AIPPI is the world’s leading non-profit organisation dedicated to the development and harmonisation of laws for the protection of intellectual property rights. The World Congress this year included various discussions on harmonisation, as well as an eagerly anticipated mock Unified Patent Court trial. The event is also a fantastic meeting point, with thousands of attorneys from around the world descending on the host city for a week of good food, great wine, and, of course, to talk business.
This year, Krister was one of the representatives voting on behalf of Norway. Krister consequently spent a lot of time on participating in discussions representing Norwegian interests. Along with Rasmus, Håmsø’s calendar was fully booked with meetings with colleagues from Poland, Georgia, Germany, England, Hungary, Czech Republic, Scotland, Ireland, Ukraine, Singapore, China, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, the USA, Canada, Mexico, to name but a few.
The two report strengthening connections with collaborating agents, as well as making many new contacts. They discussed updates to the law regarding intellectual property rights in different countries, as well as the latest on the EU’s unitary patent and the new Unified Patent Court.
Both found this year’s conference to be very well organised and felt it set the standard for international conferences. They thoroughly enjoyed Istanbul’s vibrant culture and architecture, even managing to squeeze in a spot of sightseeing before heading home.