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Symposium on IP for Innovation in the Global Age - December 2 and 3, 2021 - Virtual mode

September 23, 2021

*This event has ended. Archived videos of each presentation are available from the program below in this page. Find out more about the symposium.

Are you interested to explore the integral role IP can play in SME business strategy and how it can propel business advancement? Join a virtual symposium co-organized by the WIPO Japan Office and the IP for Business team to learn more about the link between Intellectual Property and running a successful business.

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It has been recognized that in general, firms that protect their intellectual property (IP) are more likely to increase their revenues through leveraging their IP assets, than those that do not. WIPO is aiming to improve the understanding of IP management through the development of tools throughout the innovation process.

In December the Symposium on IP for Innovation in the Global Age will be organised with financing from the Funds-In-Trust Japan Industrial Property Global, and under the themes of Global Competitiveness, Open Innovation and SDGs, presenting WIPO tools and platforms that can accelerate innovation and bridge between SMEs and innovation partners. Bringing together innovators, entrepreneurs, industry leaders and intermediaries, we aim to discuss how enterprises, including those with a green product or technology, can better utilize IP as part of their business strategies at the global level.

Please join us to enhance your knowledge on IP strategy and to gain insight into the latest trends of IP commercialization in a business environment. The event will consist of two half days and be joined by business leaders, experts and startups representing various industries both in Japan and world.

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Overview of the event

Dates:Thursday 2 and Friday 3 December 2021


Languages:Japanese and English (Simultaneous interpretation)

Supported by :Japan Patent Office

Program Highlight

Day 1: Thursday 2 December

  1. Welcome and Introduction
  2. Keynote Address
  3. Presentation on the Global SME outlook
  4. Revitalising IP in Japan
  5. Lessons from Canada towards innovation ecosystem
  6. Interview with WIPO Global Innovation Index (GII) Board Member

Day 2: Friday 3 December

  1. IP and Environment
  2. IP for Global advancement
  3. Panel Discussion
  4. Closing Remarks

Day 1:Thursday, December 2, 2021

1. Welcome and Introduction (8:00 – 8:05 CET)

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Tomoki Sawai
Director, WIPO Japan Office

2. Keynote Address (8:05 – 8:25 CET)

  • 20 Years since the Intellectual Property Basic Act -IP to promote SMEs and Startups-

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Hisamitsu Arai
Chairman of Intellectual Property Strategy Committee, Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry CV Hisamitsu Arai

3. Global SME outlook (8:25 – 9:30 CET)

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  • Introduction
Guy Pessach
Director, IP for Business Division, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, WIPO CV Guy Pessach

  • Sony Infographics
Donna M. A. Hill
Manager, WIPO for Creators, WIPO CV Donna M. A. Hill

  • IP Diagnostic Tool and Enterprising Ideas

WIPO IP Diagnostic Tool

Tamara Nanayakkara
Counsellor, IP for Business Division, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, WIPO CV Tamara Nanayakkara

Break (9:30 – 9:35 CET)


4. Revitalising IP in Japan (9:35 – 10:20 CET)

Japan has been ranked 13th in the recent Global Innovation Index, but indexes on the ease of starting a business and new business population suggest there are challenges Japan needs to address. With this in mind, the session will introduce Japanese SME support activities in order to enhance vitality, invention and start up. Also, the session will be joined by a Japanese company to share a first-hand success story on how they turned the pandemic into opportunity using idea and IP and expanded business will be shared.

  • Initiatives of the Japan Chamber of Commerce and Industry in the field of intellectual property (9:35 – 9:50 CET)

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Kiyoyuki Yamauchi
General Manager, Industrial Policy Division Ⅰ, The Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry

  • Challenge to the Fourth Industrial Revolution utilizing the intellectual property by AI/IoT venture, OPTiM (9:50 – 10:20 CET)

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Shunji Sugaya
President, OPTiM Corporation CV Shunji Sugaya

5. Lessons from Canada: Building an Innovation Ecosystem(10:20 – 10:50 CET)

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Startup Ecosystem Rankings of 2020 published by StartupBlink ranked Canada the fourth in the startup ecosystem ranking, following US, UK and Israel; and WIPO’s Global Innovation Index the third in its ease of starting business ranking. This session will invite an IP expert to share Canada’s engagements in promoting innovation and in creating new values for the startups.

Neil Henderson
President/Founder, Amarok IP Inc. CV Neil Henderson

6.Interview with WIPO Global Innovation Index (GII) Board Member (10:50 – 11:35 CET)

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The interview with Mr. Heizo Takenaka, GII Advisory Board Member (Professor Emeritus of Keio University, World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member and others) on the global economic and innovation and structural issues facing Japan will be distributed. (Interviewer: Tomoki Sawai, Director of WIPO Japan Office)

Heizo Takenaka
Professor Emeritus of Keio University, World Economic Forum Foundation Board Member, GII Advisory Board Member and others

Day 2:Friday, December 3, 2021

7. IP and Environment (8:00 – 9:00 CET)

The COVID-19 pandemic has imposed rapid changes to our social life; new values are created and they lead to innovation. Further, we are becoming more and more conscious of our responsibilities under the Sustainable Development Goals. Against this innovative background, this session will offer a platform to explore how to materialise ideas and generate added values.

  • How greentech SMEs manage IP (8:00 – 8:20 CET)

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Trod Lehong
Director, Afriqlnnov8 (Pty) Ltd  CV Trod Lehong
Anja von der Ropp
Senior Program Coordinator, Global Challenges and Partnership Sector, WIPO  CV Anja von der Ropp
  • Cutting edge materials and technology for carbon free, petroleum free society such as 100 % nature biomass biodegradable plastic (8:20 – 8:40 CET)

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Ryohei Mori
CEO, Green Science Alliance Co., Ltd. CV Ryohei Mori

  • To contribute to a sustainable recycling society through water treatment(8:40 – 9:00 CET) 

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Kaori Fujita
Director, Hinode Sangyo Co., Ltd CV Kaori Fujita

8. IP for Global advancement (9:00 – 9:40 CET)

From the viewpoints of leading companies, this session will shed light on the true values of IP that can be the foundation of business strategy. Audience will be offered a platform to revisit the roles of IP through international companies’ insight into business models such as open innovation, opportunities and risks, strengths of SMEs and prospects of IP.

  • What you should know, when you think about a possible patent (9:00 – 9:20 CET)

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Alessandro Ferretti
CEO and Legal Representative, TRE ALTAMIRA Srl CV Alessandro Ferretti

  • Innovation and IP leverage at DuPont de Nemours (9:20 – 9:40 CET)

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Takuya Senda
Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Affiliate of DuPont de Nemours, Inc. CV Takuya Senda

Break (9:40 – 9:45 CET)

9. Panel Discussion (9:45 – 10:55 CET)

Theme: Starting Innovations in Japan

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Moderator and Panelist

Tomoki Sawai
Director, WIPO Japan Office CV Tomoki Sawai
Takashi Kugai
Managing Director, The Japan Chamber of Commerce & Industry CV Takashi Kugai
Takahiro Shibuya
Senior Staff Writer, Nikkei Inc. CV Takahiro Shibuya
Atsuko Nishigaki

Senior, Researcher, Research Institute of Economy, Trade and Industry CV Tomoki Sawai

10. Closing Remarks (10:55 – 11:00 CET)

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Guy Pessach
Director, IP for Business Division, IP and Innovation Ecosystems Sector, WIPO

About WIPO

WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) is a United Nations agency that promotes IP systems and provides various IP services including international patent application system, and assistance to less developed countries.

About WIPO Japan Office

WIPO Japan Office, located in Tokyo, is one of the external offices of WIPO. It widely promotes IP systems and roles of IP, and WIPO projects and services. It also bridges among the Japanese government, courts, and IP users. In particular, it places emphasis on promotion of the IP and its roles for innovation to corporate management, SMEs, and youth.

About IP for Business Division

The IP for Business Division (IPBD) is responsible for developing tools and services and implementing programs to support enterprises maximize their potential through intellectual property. The division works with SME support institutions and other intermediaries and supports the development of innovation ecosystems, including by helping inventors access the patent system and developing the patent drafting profession.