BIP Asia Conference featuring DVC’s Winnie Tam SC, JP

14 December 2018

Closing out an extremely active year, DVC’s Winnie Tam SC, JP’s plenary session and talk at the HKTDC’s Business of IP Asia Forum, held on 6 and 7 December was one of DVC’s last presentations for 2018.

On the first day of the Forum, Winnie chaired a Plenary Session featuring IP luminaries hailing from variously the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO.) The session was entitled Dialogue with IP Policymakers: The Roadmap for Global IP Ecosystems. Taking centre-stage was the challenge of IP protection in the context of a rapidly advancing digital environment given that rights remain enforceable territorially. Key policymakers questioned how robust and effective current regulatory regimes were in light of accelerated globalization and large-scale technological changes.

On the following day, Winnie delivered a presentation in a breakout session entitled: Framing Global IP Protection Strategy in a Tech-Innovative Century co-hosted by the Department of Justice. The Hon. Ms. Teresa Cheng, GBS, SC, JP, Secretary for Justice, prefaced the presentation with Opening Remarks.

In a title that was perfectly married to the meat of the talk, “Interplay between Modes of Resolving International IP Disputes & The Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in Mainland China,” Winnie took the audience through:

- Common types of cross-jurisdiction IP Disputes including the options for resolution

- Advantages and Disadvantage of Litigation vs. Advantages and Disadvantages of Arbitration and Mediation

- Alternate uses of Litigation, Arbitration, Mediation and IP disputes

- Pros and Cons of an Arbitrator acting as a Mediator in the same case

- Arbitrability of IP Disputes

- Arbitration of IP Rights and Enforcement of Arbitration Awards in the PRC

- Enforcement of International IP arbitral awards in PRC including tips on how to overcome the risk of Non-Enforcement

The conference was teeming with market updates, latest trends, leading examples of IP disputes and prominent guest speakers, including Chief Executive, Carrie Lam and Benjamin Bai of Alipay [now known as Ant Financial Services Group Limited.] The symposium successfully twinned topical and insightful content with excellent networking opportunities.

The event additionally lent itself to interaction with a diverse cross-section of the Intellectual Property community, with participants and delegates comprising IP service providers, solicitors, patent agents, consultants, in-house counsel and scientists and fin-tech investors hailing from various countries around the region. It also afforded a fantastic opportunity to discern particular concerns and needs, to raise awareness as to why Hong Kong represents a desirable forum for IP dispute resolution, and to exchange new ideas and share expertise.

In addition to featuring Winnie Tam SC, JP as a speaker and a moderator, DVC’s Ling Chun Wai, Christopher Chain and Eva Leung also attended the conference.

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