Programme


1st Day - 6 April


9.15-10.00 Registration


10.00-10.20: opening speeches

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

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

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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

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

Canon Pence, General Counsel, Epic Games

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'VR and the Law'

Alexandre Rudoni, Partner, Allen & Overy

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'AR and Intellectual Property Law'

Arty Rajendra, Partner, Osborne Clarke


12.00-13.30: Crossovers

Chair: Andreas Lober, Partner, Beiten Burkhardt

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'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

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'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

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'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

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‘The Evolution of Licensing

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

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

Paul Gardner, Partner, Osborne Clarke

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'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

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‘How the brain works in VR’

Dr Kimberly Voll, Senior Technical Designer at Riot Games

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'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

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‘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

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'AR and Privacy Law in open spaces'

Gregory Boyd, Partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein + Selz

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'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

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'New consumer protection rights in the digital world'

Konstantin Ewald, Partner, Osborne Clarke

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'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

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'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

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'Don't sell my key, please!'

Dr Andreas Lober, Partner, Beiten Burkhardt

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'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

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

Mark Owen, Partner, Taylor Wessing

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'Patent and Trade Secrets issues in VR'

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

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

Scott M. Kelly, Attorney, Banner & Witcoff


16.30-17.30: Panel Discussion: Ask the Judges

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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