Speaker: BG (NS) Tan Yih San, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
09:45am – 10:00am Opening Address by Guest-of-Honour
Speaker: Mr Teo Chee Hean, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman, National Research Foundation
10:00am – 11:00am Keynote Plenary Session 1
The Changing Global Innovation Landscape: Whither IP?

The innovation landscape is changing rapidly. The explosion of new technology, bigger investments in R&D, the development of digital and new media, the rise in the number of headline-grabbing mega transactions, litigation and contrary views that the system is broken have led to a dramatic increase in interest in IP. IP has become one of the primary energizers of today’s progress and innovation in the arts, sciences and technology.

This session offers a rare opportunity that brings leading figures in the field of intellectual property who will expound on these: What do innovation systems need to utilize IP assets to meet the challenges of today and fuel the innovations of the future? At the same time, what do innovative industries and IP policy makers have to do to take on board the escalating costs and competition, as well as the social issues of accessibility and affordability?
Moderator: Professor Geoffrey Yu, Adjunct Professor, Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy, National University of Singapore
  • Dr. Francis Gurry, Director-General, WIPO
  • Mr. Marshall Phelps, Board Member, IPXI
  • Mr. David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
11:00am – 11:30am Morning Coffee Break
11:30am – 01:00pm Plenary Session 2
Global IP Perspectives and Strategies

Today, our distinguished speakers from the USA, Europe and Asia will provide perspectives from the experiences in their own countries/organisation on the importance of IP protection, the successful initiatives that accelerate the pace of creations reaching the market, and the potential opportunities/strategies that businesses in the region could tap onto.
Moderator: Mr. Tan Tee Jim, Senior Counsel, Partner, Head of IP & Technology Department, Lee & Lee
  • Ms. Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Acting Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Mr. Hiroyuki Fukano, Special Advisor, Japan Patent Office
  • Ms. Patricia García-Escudero Márquez, Director-General, Spain Patent and Trademark Office
  • BG (NS) Tan Yih San, Chief Executive, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore
  • Ms. Toe Su Aung, President, International Trademark Association
01:00pm – 01:30pm Special Lunchtime Session: “Law, Liberty and Morality in the age of the Genome”
Venue: Cassia Ballroom Room 3206-3306
Speaker: Mr. Simon Thorley, QC
01:00pm – 02:00pm Networking Lunch
Parallel Sessions:
Legal Track
Parallel Sessions:
Business & Technology Track
02:00pm – 03:00pm Sea Change in Patent Law: Will the Tumult Continue?

The rapid changes in patent systems and principles worldwide challenges even the most experienced patent practitioner. The US has recently seen the Supreme Court take an active role in patent law reformation addressing issues of obviousness, patentable subject matter, patent exhaustion and extraterritoriality of patents. The EU is about to hatch the unitary patent and a Unified Patent Court which may considerably change the European framework for patent enforcement. Further, while litigations around the world are redefining basic tenets of design and utility patent law, emerging business models are challenging the very foundations of patent value. How should rights owners and practitioners deal with these shifting patent legal foundations?
The IP Market Place: IP for Sale! Where and Who are the Buyers?

From auctions to bankruptcy liquidations, IP portfolio sales have made headlines. But other than a few spectacular successes, IP market places are floundering. Just setting up an IP market does not mean buyers will come. Our distinguished speakers will introduce market place models that may be more successful and will discuss schemes for developing and maintaining such market places. They will also discuss and debate the pitfalls with the purchase of IP rights and patent actions purely for litigation purposes.
Moderator: Mr. Daniel Collopy, Special Counsel, Sprusons & Ferguson
  • Mr. David Kappos, Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP
  • Dr. Stanley Lai, Senior Counsel, Partner, Head of IP Practice, Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert
Moderator: Ms. Audrey Yap, Managing Partner, Yusarn Audrey
  • Mr. Mark Blaxill, Managing Partner, 3LP Advisors, LLC
  • BG (NS) Philip Lim, Chief Executive Officer, Exploit Technologies Pte Ltd
  • Ms. Suzanne Harrison, Co-Founder and Principal, Percipience LLC
03:00pm – 04:00pm Copyright in the 21st Century: The End of Copyright as We Know It?

Online e-news and e-magazines are replacing traditional newspapers and magazines. Streaming audio and video and e-books are replacing disc, film and book content distribution channels. Further, online gaming and virtual online worlds are pushing the boundaries of a user’s experience. Can copyright protection keep pace in this virtual world replacement of traditional media presentation, compilation and distribution models? Or is the way forward already in place – will the UK Digital Copyright exchange for rights clearance and ownership information cure all of the problems of Copyright in the 21st century? Our distinguished speakers will present a review of how the law of copyrights is addressing these changes and strategies for copyright owners to keep pace with the 21st century evolution in copyright law.
IP Valuation, Financing and Taxation: Getting more Bang for Your Buck

Following the global financial meltdown, commercial, investment and lending institutions are hesitant to collateralize IP assets without credible IP valuation. So, enter the world of IP valuation, financing and taxation with our distinguished speakers as your guides. They are pioneers in the field and will provide both the novice and the expert with valuable insights, strategies and mechanisms to maximize IP collateralization.
Moderator: Associate Professor Anilkumar K Samtani, Division of Business Law, College of Business (Nanyang Business School)
  • Judicial Commissioner George Wei, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Associate Professor Christophe Geiger, Director General of Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies, University of Strasbourg
  • Mr. Ang Kwee Tiang, Regional Director, IFPI Asian Regional Office
Moderator: Dr. Ivan Png, Lim Kim San Professor, Professor of Economics and Information Systems, School of Business, National University of Singapore
  • Mr. Weston Anson, Chairman, CONSOR
  • Mr. Keoy Soo Earn, Partner & Leader, M&A and Valuation Advisory, Deloitte Southeast Asia
  • Professor Gordon V. Smith, Distinguished Professor of IP Management, University of New Hampshire School of Law, President, AUS Consultants/RoyaltySource
04:00pm – 04:30pm Afternoon Tea Break
04:30pm – 05:30pm The New Frontiers of Trade Mark Protection in the Global Economy

Non traditional marks. Dilution. Plain Packaging. Geographical indications and famous trade marks. Luxury Marks. Trade mark Functionality and Use. These and other areas developing on the frontier of trade mark protection show that the law of trade marks is keeping pace with technological and other developments as well as with the growth of a global marketplace. Our distinguished speakers in the trademarks field will provide a review of these changes, and address and debate the challenges that trade mark owners and competitors have to face as because of these changes in the traditional approach to trade mark rights.
Winning IP Strategies using Open Innovation

Open Innovation (OI) involves using internal and external ideas or IP resources for technology and product development in order to accelerate innovation and generate value for an organisation. The challenge is how to address intellectual property issues when external resources are used to develop IP assets for an organisation. Our distinguished speakers will introduce the audience to open innovation, discuss the strategies and implementation plans for successful open innovation, and debate the pros and cons of public versus private open innovation modes.
Moderator: Denis Croze, Director, WIPO Office in Singapore (Asia-Pacific)
  • Professor Ng-Loy Wee Loon, Professor of Law, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
  • Mr. Mayank Vaid, Intellectual Property Director, Asia Pacific, LVMH Fashion Group Pacific Ltd
  • Mr Alban Kang, Managing Partner, ATMD Bird & Bird
Moderator: Professor Low Teck Seng, Chief Executive Officer, National Research Foundation
  • Ms. Eloise Maki, Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, 3M Innovative Properties Company
  • Dr. Ting Choon Meng, Chief Executive Officer, HealthStats International
  • Professor Hang Chang Chieh, Executive Director, Institute for Engineering Leadership, Head of Division of Engineering & Technology Management, National University of Singapore
05:30pm – 06:30pm Looking Beyond the Horizon in Pharmaceutical and Biotech

Government grants of monopolies to developers of life-saving drugs, diagnostic techniques and medical treatments clash with public policy to allow equal access to these drugs, techniques and treatments. Battles are being fought in the courtroom and in government offices for controlled or open market access. Pharmaceutical patents are under threat from compulsory licensing in India, Thailand and Indonesia. Complex policy , legal and ethical issues surround IP protection for pharmaceuticals and life forms. With these competing concerns in mind, our distinguished speakers will provide unique perspectives on how these counter-interests may be balanced.
Collaborative Economy: R&D, Patent Pools and More in Technology Transfer

The cost of research and development has exponentially soared as the rate of technological progress has increased. Whether it is cross-licensing, joint development, outsourcing, technology transfer or joint ventures, collaborative frameworks must be carefully considered to reduce IP contamination and loss of IP control. Our distinguished speakers will provide insights on the practice of establishing and working within collaborative frameworks from public sector and private sector viewpoints. Notably, they will provide the audience with an overview of areas of concern as well as tactics for successful transfer or collaboration.
Moderator: Associate Professor Hsu Locknie, Singapore Management University
  • Professor Andrew Christie, Chair of Intellectual Property, University of Melbourne Law School
  • Mr Gary Zhang, Partner & President, China Sinda Intellectual Property
  • Dr. Peter Dolan, Head of Patents Support, Sanofi
Moderator: Dr Lily Chan, Chief Executive Officer, NUS Enterprise Centre
  • Professor Liu Shang-Jyh, Professor of Law, National Chiao Tung University
  • Dr. Jim Henderson, Chief Operating Officer, NewSouth Innovations
  • Mr. Suresan Sachithananthan, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal), General Counsel, A*STAR
07:00pm – 09:00pm Gala Dinner
End of Day 2


Day 3 – Wednesday 28th August – Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center, Begonia Ballroom
08:00am – 09:00am Registration
08:30am – 09:30am Networking & Morning Coffee
9:30am – 11:00am Plenary Session 3 – Special Judges’ Plenary Session
The Changing Global Innovation Landscape: Whither IP? – Views from the Bench on the Evolving Role of the Courts.

National judiciaries are the driver’s seat of IP legal development through their role in IP enforcement and construing of IP laws. Join our eminent jurists from around the world in a special plenary session on IP hot topics and hear from the influential minds who often have the last say in shaping the law and practice relating to intellectual property.
Moderator: Dr. Stanley Lai, Senior Counsel, Partner, Head of IP Practice, Allen & Gledhill LLP
  • Chief Judge Randall R. Rader, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Justice Chan Seng Onn, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Judge Wang Yanfang, Presiding Judge of IP Division of Supreme People’s Court of China
  • Justice Prabha Sridevan, Chairman (retired Aug 2013), IP Appellate Board of India
  • Justice Annabelle Bennett, AO, Federal Court of Australia
11:00am – 11:30am Morning Coffee Break
11:30am – 01:00pm Plenary Session 4
IP: The New Asset Class

IP assets are at the heart of recent large portfolio and corporate purchases. There are increasingly more creative ways of commercializing IP and it appears that the sun has risen on a new era of IP liquidity. What are the new IP investment and monetization models? Can financial instruments be structured from IP assets? Is an IP exchange the answer to IP liquidity? Will products like the Unit License Rights (ULR) be the next IP asset class? And will any of these proposals gain acceptance from the necessary finance and investment communities? Opportunities appear to be just over the next hill, but where is the clear path to get there? How are companies dealing with these developments? Our distinguished speakers will share developments in US, Europe, China and the region, and possible strategies and future prospects for the new world of the IP asset class.
Moderator: Mr. Suresan Sachithananthan, Deputy Managing Director (Corporate & Legal), General Counsel, A*STAR
  • Professor David Llewelyn, Deputy Dean, Professor of Law (Practice), Singapore Management University, School of Law
  • Mr. Guy Levent Proulx, Chairman and CEO, Transpacific IP
  • Mr. Rich Sauer, Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel (Legal and Corporate Affairs Department), Microsoft Corporation
  • Mr. Peter Holden, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Investments, IPVALUE Management, Inc.
01:00pm – 02:00pm Networking Lunch
Parallel Sessions:
Legal Track
  Parallel Sessions:
Business & Technology Track
02:00pm – 03:00pm IP in the Online World – Social Media, Domain Names, Copyright and TM issues

Adword & keyword advertising. Cyber squatting. The expansion of the Internet generic top level domain (gTLD) name system. Social media identifiers and labels. These and other online transactions have multiple IP implications, including the use and abuse of trade marks. Examples include the sale of brand names and the use of ranking algorithms by Internet search engines, the increased trademark enforcement issues that an expanded Internet domain name system will create, and the added costs and risks that IP owners will inevitably face in a changing online environment. Our distinguished speakers will review a number of these current IP issues, and discuss and debate possible solutions to address them nationally and globally.
  Navigating The IP Litigation Minefield

Patent Assertion Entities (PAEs) and Non Practising Entities (NPEs)! Legislative and judicial responses to PAEs/NPEs have changed the landscape of IP litigation particularly in the USA. The advent of the Unified Patent Court structure will allow single forum resolution of patent lawsuits throughout most of the EU. The restructuring of the Chinese court structure to accommodate specialized IP courts allows quicker resolution of IP litigation by a more knowledgeable judiciary. Yet all of these changes have buried hidden minefields in the IP litigation landscape. Our distinguished speakers will review the IP litigation landscapes in the USA, the EU, Asia and China from a business and policy perspective, provide the audience with the pros and cons of each system, and successful navigation strategies.
Moderator: Visiting Professor Irene Calboli, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
  • Professor Eric Goldman, Professor of Law, Santa Clara University
  • Professor Mary S. Wong, Senior Policy Director, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN)
  • Mr. Tan Tee Jim, Senior Counsel, Partner, Head of IP & Technology Department, Lee & Lee
Moderator: Associate Professor Burton Ong, National University of Singapore Faculty of Law
  • Professor Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Mr. Ronald Laurie, Chairman, Inflexion Point Group
  • Mr. Nick Redfearn, Deputy Chief Executive, Rouse
03:00pm – 03:30pm Afternoon Tea Break
03:30pm – 04:30pm Alternative Dispute Resolution: A Win-Win in Exploiting and Enforcing IP Rights

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) can provide less costly and time-consuming alternatives to litigation. Yet, both IP owners and potential infringers do not seem to take sufficient advantage of these beneficial alternatives. Our distinguished speakers will illuminate the challenges and strategies that drive IP ADR, namely, arbitration and mediation: As for arbitration, issues and trends to note include the arbitrability of issues relating to the validity of registered IP, the challenge of obtaining recognition and enforcement of arbitral awards, the possibility of awarding punitive damages in arbitrations and whether a Pan-ASEAN/Asia IP ADR platform or IP Court would make enforcement of IP rights more effective. In the case of mediation, important issues and trends comprise the use of mediation as an effective tool in the exploitation and enforcement of IP rights, the enforceability of mediation agreements, the ability of mediation to accommodate significantly different legal and commercial practices and expectations, and the increasing use of mediation of cross-border IP disputes.
  Layering IP: Overlapping Rights and 3D Printing

While 3D printing has been around for more than 30 years, the technology is now becoming an affordable means for quickly creating three dimensional products from computer data of a virtual 3D image. As the price of such devices has become more affordable, the dissemination of 3dprinters may soon become more ubiquitous. This, in turn, creates unique challenges for the intellectual property system: design, copyright, and even trade mark IP embodied in a particular products could be infringed by non IP-owners scanning and printing an copies of that products via 3D printers. Undoubtedly, 3D printing will revolutionize the acquisition, exploitation, and enforcement of IP as we know it. In this context, our distinguished speakers will discuss current issues related to 3D printing, including overlapping IP rights in 3D printing, protecting embedded IP, and how to handle and control the licensing of IP technology in 3D printers and products that can be printed with 3D technology.
Moderator: Mr. Andy Leck, Principal, Baker & McKenzie. Wong & Leow
  • Mr. Jon Lang, Commercial Mediator, JonLang Mediation
  • Mr. Mark Lim, Legal Consultant, IP Academy; Director, Hearings & Mediation Group, IPOS
  • Ms. Tan Ai Leen, Registrar, Singapore International Arbitration Centre
  • Mr. Erik Wilbers, Director, WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center
Moderator: Associate Professor Saw Cheng Lim, Associate Professor of Law, Singapore Management University
  • Professor Liu Kung-Chung, Professor, Institute of Law for Science & Technology, National Tsing Hua University / Graduate Institute of Intellectual Property, National Chengchi University
  • Dr. Neil Wilkof, Member, Bressler Group
  • Professor Peter Yu, Kern Family Chair in IP Law, Director of IP Law Center, Drake University Law School
Close of Conference