Conference report: Innovation & IP Forum & Awards


Conference report: Innovation & IP Forum & Awards

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IP experts met in Paris to celebrate the best IP departments and the best IP advisors across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Leaders League reports.

The Innovation & IP Forum and Awards were held in Paris on January 30, 2019. More than 500 IP directors, chief digital officers, general counsel, directors of R&D and heads of data protection gathered for this major international summit on IP and innovation.

Key sectors of IP (patents, trademarks, designs and data protection/IT) were debated by 65 international industry experts via keynote speeches and 15 panel discussions with prestigious speakers such as: Asta Valdimarsdottir, director, Madrid Information and Promotion Division, Madrid Registry, Brands and Designs Sector, WIPO; Yann Meniere, chief economist, European Patent Office; Matthew Hitching, head of the European IP group, Canon; Pierre Gendraud, industrial property director, PSA Group; Stephan Wolke, head of IP, Thyssenkrupp IP; Saida Haouchine, head of trademarks, Renault Retail Group; Marc Muraccini, associate general counsel trademarks & patents, Ubisoft Entertainment; Corinna Sundermann, senior vice president IP management, patent department, Fresenius Kabi; Jennifer Chung, associate general counsel, Accuweather; and Miroslav Cerny, coordinator of the IP department, Skoda Auto.

For details of the 2019 laureates, visit IP department awards at: and IP law firm awards at:

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