Conference preview: Technology Patent Network 2018


Conference preview: Technology Patent Network 2018

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Join World IP Review at Technology Patent Network 2018 on June 21 at the Bloomsbury Hotel in London to hear about exciting IP developments in the area of disruptive technologies including AI and blockchain.

Technological advances over the past 30 years have dramatically changed the patent landscape. Continued innovation in software and hardware in even more recent history has led to a myriad of questions where answers can be hard to find.

At Technology Patent Network, taking place in London on Thursday June 21, we will help you discover the answers and see what you need to be prepared for in the future with a range of keynote addresses, panel discussions and roundtables.

The event will begin with a keynote address focusing on an industry hot topic, the ownership of IP rights in artificial intelligence (AI). This will then move into a presentation by Patrick Courtney, director at Sila Standards, looking at the future role of robots as creators, computers as inventors and the implications of AI on IP rights.

AI is going to revolutionise the world at large, but these presentations will help you understand the wider context for IP and what it will mean for your company or practice in the years ahead.

“The roundtables provide the perfect forum to discuss, debate, share and learn with your peers.”

Blockchain has recently entered the wider public consciousness. The technology behind a host of disruptive innovations including cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin offers consumers and producers a chance to challenge established players within a wide range of industries. But what does this mean for you?

Kevin Fournier, counsel, IP law at IBM, will give a keynote address discussing patenting of blockchain technology, before hosting a panel discussion with a number of other experts on the strategies involved. As an attendee you will learn (i) about the open-source nature of blockchain code and how it affects the enforceability of patents; (ii) what patent applications are currently being filed; and (iii) about the current outlook for obtaining patents for new innovations.

Another highlight at the event is the inclusion of Samuel Granata, court of appeal judge, Antwerp, who is very involved in setting up the Unified Patent Court (UPC). Granata will be able to provide unparalleled insight into the intended workings of the UPC (which has yet to be implemented), focusing on obtaining and bringing evidence in court proceedings in Europe.

Technology Patent Network 2018 provides an opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas and visions for the future in a selection of roundtables on a number of hot industry topics. If you have some knowledge to showcase on a particular issue, this is your opportunity as a delegate to share your expertise.

With eight different discussion tables, all run twice over a near two-hour period, including an open table to discuss solving corporate counsel challenges, topics available for debate will include defending against non-practising entities (hosted by Marks & Clerk); patenting cloud-based innovations; and IP portfolio management. These roundtables provide the perfect forum to discuss, debate, share and learn with your peers.

To find out more about Technology Patent Network 2018, visit the event website where you will be able to see the full agenda and speaker profiles and book your delegate pass.

If you are interested in partnering with us at this event, contact Kirsty Pocock, commercial director, email:, telephone: + 44 (0) 203 301 8211.

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