Conference Day Two

08:30 AM - 08:55 AM Registration and Networking Coffee

08:55 AM - 09:05 AM Chairman’s Opening Remarks & Recap of Day One

Vicky McNiff, Head of IP, Aker Solutions

Vicky McNiff

Head of IP
Aker Solutions

09:05 AM - 09:50 AM Building Upon a Strategy of ‘Co-Creation’ – How to Get the Most of IP Creation Partnerships

Cristiano Cori, Chief IP Counsel - TMS, GE Oil & Gas
  • Outlining the numerous challenges and opportunities associated with co-creation
  • What do the operator and the contractor have to gain from a strategy of IP co-creation?
  • When every project and relationship is different, the nature of the co-creation should be altered accordingly.
  • How does co-creation affect in-house IP counsel and what are best practices to work with this model?

Cristiano Cori

Chief IP Counsel - TMS
GE Oil & Gas

09:50 AM - 10:30 AM Interactive Session: Geographical Scope of Oilfield IP Protection

Craig Watson , Partner , HGF
  • Criteria for choosing the best countries and regions to obtain IP protection, particularly patents
  • Changing strategy of geographical protection based on particular oilfield subject matter
  • Best country/region in which to first-file patent applications
  • Enforceability of IP in Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs)
  • Cost/benefit of IP protection in NICs or developing countries.


Craig Watson


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

11:00 AM - 11:45 AM Intellectual Property as an Integral Component of Business Strategy

Tracey Beaudoin, General Counsel, Packers Plus Matt Vella , President, Vella Patent Services
  • Outlining the importance of an understanding of what you want to achieve and how you can utilize your intellectual property and protected patent assets as an instrument to achieve this
  • Considering the bigger picture, including components such as supply chain, installation and the needs of design in technology
  • Looking ahead with regards to IP and business strategy – what will the technological requirements be to maximize the future of your IP
  • Discussing how, as opposed to outsourcing, the above can be accomplished through internal capabilities

Tracey Beaudoin

General Counsel
Packers Plus

Matt Vella

Vella Patent Services

11:45 AM - 12:30 PM Aligning Your IP Protection Policy with the Wider Business Strategy

Kenny Tenza, Intellectual Property Technical Advisor, Sasol
  • Once technology has been created within an organisation, what are the key challenges that arise with bridging the gap between technology and legal?
  • During a period of economic downturn and limited budgets, how do you make the decision of whether or not to file?
  • If you do decide to file, how do you decide where to file?
  • Upon what parameters can you consider the alternatives, such as trade secrets?
  • The presentation will extract key lessons learned from Sasol in regards to the above, supported by case studies.


Kenny Tenza

Intellectual Property Technical Advisor

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM Networking Lunch

  • How to accelerate and drive innovation with internal models and different structures within innovation and technology development departments
  • Discussions around which R&D projects are selected for continuation – where to concentration limited resources
  • At a time when the key to productivity is innovation, how can the projects that remain in development achieve increased focus?

Vicky McNiff

Head of IP
Aker Solutions

Bruce Girvan

Director of Intellectual Property and Innovation
Ceres Power Limited

Shahrokh Mohammadi

Head of Development Technology
Tullow Oil

Mario Marchionna

Vice President - Technology Innovation and Development

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Networking Coffee Break

2:45 PM - 3:25 PM Know How and Technology Transfer In Partnerships

Eder Ferreira, Senior In-House Counsel, Sonangol
  • What is the right timing to deliver creation or innovation to projects with partners
  • Assessing relevant know-how and technology requirements – best practice
  • How is it possible to strength and protect proprietary technology without affecting wider IP development
  • Global trends for IP development in partnerships, across full spectrum of IOCs, NOCs and Service Providers


Eder Ferreira

Senior In-House Counsel

3:25 PM - 3:35 PM Chairman’s Closing Remarks and End of Day One