What with we lawyers needing to complete our Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits before the end of the year, my November and December are jam-packed with speaking engagements.  In the hope that some of our readers will be able to attend one or more of these events, I will briefly set them out here now and then discuss them in greater detail in the coming days/weeks. We are always getting emails from readers looking for “good China conferences” and this post is in answer to those, with an international trade conference thrown in for good measure.

1.  November 8, 2012, Chicago, Illinois.  I will be on a panel at the 2012 PLUS International Conference discussing “The Evolution of D&O Insurance in Asia.”  I will mostly discuss the risks that foreign companies have been facing of late in China, arising, at least in part from the downturn in China’s economy.  My short speech will deal with some of the same issues raised in my recent Wall Street Journal article, “China’s Slowdown and American Business,” but focus more on insurable risks. My co-panelists will be the following:

2.  November 12, 2012, Seattle, Washington.  I will be moderating a panel at the Annual Washington Trade Conference, put on by the Washington Council on International Trade.   The entire day is devoted to international trade policy.  Governor Christine Gregoire, Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, Commissioner Meredith Broadbent of the U.S. International Trade Commission, and U.S. Representative Adam Smith, are all on the program.  My panel is on “Challenges and Opportunities for Washington Services Exports” and it consists of the following:

3.  November 15, 2012, San Juan, Puerto Rico.  I will be speaking on  “What You Need to Think About When Doing Business in China – A Legal Perspective” at the 19th World Offshore Convention.

This is an excellent conference, at which I spoke in Shanghai last year. Last year’s conference lived up to this year’s promise to “reveal real life, tried and tested solutions together with bold alternative strategies for those forward thinking international financial professionals and wealth managers committed to being at the forefront of this ever changing industry.”

4. December 7, 2012, New York City.  I will be speaking on China IP at a conference on Protecting Intellectual Property in a Global Economy – Was it Made in China and Stolen from America? This conference is being put on jointly by HB Litigation Conferences and Bloomberg BNA.  I have spoken previously at HB Litigation conferences and they have been uniformly excellent.  The upcoming conference is to have the following “eight central topics”:

  1. The Threat to U.S. Companies Posed by Foreign Entities
  2. Economic Espionage Act Prosecutions
  3. Understanding the Eastern Business and Cultural Perspective
  4. Litigating an Infringement Case with a Chinese Company
  5. Evaluating the Threat of Computer Hacking
  6. The Dangers of Counterfeiting
  7. Protecting Intellectual Property in China
  8. Negotiating Supply Chain Agreements

The conference is being chaired by August J. Matteis, Jr. and Peter J. Toren of Wesibrod Matteis & Copley and Beau Oliver, and Sean Page of Toffler Associates. Matteis and Toren were the winning lawyers in a recent USD$26 million copyright/design misappropriation case against a Chinese tire manufacturer.  The following people are also on the faculty:

  • Helene Kim, Executive Director of International & Executive Legal Programs at UC-Berkeley Law School
  • Julie Myers Wood, President of Compliance, Federal Practice and Software Solutions for Guidepost Solutions
  • Paul Maric with the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Economic Espionage Unit.
  • Spring Chang, Attorney at the China law firm Chang Tsi & Partner
  • John Falk, President and CEO of Vigilent Inc
  • Donald McPhail, Attorney at Cozen O’Connor
  • John Gibbons, Senior Managing Director of Investigations at Guidepost Solutions
  • Shaun Kennedy, Director of the National Center for Food Protection & Defense
  • Angelo Mazza, Attorney at Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty
  • Stephen Weisbrod, Attorney at Weisbrod Matteis & Copley
  • Jordan Fishman, Inventor of the tires at issue in the USD$26M case mentioned above.

I will be writing more on this conference shortly, but right now I urge you to attend by writing to HB’s Managing Director Tom Hagy at tom.hagy@litigationconferences.com or by calling him at (610) 312-4754.  Tom has promised me that if you mention “China Law Blog” he will give you a “special price.”

5.  December 13, 2012, Seattle, Washington.  I will be co-chairing a seminar on “The China Market: Selling Products and Services in the New China.”  As you can tell by the seminar’s name, its focus will be on China as a place to make money, not so much to save money.  I will be writing more on this conference as it approaches.

If anyone has any questions regarding any of the above, please let me know.  Otherwise, I will see you there.