Digital Single Market and Artificial Intelligence: AI Act and Intellectual Property in the Digital Transition

HOFFMANN EITLE invites you to an in-person day event at our Munich office on March 7th, 2024, to discuss the shaping of technology, ethic, intellectual property and law in the AI age also in the light of the recently agreed EU AI Act, which can be seen as the world’s first comprehensive AI legal framework. Join us to exchange views and connect with influential figures from leading universities, institutions, law firms and companies active at the forefront of AI.

The morning session will address the technology underlying AI, how this is regulated by the EU AI Act and how to seek a balance between technology advances and protection of privacy and fundamental rights.

The afternoon’s focus will be on all aspects of intellectual property and aim at examining whether IP provisions as they stand are fit for the advances in AI technology and which type of IP rights might be more suitable for protection. More in detail, the sessions will start with a comparative review of patent law applicable to AI within Europe, in US and Asia, to then continue with a discussion on copyright, design and trademark.

During the event, we will also present the upcoming publication Digital Single Market and Artificial Intelligence: AI Act and Intellectual Property in the Digital Transition, based on contributions stemming from an earlier widely successful event held in Milan in October 2022 then expanded to also cover the recently issued EU AI Act and developments on generative AI.

Please scroll down to find the full program and list of speakers as well as the official registration form.

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10:15 - 13:00 - Morning Session - AI Act and Fundamental Rights

Welcome and Introduction
AI Act Panel
Technology and regulatory related aspects in the light of the recent European AI Act

  • Francesco Sacco (Professor, Insubria University and at SDA Bocconi, Italy)

  • Fabio Schiera (Founder Data & Co. Former Head of Data Governance and Reporting Monte dei Paschi di Siena, Italy)

  • Mauro Napoli (Partner, AI Center of Excellence, PwC Italy)

  • Raffaele Giarda (Partner and Attorney-at-Law, Baker McKenzie – IT)

  • Andrea Mezzetti (Counsel and Attorney-at-Law, Baker McKenzie – IT)

  • Michael Schmidl (Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Baker McKenzie, Germany) 

  • Marco Imperiale (Founding Partner, Attorney-at-Law, Better Ipsum)

Fundamental Rights Panel
Finding a balance between AI technological advancement and protection of fundamental rights also in view of transparency and accountability

14:00 - 17:30 - Afternoon Session - AI and Intellectual Property

Patent Panel
Securing protection for and promoting AI technology: a European, US, Japanese, China and Korean comparative review of the present status and how fit is present patent law to cope with AI developments

  • Michele Baccelli (Partner, European and Italian Patent Attorney, Hoffmann Eitle, Moderator)
  • Stephanie Rupp (German and European Patent Attorney, Hoffmann Eitle)
  • Eve O’Connor (British and European Patent Attorney, Hoffmann Eitle)
  • Mario Franzosi (Founding partner, Attorney-at-Law, Franzosi Dal Negro Setti with Muscolo, Italy)
  • Ed Walsh (Shareholder, Patent attorney, Wolf Greenfield, USA)
  • Jukyung Park (Patent Attorney, Kim & Chang, Korea)
  • Yukio Oishi (Partner, Patent Attorney, TMI, Japan)
  • Yue Li (Partner, Patent Attorney, Liu Shen & Associates, China)

Copyright, Design and Trademark Panel
Exploring interrelationship between AI and other aspects of Intellectual Property with a special view on generative AI and a comparison between Europe and US.


  • Gabriella Muscolo (Partner, Attorney-at-Law, former Commissioner of the Italian Competition Authority, Franzosi Dal Negro Setti with Muscolo, Italy)