Sport IP Forum set to bring together world’s leading experts for pioneering event on management of sports rights and intellectual property

• Event takes place on 22nd and 23rd November, organised by Feria Valencia and the Global Sports Innovation Center and will feature a combined forum and exhibition plus activities specifically for start-ups.

06/04/2017._ This coming 22nd and 23rd November Valencia plays host to the Sport IP Forum 2017, an international event that is set to be a pioneer in the treatment of news and trends relating to the management of rights in the field of sport and the production and distribution of content.
At the Sport IP Forum 2017, the top international experts will be reflecting on the present and the future of intellectual property through a series of lectures that will tackle the sector’s two big challenges in this area: the management of rights relating to competitions and the management of sportsmen’s and sportswomen’s rights. The event will also look at the implications of evolving technology in this field, again with regard to the production and distribution of content.
The event is being organised by Feria Valencia and the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC) and is the result of a deal struck recently between the two organisations with the overall aim of further promoting the sports industry. An event took place today in which Enrique Soto and Iris Córdoba, Managing Directors of Feria Valencia and the GSIC respectively, took part along with Microsoft Sports General Manager Sebastián Lancestremère.
Sport IP Forum 2017 will include a business-focused combined forum and exhibition that will feature presentations and launches of initiatives, solutions and business ventures along with B2B meetings and networking sessions. The Sport IP Forum programme also includes a session designed to provide opportunities and visibility for the most innovative start-ups in the field of sport.
The programme features four themed sections of prime interest to the industry:
– Intellectual property in sport and entertainment.
– The management of rights in individual sports events and in competitions.
– Intellectual property and sportsmen’s and women’s rights.
– Content production and the digital market.

As for the audience, Sport IP Forum will be exclusively for professionals and will target a very broad spectrum, from sports organisations to content production and distribution companies, along with legal consultancies, branding and sponsorship agencies, the media and sportsmen and women themselves, amongst others.
During the presentation of the Sport IP Forum, GSIC Managing Director Iris Córdoba underscored “the ambition we share both at the GSIC and at Feria Valencia to create a benchmark event for sport that will be stable over time and that adds value to the industry in the field of intellectual property and the management of rights, that is a key part of the economic model and the future for sports clubs and organisations, but also for sponsors, athletes and fans.”

For his part, Feria Valencia’s Managing Director, Enrique Soto, pointed out that the “event will be unique and will address an issue that is totally current, and will cover content that has not been covered at any previous congress. Also, given the highly energetic character that the regulation of the industry derives from sport itself, feedback on content is guaranteed, so the event will always be interesting in the future.”
Sebastián Lancestremère, president of the GSIC and General Manager of Microsoft Sports detailed the major issues that the programme will be focusing on, ranging from the legislation that applies to the management of rights to creating value through intellectual property, models for the management, sale and distribution of rights, the role of big data and the rise of e-Sports.

About Feria Valencia
Feria Valencia organizes more than a hundred exhibitions and events every year, 40% of which are international, and specialises in trade events. As for the exhibition space available, Feria Valencia is one of the world’s top ten venues, offering 231,000 square metres of indoor exhibition space.
Founded a century ago now, in 1917, Feria Valencia was the first exhibition centre to be set up in Spain. Over the last year, it has welcomed visiting professionals from more than 145 countries, all coming to see the products being shown by the 12,000 companies exhibiting at the various fairs.

About Global Sports Innovation Center (GSIC)
The Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC) is Microsoft’s only innovation centre in the world that is dedicated specifically to the sports industry and has been set up as an open facility for applied research, demonstrations of innovative solutions (for both businesses and the consumer), training and networking for business development and job creation. The GSIC is a non-profit association that already works with more than a hundred businesses and organisations linked to sport based in 14 countries around the world.

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