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New Models of Intellectual Property: Predictability and Openness as Spurs to Innovation
06 Dec - 11 Dec, 2008
(Session 460)
 Traduttore Traditore? Recognizing and Promoting the Critical Role of Translation in a Global Culture

Johnson Kong (Co-Chair) - Executive Vice President, IP.Com Inc. New York
Martin Wolf (Co-Chair) - Associate Editor and Chief Economics Commentator, Financial Times, London
Tim Hubbard - Head of Informatics, Human Genome Analysis group, The Sanger Centre, Wellcome Trust Genome Campus, Cambridge (invited)
Jongan Kim - Presiding Administrative Judge, Intellectual Property Tribunal, Korean Intellectual Property Office, Daejeon
Tivadar Lippényi - Vice President, National Office for Research and Technology (NKTH), Budapest
Ma Lianyuan - President, All China Patent Agents Association; former Vice Director, China National Bureau of Patent; Beijing
Joseph Straus - Director, Competition and Tax Law, Max Plank Institute for Intellectual Property, Munich
Harriet Strimpel - Chief Patent Counsel, New England Biolabs, Ipswich, Massachusetts
John Tarpey - Director of Communications, World Intellectual Property Organization, Geneva
Amédée Turner - Queen's Counsel, Patent Bar, London; former Member of the European Parliament
John Vaughn - Executive Vice President, Association of American Universities, Washington
Lawrence Weschler - Director, The New York Institute for the Humanities at NYU; Artistic Director, The Chicago Humanities Festival
Kyungok Wun-Kim - Vice President of IP Prosecution Group in IP Strategy Office, Corporate Technology Operations, Samsung Electronics Co., LTD.

Additional Session Support:
Douglas Graham (Resource Specialist) - Executive Director, Open Innovation Society
Gary Litman (Resource Specialist) - Vice President, Europe & Eurasia, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Washington, DC

It is generally assumed that intellectual property rights (IPR) are essential for competitiveness and innovation, and thus to the functioning and progress of what have come to be known as "knowledge-based economies". At the same time, it is clear that very different attitudes and practices prevail in different countries and in different industries, and sometimes even between different kinds of specialists working side by side in the same industry (for instance, in medicine, the surgeon and the drug manufacturer). This session will discuss the relationship between innovation and property in a number of different sectors, including pharmaceuticals, software and the arts, and explore the impact of intellectual property rights protection on innovation and economic growth. The issues under discussion will include the role of IPR in both industrialized and developing countries, pertinent strategies for IPR in a globalized world, the handling of these rights within the international trade regime, and an analysis of best practices in the field of corporate IP management.

The session will convene senior legal and corporate experts, high-level government officials and leading academics and commentators from around the world to explore ideas on how countries can benefit from new paradigms of innovation and develop solutions to persistent global disputes relating to IP. The underlying question will be how to ensure that IPR are used to promote the widest possible benefits from innovation, and not restrict them.

The fee for this session is 3,300 EURO. The fee covers the cost of the program, accommodations, and meals. Limited scholarship funding may be available for those who are unable to pay the full fee (i.e. from developing countries or NGOs). Participants seeking scholarship assistance must submit an application for financial aid to our admissions office.


Amédée Turner
Tivadar Lippényi

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Innovation in Knowledge-based Economies: Accelerating the Benefits
13 Apr - 18 Apr, 2008
(Session 451)


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