Tuesday, 4 December 2018 
07:30 - 09:00 hrs

Registration & light breakfast
Event moderator:
Grant Philpott (Chief Operating Officer ICT, EPO)

09:00 - 09:15 hrs
Welcome address
António Campinos (President of the EPO)
09:15 - 10:30 hrs

Keynote with Q&A
Blockchain technology and fields of application

Keynote speaker:
Marieke Flament and Claire Wells (Circle, UK)

Presentation with Q&A
Rising to the challenge of searching Blockchain and establishing its patent landscape


Georg Weber (Operational Director, EPO) 

Yann Ménière (Chief Economist, EPO) 

10:30 - 11:00 hrs


11:00 - 12:00 hrs

Panel discussion 1

Possible future impact of Blockchain, such as smart contracts and links to Artificial Intelligence

Chairperson of the panel:
James Nurton (Writer on IP law, business and policy, UK)
Marieke Flament (Circle, UK)
Benoît Abeloos (DG CONNECT, European Commission)
Jon Wright (Sterne Kessler, US)
Erich Spangenberg (IPwe, FR)

12:00 - 13:00 hrs

Panel discussion 2
IP landscape of Blockchain

Chairperson of the panel:
Michael Fröhlich (Director European and International Legal Affairs, PCT; EPO)
Mirko Boehm (Open Invention Network, DE)
Benjamin Bai (Ant Financial Services Group/Alipay, CN)
Klaus Haft (Hoyng Rokh Monegier, DE)
Richard Bennett (SSM Patent Attorneys, DE)

13:00 - 13:15 hrs  Wrap-up of the morning session
Grant Philpott (Chief Operating Officer ICT, EPO)
13:15 - 14:30 hrs
14:30 - 15:30 hrs
Presentation with Q&A
How does the EPO deal with Blockchain patent applications and what do we hear from our applicants

Koen Lievens (Operational Director, EPO)

Presentation with Q&A
How does CNIPA (China National Intellectual Property Administration) deal with Blockchain patent applications

Wang Xinyi (Expert patent examiner, CNIPA).
15:30 - 16:00 hrs
16:00 - 17:00 hrs Panel discussion 3
Global evolution of Blockchain-related patents

Chairperson of the panel:
Heli Pihlajamaa (Director Patent Law, EPO)
Wang Xinyi (CNIPA, CN)
Nobuyuki Taniguchi (Nakamura & Partners, JP)
Gabriele Mohsler (Ericsson, SE)
Claire Wells (Circle, UK)

17:00 - 17:15 hrs
Closing words
Alberto Casado (Vice-President Operations, EPO)
17:15 - 18.30 hrs

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