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Conferences, Roundtables & Seminars

2015 saw the 5th edition of IP Academy’s flagship event, the Global Forum on IP (GFIP). The conference brought together an exciting line-up of speakers who engaged in high-level debates and discussions on the future of intellectual property in today’s rapidly evolving economic and technology landscapes.

In addition, IP Academy continued to organise and support roundtables and seminars featuring internationally renowned IP thought leaders, including its own highly regarded Distinguished Speaker Series.

5th Global Forum on Intellectual Property (25-26 August 2015)

The 5th Global Forum on Intellectual Property (GFIP), the anchor event of IP Week @ SG 2015, saw participants including a record 20 Director-Generals of IP Offices, over 50 distinguished speakers, illustrious IP/legal practitioners, members of the judiciary, policy-makers, academics and business leaders.

Key highlights of GFIP 2015 included:

  • A special Judges’ plenary session with eminent judges from the UK, US, China and Singapore
  • Insights into recent high-profile IP litigation cases from around the world
  • Discussions on IP and new/disruptive technologies
  • Strategies for IP value creation
  • A session on ASEAN Economic Integration

Among the 50 distinguished speakers at GFIP:

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization
  • Colin Ian Birss, QC, Judge, High Court of Justice of England and Wales
  • Kenichi Nagasawa, Director and Group Executive, Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters, Canon Inc.
  • Etienne Sanz de Acedo, CEO, International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • George Wei, Judge, Supreme Court of Singapore
  • Hsu Wei-Fu, Corporate Vice President and General Counsel, MediaTek Inc.
  • and many others.

On the sidelines of GFIP, the IP Academy also inked Memoranda of Understanding with the International IP Commercialisation Council, Renmin University of China, and the Singapore Institute of Technology. These agreements will see the IP Academy leverage the strengths and best-practices of leading universities and IP organisations, to enrich the programmes and initiatives offered to the IP workforce

Many positive feedbacks were received and numerous touched on the rich content of the conference, which was masterfully delivered by the distinguished panellists, as well as the excellent organisation of the conference.

See the photo highlights from IP Week and the Global Forum on IP 2015 here! Click here to watch an interview with Dr. Francis Gurry, Director General of the World Intellectual Property Organization, and here to watch an interview with His Excellency Dr. Cham Prasidh, Cambodia's Senior Minister for Industry and Handicrafts.

"Patent Trolls, Patent Reform and the Future of the Patent System" (6 July 2015)

Internationally renowned expert in patent law matters, Professor Mark
Lemley, will share his views and insights on Patent Reform and the future
of the Patent System. Hear him discuss the latest developments in US
patent law and policy and the consequences of the Supreme Court’s
Alice decision on the value of corporate IP assets.

Mark Lemley is the William H. Neukom Professor of Law at Stanford Law School and the Director of the Stanford Program in Law, Science and Technology. He teaches intellectual property, computer and internet law, patent law, trademark law, antitrust, and remedies. He is the author of seven books (most in multiple editions) and 144 articles on these and related subjects, including the two-volume treatise IP and Antitrust.
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Event Details


   6 July 2015, Monday

   The event is free, please register by 29 June, Monday


   (Registration starts at 3.30pm)


   IP Academy
   51 Bras Basah Road
   #01-01, Manulife Centre
   Singapore 189554


Public CPD Points

1.5 CPD Points 

This programme is an Accredited CPD Activity under the SILE’s CPD Scheme. Participants who wish to claim CPD Points are reminded that they must comply strictly with the Attendance Policy set out in the CPD Guidelines. This includes signing-in on arrival and signing-out at the conclusion of the activity in the manner required by the organiser, and not being absent from the entire activity for more than 15 minutes. Participants who do not comply with the Attendance Policy will not be able to obtain CPD Points for attending the activity. Please refer to http://www.silecpdcentre.sg for more information.

Practice Area

   Intellectual Property

Training Level


IPA Roundtable Series: "Reflections on Copyright - Featuring Professor Paul Goldstein, Stella W. and Ira S. Lillick Professor of Law, Stanford Law School"


The rapidly evolving landscapes of technology and economics regularly disrupt copyright laws around the world. The innovation economy is posing challenges to the law to adjust to new business models and consumer demands. Professor Paul Goldstein, the United States’ leading intellectual property scholar and globally recognized expert on intellectual property law, will share his thoughts on the new type of copyright required in this ever-shifting digital era. Then hear from our own IP thought leaders about the future of copyright law in Singapore.

This programme is part of the IP Academy’s 2015 Thought Leadership series on Copyright Reform. Join us at IP Academy to hear from and network with eminent IP thought leaders in their respective fields and expertise.

Date: 1st July 2015 (Wednesday)
Time: 2.00pm to 5.30pm
Venue: IP Academy
Address: 51 Bras Basah Road #01-01 Manulife Centre Singapore 189554

For more information, click on this link.
To register, please click on this  link.

2.5 SILE-CPD public points available!

Global Technology Law Conference 2015 (29-30 June 2015)


WIPO-Singapore Summer School (18-29 May 2015)

The WIPO Singapore Summer School on Intellectual Property (IP) successfully concluded in May 2015.


This is the third time WIPO Academy and the IP Academy have partnered on the WIPO Singapore Summer School series and the successful conclusion exemplified another successful collaboration between WIPO Academy and us. Held over two weeks at the IP Academy where 17 students and young professionals from 5 different countries converged in Singapore for two weeks of intensive learning, sharing and networking,  the participants were given an opportunity to learn and to gain an appreciation of IP as a tool for economic, social, cultural and technological development, as well as to understand the role WIPO plays in the global administration of IP.


The diversity and background of the students and lecturers make the Summer Schools a truly international forum for discussion and exchange of ideas with a focus on IP. 
Here are some of the feedbacks we gathered from the participants:
Mr Rajesh Krishnan, Senior Manager, INDIA
"A great way to bring minds from various countries to learn, share and grow mutually....Every single aspect was taken care of by the organizations. Be it food, be it excursion tours or the facilities provided. Big thanks to all, especially Felix and Tony; for making this a memorable experience in terms of learning, fun and everything else; including networking."
Ms Madhura Kar, Student, INDIA
" The WIPO-Singapore Summer School was one of my best experiences so far. Being a Master student in Pharmaceutical Sciences, I knew very little about IP, but wanted to gain a basic understanding about IP and facilitate a smooth transition from pharmacy to Patents. Therefore I decided to participate in this summer school....I would strongly recommend this Summer School to any students/professionals who wants to gain a comprehensive perspective and knowledge on IP."
Mr Ebrahim Alabboudi, Patent Examiner, Gulf Countries Council (GCC) Patent Office, Riyadh
"It was wonderful opportunity to join WIPO Singapore Summer School. The course covered all major aspects of IP such as Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, etc. Also the variety of participants was such useful and encouraged good discussions regarding IP hot topics....The most important thing I learned from this course is the integration of IP and life issues and general view for IP is affecting our life and how IP can provide solutions for global problems.
Ms Vanessa Ricci, Project Advisor, Belgium
The WIPO Singapore Summer School was a unique opportunity to learn more about the IP regime in South East Asia. The teachers were providing comparisons between the EU,US and ASEAN IP legal framework. The school was attentive to the needs of the participants by providing practical case studies but also by giving local highlights including a Durian cake!

IP Insights Seminar - Lunch Talk on The Future of IP (13 March 2015)

We were honoured to have Mr John Alty, Chief Executive Officer and Comptroller General of the UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO) speak at the recent IP Insights Seminar, sharing his experience of IP, the UK industries and recent law reforms.

He spoke of topics on innovation, creativity and law reform with a focus on designs and copyright in the UK. He also discussed the impact of the IP law reforms on business, institutes of higher learning and creators.

The seminar was jointly organised by IP Academy and UK Intellectual Property Office (IPO), with the support of British High Commission Singapore. The Seminar was also organized in conjunction with the Great British Week Singapore event which took place from 07 to 14 March 2015.


Distinguished Speaker Series 2015 : The Reform of Copyright - A discussion of international trends by Professor Daniel Gervais (12 February 2015)

IP Academy held their 2nd Distinguished Speaker Series on 12th February 2015 which was attended by 40 participants from the who’s who of the IP fraternity including heads of IP of law firms, CTOs, and senior public service officers.

The Distinguished Speaker Series is IP Academy’s continuous effort to bring world renowned thought leaders to share their views, insights and best practices in the rapidly evolving fields of IP and the innovation economy. For 2015, IP Academy is embarking on a series of talks on Copyright reform as part of its Thought Leadership programme.

At this Distinguished Speaker Series session, Professor Daniel Gervais, who is Professor of Law at Vanderbilt University Law School and Director of the Vanderbilt Intellectual Property Program, spoke on “Structured Copyright reform”. He revealed to the audience a new framework he was working on called the “four quadrants of authorship” for the purposes of discussing how to create, reuse, monetize copyright in the new digital era and the current inequality of income between authors and intermediaries. He also shared interesting anecdotes on the US music industry with the audience. His provocative lecture led to an interesting exchange of questions and ideas between Professor Gervais and the audience during the Question and Answer segment.