Last week the European Patent Office hosted the fourth Indo-European Conference on Patents and ICT at its headquarters in Munich. It is an event which has been held on an alternating basis in India and in Europe since 2013, in conjunction with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology (MeitY) of the Government of India. Through a careful examination of contemporary issues in ICT, it aims to help develop a sustainable IP system in a field which is considered by many to be one of the most dynamic areas of innovation today.
The conference has become a unique reference for innovators and IP professionals from Europe and India interested in ICT-related IP developments in both jurisdictions. This year’s event focused on Industry 4.0, a timely topic with potentially great impact on our respective Patent systems. Over two hundred participants from all over Europe and India were present to exchange information and views on the latest developments.
They included high level attendees such as Dr Debashis Dutta, Group Coordinator of MeitY and representatives from the national Patent offices, user associations in both regions and the European Commission. Major Indian and European enterprises such as Tata, Philips, Bosch, Siemens, Ericsson and Audi, to name a few, were also in attendance. Both Industry and policy-makers were therefore present to share their perspectives on the exchange of best practices in Patents and standards, computer-implemented inventions and Patent examination in the emerging technologies of Industry 4.0, among many more.