The IP Software Summit


    8:00 am  -  9:00 am
    Registration and coffee
    9:00 am  -  9:15 am
    Chair's opening address
    9:15 am  -  10:30 am
    Global landscape for IP software

    The scope of patent protection in software in the United States has been thrown into turmoil by the Supreme Court’s Alice decision. Indeed, Europe and Asia may now offer better protection for computer-implemented inventions than the United States. Hear how the software sector is addressing the current unpredictability in the IP system and how IP organizations are evolving their IP strategies and supporting their businesses in light of the changing landscape for software-related patents. The session will include real-life examples from U.S.-based Cisco and Switzerland-based Kudelski Group.

    • What are the evolving IP strategies to support businesses in light of the changing landscape?
    • How the United States compares to Europe and the BRIC countries  
    • How will the Unified Patent Court impact strategy going forward? Examining regional bias
    • Drafting and prosecution strategies for a rapidly changing landscape
    10:30 am  -  11:00 am
    Networking break
    11:00 am  -  12:00 pm
    Debate: How far is software patentable post-Alice? Do software patents still matter post-Alice?

    Software lies at the heart of many products and innovations. Companies are making huge investments in R&D, but are operating in a certainty vacuum, while the extent to which software needs to be patented is up for debate. A dynamic panel will discuss both sides of the story.

    • Why patent, and when
    • The case against software patents
    • New theories for patent eligibility and creating high quality software IP assets
    • Do portfolios need to be reevaluated or reorganized?
    • Alternative strategies to monetize IP software assets
    • Development of an open market for software licensing–does opacity cause distortion?
    12:00 pm  -  1:00 pm
    The opportunities and risks of combining open source and patents

    Companies will share strategies on how they are successfully managing the inter-alignment of proprietary systems and open source strategies within a wider IP portfolio.

    • How to release open source software without blowing patent rights  
    • Emerging compliance and governance challenges in open source software licensing
    • Preparing for the IP scrutiny that accompanies mergers and acquisitions
    1:00 pm  -  2:00 pm
    2:00 pm  -  2:30 pm
    IP rights under government contracts: whatever happened to Bayh-Dole?
    • Introduction to government contracting as it relates to software
    • Case law 
    • Basic process and tips to optimize rights and avoid falling to a tar pit
    2:30 pm  -  3:20 pm
    Finding common ground—building bridges between open source and proprietary communities

    The need to bring together the open source and proprietary communities to build a shared dialogue on IP value and innovation is becoming increasingly clear. Be privy to dynamic views from business strategists, innovators, architects, and chief IP counsel from both sides of the aisle.

    • What constitutes best-practice IP management, accommodating pathways, structure, and design to reflect software innovation?
    • Open innovation, open source, and intellectual property—pillars for alignment, collaboration, and cost optimization from a user perspective
    • Sharing open source compliance practices
    3:20 pm  -  3:50 pm
    Networking break
    3:50 pm  -  4:35 pm
    Using trade secrets, copyright, and trademarks to protect software products

    In-house counsel and innovators from the software and high-tech sectors, including the social media economy, share best practices on how non-patent IP assets, including trade secrets, data, content, and media, are being bought, sold, licensed, and monetized. Hear practical discussion and tips on these topics from the in-house and outside counsel perspectives.

    • Understanding the ins and outs of the new Defend Trade Secrets Act and the interplay with software IP asset protection strategies
    • Existing and emerging copyright challenges and opportunities to protect software intellectual property
    • Using trademarks and brands on the frontline of protection
    • Protecting trademarks and copyrights online: legal developments
    4:35 pm  -  5:50 pm
    IP strategies for meeting industry convergence and innovation

    The global engagement in software innovation is extending beyond the historical G10 geographies as industries are converging around the Internet of Things, Big Data, artificial intelligence, block chain, and other technologies. With these potentially disruptive innovations on the horizon, how are software and high-tech companies repositioning their IP offerings to increase value?

    • How to use intellectual property to maximize ROI from innovation in software
    • How can larger companies strive to stay abreast of the venture-backed start-ups that are transforming customer expectations and shaping new business models?
    • Updates on innovation centers and teams, start-up hosting, third-party accelerator partnerships, innovation outposts, and start-up acquisition
    • Successful IP models to manage collaboration and innovation in software
    • Overview of key risks: data analytics and privacy risks; data security for software as a service; privacy issues
    5:50 pm  -  6:00 pm
    Closing remarks
    6:00 pm  -  7:00 pm
    Drinks reception