43rd World Intellectual Property Congress
Seoul, Rep. of Korea, October 20-23, 2012

14 September 2012
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Registration online

Everything is now ready in Seoul for welcoming you and ensuring you will have a wonderful professional experience and expand your international IP network. If you have not already registered for the Seoul Congress, don't miss the extended deadline of 30th September 2012 for online registration. After this date, only on-site registration will be possible.

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Scientific Programme

The preparations for the scientific programme of the Congress in Seoul are well under way. We have received between 37 and 41 Group reports for each of the four Working Questions. Here is a description of the Seoul Working Questions. Summary reports for the four Working Questions will be sent to the Working Committee leadership shortly so that the Resolutions to be discussed and adopted in Seoul can be drafted and the drafts can be sent to all Committee members for a first exchange of views prior to the Working Committee Meetings on Saturday. In addition, the Congress will offer 12 Workshops over three days (Sunday through Tuesday) covering a wide array of hot topics in intellectual property law such as cloud computing, FRAND, ACTA, keywords and metatags, university-industry collaborations and plain packaging, among others. Building on the success of the Pharma Day at previous meetings, 4 out of the 12 Workshops will again be special pharma Workshops dedicated to topical issues in the pharmaceutical industry such as patenting of stem cells, human genetic testing, settlement of pharma disputes and SPCs/PTEs. Finally, after the success of the mock trial at the Boston Congress in 2008, this year's Congress in Seoul will again feature a patent mock trial with judges from Korea, Japan, China, Germany and the United States and lawyers from Korea conducting the trial of a FRAND case. Here is a description of all of the Workshops in the preliminary programme and the list of confirmed speakers. On Saturday afternoon we will also hold an Introductory Session into the Working Programme for the 2013 AIPPI Forum & ExCo meeting in Helsinki, where the responsible members of the Reporter General Team will introduce the Working Questions and discuss preliminary issues and ideas with delegates and members of the Programme Committee so as to prepare the final Working Guidelines soon after the Congress. Here is a description of the Helsinki Working Questions. We look forward to an exciting scientific programme and welcoming you to Seoul!

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Mock patent trial – Examining the litigation of an IT case

Sunday, 21st October 2012, 09:00 – 12:30h

This mock trial will bring the court closer to you, exposing the type of deliberations that occur in complex Information Technology litigation, such as the one recently concluded in the U.S. between Samsung and Apple. A distinguished panel of jurists has been assembled to demonstrate the analytical processes and procedures that are applied in their respective courts. The judges are from major jurisdictions where IT litigation often is brought, and include Judge Ki Young Kim (Seoul District Court, Korea), Judge Dr. Peter Meier-Beck (German Federal Court of Justice), Judge Makiko Takabe (IP High Court, Japan), Judge Xia Luo (Supreme People's Court, China), and Judge Randall R. Rader (Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, USA). Make plans to attend the mock trial and view an exciting and entertaining presentation by experienced litigators and judges.

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Patent Panel Discussions

AIPPI has supplemented the programme of this year's Congress by adding two expert panel discussions, one on the European Unified Patent Court and the other on potential fields of substantive and procedural patent law harmonization under the title Perspectives on the future of the patent system.

The European Unified Patent Court

Sunday, 21st October 2012, 14:00 – 15:30h

After over 40 years of false starts, a unified European patent system could very soon become a reality for practitioners, judges and industry. With the expected publication and subsequent vote on the final proposals expected this Autumn, the impact of these far“reaching proposals have come to the forefront of international patent practice. At this year's Congress in Seoul, AIPPI will host an expert panel discussion aimed at advancing the debate on the proposed European Unified Patent Court. Comprising esteemed judges, industry leaders and patent practitioners, AIPPI's expert panel will discuss the impact of the proposal's key features including Articles 6 to 8, the rules of procedure, the location of the Central Division of the Unified Patents Court and whether the proposals will ultimately facilitate or frustrate the goals of a unified patent system in Europe.

Panellists include: Dr. Peter Meier-Beck, Presiding Judge, Bundesgerichtshof (German Federal Court of Justice); Randall R. Rader, Chief Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit; Thierry Sueur, Vice-President, Intellectual Property, Air Liquide, and Member of the Legal Affairs Committee Business Europe; Jochen Pagenberg, Chairmen of AIPPI Special Committee Q165 “European Patent Court”, Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director for Patent Law and International Affairs, EPO.; and Nicola Dagg, Deputy Reporter General of AIPPI.

Perspectives on the future of the patent system

Sunday, 21st October 2012, 16:00 – 17:30h

Following the America Invents Act, procedural and substantive patent law harmonization has gained momentum at an impressive pace. The USPTO, the JPO and the EPO, as well as a number of European Patent Offices (the so called Tegernsee Group) have carried out a detailed comparative analysis of substantive harmonization issues, including the grace period, secret prior art and prior user rights. The IP5 offices are working on a Global Dossier Initiative in cooperation with WIPO in order to achieve procedural patent law harmonization in an electronic environment. Representatives from the leading IP offices around the world have agreed to participate in an exciting panel discussion of the recent and possible future developments in the international patent system.

Panelists include: James Pooley, Deputy Director General, WIPO; Mark Powell, Lead, International Patent Technical Cooperation, and Maria Holtmann, International Patent Operations Program Manager, USPTO; Margot Fröhlinger, Principal Director for Patent Law and International Affairs, EPO.

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The list of registered participants to our Congress in Seoul

The list of registered participants to our Congress in Seoul is now available on the website. Take a look and see how many of your colleagues from all around the world will convene in Seoul to attend one of the most prestigious IP meetings.

Don't miss the opportunity to be part of this gathering!

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Agenda of the forthcoming General Assembly

In accordance with Article 5 of the Statutes, the Bureau of AIPPI kindly invites you to the forthcoming General Assembly to be held on 23rd October 2012 on the occasion of the Seoul Congress.

The draft Agenda can be found here English / French / German.

The draft agenda includes a link to the proposed amendments of the Statutes and Regulations.

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AIPPI Congress News

AIPPI is pleased to be working once again with Managing IP to publish The AIPPI Congress News - the dedicated daily newspaper for the 43rd World IP Congress being held in Seoul from October 20-23 2012.

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Women in IP

Once again, a women-only event will be organized as part of the AIPPI Congress in Seoul.

Previous events have been very enjoyable and successful. Attendance has been encouraging and clearly demonstrated that the participants wanted further opportunities to get to know each other, to share experiences and to foster a women's network within the IP profession.

Our Women in IP meetings are informal, friendly and relaxed and they give participants the opportunity to mingle, chat and make new acquaintances from all over the world and from a wide variety of professional backgrounds.

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New venue for the Cultural Evening

Sunday, 21st October 2012, 19:00 – 22:30h

The Organizing Committee of the 2012 Seoul Congress has succeeded in reserving the exquisite Buddhist Cultural Properties of Bongeunsa Temple for our Cultural Evening on the second day of our Congress.

This former head temple of the Seon sect during the Joseon Dynasty was founded in 794 and has become a center of Bhuddist monastic life in the heart of the city of Seoul. Monks at the Temple apply themselves in their daily routines to chanting, preparing and enjoying monastic meals, communal work, and Seon meditation. Today, Bongeunsa has become a repository for Buddhist practice and philosophy. You will feel the peaceful atmosphere, enhanced by the sound of windchimes in the fresh air, and will be relaxed by a sense of harmony that will soothe your mind and body.

After a sparkling dinner, you will be presented with a wide variety of exhilarating performances on the premises of the Temple. The National Orchestra Company of Korea and the National Dance Company of Korea, as well as the Grand Drum Ensemble, will introduce you to the best of Korean cultural heritage.

Share with us a night that you will never forget.

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