Entrepreneurship and innovation: from early stages to the evolution

San Diego

08 - 10 November 2018

Today, we are facing a new change of “technology creative disruption”. This change is triggered by innovation, entrepreneurship development and a new way of doing business. Legal professionals are forced to adjust to the new business models and adapt to the nature of innovative creative disruption. Start-up and business legal professionals are looking forward in defining new rules. Traditional rules regarding for example copyright, patents or data protection may offer protection but also pose challenges.

AIJA invites you to attend the unique seminar which will address the major subjects, such as:

  • entrepreneurship legal issues;
  • the key challenges in setting up new businesses, the use of intellectual property strategies to protect your new assets, and approaching investors;
  • negotiations between founders and investors;
  • licensing strategies.

You will have a great opportunity to meet the industry leaders, professionals and listen to the “real stories” of successful entrepreneurs who have made the impact on the industry.

With 70 miles of coastline and year-round amazing weather and serene ocean water, you can see why San Diego is the place to be. A big city that still feels like a small town, San Diego has something for everyone, not just those seeking to be outdoors. With hidden gems tucked into different neighborhoods, you can explore San Diego’s natural beauty, plentiful breweries, one-of-a-kind shops, cultural institutions, and attractions.

CLE credit approval is pending.

Our event is supported by:


AIJA Commissions

  • Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
  • International Business Law

Full programme


Thursday 08 November 2018

Registration opens at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
18:00 » 20:00
Welcome cocktail at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
Optional dinner

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Friday 09 November 2018

Registration at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter
09:00 » 09:30
Welcome address and introduction to the seminar by the AIJA President
Xavier Costa Arnau, AIJA President, Roca Junyent, Spain
09:30 » 11:00
How to protect the business idea at a preliminary stage?
Martin Viciano Gofferje, Gleiss Lutz, Germany
Laurent Badoux, Buchalter, US
Ellen L. Smith, Perkins Coie, US
Prof. Ted Sichelman, University of San Diego, US
11:00 » 11:30
Coffee break
11:30 » 13:00
How to finance the startup seed and early stages: online lending, factoring/invoice advances, grants, product presale by ICO
Frederic Dachs, Kleiner Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Luis Pedraza, Managing Partner at PAG Advisory, Mexico
Adan Bernal, Senior Partner at Freeman Financial, Mexico
Rafael Escalante, Director de Corporación Batis, Mexico
Takahiko Itoh, EY Law Co., Japan
13:00 » 14:15
14:15 » 15:15
Shaping the vehicle: requirements and tips to set up a company in view to investments
Chiharu Sekino, Shepherd, Finkelman, Miller & Shah, US
Almudena Alvarez, álvarez lentner, Spain
Roland Ortiz, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, US
LiLing Poh, ReedSmith, US
15:15 » 15:45
Coffee break
15:45 » 17:15
Building Entrepreneurship through Innovative Techniques and Strategic Partnerships in the USA
Inese Grate, Law Offices of Jacob J Sapochnick, US
Jacob J Sapochnick, Managing Partner at The Law Offices of Jacob J. Sapochnick, US
Wes T, Head of Marketing at Printful, US
Sujeeth Kanuganti
, Founder and CTO at Aira, US
Mark P. DeVincentis
, Esq. Senior Associate, Panakos Law, US
Dinner at Searsucker

Address: 611 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101, US

Saturday 10 November 2018

09:30 » 10:30
Launching a Start-Up: Successes and Failures through Real Life Examples
Carlos del Razo Ochoa, Solórzano, Carvajal, González y Pérez Correa, Mexico
Rubén D. Flores-Saaib, University of California, US
Lynn Whitcher, General Counsel at Md7, US
Árpád Geréd, Maybach Görg Lenneis Geréd Rechtsanwälte, Austria
10:30 » 11:00
Coffee break
11:00 » 12:30
Venture Capital: Negotiations between Founders and Investors – [How to Avoid Misunderstandings …]
Alessandra Tarissi de Jacobis, Studio De Berti Jacchia Franchini Forlani, Italy
Frederic Dachs, Kleiner Rechtsanwälte, Germany
Malcolm S. McNeil, Arent Fox, US
Zachary B. Myers, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, US
12:30 » 13:30
14:00 » 18:00
Optional afternoon social program
Brewery Tour - For more information, please read the brochure below.

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally
Farewell dinner

Dinner sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP





Sponsor of the Saturday Dinner

Practical information




Please book your room at the Westin San Diego Gaslamp Quarter following this LINK. Please note that rooms will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Address: 910 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101, USA


Saturday afternoon social programme

Brochure - Optional Afternoon Brewery Tour

Organising Committee

Frederic DACHS
CONTIQ Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH (GERMANY)

Law offices of Jacob Sapochnick (UNITED STATES)

Caroline PLUTA
PLUTA RechtsanwaltsGmbH (GERMANY)

Chiharu SEKINO