Monday, 6 October 2014
CIPA Congress 2014: the highlights
3 October 2014, 8 pm
I have noticed that proper bloggers write summaries of the conferences they go to. So on the train home I attempt to distil the key messages from CIPA Congress 2014. Here is the result.
Keynote speech by the IP Minister: IP is lovely; every business should have one.
Session 1: try to build yourself a portfolio of lovely IP before your employees build it for you and put it on Facebook®.
Session 2: IP portfolio management is all about risk management.
Session 3: some things are going to happen in trade mark law. (I may have mis-remembered this. I am not a trade mark expert.)
Keynote speech by an EPO Director: it’s OK; we are getting some more printers. And some new Guidelines.
Session 4: prosecuting an IP portfolio is all about risk management. Except in the US, where it is just about risk.
Session 5: EPO opposition hearings are all about damage limitation. The best person to limit the damage for you is a barrister, who is properly trained to make damage look entertaining.
Keynote speech by a US attorney: USPTO post-grant review will kill your patents. All of them. Even the best-trained barrister may struggle to make this look entertaining.
Session 6: IP litigation strategy is all about risk management.
Session 7: IP licensing is all about risk management.
Vice-President’s address: here is some straw.
Keynote speech by a senior Oxfam advisor: IP is not lovely. IP is evil.
Response by GSK: oh no it isn’t.
Session 8: risk management is probably outside your budget. It may also be outside the scope of your indemnity insurance. Greece is a good place to set up a manufacturing node because of the baklava. (I may have mis-remembered this bit too.) The CJEU is not half as bad as you think, especially if you hire a barrister to make it seem more entertaining.
Session 9 (CIPA open meeting on SILC): CIPA is lovely and is going to do lots of lovely things for its members. Also please can we come round for a coffee and a chat and do you happen to have any caramel custard tarts?
I hope my readers find this a useful summary. But just in case I have missed anything important, the whole thing was being filmed. The box-set should be available before Christmas.