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Business of IP Asia Forum opens next Thursday

The ninth edition of the Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia Forum) – organised by the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Hong Kong Design Centre – will be held on 5 and 6 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre (HKCEC). Under the theme “IP: Building an Innovative and Inclusive Future for Businesses”, this year’s BIP Asia features more than 70 prominent speakers. The plenary session on the first day, titled “Future-proof your IP Strategies: Promoting Partnerships and Sustainable Growth”, focuses on intellectual property (IP)-related topics, inviting industry leaders from multinational corporations to share how IP strategies can help companies to become future-ready and drive business development. On the second day, the Global Tech Summit, under the theme “Next Disruptions”, addresses the latest technology trends and examines what the next big disruptive innovations will be. Highlighted guests at this year’s BIP Asia Forum include: Kenichi Nagasawa, Managing Executive Officer, Group Executive of Corporate Intellectual Property & Legal Headquarters, Canon Inc Winnie Yeung, Assistant General Counsel, Corporate, External and Legal Affairs, Microsoft Dan Berman, Director of Business Development, Autonomous Driving, Nvidia Timothy Tam, Head of Public Policy and Government Affairs (Hong Kong), Google Heidi Nam, General Manager (Hong Kong), Impossible Foods Hunk Li, Vice President, Comba Telecom Systems Holdings Limited Ge Jun, Global CEO, ToJoy Shared Holding Group Dr Shuyu Chen, Founder, Acoustic Metamaterials Company Limited Roy Lim, Vice-President, Tung Hing Automation The forum also offers various breakout sessions, focusing on IP business and legal practices, markets and industry development. Representatives from the China National Intellectual Property Administration (CNIPA), International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), International Trademark Association (INTA), Asian Patent Attorneys Association and the ASEAN Intellectual Property Association will also attend the forum. Co-organised with the Intellectual Property Department of the HKSAR, the “IP Manager Training Programme” will provide a solid basic understanding of IP management along with a broad range of training content for participants. Introduced last year to great acclaim, the second edition of the open innovation competition “IPHatch Hong Kong” returns under the theme “Jumpstarting Your Business”. The competition offers 10 IP portfolios from Panasonic Corporation and Nokia, encouraging start-ups to compete for valuable IPs, supporting the creativity of SMEs and helping to boost their competitiveness. Representatives from last year’s winning start-ups, including Daniel Chun, Founder & CEO, AIRXED Technology Limited; Charles Lo, Founder, MAE Limited and Mok Wai-pong, Chief Technology Officer, Imagixe Limited, will share the experience they gained through taking part in the competition. We cordially invite you or your representatives to cover the Business of IP Asia Forum 2019. Details are as follows: Date: 5-6 December 2019 (Thursday to Friday) Venue: Hall 5F-G, HKCEC Website: http://www.hktdc.com/ncs/bip2019/en/main/index.html Remarks: Media badges can be obtained at the media registration counter at Hall 5FG entrance. Please bring along your business cards or other forms of media identification for registration. Photographers are reminded to bring telephoto lenses for use in the Photography Zone. Media wishing to interview event speakers can email interview requests to angel.hc.tang@hktdc.org by 3 December. For the latest programme and speaker list, please visit: http://www.hktdc.com/ncs/bip2019/en/s/info-Programme.html