Global Patent Congress: a meeting of IP leaders


Francesca Lehning

Global Patent Congress: a meeting of IP leaders

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Ahead of the Global Patent Congress 2016, which is taking place in Brussels from September 26 to 28, Francesca Lehning, marketing manager at the congress, previews the event.

Europe and the world is operating in a fast-changing, disruptive business climate, with patents and intellectual property standing at the centre. With IP departments charged with delivering business strategy and profit, and safeguarding the future and competiveness of an organisation, IP professionals have to execute increasingly complex decisions, work and activities on a daily basis.

Now in its tenth year, the Global Patent Congress is the largest IP leadership-level event of its kind. It’s three days of learning through engaging sessions with 60-plus speakers, and an expected audience of more than 200 IP leaders, patent experts, judges, and international experts, all on hand to learn from and interact with.  

Solve your greatest challenges and customise your own agenda and fill it with timely, topical practical sessions including interactive discussion groups, keynotes, track sessions, and peer-to-peer exercises. 

The forward-thinking, practical agenda covers a wide array of areas of interest, including strategy development, protection and enforcement, filing, licensing, monetisation, patent management, the Unified Patent Court, Brexit, open innovation, patents around the globe including China, and much more.

Former UN representative Andrew Hirsch has confirmed to speak at the Global Patent Congress. Hirsch has 25 years of international experience representing private sector companies, the US Department of Commerce, and the US Patent and Trademark Office, and was hired by the UN to draft the “Feasibility Study for a UN Technology Bank for the World’s Least Developed Countries”.

Currently executive director for the International Intellectual Property Institute, Hirsch will be giving his insight on “how to understand Chinese patent culture as an imperative step for implementing strategy” and “how to improve the global intellectual property ecosystem and drive economic growth through IP”, and opening on-site discussions on “how Brexit could impact intellectual property”.

He will be joined by leaders from companies and organisations including the Unified Patent Court (UPC), Nokia, the European Patent Office, Valneva Austria, Panasonic, and other legal experts at the congress.

The congress brings together 60-plus industry leaders to debate, discuss and shape global patents within the legal industry and define company patent strategies, including a “view from the bench” on the unitary patent and UPC.

The full agenda including a full list of keynote speakers can be found here.

For further information contact the Global Patent Congress team on +44 207 368 9809 or by email at:

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