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MIP Africa Roadshow 2016  - Agenda

Wednesday April 6 2016, Convene Times Square, New York





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2016 Agenda

08:00 Registration

09:00 Opening remarks and welcome 

  • Welcome to the attendees
  • Adams & Adams in Africa
  • Looking ahead - 2016 and beyond

James Nurton, managing editor, Managing Intellectual Property  
Simon Brown, 
partner and chair of Trade Mark department, Adams & Adams 
09:15 Africa economic overview  

  • Economic developments in Africa - performance of key jurisdictions  
  • Analysis of the future of the African economy – the key components to sustained growth

Nicky Weimar, senior economist, Nedbank South Africa

10:30 Coffee and networking

11:00 Global IP portfolios and enforcement: Pitfalls and strategies in protecting your IP rights in Africa  

  • The last frontier: How African laws and systems are evolving in an ever-changing world
  • Adopting strategies for protecting and enforcing IP rights in Africa - unique challenges
  • Navigating vastly different approaches across territories in order to effectively protect IP rights
  • Gaining traction from the significant economic improvements that have occurred in many African economies

Simon Brown, partner and chair of Trade Mark departmentAdams & Adams 
Jenny Pienaar, partner - Trade Mark Litigation, Adams & Adams 
Kevin Curran,
global IP counsel, Ascensia Diabetes Care
Charles Macedo,
partner, Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein

12:00 Transfer pricing and IP in Africa                  

  • The influence of international trends being followed by revenue collectors in Africa
  • Clamping down on the use of transfer pricing to shift or reduce taxpayer taxable income
  • Why IP is such a critical aspect to consider in any transfer pricing strategy
  • Highlighting the core principles underpinning the approach of revenue collectors in Africa and South Africa and what steps are required to ensure compliance

Ashlin Perumall, senior associate - commercial law department, Adams & Adams
Jac Marais,
partner - commercial law department, Adams & Adams  

12:45 Networking lunch

13:30 Innovation in Africa

  • The role of local innovation as a tool for economic growth
  • Reviewing innovative activity on the continent
  • Initiatives to encourage local innovation and use of IP systems in Africa

Nicky Garnett, partner and head of Africa Patent section, Adams & Adams 
Fernando dos Santos,
director general, African Regional Intellectual Property Association (Aripo)
Lucinda Longcroft,
head of the New York office, World Intellectual Property Organisation (Wipo)
Andrew Hirsch,
director general, International Intellectual Property Institute
Bonnie Nannenga-Combs,
director - biotech practice, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

14:30 Competition Law in Africa

  • Charting the adoption of competition laws by African states
  • How to adapt your systems to ensure effective compliance
  • Analysing significant developments and regional authorities (including COMESA)
  • How these changes are impacting trade in Africa
  • Merger filing strategies to adopt and pitfalls to avoid

Jac Marais, partner - commercial law department, Adams & Adams 

15:15 Coffee break and networking 

15:40 South Africa's IP policy and substantive examination in Africa     

  • Review of IP policy developments in Africa
  • Major IP policy changes and anticipated impact in South Africa
  • Status of substantive examination in Africa
  • Substantive examination preparations and developments in South Africa  

Danie Dohmen, partner - patent litigation section, Adams & Adams 
Witney Schneidman,
senior international advisor for Africa, Covington & Burling
Fernando dos Santos, director general, Aripo
Richard Parr, counsel, Merck
Lucinda Longcroft,
head of New York office, Wipo

16:40 Effective Anti-Counterfeiting Strategies in Africa

  • What is happening in Africa
  • The current status of counterfeiting in Africa
  • Analysis of the primary enforcement strategies being used
  • Tracking developments in South Africa
  • How to develop strategies to combat counterfeiting in Africa

Godfrey Budeli, partner - Trade Mark litigation, Adams & Adams 
Michelle Fleming,
general counsel, Digium
Douglas Graham, 
ceo, Ideation
James Nurton,
managing editor, Managing Intellectual Property
Andrew Hirsch,
director general, International Intellectual Property Institute

17:30 Closing remarks

17.40 Cocktail reception

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