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The IPChain Association and the Skolkovo Foundation hosted the IP conference in Singapore

FLIP 2019-6046

Singapore, February 16, 2019

The IPChain Association and the Skolkovo Foundation in partnership with the laboratory The Future Law Innovation Programme (FLIP) of The Singapore Academy of Law (SAL) hosted a two-day event in Singapore dubbed “The role of applied digital tools for the development of the intellectual property sphere as an active player of digital economy (the experience of Singapore and Russia, the ways of mutually beneficial collaboration).” The event initiated a series of meet-ups in Asian countries.

The Russian side was represented by the president of the IPChain Association Andrey Krichevsky, President of IPChain Association, Maxim Proksh, Adviser of the Chairperson of the Board of Skolkovo Foundation for Intellectual Property Issues and Chairperson of the Board of IPChain, and Anton Pronin, Director of Legal Technologies Centre of the Skolkovo Foundation, Maxim Dmitriev, Chairperson of the Board of the Russian Authors’ Society, Alexandr Sukhotkin, the General Director of the Russian Authors’ Society, Sergey Matveev, President of the Intellectual Property Federation, Ekaterina Chukovskaya, the Vice President for Science and Innovations of the Intellectual Property Federation, Marta Piekarska, Director for HyperLedgerEcosystem.

The Singapore side was represented Paul Neo, Chief Operations Director of the Singapore Academy of Law (SAL),

Walter Chia, Deputy Director of the Intellectual Property Office of Singapore (IPOS), Zeid Hamzah, General Director of Asia Law Exchange, Eric GAN Kok Wah, Head of the Intellectual Property and Innovative Management Program of Singapore University of Social Sciences, David Chang C.W., Deputy Director of ITC School of Laws.

The first day of the event IPChain and Resolve Disputes Online (RDO) signed the contract.

As Andrey Krichevsky said, within 6 months IPChain will launch RDO-powered platform which will allow to resolve IP related disputes.

 

“RDO is a really handy mediation tool. It is not available in Russia yet, although there is so much ado about it. The reason is that everyone is trying to make a mediation tool on the grounds of some organizations, e.g. some business associations. We can’t be certain that their evaluation is neutral.

Perhaps, the proper image of the mediation has not been established yet. The distributed ledger network, like IPChain, should become a sound base-line for this.

Given many misunderstandings in intellectual property (IP) protection, people will get an opportunity to discuss, exchange documents, record any facts and come to an agreement online before going to the court. RDO has a good fully packaged product, but it must be adapted for the Russian market,” Andrey Krichevsky said.

 

At present there is conflitto transaction in IPChain – a conflict with regard to rights to an intellectual property item. If one web-site provides information about the item and another web-site contains different information on the same item, such transaction is generated and both parties are notified thereof. However, the next steps apart from going to the court were not quite clear. In cooperation with RDO, the Association plans to launch the Dis’Put service to resolve such conflict situations before legal proceedings. In future, the service is to become not only the mediation platform but with the help of artificial intelligence technology will give the conflict parties the opportunity to obtain an independent evaluation of a dispute. After having the evaluation in hand, they can decide whether they need to go to the court or not. For now, the full-fledged operation of such tool is prevented by the lack of the artificial intelligence specialists – not only in Russia but all over the world.

Another result of the two-day conference was the FLIP readiness to support Russian startups providing information and technological services in the field of law (legal tech). “Everything depends on what parts of legal tech will be affected by your [Russia] technological solutions. If it is about provision of a great number of services to legal companies, there will be opportunities to develop solutions to make them more efficient.  Especially what concerns the search for electronic information” – said Paul Neo regarding the possibility of FLIP cooperation with Russian startups.

Nowadays SAL, Skolkovo Foundation and IPChain Association are discussing the cooperation prospects, which should provide Russian legal tech startups with the opportunity to get accelerated in Singapore. Paul Nio added that FLIP mayhelp Russian startups to become more efficient, in particular in the field of digital information. The search services based on artificial intelligence technology will be helpful in this case.

At the conference, the Singapore party offered to IPChain Association to implement the project for intellectual property protection in Singapore. As noted by Maxim Proksh, the Adviser of the Chairperson of the Board of Skolkovo Foundation for Intellectual Property Issues and Chairperson of the Board of IPChain: “Singaporean colleagues say: come to us and implement the same project here, share your experience with us. Yesterday we talked about this with the Deputy Head of IPOS, which is the local governmental agency in charge of intellectual property issues, and we heard the same from the colleagues, who attended our section. They said that our project was very unusual in terms of high degree of implementation and that they were ready to help us to land it in their jurisdiction”.

As he said, despite the Singapore status of one of the leaders in the field of intellectual property protection, Russia managed to outstrip the Singaporean colleagues in terms of technology. “As to implementation, we are ahead, the colleagues do not have the technological platform based on new technologies, e. g. blockchain, which would comprise all possible results of intellectual activity – from copyright items to patents, trademarks.  They have local solutions but without comprehensive, infrastructural solution. Despite the fact that Singapore government pays much attention to the intellectual property issues, training of the state officials, introduction of intellectual activity results, created for public money, into the civil turnover. Nevertheless, as it turned out, the comprehensive technological solutions were first born in Russia” – noted Proksh.

The second day of the conference was devoted to the education track. The subject was “Digital avatar: intellectual property outlook on personality in digital world. How our personalities and competences will be controlled and monetized in the future”.  The speakers told about the key aspects of training of new specialists in the field of digital economy, digital philosophy of the “intellectual reserve” formation, advanced approaches to training of managers’ pool for the digital economy through the intellectual property tools, peculiarities of training of IT professionals in conditions of new social and economic realities.

In particular, one presented the special education program “Intellectual Property in Digital Economy” based on the Russian State Academy of Intellectual Property (RGAIS), designed to generate a set of competences required to understand the place of intellectual property in new technological environment and its role in turnover of intangible assets. The program will be implemented at the Department of Digital Economy of RGAIS, established by IPChainAssociation and Intellectual Property Federation under the auspices of Skolkovo Foundation.

At the conclusion, Maxim Proksh said: “Singapore is the recognized leader in terms of life quality, attention to the intellectual property issues, promotion of new innovative goods and services. Therefore, it was very important for us to understand that here people think about development of the intellectual property institute in particular and digital platforms in general, connected with turnover of the intellectual activity results. The most important result, in my opinion, is that it is clear that we are not moving perpendicular but in the same direction. And the structure of the objectives we set and their meaning do correspond to what have been told and shown to us by Singaporean colleagues”.  

Summarizing the results of the business mission in Singapore, Andrey Krichevsky draw attention to the human capital as the basis of movement and development of the digital economy. “It seems that we managed to set the right direction of discussions with the Singaporean colleagues concerning the intellectual property. We offered to look at IP as legal, financial, organizational business tools and, as a result, came to negotiation of its nature and actual purpose.  We studied the experience of our colleagues in the field of investments in human capital, learned how IP in Singapore is used by the state to take account of the results of such investments. In return, we presented our vision of the intellectual property sector architecture and excited a pleasant surprise of the colleagues by the consistency and ambitiousness of our approach. It is good to know that here in Singapore they not only hear but also understand us and, the most important, are ready to move forward together both in development of the digital infrastructure, platforms and services for IP industry, and in search for new approaches to development and management of the human capital” – said Andrey Krichevsky.