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June 6, Washington DC, Sofitel Lafayette Square
June 8, Palo Alto, Sheraton Hotel

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8.15 Registration

8.50 Opening remarks by James Nurton, managing editor, Managing IP

9.00 Protecting Business Methods and Software in China

  • Revised guidelines (effective April 1, 2017) to relax barrier to business methods and software patents
  • Chinese cases on patent infringement of method, apparatus, or product claims relating to business software patents
  • Comparison to US practice

Qinghong Xu, partner, Lung Tin
Yang Li, partner, Lung Tin

9.50 IP protection: Why low damages shouldn’t prevent you from registering IP

  • To what extend do damages deter infringement?
  • Re-defining IP as long-term investment and why you want to register your IP soon
  • IP as a valuation tool for investment in your company

Xiaolin Dang, partner, Beijing Sanyou
Mia Chiu, general counsel, Ebates

10.40 Coffee break and networking

11.10 South Korea’s Innovation sector

  • Transformation before our eyes: what are they doing right?
  • Key takeaways from this success story
  • The unique case of competition in South Korea
  • Spillover effect: how this has caused other industries to prosper

Hyun Sil Lee, partner, FirstLaw
Hyoun Ja Park, partner, FirstLaw

12.00 An overview of patent and trademark protection in China

  • Dealing with IP infringement – Supreme Court Interpretation
  • Civil actions v. administrative actions
  • Case study: Apple v GPNE Corp
  • Recent trademark legislation: key takeaways for strengthening enforcement

S. Sam Li, partner, Wanhuida (moderator)
Brian Schar, general counsel, director of IP & chief compliance officer, Dextera Surgical
Jamie Rowlands, partner, Gowling WLG
Jason Yao, partner, Wanhuida

13.30 Lunch and networking

14.30 Japan in 2017: trends in patent prosecution and adversarial proceedings

  • New forms of compensation
  • Fighting the invalidity of patents
  • Infringement litigation vs. invalidation proceedings

Paul Tokeshi, attorney, Sonoda & Kobayashi (moderator)
Abraham Mertens, assistant general counsel, Arista Networks
Yoshitaka Sonoda, partner, Sonoda & Kobayashi

15.20 Patentability in China

  • Navigating uncertainty and frequent legal change in patentability matters
  • Best practises to patent innovation in China
  • What is patentable in China, and what is not?

Michelle Chen, partner, Chofn
Hui Wang, partner, Chofn

16.10 Close of conference




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