29th Global Legal & IP Confex

28 September 2016, Dubai, UAE

Radisson Blu Hotel, Dubai Deira Creek, Baniyas Road, P.O.Box 476, Dubai, United Arab Emirates


The Legal & IP ConfEx covers a range of topics related to Litigation, e-Discovery, IP, Patents, Trademark, Compliance, Security and Risk Management. They would attract the best of the legal/IP professionals and thought leaders from the industry as well as enlighten the delegates about the latest in this industry.

28 September 2016

Legal & IP ConfEx Agenda (From 07:30 AM to 06:00 PM Gulf Standard Time)
Panel Discussions to be held in Halls A and B


07:30 AM – 08:30 AM

Registration and Informal Networking with Exhibitors


08:30 AM – 09:00 AM
Breaking The Ice - Know The Participants in Advance. Introductions : One By One. Networking Opportunity

Opening Welcome Address
Short Introductions of All Participants - One By One
Identification of "Who Is Who"
Prioritizing Your Networking with Audience
Assistance in Scheduling Meeting in Networking Breaks

09:00 AM – 09:50 AM

Keynote Address

“Welcome to the Middle East: Top Legal & IP Trends in 2016, Predictions for 2017”

Keynote Speakers

Moutaz Abdullat
General Legal Counsel,
Ferrero Middle East, UAE

Dale Waterman
Senior Corporate Attorney,
Middle East & Africa HQ Lead,
Corporate, External and Legal Affairs,
Microsoft Corporation, UAE

09:50 AM – 10:20 AM

Coffee and Tea Break/ Informal Networking with Exhibitors

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Hall A: Litigation / e-Discovery; Risk, Security and Compliance

Hall B: IP, Patents and Trademark

10:20 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion
Is Data Privacy the Next Lawsuit Trend?

  • Recent hacking cases
  • What is the future of litigation over data?
  • What are the boundaries of data privacy regulation?
  • Are there any limits to the legal liabilities?

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Case Study – Presentation
Case Management: Proactive or reactive ?

  • Sharing project implementations experiences
  • Moving towards a process driven legal framework
  • The revolution in virtual collaboration – Lawyers’ perspective



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10:20 AM – 11:00 AM
Panel Discussion
IP Counsel Eyes Foreign Threats

  • Are foreign governments doing enough to mitigate IP threats and thefts?
  • How do global patent laws impact your business?
  • Patent infringement and trademarks
  • IP theft and cyber security

11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Case Study – Presentation
Cybersecurity: Why You Should Be Concerned & What To Do

  • Trends In Cyber-Attacks
  • Legal Developments
  • Methods for Staying in Front of the Issue

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11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
Panel Discussion
Chief Compliance Concerns for Chief Legal Executives

  • The rising concerns about of third-party suppliers
  • Focus on bribery/corruption and compliance training
  • Issues involving insufficient technology infrastructure
  • How to troubleshoot and minimize risks


12:10 PM – 01:00 PM
Panel Discussion
Out with the Old and in with the New: What’s Trending in e-Discovery

  • e-discovery automation is upon us
  • Increased focus on data analytics and ECA/EDA
  • Effective document management policies to control ED costs
  • Powerful tools such as text analytics and predictive coding
  • Bringing complex technologies in intuitive and natural workflows

11:15 AM – 12:10 PM
Panel Discussion
How Will Patent Litigation Look in Five Years?

  • Changing patent systems in US and Europe
  • Compare/contrast of USPTO and
  • The internet of things and standard-essential patents (SEPs)
  • Patent licensing disputes
  • GCC: Overview of patent litigation - developments and what the future might hold
  • The unitary patent and Unified Patent Court reforms

12:10 PM – 01:00 PM

Panel Discussion
Update on IP Strategies in the Middle East

  • Trademark protection
  • Guarding against infringement and counterfeiting
  • Licensing issues
  • The UAE draft patent law
  • IP auditing and due diligence

01:00 PM – 01:50 PM

Lunch and Informal Networking with Exhibitors


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01:50 PM – 02:30 PM
Panel Discussion
5 Things You Should Know About the EU Data Protection Regulation

  • Understanding your responsibilities and the business impact
  • Global ramifications of the regulations
  • How to protect your reputation in light of the ‘naming and shaming’ policies
  • Preventing claim damages in the instance of data loss as a result of unlawful processing, including collective redress, the equivalent of a US-style class action lawsuit
  • How to ensure a third-party cloud provider is compliant
  • Encryption and tokenisation to meet “reasonable expectations” of data privacy

02:30 PM – 03:10 PM
Panel Discussion
Middle East and Asia as a Hub for International Centre for Dispute Resolution

  • Focus on the DIFC in Dubai as the new emerging place to arbitrate (DIFC arbitration law)
  • Focus on DIFC-LCIA and DIAC as leading arbitral institutions in Dubai
  • Focus of Hong Kong International Arbitration Centre (HKIAC)
  • Update on Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC)
  • Progress of Singapore International Commercial Court (SICC)





01:50 PM – 02:30 PM
Panel Discussion
Countdown: What You Need to Know About the Unified Patent Court

  • What the radically new patent system will bring to the legal landscape
  • New set of procedural rules from different European jurisdictions
  • Need to ensure cross-border capabilities and gather skills in the new system
  • Challenges and opportunities for IP lawyers



02:30 PM – 03:10 PM

Panel Discussion
What Are the USPTO’s Patent Plans for Fiscal Year 2017?

  • Reducing the backlog of unexamined applications and length of patent pendency
  • Improving patent quality
  • Training and retaining an adaptable workforce to improve efficiency and examination capacity
  • Continuing to review optimal PTAB proceeding pendency
  • Improving the quality and consistency of PTAB decisions improving IT service delivery by retiring legacy IT systems and transitioning to next generation technology over the next and following fiscal years



03:10 PM – 03:30 PM

Coffee and Tea Break/ Informal Networking with Exhibitors

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03:30 PM – 04:30 PM

STRATEGIC ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: Fostering A Global Legal Ecosystem**
Join us for this special roundtable discussion aimed at connecting important communities from the global legal ecosystem: in-house legal departments, law firms, associations and solution providers. This interactive session is a forum for all the legal stakeholders to discuss and deliberate the myriad and diverse issues they face today, and to find common ground and potential collaborative solutions to overcome challenges and leverage opportunities.

Key Topics of Discussion
· How Prepared Are You (Really) for a Data Breach?
· Patent Litigation Around the World
· Brand Protection Strategies in a Digital Age
· Merger and Acquisition (M&A) Litigation: Current Issues and Trends
· Asia as a Hub for International Centre for Dispute Resolution
· The beginning of a beautiful friendship? Escalation clauses and ADR: how to manage your dispute resolution strategy
· U.S. based options available to Middle East litigators that can facilitate effective resolution of their dispute

04:30 PM – 05:30 PM

Closing Remarks Followed by a Cocktail Reception


* Program is subject to change without notice
** Successfully proven format in our recently held events in: San Francisco. Singapore. London. New Delhi.


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