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Agenda - IIPLA 5th Dubai IP Congress

Day 1 | Monday | January 14, 2019


9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Welcome & Opening Address:
Chief Guest:

11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Session 1: World of IP : The Visible and Invisible Risks of Businesses 

Whether it’s overlooking to analyze existing patents, procrastinating while filing for trademark protection, failing to identify the threat of copyright infringement or a cyber breach, or not being ardent enough in preserving trade secrets, these mishandled intellectual properties can wound an established corporation or bring down a promising venture to ground zero. How should we manage these IP risks?  

Moderator: TBA
  1. Dmitriy A Vinarov, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, USA
  2. Moses Nkomo, Senior Partner & Founder, Donsa-Nkomo & Mutangi Legal Practice, Zimbabwe
  3. Ahmad Saleh, Partner & Head of Patents & Designs at Al Tamimi & Company, United Arab Emirates
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Session 2: Building & Protecting your Assets in the Digital World

Your business or your client's business is writing innovative computer code, sleek user interfaces, and is utilizing digital technology to solve new problems. We understand you'll protect the investment with the help of Intellectual Property. Nevertheless, the enigma is, what should be the IP strategy for the digital world? Come, let's review it in this session.

Moderator: TBA
  1. Felix OlogbonyoCorporate Counsel, Nestle, Nigeria
  2. Karim Elhelaly, Legal Director, Oracle, UAE
  3. Ali H. Allawi, Patent Attorney, Oblon, McClelland, Maier & Neustadt LLP, USA
  4. Melissa K. Dobson, Managing Counsel, BE Associates, USA
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Session 3: Trade Secret vs. Patents : A new Calculus

What should be your strategy? Trade Secret, Patent or Publish? We agree that there is no straightforward answer to this question. Well, the right answer is, it depends! And it depends heavily on the product you have. We will discuss specific scenarios for specific situations. Attend this session and ask your specific question to our experts in this panel.

Moderator: TBA
  1. Dmitriy A Vinarov, Partner, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP, USA
  2. Danka Milic, Head Of Intellectual Property, Fetchr, UAE
03:30 PM - 04:45 PM

Session 4: Patent Litigation Trends: Past, Present and Future

Statistics show that the number of litigations has dropped significantly. Deepak Sharma, CEO, Anjay Venture Partners at IIPLA 3rd Annual Meeting San Francisco revealed the problematic situation of NPEs. Corporations have also changed their strategies of litigation. Let's see what is there is in the future. What 2019 will bring on to the litigation table?

1. Irfan Lateef, Partner, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear, LLP, USA

2. Neha Jayaswal, Patent Counsel, Abbott, UAE 

Title : Patent Litigation trends: A pharma perspective.

04:45 PM - 06:00 PM

Session 5: Beyond Prosecution, Litigation and Monetization in Patents.

Alright, we always talk about Prosecution, Litigation or Monetization in Patents. So, do we have other pressing issues to take care? Of course, yes! Let's talk about the other potential problems and decision scenarios in a patent lifecycle. This session could be an eye-opener for some of the untouched issues. Join us in this session to see what is out there entirely forgotten.

1. Lisa L. Mueller, Partner, Casimir Jones, S.C., USA;
Title: How About Ethical issues in Patents?

2. Joyce v. Natzmer, Agris & von Natzmer LLP, USA;
Title: Design Patents vs. Utility Patents: When a Design Might Top a Utility Patent Application

3. Rory J. Radding, Partner, Locke Lord LLP, USA

Title: The Pitfalls, Problems and Solutions to Artificial Intelligence and IP. 

Day 2 | Tuesday | January 15, 2019

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Session 6: Intangible Asset & Intellectual Property Valuation

What do you think, the value of Intellectual Property is increasing or decreasing? Well, the answer could be yes or no depending upon whose opinion it is and what sort of IP it is. Valuation of IP is always subjective. Let us see, how the experts who have done it time and again say about it. Join this valuable session for understanding how we value the value of IP.

Moderator: TBA
  1. Dominika Boehm, Senior IP Counsel, Siemens, UAE
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Session 7:  Latest Trademark & Copyright Infringement Cases - How we should develop our strategies for global market?

Experts estimate the average cost of a trademark lawsuit can be between $120,000 to $750,000 in addition to years of valuable time. The trademark lawsuit is draining for all size of companies. Large corporations have reputations at stake while others have time and resources. The question now is, are we extracting any practical learning from the latest trademark cases? Also, what are the implications of Digital Copyright infringements in the global market. We will address all these questions in this session.

Candice Kloes, Senior Legal Counsel, du, UAE 
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Session 8: Worldwide Trademark  Protection

Trademark Protection is different for different countries. There are different rules and different language requirements. In this session, we will compare the Trademark Protection requirements in various jurisdictions. We will see, how a minor deflect from the country specific strategy can affect the protection of your mark.

Moderator: TBA
1. Steffen Feike, Regional Legal Counsel, Bombardier, UAE

2. Florence Atuluku, Partner, Aliant, Nigeria
Title: Trademark Protection in Africa - Best advised strategies
 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM Networking Lunch
01:30 PM - 02:45 PM

Session 9: Patent Prosecution Strategies in the Changing Legal Landscape

Legal Landscape of Patents is ever changing. From AIA to Alice every instance changed the Litigation of Patents. Of course, together with the Litigation Changes we are experiencing changes in Prosecution Strategies. In this session, we will discuss the patent prosecution strategies considering today's requirements.

1. Haris Zaheer Bajwa, Attorney , Bajwa IP Law Firm, USA; 
 Title: Prosecuting Patents for Sales and Licensing
     02:45 PM - 03:00 PM Networking Coffee Break
    03:00 PM - 04:15 PM

    Session 10: Patent Prosecution Strategies in Changing Technological Landscape

    Technological Landscape is changing every day. There seems to a race of transitions all around. Legal is one and technical is other. Nevertheless, we must keep up with the changes so that we serve our clients at our best level. Artificial Intelligence, Blockchain, IoT, FinTech and other Tech Startups they all need practical pieces of advice. We are discussing these changing landscapes in this session.

    1. Jun Ye, Partner, Getech Law, USA;
    Title: Prosecuting Artificial Intelligence and Blockchain Patent Applications

    2: Mahua Roy Chowdhury, Principal Partner, Royzz & Co., India
    Title: Practical Patent Strategies to Strengthen your Clients' Valuable Assets and Brands 
    04:15 PM - 04:30 PM Closing Notes

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