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New technologies a challenge for IP lawyers

London, 19 September 2019: Emerging technologies were a hot topic at a major intellectual property (IP) conference in London this week attended by Boase Cohen & Collins Partner Susan Cheung.

Some 2,400 delegates, including many IP legal professionals, gathered for the 2019 World Congress organised by the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property, known as AIPPI.

“New technologies are evolving at bewildering speed and it is vitally important for IP law to adapt. Innovations in such fields as biotechnology, artificial intelligence, blockchain and big data are presenting tremendous challenges to IP lawyers,” said Ms Cheung.

“This year’s World Congress, with its broad range of panel discussions, presentations and networking sessions, offered a welcome opportunity to learn more about such issues and how IP law is attempting to keep pace. It is essential for Boase Cohen & Collins to stay attuned to these topics in order to offer the best and most up to date service possible to our clients.”

Delegates also discussed subjects such as the ongoing impact of Brexit, FRAND (fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory) licensing, the effective protection of trade secrets, and the role of customs authorities in IP protection and enforcement.

The 2019 World Congress was held from 15-18 September at the Queen Elizabeth II Convention Centre in Westminster. Next year’s conference will be staged in Hangzhou, China.

AIPPI is the world’s leading international organisation dedicated to the development and improvement of laws for the protection of IP. Based in Switzerland, it has more than 9,000 members representing over 125 countries.


BC&C Partner Susan Cheung is pictured with fellow delegate Otto Lee from the Intellectual Property Law Group based in San Jose, California, while (below) panelists discuss IP issues surrounding brands and products.