Agenda

“Celebrate 20 Years of PATSKI”

When we had our first Patski conference in Whistler in 2001 the dot com bubble had just burst. The commercialization of the internet had created a wild ride on the stock markets which affected all economies and although much of the investment was lost, much of it built the backbone of the internet. It certainly did not hurt the expansion of related patent filings.

Today’s buzz word is Artificial Intelligence (“AI”). By 2001 AI had already been a field of serious research for half a century since Turing in the 1940’s, reaching a milestone in 1997 with respect to duplicating human intelligence when Deep Blue  became the first computer chess-playing system to beat a reigning world chess champion, Garry Kasporov.  Recently however the commercial applications of AI are growing at a much faster rate, with the AI market expected to grow 10-fold between now and 2025. Included in this growth are widespread use of robotics, intelligent cyber-agents (bots), speech recognition, visual recognition, autonomous vehicles and the like.  Following this growth is the number of AI-related patent applications, with IBM (Deep Blue) still in the forefront. Another aspect that affects our profession is the increasing use of AI in the patent drafting, prosecution and examination process.

The theme of the 2020 Patski business sessions therefore is “Advancements in AI: Strategies for international patent protection/ Using AI for the patent profession”.  Come Celebrate 20 Years of PATSKI!

Sunday, March 1, 2020  

OPENING RECEPTION 5:00pm-7:00pm

Join us in the Library of the Nita Lake Lodge. Registrants and Accompanying Persons will get to know each other, pick up registration materials, be informed of the events of the week and get a brief overview of the mountains.

 Monday, March 2, 2020

Breakfast (delegates only) 8:00am Train Station, Nita Lake Lodge

MORNING BUSINESS SESSION 8:30-10:00am

APRÈS-SKI NETWORKING SESSION 4:00-6:00pm

WELCOME DINNER:  7:00pm Join us in the Aura Restaurant at the Nita Lake Lodge  

Tuesday, March 3, 2020

Breakfast (delegates only) 7:00am Train Station, Nita Lake Lodge

MORNING BUSINESS SESSION  7:30-9:30am

APRÈS-SKI NETWORKING SESSION 4:00-6:00pm

DINNER– 7:15pm 

Join us at an old favourite, Sushi Village

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Breakfast (delegates only) 8:00am Train Station, Nita Lake Lodge

APRÈS-SKI BUSINESS SESSION  4:00-6:00pm Train Station, Nita Lake Lodge

DINNERDinner is on your own in one of Whistler’s many fine restaurants. Given the popularity of the “Dine Around” in Hakuba last year we once again we will be making reservations for smaller groups in some of Whistler’s more popular restaurants as well as options for snowmobiling to Crystal Hut. Sign up on the registration form.

Thursday, March 5, 2020

Breakfast (delegates only) 7:00am Train Station, Nita Lake Lodge

MORNING BUSINESS SESSION  7:30-9:30am

PATSKI FUN RACE   10:00am

Join us at the Pontiac Race Centre on Blackcomb Mountain for a fun, recreational race. This is fun for skiers/boarders of all abilities. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest and best matched times.

APRÈS-SKI NETWORKING SESSION 4:00-6:00pm

FAREWELL DINNER 7:00pm

Our final evening will be a time to relax, swap ski stories and the annual awards presentations. Who will win the coveted “Best Crash” this year?  Dress is smart casual.  This year the chef at the Nita Lake Lodge will be preparing us a very special dinner served in the Ballroom while we take a trip down memory lane of the 20 years of Patski.