Innovation at the forefront of Hong Kong's 13th Business of IP Asia Forum and 15th Entrepreneur Day

By : Nata Kesuma | Monday, November 27 2023 - 19:03 IWST

Innovation at the forefront of Hong Kong's 13th Business of IP Asia Forum and 15th Entrepreneur Day
Innovation at the forefront of Hong Kong's 13th Business of IP Asia Forum and 15th Entrepreneur Day - The Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) and Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) Government are jointly organising the 13th Business of IP Asia Forum (BIP Asia Forum). The 15th Entrepreneur Day (E-Day) will also be hosted by the HKTDC. These two events will be held concurrently from 7 to 8 December at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

The mix of forums, exhibitions, competitions, workshops and business matching at these events provide start-ups and small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) infinite opportunities to network, engage in dialogue and find ways to collaborate for success.

HKTDC Deputy Executive Director Patrick Lau said, “The BIP Asia Forum and Entrepreneur Day are held concurrently to provide a holistic presentation of the journey from ideation and IP commercialisation to starting your business and scaling up. The two events have resumed as fully physical events this year, bringing together over 90 industry leaders and more than 350 exhibitors from IP, innovation and technology (I&T), start-ups and sustainability. The events promote cross-industry and cross-sector exchanges, driving business opportunities in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA).

He added: “By facilitating interactions and exchanges between local companies, global industry leaders and internationally renowned speakers, we aim to equip event participants with a deeper understanding in diverse areas, ranging from the latest in start-up trends and sustainable development to new IP applications and opportunities.”

Business of IP Asia Forum: Steering New Economic Growth

Themed “IP & Innovation: Steering New Economic Growth”, the Forum brings together IP industry players and business leaders from around the world to discuss the latest IP developments and explore collaboration opportunities.

Dr Peter K N Lam, Chairman of the HKTDC; Michael Wong, Deputy Financial Secretary, HKSAR; Dr Lu Pengqi, Deputy Commissioner, China National Intellectual Property Organization; and Daren Tang, Director General, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), will deliver remarks at the opening session.

Algernon Yau, HKSAR Secretary for Commerce and Economic Development, opens the Forum’s first session, the Policy Dialogue, with a welcome address. International IP policymakers discuss the importance of IP and innovation in stimulating worldwide economic growth in a conversation with Winnie Tam, Senior Counsel of Des Voeux Chambers. The speakers include Mr Tang; Rowel S. Barba, Chair of the Intellectual Property Rights Experts Group of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC); Santisouk Phounesavath, Chairman of the ASEAN Working Group on Intellectual Property Cooperation; and Dr. M. Zeki Durak, President of the Turkish Patent and Trademark Office.

For the Plenary Session, Mayeul Dastugue, Legal Director of Global IP Enforcement of Christian Louboutin; Laurence Morel-Chevillet, IP and Brand Protection Director of Bulgari S.p.A; and Mayank Vaid, Intellectual Property Director of Asia Pacific & China (Civil) of Louis Vuitton, share their brand strategy successes in the new economic landscape and discuss how the use of technology can reinvent brands.

At the Global Tech Summit, global tech leaders, including Olivier Klein, Asia Pacific Chief Technologist of Amazon Web Services; Fred Sheu, National Technology Officer of Microsoft Hong Kong; and Dr Ginny Wong, Data Scientist of NVIDIA AI Technology Center Hong Kong, deep dive into the latest trends of generative AI applications and their impact on IP.

The ASEAN Session, organised by the ASEAN Secretariat and the HKSAR Intellectual Property Department in collaboration with WIPO, features IP representatives from government and business in ASEAN and Hong Kong as well as experts, licensing agents and international brand owners, including MCM Group, S2O Factory, B.Duck Semk, who share their insights on ways to maximise the value of trademarks in today’s rapidly changing global business environment.

The two-day forum also features talks on a variety of topics, including IP collaboration and competition in the biomedical Industry in the GBA, and IP and dispute resolution in the age of AI, digital trade, IP protection and more. Additionally, there will be presentations by companies showcasing their latest innovations.

The IP & Innovation Market returns under the theme of Clean Tech, showcasing over 30 innovative projects from tertiary institutions, R&D centres and start-ups focused on recycling, sustainable energy, green materials, waste management and more to strengthen IP commercialisation and facilitate collaboration.

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