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SINGAPORE--More than 30 global experts in intellectual property (IP) 
will throw light on pressing IP issues at the inaugural Global IP Forum 
to be held here this August.

Organized by Singapore's IP Academy, a center for IP research and 
education in Singapore and the Asia-Pacific region, the event is touted 
to be the region's first multi-disciplinary IP forum that covers all 
three core IP rights--copyright, trademark and patents.

According to the IP Academy, the event will touch on how the region’s 
expanding economies, led by China and India, will exert a rising 
influence on global IP creation, protection, exploitation and management 
for multinational companies.

Hot IP issues in the technology sector are also on the agenda, according 
to a spokesperson from the Academy. They include Google's efforts in 
creating a digital repository of existing copyrighted works, the 
face-off between file-sharing software vendors and the music industry, 
as well as challenges faced by global companies that want their IP 
rights protected while outsourcing their operations to Asia.

IP dispute resolution is also one of the talking points. The growing 
trend in the European Union and United States, where parties are turning 
to alternative methods such as mediation to settle IP disputes, could 
impact developments in the Asia-Pacific region.

Singapore, for example, may be able to play an important role in this 
respect given its neutral position and strong IP infrastructure, 
according to the IP Academy.

David Llewelyn, director of IP Academy, said in a statement: "The growth 
in internationalization and the borderless environment in which 
businesses now operate, have highlighted the need for greater 
inter-country collaboration in the management, protection and 
enforcement of IP rights."

He added: "We believe that the forum will offer a sound platform for IP 
practitioners and corporations to exchange ideas, and further raise the 
bar on IP standards, both regionally and globally."

Industry luminaries who will be speaking at the forum include Sir 
Francis Jacobs, Queen’s Counsel and Former Advocate General from the 
European Court of Justice; Toe Su Aung, general counsel at British 
American Tobacco; and Professors William Cornish and Lionel Bently from 
Cambridge University.

The forum is expected to attract more than 300 participants including 
leading IP practitioners, IP thought leaders and academia, businessmen, 
industry players and government officials from Southeast Asia, the 
United States, Europe, Japan, Korea, China, India, Australia, New 
Zealand, as well as the Middle East regions.

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