Global Series sessions, part of an on-going dialogue, address topics of global significance at a senior level of discussion. Working closely with government representatives, adjudicators, corporate leaders, litigation leaders, academics, and others in the global community, the Series responds, in real time, to emerging challenges. The on-going Series includes participants from the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Switzerland, Japan, the Republic of Korea, the United States, the People’s Republic of China, Canada, Brazil, and other countries.
Although global systems share many common challenges, 2017 trade and intellectual property communities sit astride extraordinary global policy developments. Among these are trade and trade agreements and their legislative implications. Moreover, in the Unified Patent Court (UPC) the Provisional Application Phase may arrive in May, 2017. The UPC itself may become operational in late 2017 and the opt-out phase may begin in September, 2017.
In the midst of these ripening challenges, the 2017 Special Session will weigh: corporate perspectives on innovation, quality, and enforceability; on trade, barriers, economics, and intellectual property; trade agreements; and commercial predictability. The Special Session builds upon the accomplishments of Global Series Europe (Paris), October, 2016, addressing challenges in intellectual porperty adjudication (the global judges' views); adjudicatory change; patent litigation challenges in various countries; patenting strategies; licensing considerations (including antitrust, standards essential patents, and international exhaustion(; and, the globally most challenging issues (e.g., injunctions, damages).
In the Series, interests addressed in each session are informed by participants in the on-going dialogue and in the session venues. Global Series leadership coordinates that process.