Digital Disruption and AGM – 12 June 2018 in Rotterdam

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Date:

June 12, 2018

Location: Hilton Hotel, Rotterdam (NL)
Description:

The Annual General Meeting of LES Benelux and a half-day Topic Meeting “Digital Disruption” has been held on June 12th , 2018 at the Hilton Hotel in Rotterdam.

This (free of charge) Half-Day meeting started with a network lunch for members at 12.00 in the restaurant of the Hilton Hotel. The AGM started t at 13.00 followed by a topic meeting on Digital Disruption.

Topics that have been discussed:

1. Blockchain and smart licensing contracts – a general introduction

A general introduction to blockchain technology and smart contracts (what is it, how does it work, and what are the applications and benefits in the context of licensing?)

Our two speakers are blockchain guru’s and frequent speakers on that topic – although lawyers, they master the blockchain fundamentals and technology like few do.

Speakers:

  • Paul Vine, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London
  • Martin von Haller, Bird & Bird, Copenhagen

2. Legal developments

Legal developments on EU level dealing with digital developments, in particular on the copyright in the digital market directive, geo-blocking, the digital content directive, etc.

Speakers:

  • Alain Strowel, Professor at UCLouvain and U Saint-Louis, attorney at law, Belgium

3. The practical side of patenting and commercialising blockchain, IoT and AI technology

Speakers:

  • Kevin Fournier, IBM, Brussels
  • Ceren Pala Okat, Philips IP&S, Eindhoven
  • Bill Bird, patent attorney (Moderator)

 

Programme

12.00 Registration, welcome drinks and lunch
13.00 Annual General Meeting
14.00 Topic Meeting “Digital Disruption”

Welcome and introduction by William (Bill) Bird, President of LES Benelux

14.05 Topic 1 – Blockchain and smart licensing contracts – a general introduction

A general introduction to blockchain technology and smart contracts (what is it, how does it work, and what are the applications and benefits in the context of licensing?

Speakers:

  • Martin von Haller, Bird & Bird, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Paul Vine, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, London, UK
15.00 Coffee break
15.30 Topic 2 – Legal developments

Legal developments on EU level dealing with digital developments, in particular on the copyright in the digital market directive, geo-blocking, the digital content directive, etc.

 Speakers:

  • Alain Strowel, Professor at UCLouvain and U Saint-Louis, attorney at law, Belgium
16.15 Topic 3 – The practical side of patenting and commercialising blockchain, IoT and AI technology

Speakers:

  • Kevin Fournier, IBM, Brussels, Belgium
  • Jako Eleveld, Philips IP&S, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
  • Moderator: Bill Bird, patent attorney
17.00 Networking drinks

Speakers

Kevin Fournier
IP counsel with IBM, and provides IP legal advice to the IBM business, mainly in the areas of contracts concerning technology services, joint development/collaboration, patent licensing, software licensing, and mergers & acquisitions. He also advises regarding invention disclosure reviews, patent application filing and prosecution, and patent assertions, sales and maintenance. Fournier provides extensive IP education sessions to IBM legal professionals and the IBM business, as well as speaking externally in various conferences in the IP area
Ceren Pala Okat
Ceren Pala Okat is senior IP counsel at Philips IP&S and advices several Philips' stakeholders on various intellectual property matters including, building the IP portfolio, providing optimal protection to the business, managing the creation of such an IP portfolio and contributing value to Philips’ businesses by capturing value from that portfolio. She actively participates in building and implementing business cases for exploiting parts of the IP portfolio through negotiating licensing and other commercial IP-based deals. Ceren also manages third-party IP risks, and when needed, seek to get access to third-party IP at the lowest cost possible for Philips’ products and services. She handles all IP matters in a wide range of collaborations with third parties. Philips Intellectual Property & Standards (IP&S) builds and manages the Philips Intellectual Property (IP) portfolio on the basis of Philips innovative and creative activities worldwide and leverages this IP portfolio to support the growth, profitability and competitiveness of Philips’ businesses. IP&S also participates in setting technical and formal standards to support and facilitate the sale of Philips products in the market
Alain Strowel
Alain is professor at the UCLouvain and at the University Saint-Louis, Brussels where he teaches courses in intellectual property and media law. He also gives courses in two advanced masters in intellectual property (KULeuven Advanced Master in IP/ICT and Munich IP Law Center program). Alain is attorney at the Brussels bar. He has worked in several law firms (including NautaDutilh) and was for 13 years with a U.S. leading firm, Covington & Burling LLP (2001-2014). His experience focuses on intellectual property and Internet law. He has conducted several studies for the European institutions and in Belgium in the field of digital copyright.
Martin von Haller
Danish partner in Bird & Bird International Tech and Comms Group. He is one of Denmark’s leading IT lawyers with almost 20 years’ experience of advising Danish and international organisations in connection with IT in a wide sense. He is considered a pioneer with respect to the legal aspects of Online Technology Solutions (Ecommerce, internet and web services), Cyber and IT security, open source and open data and the use of other open licence forms such as Creative Commons. Martin works with clients on the legal aspects related to emergent areas and industries such as 3D Printing, Robotics, Smart networks and smart cities, wearable tech, IoT, FinTech, Bitcoin and blockchain technologies. Martin is a co-founder of the Danish E-commerce Association (FDIH), Internet Society DK, Creative Commons DK, Danish Open Source Vendors Association, Danish Entrepreneurs Association, Quantified Self DK and the tech start-up community CPHFTW. Martin is the co-author on the first thesis on Danish Internet Law and a frequent speaker at conferences on IT law, ecommerce and open source and Creative Commons.
Paul Vine
Partner at Norton Rose Fulbright and a banking lawyer based in Amsterdam. He runs the English finance team and has particular experience in structured finance, corporate restructuring, banking regulation and insolvency. His team focuses on outbound finance – particularly DFIs, STCF, ECA backed financings and food & agri, and market infrastructure advisory – advising financial institutions on brokerage, custody, clearing and fintech. Paul joined the practice in 1994 and qualified in 1996. Apart from having spent some time in Moscow and Central America as general counsel of a private equity fund, and then with Shell International, Paul has spent his whole career with the practice. He is a regular speaker at conferences and has written widely on finance issues. Paul is also a contributor to the corporate reference work, Gore-Browne on Companies
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