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GIPC 2013 highlights: A hot conference and a cold beer

Published on: 10 February 2013

At the Global IP Convention held from 23rd to 30th January 2013 in Bangalore, hundreds of practitioners in IP gathered for presentations on the hottest current topics in IP law and IP services. The convention was well received by all with many useful discussions and meetings taking place between friends both old and new.

The mood of the conference was reflected in the delightful venue and the warm and welcoming climate. The conference hotel happened to also host in parallel a fashion show from the Indian sub-continent, and speakers and delegates of the Global IP Convention enjoyed IP-related presentations which were definitively à-la-mode.

Among the renowned and noteworthy speakers at the conference, there were two of our experts from the Dennemeyer Group. On 27th January, which was a lovely Sunday with an arts festival taking place on the street leading to the conference hotel’s entrance, our CEO Dr. Reinhold Nowak chaired a main session on IP Law and Open Source Technology in the Grand Ball Room. The presentations that followed demonstrated the real state of the art of the IP field. Dr. Nowak himself contributed to the session with a presentation on the latest trends and developments in Patent Portfolio Analysis and Visualization.

Apart from the main sessions of the conference, there were two parallel side sessions and several coffee and lunch breaks also broke up the day. Not surprisingly, given that the conference took place in India, coffee breaks often turned into tea time. Also not surprisingly, various regional gastronomic specialties were offered and enjoyed during the lunch breaks. Again, parallels occurred. The southern cuisine of India like in Bangalore is spicy, sometimes very spicy.

Dennemeyer clearly contributed to the spiciness. In a further main session of the conference, Dr. Christian Köster of Dennemeyer & Associates shared his extensive experience as a European Patent Attorney practicing before the European Patent Office. During this year’s conference, he addressed in his presentation some comparably unknown, but highly relevant aspects of oppositions which can be filed against patents granted by the European Patent Office. Dr. Köster’s presentation was well received as he used memorable pictures involving the German beer culture to illustrate complicated issues. It goes without saying that the final discussions that evening took place as suggested – over a cold beer.