International IP Summit

October 17, 2019 – October 18, 2019

2021 Agenda and Program

International IP Summit

Please join Boston College Law School, Ropes & Gray and the Boston Patent Law Association at our 2nd Annual International IP Summit. The summit will explore key IP issues facing all those with international business interests in China and Europe.

DATE         October 17 - 18, 2019

TIME          October 17 - 8:00AM - 5:00PM - View Agenda
                   October 18 - 8:15AM - 1:00PM - View Agenda

PLACE      Boston College Law School (885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459)

CLE provided for CA, IL and NY. 

Featuring opening remarks by Yasheng Huang and keynote by Scott Samuels, Esq.

Yasheng Huang
Yasheng Huang
Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management
MIT Sloan School of Management
Scott Samuels
Scott Samuels, Esq.
Senior Vice President, General Counsel
BeiGene, Ltd.

Day one program


Welcome Remarks

  • Dean Vincent Rougeau, Boston College Law School

Opening Address

  • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, MIT Sloan School of Management

U.S./China IP and Trade Policy Trends

  • The U.S.-China trade relationship is crucial to the economic growth of both countries. In 2018, U.S. goods and services trade with China totaled an estimated $737.1 billion. The U.S.-China trade relationship supports roughly 2.6 million jobs in the United States across a range of industries. In this session, our seasoned panelists will discuss ways the relationship has evolved under the Trump administration, its implications or challenges for U.S. businesses with significant business interests in China, and strategies for addressing them.  
  • Speakers:
    • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management, MIT Sloan School of Management
    • Justin Hughes, Hon. William Byrne Professor of Law, Loyola Marymount University and former Senior Advisor to the Undersecretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property
    • Michael Mangelson, Senior Counsel for China IP Policy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Networking Break

International Trade Reforms

  • Tightening of U.S. oversight of overseas transactions, especially involving Chinese companies, has reverberated across global markets. In March 2018, the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States (CFIUS) blocked Broadcom’s takeover of Qualcomm, citing national security concerns. In August 2018, the Senate passed the Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act (FIRRMA), a sweeping change to the law governing CFIUS. Among other things, FIRRMA expanded the scope of transactions that are potentially subject to CFIUS review. The panel will explore risks posed by these changes, as well as strategies for dealing with those risks.
  • Speakers: 
    • Ama Adams, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Kira Alvarez, Principal, Vizcaya Trade Strategies
    • Eric Johnson, Deputy Chief for Compliance, U.S. Department of Justice’s National Security Division, Foreign Investment Review Section
    • The Honorable F. Scott Kieff, Former Commissioner, U.S. International Trade Commission; Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law, George Washington University Law School


  • This panel will discuss strategies for acquiring and managing global brands, particularly in the age of e-commerce, including:
    • Design rights and challenges in protection in the United States, Europe, and China, including the impact of Brexit
    • Strategies for addressing online infringement
    • Government efforts to crack down on counterfeiting
    • Brand clearance in a cluttered market
  • Speakers:  
    • Joseph Liu, Professor of Law, Boston College Law School 
    • Michael Mangelson, Senior Counsel for China IP Policy, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
    • Kevin Oliver, Vice President and Chief IP Counsel, PerkinElmer, Inc.
    • Yinfei Wu, Attorney, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Lunch Break


  • Scott Samuels, Esq., Senior Vice President, General Counsel, BeiGene, Ltd.
    • Moderated by Charlotte Jacobsen, Ropes & Gray LLP

Trends in Global Cybersecurity and Privacy Policy

  • The GDPR, a comprehensive and sweeping privacy framework, went into effect in Europe in 2018. Simultaneously, China has been developing its own privacy and cybersecurity framework, and has already issued a number of legislative provisions regarding e-commerce. While the United States does not currently have a federal cybersecurity and privacy framework, several states, including California and New York, have taken steps to roll out state-level interventions, and Congress is expected to weigh in soon.
  • In this session, seasoned lawyers and cybersecurity gurus will discuss the implications and strategies for global technology and life sciences companies, including:
    • Cross-border compliance framework
    • Corporate data governance strategies
    • Current enforcement trends
  • Speakers: 
    • Changqian Bai, Professor, Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications School of Cyber Security and Information Law
    • Amy Harman Burkart, Chief, Cybercrime Unit, United States Attorney’s Office
    • Katherine Fick, Senior Counsel, IBM Security, IBM Corporation
    • Rohan Massey, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Edward McNicholas, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Kevin Powers, Founding Director, M.S. Cybersecurity Policy and Governance; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Boston College Law School; Assistant Professor of the Practice, Carroll School of Management

Networking Break

Developments in Cross-Border IP Protection and Enforcement

  • This panel will examine recent developments in multi-jurisdictional IP protection and enforcement, including:
    • Changes to subject matter eligibility for software in the United States, Europe, and China
    • 2nd medical use claims and plausibility
    • Trade secrets litigation in China
    • Forum shopping
    • Issues relating to priority
  • Speakers: 
    • Steven Geiszler, U.S. Chief Intellectual Property Litigation Counsel, Huawei 
    • Charlotte Jacobsen, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Mathias Karlhuber, Patent Attorney, Cohausz & Florack
    • Matthew Rizzolo, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Mark Wu, Henry L. Stimson Professor, Harvard Law School
    • Peter K. Yu, Professor of Law and Communication, Texas A&M University

Regulatory and IP Concerns

  • The Life Sciences industry has been one of the most dynamic and active areas in the U.S.-China trade relations. For U.S. companies looking for local collaboration partners or seeking market access in China, navigating the complicated and ever-changing regulatory landscape presents a major challenge. This panel will explore the distinctive aspects of China’s regulatory regime for the life sciences industry and the recent updates.
  • Speakers: 
    • Katherine Wang, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
    • Yang Xu, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, BeiGene, Ltd.

Reception to Follow

Day 2 program


IP & Transactional Considerations for Doing Business in China

  • The Master Class and Workshop of Day II provides a forum of more in-depth discussions of the practical and transactional considerations for doing business in China through a series of roundtable conversations among seasoned business and legal executives, academics, and policy makers. Topics will include:
    • Best practices for strategic initiatives in China, including common deal structures, how to find and work with a local partner, and due diligence and risk management;
    • IP and regulatory landscape, including the practicability of protecting IP, U.S.-China licensing and technology transfer transactions, and what to expect in the context of U.S.-China trade war and technology barrier; and
    • Discussion of key industries, including life sciences, telecommunication/5G, artificial intelligence and big data.

Working Lunch

International IP Summit