Thursday, March 12, 2020
8:00 AM - 8:40 AM
Registration and Morning Coffee in the Exhibition and Networking Area
9:00 AM - 9:20 AM
Chairman's Welcome Address
David Sanker, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius
9:20 AM - 9:50 AM

Panel Discussion - Best Practice for In-House IP Counsel: Invention Harvesting

Moderator:
Jennifer Spaith, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney

Panellists:
Kristine Ekwueme, Patent Counsel, Qualcomm
Mehul Shah, Patent Attorney, Nagra
Peter Jovanovic, Senior Legal Counsel, IP, Dell

9:50 AM - 10:10 AM

Patents versus Trade Secrets for Inventions that use Artificial Intelligence

Patents are typically used to protect new inventions, particularly when the inventions are easily reverse engineered. On the other hand, if the novelty of an invention is not publicly visible (e.g., an algorithm running in the Cloud), or infringement would be difficult to detect, companies may opt for Trade Secret protection. 

Artificial Intelligence can affect how an invention is protected, and may even influence how it is implemented. This presentation identifies some of the factors to consider and provides some specific recommendations. The presentation is particularly relevant to inventions that are implemented in software, but some of the issues impact other inventions as well.

David Sanker, Partner, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

10:10 AM - 10:30 AM

One Step Forward and Two Steps Back: The Unforeseen IP Challenges of the IoT and Big Data Revolution 

Nathan Zhang, Counsel, Applied Materials

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Panel Discussion: Can an Artificial Intelligence System be Given a Patent? 

  • Will AI make it more Difficult to Patent an Invention, which Requires an Improvement that Exceeds the ‘Level of Ordinary Skill’? 

  • If an Invention is Conceived using AI, who is the Inventor?  

    • The Computer?

    • The Person who Developed the AI System?

    • or 

    • The Person or Entity Running the AI to Create the New Invention?

  • As Innovation is now Outpacing the Law, is it Time to Devise a Broader Legal Strategy to Protect IP in AI?

  • How do you Develop a Trade Secrets Strategy?

Moderator: 
Bill La Fontaine, General Manager, IP and Vice President, Research Business Development, IBM

Panellists: 
Bao Tran, Founder, TTek Inc
David Chan, Senior Patent Counsel, Western Digital~
Nathan Zhang, Director, Global Litigation and Investigations, Applied Materials 

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Morning Coffee & Networking in the Exhibition Area
11:30 AM - 11:50 AM

Introducing The LOT Network 
Ken Seddon, CEO, The LOT Network

11:50 AM - 12:20 PM
Patent Litigation Trends and Licensing Traps
  • Licensing Pitfalls that Arise or Result in Litigation – and how to avoid them

  • Litigation Trends that are Affecting Licensing and Other Company Strategy

  • Shifting tides at the PTAB

  • Impact of TC Heartland and key venues to watch

  • NPE litigation – will it decline, hold steady, or increase

  • Unsettled damages issues – apportionment, smallest saleable unit, and extraterritoriality

  • Predictions for the Coming Year

Moderator: 
Andrew Schwaab, Immediate Past President, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association

Panellists:
Andrew Radsch, Partner, Ropes & Gray
Diane Gabl Kratz, Senior IP Counsel, Seagate Technology
Elizabeth Chien-Hale, General Counsel/ Company Secretary, AGAPE-1 Technology
Ken Seddon, CEO, The LOT Network

12:20 PM - 12:50 PM
Panel Discussion: In-house Counsel Day-to-Day Challenges in Securing and Protecting Patents

Panellists:
Michael Kim, Senior Patent Prosecution, TiVo
Tom McMasters, Senior Director for Litigation and Licensing, ASML
Diane Gabl Kratz, Senior IP Counsel, Seagate Technology

12:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Lunch and Networking in the Exhibition Area
2:10 PM - 2:15 PM
Roundtable discussions
Taking part in these discussions offers delegates and speakers the opportunity to focus on topics of specific interest, within a small group. 
45 minutes is set aside for each rotation – and delegates may choose one discussion table in each rotation.  
2:15 PM - 2:55 PM
Best Practice in Invention Harvesting
Brandon Hegstrom, Senior Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney

Managing Your Outside Counsel: Domestic and International
Nick Noble, Counsel, Kilburn & Strode

Writing Robust Patent Applications
Suganda Jutamulia, Senior Principal Patent Agent, OmniVision Technologies

Harmonising Patent and Trade Secret Protection Strategies
Aaron Oakley, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Technology Patents Open Table: Solving Corporate Counsel Challenges
Patenting Artificial Intelligence
Susan Keston, Partner, HGF
Harry Hutchinson, Senior Partner, HGF
2:55 PM - 3:00 PM
Please choose your second rotation choice
3:00 PM - 3:45 PM

Managing Your Outside Counsel: Domestic and International
Nick Noble, Counsel, Kilburn & Strode

Technology Patents Open Table: Solving Corporate Counsel Challenges
Patenting Artificial Intelligence
Susan Keston, Partner, HGF
Harry Hutchinson, Senior Partner, HGF
Writing Robust Patent Applications
Suganda Jutamulia, Senior Principal Patent Agent, OmniVision Technologies

Best Practice in Invention Harvesting 
Brandon Hegstrom, Senior Attorney, Dorsey & Whitney

Harmonising Patent and Trade Secret Protection Strategies
Aaron Oakley, Partner, Hogan Lovells
3:45 PM - 4:15 PM
Afternoon Tea and Networking in the Exhibition Area
4:15 PM - 4:35 PM
Autonomous Vehicles and Detectability of AI Innovations
4:35 PM - 5:00 PM
Key Developments in Global Standards Essential Patents Litigation

Tom McMasters, Senior Director for Litigation and Licensing, ASML

5:00 PM - 5:45 PM

Panel Discussion: Key Considerations for a FRAND Patent Licensing Strategy 

  • What should be the Appropriate Scope of the Proposed License? 

  • What Form should Royalty Payments Take?

  • What Methodology Should be Used for Calculating FRAND Rates?

  • Licensing Terms: How Should the Patented Feature be Valued in order to Balance Against the Need to Incentivise Invention?

Moderator:
Ryan Richardson, Director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox

Panellists:
Tom McMasters, Senior Director for Litigation and Licensing, ASML
Hongming Liu, Senior IP Counsel, Tencent America 
Ken Seddon, CEO, The LOT Network 
Andrew Schwaab, Immediate Past President, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Association

5:45 PM - 5:50 PM
Chairman’s Closing Comments and Networking Drinks