Outline of the Program

Morning of September 17

Plenary 1

Opening Remarks by the Director General of WIPO; welcome and introductory message and presentation of the overall objectives of the Symposium: A Need for Speed, Efficiency and Quality in the Global Intellectual Property System; how can we improve the current infrastructure of intellectual property?

Theme: Challenges facing IP Offices and industry: Global Level Playing Field for Business and Global Intellectual Property Infrastructure for IP-assisted Innovation

Speakers and Panelists:

  • Shri P.H. Kurian, Controller General of Patents, Designs and Trade Marks, Mumbai;
  • A Representative of Japan Patent Office (JPO), Tokyo;
  • Adrian S. Cristobal Jr., Director General of Intellectual Property Office (IPO), Makai City;
  • Alison Brimelow (Ms.), President, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich;
  • Dominique Foray, Director and Professor, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne;
  • Mr. Michael J. Brunner, Secretary General, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), London.

Topics to be covered include:

  • Timely Prosecution of Patent Filings with High Quality Standards: Common tools and infrastructure for international collaboration; Best Practices and Future Plans
  • New trends of innovation: what changes in IP infrastructure are needed?; viewpoints of industry leaders
  • What more could Global IP Protection Systems (such as Patent Cooperation Treaty, International Registration Systems for trademarks and industrial designs) do to create, protect and utilize intangible assets and knowledge capital worldwide in order to narrow the knowledge gap?
  • The future IP infrastructure enabling global partnerships to support innovation worldwide
  • The future IP infrastructure enabling innovative branding strategies and stimulating investment in brands

Afternoon of September 17

Three Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1:

Theme 1; IP Office Modernization - timely and cost-effective delivery of services

Panel 1A (particularly focusing on business and financial aspects)


  • Cristóbal Acevedo Ferrer, Director, National Institute of Industrial Property (INAPI), Santiago de Chile;
  • Kamel Mohamad, Director General, Intellectual Property Corporation of Malaysia (MyIPO), Kuala Lumpur,
  • Paulin Edou Edou, Director General, African Intellectual Property Organization (OAPI), Yaoundé.

Panel 1B (particularly focusing on technical aspects)


  • Randall Salazar Solorzano, Intellectual Property Register, Ministry of Justice, San Jose;
  • Adil El-Maliki, Director, Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), Casablanca;
  • Danielle Yeow (Ms.), Deputy Director General, Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Singapore.

Topics include the following:

  • Issues, challenges and strategies
  • Use of global tools, systems and best practices (components of the global IP infrastructure)
  • Roadmap for modernization: key milestones in the ongoing process of modernization
  • Benchmark indicators (functionality, services, quality, etc.) for comprehensive modernization
  • Appropriate, customized and quality solutions to suit diverse IP office profiles
  • Case studies - Sharing of experiences across all regions
  • Modernized business solutions for granting patents and registering trademarks and industrial design.
  • Narrowing the gap between small, medium and large IP offices
  • National, regional & international linkages: e-Communication services
  • Recommendations for the way forward

Breakout Session 2:

Theme 2; Global Patent Infrastructure

Panel 2A: (Tools, International Patent Classification (IPC) and International Technical Standards for Data Interchange; What common tools and WIPO Standards will IP Offices need in the inter-connected world for possible international collaboration? (particularly focusing on strategies for more effective patent searches))


  • A representative of the European Patent Office (EPO), Munich;
  • Pierre Buffet, Executive Vice-President, Questel Orbit Intellectual Property Group S.A., Paris;
  • Minoo Philipp (Ms.), President, Patent Documentation Group (PDG), Wülfrath;
  • Keith Dilley, Director, IP Processes and Tools Development GE Corporate, London.

Panel 2B (The PCT - the backbone of the global patent infrastructure - can and should function more effectively; but how?)


  • A Representative of the European Patent Office;
  • Alan Fan, Deputy Director of IPR Department, Huawei Technologies Co., Shenzhen;
  • Robert Armitage, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Eli Lilly Pharmaceutical Company, Indianapolis

Topics include the following:

  • Classification (indexing) versus full text search; the future vision of text search
  • The future role of International Patent Classification (IPC) and its use with full text search engine
  • Revision and maintenance of IPC and enhanced collaboration with users
  • Impact from growing social networks on patent information search, retrieval and evaluation
  • IPC as a tool for overcoming language barriers
  • Wider use of IPC for modernized IP offices in developing countries
  • Needs for new WIPO Standards; Citation standards
  • Associated tools and services including machine translation, clustering of search key words and electronic dictionary
  • Bookmark functions and social networks
  • Inclusion of legal status data and licensing information
  • Development of global patent infrastructure and tools for more effective International collaboration on patent search and examination

Breakout Session 3:

Theme 3; Financial Models of IP Offices and IP Statistics

Panel 3A (particularly focusing on the comparison of different financial models)


  • James Otieno-Odek, Managing Director, Kenya Industrial Property Institute (KIPI), Nairobi;
  • Jorge Amigo Castañeda, Director General, Mexican Institute of Industrial Property (IMPI), Mexico;
  • Roland Grossenbacher, Director, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property (IFPI), Bern.

Panel 3B (particularly focusing on the use of IP statistics for IP Office Management)


  • A Representative of IP Office;
  • A Representative of the European Patent Office (EPO);
  • Gulio Raffo, Professor Assistant of the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL), Lausanne.

Topics include:

  • Promotion of a smart IP Office: an automated and internationally inter-connected model with the minimum resources for maximum outputs
  • Accounting issues: income and expenditure balance
  • Financial autonomy versus national budget dependence; or combination of both: pros and cons and experience of small and large IP Offices
  • Variety of services and customer orientation policy of IP Office; how could these policies be realized with limited income?
  • Human resources cost of IP Office and recruitment and retention of quality officials
  • Cooperation with other relevant government agencies and stakeholders; what institutional networks are useful for a smart IP Office?
  • IP Statistics as a Knowledge Tool for designing and managing a smart IP Office and for formulating innovation-friendly policies
  • IP statistics and their use for management of IP Office
  • Technology classification and statistical analysis of technology trends
  • Economic analysis of innovation trends and IP statistics
  • IP statistics and the potential value for the financial system

Morning of September 18

Three Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 4:

Theme 4; Patent Information - how can we improve the utilization and dissemination of patent and technology information?

Panel 4A (particularly focusing on new technologies for patent information search and evaluation)


  • Zeljko Topic, Director General of State Intellectual Property Office, Zagreb;
  • Jesper Kongstad, Director General, Danish Patent and Trademark Office, Taastrup;
  • Stephen Adams, Director, Magister LTD, Reading.

Panel 4B (particularly focusing on access to patent databases in different languages)


  • Alberto Casado Cerviño, Director General, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office, Madrid;
  • A reprenstative of IP Office
  • Rupert Mayer, Director, Unycom Germany IT Services GmbH, Munich.

Topics include the following:

  • Geographical coverage of patent databases
  • Relevance ranking and citations
  • Image searching
  • Customization for scientists and non-specialists of patent information
  • Language tools to search non-Latin language information
  • New search engines
  • The role of Technology Information Centers and Technology Transfer Centers for bridging scientists and industry
  • Patent Information provider company representative (on new search engine and language tools)
  • Patent/Technology broker company representative (on an increasing use of patent information for business strategy and technology evaluation)
  • Technology Information Center (preferably in a developing country) representative (challenges and opportunities for greater collaboration between science and business/industry)
  • Representative of NGO involved in Public and Private Partnership projects with experience of using patent information as a tool for implementing projects for poor

Breakout Session 5:

Theme 5; Trademark and Design Registration Services and the IP Infrastructure – How can we Enhance Registration and Information services?

Panel 5A (trademarks registration)


  • António-Serge Campinos, President, National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Lisbon;
  • Gerhard R. Bauer, Chief Trademark Counsel, Intellectual Property Management, Daimler Chrysler AG Research and Technology, Stuttgart;
  • Martín Michaus, President, Inter-American Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI), Mexico.

Panel 5B (industrial design registration)


  • Suzanne Ås Sivborg (Ms.), Director General, Swedish Patent and Registration Office (SPRO), Stockholm;
  • A Representative of FICPI;
  • Sandrine Pitaccolo Bartolomei (Ms.), Senior IP Counsel, Head of Rights Acquisition Department, Richemont International S.A., Bellevue.

Topics include the following:

  • Modernization of trademark and industrial design registration procedures and challenges and opportunities ahead of small offices
  • What new services for applicants/registrants (e-filing and e-business services) and more modernized opposition procedures should Trademark and/or Design Offices provide in the 21st century?
  • What new common tools for classifications and lists of goods and services could we develop?; the possibility of developing intelligent search tools of trademark and design classifications such as the Nice, Vienna and Locarno Classifications, electronic pick lists for making a coherent list of good and services?
  • Taking advantage of new search engines (automatic image recognition systems for supplementing/replacing the current classifications system?)
  • WIPO’s projects for enhancing the value of the Madrid and the Hague system through better information-sharing mechanism

Breakout Session 6:

Theme 6; IP Infrastructure for Better Management of IP Assets: Public and Private Partnerships, Universities and Industry Collaboration, and International, Sub-regional and Regional Collaboration

Panel 6A (particularly focusing on international collaboration and partnerships between IP Offices and various stakeholders)


  • María de los Angeles Sánchez (Ms.), Director, Cuban Industrial Property Office (OCPI), La Habana;
  • A Representative of Ministry of Science and Education, Germany;
  • Gift H. Sibanda, Director General, African Regional Intellectual Property Organization (ARIPO), Harare.

Panel 6B (particularly focusing on IP Infrastructure and new services provided by IP Offices for effective dispute settlement and commercial exploitation of IP)


  • Peter Back, Divisional Director, The Intellectual Property Office, UK IPO, Newport; 
  • Daniel Kraus, Attorney at Law, Umbricht, Zurich;
  • A. Zen Umar Purba, Partner and Counselor at Law, ABNR, Jakarta

Topics include the following:

  • Modern networking of IP Offices and desired regional framework for international collaboration
  • IP infrastructure for enhancing the global IP protection systems (PCT, Madrid and the Hague systems)
  • Developing new common tools and instruments for regional cooperation; a database for sharing patent search and examination results, a database for facilitating IP rights licensing
  • Future collaboration and services for cost-effective and expeditious procedures of IP Offices in granting and registering high quality IP rights
  • New services provided by IP Offices in the area of arbitration and mediation for effective IP dispute settlement
  • New services provided by IP Offices to promote commercial exploitation of IP Assets

Afternoon of September 18

Plenary 2

Theme; Towards Global Collaboration; What IP Infrastructure should be developed?

Panel Discussion


  • Philip Noonan, Director General, IP Australia, Canberra;
  • Jorge de Paula Costa Ávila, President, National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Rio de Janeiro;
  • Li Yuguang, Deputy Commissioner, State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO), Beijing;
  • Jørgen Smith, Director General, Norwegian Industrial Property Office, Oslo;
  • Josef Straus, Professor, Emeritus Scientific Member of the Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law, Munich.
  • Anjan Das, Senior Director & Head-Technology, Innovation, IPR & Life Sciences Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Haryana;
  • Ruud Peters, Chief Executive Officer, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards, Einhoven.

Panelists will discuss the following questions:

Topics include:

  • International collaboration of prior art (patent/design) and prior rights (trademark) search; multiple patent prosecution highways?
  • What components of the present infrastructure of intellectual property need to be enhanced and globalized?
  • What projects on common practices, tools, standards, and technologies would you suggest that stakeholders take up?
  • What would you recommend as the role and tasks of WIPO?

Concluding remarks: The Director General of WIPO