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Sep 2015
September 03, 2015
Automotive Suppliers Intellectual Property Symposium

Frederik Meijer Gardens | Hosted By: Warner Norcross & Judd LLP

8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Innovation and intellectual property must be protected and integrated with business strategies in order to keep pace with rapid industry changes and a step ahead of competitors. Join us on September 3, 2015, for “Five Intellectual Property Strategies” at Frederik Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids for a discussion with automotive and intellectual property attorneys on emerging opportunities and best practices.
    Navigating the Changing Tides of Litigation in Autonomous Vehicle Technology
Aggressive patent litigation has never been a characteristic of the auto industry until now. Tech companies sue first and ask questions later. Apple, Google and Microsoft now have a significant number of automotive patents. Statistics of tech litigation and what to do to be preemptive will be discussed.
Presented by Gregory D. DeGrazia
  Reality Check for Automotive Parts Supplier Patent Portfolios
Review of the patent portfolios of various OEMs, tech companies and suppliers and emerging best practices.
Presented by Matthew R. Mowers
  Key Steps for Acquiring IP and Putting it to Work
Discussion of the key steps for acquiring IP and putting it to work: 1) perfecting ownership, 2) assessing the freedom to practice (utilize), 3) evaluating scope of the IP, and sometimes 4) assessing enforceability.
Presented by Catherine S. Collins
  Establishing Ownership Rights in Joint Development Agreements
Controlling technological innovations is imperative. Establish ownership rights in your technology when jointly developing technology with suppliers, customers or competitors.
Presented by Randall J. Peck
  Untangling the Web of Software Licensing
Who will control the operating systems of autonomous vehicles (Google? Apple? Microsoft?) and software licensing strategies for the 21st century.
Presented by Nathan W. Steed


8:00 am Registration, breakfast and networking
8:30 am Presentations with discussion and Q&A
11:30 am     Networking lunch

For registration assistance, contact Lori Tuttle Measure at 616.752.2492 or
This is a complimentary program provided for clients and guests of Warner Norcross & Judd.

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