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Congress: Can robots invent and create? A dialogue between Artificial Intelligence and Intellectual Property.
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el Jueves, 14 de Marzo 2019, 10:30 - 19:00
University of Alicante
Introduction to the Congress
The rise of AI and its impact in the world economy (Industry 4.0, cloud/fog/edge computing, personal and non-personal data) is changing our landscape very rapidly. And, as in many other situations, the legal framework is not prepared for this change. This is especially concerning in the Intellectual Property field, as this new economy should be strongly supported by a clear set of rules, giving certainty to the stakeholders and fostering innovation.

In this two-day congress, we will analyze the key issues for IP in that new AI scenario.

Representatives from IP international organizations, academia, law practice, and industry will have a chance to share with the audience their different points of view about problems and solutions.

A repository of documents, studies, information and academic papers will be created for the participants, in order to allow them to continue with the study of the different issues that will be discussed in the Congress.

In order to foster discussion and networking, the number of attendants is limited.

Confirmed speakers (list to be completed)

Miguel ARJONA: Director of R&D, Altran.
Alberto CASADO: Vice-President of the European Patent Office (until December 31st, 2018), former Vice-President of the Office for the Harmonisation of the Internal Market, former General Director of the Spanish Patent and Trade Mark Office.
Lee CURTIS: Partner and Chartered Trade Mark Attorney in HGF (Manchester).
Jean-Marc DELTORN (TBC): Patent Examiner, EPO.
Manuel DESANTES: Professor, Private international law, University of Alicante; former Vice-President of the European Patent Office (2001-2018)
Josef DREXL: Director of Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition and honorary professor at the University of Munich
Javier FERNANDEZ-LASQUETTY: Partner, ELZABURU; Member of FIDE’s Academic Council. Director of its IP Forum.
Giancarlo FROSIO: Senior Researcher and Lecturer at the Centre for International Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg. Non-Resident Fellow, Stanford Law School CIS.
Emmanuel GOUGÉ: Partner, Responsible for IP, Pinsent Masons; Avocat à la Cour & Solicitor (England and Wales); President of the European Committee of Licensing Executive Society
Pablo HAYA COLL: Head of Social Business Analytics group at IIC-Knowledge Engineering Institute (Madrid)
Bernt HUGENHOLTZ: Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Amsterdam. Director of the Institute for Information Law (IViR)
Julián LOPEZ RICHART: Associate Professor, Civil Law, University of Alicante
Aurelio LÓPEZ-TARRUELLA: Associate Professor, Private international law, University of Alicante; Of Counsel attorney at Baylos
Elisa MARTÍN GARIJO: Director of Innovation for IBM SPGI.
Ricard MARTINEZ: Director, Cátedra Microsoft de Privacidad y Transformación Digital, Universidad de Valencia; Director of the Master Universitario de Protección de Datos, UNIR
Anke MOERLAND: Assistant Professor of Intellectual Property Law, Maastricht University; Visiting Professor at Queen Mary University of London on Intellectual Property Law
Nuria OLIVER: Computer scientist. Ph.D. from the Media Lab at MIT.
Andrés PEDREÑO: Professor and former Rector, University of Alicante; President, 1 millionBot; President, AlicanTEC.
Julio RAFFO: Head, Innovation Economics Section, Economics and Statistics Division, WIPO/OMPI.
Alejandro ROCA: Senior Director WIPO/OMPI.
Eleonora ROSATI: Associate Professor in IP Law, University of Southampton. Of counsel Bird&Bird.
Ilja RUDYK: Senior Economist in the Chief Economist Unit, European Patent Office.
Noam SHEMTOV: Reader in IP and Technology Law at Queen Mary University of London.
Carmen TOLEDO: Head of the Documentary and Search Division and Director of the Working Group on Artificial intelligence, Spanish Patent and Trademark Office.
Doris THUMS: Head of Unit, Patent Law Directorate, Member of the CII Guidelines working group, European Patent Office.
Eugenio TRIANA: Former Deputy Director-Generaleral in DG Research, European Commission (1994-1998); Former Secretary General, Ministry of Industry (Spain) (1990-1994); One of the first ICANN’s nine Directors (1998-2000).
Raquel XALABARDER: Professor of Intellectual Property, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya.


Day 1 – Thursday, March 14th, 2019

10.30-10.45: Welcome
10.45-11.15: Initial Key Note Speaker
11.15-12.30 Session 1: Artificial intelligence and Intellectual Property, elements for a dialogue
12.30-12.50 Coffee
12.50-14.00 Session 2: Artificial Intelligence and authorship. Challenges for the copyright system
14.00-15.00 Lunch
15.00-16.15 Session 3. Artificial Intelligence and technical innovations. Challenges for the patent system. Computer-implemented inventions. Trade secrets and Artificial intelligence
16.15-16.45 Coffee
16.45-18.00: Session 4: Artificial Intelligence and technical innovations. Challenges for the patent system. Inventions developed by Artificial Intelligence: breaking the boundaries
18-00-19.00: Session 5: Artificial intelligence and emotional innovations. Will Artificial Intelligence change the trademark system?

Day 2 – Friday, March 15th, 2019

09.00-10.00: Session 5: Artificial intelligence and privacy: looking for a balance between innovations and human rights (in Spanish)
10.00-11.00: Session 6: Artificial Intelligence and non-personal data: the case of Industry 4.0
11.00-11.30: Coffee
11.30-12.30: Session 7: Techno round table
12.30-13.30: Session 8: Intellectual Property Offices facing Artificial intelligence. Round table
13.30-14.00: Final Key Note Speaker and conclusions
14.00-16.00: Lunch


Official Landing Page: Alicante Congress: Can Robots Invent and Create?

Coordinator: Manuel DESANTES
Date and place of execution: The program will be held on March 14-15, 2019 at the University of Alicante, Carretera de San Vicente del Raspeig, s/n-Alicante.
Language: English.
Registration: Fide (+34914359239 or
Price: 890 euros, including lunch and coffee. The members of the FIDE’s Academic Board and FIDE’s Business Advisory Council will have a 50% discount.

For more information please contact Carmen Hermida (

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