Event Overview


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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 involved
  • Intellectual Property, Technology, Media, and Telecommunications
  • International Business Law (+ Sports Law)




18:00 - 20:00


Not included in the registration fees, payable locally


09:00 - 09:30

Xavier Costa Arnau, AIJA President, Roca Junyent, Spain
09:30 - 11:00

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

11:30 - 13:00

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

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

15:45 - 17:15

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

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

09:30 - 10:30

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

11:00 - 12:30

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

Brewery Tour - For more information, please read the brochure below.

Not included in the registration fees, payable locally

Dinner sponsored by Perkins Coie LLP

Fees & General Info

There are currently no registration fees available.

General terms and conditions

By registering you have to accept the general terms and conditions and accept that your registration is considered binding immediately, but participation to the event is possible only after full payment of the registration fee.

Please note that any arrangements related to the participation of the participant in an AIJA event, including but not limited to booking or cancellation of accommodation or flights, as well as respecting the cancellation deadlines indicated in the general terms and conditions, are the sole responsibility of the participant. AIJA shall not be held liable for any expenses the participant may suffer as the result of participant’s failure to comply with his/her obligations.

It is recommended for each participant to purchase a cancellation and travel insurance.

Please note that in-house counsel registrations are subject to review and confirmation by AIJA. AIJA considers in-house counsel professionals who hold a university degree in law allowing access to a bar association and practicing law as an in-house counsel in private, public, or non-profit companies, institutions or organisations. Please note that in-house counsel who are at the same time active as fee-earning lawyers or consultants are not eligible to the discounted in-house counsel fee.

Please read the general terms and conditions applicable for AIJA events.


If you are a lawyer under 35 years old and meet the requirements, apply to our Scholarship Programme for this event. You can check more details here.

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)
Caroline PLUTA PLUTA RechtsanwaltsGmbH (GERMANY)


Personal Protection

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Your data will be managed by AIJA's General Services, Events and Accounts Section:

  • For the purpose of administering your registration for the event and your on-site access to the event;
  • In order to pay for the selected services - your bank details will be deleted after receipt of your payment;
  • In order to communicate information messages from AIJA.

To the extent necessary for the execution of their respective tasks, our subcontractors in charge of our seminar organisation, our IT infrastructure, our management, the production and maintenance of our website and extranet, are likely to gain access to your data from time to time. Their servers are located in the European Union.

Data relating to your participation in the event shall be stored for a period of 10 years. We are obliged to archive billing data until the end of the period required for our tax and accounting obligations, i.e. for 7 full tax years.

We shall store your contact information to keep you informed until you ask us to stop. You have the right to access your data and have it corrected if necessary.