Sydney Harbour Bridge

For the first time in its 120 year history, the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) will hold their World Congress in Sydney.

The focus of the annual event is to debate and find resolutions to a number of global intellectual property (IP) issues. This year’s topics include: the patentability of computer implemented inventions; bad faith trade marks; protection of graphical user interfaces; quantification of monetary relief; geographical indications; and gene patenting.

A number of our staff will be participating in the Congress, with our Director General, Patricia Kelly, speaking at the opening ceremony, and moderating a panel discussion on recent developments at the European Patent Office (EPO). Victor Portelli, General Manager of Patents, is a panellist for the session on post-grant proceedings, and our Chief Economist, Ben Mitra-Kahn will speak in the session about big data.

The Congress will also explore issues in the pharmaceutical, biotech and broader healthcare industry sector, briefing sessions on the IP system in China, an update on the IP implications of Brexit, a keynote addresse from Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), and much more.               

The conference will take place from October 13 – 17 at the International Convention Centre in Sydney.

Visit the 2017 AIPPI World Congress website to view the full program and to register.

21 September 2017