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