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In December 2016, ASIPI welcomed more than 600 members to its Work Sessions event in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Luis Henriquez reviews the highlights.
Buenos Aires, with its cultural richness, gastronomy, passion for sports, and wonderful people, welcomed more than 600 participants to the XIX Work Sessions and Administrative Council of ASIPI from December 4 to 7.
Every ASIPI event is unique: each one carries the ‘imprint’ of the host country, and the current reality there is reflected in the academic and social agenda.
In the days leading up to the Work Sessions, meetings of the association’s executive committee, administrative council and working committees were held. Projects, guidelines, evaluations, and agreements were undertaken throughout those days, always with the objective of allowing the association to achieve a greater impact in the field of intellectual property.
ASIPI’s new members and first-time attendees to the event had a special place on the agenda. The traditional ‘Mentorship Programme’ offered them the opportunity to become acquainted with ASIPI members and start a network of contacts to get the most out of the event.
On the night of December 4, the event was formally opened with words from Juan Berton Moreno, president of the host committee; Miguel Braun, secretary of commerce; Dámaso Pardo, president of Argentina’s National Institute of Industrial Property; Gustavo Schötz, director of the National Directorate of Copyright; Carolina Fernández, president of the Argentine Association of Industrial Property Agents; and María del Pilar Troncoso, president of ASIPI.
In her opening speech, del Pilar Troncoso, who assumed the presidency of ASIPI a year ago, referred to the challenges ahead and projects achieved, and highlighted the academic programme of the event.
The young members of the Creciendo en Armonía orchestra performed a programme that delighted the audience. The evening ended with a cocktail reception at the Hilton of Puerto Madero, the host venue for the event.
“The last day of the Work Sessions began with a presentation of the ASIPI/International Trademark Association ‘Trademark Impact Study’, followed by a panel discussion on biotechnological inventions.”
During the first day of discussions, panellists talked about the topic of valuing intangibles, the Trans-Pacific Partnership, protection of appellations of origin, responsibility for online content and so-called ‘wearable technologies’.
On the same day a collaboration agreement was executed between ASIPI and the Supreme Court of Justice of Paraguay, as well as with the Arbitration Center of the Chamber of Commerce of Santiago de Chile.
The night was spent at the Usina del Arte, a cultural centre in the city, where law firms hosted an entertaining cocktail reception during which guests enjoyed a tango show.
During the second day, participants had a choice of workshops on the Patent Cooperation Treaty, administration of firms, digital medicine, franchising and arbitration. In the afternoon, they took advantage of the good weather, sports activities held at the Jockey Club and tours through Buenos Aires.
The last day of the Work Sessions began with a presentation of the ASIPI/International Trademark Association ‘Trademark Impact Study’, followed by a panel discussion on biotechnological inventions, cyber security, proof of use of a trademark, among other topics. A presentation was also made with the World Intellectual Property Organization on the Inventor Assistance Program.
The balance of the academic agenda with the participation of the attendees and the quality of the panels was very positive.
To close the event, La Rural was chosen for the final dinner where, with dancing and music, we said goodbye to the Work Sessions. We invite you to see the visual summary of the event at: https://youtu.be/XyMi2TgdZpM
Thank you ASIPI Buenos Aires for a great event. We now look ahead to Puerto Rico, and look forward to seeing you from March 19 to 21 for the seminar “Showbiz and More ... Intellectual Property in the Entertainment Industry”.
Luis Henriquez is a secretary at ASIPI. He can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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