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All sessions are conducted in English, and this page will be updated as speakers are confirmed. The agenda is planned by the local planning committee with input from both in-house and private practice lawyers with knowledge of current events and initiatives in the area. 
Accreditation has be requested for the 2017 World Technology Law Conference from many states with general mandatory continuing legal education requirements for all lawyers admitted in that state, including AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, IL, IN, KS, LA, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NV, NY, OH, PA, VA, UT, WA, and WI. Additional states may be applied for upon request of an attendee. This course is expected to qualify for 7 CLE credit hours (including 1.5 ethics hours) in 60-minute states, and 8.6 credit hours (including 1.8 ethics hours) in 50-minute states. This transitional program is approved for both newly admitted and experienced attorneys in NY.  Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in states from which direct accreditation has not been sought.

Technology and a Changing World

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

9:00 am - 1:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting

1:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Registration Open

2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Substantive Law Committee Meetings
Dispute Resolution

3:15 pm - 4:15 pm

Substantive Law Committee Meetings
Data Protection
Intellectual Property

4:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Substantive Law Committee Meetings
Interactive Entertainment & Media
Technology Sourcing

5:30 pm - 6:00 pm

New Attendee Reception hosted by the Young Lawyers Committee and I-WIN

6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

Welcome Reception

Thursday, May 4, 2017

7:00 am - 6:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am- 9:00 am


7:45 am - 8:30 am

Central Eastern European Membership Committee Meeting

7:45 am - 8:30 am

Young Lawyers Committee Meeting

8:30 am - 8:45 am

Presidential Welcome, Robert Weiss, Incoming President

8:45 am - 9:30 am Keynote Address: Cybersecurity and the Trump Administration, Dr. Michael Sulmeyer, Harvard Kennedy School Belfer Center for Science & International Affairs

9:30 am - 11:00 am

Session 1: Cool Technology and Where it is Taking Us
This session will explore new technologies coming to market and the legal and ethical issues that products that incorporate these new technologies raise.  The specific legal issues associated with the emerging products will be explored, including the liability risks new products create. This session will provide guidance to technology lawyers on how these products may drive changes in the law and legal risks inherent in the ever-expanding Internet of Things.

Moderated by Gereon Abendroth, Osborne Clarke

  • Technology Lawyers Talk Clean Tech, Richard Corley, Goodmans LLP
  • E-Sport – The Birth of a New SportPietro Fringuelli, CMS
  • The Dark Side of the IoT, Nappinai NS, Nappinai & Co. Advocates​

11:00 am - 11:20 am

Networking Break

11:20 am - 12:30 pm

Session 2A​: Cars, Cars, and More Cars
As cars and trucks become increasingly automated and move towards being fully autonomous, the automotive industry will have to develop new commercial terms, address safety, cybersecurity, technology upgrades and product liability concerns.  This session will explore the legal implications of the shift to self-driving cars and consider the some of the emerging high level issues, including who the legal driver will be and who will own and control the data that will be collected.

Moderated by Mark Hayes, Hayes eLaw

  • The Ethics of Autonomous Vehicles and AI, Jim Adler, Toyota Research Institute
  • Self-driving Cars as a Smartphone on Four Wheels, Joerg Kahler, GSK Stockmann + Kollegen
  • Evolving Legal Issues for Connected and Autonomous VehiclesMarjorie Loeb, Mayer Brown
11:20 am - 12:30 am

Session 2B: What Went Wrong - The IT Project Failure
IT projects can fail, and it is important to understand the legal implications and options available before things go wrong.  Three key aspects will be explored; the technology industries' preference on the method of resolving a dispute and whether arbitration is the best approach, how the experts calculate damages in these cases and what contractual provisions lead to increased risk in a project failure.

Moderated by Peter Ruby, Goodmans LLP

  • Sally Hughes, International Association for Contract & Commercial Management
  • David McIlwaine, Pinsent Masons
  • Craig Elson, CRAI

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Networking Lunch

12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

In-House Counsel Lunch

1:15 pm - 1:45 pm 2017 European Conference Planning Committee Meeting

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm 

Interactive Workshop 1A: Changing Paradigm of Contracts/SMAC Platforms
The technology world is undergoing a massive paradigm shift. The big impetus from SMAC (social, mobility, analytics and cloud) coupled with artificial intelligence and automation is transforming the way we negotiate technology contracts and understand risk. The presentation will primarily address legal terms around (i) liability issues for SMAC platforms which are embedded into technology contracts, (ii) data privacy risks in outsourcing contracts and (iii) appropriate service levels and penalties in technology contracts (including the shift away from billable hours to outcome based billing and warranties).

  • Anand Bhushan, Shardul Amarchand Mangaldas & Co
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Interactive Workshop 1BTechnology "Contract-a-thon"
All law departments handle an ongoing mix of contracts requiring drafting, review and revision. Traditional ways to handle contracts are very labor-intensive. This workshop will take you into the evolving process, labor and software solutions addressing the “more for less” challenge of efficiently handling technology transactions and contract management. We will briefly walk attendees through some basic tenets and principles of Lean Six Sigma and how they can be applied to a technology transaction. Modeled after “hackathons,” this session will team you with 5 to 7 other participants to design and map an efficient process to handle agreements in a hypothetical case, from intake through storage. You will learn about and practice integrating workflow and software solutions into your maps.

  • Kevin Woolf, Seyfarth Shaw
  • Kyle Hoover, Seyfarth Shaw

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Networking Break

3:30 pm - 4:00 pm 2018 World Technology Law Conference Planning Committee Meeting

4:00 pm - 5:30 pm 

Session 3A: Data Fever: The Commercial Exploitation of Data
Business strategies for the protection of ownership and monetization of digital assets, as well as the setting of common standards, are slowly emerging, but are far from having matured. This session sheds a spotlight on the commercial exploitation of data, the hopes, business models, USPs and risks that accompany data fever. Legal experts from different industries and countries will share their views on the latest legal developments and business practices.

Moderated by Michael Isler, Walder Wyss Ltd

  • Rajesh Sreenivasan, Rajah & Tann
  • Nicolas Grunder, ABB
  • Dimitri Timmer, Microsoft
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Session 3B: Data Protection Differences:  Big Data in China, Europe’s GDPR, Brexit, and Brazil Update
The ownership and protection of data has emerged as a key issue across the globe, with each county free to adopt a different set of rules.  This session will explore the newest legal developments in a number of key regions to assist practitioners in providing current legal advice to their clients operating in multiple jurisdictions.

Moderated by Aravind Swaminathan, Orrick

  • One year to go - Preparation for the EU GDPRT, Kristin Haram Forde, Bull & Co
  • Key changes in Europe: GDPR, Brexit and E-Privacy, Nigel Parker, Allen & Overy LLP
  • Since Brazil Does Not Have a GDPR, Are We Totally Free to Treat Data Collected in the Country?, Renato Blum, Opice Blum, Bruno, Abrusio e Vainzof Attorneys at Law
  • Big Data, Health Care and Data Privacy: Issues of Concern, Grace Chen, Covington & Burling

5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Networking/Free Time

7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

Gala Reception & Dinner at The Art Institute of Chicago, shuttle service will be provided from The Drake Hotel.

Friday, May 5, 2017

7:00 am - 4:00 pm

Registration Open

7:30 am - 9:00 am


8:00 am - 8:45 am

I-WIN Committee Meeting

8:00 am - 8:45 am

South America Membership Committee Meeting

8:00 am - 8:45 am

Local Representatives Committee Meeting

9:00 am - 10:30 am 

Session 4: Practicing Law Ethically in 2030: How Legal Tech will change the Game
The session takes a look into the future: Based on the experience of the last 20 years, what will legal practise look like in 20 years time? Will lawyers be replaced by artificial intelligence or will we work hand in hand with robots? What are the ethical issues and challenges when it comes to the use of automated decission making? Which impact will the technology have on office management and customer acquisition? Will technology be disruptive and change the client expectations substantially?

Moderated by Niko Haerting, Haerting

  • How Standard Legal Tasks will be Handled in 2030, Menno Weij, Solv
  • Legal Services Using Technologies, the Ethical and Commercial Considerations, Jenna Karadbil, Law Office of Jenna F Karadbil
  • What the Legal Market will Look Like in 2030, Diego Fernandez, Marval, O'Farrell & Mairal and Bill Brooks, Globality, Inc.

10:30 am - 10:50 am

Networking Break

10:50 am - 12:20 pm 

Session 5: The Global Vendor Perspective: What Legal Issues Keep Them Up at Night
The practice of technology law in-house requires both a traditional expertise regarding applicable laws and regulations and the ability to understand the benefits and blemishes of a company’s products and services.  No company operates without exposure and an in-house counsel is the first line of defense in the in-house lawyer’s never ending quest to mitigate risk while striking a good deal for both the company and the customer.  This session examines the legal and business risks that an information technology law specialist must address in a commercial setting on a daily basis.  The overarching question is what legal issues keeps an information technology vendor awake at night and examines how these issues are put to bed.  The panel of seasoned in-house information technology lawyers will discuss and exchange ideas on the day to day issues such as how to address the evolution of data protection law, indemnities and open liability as well as what is discussed with company executives; keeping commitments regarding product and services capabilities realistic, how to avoid disputes, the ability to implement on time and where a product and service will be in the future.

Moderated by Eugene Weitz, SAI Global

  • Eric Notkin, CGI
  • Nikki Latta, Deloitte
  • Derek Zolner, Oracle
  • Brendan Heneghan, IBM

12:20 pm - 1:50 pm

Networking Lunch

1:50 pm - 3:20 pm 

Interactive Workshop 2A: Cyber Crime, Data Breach and Litigation

  • Sloane Menkes, PwC
  • Joe Turek, Chubb
1:50 pm - 3:20 pm

Interactive Workshop 2B: Startup Law Clinic
Startups excite the public, investors, and technology enthusiasts.  In nearly all sectors of business, startups emerge with novel ideas and strategies for changing the world in which we live.  Many of these startups will come to technology lawyers for advice on intellectual property, data security, and social media. However, there exist nuanced legal issues particular to startups that should be considered. These issues may influence decisions in other substantive areas.  Beyond the legal issues, attorneys representing startups should always be cognizant of concerns and perspectives of the startups themselves.  In this workshop, we combine both legal and entrepreneurial points of view to proactively discuss the needs of startups.

  • Charles Lee Mudd, Mudd Law Offices
  • Steven de Schrijver, Astrea Law
  • Jimi Allen, Bureau Gravity

3:20 pm - 3:45 pm

Networking Break

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm 

Session 6: Artificial Intelligence and Augmented Reality
As artificial intelligence and augmented reality continue to advance, these technologies are beginning to become more common place in the workplace and day-to-day life. This session will discuss the new legal issues that arise out of the implementation of artificial intelligence or augmented reality and address gaps in the current law. The discussion will explore in more detail the use of artificial intelligence with the practice of law, legal liability of robots, and privacy and infringement issues stemming from augmented reality platforms.

Moderated by Elinor Cotait, Mundie Advogados

  • The Use of AI in Legal Practice, Dan Jansen, Nextlaw Labs
  • Augmented Legality, James Gatto, Sheppard Mullin
  • Consequences of Using an Electronic Butler, Heather Buchta,Quarles & Brady 

5:15 pm - 5:30 pm

Closing Remarks

6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Closing Reception
Pops for Champagne, 601 N State St., Chicago, IL 60610

2017 World Technology Law Conference