Federal Circuit Bar Association 2018 Delaware Bench and Bar Conference

Federal Circuit Bar Association 2018 Delaware Bench and Bar Conference

May 3–4, 2018
Hotel DuPont
42 W 11th Street
Wilmington, DE 19801



The Delaware Chapter of the Federal Bar Association in conjunction with the Federal Circuit Bar Association present a two-day program that will include several plenary sessions of interest to all practitioners. There will also be smaller, specialized sessions relevant to bankruptcy, criminal, employment, and intellectual property practitioners.

The first day of the progam will culminate in a dinner, social event, and tour at Longwood Gardens.

The program will provide CLE credits where applicable. More details in agenda below.


Thursday, May 3, 2018

8:30–9:15am Registration and Light Breakfast
9:15–9:30am Welcome Remarks
9:30–11:00am Plenary Session 1: Perspectives from In-House Counsel: Hot Topics and Challenges for In-House Legal Departments (1.5 credits, including 0.5 ethics credits)
11:00–11:30am Networking Break
11:30am–12:45pm Break-Out Session 1 (1.25 credits)
Option 1: Supreme Court Year in Review
Option 2: Visual Advocacy: A Discussion About Design and the Law
Option 3: Young Attorney Focus: Advancing Your Career and the Value of Mentors
1:00–2:15pm Lunch  Legal Blog Roundtable
2:30–3:30pm Break-Out Session 2 (1.0 credit)
Bankruptcy/Employment: Intersection of Bankruptcy and Employment: Hot Issues
Intellectual Property: TC Heartland: The Makings of a Supreme Court Case and a Look at the Future of Venue
Criminal: The First Cyberstalking Resulting in a Death Conviction: A Behind the Scenes Look at the Matusiewicz Trial
5:30–7:00pm Tours at Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348
7:00–10:30pm Dinner and Social Event–Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Road, Kennett Square, PA 19348

Friday, May 4, 2018

 8:00–9:00am Registration and Light Breakfast
8:45–10:00am Plenary Session 2: A Discussionamong Chief District and Circuit Judges (1.25 credits)
10:00–10:15am Networking Break
10:15–11:15am Break-Out Session 3 (1.0 credit)
Bankruptcy: DIP Financing Trends
Criminal: Eyewitness Identification Taskforce
Employment: Medical Marijuana
Intellectual Property: Hot Topics in IP Litigation: Perspectives from Multiple Jurisdictions
11:15–11:30am Networking Break
11:30am–12:30pm Break-Out Session 4 (1.0 credit)
Bankruptcy: Best Practices in Bankruptcy Courts
Criminal: Eyewitness Identification Taskforce
Intellectual Property: Jury Trial Demanded: The Role of Juries in Patent Cases
12:30–2:00pm Closing Session: Discussion with Delaware Federal Judges 1.0 credit, including 0.5 ethics credits)

2018 European Copyright Society Conference (Brussels)

2018 European Copyright Society Conference
EU Copyright, Quo Vadis?  From the EU Copyright Package to the Challenges of Artificial Intelligence

May 25, 2018
Brussels, Auditorium 100,
Université Saint-Louis – Bruxelles
Rue du marais 109
Brussels, Belgium




The European Copyright Society (ECS) was founded in January 2012 by several European scholars and academics with the aim of creating a platform for critical and independent scholarly thinking on European Copyright law. For an overview of the members and the opinions issued by the ECS, see https://europeancopyrightsociety.org/

For this 2018 conference in Brussels, the ECS aims to engage a fruitful debate with the European Commission and the audience on the reform of copyright. This debate will also take into account the looming challenges that Artificial Intelligence (AI) poses to various key notions of copyright.


08.30 Registration & Coffee
Morning: Ongoing Reform of EU Copyright Law
The ECS in Discussion with the European Commission
09.00 Welcome by Alain Strowel, President of the ECS
Chair : Alain Strowel
State of the Legislative Process: Marco Giorello (Head of Unit I.2, DG CNECT)
Dialog with European Commission (DSM Unit I.2) represented by (depending on their availability): Marco Giorello, Caroline Collin, Véronique Delforge, Virginie Fossoul & Malte Beyer-Katzenberger (DG CNECT) (tbc)
09.15 Panel 1 – New Rights and Exceptions in the Copyright Package – The Exceptions for Research and Education and New Rights for Publishers
Exceptions & Limitations:  Alexander Peukert (new German provisions), Severine Dusollier (education & libraries), Christophe Geiger (Text & Data Mining)
Publishers rights: Jonathan Griffiths
10.45 Coffee Break
11.15 Panel 2 – Other Issues on the Agenda – Online Platforms, Database Right (Review) and Data Ownership
Online Platforms: Graeme Dinwoodie & Martin Senftleben
Databases: Estelle Derclaye
Data ownership: Bernt Hugenholtz
12.45 Lunch (walking)
Afternoon: Artificial Intelligence (AI) – A New Looming Challenge for Copyright Law
Chair: Marie-Christine Janssens
14.00 Panel 3 – From ‘Assisted’ Works to ‘Generated’ Works – Impact of AI on Copyright Issues: Possible Regimes & Criteria for Protection
UK Law on Computer Generated Works: Lionel Bently
Criteria for Protection: Reto Hilty & Tatiana Synodinou
Ownership: Olé-Andreas Rognstad
15.30 Coffee Break
16.00 Panel 4 – Other Issues Related to AI Generated Works
AI, Moral Rights & Right of Adaptation: Thomas Dreier & Valérie-Laure Bénabou
DRM & AI: Raquel Xalabarder
Private International Law: Marco Ricolfi
17.30 End of Conference & Drink


  • Lionel Bently, Professor, University of Cambridge, United Kingdom (Past Chair, 2015-16)
  • Valérie Laure Benabou, Professor, l’Université d’Aix-Marseille (AMU), France
  • Estelle Derclaye, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Graeme B. Dinwoodie, Director, Oxford Intellectual Property Research Centre (OIPRC), University of Oxford, United Kingdom  (2009 – 2018)
  • Thomas Dreier, Director, Institute for Information and Economic Law, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany
  • Séverine Dusollier, Professor, School of Law, SciencesPo, Paris (France) (Chair, 2016-17)
  • Christophe Geiger, Director, Centre d’Etudes Internationales de la Propriété Intellectuelle (CEIPI), University of Strasbourg, France (Past Chair, 2014-15)
  • Jonathan Griffiths, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, School of Law, Queen Mary University of London, United Kingdom
  • Reto Hilty, Director, Max Planck Institute for Innovation and Competition, Munich, Germany
  • P. Bernt Hugenholtz, Co-Director Institute for Information Law, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Marie-Christine Janssens, Professor of Intellectual Property Law, University Leuven (KU Leuven), Belgium
  • Alexander Peukert, Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main, Germany
  • Marco Ricolfi, Chair of Intellectual Property, Turin Law School, Italy
  • Ole-Andreas Rognstad, Professor of Law, Department of Private Law, University of Oslo, Norway (Chair Elect, 2018-19)
  • Martin Senftleben, Professor of Intellectual Property, VU University Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Alain Strowel, Professor, Saint-Louis University and UCLouvain, Belgium (Chair, 2017-18)
  • Tatiana Eleni Synodinou, Associate Professor, University of Cyprus, Cyprus
  • Raquel Xalabarder, Chair on Intellectual Property, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain (Chair, 2014)

Practical Information

Conference Fee

  • 120 euro / 50 euro (students)
  • This price includes coffee breaks, lunch and closing drink

Registration Online before 20 May 2018

Permanente Vorming – Formation Permanente

  • Advocaten/Avocats:  6 punten (NL) /6 points (FR)
  • Goedkeuring IGO / Agrément IFJ. (pending)

More Information

  • KU Leuven Centre for IT & IP Law (CiTiP)
  • Tel: +32 (0)16 32 37 32 – +32 (0)16 32 52 73
  • Email: citip.admin@kuleuven.be

Mozilla Research Grants 2018H1

Mozilla Research Grants 2018H1

Mountain View, CA



Mozilla seeks proposals for research funding to support its mission: to ensure the internet is a global public resource, open and accessible to all.
These grants include topics directly relevant to current research, as well as topics that fit more broadly with our vision for improving the internet and implementing the principles of our manifesto.

Past Funding Areas

Areas we have funded in the past have included networking, security, compilers, software verification, software power management, developer tools, automatic translation, add-on privacy, improving internet safety, gender differences in VR, studying hacktivism, and research tools for blind users.

Research Domains

We are explicitly interested in supporting research into various technological domains, including:

  • virtual, mixed and augmented reality
  • voice and language-driven assistants
  • summarization of text, particularly for non-news articles
  • understanding speech and generating spoken text
  • improving accessibility of the web
  • building the open Internet of Things (notably viable real-world implementation approaches for HTTPS on local networks and work with Project Things)
  • metrics and methods to measure Internet Health, and ways to improve that health
  • improving tools we create, such as Rust, WASM and Servo and technical approaches for developers and creators of internet content
  • uses of Firefox, including using Firefox as a measurement platform, as an experimentation platform, or developing better data and tools to understand the web.

Research Questions

We are also interested in supporting research into solutions that explore problems we don’t know how to answer:

  • How can the internet develop open data resources and allow for data portability?
  • How can we use Firefox and data gathered through Firefox to better understand the online world?
  • What are reasonable ways to balance advertising and privacy?
  • How can we improve web anonymity and usability of that anonymity?
  • What are robust alternatives to advertising to fund internet experiences?
  • How can we improve the decentralization of the internet away from closed-source software and closed-source data?
  • How can we improve the diversity of contributors to open source?
  • What do we need to understand about identity to build better trusted user agents?
  • How can people and communities adapt the internet to meet local needs?
  • How can we make the internet safer to use everyday, particularly for vulnerable populations?
  • If we were to rebuild the internet (or major portions of it) from scratch today, what would we have it look like? What could we learn from such major rethinkings?


These research domains and questions are not exhaustive: we are open to other research proposals as long as they support our mission. On the other hand, we don’t want to you to spend your time developing proposals that have little chance of getting funded. Our aim with this program is to support Mozilla’s research efforts, rather than to generally fund research on the internet. In the absence of a strong Mozilla champion and/or a strong tie to current research, historically there are a few areas we’re unlikely to fund:

  • We generally don’t fund the development of new open source projects through Mozilla Research Grants. We are looking to fund the creation of new research knowledge in the world, and in some cases this may involve releasing open source code, but that can’t be the primary aim of the proposal.
  • We generally don’t fund proposals to improve the state of closed ecosystems, such as app stores.
  • We generally don’t fund studies of particular populations using or not using technologies, unless those are tied to very particular Mozilla goals.
  • We don’t fund development of ongoing open source (or closed source) programs: these should go through MOSS.
  • We don’t fund conferences through this process: both research and developer conference sponsorship requests should go through https://research.mozilla.org/conference-sponsorships/.

To try and provide useful data about acceptances and rejections, we compared the set of answers to the question “Describe briefly what you intend to do” for both accepted proposals and proposals that were rejected in the first round, for both of our 2017 funding sessions. This table, redacted to remove words specific to individual proposals and generated by DataBasic (Thanks, DataBasic!), shows individual words only found in accepted proposals (on the left), found in both accepted and rejected proposals (in the middle) and only in proposals rejected in the first round (on the right).

This should be seen as entirely descriptive and not prescriptive: we will not automatically fund, say, kernel interfaces for female avatars, nor will we automatically reject emergency fitness alerts for chronic actors. While our focuses do change from session to session, this may provide useful information to inform your proposal, particularly if you were planning on submitting, say, a blockchain-based fitness tracker for educators.

What should I do?

Your first step should be to read through the whole submission form, well in advance, so you know what you’re going to need to do. We expect you to put together a clear, coherent expression of your problem, the approach you’re taking to solve that problem, and the solution you hope to achieve. You might want to think of this as a business plan for your research effort. What’s the minimum level of success you’re hoping to achieve and what’s the best case? How will you know how successful you are? How many people will be impacted by what you do if you’re successful? What would happen if you didn’t do this research?

Make sure that someone who isn’t an expert in your field can understand your project, and make sure that someone who is an expert in your field can understand what you’re doing that’s new.

You should make sure that you explicitly cover these criteria: viability, alignment, value, and impact.

  • viability: how likely is it that you will be able to execute on what you plan?
  • alignment: how well is this project aligned with Mozilla’s mission? Is it worth doing, and how does it help Mozilla accomplish the mission? How closely will you work with Mozilla?
  • value: is this project good value for money?
  • impact: how much will this project impact the world? how many people will it impact? what would happen if you don’t do this project?

Incorporating a plan for ongoing engagement with Mozilla is a great plus, as we’ve found the most successful projects are those with strong ongoing interactions. If there are Mozilla data sources you would like to collaborate around, such as Firefox, Common Voice, or survey data, please specify that in the proposal. We strongly encourage but don’t require you to have a Mozilla employee as a champion, and have them include a paragraph in support of your proposal. We recommend you have them read through your proposal before you submit, and incorporate any feedback they might have.

What limitations are there for this funding?

Applications must be affiliated with a university, research institute or research-focused registered non-profit, in any country except for those embargoed by the US State Department. Gifts are awarded to those institutions; we cannot award them to unaffiliated individuals. You must include a plan for disseminating the results, which would normally include publication in a peer-reviewed and open-access venue, and we encourage you to make those publications, results, code, and/or data publicly accessible. We will pay open-access fees for not-for-profit publishers included in your budget. Please acknowledge Mozilla’s support in your publication, and send it to us when it gets published. We particularly encourage you to further publish your work in a format more accessible to the public, like blog posts or articles in the popular press. Send us those, too!

University-affiliated applicants can be students or faculty; students will require a letter from their advisor. Funding amounts may vary up to $50,000. We encourage the submission of small, focused proposals to explore individual projects. We expect the timescale for most projects, not counting final publications, to be around one year, although that is only a guideline. We strongly encourage ongoing collaboration with Mozilla over the entire course of the grant.

As part of our commitment to diversity, we will fund childcare up to 10% of a grant, with a cap of $5000. We particularly encourage applications from new faculty in their first or second years. Funding is given as an unrestricted gift to the institution. We do not pay university overhead.

Please make sure you’ve read the FAQ before you start writing your application; please ask questions through that same page. In addition, we will have live online office hours in this Vidyo room on (EDIT: Note date changes) April 16th at 5:00pm PDT and on April 17th at 9:30am PDT, and will record questions asked in the FAQ.


PIJIP SCOTUS Series: WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical

PIJIP SCOTUS Series: WesternGeco v. ION Geophysical

Monday, April 16, 2018
Yuma Building, Room Y401
American University Washington College of Law
Washington, DC



In PIJIP’s ongoing Supreme Court Series, a panel of counsel for amici and parties will discuss the case on the afternoon following oral argument before the Court. A reception will follow.

Issue: Whether the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit erred in holding that lost profits arising from prohibited combinations occurring outside of the United States are categorically unavailable in cases in which patent infringement is proven under 35 U.S.C. § 271(f).

Confirmed panelists includeDerek Shaffer, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan (representing amici – Fairchild Semiconductor International, Inc., et al.); Charles Duan, R Street Institute (representing amici – Electronic Frontier Foundation And R Street Institute); Irena Royzman, Patterson Belknap Webb & Tyler LLP (representing amicus – New York Intellectual Property Law Association).

IPIL/Houston 2018 National Conference in Santa Fe

IPIL/Houston 2018 National Conference

June 2, 2018
Inn and Spa at Loretto
211 Old Santa Fe Trail
Santa Fe, NM 87501



IPIL’s National Conference, traditionally held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has through the years provided scholars a unique setting to develop, debate and deploy commentary and policy proposals concerning intellectual property and information law. Topics for past conferences have included Patents, Copyright, Trademark & Trade Secret, Information & eCommerce, and Cyberlaw.

The Summer 2018 Conference will focus on Trademark Law by exploring current trends and future directions in an area of intellectual property law that holds increasing importance in the globalized economy.

Following the event’s tradition of eminent scholars, IPIL is proud to have engaged a distinguished group of speakers who will present and, with conference fellows and other attendees, discuss papers to appear shortly in Houston Law Review‘s annual IPIL symposium issue.

Registration is necessary for attendance (please use the links above and to the right to contact our Program Director), but there is no charge to attend this event, which is open to members of the legal academy. The IPIL faculty at the University of Houston Law Center hopes that your summer plans can include joining us in the Great Southwest!

This year’s National Conference is made possible by continuing support from IPIL’s Advisory Council and its other Sponsors and Supporters.

Conference Presenters
(click on photo for further information)

Stacey Dogan Glynn S. Lunney, Jr. William McGeveran Xuan-Thao Nguyen Lisa P. Ramsey
Stacey Dogan

Boston University School of Law

Glynn S. Lunney, Jr.

Texas A&M University School of Law

William McGeveran

University of Minnesota Law School

Xuan-Thao Nguyen

Indiana University-Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Lisa P. Ramsey

University of San Diego School of Law

Bounded Rationality, Paternalism, and Trademark Law


Two-Tiered Trademarks




The Puzzle in Trademark Collateral


Free Speech Challenges to Trademark Law After Matal v. Tam


Conference Fellows
(click on photo for further information)

Shontavia Johnson Connie Powell Nichols Alexandra J. Roberts
Shontavia Johnson

Clemson University

Connie Powell Nichols

Baylor Law School

Alexandra J. Roberts

University of New Hampshire
School of Law

Conference on IP Rights Enforcement at Trade Shows: International Perspectives and Best Practices (UNLV Law)

Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement at Trade Shows: International Perspectives and Best Practices

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 8am–7pm
Thomas & Mack Moot Court Facility #151
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154



Trade shows are frontiers of innovation and creativity, but they can also be catalysts for disputes over intellectual property, such as trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and patents on inventions and designs. Enforcement of intellectual property rights is of vital importance at trade shows – where in one venue and in just a few days products and services receive the attention of a wide international audience. With some 260 million visitors attending trade shows worldwide annually*, the annual global trade shows audience, taken as a group, would constitute the fifth most populated country in the world**. This conference brings together intellectual property law experts from the United States and other countries – attorneys, judges, representatives of trade show operators, and others – to discuss best practices for intellectual property rights enforcement at trade shows, including practices in courts and alternative dispute resolution mechanisms.

Note: The Conference will be followed on Friday, October 5, 2018, by the Annual Conference of the Nevada Bar Intellectual Property Law Section.

Confirmed Speakers

Opening Remarks:



  • West Allen, Howard and Howard, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Stephen Calogero, IGT, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Mark Cohen, UC Berkeley, California (formerly USPTO)
  • Judge Anne-Kristin Fricke, Landgericht München I, Munich, Germany
  • John Krieger, Dickinson Wright PLLC, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Christoph Lanz, MCH Group, Baselworld, Basel, Switzerland
  • Michael McCue, Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Judge Florencio Molina Lopez, Juzgado Mercantil nº 5, Barcelona, Spain
  • Kai Rüting, Vossius & Partner, Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Kimberly P. Stein, Holley Driggs Walch Fine Wray, Las Vegas, Nevada
  • Barbara Weizsaecker, European Major Exhibition Centres Association (AISBL)


* UFI, the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry, Global Exhibition Industry Statistics, March 2014, page 15 ** Countries in the World by Population (2018), Worldometers


Panel on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: The Regulatory and Policy Implications (Technology Policy Institute)

Panel on Facebook and Cambridge Analytica: The Regulatory and Policy Implications

Monday, April 16, 2018, 12–2pm EDT
Technology Policy Institute
Top of the Hill Banquet & Conference Center
1 Constitution Avenue, NE
Washington, DC 20002



The Facebook-Cambridge Analytica (CA) controversy has it all – big tech, privacy, the Trump campaign, and the never-ending attempt to relitigate the 2016 election. It even managed to push Stormy Daniels off the front page.

The question now is what, if anything, policymakers should do in response and what the outcome will be. With Facebook pledging reforms, users demanding more transparency and lawmakers considering legislative fixes, the fallout from this issue could reshape how consumers’ data is used and shared – with lasting effects on our online lives.

Join the Technology Policy Institute as we bring together a panel of experts to provide insight and answers into what the Facebook data issue means to tech companies, policy makers and consumers alike.

Confirmed panelists include:
  • Howard Beales, Professor of Strategic Management & Public Policy, George Washington University
  • James Cooper, Associate Professor of Law and Director, Program on Economics & Privacy, George Mason University
  • Stuart Ingis, Chairman, Venable, LLP
  • Josephine Wolff, Assistant Professor of Public Policy, Rochester Institute of Technology
  • Thomas Lenard, Senior Fellow and President Emeritus, TPI (moderator)
Register today to attend this important and timely discussion.


Chris McGurn
Technology Policy Institute

2018 Intellectual Property Strategy Conference (Osaka Institute of Technology)

2018 Intellectual Property Strategy Conference
Co-sponsored by Unified Patents, Kyoto University and Osaka Institute of Technology

Monday, May 14, 2018
Osaka Institute of Technology, Josho Hall
Uneda Campus
1-45 Chayamachi, Kita-Ku, Osaka, Japan
Access to the Umeda Campus


  • Website:  http://ipaex.com/ipsc2018/en/
  • Registration:  http://ipaex.com/ipsc2018/en/form/
  • Cost:  Free / Capacity:  500
  • Contact:  Chiaki Tomishima (chiaki@unifiedpatents.com)
  • Intended Audience:  Corporate IP, R&D finance professionals. Academic and research institutional professionals. Students. Service providers are all waitlisted and permitted to attend based on final capacity unless they are sponsors or speaker’s guests.


Unified Patents, Kyoto University and Osaka Institute of Technology co-host the 2nd Annual IP Strategy Conference in Asia on May 14, 2018 at the Graduate School of Intellectual Property of Osaka Institute of Technology.

Join over 300 academic and in-house business and IP professionals and discuss enhanced academia-industry collaboration, best practices of intellectual property and business strategies as well as the latest developments of standard essential patent pools. Speakers include top global in-house intellectual property executives from academia, corporate and law firms.

We welcome participation in this event from professionals in companies, universities and research institutions, as well as students. The conference will be held in Japanese and English with simultaneous interpretation.

This is an admission free non-profit event. We encourage your early registration due to limited seat availability.

Please contact event coordinator (Email: chiaki@unifiedpatents.com) should you have any questions.

Kyoto University
Office of Society-Academia Collaboration
Yoshida Honmachi, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8501 Japan

Osaka Institute of Technology
Graduate School of Intellectual Property
5-16-1 Omiya, Asahi Ward, Osaka City,

Unified Patents
2 North 1st Street
San Jose, CA 95113



  • Registration and Coffee


  • Welcome
  • Hisao Yamasaki, Professor, Graduate School of Intellectual Property, OIT | Office of Society-Academia Collaboration, Kyoto University


  • Opening Remark
  • Akihiro Kobayashi, Dean, Professor, Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology


  • Keynote Speech
    Kenichi Nagasawa, Managing Executive Officer and Group Executive, Corporate IP and Legal, Canon


  • Networking Coffee Break


  • Panel Session 1 “Next Stage of Industry-Government-Academia Collaboration”- Utilization of universities and other research institutions as a promising option for corporate business development”

    Under the Japanese Government’s “Growth Strategy 2017”, to achieve social challenges by incorporating the innovations of the fourth industrial revolution (e.g., IoT, big data, AI, robot and sharing economy), we are enhancing industry-government-academia collaboration and trying to triple corporate investment for universities and public research institutions by 2025. In this session, we discuss the roles of universities and other research institutions that are powerful outsourcing options for corporate R&D. Also discuss consultation services which enables timely matching between corporate needs and institutional resource, as well as the most recent international collaborations. Some points which will be discussed:

    • Near future applied research vs Long-term future basic research – Research that companies want to invest
    • Methods and issues for matching company needs and research tasks
    • Recent initiatives implemented both in France and Japan to foster public-private cooperation.
    • Consulting services of technology transfer to private sector
    • Research consulting function required for universities and public research institutions
  • Moderator: TBD
  • Speakers:
    • Yasuhiro Ashihara, Professor, General Manager, Intellectual Property, Head of Society-Academia Collaboration for Innovation Director’s Office, Kyoto University
    • Louis Avigdor, Partnership and Technology Transfer Adviser, CNRS Tokyo Office French National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS)
    • Kiyoyuki Shimizu, Deputy Director-General, AIST Chubu, National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST)
    • Jun Sugiura,Professor, Graduate School of Intellectual Property, Osaka Institute of Technology


  • Lunch Break


  • Panel Session 2 “Evolving Corporate IP Management – Defensive Options”

    Corporate IP has changed significantly over the last several years. Learn how corporate IP leaders are maneuvering in this environment to ensure their companies future success. Some points which will be discussed:

    • What are the biggest changes effecting the patent market
    • Are companies seeing more selling or buying patent asset, and if so how to defend business
    • Which technologies are they most concerned about in the future and how has that effected strategy
    • Are there cost effective ways to ensure rational defense form patent assertions
    • What to do when you don’t need so many patents, what are the options

  • Moderator: Lionel M. Lavenue, Partner‪, ‬Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
  • Panelists:
    • Daniel McCurdy, CEO, Provenance Asset Group LLC
    • Tomo Okuwaki, Senior General Manager, Intellectual Property, SONY Corporation


  • Keynote Speech – How to use Big Data to Support Patent Lifecycle Operation
    Zhiwei Xie, CEO, ScienBizIP


  • Networking Coffee Break


  • Keynote Speech – AI enabled Standard Essential Patent landscaping HEVC and LTE patents – Reasonable royalties for standard related patents
    Kevin Jakel, Founder & CEO, Unified Patents


  • Panel Session 3 “SEP Pools and Patent Quality- How do they affect technology adoption”

    As technology standards continue to increase in use and importance, changes have occurred in the parties which develop them. In the past, companies which developed the standards also implemented them. Now, many of the companies which create them and patent are not the ones that use them. Standard Essential Patents (SEP) and Patent Pools are several of the ways organizations are now using to manage this change. Points which will be discussed include:

    • What are SEP and Patent Pools.
    • Considerations companies should make when implementing standards
    • Ways to reduce the risk and price of implementing
    • Whether to participate in Pools
    • What is FRAND and how to calculate a fair price.

  • Moderator: Hiroyuki Hagiwara, Partner, Litigation, Paul Hastings
  • Panelists:
    • Shawn Ambwani, Co-Founder & COO, Unified Patents
    • Yoshihiro Endo (Manager, Intellectual Property and Standardization Division, Honda Motor Co., Ltd.)
    • Shoei Imai, Executive Director& General Manager, Intellectual Property, Fujifilm
    • Peter J. Moller, Chief Executive Officer, HEVC Advance LLC



GW Law 10th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property

GW Law 10th Annual Symposium on Intellectual Property

Tuesday, May 8, 2018 8:30am–5pm
The George Washington University Law School
Lerner 401
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052



Navigating the complex and evolving patent law landscape can be challenging, but nearly every business must do this in some fashion. Though protection strategies may differ from company to company, the keys to success are the same—an in-depth understanding of the threats and opportunities that accompany patent portfolio management, offensive and defensive strategies for litigation and a grasp of where the patent system is heading. 

Join in-house counsel from major corporations and members of the judiciary, academia and private practice as they explore these issues at the 10th annual Symposium on Intellectual Property. The program, presented by The George Washington University Law School, Mayer Brown LLP, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and NERA Economic Consulting will feature interactive panel discussions of hot topics and recent developments in patent law, including:

  • Hot Topics at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
  • Effective Appellate Advocacy at the Federal Circuit
  • Valuation of Patent Portfolios
  • Current Issues Facing In-House Patent Lawyers

View Program Agenda

Keynote Address

We will be joined for a special keynote address by the Hon. David Ruschke, Chief Administrative Patent Judge, United States Patent and Trademark Office.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • William Atkins, Partner, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Jack Barufka, Partner and Co-Leader, Intellectual Property Practice, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • Ed Blocker, IP Counseling Manager, Philips Intellectual Property & Standards
  • Kristopher Boushie, Associate Director, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Sarah Butler, Managing Director, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Tina Chappell, Associate General Counsel, Intel Corporation
  • Alan Cox, Managing Director and Chair, Intellectual Property Practice, NERA Economic Consulting
  • Sean Edman, Sr. Director IP, Medtronic
  • Tanuja Garde, Vice-President, Intellectual Property and Licensing, Raytheon
  • Henry Hadad, Senior Vice President & Deputy General Counsel-Intellectual Property, Bristol-Myers Squibb
  • Dean Harts, Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel–International, 3M
  • Daryl Joseffer, Partner, King & Spalding LLP
  • Kfir Levy, Partner, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Deanne Maynard, Partner, Morrison & Foster LLP
  • Andrew Pincus, Partner, Supreme Court & Appellate Practice, Mayer Brown LLP
  • Jason Skinder, Global Patent Counsel, Software & Services, Aptiv
  • Wendy Verlander, President and Chief Executive Officer, Blackbird Technologies


Registration for the symposium is complimentary. CLE credit is pending. Please join us for a cocktail reception immediately following the program.

For additional information, please contact Jeremy Fegley at +1 202 263 3019 or jfegley@mayerbrown.com.

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The Regulation of Robotics in Europe: Legal, Ethical, and Economic Implications (Summer School in Tuscany)

The Regulation of Robotics in Europe: Legal, Ethical, and Economic Implications

July 2–7, 2018
Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna
Piazza Martiri della Libertà
33 – 56127
Pisa, Italy


  • Website:  http://www.europeregulatesrobotics-summerschool.santannapisa.it/
  • Application:  http://www.santannapisa.it/domandeSssup/login.jspww.santannapisa.it/err/application
  • Course capacity:  maximum 30 participants; minimum 15 participants
  • Application Deadline:  June 7, 2018 at 11pm (GMT).  Late applications or uncomplete applications, whatever the reason, will not be taken into consideration.
  • University Credits:  A maximum of 2 academic credits (in accordance with the European Credits Transfer and Accumulation System – ECTS) will be awarded upon completion of the Course, if the final test is passed and the attendance requirement of at least 90% of the classes is met.
  • Cost:  € 600,00 (six hundred euro).  The cost includes tuition, reference materials, and lunch on class days.  One scholarship will be awarded to the best ranked candidate.


The Summer School “The Regulation of Robotics in Europe: Legal, Ethical and Economic Implications” is part of a three-year project that was awarded in the framework of the Call for proposals 2015 — EAC/A04/2014 under the Jean Monnet Activities of the Erasmus+ Programme – Jean Monnet Modules on “Europe Regulates Robotics”. The Summer School will provide participants with an advanced understanding of the European framework within which robotic technologies are to be developed, marketed and used. Robotic technologies represent a novel kind of applications that has to be fitted within a pre-existing framework of legal standards, and socio-ethical beliefs and principles. Robots developed by research laboratories and industries across Europe need to comply with existing regulation, be respectful of – and promote – existing rights as recognized by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union (CFR), abide a responsible research and innovation approach and take into account existing social needs and desires. It is therefore essential, both for engineers designing such applications and for lawyers and social scientists seeking to acquire relevant professional skills to be able to counsel roboticists and robotic enterprises, to acquire an exact understanding of all the different profiles and of interdisciplinary interactions. The Summer School aims at providing students with a solid background and methodological approach to enter the market for consultancy services to businesses developing robotic products, undergo independent research in law and technology and understand the non-technological issues to take into account in robotic products design.

Acceptance Procedure

  • The 30 admitted candidates will receive by e-mail a formal letter of admission to the Course that must be signed for acceptance to confirm the participation.
  • The above mentioned letter has to be forwarded to the UO Alta Formazione with the evidence of the payment of the course fee.
  • In case of withdrawal, the next eligible applicant in the reserve list who confirms the participation to the Course will be admitted to attend.
  • If for any reason a participant is not able to attend the Course once confirmed, s/he will not be reimbursed the amount paid.