International Conference on Effective Protection of Information & Innovation

Date  March 30, 2018 (Fri)  13:00-18:00
Venue    Waseda University,  Ono Memorial Hall 
Part 1: Intellectual Property Protection for Big Data?
Part 2: Global SEP Enforcement
(Simultaneous interpreting (English/Japanese))
Host :  Waseda University, Research Center for the Legal System of intellectual Property(RCLIP)
Co-hosts :  Waseda University, School of Law, Stanford Law School, University of Munich (LMU)
Admission fee / Seminar : Free to join, Reception : JPY 4,500

  Opening Remarks


Part 1: Intellectual Property Protection for Big Data?
Moderator: Tatsuhiro Ueno (Waseda University)

Matthias Leistner (University of Munich (LMU))
Lisa Ouellette (Stanford University)
Geertrui van Overwalle (Catholic University of Leuven)
Yoshiyuki Tamura (Hokkaido University)
Herbert Zech (University of Basel)

(15:15-15:30 Intermission)


Part 2: Global SEP Enforcement
Moderator: Christoph Rademacher (Waseda University)

Mark Lemley (Stanford University)
Ansgar Ohly (University of Munich (LMU))
Franz Hofmann (University of Erlangen-Nürnberg)
Ryu Takabayashi (Waseda University)
Christof Karl (Bardehle Pagenberg)
Fumihiko Moriya (Nokia Technologies Japan)

Reception: 19:00 – 21:00   (Entrance fee: JPY 4,500)

This international conference that commemorates the commencement of Waseda ‘s LLM program will focus on two separate issues that have both received significant attention by industry and government in Japan and across the globe in recent months.

During the first part of the conference, leading experts from Europe, the US and Japan will discuss rights in (big) data which could be conferred on the originators of data or databases in the form of appropriate intellectual property or through competition law. EU law has recognized sui-generis database protection in addition to competition law for a number of years, and the European commission has suggested further data producer’s rights that have been debated vigorously during the last year. Professors Zech, Leistner and van Overwalle are recognized experts in this area of law in Europe and will share different perspectives on the European discussion. Prof. Ouellette from Stanford Law School will share the US perspective on protecting data ownership, and Prof. Tamura will discuss recent legislative developments in Japan.

The second part will shift to the appropriate degree of protection for standard-essential patents (SEPs). Prof. Mark Lemley (Stanford Law School) – arguably the most influential patent law scholar in the US in the last decades – will present his latest research that tests the strength of asserted SEPs. Prof. Ansgar Ohly (Munich University) and other scholars and practitioners from Germany – the leading venue to enforce SEPs in Europe – will discuss the theoretical foundations and recent developments in German patent law. Finally, Prof. Takabayashi will provide his view on the discussion that was initiated by the JPO, which is in the process of drafting a SEP dispute resolution guideline in an effort to provide a stable patent law environment for SEP implementers in Japan and beyond.

Both parts of the conference will conclude with a panel discussion and a Q&A session during which the audience can ask questions to the speakers.


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