Stellar line-up of speakers unveiled for EPFL Conference

International Conference on Protection of Sports Itellectual Property Rights

EPFL Conference on the Protection of Sports Intellectual Property Rights

With one week to go before the EPFL Conference on “The Protection of Sports Intellectual Property Rights”, the European Leagues’ Association is delighted to announce a prominent list of speakers to its upcoming international event, which shall take place on Thursday, the 14th of March 2013, at the Sheraton Lisbon Hotel in Portugal’s capital city.

Aimed to promote and safeguard sport’s economic viability and its social function, which are confronted daily with increasing threats posed by widespread illegal streaming of matches, digital piracy, counterfeiting, ticket touting and other detrimental practices that cannibalise sports organisers’rights, the EPFL Conference will gather senior representatives of several international sports organisations, as well as representatives from different European Institutions and National Governments, World Intellectual Property Organisation and other entities with key responsibilities in this vital field for professional sport, and football in particular.

The high-level programme, which will kick-off with keynote interventions by the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros and the President of Liga Portugal Mário Figueiredo, will focus on the major issues impacting the IPR Protection in Sport and respective solutions. The opening session shall be followed by a panel discussion which will count with a stellar line-up: Nic Coward, General Secretary of the English Premier League and and former Chairman of the Sport Right Owners Coalition (SROC) and British Horseracing Authority; Jérôme Perlemuter, Head of Legal Affairs of the French Football League (LFP) and Chairman of the EPFL Committee on European Union Affairs and Social Dialogue; Mark Lichtenhein, CIO & Director of Broadcasting and New Media of The European Tour of Golf; and Simon Drake, Chief Counsel, Business Affairs for UEFA.

National Governments and their responses shall be at the center of the agenda with the interventions of Jean-Francois Vilotte, President of the French Online Gambling Regulatory Authority (ARJEL); Ramón Barba Sánchez; Deputy Director General of the High Council of Sport of Spain. The panel shall be moderated by José Lu’s Arnaut, founding partner of Rui Pena & Arnaut and Rapporteur of the Independent European Sport Review.

Finally, an international overview on the current situation and major challenges our sector will face in the near future shall be analysed by senior representatives of influential international organisations, namely: Carole Croella, Senior Counsellor Culture and Creative Industries Sector of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO); António Campinos President of the Office for Harmonization in the Internal Market (OHIM); Gianluca Monte European Commission Sport Unit; Ben Van Rompuy, Senior Researcher from The Asser Institute.
“What an impressive line-up!”, commented the EPFL CEO Emanuel Macedo de Medeiros while announcing the Conference’s Programme and commenting the ‘Stellar list of speakers and moderators’. “This Conference is the first of a series of initiatives that the EPFL will promote during the next three years to make sure that long-overdue reforms are finally implemented at European and national level. Time has come for Sport to make its voice heard loud and clear. And, as this Conference will show, Sport will be speaking with one voice, as these problems affect not just Professional Football but the whole Sport Movement. We are all united in this cause.”

Media wishing to attend the EPFL International Conference on Protection of Sports Intellectual Property Rights on 14 March 2013, at the Sheraton Hotel, in Lisbon, Portugal, are kindly requested to confirm their participation to the EPFL Administration:, by no later than Tuesday, 12 March 2013.

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