2nd Energy Industry Intellectual Property Law Conference

in Houston, Texas, USA

Norris Conference Center – Houston CityCentre
816 Town & Country Blvd, Suite 210
Houston, Texas 77024

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Credits:MCLE Credit will be available

Overview

More information coming soon!

Conference Co-Chairs

Steve Koch
Montgomery, TX

Paul R. Morico
Co-Chair Energy IP Practice Group
Baker Botts L.L.P.
Houston, TX

Tuition

Note: Early registration pricing is available through February 22, 2018.

  • $345 - Regular Registration Fee (Regular Price: $395)
  • $295 - IEL Advisory Board Member (Regular Price: $345)
  • $295 - IEL Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee (Regular Price: $345)
  • $295 - CAIL Member or Member Employee (Regular Price: $345)
  • $295 - IEL Young Energy Professional (YEP) Member (Regular Price: $345)
  • $295 - Government Employee (Regular Price: $345)
  • $100 - Law Student / Full-time Professor (Regular Price: $100)

Schedule and Faculty

8:20 am


Introductions

8:30 am


Allocating Risk in Energy Transaction Documents

The increasingly important role of technology in the energy business adds an additional risk allocation aspect to energy transaction documents. The presentation will discuss drafting tips with a focus on risk allocation for intellectual property assets. The presentation will then review negotiation of appropriate contractual coverage with respect to other standard terms in energy transaction documents, including representations and warranties, indemnification, limitation of liability, and remedies.

  • Joseph M. Beauchamp, Jones Day, Houston, Texas

9:15 am


Alternative Dispute Resolution Clauses in the IP World

  • Timothy M. Donoughue, Baker Hughes, a GE Company, Houston, Texas
  • Additional Panelist Invited

10:00 am


Break

10:15 am


Issues and Best Practices in Communications with Domestic and Foreign Patent Agents (Ethics)

The applicability of privilege as it applies to communications with patent agents can vary based on federal and state laws, and varies more widely with respect to communications with patent agents in foreign jurisdictions. This panel will explore the current state of privilege, domestic and foreign, as applied to patent agent communications and best practices in managing these communications.

  • Sharon A. Israel, Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P., Houston, Texas
  • David Hricik, Professor of Law, Mercer University, Macon, Georgia
  • Additional Panelist Invited

11:15 am


Application of U.S. IP Law to Exports, Offshore, on the Outer-Continental Shelf, the High Seas, and Overseas

The presenters will explain how U.S. law applies within the 12 mile limit, on the seabed floor on the outer-continental shelf, on U.S. flagged vessels on the high-seas, as well as explore when U.S. law applies overseas. The presenters will discuss Section 271(f)'s application to exports, and the predicate act doctrine in copyright law. The presenters will also discuss how intentional torts abroad can be remedied in U.S. IP cases, as with inducement abroad of infringement within the U.S. and trade secrets licensed here but stolen in another country.

  • Danielle Joy Healey, Fish & Richardson P.C., Houston, Texas
  • Jayme Partridge, Fish & Richardson P.C., Houston, Texas

Noon


Networking Luncheon

1:00 pm


Intellectual Property – An In-House Perspective

In-house IP attorneys in the oil industry share insights on their priorities and the current trends in their practices.

Moderator:

  • Marcella Watkins, Adolph Locklar, Houston, Texas

Panelists:

  • Brigitte Echols, Manager, IP Enforcement and General Litigation, Schlumberger, Houston, Texas
  • Ryan D. Gum, Intellectual Property Counsel, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, Houston, Texas
  • Additional Panelist Invited

2:00 pm


Protecting Software Assets in the Energy Industry

Recent changes to the patent laws have caused companies, particularly smaller companies, to reconsider their patent strategies, particularly with respect to software. In some cases, smaller companies have chosen to forego patent protection altogether, and adopt some technological methods to protect their software investments and to mitigate the threat of a lawsuit for patent infringement. This presentation will address the changes in the economics of patent strategies for small companies, and help those companies to know whether or not their patent strategies need to be changed.

  • Ronald Chichester, Ronald Chichester, P.C., Tomball, Texas

2:30 pm


Break

2:45 pm


Considerations in Joint Development Agreements for Energy Technologies

The dual nature of energy companies as both commercial players in a competitive market and developers of cutting-edge technologies presents a number of challenges for intellectual property attorneys negotiating and drafting joint development agreements that protect various participants’ interests in the developed technologies. This talk will address issues that may impact energy companies’ interests with regard to these agreements, including: ownership, prosecution, exploitation, and enforcement of jointly developed IP; protection of confidential information and background IP; joint ventures for technology development; and issues to consider when developing technology with universities or start-ups.

  • Liz Flannery, Baker Botts L.L.P., Houston, Texas

3:30 pm


The EU General Data Protection Regulation in Energy Practice

As energy becomes a more data-driven field, technology design, contractual terms, and internal governance become increasingly subject to privacy, data protection, and cybersecurity considerations. The EU General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”) enters into force on May 25, 2018, creating a unique globally-reaching sanctions regime for companies that collect and process certain personal data. In parallel, EU Member States are creating statues defining IT and energy as critical infrastructure subject to heightened cybersecurity requirements. This presentation will introduce key points of the GDPR likely to be of interest to energy companies and practitioners, including the scope of GDPR-affected data, risk allocation in contract drafting, questions on machine-to-machine data regulation, vendor/supplier compliance, cybersecurity practices, and an outlook on the European enforcement and litigation landscape.

  • Daniel J. Felz, Alston & Bird LLP, Dallas, Texas

4:15 pm


Adjourn

Overnight Accommodations

Hotel Sorella CITYCENTRE
800 Sorella Court | Houston, TX 77024
713.973.1600 | Reservations 866.842.0100

  • Rate $179+/nt
    Cut off is 3/1/18

Limited rooms available the night of 3/21/2018 and 3/22/2018.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Gold Level Sponsor - $3,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure (if received in time), which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently in final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Silver Level Sponsor - $2,000 each

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure (if received in time), which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently in final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • 1 complimentary registrant at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Breakfast Sponsor (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,500

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure (if received in time), which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently in final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the breakfast via signage
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference.
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Faculty Dinner (Only 1 Allowed) - $3,500

  • Recognition in the Conference brochure (if received in time), which will be mailed and/or emailed to several thousand interested counsel and business leaders and will reach many thousands more through email and web announcements
  • Company/firm logo prominently in final program
  • Recognition on the Conference website
  • Recognition at the faculty dinner via signage
  • 3 complimentary registrants at the Conference
  • An opportunity to display company/firm materials at the event or at the conference.

Other Information

Press Policy

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The Center for American and International Law does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status or any other protected status in educational activities, scholarship programs or admissions.

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