Tuesday 17th
October 2023
4.00 pm-5.00 pm CEST

IP Implications of the Data Economy

Global Digital Encounters 30


The IP Implications of Data Economy are multiple and evolving fast. How is the current IP system able, or flexible enough, to face evolutions required for the Data Economy, and for related new forms of trade and exchange between countries? Can evolutions of the current IP system be fast enough to meet these challenges? How can policymakers and lawmakers in different countries work at the same pace and better harmonize their work?  What kind of consensus may exist in various parts of the world and in international fora for such changes?  For this Session of our Global Digital Encounters, Speakers from Europe, Asia and North America with a variety of opinions will provide a worldwide picture of the future of IIP Implications of Data Economy, and for re-imagining IP in this area in favor of both business and consumers/society.


Meet the Panel*

Dr. Nicola SEARLE

Digital Economy Fellow. Senior Lecturer at ICCE, Goldsmiths University of London

Caroline BERUBE

Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law

Samuel LEE

Foreign attorney at Yulchon


GDE 30: IP Implications of the Data Economy


About our Speakers

Dr Nicola SEARLE

Dr. Nicola Searle is a Senior Lecturer at ICCE. An economist and management scholar who specializes in innovation, intellectual property, and the digital economy, Nicola joined ICCE in 2015. She has two key research lines: the first examines innovation in the creative industries through the lens of copyright and business models in digital media. The second investigates trade secrets, knowledge flows, and innovation.

Dr. Searle is Chair of the EPSRC Digital Security and Resilience Advisory Board, a member of the UK Intellectual Property Office’s (IPO) Research Experts Advisory Group, and Visiting Research Fellow at the Centre for Innovation Management Research, Birkbeck, University of London. Dr. Searle has been awarded two prestigious Fellowships: a Thomas Edison Innovation Policy Fellowship at the Center for Intellectual Policy and Innovation Policy at George Mason University, USA and a UKRI Digital Economy Early Career Fellowship.

Caroline BERUBE

Caroline Berube is the Managing Partner of HJM Asia Law, a boutique law firm with offices in China and Singapore. She is admitted to practice law in New York and Singapore, holds a BCL (civil law) and an LL.B. (common law) from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and studied at the National University of Singapore with a focus on Chinese law in 1998/1999. Caroline worked as a lawyer in Singapore, Bangkok, China and South Africa (China Africa desk) for British and Chinese firms and established her own firm in 2007. Based in Asia since 1998, Caroline represents SMEs, MNCs, foreign banks and private equity firms in the Asia Pacific region dividing her time between HJM offices in China and Singapore. Caroline advises on legal corporate structures, M&A, IP/Technology and employment law in Asia. Caroline was selected in 2015 as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. She is the author of the practical book “Doing Business in China” published by Lexis Nexis in French and English and publish various articles on commercial law, IP and M&A in Asia with various publishing houses.

Samuel LEE 

Foreign attorney (CA, NY, and USPTO), who joined the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice in 2012. His areas of practice are intellectual property law, international dispute resolution, IP transactions, and technology due diligence in the electrical, chemical, pharmaceutical (including biologics), and software arts. Mr. Lee utilizes both his in-house and law firm experience to provide clients with real-world legal advice. Prior to joining Yulchon, Mr. Lee served as senior legal counsel at Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., where he personally managed outside counsel in patent litigations throughout the world for Samsung’s Semiconductor, Telecommunications, Visual Display, and LED Business Units. Representative venues include the U.S. International Trade Commission, the US District Courts (e.g., EDTX, EDVA, NDCA, Delaware, and Wisconsin), the German district courts, and the Japanese district courts. Representative technologies include semiconductor memory, applications processors (APs), LEDs, televisions, cell phones, printers, hard disk drives, and LOCs (lab-on-a-chip). Through these numerous litigations, Mr. Lee gained hands-on experience with every aspect of US litigation, including setting up efficient and cost-effective e-discovery processes and protocols, negotiating licenses and patent acquisitions, and advising business units on patent portfolio management.

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