Francis Gurry led WIPO as Director General from October 1, 2008 to September 30, 2020.

Symposium of Intellectual Property Authorities - Services for Access to Knowledge in Promoting Innovation and Creativity - Provisional Program

Thursday, September 22, 2011



09.00 - 10.00


10.00 - 11.30

Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva

Key Note Speeches:

Mr. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria pdf, Keynote Speech - Mr. David Kappos

Mr. Yoshiyuki IWAI, Commissioner, Japan Patent Office, Tokyo ppt, For Improvement of Infrastructure,Iwai

Mr. Adil Al-Maliki, Director General, Moroccan Industrial and Commercial Property Office (OMPIC), Casablanca

Mr. Habip Asan, President, Turkish Patent Institute, Ankara

Mr. Wim van der Eijk, Principal Director, Patent Law and International Affairs, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich

11.30 - 13.00

Panel 1: Global business solutions for Patent Prosecution  

What technical infrastructure is needed to allow for improved international collaboration on patent search and examination? What business and technical solutions would be considered as essential to developing common platforms for international collaboration? IP5, Foundation Projects, PPH

Lead Discussant:  Mr. James Pooley, Deputy Director General

11.30 - 12.15

Mr. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), Alexandria

Mr. Yoshiyuki IWAI, Commissioner, Japan Patent Office, Tokyo

Mr. Niclas Morey, Director IP5/Trilateral Affairs and International Organisations, European Patent Office, Munich ppt, Global Business Solutions for Patent Prosecution,Morey

12.15 - 13.00

Questions and answers; discussions

13.00 - 15.00


15.00 - 15.15

IP Development Matchmaking Database Demonstration (Mr. Alan Roach, Project Director, Technical Assistance Database Projects)

15.15 - 16.30

Panel 2: Global Databases

What global databases do we need? How could we coordinate projects of databases freely available to the public?

Lead Discussant:  Mr. Yo Takagi, Assistant Director General

15.15 - 16.00

Mr. Raul Suster, General Coordinator, Center for Documentation and Information (CEDIN), National Institute of Industrial Property (INPI), Rio de Janeiro

Mr. Kiwhan Moon, IP5 Projector Coordinator,  International Cooperation Division, Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO), Daejeon

Mr. Pierre Buffet, Executive Vice-President, Questel (EPO) ppt, Global Database - Service Provider, Buffet

16.00 - 16.30

Questions and answers; discussions

16.30 - 18.00

Panel 3: Copyright Infrastructure

What copyright infrastructure is needed to facilitate the licensing of copyrighted works in the digital age:  the International Music Registry (IMR)?

Lead Discussant:  Mr. Trevor Clarke, Assistant Director General

16.30 - 17.30

Ms. Dora Salamba-Makwinja, Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Society of Malawi (COSOMA), Lilongwe doc, What Copyright Infrastructure is needed to facilitate the Licensing of Copyrighted Works in the Digital Age: the International Music Registry?, Salamba 

Mr. Azhibai Kalmamatov, Director, State Intellectual Property Service of the Kyrgyz Republic

Mr. Bendik Hofseth, Chair, International Music Registry (IMR), Oslo

17.30 - 18.00

Questions and answers; discussions.



Friday, September 23, 2011

10.00 - 11.30

Panel 4:  Services for Access to knowledge

What information services for access to knowledge do we need to promote innovation and business and to narrow the knowledge gap?  How firms, R&D institutions and inventors use those services in the knowledge-based economies? Whether and how should value-added services such as Patent Landscape Reports be used more?

Lead Discussant:  Mr. Alejandro Roca Campana, Senior Director-Advisor, Global Infrastructure Sector

10.00 - 11.00

Ms. Rose Mboya, IP Officer, Kenya Industrial Research and Development Institute (KIRDI), Nairobi ppt, Narrowing the Knowledge Gap;  Strategic use of patent information by R&D, Companies and Inventors for competitive edge, Mboya

Mr. Christian Soltmann, Patent Expert, Swiss Federal Institute of Intellectual Property, Berne ppt, WIPO Patent Landscape Report on Solar Cooling,Soltmann

Mr. Rob Willows, Vice President, Thomson Reuters, London

11.00 - 11.30

Questions and answers; discussions

11.30 - 12.45

Panel 5:  Industrial Designs Infrastructure

Mapping out the global infrastructure for industrial designs:  Databases, image search tools, moving image files.  What databases, tools, search technologies and platforms are necessary?

Lead Discussants:  Mr. Neil Wilson, Director, Functional Support Division

11.30 - 12.15

Mrs. Alicia Adamczak, President, Patent Office of the Republic of Poland, Warsaw

Mr. Shane Smyth, Managing Partner, F.R. Kelly & Co., Dublin

12.15 - 12.45

 Questions and answers; discussions

12.45 - 14.30


14.30 - 15.15

Presentation: UK’s Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth

Recommendations from the recent Independent Review of Intellectual Property and Growth commissioned by Prime Minister David Cameron, conducted by Professor Ian Hargreaves and the UK Government response.
Chaired by Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General;

Lead Discussants:  Professor Ian Hargreaves, Chaired the Independent Review, Chair of Digital Economy at the Cardiff School of Journalism, Media and Cultural Studies and Cardiff Business School; and Mr. John Alty, Controller General of the UK Intellectual Property Office.

15.00 - 16.05

Panel 6: Business solutions and technical infrastructure of IP Offices; national, regional and international levels

What technical infrastructure is needed and how to build it, including first experience of pilot projects of WIPO CASE

Lead Discussant:  Mr. William Meredith, Director, Infrastructure Modernization Division

15.15 - 15.45

Mrs. Fatima Beattie, Deputy Director, Commissioner of Patents and Registrar of Trademarks, Woden

Mr. Alberto Gestal, Technical Director, National Directorate of Industrial Property (DNPI), Montevideo

Mr. Andrew Michael Ong, Deputy Director General, Intellectual Property Office, Manila

15.45 - 16.05

Questions and answers; discussions.

16.05 - 17.20

Panel 7: How far can Machine Translation overcome Language Barriers?

What tools are powerful to overcome language barriers: machine translation, cross lingual search technologies, terminology databases, quality translation?

Lead Discussant:  Mr. Christophe Mazenc, Head, Global Databases Section

16.05 - 16.50

Mr. Johnny Chen, Business Development Manager, Google, Mountain View ppt, Translation and Patents, Chen

Mr. Philipp Koehn, Lecturer, Edinburg University ppt, Statistical Machine Translation and Language Barriers,Koehn

Mr. John Tinsley, Project Coordinator, PLuTO, Dublin City University, Dublin ppt, Automated Solutions for Patent Translation, Tinsley

16.50 - 17.20

Questions and answers;  discussions.

17.20 - 17.30

Closing Remarks by Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General, WIPO