1st Day - 6 April

9.15-10.00 Registration

10.00-10.20: opening speeches


Dr Gaetano Dimita, Lecturer in International Intellectual Property Law, CCLS, QMUL


Professor Spyros Maniatis, Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Head of CCLS, QMUL


Trevor Fenwick, Executive Chairman, Euromonitor International Ltd,

Court Assistant, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers

10.20-11.50: Virtual and Augmented Reality

Chair: Professor Spyros Maniatis

Professor of Intellectual Property Law and Head of CCLS, QMUL


'Current State of VR/AR Development (and Predictions for the Future)'

Canon Pence, General Counsel, Epic Games


'VR and the Law'

Alexandre Rudoni, Partner, Allen & Overy


'AR and Intellectual Property Law'

Arty Rajendra, Partner, Osborne Clarke

12.00-13.30: Crossovers

Chair: Andreas Lober, Partner, Beiten Burkhardt


'Digital Storytelling through Immersive Technologies:

Managing the dynamics of content creation, curation and consumption'

Felicia Strehmel, Executive Project Manager & Strategy Lead, BBC

William Hayes, Senior Technology Lawyer, Legal & Business Affairs, BBC


'Hey . . . isn't that my Building? 

The Legality of representing real buildings in AR and VR Spaces'

Sean F. Kane, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz


'Mixed Reality Aesthetics: The importance of design patents and industrial designs in AR/VR'

Ross Dannenberg, Senior Partner, Banner & Witcoff

14.30-16.00: licensing

Chair: Professor Uma Suthersanen

Professor of International Intellectual Property Law, CCLS, QMUL


‘The Evolution of Licensing

David Greenspan, Adjunct Professor, Santa Clara University School of Law


'Licensing rights in the games industry – challenges and solutions'

Paul Gardner, Partner, Osborne Clarke


'Who is merchandising who?'

Professor David Musker, Professor of International Design Law, CCLS, QMUL

16.30-18.00: Mind games

Chair: Professor Chris Reed

Professor of Electronic Commerce Law, CCLS, QMUL


‘How the brain works in VR’

Dr Kimberly Voll, Senior Technical Designer at Riot Games


'Hacking the brain: NeuroVR & how to harness body-virtual ownership for real change'

Luciana Carvalho Se, Chief Evangelist for Realities Centre & Racefully | Women in Tech/VR | Business Development


‘Trusting Ourselves: Freedom of Thought in Virtual Reality’

Professor Jon Festinger QC, Centre for Digital Media; Allard School of Law, UBC; Honorary Industry Professor, CCLS, QMUL

18.00-18.15: Pre-launch of the 'Interactive Entertainment Law Review'

2nd Day - 7 April

10.00-11.50: users & Consumers

Chair: Professor Anne Flanagan,

Professor of Communications Law, CCLS, QMUL


'AR and Privacy Law in open spaces'

Gregory Boyd, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz


'Increased processing of personal data meets stricter regulation within the EU:

why privacy compliance matters more than ever'

Emil Albihn Henriksson, Senior Associate, Mannheimer Swartling


'New consumer protection rights in the digital world'

Konstantin Ewald, Partner, Osborne Clarke


'Advertising Regulation & VR: likely challenges ahead'

Kostyantyn Lobov, Associate, Harbottle & Lewis

12.00-13.30: Intellectual property i

Chair: Professor Uma Suthersanen

Professor of International Intellectual Property Law, CCLS, QMUL


'Are the Rules of a Game now Copyrightable?

'The impact mobile game clone cases are having on US copyright law'

Todd Smithline, Managing Principal, Smithline PC & Lecturer, UC Berkeley School of Law


'Don't sell my key, please!'

Dr Andreas Lober, Partner, Beiten Burkhardt


'Chasing Intellectual Property Rights in the Gaming Context:

U.S. Copyright, Trademark, Rights of Publicity and Fair Use Concepts'

Gary J. Rinkerman, Partner, Drinker Biddle

14.30-16.00: Intellectual property iI

Chair: Gwilym Roberts, Partner & Chairman, Kilburn & Strode


'Trade mark issues in interactive technologies: are VR and AR a new frontier or just a second life?'

Mark Owen, Partner, Taylor Wessing


'Patent and Trade Secrets issues in VR'

David Por, Partner, Allen & Overy; and Mark Ridgway, Partner, Allen & Overy


'Real Infringement of Virtual Inventions: Crossover and Technological Convergence'

Scott M. Kelly, Attorney, Banner & Witcoff

16.30-17.30: Panel Discussion: Ask the Judges


Sir Richard ArnoldJudge of the High Court of England and Wales – Chancery Division

Professor Lord Hoffmann, Honorary Professor of Intellectual Property Law, CCLS, QMUL

Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Sir Hugh Laddie Chair of Intellectual Property Law, UCL