Conference Agenda

08:00 - 09:00 Registration and Networking Breakfast


09:00 - 09:10 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Joe Doyle, IP Manager, Enterprise Ireland


09:10-09:25 Keynote Speech: From Black Death to Big Data – The inevitable rise of the Intangible Economy

Joe Doyle, IP Manager, Enterprise Ireland


09:25-10:10 Deciphering IP - The importance of IP in fast-growing companies.

- Where to start - patents, trademarks, copyright and design

- IP licensing for business development

- Intangible Assets: Value Drivers for Competitive Advantage and Economic



Panel chair: Raymond J. Hegarty, Chief IP Officer, Everseen


Jari Pallari, Research and Development Director, Firefly Orthoses

Joe Hogan, Founder & CTO, Openet

Paul Sweeney, EVP Product, Webio

Richard Gillespie, Founder, Inventorship


10:10-10:25 Patenting AI: from the EPO to the US and Japan

Howard Read, Senior Associate, Appleyard Lees IP LLP

10:25-10:55 Coffee and Tea Networking Break


10:55-11:45 The importance of IP in scaling strategies and rising investments

- Global vs Local Strategy in IP Protection

- How do SMEs protect their IP?

- What is my exposure?

- Market, timing and costs


Panel chair: Breda Moore, Technical Director, T.E. Laboratories


Peter Corcoran, CEO, MBio

David Townley, Co-Founder and CTO, Neurent Medical

Shourjya Sanyal, CEO, Think Biosolution

Patrick J Byrnes, Research and Development, Croom Precision Medical


11:45-12:00 Tech for IP Strategy

Zeev Fisher, CEO, Pekama


12:00-12:45 Money talks - IP valuation models and IP as an asset class

- Product sales vs licensing

- Investor economics

- IP as revenue and investment generator


Panel chair: Patrick Breslin, Founder & Principal, BRESLIN CONSULTING LLC


Donal O’Sullivan, CEO, Nutribio

Naoise Gaffney, Head of Patent Development, Intellectual Ventures


12:45-13:45 Networking Lunch

13:45-14:45 SMEs - what to patent, what not to patent?

- Patent strategy vs market strategy

- Trade-secrets & know-how as an alternative to patents

- AI and Blockchain for Future IP Strategies


Panel chair: Margaret Hartnett, Director of Research, GBG plc


Greg Chew, Founder, QPQ

Raja Sharif, Founder and CEO, FarmaTrust

Sandrine Guillermin, IP Counsel, Transitions Optical

David Goodfellow, Senior Patent Attorney, Aptiv


14:45-15:00 Using IP to Grow your Business – Openet

Joe Hogan, Founder & CTO, Openet


15:00-15:45 Coffee and Tea Networking Break


15:45-16:30 Cross-functional integration of R&D and IP strategy - identifying the missing link


Panel chair: Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, EPO


Maheshwari Arun, Attorney, Aptiv Plc

Rosemary Kuperberg, Assistant General Counsel & DPO, ellucian®


16:30-16:45 Stand-alone presentation: The commercial role of IP in SMEs from a Norwegian perspective

Turid Buvik, Senior Advisor IPR, Division Entrepreneurs and startups, Innovation Norway


16:45-17:30 Coffee and tea networking break


17:30-18:15 IP in Ireland, Europe and The Rest of the World

- The rise of the intangible economy, challenges and opportunities presented (EI IP

Strategy Offer, Irish Knowledge Development Box and others)


Panel chair: Nathan Wajsman, Chief Economist, EUIPO


Iulia Siedschlag, Associate Research Professor, Head of Research Area Competitiveness, Trade and FDI, Economic and Social Research Institute, Dublin

Turid Buvik, Senior Advisor IPR, Division Entrepreneurs and startups, Innovation Norway

Joe Doyle, IP Manager, Enterprise Ireland



18:15 - 18:35 The “growth premium” from IP: a boost for SMEs

Nathan Wajsman, Chief Economist, EUIPO

Yann Ménière, Chief Economist, EPO


18:35-18:40 Closing Remarks


18:40-19:30 Drinks Reception

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