21 October 2016 // 16th Open Forum & 17th Open Forum
FICPI's 16th Open Forum - A resounding success with sold out registrations!
From the welcome reception at the New Stage of the Alexandrisky Theatre to the closing dinner in the Russian Museum of Ethnography, Peter the Great’s “Window to the West” provided a spectacular backdrop to FICPI’s highly successful 16th Open Forum. Whilst Delegates took part in a diverse and packed working programme, Delegates’ Guests were able to feast on the culture and treasure trove that is St. Petersburg. It was not all work and no play for Delegates though as they too were able to spend time with old friends, share experiences with colleagues from across the globe, and catch up on the day’s events whilst mastering the proper way to drink the local distilled beverage.
The working programme followed the traditional pattern of offering Delegates the choice of three working streams following a plenary session each morning. The patent stream, well known for providing high-quality sessions, brought particular focus to practical aspects of efficient generation and enforcement of patents, insight into identifying and protecting trade secrets, and dispensed the obligatory update on Unitary Patents and the UPC. The trade marks stream likewise tackled a wide ranging list of topics, with the discussion on the Apple v Samsung legal battles a particular highlight. Following on from the “Adapt to Advance” theme of the Cape Town World Congress, the IP Practice Management stream looked at the various challenges and opportunities facing the IP law firm, generating lively discussion from those in attendance. Not only did the working programme provide valuable learning experiences for younger practitioners, but even older battle-scathed practitioners were taught a thing or two; the “sales pitch” exercise during the business development plenary session certainly taking many out of their comfort zone.
All too soon it was time to bid St. Petersburg farewell, but not before many took the opportunity of the full-day excursions to the Yusupov Palace and St. Isaac’s Cathedral or to Catherine’s Palace, the top attraction at Tasarskoe Selo (The Tsar’s Village) in Pushkin.
With St. Petersburg often referred to as the “Venice of the North”, it is perhaps fitting that FICPI's 17th Open Forum will take place in Venice in 2017. See you there!
CORRECTION: FICPI GRANTED INTERVENER STATUS IN A CANADIAN PATENT CASE
We apologise for an error in the FICPI news of 22 September 2016, in the report on the SCC/Apotex case, which involved Sanofi (not Pfizer).
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