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Standing Committee Meetings 09:00-12:00, Sunday 16 October
Requirements for Amendments
Amendment of patent applications is a crucial procedure for granting an effective patent to the applicant and continues to be an interesting topic of practice for IP professionals. We intend to conduct a comprehensive and informative survey of the limitations and requirements on amendments to patent applications in the recognized groups of APAA.
Protection of Fashion Designs
Fashion industry is one of the most important creative fields in the world. Fashion design products, mainly clothing, bag and footgear need protection of its design because copying of the design is easily done.  However, fashion design product’s life cycle is usually short, especially clothing relying on trends, and if it takes time to get design registrations, protection by design right will not be sufficient.  Further, there are so many prior designs with regard to fashion and creativeness is found on a very little change therefrom, which may narrow a scope of the protection.
We would like to discuss how fashion designs are protected under the Design law and other laws in each jurisdiction.
Trade Marks
Trademark issues on Social Media
Social Media is a very powerful and efficient marketing tool for the brand owners. However, such convenient platforms are not only used by the brand owners, but also by the local authorized distributors, influencers, and infringers. It would be a dilemma between the protection of trademark rights and freedom of speech. In addition, as social media is an internet-based form of communication and has no territory boundary, establishment of a trademark infringement case or proper use of the registered trademark in local market would be a challenge for the trademark owner. The laws and practice regarding how to protect the trademark owner in connection with issues on social media can differ from country to country. We would like to compare and contrast how these issues are treated in each jurisdiction.
Strategies and best practices to protect crypto assets 
The recent prominent cases in fake Non Fungible Tokens (NFTs) have led to increased calls for greater market regulation for crypto assets.  Most cases involve plagiarism and fraudulent listings.
See https://www.theverge.com/22905295/counterfeit-nft-artist-ripoffs-opensea-deviantart, https://www.reuters.com/business/finance/nft-marketplace-shuts-citing-rampant-fakes-plagiarism-problem-2022-02-11/
Discuss and share some of the ways, means and strategies that you have advised your clients to protect their crypto assets or from being defrauded from fake or counterfeit NFTs.”
Emerging Rights
IP protection in the Metaverse
The "metaverse" broadly refers to a persistent virtual world or environment in cyberspace through which users can interact with other users/objects within the parameters defined for that world.  It is like a digital world that continues to function and evolve even after a user leaves the virtual world.  The user experience in the "metaverse" has similarities with existing online platforms, but is enhanced by new ways of digital interaction (e.g. through use of AR/VR, ability to accumulate assets in the virtual world, conduct transactions, and interact with users/objects in a way similar to the real world) often with unclear legal ramifications in the real world.  This technology presents interesting commercial opportunities as well as legal challenges, and in the context of IP, it raises questions on the extent to which existing laws can effectively protect and enforce IP rights in the "metaverse" and what further legal/regulatory measures may be desirable.
1.  What do you see as the primary challenges in protecting and enforcing IP rights in the metaverse?
2.  In what way should an IP owner approach the filing of patents, trademarks, designs and copyright differently to better protect such rights in the metaverse?
Are parallel importation controls relevant where copyright works are increasingly bits and bytes?
Digital copyright works now make up a substantial proportion of copyright works, and even more traditional copyright works can have a digital component (such as an NFT). This session will explore the extent to which existing parallel importation laws are effective in geographically restricting the distribution of copyright works, and how they may need to be modified to apply, where appropriate, to digital copyright works.
Workshops 13:30-16:45, Sunday 16 October
Workshop 1 : 13:30 to 15:00 (1 hr and 30 mins)
Into the Metaverse: Trademark Branding
* Coffee Break:15:00 to 15:10 (10 mins)
Workshop 2 : 15:10 to 16:45 (1 hr and 35 mins)
War of the Patents: Global Dispute Strategies
Moderator :
  • Mr. Andreas Vogel
    Bals & Vogel Patentanwälte PartGmbB (Germany)
  • Mr. Chang Sik KIM
    Samsung Display (Korea)
  • Dr. Jeanne Wang
    Tsar & Tsai Law Firm (Taiwan)
  • Mr. Kijoong Kang
    Bae, Kim & Lee, LLC (Korea)