BL01

Navigating Opportunities and Risks Presented by Artificial Intelligence (AI): Intellectual Property, Data, and Regulatory Challenges

 

September 15, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Business Law Track

Presented by the Intellectual Property Section

About the Program

Principally due to the success of various machine learning techniques, AI is no longer a technology of the future. Industrial actors increasingly adopt AI-based applications to improve their business operations or bring innovative products to market. And consumers routinely engage with AI that power speech recognition systems, social media feeds, mortgage apps, and myriad others. Hundreds of billions of dollars have been invested in AI development this decade alone, and global business value derived from AI is reported to have exceeded $1 trillion in 2018 and is forecast to reach almost $4 trillion in 2022. While the economic value of AI technology is unquestionable, it poses unique challenges with respect to intellectual property, managing and protecting data, and regulatory oversight.

This program will provide practitioners with practical guidance for identifying and managing legal risks and opportunities relating to AI systems by focusing on intellectual property, data privacy and security, and current and future regulatory environments. In addition, specific attention will be given to issues affecting digital health and insurance technologies.

You Will Learn

  • About legal and business considerations in protecting intellectual property, including patents and trade secrets, in AI or machine learning (ML) systems, and managing exposures to other’s intellectual property
  • About the content laws and regulations affecting the access to and use of data for training AI or ML systems and data output for such systems
  • About current regulatory requirements and future considerations relating to the use of AI and ML systems, including in the areas of digital health and insurance technologies

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (1.0 AOP; 1.0 LPM)

Speakers

Matthew Fitzsimmons Matthew F. Fitzsimmons
Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, Hartford

Bill Goddard Bill Goddard
Electromagnetic Advisors Inc., Hartford

Thomas_Hedemann Thomas Hedemann
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, Hartford

Peter Kochenburger Peter Kochenburger
UConn School of Law, Hartford

Matthew_Murphy Matthew Murphy
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, Hartford

Brooke_Oppenheimer Brooke J. Oppenheimer
Axinn Veltrop & Harkrider LLP, Hartford

Ankur Parekh Ankur Parekh
Pratt & Whitney, East Hartford

!No-Headshot Jeremy Pearlman
Office of the Connecticut Attorney General, Hartford




BL02

State and Local Responses to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act

September 14, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Business Law Track

Presented by the Tax Section

About the Program

The presenters will give an overview of state and local responses to the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), namely addressing the state tax deduction limitation and how states have proactively modified their tax laws to allow taxpayers to still benefit from a federal tax deduction. Taxpayers in Connecticut will be familiar with the pass-through entity tax, which will be addressed along with other states’ laws and the new Connecticut payroll tax proposal.

You Will Learn

  • Potential tax planning opportunities to receive the benefit of a federal deduction for state taxes
  • What states currently impose a tax not limited by the SALT tax and what states may soon implement such a tax
  • IRS responses to state workarounds to the SALT limitation

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Day Robert Robert L. Day III
Law by Day PLLC, Hartford

lacava_lindsay Lindsay LaCava
Baker & McKenzie LLP, New York, NY

Luke Tashjian Luke T. Tashjian
Whitman Breed Abbott & Morgan LLC, Greenwich




BL03

The End of the Commercial Relationship Test and Other Recent Significant Developments in CUTPA Jurisprudence

September 14, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Business Law Track

Presented by the Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section

About the Program

This seminar offers an opportunity for Connecticut Unfair Trade Practices Act (CUTPA) novices and veterans alike to keep up-to-date with the cutting edge of CUTPA jurisprudence. The seminar will mostly cover several significant recent shifts in CUTPA jurisprudence, but only after offering enough background and context to permit even those who are new to CUTPA to follow the discussion and understand the significance of the cases presented.

You Will Learn

  • On the basics of CUTPA in order to facilitate an understanding of the recent cases discussed
  • About Soto v. Bushmaster Firearms International, LLC, 331 Conn. 53 (2019), and the several ways in which it has caused a landscape shift in CUTPA jurisprudence, with emphasis on the elimination of the commercial relationship test
  • About other important recent cases, including Cadco, Ltd v. Doctor’s Associates, Inc., 188 Conn. App. 122 (2019), which explores the importance of affirmatively protecting oneself in commercial transactions, and other important developing issues on which there are current splits of authority

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

Bob Langer Robert M. Langer
Wiggin and Dana LLP, Hartford

Daniel Scholfield Daniel P. Scholfield
Pullman & Comley LLC, Bridgeport




BL04

Anatomy of a Trademark Case

September 16, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Business Law Track

Presented by the Intellectual Property Section 

About the Program

This program will be a “soup to nuts” primer on trademark litigation, both at the United States Patent and Trademark Office and at federal court, from the beginning of the litigation to the entry of judgment. The program will first briefly discuss applying for and registering one’s trademark and/or trade dress. It will also discuss effectively pleading and defending a trademark action, both from the perspective of allegations of infringement/unfair competition, and various defenses or invalidity counterclaims, including using legal tools that are “trademark adjacent” to get relief otherwise questionably obtainable via the Lanham Act. Then the program will discuss best practices for conduct of discovery in a trademark case, including preservation of data and prioritization of types of evidence and use of expert testimony as to both liability and damages, etc. Finally, the program will turn to arguing and presenting one’s best case at trial in a trademark case, including proving damages and the availability of appropriate remedies.

You Will Learn

  • An overview of trademark proceeding with an emphasis on the differences in trademark litigation from other types of litigation

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (1.5 General; 0.5 Ethics); 2.0 NY (1.5 AOP; 0.5 Ethics)

Speakers

alquist_elizabeth Elizabeth A. Alquist
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford

oconnor_catherinedugan Catherine Dugan O’Connor
Day Pitney LLP, Stamford

Jamie Sternberg Jamie Elise Sternberg
Saunders & Silverstein LLP, Amesbury, MA

Moderator

Christopher Droney Hon. Christopher F. Droney (Ret.)
Day Pitney LLP, Hartford




Other Business Law Seminars at the CLC

CL02 Commercial Law and Bankruptcy: The Year in Review

September 15, 2020

2:00 PM to 4:00 PM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Updates in Case Law Track

Presented by the Commercial Law and Bankruptcy Section

About the Program

Join a distinguished panel of seasoned commercial litigators and bankruptcy practitioners to learn the latest developments in the fields of business litigation, business bankruptcy, and consumer bankruptcy. This annual review of the law promises to be a highly-informative seminar.

You Will Learn

  • The trends that our state and federal courts are taking in rendering decisions in commercial litigation matters
  • Highlights of decisional law on matters impacting business and consumer bankruptcies in the District of Connecticut, the Second Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court
  • How the new Local Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure, effective as of October 1, 2018, are being applied in both business and consumer bankruptcy cases

CLE Credit: 2.0 CT (General); 2.0 NY (AOP)

Speakers

James Heffernan_2020 James B. Heffernan
The Law Offices of Neil Crane LLC, Hamden

 
Joanna Kornafel Joanna M. Kornafel
Green & Sklarz LLC, New Haven

 
Nicholas Vegliante Nicholas P. Vegliante
Cohn Birnbaum & Shea PC, Hartford

 

Moderator

Roberta Napolitano Roberta Napolitano
Chapter 13 Trustee, Office of the US Trustee, Hartford




HT05 Seeing All Sides of Investments in Early Stage Companies

September 16, 2020

10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Eastern Daylight Time)

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The Hot Topics Track

Presented by the Business Law Section

About the Program

Early stage companies face many challenges and needs for capital. The closing of financing for an early stage company is not the end but really the beginning of a new collection of people seeking to work together going forward. There are often many parties involved with many different interests and viewpoints, and so it is important to understand the key terms and aspects of such transactions and how to successfully navigate them as a practitioner, regardless of which party is your client.

You Will Learn

  • A combination of a broad overview of laws and issues surrounding investments in early stage companies and analysis of certain key specific issues that often arise in the process
  • An understanding of who the parties are for private investments in early stage companies, and what their interests are and why
  • How best to navigate the issues and challenges to help your clients come to satisfactory results of the process and investment, regardless of which party your client is

CLE Credit: 1.0 CT (General); 1.0 NY (AOP)

Speaker

Jack H Sousa Jack H. Sousa
Lev Berlin & Sousa PC, Norwalk