The organisers at Premier Cercle have managed to put together an outstanding programme of high-level conferences and workshops for the fourth pan-European Intellectual Property Summit since 2004.
Let the figures speak for themselves: in two days, 150 speakers will take part in debates during 40 plenary sessions and workshops. More than 600 delegates from 45 countries will attend. At least 100 speakers will be rights holders from industry sharing their significant practical experiences of the patent and trademark systems. The remaining delegates will be made up of representatives from various international and local institutions concerned with the practice of IP law.
Since its beginning, the IP Summit has benefited from many supporters due to its unique double focus on business and regulatory matters. In 2010, the returning European Commission, European Patent Office and Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market are now joined by BusinessEurope for a true symbolic dialogue between lawmakers, system operators and user companies.
For the very first time, three different EU Commissioners will give keynote speeches at the IP Summit. Michel Barnier, in charge of the Internal Market and Services, will open the plenary at 9am on December 2. Karel de Gucht, responsible for Trade, will close the same morning sessions. His colleague Neelie Kroes, now Vice-President and Commissioner for the Digital Agenda, will pronounce the opening address on day two.
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