GIPC 2019: Post Conference Report on Industry 4.0 Challenges for IP

The 11th edition of Global Intellectual Property Convention (GIPC), one of the most awaited IP event of the year was successfully held at Sheraton Grand Whitefield in Bangalore between 17th – 19th January 2019. The theme of the conference was ‘Industry 4.0 and Challenges for IP’ covering issues on the Artificial Intelligence, Internet of Things, Robotics, Big Data Analytics and their implications on the intellectual property rights. The chief guest of the event was Mr. François-Régis Hannart, Principal Director, European and International Co-operation, European Patent Office.

The convention started with a cocktail reception and networking dinner on the evening of 17th January. The formal inaugural session was held on the morning of 18th January where the welcome address was given by Dr. Dhanpat Ram Agarwal, founder director, ITAG Business Solutions Ltd. The distinguished guests comprising the inaugural panel along with the chief guest Mr. François-Régis Hannart were Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert; Mr. Chid Iyer, Partner, Sughrue Mion; Ms. Aditi Subramaniam, Associate Principal, Subramaniam & Associates; Mr. Pravin Anand, Managing Partner, Anand and Anand; Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys and Dr. Sourabh Khemani, Director, L. S. Davar & Co.

Immediately after the inaugural, the conference started with its first plenary session on ‘Digital Economy led Innovation and Challenges for IP’, setting the mood for the event. The next plenary session was on ‘Regulatory Provisions of USFDA for approval of Pharma and Biosimilar Drugs’ and the recent amendments in the US and its implications to the pharmaceutical and biosimilar industries. After the two plenaries it was the time for the technical sessions which included session themes on topical issues such as ‘Artificial Intelligence and IP: New Frontiers and Challenges’, ‘Copyright & Big Data – A view from the industry’, ‘Pharma and Biologics’. There were also sessions on ‘Trade secrets & Data protection’, ‘Licensing Standard Essential Patents’ and ‘FRAND and Trademark issues’. The mock trial session on a patent infringement suit conducted by K&S Partners made the proceedings so interesting and captivating that audience refused to leave their seats even after the judgment was pronounced. There was also an educative session namely ‘IP Gamification’ which was organised by ThyssenKrupp Intellectual Property GmbH.

The special feature of GIPC 2019 was launching of the GIPC Awards on the evening of 18thJanuary. The organising team behind GIPC believes that the corporates have a great role in creation and commercialisation of IP and the law firms have an important role for protection and enforcement of the IPR whereas awareness of the IP culture is the joint responsibility of the Government and the civil societies. Since GIPC is playing its own role of consistently bringing together the knowledge resource from across the globe and provide a platform for learning and networking, the organising team took the responsibility to help choose and felicitate individuals/organisations who have contributed excellent services in the field of IP and Innovation thereby strengthening the overall IP Eco System. The jury for the awards consisted of eminent personalities from the field of IP and were from various industry and professional backgrounds.

The awards were presented by Dr. Dhanpat Ram Agarwal, Founder Director, ITAG Business Solutions Ltd., Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli, Visiting Professor, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law and Georg Weber, Principal Director, European Patent Office. The list of awardees who were felicitated in the first GIPC awards is given below.

  • Dr. Heinz Goddar, Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Chid Iyer, Sughrue
  • Pravin Anand, Anand & Anand
  • Malathi Lakshimikumaran, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan
  • Manisha Singh, LexOrbis
  • Sunil Krishna, Krishna & Saurastri
  • Joshita Davar Khemani, LS Davar
  • Vivek Doulatani, Ather Energy
  • Hari Subramaniyam, Subramaniyam & Associates
  • S.K. Murthy, Intel
  • Stephen Wolke, ThyssenKrupp
  • Santosh Mohanty, TCS
  • Raghavender G.R., Ministry of Law & Justice
  • Chitra Iyer, Philips
  • Sumesh Reddy, Cipla

The award ceremony was followed by a networking cocktail and gala dinner.

The next day 19th January opened up with a plenary session on ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution and its Implication on IP’ which was followed by another important plenary session on ‘Role of IP in Make in India and Startups – Transformation through IP’. Post lunch it was time for the technical sessions which discussed on important issues of ‘Innovations in Automobile Industry’, ‘Internet of Things: Intellectual Property Issues’, ‘Critical Issues on patenting of Software under different Jurisdictions’ and more. The last round of technical sessions covered ‘Plant Variety, Seed sovereignty & GM Foods’, ‘Can IPRs foster innovation in the field of Biotechnology?’, ‘Damages and awards for IP Infringements’ and Technology Transfer’.

Later in the evening it was the time to bid goodbye to all attendees at the valedictory session which was moderated by Dr. Dhanpat Ram Agarwal, Founder Director, ITAG Business Solutions Ltd along with Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner Boehmert & Boehmert, Ms. Aditi Subramaniam, Associate Prinicipal, Subramaniam & Associates, Dr. Malathi Lakshmikumaran, Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan Attorneys, and Prof. Prabuddha Ganguli, Visiting Professor, Rajiv Gandhi School of Intellectual Property Law.

Overall the convention was participated by around 400 delegates which included 100 plus speakers from around 200 organisations including corporates, law firms, government bodies and institutions from India and abroad. There were representatives from all over the globe including Japan from the far-east to Columbia in South America and from North Europe including Germany and UK to the Middle East and Australia and South Africa. The conference feedback captured responses of lots of participants stating that this was the best GIPC they have ever attended which definitely meant that the bar was rising every year successfully.


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