Global Series 2018 | Ottawa, Ontario

October 10 - 12, 2018
Fairmont Chateau Laurier
Ottawa, Ontario

Working Agenda as of August 3, 2018

  • Innovation and IP: Key Elements and Challenges
  • Innovation Policy and Systems
  • Trade, Economics, and the “Value” of IP
  • Trade Agreements & IP: Tools & Techniques
  • Innovation: The Workbench and Rising System Challenges: AI/ML/Big Data/IOT
  • Innovation and Key European Developments: From Equivalents and Plausibility to the UPC
  • Corporate Challenges: IP, Economic, and Financial Challenges
  • Corporate Challenges: Patent and Existing Industries
  • Corporate Challenges: Disruptive Innovation and Patents
  • Perspectives of Patent Adjudicators: The Appellate Chiefs
  • Perspectives of Patent Adjudicators: Appellate Levels
  • Perspectives of Patent Adjudicators: Fact-Finding Challenges
  • Innovation and Patent Systems: Global Review
  • Patent Litigation in the United States
  • Innovation and Global Patenting Strategies
  • Secondary Patent Challenges – Pharmaceuticals and Life Sciences
  • Competition, Markets, and Trust
  • Global Series Major Challenges
    • Damages
    • Injunctive Relief
  • Global Series Major Challenges
    • Extraterritoriality
  • Sabine Agé, Avocat, Véron & Associés
  • John Allcock, Partner, DLA Piper
  • Vanessa Bailey, Global Director – Intellectual Property Policy, Intel Corporation
  • Chris Borello, Partner, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
  • Don Campbell, Senior Strategy Advisor, Former Canadian Ambassador to Japan, DLA Piper (Canada)
  • Louis Carbonneau, Founder and CEO, Tangible IP
  • Peter Cho, VP and Lead Counsel, General Motors Canada
  • Peter Cicala, Corporate Vice President of Intellectual Property and Chief Patent Counsel, Celgene Corporation
  • Patrick Coyne, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Andy Culbert, Partner, Perkins Coie
  • Jeremy de Beer, Professor, University of Ottawa
  • Robert Deberardine, Worldwide Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Johnson & Johnson
  • Jacqueline DeGagne, Head of Law, Canada, Bayer Intellectual Property GmbH (invited)
  • Ron Dimock, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Markus Engelhard, German Patent Attorney, Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Sylvia Fang, Vice President, Legal and General Counsel, TSMC (invited)
  • Claudia Frost, Partner, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
  • Penny Gilbert, Partner, Powell Gilbert
  • Prof. Dr. Heinz Goddar, Boehmert & Boehmert
  • Richard Gold, Professor, McGill University
  • Nick Groombridge, Partner, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Klaus Haft, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier
  • Ed Haug, Managing Partner, Haug Partners
  • Denise Hickey, Senior Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property, Celgene Corporation
  • Philip Hirschhorn, Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Robert Huffman, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Sheena Jacob, Partner, JurisAsia LLC
  • Patrick Keane, Executive Shareholder, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
  • Stephen Kho, Partner, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Scott Kieff, Kieff Strategies LLC
  • Ute Kilger, Patent Attorney, Boehmert & Boehmert
  • David Killough, Assistant General Counsel, Microsoft Corporation
  • Sandra Kuzmich, Partner, Haug Partners
  • Catherine Lacavera, Director, Litigation, Google Inc.
  • Julien Lachere, Partner, BCF
  • Jane Licata, Founder and Partner, Licata & Tyrell
  • Otto Licks, Partner, Licks Attorneys
  • Yohan Liyanage, Partner, Linklaters LLP
  • Sarah Lohman, Senior Cyber Fellow, American Institute for Contemporary German Studies, Johns Hopkins University
  • Chris Longman, Sr. Director, Legal Counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated
  • Aylin Lusi, Vice President, Public Affairs, UPS
  • Laura Masurovsky, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP
  • Donald McRae, Hyman Soloway Chair and Emeritus professor, University of Ottawa
  • Christian Osterrieth, Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier (invited)
  • Seongsoo Park, Attorney, Kim & Chang
  • Sangeetha Punniyamoorthy, Partner, DLA Piper (Canada) LLP
  • Liliane Roriz, Partner, Licks Attorneys
  • Corey Salsberg, VP, Global Head IP Affairs, Novartis
  • Michael Sandonato, Partner, Fitzpatrick Cella Harper & Scinto
  • Miriam Sapiro, former Acting US Trade Representative, Summit Strategies International
  • Peter Selfridge, Global Head of Digital Government, SAP
  • Mark Snyder, SVP, Patent Counsel, Qualcomm Incorporated (invited)
  • Eman Sojoodi, Senior Legal Counsel - IP, Dell Inc.
  • Jonathan Spadt, CEO & President, RatnerPrestia
  • Emma Start, Senior Patent Agent, Bombardier Aerospace
  • Mark Stewart, Sr. Director – Assistant General Patent Counsel, IP Litigation, Eli Lilly
  • Christopher Storm, Senior IP Counsel, Uber
  • Benoit Strowel, Managing Partner, Hoyng Rokh Monegier
  • Lynn Taylor, Global Healthcare Government & Public Affairs, Merck KgaA
  • Vladislav Ugryumov, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Jamie Underwood, Partner, Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Ian Wetherbee, Software Engineer, Google Inc.
  • Jay Zakaïb, Partner, Gowling WLG
  • Ton Zuijdwijk, Senior Fellow, Center for International Governance Innovation and former IP Adviser in Trade Policy - Global Affairs






  • Matthew Boswell, Interim Commissioner of Bureau and Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Mergers and Monopolistic Practices Branch, Canadian Competition Bureau
  • Robert Brookfield, Director General, Global Affairs Canada
  • Charles Bullock, Chief Judge, United States International Trade Commission
  • Bruce Christie, Associate Assistant Deputy Minister, Trade Policy and Negotiations Branch
  • Suzanne Côté, Justice, Supreme Court of Canada
  • Joseph Day, Senator, Senate of Canada
  • Makan Delrahim, Assistant Attorney General, Antitrust Division, United States Department of Justice
  • Albert de Vries, Chairman, Technical Board of Appeal - Mechanics, European Patent Office
  • Jonathan Fried, Coordinator, International Economic Relations, Global Affairs Canada
  • Giles Gherson, Deputy Minister, Ontario Ministry of Economic Development and Growth & Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science
  • Rodney Gilstrap, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
  • Pippa Hall, Director of Innovation and Chief Economist, United Kingdom Intellectual Property Office (invited)
  • Sarah Harris, General Counsel, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Rt. Honorable Professor Sir Robin Jacob, Court of Appeals of England and Wales (retired)
  • Drew Hirshfeld, Commissioner for Patents, United States Patent and Trademark Office (invited)
  • Adrian Johnston, Counsel, Civil Litigation Section, Department of Justice, Canada
  • Rian Kalden, Judge, Court of Appeal, The Hague (invited)
  • Hyungdu LEE, Judge, Seoul District Court (invited)
  • George Locke, Judge, Federal Court
  • Alan Lourie, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Michael Manson, Justice, Federal Court
  • Denis Martel, Director, Patent Policy, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
  • Peter Meier-Beck, Judge, German Federal Court of Justice
  • Loris Mirella, Director, Intellectual Property Trade Policy, Global Affairs Canada
  • Anne-Marie Monteith, Senior Director of Policy, International Affairs and Research, Canadian Intellectual Property Office (CIPO)
  • Yoshiyuki MORI, Presiding Judge, Second Division of the IP High Court, Japan
  • Jeanne Pratt, Senior Deputy Commissioner of the Mergers Branch, Canadian Competition Bureau
  • Sharon Prost, Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Jimmie Reyna, Circuit Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • David Ruschke, Chief Judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, United States Patent and Trademark Office
  • Beate Schmidt, President, German Federal Patent Court (invited)
  • Mark Schaan, Director General, Marketplace Framework Policy, Innovation, Science and Economic Development (ISED)
  • Shane Spelliscy, Counsel, Trade Law Bureau, Government of Canada
  • Timothy Stanceu, Chief Judge, United States Court of International Trade
  • Leonard Stark, Chief Judge, United States District Court for the District of Delaware
  • David Stratas, Judge, Federal Court of Appeal
  • Howard Wetson, Senator, Senate of Canada
  • JIAO Yan, Judge, Beijing High People's Court (invited)

Benefits of Membership

Sharpen your practice skills and develop meaningful professional connections while making a difference in the Federal Circuit. Enjoy rewarding and substantial preferential member pricing.




Webcast attendance (and CLE in applicable states) is complimentary with all FCBA memberships. Membership also gives reduced rate registration to our conferences (e.g. Bench & Bar®) as well as partner affiliated regional events.

  • Bench & Bar® Conference - Annual in-depth program exploring the spectrum of Circuit practice and justice considerations, gathering national leaders of the Bench and the Bar.
  • Horizons Seminar Series - Educational and Topical Webcasts – Educational nuts & bolts advocacy and subject matter areas as well as important, timely decisions.
  • Regional Programs - Programs for local audiences, involving leading corporate and litigation counsel and many levels of the Federal Bench. Examples include the Advanced Complex Litigation Series, Litigation Skills Training Series, MSPB Appeals Summit, and Federal Practice Summit.
  • Global Series - Launched in November 2010, the Global Series explores the search for best practices in legal systems around the world.  In the on-going dialogue, sessions already include:  Berlin and Munich, Germany; Tokyo, Japan; Beijing, China; London, United Kingdom; Toronto, Canada; Seoul, South Korea; Geneva, Switzerland; and Shanghai, China.

FCBA Source - Publications

  • Journal - Published quarterly in collaboration with George Washington University Law School, the journal includes scholarly articles and recent case summaries, keeping you informed of developments and trends in the law in Circuit community. All past journals are available to members through the website. 
  • Circuit Case Digest - A monthly publication that provides a summary of all precedential opinions of the Federal Circuit issued the preceding month. All digests are available to members through the website.
  • Pro Bono Digest - This Digest provides useful pro bono information to the Circuit community.
  • Reviewed Adjudicators Digest - A monthly update on decisions of the tribunals reviewed by the Federal Circuit.  It covers the following matters of interest:
    • Merit Systems Protection Board
    • Patent Trial and Appeal Board
    • International Trade Commission
    • Court of Federal Claims
    • Civilian Board of Contract Appeals
    • Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals
    • Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
  • Newsletter - The newsletter contains timely information including rules changes, personnel changes, hearing dates, and upcoming meetings and events of the Association.  All newsletters are available to members through the website.
  • Webcasts - Educational and Topical Webcasts – Educational nuts & bolts advocacy and subject matter areas as well as important, timely decisions such as In Re Bilski. More than a dozen webcasts are available yearly, and are searchable by subject matter.


Participation and Leadership Opportunities in all Circuit Community Practice Areas

Active Committees represent Circuit subject matter and practice areas, with input into Association programming and initiatives.  Multi-committee coalitions address topics such as rules, amicus, and other matters crossing subject areas.

Pro Bono Opportunities

Robust opportunities exist to participate in screening and representational roles for both veterans and government personnel pro se parties, as well as PTO.

Collaborations with other Bar Associations and Universities

The FCBA enjoys active relationships with a variety of other interested associations and academic institutions.


Learn more about member benefits and apply to be a member today!

Annual Sponsorship Information


The Annual 2018 Global Series Sponsorship

Initial Global Series Year: $22,000 (US)
On-Going Global Series Years: $20,000 (US)

• Year-round involvement with other Global Series sponsors in planning and in nominating topics and participants
• Year-round recognition in Global Series materials, including the FCBA website and Newsletters
• 18 seats to be used between the October Ottawa Session and the April Washington, DC Session
• 18 seats at the special guest Friends of the Series dinners and receptions at the two Session venues
• Small group gatherings
• Participation in Global Series webcasts
• On-site sponsor signage
• 8 new annual FCBA Memberships

Conference Specific Sponsorship Information


Friends of the Global Series*

$15,000 (US)

• 12 seats at the session
• 12 seats at the Friends of the Series reception on Thursday
• 6 new FCBA memberships

Conference Sponsor*

First time sponsors:$12,000 (US)
Returning sponsors: $10,000 (US)

• 8 seats at the session
• 8 seats at the Friends of the Series reception on Thursday
• 4 new FCBA Memberships

Supporting Sponsor*

$2,500 (US)

• Recognition of support of the Global Series Session


*Sponsors receive marketing specific to the Global Series program in Washington on the event website, FCBA Newsletter, event signage, and distribution through partnering Global Series organizations.

For discussion on these opportunities and to explore other options, please contact Jeremy Atkinson, or Roseanna Quinlan,





There are two ways to attend this event, via:
•  Sponsored Seat
•  Individual Registration

Both options can be done through the registration link below and require creating a profile if you do not already have one with the FCBA.

Sponsoring organizations receive a certain number of seats that can be allocated as they please using the code provided to the point of contact.  Interest is high.  For details on the levels and seats, please see the "Sponsorship Information" tab.

Sponsor seat registration is now OPEN: Register HERE

Individual registration is COMING SOON

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