WIPO API Day 2023

June 12-13, 2023, from 13:00 to 16:30 CEST (Virtual only)

WIPO API Day aims to provide an international forum for discussion on the revolution of Application Programming Interface (API) and the impact of APIs on intellectual property (IP) businesses.  This event is designed for IP offices, IP industry, IT developers, IP service or data providers, law firms and others who are interested in digital transformation.

This event is open to the public and interested individuals can attend it by registering on the Zoom registration link

Further information regarding the program can be found below.

Discussions for Day 1 will cover a range of topics related to API revolutions, including trends for APIs, how open ecosystems grow with APIs, API security, API strategy, API management, API standards, and emerging APIs such as those in artificial intelligence (AI) and blockchain. The speakers and panelists will provide insights into the impact of APIs on digital transformation, innovation, and value creation for customers, stakeholders, and society. The program aims to highlight the importance of APIs in modern software development and encourage developers to experiment with emerging APIs in their projects.

13:00 – 13:05 CEST

Opening remarks

Ken-ichiro Natsume, Assistant Director General, Infrastructure and Platforms Sector, WIPO

13:05 – 13:20 CEST

Keynote Speech

  • Mehdi Medjaoui, Cofounder & Chairman, APIdays Conferences & Founder at
  • Writing 2.0 : The API mindset for a programmable economy
    API are not just technical interfaces, they are a mindset beyond their technical aspect. Like the printing press created globalisation of ideas , or the shipping container created globalisation of our economy, APIs are creating in the digital world a new way to think organisations, communities and the global economy. In this talk, Mehdi will highlight how as an organisation you can leverage the API mindset internally or externally to maximise your reach and fulfil your destiny at scale.

13:20 – 13:35 CEST

Trends for APIs

  • Mark O’Neill, VP Analyst, Gartner
  • This session covers key trends in APIs, including event-based APIs, multi-gateway API management, microservices and service mesh, as well as the impact of generative AI. Mark will share key Gartner survey data related to APIs, as well as key research.

13:35 – 13:50 CEST

How open ecosystems grow with APIs

  • Mark Boyd, Director, Platformable
  • We are seeing rapid shifts in the global digital infrastructure for banking and finance and health based on the introduction of APIs as a way to share digital services as components that can be used to build new products and services, and as a way for data providers to share access to data responsibly and securely. This infrastructure is now creating new global and country-level digital open ecosystems. This presentation looks at how open ecosystems operate in banking/finance and health and what could be learnt for the intellectual property sectors and community. We look at how value is generated and distributed, what components would be needed in an open ecosystem for intellectual property, how API governance best practices make a difference to success, and we look ahead at how AI may impact an emerging open ecosystem for intellectual property.

13:50 – 14:05 CEST

API Security

  • Les Correia, Founder, Secure Karma (former Global Head of Appsec at the Estee Lauder Companies)
  • Lessons Learned in API Protection
    An API-first development methodology can help extend your competitive edge and increase bottom-line revenues. Rapid API adoption can also introduce blind spots, coding errors, misconfigurations, or loopholes that expose vulnerabilities. This session will discuss the challenges a global Fortune 100 company overcame in its API security journey and its efforts to stay ahead of the ever-evolving API threat landscape.

14:05 – 14:20 CEST

API Strategy

  • Marjukka Niinioja, Founding partner, Osaango
  • Ecosystem-focused API strategy
    API strategy is not about planning to have many technically good APIs. It's about the outcome and the coherent set of doable activities that the organization needs to take to create, use and provide APIs. Most of all, it is about the value created to its customers, stakeholders, and society with APIs. This talk will cover best practices and examples to achieve a coherent, doable, outcome and ecosystem-focused API strategy, with help of collaborative methods suited for API products, design thinking and ecosystems. One of the methods covered is the openly licensed APIOps Cycles® -method.

14:20 – 14:35 CEST

API Management

  • Graham Rivers-Brown, Account CTO, Microsoft
  • The Value of APIs and API Management
    Microsoft will be talking about the value of APIs and how they can transform your organization and enable innovation and the importance of managing those APIs effectively to foster innovation both internally and externally. Topics will include how API management is transforming and how Generative AI will change the value proposition of APIs.

14:35 – 14:50 CEST

API standards

  • Arnaud Lauret, API Governance Lead, Postman
  • Understanding the importance of API standards from the perspective of API design
    Properly defined, understood, and used, standards are an excellent tool for making APIs easier to use, and more interoperable, but also simpler to create. API standards range from locally defined conventions to actual cross-industry standards. They can cover many areas, but API design is the most known and visible one. During this session, we’ll focus on API design standards to understand the power of API standardization. We’ll first study what a “standard” API is. Then will discuss how API design standards benefit API consumers and providers. And finally, we’ll uncover the challenges of establishing and using them.

14:50 – 15:05 CEST

Emerging APIs

  • Samrat Kishor, Partner, Goldennext
  • Decoding Emerging APIs in the areas of AI and Blockchain
    The talk focuses on emerging APIs in modern software development, specifically Blockchain APIs and AI APIs. The talk covers the business aspects and technical details of working with these APIs and provides examples of applications built using them. It will also discuss the similarities and differences between the two types of APIs, and highlight the challenges and opportunities presented by them. The talk will emphasize the importance of staying up to date with emerging APIs and encourages developers to experiment with these APIs in their projects.

15:05 – 15:50 CEST

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: Graham Rivers-Brown, Account CTO, Microsoft
  • Panelists:
    • Arnaud Lauret, API Governance Lead, Postman
    • Marjukka Niinioja, Founding partner, Osaango
    • Les Correia, Founder, Secure Karma (former Global Head of Appsec at the Estee Lauder Companies)
    • Mark Boyd, Director, Platformable
    • Samrat Kishor, Partner, Goldennext

15:50 – 16:00 CEST

Closing Remarks

Patrice Cousineau, Director at ISED-CIO for CIPO Systems, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)

Discussions for Day 2 will focus on APIs in Intellectual Property and aim to share API policy, experiences, and services of IP Offices and the IP industry. The discussions will cover various perspectives of IP offices and IP industry, such as API-driven innovations in IP business and ecosystem, IP Office's strategies for API Management, API Landscape & API adoption, API services available for IP businesses, ongoing activities and work plan of the CWS API Task Force, and possible collaborations on APIs and IP data among stakeholders.

13:00 – 13:10 CEST

Keynote Speech

Karl Kaljes, Chief Information Officer, WIPO

Jose Izquierdo Peris, Director of the Digital Transformation Department, European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)

13:10 – 13:40 CEST

Transforming IP business with APIs

  • Pamela López Veiga, IT Architect, Digital Transformation Department, The European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO)
  • Victor Johansson, Co-founder, digip
  • Victor Fredriksson, CTO, digip
  • David Galindo Castro, CEO, Grupo 10
  • EUIPO APIs: The Building Blocks of Digital Transformation in the IP industry 
    The EUIPO has recently launched the EUIPO API platform, a new channel to communicate with the office through APIs, with a clear customer-centric approach. EUIPO APIs offer the possibility to streamline processes enabling Digital Transformation in the IP industry. This session will provide an overview of the EUIPO API Platform and existing and future API products, with a focus on real business case implementations in the IP industry.
  • Charles A. Merioles, Director III, Information Technology Bureau, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL)
  • Transforming IPOPHL Business with APIs
    The use of APIs is transforming the intellectual property (IP) business by enabling faster and more efficient transactions between IP owners, licensees, and intermediaries. APIs allow for seamless integration of IP data into software systems and provide easy access to licensing and transactional data. This has resulted in increased transparency, reduced transaction costs, and accelerated innovation. Additionally, APIs can be used to automate many aspects of the IP management process, including patent searches and portfolio management. As the use of APIs continues to grow, it is likely that the IP industry will continue to see increased efficiency and innovation.

13:40 – 14:10 CEST

API First Strategy and Management

  • Aidan Whitehouse, Team Lead – Centre For Enablement, Innovation and Digital Services – Innovation and Technology Group, IP Australia
  • IP Australia's API Journey
    This session will include IP Australia's transformative API Journey, exploring where IP Australia stood at the beginning of the journey, the motivations behind the decision to modernise, and the successful transition from an ageing stack to a modern API-led architecture. Gain insights into the challenges IP Australia encountered along the way, as well as the current plans to navigate the ever-changing IT landscape. Discover how IP Australia strives to provide the best possible services to the Australian public and the wider IP community. Aidan will offer an open and candid account, sharing valuable lessons and showcasing IP Australia's commitment to continuous improvement.
  • Mikhail Bezroukov, Senior Solution Architect, Information and Communication Technology Department, World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO)
  • WIPO Approach to API First Strategy
    In this session at the conference, introducing the benefits and business cases for the API First approach, and presenting a draft of the API First process they propose. They will be covering various parts of the strategy, including products and tools such as platform, portals, small automations, API authoring and validation tools, and testing. Additionally, the speaker will be discussing onboarding for early adoption, providing help with onboarding, and outlining the benefits. The support of WIPO ST.90 rules by the selected tools will also be covered. Based on WIPO's experience so far, the speaker will provide a few practical comments. Finally, there will be a question and answer session to address any queries attendees may have.
  • Roland Nelson, Head of Engineering and Architecture, European Patent Office (EPO)
  • EPO API Strategy & Implementation update  – a hands-on walkthrough of our API Management, API Landscape & API adoption
    In this presentation we will outline the key parts of the EPO's API-1st strategy and connect the strategy to the current implementation status, showcasing concrete facts and figures when it comes to how we are delivering APIs at the EPO's edge to help drive not only a renewed Developer Experience but also new business features through new API Management technology advances.

14:10 – 15:20 CEST

API Services for Business

  • William Meredith, Director, IP Office Business Solutions Division, WIPO
  • Practical Implementation of APIs in WIPO IP Office Services
    WIPO has been implementing API services since at least 2008.  APIs are now available and used for many WIPO services.  The presentation will give an overview of IP office API services that could improve integration between IP offices and their stakeholders, improving efficiency and customer service.
  • Theodor Paleolog, Project Manager New Electronic Filing, European Patent Office (EPO)
  • API services within MyEPO Portfolio : the Mailbox API
    The European Patent Office introduced MyEPO, a new suite of electronic services that revolutionizes interactions between the Office and our users. Alongside the browser-based applications like Online Filing 2.0 and MyEPO Portfolio, we develop business-to-business (B2B) APIs that seamlessly integrate with users' patent management systems. Users equipped with their own systems can now directly interact with the Office, rendering the use of browser-based applications optional. The first B2B API, the Mailbox API, enables users to download incoming EPO electronic communications and associated metadata directly into their systems, facilitating efficient "docketing" of the communication. This empowers users with enhanced flexibility and streamlined workflows.
  • Scott Beliveau, Chief of Enterprise Advanced Analytics, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
  • Adventures in API-land
    The USPTO has been in the business of disseminating data for over 250 years. Recent efforts focusing on the electronic delivery of data through bulk downloads and APIs has become increasingly more expensive. In this session, Scott Beliveau will discuss how the USPTO is working to reimagine public data dissemination to improve the user experience while also reducing cost.
  • Yaoyao Zhang, China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA)
  • API Service Practice in CNIPA for PCT data exchange at International Phase
    With launch of the new IT system of CNIPA in January 2023, the PCT data exchange at international phase between CNIPA and WIPO has entirely been transfomed into Machine-to-Machine approach, via ePCT API. The presentation will share information on the API service practice in CNIPA for PCT data exchange at international phase between CNIPA and WIPO, showing how API application brings enhancement of transmission efficiency and service improvement for PCT business.
  • Hye Kyung Kim, Assistant Manager of IP Information Utilization Support Department, Korea Institute of Patent Information (KIPI)
  • How KIPRIS Plus has innovated IP Business
    For the dissemination of IP data and the growth of innovative IP businesses, the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) launched a patent information utilization service, KIPRIS Plus, in 2012. KIPRIS Plus provides116 IP data (Korean 67, foreign 49) through bulk data sets and APIs. KIPO knew quite early on that cutting-edge APIs were the key elements of innovation in the IP business and made efforts to develop API functions required for the IP business. As a result, KIPRIS Plus has 860 API functions (SOAP 472, REST 388), and API usage reaches over 2 billion per year. Moreover, since 2017, KIPO has started running IP startup growth programs by providing financial and mentoring support, thereby leading to enormous progress in the Korean IP industry. Topics discussed in this presentation will include an introduction to KIPRIS Plus, contributions to innovation in the IP business via KIPRIS Plus, and efforts to cultivate IP startups.
  • Jean-Baptiste DARGAUD, Patent Examiner, the National Industrial Property Institute (INPI-FR)
  • A standard to unify the usage of APIs
    The French IP Office is currently experimenting with its customers and IPMS developers on a standard that could allow a user to intervene in any procedure through a unique access point. It would even cover exchanges between applicants and representatives prior to filing and accounting records so that any data exchanged in the IP ecosystem is covered. This proposed standard would be inclusive, adaptive and versatile.

15:20 – 15:30 CEST

API Task Force activities and WIPO Standards

  • Pamela López Veiga, IT Architect, Digital Transformation Department, EUIPO
  • Derek Spero, Solution Architect, ISED-CIO for CIPO Systems, CIPO
  • This session will explain the ongoing activities and work plan of the CWS API Task Force and discuss how API services can be streamlined and harmonized through WIPO API-related Standards ST.90, ST.96 and ST.97

15:30 – 15:40 CEST

Unified API Catalog

  • Kim Yongwoong, Senior Program Officer, Infrastructure and Platforms Sector, WIPO
  • Unified API Catalog Development
    The session will explain the collaborative API project, Unified API Catalog, which aims to list API services provided by IP offices. The API Task Force's Offices have been working together and the Project is in early stage to define user requirements. The session will briefly discuss main features of the API Catalog.

15:40 – 16:25 CEST

Panel Discussion

  • Moderator: William Meredith, Director, IP Office Business Solutions Division, WIPO
  • Panelists:
    • Charles A. Merioles, Director III, Information Technology Bureau, Intellectual Property Office of the Philippines (IPOPHL)
    • Viktor Johansson, Co-founder, digip
    • David Galindo, CEO, Grupo 10
    • Mikhail Bezroukov, Senior Solution Architect, Information and Communication Technology Department, WIPO
    • Roland Nelson, Head of Engineering and Architecture, European Patent Office (EPO)
    • Scott Beliveau, Chief of Enterprise Advanced Analytics, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)
    • Jean-Baptiste Dargaud , Patent Examiner, the National Industrial Property Institute (INPI-FR)

16:25 – 16:30 CEST

Closing Remarks

Kunihiko Fushimi, Director, International Classifications and Standards Division, WIPO

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