19th November - Conference Day Two

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8:50 AM Recap of Day One and Chairman’s Opening Remarks

Paul Matthews , Principal - Intellectual Property, Cenovus Energy

Paul Matthews
Principal - Intellectual Property
Cenovus Energy

9:00 AM Protecting the Intangible – ‘Employee Know-How’

Jacqueline Chernys , Senior Counsel – Intellectual Property, Nexen Energy

  • Discussing methodology for protecting knowhow specific to your business - how to identify vital knowhow amongst your employees
  • Developments in confidentiality agreements and employment contract clauses
  • Identifying particular contractor relationships where your IP may be at risk
  • Preserving the flow of confidentiality within your organisation
  • Is confidential information to one employee the same as it is to another?
Jacqueline Chernys
Senior Counsel – Intellectual Property
Nexen Energy

9:45 AM The Effect of Rising Patent Litigation upon Innovation

Paul Matthews , Principal - Intellectual Property, Cenovus Energy

Tracey Beaudoin , General Counsel, Packers Plus

  • Is the rise in patent litigation in the Canadian and wider North American hydrocarbons industry having an effect upon innovation?
  • Focus upon steam-assisted gravity drainage (SAGD): has the rise in patent litigation slowed the development of these systems?
  • Case study of a smaller technological player within the oil sands, developing SAGD technology,  and discussing the process of IP protection.
Paul Matthews
Principal - Intellectual Property
Cenovus Energy
Tracey Beaudoin
General Counsel
Packers Plus
Patrick Smith
Partner
Gowlings

Sponsored by: Gowlings

Gowlings

11:45 AM Innovation Methodologies and Testing of New and Unproven Technology in the Field

Soheil Asgarpour , President, Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

  • Discussing the ways in which oil and gas companies meet the challenges that face them through innovation and R&D
  • Use of NDA with clients/partners/on-site contractors, when testing in their presence, over an extended period of time
  • The how the creation of innovation alliances such as the Petroleum Technology Alliance of Canada
Soheil Asgarpour
President
Petroleum Technology Alliance Canada

12:30 PM Networking Lunch

1:30 PM Panel Discussion - Patents vs. Trade Secrets & Innovation Methodology

Catherine Laureshen , Leader - Petroleum Technology, Statoil Canada

Jacqueline Chernys , Senior Counsel – Intellectual Property, Nexen Energy

Erin Pisko , Patent Agent, Cenovus

  • Discussing whether trade secrets law provides for a wider variety of remedies in the oil and gas sector
  • Is it possible to maintain trade secrets in an age of high employee mobility?
  • Indeterminacy of trade secrets vs. the certainty of patents
  • Do patents promote innovation within the oil and gas sector?
  • Comparing the methodology of various R&D departments within the oil and gas space
  • Considering the best ways for R&D dept to work with the legal departments to optimise IP functions across the business
Catherine Laureshen
Leader - Petroleum Technology
Statoil Canada
Jacqueline Chernys
Senior Counsel – Intellectual Property
Nexen Energy
Erin Pisko
Patent Agent
Cenovus

2:15 PM Oil, Gas & Patents - A Brazilian Perspective

André Venturini , Head of Patent Prosecution, Licks Attorneys

  • The Brazilian market: why technology will be needed for production increase;
  • An overview of oil & gas litigation in the Brazil jurisdiction
  • Patent prosecution in Brazil: challenges and advice
André Venturini
Head of Patent Prosecution
Licks Attorneys

Sponsored by: Licks Attorneys

Licks Attorneys

3:30 PM Managing Outsourced Resources While Running Your Patent Portfolio

Sarah MacLeod , Corporate Counsel, Brion Energy

  • Making the decision on what to and not to outsource
  • Timing: when do you outsource?
  • Looking at the processes on how to outsource
  • De-risking your IPR strategy with resource management
Sarah MacLeod
Corporate Counsel
Brion Energy

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