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Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum 2018

September 25 2018, Aloft Detroit at The David Whitney, Detroit


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Re-evaluating your existing IP strategies to make way for autonomous vehicles

  • Protecting AI through patents
  • Understanding the role of trade secrets: implications from Waymo v Uber
  • Concerns regarding technology licensing, contracts and standards – keeping the peace with a balanced approach?
  • Are the smart phone patent wars coming to the automotive industry?

Michael Carter, principal associate, Gowling WLG
Dalpreet Saluja
, associate general counsel & chief IP counsel, Visteon
Jon Wood
, executive director innovation & collaboration, Bridgestone Americas

IP litigation considerations for autonomous vehicles

  • Patent issuance metrics from the USPTO related to AVs
  • Length of time in prosecution for AV patent application
  • How NPEs impacting the AV industry and steps to protect
  • The use of IPRs against trolls
  • Will copyright laws protect data generated by AV?

Megan Manfred, associate counsel, Via
James McPherson
, patent examiner, USPTO
Andy Shieh
, counsel, IP, Uber

Patent and licensing concerns for autonomous vehicles

  • Does the changing technology landscape affect the exploitation and protection of patents – ex. SEP and FRAND?
  • If patent pools are created, will they be considered anti-competitive by the Justice department?
  • Strategies to maintain IP protection along the global supply chain (OEMs, Tier 1s and 2s, after-market companies)
  • Open source, LOT Network, or acquisitions of independently-developed IP – which is the viable approach?

Tao Zhang, assistant GC IP and technology, Ansys
Mark Duell
, principal counsel, Honda Patents and Technologies
Corey Neil
, Patent Attorney, Brose North America

Redefining autonomous vehicles liability and insurance landscape

  • Will AV represent a shift from vehicular negligence to product liability?
  • Updates needed to cover civil, criminal and product liability issues
  • Determining liability and insurance for ownership vs lease/subscription model
  • Questions regarding liability on accidents due to cyberattacks or technological failures
  • Are insurers ready for a shift to software companies vs manufacturers?
  • Measuring risk resulting from the multitude of parties involved in the production of vehicles and the onboard software
  • Ownership/access to product accident data

Cyber/GDPR/Privacy concerns for autonomous vehicles

  • V2V and V2I connectivity through DSRC or 5G wireless
  • Internet of Things for automobiles: who owns the data?
  • Hacking risks; who is responsible for information security?
  • GDPR compliance

Michelle Gallardo, director, legal – global supply chain, Harman International Industries
Alicia Lowery Rosenbaum
, senior counsel, Microsoft
Daniel Warsh
, legal counsel, Bosch USA
Steven Wernikoff
, partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn

Updates on international regulations for autonomous vehicles

  • US: federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives
  • Europe: EU, country and UN laws
  • Establishing police and law enforcement rules
  • Public policy concerns

Jeffrey Stefan, counsel, autonomous vehicles, General Motors

Key opportunities and concerns for legal departments in an evolving industry

  • Legal department dos and don’ts for unleashing the potential for innovation
  • Opportunities and risks in a robust R&D environment to be “first to market”
  • Fighting the theft of trade secrets
  • Coping with the M&A activity of OEMs
  • Can auto companies monetize features directly? What are the fee models and ‘consumer terms’ likely to look like?

Colin Cicotte, shareholder, Reising Ethington PC
 


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