Convener: David Gilat, Senior Partner, Gilat, Bareket & Co. -Reinhold Cohn Group,
Monday, April 30, 3:00 pm- 4:30 pm
“Service Inventions”, better known as inventions made by employees, is one of the most controversial subjects in the field of Intellectual Property. The everlasting debate on the subject uncovers different and sometimes opposite approaches to the role of Intellectual Property in the era of globalization. Thus, the debate exposes for example a tension between the desire to lift restrictions on free movement of people on the global level and the risk of human capital flight on the national level. Similarly, it is a challenge to find the golden mean way to attract investment without stifling creativity and the innovative environment. The debate further involves policy issues, such as governmental intervention in the labor market. As intellectual properties have become the most influential factor on economic growth, the importance of this topic cannot be underestimated.
The discussion will highlight the subject from different angles both from theoretical and pragmatic aspects.
- Adv. Tal Band, Senior Partner, S. Horowitz
- Dr. Ishai Ilani, Senior Technologist at Western Digital, an inventor who became famous in Israel in view of the decision in the Ilani v. Actelis case, which started the buzz surrounding service inventions in Israel. Dr. Ilani will present the perspective of the employees, as reflected in his own experience.
- Mr. Ron Moscona, Partner, Dorsey & Whitney LLP (London). Ron will provide the British and European perspectives
- Adv. Sarit Erez, Partner, Luthi+Webb, on her thesis on the influence of organizations on employee-inventor’s disclosure
- Mr. Ziv Glickman, Sr. Director, Assistant General Counsel, Western Digital