LESI to convene Global Technology Impact Forum (20-21 January 2014) at WIPO followed by dinner at the Mandarin Oriental

The Licensing Executives Society International, Inc. (LESI) is convening its annual Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) at the headquarters of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) from 20 to 21 January 2014 in Geneva, Switzerland. Although this international forum is hosted in Room A at WIPO headquarters, this event (at the time of publication of this blog) does not appear on the calendar of WIPO events for January 2014. It should be noted that this conference takes place during the World Health Organization’s 134th Executive Board and precedes WIPO’s Conference on Open Innovation: Collaborative Projects and the Future of Knowledge (22-23 January 2014) and the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting In Davos from 22 January 2014 to 25 January 2014. The theme of the 2014 GTIF is “A Practical Approach to Technology Transfer: Corporate, Research and NGO Collaboration for Double-Bottom-Line Results.”

In the words of LESI,

[t]he LESI Global Technology Impact Forum (GTIF) is an annual event dedicated to the promotion of intellectual property (IP) licensing and technology transfer for the betterment of mankind.

The heavy lifting of this global IP licensing jamboree will be conducted on 20 January 2014 and 21 January 2014 (in Room A of WIPO) interspersed with a welcome cocktail hosted at the InterContinental on Sunday evening, 19 January 2014 and an awards reception and dinner at the Mandarin Oriental on Monday, 20 January 2014 (with a shuttle from WIPO to the Mandarin conveniently organized by LESI).

Sponsors of GTIF 2014 include Ocean Tomo, Intellectual Asset Management (iam), American Council on Renewable Energy (ACORE), Bloomberg BNA, Sidley Austin LLP, Licks Attorneys, KLS Edition and ACG Analytics. The rates for sponsorship for GTIF 2014 can be found here on this link.

For a non-member, attendance to GTIF 2014 will cost $950 USD. A one day pass (including entrance to the awards dinner) costs $500 USD while an ordinary day pass costs $380 USD. For those bringing a plus 1 to the welcome drinks at the InterContinental and awards reception and dinner at the Mandarin Oriental, an accompanying person pass will cost $395 USD.

The entire agenda of the 2014 GTIF can be found here: http://www.gtiforum.org/wp/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/GTIF-2014-Agenda-1-7-2014.pdf

Some key highlights in the agenda include the following:

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. 2013 Year in Review
GTIF Session 1

  • Francis Gurry, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
  • Antony Taubman, Director, IP Division, World Trade Organization (WTO)
  • Yvonne Chua, President, Licensing Executives Society International (LESI)
  • Chris Katopis, Executive Director, Licensing Executives Society International (moderator)

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 Global Patent System Critical to Support Emerging Market
Key Note Address
GTIF Session 2

  • The Hon. Randall Rader, Chief Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Edward Elliott, Attorney-Advisor, Patents for Humanity Program, US Patent and Trademark Office

2:00 – 3:15 pm Collaboration to Provide Innovation to Developing Countries
GTIF Session 3
7 Jan 2014

  • Dick Wilder, Associate General Counsel, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Chan Park, General Counsel, Medicines Patent Pool
  • Dr. Sigram Schindler, CEO and Founder of Schindler Foundation, Berlin
  • Jorge Goldstein, Partner, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox, Washington, D.C.
  • Hector E. Chagoya, Partner, Becerril, Coca & Becerril

3:30 – 4:45 Global Patent System Support for Economic Development
through Collaboration
GTIF Session 4

  • Sean Flanigan, President, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
  • Dr. Bertram Huber, IP SEVA and AIPPI
  • Anatole Krattinger, Director, Global Challenge Division, WIPO
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Partner, Boehmert & Boehmert (moderator)

4:45 – 6:00 p.m. Trends in Intellectual Property Policies
GTIF Session 5

  • Otto Licks, Partner, Licks Advogados, Brazil
  • Dominic Muyldermans, CropLife International
  • Michael M Collins, S.C., Senior Counsel, Bar of Ireland
  • Peter Chrocziel, Partner, Freshfields (moderator)

6:30 p.m. Transport Departure for Awards Reception and Dinner
WIPO Lobby

7:00 – 10:00 p.m. Reception and Dinner
Location: Mandarin Oriental Hotel

LESI GTIF 2014 Second Day | Tuesday 21 January 2014

1:45 – 3:00 p.m. Technology Dissemination In Practice – The Impact of Commercial
Firms on International Technology Transfer
GTIF Session 8

  • Dr. Darius Sankey, Sr. Director Portfolio Management, Intellectual Ventures
  • Ilian Iliev, Founder Director at CambridgeIP Ltd, and CEO, Founder at EcoMachines Incubator Ltd.
  • Thaddeus Burns, Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property Trade, General Electric Company
  • Mark Wilson, GlaxoSmithKline (moderator)

4:30- 5:45 p.m. Invent for Humanity Report: Wireless solutions for development:
getting innovative technologies where they are needed
GTIF Session 10

  • Sean Murphy, Vice President and Counsel, Qualcomm
  • Luc Savage, Director, IP Valuation, Orange
  • Gustav Brismark, VP Strategy and Portfolio Management at IPR & Licensing, Ericsson
  • Jennifer Brant, Innovation Insights (moderator)