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Fifth Annual International IP Summit

International IP Summit

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Please join Boston College Law School and Ropes & Gray at our 5th Annual International IP Summit. The summit is a premier forum for practitioners, business leaders, academics, and government officials to explore the dramatically evolving global IP environment.

This event will take place in-person at Boston College Law School (885 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02459).

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Date Time
All times are EST
October 13 8:30-8:45AM Welcome Remarks
8:45-9:15AM Opening Address
9:20-10:35AM Global Tech Trends: Africa, China, Europe, Latin America and Russia
10:50AM-12:05PM IP Protections – Have We Gone Too Far?
12:30-1:15PM Keynote: A Conversation with Lynnette C. Fallon
1:25-2:15PM Evolution of FinTech: Are Regulation and Law Keeping Up?
2:50-3:40PM The EU’s Unified Patent Court: Impact on US Companies and IP Litigation
3:40-4:40PM Leading and Thriving Through Prolonged Uncertainty: A Conversation with General Counsels
4:40-4:50PM Closing Remarks
October 14
By invitation
or application
8:15AM-11:45AM Roundtable

IP Summit Day One Program - October 13

  • Registration & Breakfast
    8:00 – 8:30 AM
  • Welcome Remarks
    8:30 – 8:45 AM
  • Opening Address
    8:45 – 9:15 AM
    • Speaker:
      • Yasheng Huang, Epoch Foundation Professor of International Management and Faculty Director of Action Learning, MIT Sloan School of Management
  • Global Tech Trends: Africa, China, Europe, Latin America and Russia
    9:20 – 10:35 AM
    This panel will examine significant developments around the world impacting technology and life sciences companies, and best practices for maximizing the value of technology in a dynamic international environment of global tensions and shifting sanctions. Our experts from around the world will discuss the impact of sanctions and controls from the Russia-Ukraine war, developments in US IP policy on China, fintech in Africa, the deal environment in Brazil, and IP developments in Europe.
    • Speakers:
      • David Olson, Professor, Faculty Director for the Program on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Boston College Law School (Moderator)
      • Ama Adams, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP 
      • Michael Mangelson, Principal Counsel and Director for China IP, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
      • Marcus Valverde, Founding Partner, Marcus Valverde Sociedade de Advogados
      • Mayowa Kuyoro, Partner, McKinsey & Company
  • Networking Break
    10:35 – 10:50 AM 
  • IP Protections – Have We Gone Too Far? 
    10:50 AM – 12:05PM
    The breadth and strength of IP rights have changed in the United States over the past 20 years and continue to be examined. This panel will discuss whether IP owners, in particular patent owners, have too many rights. Should a patent holder be able to restrict use of her invention by others, even those who need that invention for healthcare? Alternatively, have the Supreme Court’s efforts to scale back patent rights and the proposed ability to allow the US government to negotiate drug prices, reduced the value of patent rights such that we need check whether society is incentivized to invest in interesting but risky research and development efforts?
    • Speakers:
      • Melissa Rones, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP (Moderator)
      • Anita Varma, Partner, White & Case LLP
      • Peter Yu, Regents Professor of Law and Communication and Director, Center for Law and Intellectual Property, Texas A&M University
      • Honorable William G. Young, Judge of the United States District Court, District of Massachusetts
  • Lunch Break
    12:05 – 12:30 PM
  • Keynote: A Conversation with Lynnette C. Fallon 
    12:30 – 1:15PM
    Join us a for a lunchtime conversation with Ms. Fallon as she recounts her nearly 40-year journey as a lawyer, including 20+ years as the General Counsel of Axcelis Technologies, from its infancy through its incredible growth to a $2-billion-company with over 1000 employees.
  • Evolution of FinTech: Are Regulation and Law Keeping Up?
    1:25 – 2:15PM
    This panel will explore innovations in Fintech, and the legal and regulatory landscape that governs this technology, with particular focus on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and other digital assets, including the shifting application of intellectual property rights to protect Fintech innovation.
    • Speakers:
      • Regina Sam Penti, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP (Moderator) 
      • Melissa Bender, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP
      • Robert Bench, Assistant Vice President Secure Payments & FinTech, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
      • Justin McCormack, Senior Managing Counsel, State Street
  • Networking Break
    2:15 – 2:50 PM
  • The EU’s Unified Patent Court: Impact on US Companies and IP Litigation
    2:50 – 3:40 PM
    The Unified Patent Court seems ready to launch this Spring and will be a significant development for patent law. The UPC will issue decisions with effect over an economic zone comparable in size to the U.S. GDP. Additionally, the UPC makes the European court system more accessible to U.S. litigants as it consolidates European patent litigation into one set of rules and laws, a scope much more manageable for U.S. General Counsel.  And the biggest rule of the UPC is “Move Quickly”. The one-year time-period for a UPC case requires U.S. attorneys supporting a U.S. litigant to play a key role as “boots-on-the-ground” collecting evidence and prior art and organizing pleadings. The UPC and the role of the U.S. attorney will be reviewed.
    • Speakers:
      • Ed Kelly, Retired Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP (Moderator)
      • Chris Carroll, Partner, Burns & Levinson LLP
      • Sabine Agé, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier
      • Mathias Karlhuber, Partner, Cohausz & Florack
      • Kevin McGoff, Vice President & Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Butterfly Network, Inc.
  • Leading and Thriving Through Prolonged Uncertainty: A Conversation with General Counsels
    3:40 – 4:40 PM
    In this session, GCs from leading technology and life sciences companies will share their challenges and lessons learned from navigating the uncertainties of the past three years, including the pandemic, ESG, and changes in the geopolitical environment.
    • Speakers:
      • Regina Sam Penti, Partner, Ropes & Gray LLP (Moderator)
      • Karen Tepichin, General Counsel, Gingko Bioworks, Inc.
      • Paul Connors, Vice President, Legal & Corporate Secretary, Salsify, Inc.
      • Paul Dacier, General Counsel and Executive VP, Indigo
      • Wendy Cassity, Executive Vice President & Chief Legal Officer, Nuance Communications
      • Brian Elworthy, General Counsel, Toast
  • Closing Remarks
    4:40 – 4:50 PM 

IP Summit Day One Program - October 14

By application and invitation
8:15 – 11:45 AM

The Roundtable Session will bring together people with experience and interest in international IP law and business to share what they are seeing in the market and brainstorm best practices. The roundtable will be a fully interactive three-hour session and participants are asked to attend the entire roundtable. Topics to be discussed include:

  • IP issues and trends affecting the life sciences and technology industries
  • Pending legislative and policy proposals, including the CHIPS and Science Act
  • Deal making and industry trends
  • Open discussion of challenges and best practices
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