Irene Calboli
Texas A&M University
Professor of Law 

Judge Arthur Gajarsa
University of New Hampshire School of Law
Distinguished Jurist-in-Residence 

Jason Herpel
BioTelemetry, Inc.
Director & Associate General Counsel 

Edward Kelly
Ropes & Gray LLP
Partner, Intellectual Property Transactions Practice

F. Scott Kieff
George Washington University Law School
Fred C. Stevenson Research Professor of Law; C-LEAF Director of Planning and Publications
McKool Smith

Ros Lynch
Copyright & IP Enforcement Director

David McIntosh
Ropes & Gray LLP
Head, Intellectual Property Transactions Practice

Jim Myers
Tristar Products, Inc.
General Counsel

David Olson
Boston College Law School
Associate Professor and Faculty Director for the Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship 

Regina Sam Penti
Ropes & Gray LLP
Counsel, Intellectual Property Transactions Practice

Allie Renison
Institute of Directors
Head of Europe & Trade Policy

European IP Summit

Practices: Intellectual Property


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)  


  • Breakfast & Registration
  • Opening Remarks

IP and Brexit

  • 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

Doing Business in Europe

  • 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.

Data Protection

  • 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.

Competition Law

  • 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

Unified Patent Court

  • 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


  • Breakfast

Avoiding Pitfalls

  • 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.  
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