European IP Summit
DATE October 4 - 5, 2018
TIME October 4 - 9:00AM - 5:00PM
October 5 - 8:00AM - 1:00PM
PLACE Boston College Law School (885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458)
SUMMIT AGENDA – October 4
- Breakfast & Registration
- Opening Remarks
- The UK’s exit from the EU will impact IP rights across all sectors and industries. This panel will explore the challenges and options available to global businesses, and how they can prioritize and strategize to successfully navigate the transition. Topics will include:
- Implications for patent rights, including addressing options for a post-Brexit UK’s participation in the Unified Patent Court
- EU’s push toward a digital single market, and its post-Brexit implications for technology and data-driven transactions
- Implications for UK and EU trademark protections
- Implications for EU and UK copyright protections
- In this rapidly evolving global IP landscape, companies often use acquisitions and collaborations with international partners in order to stretch their R &D budgets, speed up product cycles, and spread risks. This panel will discuss key issues in international IP-driven transactions and strategies for managing the challenges and risks that arise.
- Lunch Break
- Tracks 1 & 2
- Track 1
- Seasoned lawyers and cybersecurity gurus will share their experiences and lessons learned from work on major data breaches. They will explain how cyberattacks can cause a legal threat, and discuss the common mistakes companies make both before a cybersecurity incident occurs and when responding to one. They will also explore best practices for avoiding those same missteps.
- Track 2
- Covering current modes of data acquisition and associated legal implications, as well as ways that innovative companies can protect and monetize their data.
- Recent trends impacting the application of competition law to intellectual property rights, including.
- Interaction between competition law and IP rights in Europe.
- To what extent are countries using competition law to favor their own companies and suppress IP rights?
- Networking Break
- Current status, outstanding legal issues, and challenges
- Implications for U.S. innovators – is there a risk of US-type patent trolls?
- Preparing for the UPC, including strategies for developing an effective pan-European patent portfolio
- European IP litigation in the UPC era
- Reception to follow
MASTER CLASS AGENDA – October 5
- In this hands-on workshop, seasoned dual-qualified U.S. and European patent attorneys will share their experiences and lessons learned from the battlefield of European oppositions. The discussions will focus on differences between U.S. and European patent application and examination requirements, and will highlight common vulnerabilities in U.S.-origin applications that can be fatal in international examination, EPO opposition and litigation. They will also share tips for avoiding these common pitfalls.