2022 WIPO Intellectual Property Judges Forum

Promoting transnational dialogue among judiciaries

The annual WIPO Intellectual Property Judges Forum aims to provide a platform for judges from across the globe to exchange their expertise on the most pressing intellectual property (IP) challenges raised by accelerating innovation and the increasingly transnational use of IP.

The 2022 WIPO Intellectual Property Judges Forum, under the theme of Judging in an Ever Changing World, will be held from November 16 to 18, 2022. This page will continue to be updated with further details on the speakers and information for participants.

Past Editions

In 2021, the Forum brought together 360 judges from 94 national and regional jurisdictions, to engage with their global peers around a special theme: judicial patent case management. The topics covered issues such as distinctive judicial case management, challenges for patent disputes, patent invalidity and infringement proceedings, and unique issues in biologic and pharmaceutical patent disputes. The discussions also addressed case management issues of relevance to IP disputes more broadly, such as the role of experts, and damages.

The WIPO Intellectual Property Judges Forum is an annual event organized by the WIPO Judicial Institute as part of the Organization’s work with the judiciaries.

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November 16-18, 2022

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Hybrid meeting

Practical Information

Program (Hybrid)

Day one – November 16, 2022

Registration (8.00 – 9.00)

Opening (9.00 – 9.20)

Session 1: Role of the Judiciary in Promoting Balanced and Effective IP, Innovation and Creative Ecosystems (9.20 – 10.00)

  • Should courts aim to encourage innovation? If yes, how?
  • Finding the proper balance between the public interests and private rights in IP
  • Boundaries of judicial power
  • New problems coming to judges

Special Guest Speaker: Artificial Intelligence and its Role in Judicial Decision Making (10.00 – 10.45)

Coffee Break (10.45 – 11.15)

Session 2: Copyright and New Technologies (11.15 – 12.30)

  • Overview of foundational copyright cases that dealt with new technologies
  • Copyright authorship and subsistence in AI-generated works
  • Open source and fair use

Lunch Break (12.30 – 14.00)

Session 3: Patents and New Technologies (14.00 – 15.30)

  • Overview of foundational patent cases that dealt with new technologies
  • Patent inventorship and eligibility in AI-generated inventions
  • Protection of data (e.g. data for AI training)

Coffee Break (15.30 – 16.00)

Session 4: Provisional Measures in IP Disputes (16.00 – 17.30)

  • Requirements for granting interim relief
  • Burden of proof
  • Role of public interest and proportionality

Group photo to be followed by reception (17.30)

Day two – November 17, 2022

Session 5: Injunctions in the Digital Environment (9.00 – 10.15)

  • Dynamic site blocking injunctions
  • Global injunctions
  • Geoblocking injunctions

Session 6: Other Remedies in IP Disputes (10.15 – 11.30)

  • Disposal
  • Compulsory licenses
  • Publication of judgments

Coffee Break (11.30 – 12.00)

Work of the WIPO Arbitration and Mediation Center (12.00 – 12.30)

Lunch Break (12.30 – 14.00)

Session 7: IP Case Management Strategies (14.00 – 15.30)

  • What are the areas of greatest similarity in case management of IP cases between Philippines, Viet Nam and Australia?
  • What are the areas of greatest difference, and why?

Coffee Break (15.30 – 16.00)

Session 8:  Judgment Writing in IP Cases (16.00 – 17.20)

  • Distinctiveness of an IP judgment
    • Elements of a good judgment
    • Setting out the facts
    • Setting out the law
    • Considering competing expert opinions
    • Stating the conclusion
  • Elements of style - clarity, coherence and conciseness

Closing (17.20 – 17.30)

Day three – November 18, 2022

Social Program (Optional) (10.00 – 12.30)