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2015 HK Seminar Program Description


The well-being of the economy depends on so many variables, and it is becoming an increasingly interdependent global economy. The past few decades has seen one of the worst recessions to hit worldwide. Such conditions have ushered in the new era of the share economy. Businesses such as AIRBNB and Uber, which is based on the concept of renting out their homes and vehicles, respectively, are booming. Airbnb is valued at $13 billion and Uber is valued at $41 billion. What’s more, these businesses are not confined to one geographic location. Rather, they blur international lines and make the world seem just a bit more familiar. Whether it is out of necessity or sheer accident, it is clear that innovative ventures is needed to move ahead. All this innovation is made possible by the development of new technology like smart phones and social media, and all the intellectual property (IP) – related factors that stand behind it. In fact, there are many factors that can have an unexpected impact on intellectual property, which may in turn affect the economy and your bottom line. Everything from government policies, court cases, and even cheap oil can pose challenges to IP: China’s emphasis on Rule of Law, the Spiderman royalty case, the sharp drop in oil prices may slow down innovation for fuel alternatives. Let our experts forecast the future challenges and how they can be overcome. Come Join Us!


经济是否稳健取決于很多因素。時至今日﹐经济已逐渐变成一个日益互相依存的全球经济体系。在过去的几十年间﹐全世界经历了其中一個最严重的经济衰退﹐见证了共享经济这个新时代的到来。企业如 AIRBNB和Uber﹐其房屋及车辆出租业务发展愈趋蓬勃。AIRBNB 及Uber的市值分別為130亿元及 410亿元。更重要的是﹐这些业务跨越了国际的边界﹐不局限于个別地域﹐并使整个世界看起来更加类近。不论是出于需要或纯属巧合﹐企业显然需要创新以向前迈进。这些创新有赖于新技术例如智能手机和社交媒体的发展﹐以及所有与这些技术相关的知识产权保护。事实上﹐许多因素可以对知识产权产生意想不到的影响﹐并可能进一步影响经济及企业的盈亏。政府政策、法院案件﹐甚至廉价石油都可能对知识产权带来挑战: 例如﹐中国强调法治、蜘蛛侠的版权费案件、油价的大幅下降都可能耽误开发燃料替代品这创新技术的发展。在本研讨会中﹐有关专家将会探讨知识产权未来所面临的挑战以及相关的对策。

Event Program (English PDF)
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Speakers' Presentations


Association of University Technology Managers
Advancing Discoveries for a Better World ®

Dr. Albert Wai-Kit Chan will be moderating the Educational and Special Interest Group Session:
Licensing an Invention to China

In recent years, China has emerged as a major force in the world market. Intricate preparations and due diligence must be performed to protect both parties’ interests and rights when doing business in a foreign jurisdiction like China. The focus for Universities and Research Institutes should be on the early stage of innovation when funding is paramount. Learn about the critical components of licensing and sponsored research agreements, which go hand-in-hand with most of the early-stage technologies, and how the local laws and practices affect them. It is essential to determine and understand both sides’ needs and desired outcome from the transaction. We will cover key issues for when your institute is approached by a potential Chinese licensee: how to make the deal go right and why the deal failed. There are a surprising number of cultural idiosyncrasies that can affect the success of a deal. We will review intellectual property protection in China and all it entails: evaluation and analysis, inventory of rights, important legal documents, the Letter of Intent and Memoranda of Understanding, translation issues, etc. Taking the right steps and precautions early on will be crucial to avoiding the pitfalls of subsequent IP litigation and disagreements.

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