The Conference

Did you know that 9 out of the top 10 companies filing patents in Europe are ICT companies?

During 2017, over 22.000 patent applications filed at the European Patent Office were from the areas of Digital Communication and Computer Technology. These patents are covering software and software-enabled devices.

This conference aims at increasing the participants’ knowledge on themes such as the current state of patents on software, IoT, artificial intelligence and blockchain in Europe, patents and business strategy, open source and standards, and how to obtain tax relief using patents.

The Software IP Conference is an event organised by INESC TEC, with the support of ScaleUp Porto, and sponsored by Patentree.

Preliminary Programme

The Conference will take place on 16th November, 2018, at Atmosfera M.

9:00 – Registration

9:30 – Welcome address

José Carlos Caldeira, Member of the Board at INESC TEC

Filipe Araújo, Porto Vice-Mayor

9:45 – The Internet of Things and the Digital Single Market: current trends and Intellectual Property challenges

Claudia Tapia, Chair of 4iPCouncil & Director IPR Policy at Ericsson

10:30 – Coffee break

11:00 – Patents, blockchain and Artificial Intelligence: the view of the EPO

Raúl Pinto, European Patent Office

11:45 – Panel: Patents and business strategy
Moderator: Luís Ferreira, European Patent Attorney, Patentree

Luis Ignacio Vicente del Olmo, Return on Innovation Manager & Director of Telefonica Patent Office, Telefonica

Ruben Bonet, SMEs Chair at IPEurope and CEO at Fractus

13:00 – Lunch

14:30 – Software patents and open source: defensive patent pools

Keith Bergelt, CEO, Open Invention Network

15:15 – Patent pools and standards

Moderator: Robert Harrisson, European Patent Attorney, 24IPLaw

Stephane Tronchon, Ex-Legal Director IPR Policy and standards, Qualcomm

16:15 – Coffee Break

16:45 – Tax relief schemes for patents

Ana Reis, Price Waterhouse Coopers

17:15 – Closing session
Catarina Maia, INESC TEC, European IPR Helpdesk Ambassador for Portugal

Location and Venue

The conference will take place at Atmosfera M, in the city of Porto, Portugal.

Address: Rua Júlio Dinis, nº 158/160, 5th floor; 4050-318 Porto, Portugal

Conference Registration