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Autolex: Autonomous Vehicle Legal Forum 2018

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


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8:30  Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 Opening remarks

9:10 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

Sam Abuelsamid , senior analyst, Navigant Research

10:00 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 and what would that mean?

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

10:50 Refreshment and networking

11:10 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?

Richard Hoffmann , shareholder, Reising Ethington ( moderator )
Mark Duell , principal counsel, Honda Patents and Technologies
Corey Neil , patent attorney, Brose North America
Matthew Johnson
, partner, Jones Day
Tao Zhang
, assistant general counsel, IP and technology, Ansys

12:00 Best practices before PTAB

Beverly Bunting , lead administrative patent judge, PTAB, United States Patent and Trademark Office

12:20 Lunch and networking

1:10 Cyber/GDPR/Privacy concerns for autonomous vehicles

  • Internet of Things for automobiles: who owns the data?
  • Digital Geneva Convention
  • Hacking risks; who is responsible for information security?
  • GDPR compliance

Steven Wernikoff , partner, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn ( moderator )
Michelle Gallardo , director, legal – global supply chain, Harman International Industries 
Alex Simpson , attorney, Microsoft
Daniel Warsh , legal counsel, Bosch USA

2:00 IP litigation considerations for autonomous vehicles

  • Patent issuance metrics from the USPTO related to AVs
  • Length of time in prosecution for AV patent application
  • IP litigation considerations for applications of autonomous vehicles
  • Steps to mitigate third-party threats
  • Litigation concerns related to Standard Essential Patents

Joe Patiño , partner - Intellectual Property litigation, Foley & Lardner ( moderator )
James McPherson , patent examiner, USPTO
Andy Shieh , counsel, IP, Uber 

2:50 Refreshment break and networking

3:10 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

Matthew Cohn , associate general counsel, corporate , commercial and transaction, Aptiv
Brian Smith
, member, Dykema

4:00 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?

Theresa Orr , manager, The Dobrusin Law Firm (formerly GC, NSK) ( moderator )
Jason Skinder, global patent counsel, Aptiv
Antun Peakovic
, director of IP, Schaeffler
William Orlewicz
, general counsel, Magnum Manufacturing

4:50 Cocktail reception and networking

6:00 Forum ends



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