AIPPI World Congress 2019 Opens in London

AIPPI World Congress 2019 Opens in London

2019/9/17

AIPPI’s annual World Congress kicked off in London September 16, with former UK IP minister Jo Johnson welcoming lawyers from across the world to the three day event.
Speaking at the opening ceremony last night, Johnson said the congress was a "real tribute" to the UK, albeit"at a time of considerable turbulence in UK politics".
 
"But, come what may, the UK will remain one of the best places around the world to protect and maintain IP rights going forward, " he assured attendees.
 
This was echoed by Robin Jacob, former justice in the Court of Appeals of England and Wales and now chair of IP at University College London, who said one of the key challenges in the field is that there is''too much'' IP protection.
 
He said that in recent years, patent protection is becoming harder to obtain. He said that in his view "sometimes a trademark is just a form of sheer protectionism".
AIPPI's president, Renata Righetti, who officially opened the congress, said it was the biggest one to date with more than 2,400 attendees.
 
Aside from new tech, panels will also discuss topics such as Brexit's impact, FRAND licensing, the effective protection of trade secrets, as well as the role of customs authorities in IP protection and enforcement.
 
Source: Wipr



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