Disruptors: Trends and Technologies
Panel Session
Mercedes Bar

Intellectual property remains one of the most important components for evaluating a business, and is a critical element of economic performance as a whole. Governments continue to improve IP laws, offering new mechanisms for protection. Which measures have already proved effective and which need improvement? Are there any additional ways to enhance protection that have not been implemented yet? How will global integration affect the protection of intellectual property rights?

David Michael , Senior Partner, The Boston Consulting Group

Kirill Varlamov , Head, Internet Initiatives Development Fund (IIDF)
Alexander Galitsky , Co-Founder, Managing Partner, Almaz Capital
Carlo D'Asaro Biondo , President EMEA, Strategic Relationships, Google
Igor Drozdov , Chairman of the Board, Skolkovo Foundation
Alexander Zharov , Head, Federal Service for Supervision of Communications, Information Technology, and Mass Media (Roskomnadzor)
Alberto Colzi , Vice-President, Eastern Europe, Middle East, and Africa Operations, AbbVie
Chris Marcich , President International, Motion Picture Association of America
Carsten Fink , Chief Economist, World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
Oleg Fomichev , State Secretary, Deputy Minister of Economic Development of the Russian Federation


Key moments

In the present market environment, patents have become a tool for attacking rather than defending. Currently a patent is largely a tool used to restrict and maintain positions in markets.
Kirill Varlamov
Never before have companies from around the world been forced to find ways to cooperate rather than going to conflict on intellectual property.
David Michael