Orrick Library Seminar: Naruto to Skynet: AI, Big Data & IoT: Legal & Business Issues

Session #1

Seminar | January.29.2019 | 12:30pm - 2:00pm (Hong Kong Time)

Orrick Hong Kong

Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and cellular technologies that form the communications infrastructure of connected devices are not only transforming business activities and individual lifestyles, but raising critical legal issues with regard to intellectual property, privacy and data security, product liability and competition.

Traditionally, the existing intellectual property law framework has been developed to provide protection to works created by humans. The rapidly evolving fields of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data and the Internet of Things have generated vast quantities of work created by machine learning and Artificial Intelligence, much of which fall outside the traditional categories of the intellectual property system. In turn, this has challenged the way in which we view ownership, the protection of these rights, and the consequential obligations thereof.

In this seminar, Orrick lawyers from Hong Kong and Tokyo will present case studies and consider how these new categories of rights fit within the existing intellectual property law framework, and the management and protection of these rights within the fields of intellectual property law, data privacy laws, product liability law and competition law in particular:

  • Is a portrait created by a learned machine copyrightable?
  • What issues arise under data privacy laws when using Big Data?
  • Can Big Data strengthen market power and increase barriers to entry?
  • Who is liable for injury caused by a driverless vehicle?
  • How has Internet of Things changed the battlefield over standard essential patents? 

CPT/CLE Credit

1 CPT/CLE credit is being accredited for this seminar. No CPD point will be accredited.

To register, please provide your name, company, title and email address at the above link by 25 January 2019.

Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Walk-ins will not be accepted on the day of the seminar.

For questions about the seminar, please contact Joyce Chan at +852 2218 9221 or [email protected].

CLE Credits Available: Y

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Employment Law & Litigation
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • China
  • Japan

L. Mark Weeks Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Hong Kong; Tokyo

Mark Weeks is a partner of the M&A and Private Equity Group, splitting his time between Hong Kong and Tokyo. He practiced in New York and Tokyo for more than 25 years. Before relocating to Hong Kong, Mark served as office leader of Orrick’s Tokyo office from 2006 to 2017.

He concentrates his practice on mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, clean technology, life sciences, IT and telecommunications asset transfers, strategic investments, and general corporate representation for U.S., Japanese and other Asian companies.

Mark speaks, reads and writes fluent Japanese.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Corporate
  • Cyber, Privacy & Data Innovation
  • Energy
  • Fintech
  • Infrastructure
  • Technology Companies Group
  • China
  • Japan

Mark Lehmkuhler Partner M&A and Private Equity, Corporate

Hong Kong

Mark Lehmkuhler, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the firm’s M&A and Private Equity Group.

Mark has practiced in Asia for nearly 20 years, focusing on M&A and private equity transactions, including private equity portfolio investments and exits, leveraged buyouts, tender offers, privatizations, joint ventures and strategic alliances, as well as private equity fund formation.

Mark is deeply experienced in the technology, energy and infrastructure sectors, having advised a number of leading multinational corporations, international financial institutions, private equity firms and other institutional investors on some of the largest, most complex and groundbreaking cross-border transactions in Greater China, Japan and Southeast Asia over the past two decades.

He also has significant experience in high-yield, mezzanine and hybrid debt financings and restructurings, as well as initial public offerings, private placements and other capital markets transactions.

Mark has been consistently recognized as a leading individual in the M&A and Private Equity fields by prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia:

  • “…‘a high sense of integrity, creative and easy to work with, and provides advice that’s really actionable,’ report impressed clients.”
  • “…‘among the smartest lawyer I have ever worked with,’ comments one interviewee…especially well regarded for his experience representing Asia-focused private equity funds making investments into Chinese market.”
  • “…very effective in head-to-head negotiations with other firms and principals, and finds very creative solutions to the difficult aspects of deals.”
  • “…held in high esteem by market sources… ‘commercial and hands-on when it comes to managing transactions’.”
  • “… a fine balance between Wall Street and Asia… client-friendly and very effective.”
  • “…‘a very detail-oriented and focused lawyer’… admired for his experience in cross-border M&A.”
Prior to joining Orrick, Mark was a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell in Hong Kong.
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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Funds
  • Fintech
  • Real Estate
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Derivatives
  • China
  • Japan

Scott Peterman Partner M&A and Private Equity, Funds

Hong Kong

Scott Peterman, a partner in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group.

Scott focuses on representing private fund sponsors and investors in the formation of alternative investment vehicles, including pan-Asian private equity funds, venture capital funds, infrastructure and real estate funds, private REITs, hedge funds, hybrid funds, emerging manager platform funds, Hong Kong authorized funds, and emerging market ETFs. In addition, he has advised on more than 150 account arrangements, representing sovereign wealth funds, universities, seeding and first-loss capital programs, family offices and individual investors.

Scott has extensive experience representing both Chinese state-owned enterprises and private companies in a broad range of M&A transactions, leveraged buyouts, venture capital financings, as well as relevant regulatory and compliance matters. He also counsels FinTech start-ups, develops compensation and profit-sharing schemes, and assists entrepreneurs in managing their wealth. 

Scott offers clients a unique perspective with in-depth knowledge in the technology and telecommunications industries, having served for 13 years as a Silicon Valley senior executive prior to practicing law, including as Apple’s first country manager for China and Korea, director of Asia Pacific for Alcatel Data Networks and director of North American Corporate Development for Cable & Wireless.

Scott has been consistently recognized by various prestigious legal publications such as Chambers Asia, Asia-Pacific Legal 500, IFLR1000 and Who’s Who Legal. He gains high praise from clients for his “incredible base of knowledge”, “commercial acumen” and “awareness of what the client wants.” He is known as “a very experienced practitioner” with “unparalleled” expertise in “complex economic structures”“Scott’s ability to understand what we wanted to accomplish and tailor-make our documents to our needs rather than giving us a ‘pre-hashed, cut-and-paste’ set of documents made him an unequivocal favourite,” a client noted. As an IFLR-designated "market leader," Scott has been characterized as one of the "true leaders of their field," with "a track record of high profile innovative deals" and "recognised as the standout performers in their country or practice area."

Scott’s personal research reflects his continuing interest in early Chinese Zen Buddhism. He is the translator of the Tang Dynasty classic, “Treatise on the Essential Path for Entering the Way through Sudden Enlightenment” and the Song Dynasty “Record of Dazhu’s Responses to Questions of Disciples from All Over.”

Prior to joining Orrick, Scott worked at Jones Day and Sidley Austin in Hong Kong, and practiced in the United States, United Kingdom, and Japan for many years.

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Practice:

  • M&A and Private Equity
  • Technology Companies Group
  • Corporate
  • China

William Ho Of Counsel M&A and Private Equity, Technology Companies Group

Hong Kong

William Ho, an of counsel in Orrick’s Hong Kong office, is a member of the M&A and Private Equity Group. He has extensive experience in the areas of cross-border mergers and acquisitions, private equity, venture capital, privatizations, and strategic investments.

Will regularly represents major private equity funds in their investments across Asia, with a strong focus in the tech space. Over the years, he has been actively involved in the start-up scene in Greater China and Southeast Asia, and has built a reputation for advising early-stage start-ups on their capital raisings, financings and general corporate matters.

Will’s practice also includes advising a number of Hong Kong-listed issuers and investment banks on a wide range of capital markets and M&A transactions, including privatizations, security offerings (primary and secondary), as well as private investments into public equity (PIPE) transactions.

Prior to joining Orrick, Will began his career at Slaughter and May before moving to Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.

In addition to being admitted as a solicitor in Hong Kong, Will is also admitted as a solicitor in New South Wales, Australia (currently non-practicing).

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Practice:

  • Intellectual Property
  • Patents
  • IP Counseling & Due Diligence
  • Trade Secrets Litigation
  • Japan
  • China

Anri Nakamoto Managing Associate Intellectual Property, Patents

Tokyo

Anri Nakamoto is a managing associate in Orrick's Tokyo office and a member of the Intellectual Property Group.

His practice focuses on representing clients in patent litigation, trade secret litigation and other intellectual property disputes.  Anri also counsels clients on patent portfolio management, intellectual property strategy developments, adversarial patent licensing negotiations, and other IP related matters in cross-border M&A and strategic business and technology alliances. Prior to joining Orrick, Anri worked for more than 10 years at Hitachi Ltd., Panasonic Corp., and IP Bridge Inc.