March – May 2016: Upcoming Intellectual Property Events from around the World

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March 15, 2016 — For the next couple of months, a lot of IP Practitioners will be racking up airline miles as they attend upcoming Intellectual Property events from across the globe. Below are a few to keep in mind for the months of March through May:

1. WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market

WIPO Conference on the Global Digital Content Market

Event Description: This Conference is organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) and will feature a number of sessions on publishing, broadcasting, film, music, collective management and digital architecture. Specifically, the Conference will explore copyright in the digital age; the impact of the digital environment on creators; the role of publishers and producers; and distribution platforms. Limited space is available for members of the public and registration is subject to confirmation that a seat has been assigned to an attendee.

Location: Geneva, Switzerland

Dates: April 20 – 22, 2016

Hashtag: #digicontent2016

Sessions and Speakers We are Watching:

>Session: Sustaining the Film Industry in the Digital Environment (Thursday, April 21, 2016)

Panelists: Mr. Nikita Mikhalkov; Mr. Jason Njoku, CEO of  iROKOtv, Lagos; Mr. Gong Yu, CEO of IQIYI, Beijing; Ms. Dorothy Ghettuba, CEO of Spielworks Media, Nairobi; and Mr. Ayushmann Khurrana, Actor, Mumbai.

>Session: Digital Architecture – The Soft Infrastructure of the Global Market (Friday, April 22, 2016)

Speakers: Ms. Angela Mills Wade, CEO of European Publishers Council, Brussels; Mr. Dominic Young, CEO of the Copyright Hub Foundation, London.

Panelists: Mr. Richard Hooper, Chair of the Copyright Hub Foundation, London; Mr. Elton Yeung, CEO of Composers and Authors Society of Hong Kong, (CASH), Hong Kong; Ms. Tracey Armstrong, CEO of Copyright Clearance Centre (CCC), Danvers, Massachusetts.

2. INTA 2016

Event Description: In May, the International Trademark Association (INTA) will hold its meeting in Orlando, Florida! The meeting will focus on areas such as Branding and Brand Management, Trademarks, and Copyright Protection. The meeting typically attracts over 9,500 attendees from more than 140 countries around the world. INTA is a great way to collect CLE credits!

Location: Orlando, Florida

Date: May 21 – 25, 2016

For IP practitioners on the African Continent, a Pre–Annual Meeting Reception and Roundtable is scheduled to take place in Pretoria, South Africa. Date: March 17, 2016 Time: 4:30 pm–6:00 pm, followed by a reception. Location: Spoor & Fisher Building No. 13 Highgrove Office Park, Oak Avenue Centurion, Pretoria South Africa.

3. 31st Annual Intellectual Property Law Conference

IPL Spring 2016

Event Description: This Conference will cover a variety of IP Law disciplines including patents, trademarks, and copyright. Areas of focus will include international design protection, licensing agreements, patents, copyright, and social media and content licensing. This conference also provides an opportunity to fulfill your CLE requirements.

Location: Bethesda, Maryland

Date: April 6 – 8, 2016

4.  MIP Africa Roadshow 2016

Event Description: Managing IP, in partnership with Adams & Adams, is launching the MIP Africa Roadshow 2016 in New York. Delegates will be given a full day to hear from, and network with, over 100 leading IP experts in multiple fields. They will also learn strategies for protecting IP in Africa, delve into pertinent statistics and analysis on specific jurisdictions.

Location: New York City

Date: April 6, 2016

5.  World Intellectual Property Day 2016

World IP Day 2016Event Description: On April 26, 2016, countries around the world will celebrate World IP Day! This year’s theme is ‘Digital Creativity: Culture Reimagined’. What is great about World IP Day is that you can celebrate it anywhere! WIPO has provided a list of themes that you can adopt in celebration of the day. At NLIPW, we have a few ideas of what we will do to celebrate the day!

Location: Worldwide

Date: April 26, 2016

Hashtag: #worldipday

6. INTA’s Brands and Sports Conference!

INTA 2016

Event Description: Chances are that you are already attending this conference as it begins today! This two-day conference will feature legal, marketing and communications experts specializing in the business of sports. The conference will cover a variety of topics to inform attendees about proactive measures they can take as stewards of sports brands and how to be nimble in times of crisis.

Location: New York, NY

Date: March 15 – 16, 2016

Hashtag: #INTANYC

7. China Intellectual Property & Innovation Summit

Event Description: The Summit will provide a platform for government officials, IP organizations, and IP experts to discuss IP protection strategies. The Summit will attract decision makers in the field of Intellectual Property from a number of countries including China, Europe, U.S., Japan, Korea, and Singapore.

Location: Shanghai, China

Date: April 14 – 15, 2016

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