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Wednesday 30 May 2018 
07:30 - 09:00 hrs

Registration & light breakfast

09:00 - 09:10 hrs

Welcome

Alberto Casado (Vice-President Patent Granting Process, EPO)

Part I: The current situation on patenting AI  

Moderators:
Rob Sterne (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, US)
Grant Philpott (Chief Operating Officer ICT, EPO)

09:10 - 10:15 hrs
Keynote 1
AI inventions and the Fourth Industrial Revolution

Keynote speakers:
Clare Dillon (Clare Dillon Consulting, IE)
Yann Ménière (Chief Economist, EPO)


Chair of Q&A session:
Rob Sterne (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, US)
10:15 - 11:00 hrs Panel discussion 1
General strategies for protecting AI inventions

Chair of the panel:
Rob Sterne (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, US)

Panellists:
Herbert Zech (University of Basel, CH)
Keith Bergelt (Open Invention Network, US)
Heinz Godddar (Boehmert & Boehmert, DE)
11:00 - 11:30 hrs

Coffee 

11:30 - 12:30 hrs

Keynote 2
How does the EPO deal with the challenges of AI in patents?

Keynote speaker:
Koen Lievens (Director Operations, EPO)

Dialogue:
Christian Platzer (Director Operations, EPO)
Margarethe Zmuda (Ericsson, SE)

Claudia Schwarz (Schwarz + Baldus, DE)

12:30 - 13:15 hrs
Panel discussion 2
Challenges in drafting patent applications for AI-related inventions

Chair of the panel:
Grant Philpott (Chief Operating Officer ICT, EPO)

Panellists:
Clare Dillon (Clare Dillon Consulting, IE)
Andrea Perronace (Jacobacci & Partners Spa, IT)
Michelle Holoubek (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, US)
Benjamin Bai (Ant Financial Services Group/Alipay, CN)

13:15 - 14:30 hrs
Buffet lunch 

Part II: Post-grant aspects of AI patents, ownership & ethical considerations 


Moderator:
Grant Philpott (Chief Operating Officer ICT, EPO)  

14:30 - 15:15 hrs
Panel discussion 3
Post-grant aspects of AI-related patents

Chair of the panel:
Heli Pihlajamaa (Director Patent Law, EPO)

Panellists:
Rob Sterne (Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, US)
Hideki Takaishi (Nakamura & Partners, JP)
Matthias Schneider (Audi, DE)
15:15 - 15:45 hrs
Coffee 
15:45 - 16:45 hrs Panel discussion 4
Ethical and societal considerations in relation to AI patented inventions

Chair of the panel:
Heli Pihlajamaa (Director Patent Law, EPO)

Panellists:
Peter Blok (University of Utrecht, NL)
Clara Neppel (IEEE, Vienna, AT)
Noam Shemtov (Queen Mary University of London, UK)

16:45 - 17:00 hrs

Closing words

Benoît Battistelli (President, EPO)

17:00 - 18.30 hrs
Cocktail