WIPO National Seminar on the Protection of Software and Databases
Organized by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
In cooperation with
The Ministry of Economy and Trade of Lebanon
The Association of the Lebanese Software Industry (ALSI)

Beirut, December 21 and 22, 2011

Prepared by the International Bureau of WIPO
Wednesday December 21, 2011
9.00 - 9.30 Registration
9.30 – 10.00 Opening ceremony:
Statement by His Excellency Mr. Nicolas Nahaas, Minister of Economy and Trade, Beirut
Statement by the Representative of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Geneva Statement by the Representative of the Association of Lebanese Software Industry (ALSI)
10.00 - 10.30 Topic 1 International Intellectual Property (IP) Protection of Software: History, Purpose and Challenges
Speaker: Mrs. Ola Zahran ,Senior Counsellor
                 Copyright Development Services Division
                 Culture and Creative Industries Sector, WIPO, Geneva
10.30 – 11.15 Topic 2 National Legal Framework for the Protection of Software
Speaker: Wissam El Amil (Ministry of Economy and Trade), Beirut
11.15 – 11.30 Coffee Break
11.30 – 12.30 Topic 3 Patentability of Computer Software and Business Methods: Policy, Legal and Technical Issues
Speakers: Ms. Clara Neppel, Examiner Directorate 2221,
                   Scenario Analyst, European Patent Office (EPO), Munich

                   Ms. Cristiana Sappa, Professor of Law
                   Torino Law School, Torino
12.30 – 13.15 Topic 4 Emerging Legal Issues Underlining Cloud Computing
Speaker: Ms. Purdey Castle, Enterprise Legal
                 Counsel, Google UK, London
13.15 – 13.45 Topic 5 Key issues in Licensing IP on Software: Matching Licensing Models to Business Strategies
Speaker: Valerie Bassil
                 Anti-Piracy manager/ Microsoft Lebanon
                 Business Software Alliance (BSA), Beirut
13.45 – 14.30 Topic 6 Open Source Software (OSS): OSS Licenses and Business Models – Main IP Issues concerning OSS
Speaker: Mr. Malcolm Bain, ID Partners an
                 Free Software Foundation Europe (FSF), Barcelona
14.30 End of the first day
Thursday December 22, 2011
9.00 – 10.00 Topic 7 The Protection of Original and non-original databases: International Legal Framework
Speakers: Mr. Paolo Lanteri
                    Ms. Cristiana Sappa
10.00 – 11.00 Topic 8 Copyright Litigation: Analysis of Relevant Jurisprudence on the Protection of Original and non-original databases: National and International Perspective
Speakers: Ms. Cristiana Sappa
                    Mr. Walid Abou Farhat - Lawyer
11.00 – 12.00 Topic 9 The Challenges of the Software Industry in the Region: Licenses and Enforcement (e.g. video games)
Speaker: Mr. Ali Harakeh
12.00 – 12.15 Coffee Break
12.15 – 13.00 Topic 10 Incentives and Public Support for Software Development: Taxation/Public Funding/ Government Procurement – A Global Strategy for Promoting Research and Innovation in the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Sector
Speaker: Mr. Malcolm Bain
13.00 - 14.00 Topic 11 Panel Discussion on the Challenges of the Local Industry
Speaker: Dr. Rojeh Melki, Advisor Minister,
                 Ministry of Economy and Trade, Beirut
14.00 Closing Ceremony