London Congress – Professional development programme

by Jonathan Osha (Reporter General of AIPPI)

The 2019 AIPPI World Congress in London provided an extensive professional development programme covering a wide variety of IP topics. Monday’s ‘Pharma Day’ included sessions on pay for delay, patent linkage, antibodies and epitope/competitive claims, and a look at recent developments in SPCs and patent term extensions. The panel sessions kicked off with, fittingly for London, a discussion of IP relating to museums and architecture and an engaging panel of in-house experts discussing their perspectives on IP enforcement. Also on Monday were sessions addressing descriptive use as a defense to trademark infringement and an update on protection of trade secrets in the EU.

The Tuesday panel sessions continued the varied programme with a special “meet the patent offices” session and sessions on Brexit, licensing of FRAND portfolios, de-branding, IP & finance, patents and AI, post-grant amendments, and customs and border control. The panel sessions were rounded out Wednesday morning with the traditional “hot topics” session, a discussion of platform liability and safe harbor, and last but certainly not least a mock trial on design infringement.

The line-up of distinguished panelists included experts from industry and industry associations, IP offices, the judiciary, governments, academia and private practice.  Overall, 49% of the panelists were female, and 38% of the panelists were in-house practitioners.  Our sincere thanks go out to all of the panelists for dedicating their time and sharing their extensive expertise with the attendees.

A full description of the London Congress panel sessions is available here.