Protecting AI and Data – European and AU/NZ perspectives

Protecting AI and Data – European and AU/NZ perspectives
Webinar via Zoom with Rob Harrison, Germany and Bronwyn Furse, Adelaide
Wednesday, 22nd July 2020

4pm - 5pm - Eastern Australian Time
6pm - 7pm - New Zealand Standard Time

Cost: Complimentary 100 places LESANZ & GABC members have priority



Dr Robert Harrison, Joint Managing Partner at Sonnenberg Harrison Partnership, EU Patent & TM Attorney and IP Law specialist, Munich - Germany

Bronwyn Furse, Partner - Thomson Geer - Adelaide


Dr Rob Harrison will cover:

  •     What do we understand by intellectual property in artificial intelligence?
  •     What rights are there in data used by machine learning in AI?
  •     How can data be protected by contracts?
  •     How to obtain the rights to use data in creating innovation in AI?
  •     Is it possible to patent inventions in AI?
  •     What impact will new advice from European and US Patent Offices have on the approach to examining patent applications?
  •     Who owns inventions made with data supplied from other sources?
  •     How can innovations in artificial intelligence be sold or licensed for use

Dr. Harrison’s contribution was supported in part by the European IPR Helpdesk (

Robert Harrison is an experienced business executive with almost 30 years experience in advising clients at the interface of technology management, business development and intellectual property. His focus is on developing intellectual property portfolios and commercialisation strategies for start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses, particularly in the field of semiconductors, electronics, biophysics and software. He has advised investors on legal aspect of intellectual property and its value as well as on third party infringement risks.

Rob started his career as a Patent Examiner after completing a Ph.D. in Semiconductor Physics from Sheffield University and graduating with a B.A. Hons in Physics from Oxford University, UK. He completed his legal studies whilst working for IBM Germany before moving to W.L.Gore & Associates where he managed the developments of an IP portfolio for the European subsidiaries, as well as supporting their consumer brands.

He has lectured extensively on the business aspects of intellectual property, licence programmes and valuation methodologies and is a regular contributor to the IP Finance blog as well as training materials fro the European Commission. His particular interests lie in commercialising technology developed in research institutes and universities. He is a Board Member of the German Australian Business Council ( and actively involved in promoting business links between Australia and Germany.

Bronwyn Furse will cover:

  •  Data protection in AU/NZ
  •  How is ownership of datasets assessed
  •  How to use contracts to control ownership and exploitation of datasets and AI systems

Bronwyn Furse is a Partner at Thomson Geer with specialist expertise in the areas of intellectual property, privacy, regulatory and competition and consumer law. 

Her practice traverses public and private industry sectors including automotive, higher education, health, manufacturing, medical devices, energy and resources, government, financial services and ecommerce, from start ups through to multinational groups. Bronwyn is well known for her specialist expertise in privacy law and data protection and commercialisation.  She has a particular interest and depth of expertise in privacy issues arising from data sharing and transfer, analytics and commercialisation, as well as behavioural advertising, electronic marketing and surveillance.

1 CPD/CLE Point

7/22/2020 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
AUS Eastern Standard Time
by Zoom webinar AUSTRALIA
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