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Biography - Raimund Lutz

Following completion of his law degree, Mr Raimund Lutz worked for three years as a Judge and public prosecutor in Munich, before working at the Federal Ministry of Justice, Bonn, in the division for commercial and economic law. In 1989, he joined the German Patent Office as the Head of the Berlin division, and from 1997 he was, in addition, the Director of the trade mark division at the Office in Munich. From 2000-2005, Mr Lutz was Deputy Director General for commercial, economic and intellectual property law at the Federal Ministry of Justice in Berlin. In 2006, he was appointed President of the Federal Patent Court in Munich where he worked until joining the European Patent Office as Vice-President and Director General of the Directorate General "Legal and International Affairs" in 2011.


China: Perspective of SIPO/IPPH, by Haijing Liu

AI technology is a branch of computer sciences, including robots, image identification, natural language processing and expert systems etc. In the field of intellectual property, AI technology could be the assistant of IP professions, helping them to improve work efficiency. The presentation will introduce how AI technology is utilised and applied in the IPPH's design system, helping customers to save screening time, and how AI technology assists Chinese users to evaluate patents and find high-value ones.

Biography - Haijing Liu  

Ms Haijing Liu is working in Intellectual Property Publishing House Co., Ltd (IPPH). IPPH is a subsidiary of the State Intellectual Property Office of P.R. China (SIPO), legal publisher for Chinese patent literature and the patent information outward service provider under SIPO. She has been responsible for patent information services since 2012 and has accumulated a wealth of experience in providing solutions for customers. She is familiar with all the products and service of the IPPH and owns the qualification certificate of patent agent of China.

Ms Liu holds a Master's degree in mechanical engineering from the DaLian University of Technology and worked for General Electric before she joined the IPPH.

Japan: Perspective of JPO, by Yoshiyuki Osabe

For implementation of AI technology, the Japan Patent Office (JPO) reviewed 892 business operations inside the office. With expert's support, the JPO identified 20 business operations to which AI could be applied, including search related operations, like assigning patent classifications, prior art searches, etc. In this session, the JPO will introduce the JPO's action plan, the progress so far and future plans, especially focusing on search related operations.

Biography - Yoshiyuki Osabe

Mr Yoshiyuki Osabe has served as Deputy Director at the Patent Information Policy Planning Office of the JPO since October 2017. He engages in planning policies related to patent information including J-PlatPat. With expertise of IP and pharmaceutical sciences, he joined the JPO as a patent examiner in 2002. In his career, he has also been involved in the revision of examination standards at the JPO, bio-industry policy planning at the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI), and IP analysis at OECD.

His main publication is "Towards More Inclusive IP Analysis by Frontier Tools", Intellectual Property Rights. DOI: 10.5772/intechopen.69505

Korea: Perspective of KIPO, by Jung Hoon Ha

The presentation will describe the R&D status and future plan for applying AI (Artificial Intelligence) to patent administration. Since the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO) started R&D in the field of patent search and patent consultation service in 2017, it has studied a methodology for building a knowledge base and defined the relevant modeling in the both patent search and patent consultation services. The main focus of the study last year will be shown in the presentation. Plus, KIPO will explain the research plan in the future.

Biography - Jung Hoon Ha

Mr Jung Hoon Ha is Deputy Director of the Information Management Division at the Korean Intellectual Property Office (KIPO). He is in charge of developing and managing both KIPRISplus and AI (Artificial Intelligence). He worked as a deputy director of the Information Cooperation Division for two and a half years and also worked as an examiner of patents in the field of Telecommunication Network Examination at KIPO for two years. He received a PhD degree in info-communications at Kyung-Pook National University in Korea.

Biography - Rory Voller

Mr Rory Voller is the Cabinet appointed Commissioner of the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission (CIPC) of South Africa. The CIPC is the registrar and regulator of company and intellectual property legislation. Mr Voller was a member of the legislative drafting team for both the New South African Companies Act and the Regulations, the Companies Amendment Act as well as the Intellectual Property Amendment Act on Traditional Knowledge.

He holds a BA (Law), LLB, LLM (Commercial Law Masters - Specialisation), from the University of Kwazulu - Natal as well the University of South Africa and  is an admitted Advocate of the High Court, Transvaal Provincial Division and previously practised as an attorney.

Mr Voller is a panel member on the Take-Over Regulation Panel (TRP) on Mergers and Acquisitions, a board member on the Anti- Money Laundering council, a member of the Financial Reporting Standards Council and the Ministerial Specialist Committee member of the Company law and Intellectual Property law committees and an Executive Committee Member of the Corporate Registers Forum (CRF). He is also appointed to the King Committee on Corporate Governance.

He has presented and represented the CIPC at numerous national and international conferences including Singapore, Brazil, Romania, Malaysia etc.

IP in the context of China's "Belt and Road Initiative", by Qingqing Li

This presentation will briefly introduce the "Belt and Road Initiative" proposed by China and Intellectual Property in the context of this initiative, which includes the outcomes of Intellectual Property cooperation and the plan of the next step.

Biography - Qingqing Li

Ms Qingqing Li is a Project Officer of International Cooperation Department, State Intellectual Property Office of the P. R. China (SIPO). She holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering from Xi'an Jiaotong University. Entering SIPO in 2007, first as an examiner in Liquid Crystal Display for 7 years, she started working in the International Cooperation Department since 2014.

News from India, by Oggu Prasad Rao

The presentation will describe how the user-friendly approach of the Indian Patent Office (IPO) is further extended to  applicants in the form of an SMS alerting system, i.e. an SMS will be forwarded to the applicant at the time of the generation of the first examination report, and after grant of the patent, an electronic letter patent will be generated and forwarded to the patentee via e-mail, which attracted the stake holders at large.

The IPO has also launched an official mobile app for intellectual property rights, so that applicants can view all details related to their applications on their mobile phones. The IPO reinforces its commitment to quality as International Searching Authority, by sharing full search strategies also along with the International Search Reports, established since 1 January 2018 for publication on WIPO's PatentScope. The IPO is the seventh among 22 ISAs under the PCT to start this service. As per the WIPO-INDIA co-operation agreement, all examiners and controllers of the IPO have access to CASE (Central Access to Search and Examination) which securely shares the search and examination documentation related to patent applications in order to facilitate work sharing programmes.

Biography - Oggu Prasad Rao

Mr Oggu Prasad Rao joined the Indian Patent Offfice in the year 2002 as examiner of patents and designs and  holds a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering with specialisation in energy systems. At present, he is working at the capacity of Deputy Controller of Patents and Designs, before this, he has been in charge of RMID (Record Maintenance and Information Dissemination) which includes the processing of PCT international applications. At present, he is responsible for processing applications filed for patents under mechanical and allied subjects, including pre and post grant oppositions.

Mr Rao has visited the Japan Patent Office (JPO) in his official capacity representing the Government of India. He has delivered many lectures related to IPR in patent awareness programmes conducted by various organisations, including MSME (micro small and median enterprises) throughout the southern part of India. He has trained the newly recruited 2012 and 2016 batches of examiners at Rajiv Gandhi National Institute for Intellectual Property Management, Nagpur.

Patent information from Iran, by Seyed Kamran Bagheri

This presentation will briefly introduce the state of science and technology in Iran. Then it will describe the evolution and the key features of the Iranian IP system.

Next, it will describe the country's patent system and its differentiating characters. Some statistics on patent filings and registrations and patent grant procedure will then be reviewed in the course of the presentation. It will describe the search and accessibility of Iranian patent information. Finally, the presentation will look at some future developments.

Biography - Seyed Kamran Bagheri

Mr Seyed Kamran Bagheri is an Iranian author, consultant and public speaker. He was awarded the Technology Management Award by the Iranian Association of Management of Technology. Mr Bagheri teaches IP Management at University of Tehran. He is a frequent speaker on IP management, Patent Information and Innovation Management in Iran. He has a publication record both in Iranian and international journals and has published several papers on Iranian patent system and patent information. His research paper on "Patent Sheltering" was selected among the top 4 papers of the Research-Technology Management journal in 2016. Mr Bagheri received his PhD in Innovation Management from Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna in Pisa, Italy. He holds an LLM in IP Rights and a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering.

Recent developments at Rospatent, by Ilya Kononenko

The presentation will describe the new publication system and the new publications (SPCs, search reports etc.). The search capabilities and new services related to patent information will be also reviewed in the course of the presentation. In the second part of presentation, Mr Kononenko will present Rospatent's plans for developing new platforms related to patent information and for using the block-chain technology.

Biography - Ilya Kononenko

Mr Ilya Kononenko is Head of Division of the Federal Institute of Industrial Property (FIPS) of the Russian Intellectual Property Office (Rospatent). He has worked for several positions in the information technology area at Rospatent since March 2005. He is in charge of developing and managing the new publication system of Rospatent, the new e-filing system and the internet retrieval system. Mr Kononenko is also involved in several international co-operation projects in the area of patent, trade mark and design information and participates in the task forces of the Committee on Standards of WIPO.

Product and service presentations

The applications and outlook for AI technology on IncoPat, by Jia He

This speech will be delivered around five points as following

1. Intellectual Property Big Data Platform
Based on the mass data collection and deep data process, IncoPat is able to set up an Intellectual Property big data platform with large-scale concurrent processing capacity to do muti-dimensional calculations on global data, incremental data and specific data.

2. Patent DNA Analysis Technology
Using the technology of big data and deep learning, IncoPat builds the patent DNA analysis algorithm to extract 100 million features with high dimensionality from every piece of patent and generates a DNA fingerprint for each patent as its exclusive mark.

3. Mapping Knowledge Domains of Intellectual Property
IncoPat is now working on setting up Mapping Knowledge Domains of Intellectual Property which will help realise a structuralised knowledge network of patent attributes including tens of millions of knowledge knots and trillions of attributes.

4. The extensive use of deep learning
IncoPat sets up over 100 high-performance servers, constituting a deep learning computing cluster to support the application of Semantic Search, Graph Search, Landscape Search and Sand Table Analysis.

5. The outlook for Artificial Intelligence Technology
Currently, IncoPat focuses on the research of intentionality which can be quite forward-looking, expecting to make progress on representational ability and on the system's understanding of knowledge and user demands from internal interpretation mechanism.

Approaches towards machine translation and use of AI at Japio, by Naoto Yokoi

The presentation introduces the following two approaches toward machine translation and the use of artificial intelligence (AI) at the Japan Patent Information Organization (Japio).

1. Approach for accuracy improvement of the machine translation of patent documents using AI technology and our unique machine translation technology, called "X-STEP."

2. Current state of GPG/FX, which is a full text search service for worldwide patent information based on "X-STEP."

Hatsumei Tsushin's plans for search services using AI, by Keiji Asano

Hatsumei Tsushin was established in 1951. Hatsumei has been providing patent information service for more than 60 years. Its "HYPAT-i" internet database offers access to Japanese patent and utility model documents.

Now, we are planning new services by using Artificial Intelligence (AI), and we would like to inform users about our new Japan patent search service, using patent classifiers enabling users to quickly identify the most relevant technical patents.

IPR SME Helpdesk services, by Jim Stoopman

The China and South-East Asia Helpdesk have been at the forefront of providing free legal advice to EU SMEs for a number of years. With the current thirst for the acquisition of technological know-how in large parts of Asia, the Helpdesk has assisted many by providing first-line advice in a jargon-free manner on how to strategise about IP, prevent infringements and enforcement mechanisms. The development of AI has not only led to new sorts of enquiries by those involved in this nascent industry, it also puts into the question the future of service providers (such as the Helpdesk). Can they be replaced by AI?

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