The future of Tech & Comms – new challenges and opportunities in a smart world

Date: 02 March 2016
Time: 13:30 - 17:45 CET    Venue: Spaces Rode Olifant, Zuid Hollandlaan 7, 2596 AL The Hague

We are organising 'The future of Tech & Comms' conference on Wednesday, 2 March 2016, at our office in The Hague. 

Bird & Bird's legal specialists from across our offices in Europe and Asia will join our team from the Netherlands for an informative afternoon of presentations and workshops.

In particular, we will be looking at the global challenges and opportunities relating to:

  • Digital Business
  • Data Protection and Cyber Security
  • Over-The-Top Services (OTT)
  • Capturing value from Tech & IP assets

Due to the unique international nature of this event the presentations and discussions will be held in English. 

Who should attend?

Directors and senior officers (legal, risk management & compliance)

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The programme

13.30 - 14.00


14.00 - 15.00

Keynote: The future of Tech & Comms

Marjolein Geus, Partner, Bird & Bird, Netherlands
Ronald Hendrikx, Partner, Bird & Bird, UK

15.00 - 15.15


15.15 - 16.15

Breakout sessions - choose from one of the following

Digital Business
The European Commission has set out its overarching strategy for the EU's digital economy and various draft legislative proposals have already been issued. We will highlight and discuss some key points for digital businesses.

Roelien van Neck, Partner, Bird & Bird, Netherlands
Roger Bickerstaff, Partner, Bird & Bird, UK

Data Protection and Cyber Security: the changing landscape ahead
The start of 2016 saw a number of events that will dramatically change the data protection and cyber security landscape in the next five years: a new reporting obligation for data security breaches in the Netherlands, a finalised EU General Data Protection Regulation and Network & Information Security Directive and soon the unfolding of the latest chapter in the Safe Harbor invalidation discussions. We invite you for an open discussion on the future regulatory landscape and the practical steps organisations should prioritise to adapt to this new environment.

Frank Simons, Counsel, Bird & Bird, Netherlands
James Mullock, Partner, Bird & Bird, UK

16.15 - 16.45


16.45 - 17.45

Breakout sessions - choose from one of the following

Over-The-Top Services (OTT)
Think Facebook, Netflix, WhatsApp, Google! More and more OTT service providers complement but also substitute traditional service offerings. Should OTTs therefore be treated and regulated like traditional service providers? What are the further legal and regulatory challenges when looking at OTT services? We will provide you with a multi-jurisdictional insight into the most relevant legal aspects, from an EU law perspective (present and future) as well as from an Asia-Pacific legal point of view.
Michelle Chan, Partner, Bird & Bird, China
Paul Waszink, Associate, Bird & Bird, Netherlands
Sven-Erik Heun, Partner, Bird & Bird, Germany

Capturing value from Tech & IP assets
IP and know-how have become some of the most important intangible assets of companies today, forming up to 80% of tech companies' value. We will showcase how to capture the real value and exclusivity of such assets by demonstrating strategic use of Europe's brand new tool that protects your know-how: trade secrets.

Wouter Pors, Partner, Bird & Bird, Netherlands
Rob Williams, Partner, Bird & Bird, UK



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