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Conference Agenda

2019 World Technology Law Conference Agenda

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

14:00 to 15:00

Data Protection Committee Meeting

Griffin/Robinson (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Dispute Resolution Committee Meeting

Hutchinson (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

15:15 to 16:15

E-Commerce Committee Meeting

Wheeler (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Merger & Acquisition Committee Meeting

Griffin/Robinson (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Startup Committee & Intellectual Property Committee Meeting

Hutchinson (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

16:30 to 17:30

Cyber Crime Committee Meeting

Hutchinson (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Interactive Entertainment & Media Committee Meeting

Wheeler (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Technology Sourcing Committee Meeting

Griffin/Robinson (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

17:30 to 18:00

New Attendee Reception

Rose Kennedy Ballroom, Salon IV/V

18:00 to 19:30

Welcome Reception

Rose Kennedy Ballroom, Salon IV/V


The Boston Red Sox Baseball Game

Fenway Park: 4 Yawkey Way, Boston, MA 02215

Please join ITechLaw at Fenway Park on Wednesday, May 15th as the Boston Red Sox take on the Colorado Rockies at 7:10 PM! 

Fenway Park is 4 miles from the InterContinental Boston, which is a 15-20 minute taxi ride or 30 minute ride on the T Train. We encourage guests to attend the Welcome Reception at the InterContinental Boston and leave early for the game. No transportation will be provided.

Our reserved section for the Boston Red Sox game is sold out, but general admission seats are still available in the same section. We are sitting in section 23 rows 8-14, if you wish to attend please purchase tickets here.  For any concerns or questions please contact 


Thursday, May 16, 2019

08:30 to 08:45

Presidential Welcome

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

08:45 to 09:20

Keynote: Dr. Urs Gasser

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon I - III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Dr. Urs Gasser, Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society

Harvard University

Dr. Urs Gasser is the Executive Director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University and a Professor of Practice at Harvard Law School. His research and teaching activities focus on information law, policy, and society issues and the changing role of academia in the digitally networked age. At Berkman Klein and in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab, he co-leads the Ethics and Governance of Artificial Intelligence Initiative, with a particular interest in global governance issues and the broader implications of next-generation technologies, including questions of human autonomy and inclusion. As a long-term research interest, he studies the patterns of interaction between law and innovation, and innovation with the legal system in the digital age.

09:30 to 11:00

Session 1: Ethical AI by Design: Introducing a Legal/Policy Framework for Ethical AI

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon I - III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

During this dynamic session, several of the co-authors of our newly published AI Whitepaper will each present salient and actionable features of the fundamental principles of ethical artificial intelligence design, development and implementation.  The panel will explore concrete challenges and solutions to the implementation of such core essential principles as “accountability”, “open data and fair competition”, “transparency and explainability”, as well as “fairness and non-discrimination.”

  • Charles Morgan, McCarthy Tétrault, Canada, Moderator 
  • Francis Langlois, McGill University, Canada
  • Nikhil Narendran, Trilegal, India
  • Richard Austin, Deeth Williams Wall, Canada
  • Phil Catania, Corrs Chambers Westgarth, Australia
  • Stuart Meyer, Fenwick & West, United States
  • John Buyers, Osborne Clarke, United Kingdom
  • Michael Peeters, DAC Beachcroft, United Kingdom
  • Susan Barty, CMS London, United Kingdom

11:00 to 11:30

Meet and Greet with the Authors of Responsible AI

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Hutchinson, (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Networking Break

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Foyer (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

11:30 to 13:00

Session 2A: Blockchain Disputes

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon I - III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Almost all of the attention on blockchain technology has focused on its potential to transform the financial sector and other industries.  Little attention has been given to disputes related to blockchain technology that has begun to emerge and those that are likely to emerge in the future.  This session will examine the types of blockchain related disputes we are beginning to see (e.g., disputes regarding ICOs and smart contracts) and those that we can expect to see in the future (e.g., IP disputes).  It also will assess options for processing these disputes, including litigation in national courts, international arbitration, and emerging AI-based tools for dispute processing.

  • Jeff Seul, Holland & Knight, United States Curator 
  • Ingeuneal Gray, American Arbitration AssociationUnited States, Moderator
  • David McIlwaine, Pinsent Masons LLP, United Kingdom
  • Joshua Krumholz, Holland & Knight, United States 
  • Katarzyna Szczudlik, Wardynski & Partners, Poland


Session 2B: What Makes Cities Smart?

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Dartmouth/Eleanor (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

The use of information, communication tools, technology, and other means to create “smart cities” in an effort to improve quality of life, operational efficiency, safety and security, and overall well-being of smart city populations is on the rise. Tools utilized in the development of smart cities have, or have the potential to, touch a vast array of the infrastructure components of a city including healthcare, administration, education, transportation, public safety and security, buildings, utilities, and beyond. Comprised of lawyers, technologists, and business people, this dynamic panel will present the issues faced by any urban community when designing and implementing smart city technology.

  • Matt Karlyn, Morrison Foerster,United States, Curator
  • Julie O'Neill, Morrison Foerster, United States, Moderator 
  • Chris Davis, Cimcon Lighting, United States 
  • David Gershaw, Light Efficient Design, United States
  • Gianluigi Marino, Osborne Clarke, Italy

13:00 to 14:30

In-House Counsel Lunch

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Griffin (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Networking Lunch

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon I & II (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

14:30 to 15:05

Workshop A: All You Always Wanted to Know About Quantum Technology (But Were Afraid to Ask)

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon I - III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Quantum Computing is fascinating and will shape our world of tomorrow. This technology can provide us with fantastic solutions and progress but at the same time can be a tremendous risk for society. To better understand this cutting-edge technology, a researcher specialized in Quantum Computing will explain the basics notions of quantum physics (e.g. quantum superposition, quantum entanglement, etc.), how they are now applied to computer science and what incredible results can be expected. Downsides of Quantum Computing (e.g. decoherence principle, the Quantum collapse, the non-cloning problem, use by hackers to break cryptography protections, etc.) as well as present and future legal aspects implied by this technology will also be addressed by legal experts.”

  • Gilles Rouvier, Lawways, France, Curator
  • Alesch Staehelin, TIMES Attorneys, Switzerland
  • Ramis Movassagh, IBM Research, United States

Workshop B: Contracting for the Brave New World: Manufacturing and Selling IoT Devices

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Dartmouth/Eleanor, (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

This workshop will feature a fact pattern involving a successful New Zealand based company that wishes to expand its business to manufacture and supply IoT devices to customers based in the UK, Europe, the United States and Canada. Various legal and business issues will be explored with a view to addressing the following issues contractually in the relevant documentation: (i) privacy/data concerns; (ii) security concerns; (iii) regulatory requirements; (iv) product liability, and other potential heads of damages/claims; and (v) intellectual property considerations.  We will also consider risk mitigation strategies and best practices from both vendor/purchaser perspectives.

  • Sam De Silva, CMS London, United Kingdom
  • Lisa Lifshitz, Torkin Manes LLP, Canada

14:30 to 15:45

Workshop C: Precision/personalized medicine and intellectual property: Balancing the tightrope between public health and financial incentives for innovation

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Hutchinson, (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Medical technology, diagnostics and treatment, are becoming increasingly personalized or individualized. “Precision medicine” is the term
used to describe the revolution in biotechnology in which precision is used to identify not only a disease condition and general treatment but
also a specific abnormality or predisposition and a narrowly tailored treatment for the specific abnormality based on an individual’s biological
makeup, genes, and/or condition. Since precision medicine is specific to an individual, diagnostic and treatment of a condition depends on that
individual and the specific treatment. We will explore the world of precision medicine and discuss whether current intellectual property rights
are a benefit or a hindrance to the development and deployment of precision medicine.

  • Stephen Weyer, Stites & Harbison PLLC, United States
  • Donald Gerbig, Jr., Kent State University, United States 

15:45 to 16:05

Networking Break

Third Level Foyer

16:05 to 17:35

Session 3: AI: The Myth, The Legend, The Application

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

As AI technologies proliferate, there is little doubt that these technologies and their applications are preceding specific regulation. This panel will focus on the expanding reach of Artificial Intelligence in the film, art and health industries and novel and challenging legal issues that arise from its expansion including the eligibility of AI works of authorship for copyright protection and the legal issues arising from AI’s role in telehealth applications.

  • Philip Nolan, Mason Hayes & Curran, Ireland, Moderator 
  • Robert Kabat, 20th Century Fox, United States 
  • Lára Herborg Ólafsdóttir, LEX Law Offices, Iceland
  • Chérie Kiser, Cahill Gordon & Reindel LLP, United States 
  • Hanna Kim, Microsoft, United States

19:00 to 23:00

Gala Reception & Dinner

New England Aquarium

Friday, May 17, 2019

08:00 to 09:00

I-WIN Committee Breakfast Meeting

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Hutchinson, (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

The I-WIN (ITechLaw Women’s International Network) Committee supports the unique interests and needs of women,
providing ample networking and career boosting educational opportunities. The I-WIN Committee has successfully
endeavored to increase the representation of women in ITechLaw, and continues to actively recruit new members. All women
and men who support the advancement of women are welcome to attend. Hot breakfast to be provided.

  • Susan Barty, CMS, United Kingdom
  • Nicola Benz, Froriep Legal AG,Switzerland

09:15 to 10:45

Session 4: Cybersecurity: What do you need to know in 2019

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Cybersecurity is one of the key risks for corporations all around the world in 2019. This session will discuss the various risks involved and how to manage them, prebreach and post breach. The panellists will discuss board member liability and decisions, including the yahoo settlement, and details of what corporations need to do to prevent a breach and manage the resulting litigation. Additionally, the session will cover the main regulatory requirements worldwide, including data mapping, assessment of information systems, and what should be included in an incidence response plan to respond to a breach. The session will conclude with a discussion of cyber insurance and the related uncertainly following the denial of a claim that resulted from the global NotPetya ransomware attack.

  • Hélène Deschamps Marquis, Blake, Cassels &Graydon LLP, Canada, Curator 
  • Helen Davenport, Gowling WLG, United Kingdom, Moderator
  • Edward McNicholas, Ropes & Gray, United States
  • Monique Ferraro, Hartford Steam Boiler Inspection & Insurance Company Global Cyber Products, United States
  • Johannes Juranek, CMS Vienna,

10:45 to 11:15

How to be Involved in Conference Agenda Development

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Hutchinson, (2 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Networking Break

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Foyer (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

11:15 to 12:45

Session 5A: AI on the Case: The Legal and Ethical Issues of Using AI-powered Investigatory Tools for Criminal and Civil Matters

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Learn about cutting-edge investigatory tools powered by AI and the legal and ethical concerns their use raises, and gain insight into how best to manage those concerns through the review of real life example including: (i) the use of these tools  by governments and others to crackdown on the exploitation of children and fraud; and (ii) how these tools are used by businesses when working on large transactions.

  • Elisabeth Symons, Mann Symons LLP, Canada, Curator 
  • Richard Austin, Deeth Williams Wall, Canada, Moderator
  • N. S. Nappinai, Nappinai & CO., Advocates, India
  • Yan Pecoraro, Portolano Cavallo, Itay & United States
  • Greg Leighton, Neal Gerber Eisenberg, United States 

Session 5B: Tech Transformation of Legal Services Delivery: Opportunities, Barriers, and Potential Solutions

Dartmouth/Eleanor InterContinental Boston

This interactive session will discuss the current state of legal tech tools, as well as the opportunities and challenges
presented by the use of tech tools in delivering legal services. Thank you to INTA for proposing Tiffany Valeriano as the
speaker for the joint ITechLaw/INTA session.

  • Mark Hayes, Hayes eLaw, Canada, Curator 
  • Kate Perrelli, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, United States, Moderator 
  • Joe Dewey, Holland and Knight LLP, United States
  • Eugene Weitz, United States
  • Tiffany Valeriano, Corsearch, Germany, Joint INTA Speaker 


14:15 to 15:30

Workshop D: Liability for Artificial Intelligence, AI Contracting and Enforcement – the most interactive panel

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Salon III (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

The workshop deals with liability rules for artificial intelligence around the world. With the Internet of Things, smart devices, robots and machine learning taking over, it is more relevant than ever to know who will be responsible for them. The user, the manufacturer, the programmer of the software, the robot itself or – in case of autonomous decisions of the machine – nobody? And how are the rules enforced? Join us in the discussion in this interactive panel – contributors have the change to get on a chair at the podium, make their statements, be challenged by other debaters – but will have to make their spot available when a new jurisdiction comes in!

  • Clara-Ann Gordon, Niederer Kraft Ltd., Switzerland, Moderator
  • Thomas Thalhofer, Noerr LLP, Germany. Moderator
  • Bart Selden, Taulia Inc., United States
  • Luca Egitto, R&P Legal, Italy
  • Marco Pallucchini, Carnelutti Studio Legale Associato, Italy
  • Heidi Lawson, Cooley LLP, United States
  • Diego Rigatti, Fieldfisher, Italy      

Workshop E: Launching a Product Globally: Ensuring Legal Compliance for Startups

Rose Kennedy Ballroom Dartmouth/Eleanor (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

Part 1 – Corporate formation, funding, incentives and growth accelerators

Part 2 – IP protection and Basic Technology Agreements (NDAs, Terms of Use, etc.)

  • James Gatto, Sheppard Mullin, United States 
  • Michael Reid, McMillan, Canada 
  • Alistair McKinnon, WP Thomson, United Kingdom 


15:30 to 15:50

Networking Break

Third Level Foyer

15:50 to 17:20

Session 6: GDPR and its Progeny: Lessons Learned and What to Expect Globally

Rose Kennedy Ballroom (3 Floor), InterContinental Boston

It has been a year since GDPR went into affect. Was it the start of a data protection revolution or a data protection catastrophe? How have data and security practices changed, and what have we learned? How are data protection laws are changing around the globe. After 6-years of negotiations, Brazil has enacted its General Data Protection Law (GDPL), set to take effect in February of 2020. California, the most populous state in the United States, passed the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), which is similarly set to take effect on January 1, 2020. And finally, Russia is in the midst of yet another set of new data protection rules. Join us as we learn about how each of these laws will affect our clients, how to comply, and how to survive.  

  • Dawn Mertineit, Seyfarth Shaw, United States, Curator 
  • Heather Antoine, Stubbs Alderton & Markiles, LLP, United States, Moderator
  • David Blonder, BlackBerry, United States
  • Morgan Woodbury, OneTrust, United States
  • Ana Claudia Beppu, Mundie E Advogados, Brazil
  • Alexander Baranchikov, Baranchikov IP & IT Attorneys, Russia


18:00 to 19:30

Closing Reception

Yotel Hotel, Sky Lounge

Enjoy this opportunity to relax, unwind and enjoy the company of new colleagues at the informal Closing Reception.