'Where Did You Get That?’ - How to Prepare For the EU FTAs and Geographic Indication Protections

Prof. Dr. Irene Calboli, Professor of Law, Texas A&M University School of Law; Kitisi Sukhapinda, IP Attaché for Southeast Asia, United States Patent and Trademark Office; and Moderator Oliver Fall, Account Director, Landmark Public Policy Advisers Asia Pte Ltd

Venue : AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium

Date : August 15, 2018

Time : 11:45 AM - 1:30 PM

Price : $15.00

2018-08-15 11:45:00 2018-08-15 13:30:00 Asia/Singapore 'Where Did You Get That?’ - How to Prepare For the EU FTAs and Geographic Indication Protections - AmCham Office, 1 Scotts Rd, Shaw Centre #23-03 S(228208) - Stamford American Auditorium AmCham Singapore

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Beginning in Singapore, European Free Trade Agreements are rolling out across South East Asia. Inherent to all are frameworks protecting Geographical Indications (GI). This year and overnight, American businesses and exporters have already seen access to Mexico's market closed or severely restricted as consequence of these provisions. Next year, the EU-Singapore FTA (EUSFTA) may impose GI protections on over 190 food and beverage products, giving exclusive rights to producers in designated European regions to use that product name in this market. Ratification of similar FTA provisions is poised for both Singapore and Vietnam in 2019. Negotiations with Indonesia are advancing. FTA negotiations with Malaysia, Thailand and the Philippines are tabled.

Join us to learn more about the GI provisions in the EUSFTA, how the food and beverage industry, businesses and consumers, may be impacted and what you can do to protect your products and IP rights. Our panel shall include academics, lawyers and Singapore government representatives who will provide an in-depth discussion on GI issues generally, the proposed Singapore legislation including the GI Act of 2014 and the Intellectual Property (Border Enforcement) Bill, and how you can develop appropriate responses to the new forthcoming registration requirements.

About the Panelists

Prof. Dr. Irene Calboli
Professor of Law
Texas A&M University School of Law

Irene Calboli's expertise focuses on Intellectual Property and Art and Cultural Heritage Law. She has lectured in academic institutions world-wide, and is currently a Professor of Law at Texas A&M University School of Law, Visiting Professor at Nanyang Technological University, Distinguished Fellow at the Royal University of Law and Economics (Cambodia), and Fellow at Stanford Law School. Until May 2018, she was Visiting Professor and Lee Kong Chian Fellow at Singapore Management University School of Law, where she was the Founding Deputy Director of the Applied Research Center for Intellectual Assets and the Law in Asia, a centre that she headed from July 2015 until February 2017. An elected member of the American Law Institute, Irene is the Chair of the Art Law Section of the Association of American Law Schools, a board member of the European Policy for Intellectual Property Law Association, and a member of the Legislation Revision Committee of the International Trademark Association. She regularly acts as expert for WIPO, WTO, the several IP Offices, including IPOS and EUIPO. In May 2018, she was a Fulbright Specialist in Cambodia.

Kitisi Sukhapinda
IP Attaché for Southeast Asia
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Kitisri Sukhapinda is the USPTO’s intellectual property (IP) attaché based in Bangkok, Thailand. She advises U.S. government personnel and national IP offices, and coordinates the USPTO’s activities in countries in Southeast Asia, including Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam. Her responsibilities also include activities in Papua New Guinea, and Timor Leste.

Prior to arriving in Bangkok, Kitisri was an attorney-advisor in the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs, where she played a role in formulating and implementing IP policy and advised other U.S. government agencies on both domestic and international IP issues. Her focus was in the areas of patents, plant variety protection, and technology transfer. Kitisri was part of the USPTO patent expert team advising the Office of the United States Trade Representative during several free trade agreement negotiations, including the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement and the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. She received a Department of Commerce Gold Medal for Leadership in 2016.

For 10 years, Kitisri was the United States Representative to the Council of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties of Plants (UPOV), which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. From 2012 to 2015, she served as president of the UPOV Council, and in 2015 received a gold medal from the organization in recognition of her service.

Prior to joining the USPTO, Kitisri practiced patent law in the private sector. Before receiving her law degree, she was a research scientist at a Fortune 500 company. Her areas of research included biotechnology, and she was named co-inventor in five U.S. patents and several foreign patents.

Kitisri received an M.S. and Ph.D. in plant breeding from Iowa State University, and a J.D. from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

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