About Us

Intellectual Property

Co-Chairs

Michael Soo

Shook Lin & Bok
20th Floor, AmBank Group Building
No. 55 Jalan Raja Chulan
Kuala Lumpur 50200
Malaysia

 Email
 60-3-2031 1788
 60-3-2031 1775/8/9

Frédéric Serra

Froriep
4, rue Charles-Bonnet
Case postale 399
Geneva CH-1211
Switzerland

 Email
 41-22-839-63-00
 41-22-347-71-59

Vice-Chairs

Ayumu Iijima

Innoventier LPC
Breaze Tower 12F, 2-4-9 Umeda
Kita-ku, Osaka-shi
Osaka, 530-0001 Japan

 Email
 81-6-6346-7580

Bokyung Lim

Shin & Kim
8th Floor, State Tower Namsan
100 Toegye-ro, Jung-gu
Seoul 100-052
Korea

 Email
 82-2-316-4041
 82-2-316-0359

Lidong Pan

Co-effort Reiz Law Firm
10/F, Block D, GT Land Plaza,
8 Zhu Jiang West Road,
Zhu Jiang New Town,
Guangzhou 510623, P. R. China,

 Email
 86-13602868772

James Lee

LTL ATTORNEYS LLP
300 S. Grand Avenue, 14th Floor
Los Angeles, California 90071
USA

 Email
 1-213-612-8900
 1-213-612-3773

The Intellectual Property Committee

Encompassing patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and industrial designs, Intellectual Property is a rapidly expanding area of law in the context of a technologically advancing world economy. With the large number of innovative companies doing business in the Asia-Pacific region, a thorough understanding of intellectual property law is indispensable to many lawyers in the region.

The objectives of the Intellectual Property Committee are to share and exchange ideas or information amongst the practitioners of Intellectual Property Law, to apply and enforce such laws, to participate in meetings and conferences held by the Association to achieve the above objectives, and to acquaint members of the same profession with each other.

 

2013 IPBA SEOUL ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Title: IP/IT Challenges in the Business Landscape

The Intellectual Property and the Technology & Communications Committees teamed up in a session to examine challenges facing companies in bringing communication technology to the market, i.e. from access to telecom spectrum, over patent litigation (including contributory infringement) to ISP liability.

Title: IP/IT Challenges in the Business Landscape

This joint session among the Intellectual Property and the Technology and Communications Committees addressed and discussed development and challenges on data protection and privacy, in respect to mobile communications, internet services.

 

2012 IPBA NEW DELHI ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Title: Resolution of Trade Secret Disputes

To make their business successful in the world markets, formulas, plans, patterns, processes, programs, tools, techniques, mechanisms, compounds, or devices not generally known or readily ascertainable by the public must be protected. Whatever type of information is represented by a trade secret, a business must take reasonable steps to safeguard it from disclosure.

The Intellectual Property and Dispute Resolution Committees organized a joint session, where the legal issues regarding the trade secret cross-border disputes were addressed and discussed among the panelists through an introductory case scenario involving an R& D joint venture in the pharmaceutical business sector.

Title: Free Trade Agreements in Asia - What Works & What Does Not?

This joint session among the Intellectual Property and the International Trade Committee considered the mixed record of FTAs in Asia through the lenses of investment, IPR, and trade.

FTAs increasingly address much more than just trade liberalization; they include provisions on intellectual property rights and investment protection. With experts from each of the three committees, this Joint Session offered a unique appraisal of FTAs and develop recommendations for how business can use FTAs to grow and expand, and focused on the role FTAs play in the continued economic expansion in Asia.



2011 IPBA KYOTO ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Title: Facilitating IP in Innovation

Innovation is the process of creating a new idea and carrying it through to equip enterprises to be competitive and to achieve market successes. For enterprises in every industry, facilitating intellectual property rights may mean the difference between failure or securing sure success and greatly reducing risks. As such, how one facilitates, develops, protects and exploits intellectual property rights to maintain and enhance competitiveness is a critical issue for all businesses. The panel members shared their experiences with respect to intellectual property management, portfolio strategies, licensing and transfers.

Title: Intersection of IP Competition and International Trade - Technological Innovation, Technology Standards

This joint session of the Intellectual Property, Competition Law and International Trade Committees discussed the issue of technology standards, as it impacts international trade, competition, and IP.


2010 IPBA SINGAPORE ANNUAL CONFERENCE

Title: Clean Tech – The Implications of New Technology in a Global Crisis.

The development and use of clean technology is widely acknowledged as a priority in the battle to manage “climate change”, in both a physical and economic sense. This issue will require inventors, companies, and governments to work together though the interests of these parties are not always in harmony. Companies want to pursue the development and adoption of clean technology as good business. Governments want to support the development of clean technology with stimulus packages and investment incentives, yet business competitors may view these measures as unfair subsidization.

Other governments and NGO’s want the intellectual property protections of clean technology innovators held in abeyance or modified to enable clean technology to be deployed for the benefit of all to address the pressing crisis of climate change.

The Technology and Communications, Intellectual Property, and International Trade Committees teamed up to address the important legal issues surrounding the clean tech industry, including the creation, protection and commercialization of that technology through patents or other intellectual property rights; regulatory approvals and compliance; supply chain issues; technology acquisition and licensing; and the governing international trade and investment regimes regulating government intellectual property protection and incentive programs such as the WTO’s Trade Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights Agreement (TRIPS) and the Subsidies and Countervailing Measures Agreement (SCM).


2009 IPBA MANILA ANNUAL CONFERENCE UPDATE

In this digitalized era, many cross-border issues arise with respect to Intellectual Property rights, especially infringement. Therefore, the program “Issues in Intellectual Property Enforcement and Infringement in the Digitalized Era” sponsored by the Intellectual Property Committee at the recent Manila conference focused exactly on this issue. We had the honour of having three prominent and engaging speakers discuss the issues arising from protection and enforcement of such rights in the following presentations:

  1. “Internet keywords: use as trademarks? A European perspective” by Ms. Alexandra Neri, Herbert Smith LLP;
  2. “Copyright Developments: Secondary Liability and the ‘Making Available’ for Further Distribution” by Mr. J.T. Westermeier; and
  3. “The Economic and Social Importance of Digital Information Networks as a Means of Development and Commerce” by Mr. Vincente B. Amador.

We were pleased with the lively discussion and good attendance.