Report on the 17th JIPA IP Symposium "IP in the near future - Connected Industries -"

On February 21, 2018, the 17th JIPA IP Symposium, titled "IP in the near future - Connected Industries -" was held at the Tokyo International Forum. Continuing from the last year, this year more than 1,000 people participated in the symposium, in which 1 special talk was held in the morning and 2 panel discussions in the afternoon.

In the morning, after the greeting speeches of Mr. Hiroshi Sato, JIPA Chairperson and Mr. Kunihiko Shimano, JPO Deputy Commissioner, a special talk titled “Talking about Near-Future World and IP” was held under the coordination of Mr. Takagi, Assistant Director General of WIPO, in which Mr. Francis Gurry, Director General of WIPO, Mr. Takayuki Sumita, Secretary-General, Japanese Intellectual Property Strategy Headquarters, and Mr. Toshimoto Mitomo, JIPA Vice-president participated. In the talk, the participants discussed a vision of the future of IP systems, emphasizing that as technological innovation, e.g., AI and blockchain, makes society more diverse and IP multifunctional, the public and private sectors should work together to address global issues. Members also showed expectations for WIPO’s future activities, which typically include WIPO Green and WIPO Knowledge Network.

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[Update 2018-03-23 ]