Conference Day One

08:00 AM - 09:00 AM Registration and Networking Coffee – Meet and Greet

09:00 AM - 09:05 AM Welcome from Oil and Gas IQ

Tim Haïdar, Editor in Chief, Oil & Gas IQ

Tim Haïdar

Editor in Chief
Oil & Gas IQ

09:05 AM - 09:10 AM Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Vicky McNiff, Head of IP, Aker Solutions

Vicky McNiff

Head of IP
Aker Solutions

09:10 AM - 09:55 AM Building An IP Department for a Global Engineering Conglomerate

Dr. Stephan Wolke, Head of Intellectual Property & Services, Thyssenkrupp Intellectual Property GmbH
  • Embedding IP into business
  • IP decisions making
  • Building up an IP shield, Defining IP focus
  • Hiring and steering of significant in-house IP resources


Dr. Stephan Wolke

Head of Intellectual Property & Services
Thyssenkrupp Intellectual Property GmbH

09:55 AM - 10:35 AM Effective Management of Trade Secrets and IP Rights Issues Arising from Technical Collaboration

Martin Hyden, Partner; European Patent Attorney, Finnegan
  • Exploring misappropriation of trade secrets arising during a technical collaboration
  • Consider situations that can lead to misappropriation of trade secrets and what can be done to benefit the parties;
  • Consider the interplay of trade secret and patent protection in such cases; and
  • Discuss how to optimise patenting activities where traded secret protection is also a viable alternative

Martin Hyden

Partner; European Patent Attorney

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Networking Coffee Break

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Developing Best Practice Practical Tools for IP Portfolio Management and Innovation Strategies

Sidney Johnston, Vice President – Innovation and Strategy, SPEX Group
  • Developing a successful portfolio management system for your patents
  • Aligning your patent map with products and strategy
  • Understanding what you really have: the importance of audits, patent categorisations and updates
  • Investing in your database: knowing the size of IP, what you own, R&D developments to effectively add value to your business
  • Evaluating your own company’s innovation/R&D strategy and process

Sidney Johnston

Vice President – Innovation and Strategy
SPEX Group

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM The Role of Trademarks and Copyright for an IOC

Giovanni Visintini, Trademark & Copyright Counsel, BP
  • In an IP landscape dominated by technical drawings and employee knowhow, what roles do trademark and copyright play?
  • Where are the associated IP risks and opportunities in association with this space?
  • Best practice trademark and copyright strategy for an IOC
  • Exploration, with case studies, of key counterfeiting challenges, on a global scale
  • Potential trademark issues resulting from Brexit


Giovanni Visintini

Trademark & Copyright Counsel

12:30 PM - 1:45 PM Networking Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Closed Door Lunch and Learn, Griffith Hack: Navigating IP across the Asian region

  • Challenges in the Asian IP law
  • Keeping up with the different laws in the different Asian countries
  • Our experience in navigating the Asian IP landscape
  • Case studies and examples
  • Examples of our ability to achieve companies IP strategies in Asia

Sponsored by: Griffith Hack

1:45 PM - 2:15 PM IP Management and Risk Mitigation in a Climate of Redundancies

Vicky McNiff, Head of IP, Aker Solutions
  • Are our IP management processes cost efficient and agile enough to handle portfolio decisions and inputs?
  • How do we mitigate the risks of IP loss and IP infringement in this environment? Do we now have a bigger grey zone of IP ownership and freedom to operate uncertainty?

Vicky McNiff

Head of IP
Aker Solutions

2:15 PM - 3:00 PM Increased Innovation: Taking the Entrepreneurial Role

Bruce Girvan, Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation, Ceres Power Limited
  • Discussing how, in a time of significantly reduced budgets, it could be possible to ask for the same or even increased R&D budget allocation
  • Is innovation an integral element of your company's business strategy?
  • Does your organisation see the value in doubling down on innovation and technology?

Bruce Girvan

Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation
Ceres Power Limited

3:00 PM - 3:30 PM Networking Coffee Break

3:30 PM - 4:30 PM Arbitration Trends in Intellectual Property

Robin Jacob, Professor, University College London (UCL)
  • Outline of current trends around dispute resolution involving IP rights, through arbitration
  • Relevancy and predictions in relation to the hydrocarbons industry
  • What can oil and gas learn from other industries such as telecoms?
  • Potential effects of Brexit upon arbitration trends

Robin Jacob

University College London (UCL)

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM Round Table Discussions

When Technology Convergence Happens
Convergence of the Telecommunications and Energy sectors gives rise to many efficiency opportunities for energy companies but monetisation entities are also taking notice. This case study session looks at the considerations for a converging technology implementer when dealing with approaches from patent licensing entities and how to avoid and resolve disputes with such entities.
This session will cover topics such as:
  • Issues around FRAND and standard essential patents
  • Cross border litigation, risk assessment and venue selection
  • Anti-troll strategy: lessons learned from the telecoms sector
  • US patent legislation reform and its impact on patent troll litigation

Mark Marfe, Partner & Jeff Whittle, Partner- Hogan Lovells

IP Management Challenges Associated with Reduced R&D Divisions and limited IP budget
  • Following high levels of available resources within R&D and innovation which are then reduced significantly, what effect is this having upon IP strategy?
  • Upon the departure of an inventor, what challenges are associated with the use and licensing of IP after their departure?
  • How does a smaller R&D force affect the time to market and life cycle of a product?
  • What can companies do to tackle the risks and challenges outlined above?

Eduardo Paz, Intellectual Property and Management Control Director- Tenaris

5:00 PM - 7:00 PM Chairman’s Closing Remarks and End of Day One

Vicky McNiff, Head of IP, Aker Solutions

Vicky McNiff

Head of IP
Aker Solutions

5:15 PM - 6:10 PM Networking Drinks Reception

7:00 PM - 10:00 PM Networking Dinner