GAME BUSINESS & LEGAL AFFAIRS CONFERENCE

VGBA SUMMIT NORTH

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ABOUT THE SUMMIT

WHO WE ARE?

The Video Game Bar Association is the premier international association whose members represent the industry’s leading practitioners in the interactive entertainment industry and other related fields.

WHAT IS OUR MISSION?

The VGBA mission is to serve its members, their specialized profession and the law governing their practice by providing worldwide tools and resources necessary to collectively achieve the highest level of expertise and service.

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN OUR SUMMIT

The VGBA summit is the definite conference if you want to get the latest news about current legal hot topics in the Interactive Entertainment industry. Furthermore, there’s also time for networking with colleagues.

TOPICS
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SESSIONS
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SESSIONS

SPEAKERS
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SPEAKERS

THE VIDEO GAME BAR ASSOCIATION

A number of attorneys have founded the Video Game Bar Association, which aims to serve as a networking organization for lawyers whose primary practice focuses on the video game industry. The worldwide organization, which has sent invites to over 100 attorneys in North America and Europe, is the first association of its kind related to the games business.

In order to become a member of the association, individuals must be admitted to practice law, have two years of experience as an attorney for the games industry, and receive recommendations from two existing members of the organization. The association says members will receive benefits including the opportunities to attend in-person networking sessions and to receive continuing legal education. “As more and more attorneys look at this growing industry as a significant part of their practices, it’s only natural for an organization like this to arise,” said Patrick Sweeney, head of Reed Smith’s Video Game Practice and a member of the association’s board.

SUMMIT SCHEDULE

day 1 agenda

Oct 3rd (Registration from 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

3:45 PM

Opening Remarks

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM

Patrick Sweeney, President – Video Game Bar Association

4:00 PM

Panel: IP & Game-Related Enforcement

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

How to develop robust content protection and branding strategies, including global trademark filings and copyright registrations for all aspects of a game, experience and related apps and merchandise. Efficiently and comprehensively address infringement issues for companies that depend upon their IP rights, helping them detect, investigate and address issues with an arsenal that includes cease and desist programs, alternative dispute resolution, civil litigation programs and criminal referrals. Including investigating possible targets for brand threats, domain name infringements, game hacks, cheats and other illicit brand integrity and piracy issues.

 

Moderator:

Patchen Haggerty, Partner – Perkins Coie

 

Panelists:

Jennifer Jolley, Senior Director & Associate General Counsel IP – Big Fish Games
Jay Choi, Counsel – Epic Games

5:30 PM

AI/Machine Learning & Biometrics

5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Discussion covering additional privacy regulations for the protection of sensitive consumer information, that will focus on privacy compliance and the legal implications of using AI in facial recognition and biometrics applications. We will also focus on emerging issues in AI and ML agreements and AI and its role in copyright.

 

Moderator:

Nicola Menaldo, Counsel – Perkins Coie

 

Panelists:

John Falzone, Vice President – Entertainment Software Rating Board

6:30 PM

Networking, Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres

6:30 PM - OPEN END

day 2 agenda

Oct 4th (Registration & Breakfast from 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM)

9:00 AM

AR/VR/XR Liability in Wait

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Featuring an interactive case study that spans a product’s entire litigation cycle, from initial design and testing to a post-accident courtroom showdown. Topics covered will involve both AR/VR hardware and software and include product liability litigation pitfalls, discovery lessons learned and other challenges within the industry landscape.

 

Moderator:

Kimberly Culp, Director – Carr McClellan

10:00 AM

Panel: Kids at Play/COPPA

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Children’s Online Protection Privacy Act, or COPPA is now over 20 years old. In 2019, most children, under the age of 13, have access to or possession of an internet-enabled device.  How has COPPA matured and what new steps, if any has the FTC taken to update policies related to COPPA?

 

Moderator:

Dona J. Fraser, Vice President – CARU

 

Panelists:

Don McGowan, Chief Legal Officer & Business Affairs – The Pokémon Company
Karin Hansen, Director, Legal – Consumer Regulatory Affairs – Big Fish Games
John Falzone, Vice President – Entertainment Software Rating Board

11:00 AM

Break

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11:30 AM

eSports

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

What does it take to start a league? Novel considerations in eSports, etc.

 

Moderator:

Yan Perng, Senior Corporate Counsel – NCSOFT

 

Panelists:

Tyson Gratton, Associate – McMillan
Nicholas Mitchell, Vice President – Legal – Wizards of the Coast
Jonathan Rubin, Partner & Co-Founder – MoginRubin

12:30 PM

Lunch

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM

1:30 PM

Panel: What is Real? Use of Real-World Items in Games and Rights of Publicity

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

What is Real? 

  • Use of real-world material
  • Rights of publicity
  • Trademarks/trade names
  • Copyrights
  • Architecture

 

Moderator:

Andrew J. Ungberg, Associate – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

 

Panelists:

Aaron Kornblum, General Counsel – Bungie
Felix Hilgert, Counsel – Osborne Clarke
Sean Kane, Partner – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

2:30 AM

Panel: Accessibility for Gaming and Related Considerations

2:30 AM - 3:30 PM

The video game industry is now bigger than movies and music, but people with disabilities continue to face barriers that limit their ability to partake in the interactive entertainment ecosystem.   In this panel, we will discuss legal developments and requirements pertaining to video game accessibility, and talk to representatives from the video game industry about how they’re trying to make gaming more inclusive.

 

Moderator:

Brandon Johnson, Associate – Perkins Coie

 

Panelists:

Linda Norman, Deputy General Counsel – Microsoft
John Polito, Partner – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius
Nikki Crenshaw, Associate UX Researcher – Blizzard Entertainment

3:30 AM

Break

3:30 AM - 3:45 PM

3:45 PM

Fireside Chat: Evolution of the Games Ecosystem

3:45 PM - 4:45 PM

Changing software development strategies, new mobile deals, new regulatory issues as the games business evolves to impact new markets and demographics.

 

Dona J. Fraser, Vice President – CARU

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Don McGowan, Chief Legal Officer & Business Affairs – The Pokémon Company

4:45 PM

End of Day 2: Cocktail Reception

4:45 PM - OPEN END

THE SPEAKERS OF THE VGBA SUMMIT NORTH 2019

DONA J. FRASER

Vice President – CARU

FELIX HILGERT

Counsel – Osborne Clarke

DON MCGOWAN

Chief Legal Officer & Business Affairs – The Pokémon Company

JOSEPH OLIN

Executive Director – VGBA

LINDA NORMAN

Deputy General Counsel – Microsoft

KIMBERLY CULP

Director – Carr McClellan

JOHN POLITO

Partner – Morgan, Lewis & Bockius

KARIN HANSEN

Director, Legal – Consumer Regulatory Affairs – Big Fish Games

PATRICK SWEENEY

President – VGBA

PATCHEN HAGGERTY

Partner – Perkins Coie

JENNIFER JOLLEY

Senior Director & Associate General Counsel IP – Big Fish Games

JAY CHOI

Counsel – Epic Games

YAN PERNG

Senior Corporate Counsel – NCSOFT

NICHOLAS MITCHELL

Vice President – Legal – Wizards of the Coast

NICOLA MENALDO

Counsel – Perkins Coie

JOHN FALZONE

Vice President – Entertainment Software Rating Board

TYSON GRATTON

Associate – McMillan

JONATHAN RUBIN

Partner & Co-Founder – MoginRubin

ANDREW J. UNGBERG

Associate – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

AARON KORNBLUM

General Counsel – Bungie

SEAN KANE

Partner – Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

BRANDON JOHNSON

Associate – Perkins Coie

NIKKI CRENSHAW

Associate UX Researcher – Blizzard Entertainment

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VGBA Summit North on Games Business and Legal Affairs

VGBA Summit North on Game Law & Business
3-4 OCTOBER 2019

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