Co-head of the IP department, Charmaine Koo, was invited by the HKSAR Intellectual Property Department of Hong Kong (HKIPD) and the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to speak at the forum "Patent and Innovation: Worldwide Patent Law Reform and Hong Kong's Response" on 16 January 2015 at HKU.
Co-organised by the HKU Law & Technology Center, HKU Technology Transfer Office and the HKIPD, the forum brought international and local intellectual property law scholars and practitioners together to explore patent law reform around the world. Topics included Hong Kong's proposed introduction of an "original grant patent" system and discussions around how that may be conductive to innovation, transforming Hong Kong into an Intellectual Capital based economy. Charmaine was invited to speak at the panel on " The Pros and Cons of an Original Patents Grant System in Hong Kong".
The Former Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuits, Professor Judge Randall Rader, delivered a keynote speech "US Patent System and the Lessons to Hong Kong". The opening remarks of the forum were made by Professor Michael Hor, Dean, Faculty of Law, HKU and Ada Leung, Director of Hong Kong Intellectual Property Department. Other speakers included Thomas Tsang, Assistant Director (Patent) of HKIPD and Alice Lee, Associate Dean and Associate Professor of HKU's Faculty of Law as well as many other prominent professors and professionals.
The forum was well attended and cumulated in a lively debate on the issues and a networking lunch for the organisers and speakers.