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Automotive Connect 2020

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The automotive industry as a whole continues to be affected by the digitalisation of its manufacturing processes. Beyond this, some industry players are affected at most by Brexit, the trade wars and similar external factors, whereas others must also navigate the transition from long established, successful technologies and business models and re-invent themselves in a technology and business environment that has completely transformed.

The “Automotive Connect 2020” will explore these topics in-depth and provide solution approaches through a mix of presentations, panel discussions and fireside chat-style discussions. Legal experts and industry representatives will share insights into the opportunities and challenges for the automotive supply chain at the crossroads of new/disruptive technologies, increasing regulation and changing business models.

Tuesday, 15 September 2020

08:30 Registration

09:15 Welcome and introduction

09:30 Recent Developments Regarding OEMs‘ Purchasing Terms in Europe

  • ● Trends regarding new clauses in purchasing terms across Europe and their impact on suppliers
    ● Highlights of new clauses
    ● From litigation to arbitration
    ● Using Swiss law instead of German law


10:15 From Telecoms to Automotive: Patent Wars and the Resulting Risks for Suppliers

  • ● New players make new rules: how the communication industry changed the power
       play in the automotive industry
    ● Supply chain 4.0: Patents, standards and the risk of an injunction
    ● OEMs now under attack – the risks for suppliers
    ● Making new FRANDS with the OEMs


  • Bird & Bird

11:00 Coffee break

11:30 The Coronavirus and its Legal Ramifications

  • ● Force Majeure
    ● Frustration of Contract
    ● Volume reductions and price increases
    ● Repercussions on pay to play payments


  • Bird & Bird

12:10 China Update: New Market Opportunities and Recent Challenges

  • ● Recent regulatory developments, in particular regarding connected vehicles and smart cities
    ● Liberalization of investment laws
    ● Statutory changes expected for 2020
    ● Effects of the Coronavirus in China
    ● Data Trading in the era of China‘s Cyber Security Law


12:30 Keynote: What Keeps a Supplier’s In-House Counsel Awake at Night?

13:00 Networking Lunch

14:00 Digitalization and the Supply Chain

  • Panel discussion on the digitalization of production processes covering in particular:

    ● Industrie 4.0 / Smart Factory
       ● How to protect your trade secrets in an integrated, digitalized manufacturing environment?
       ● Challenges under the GDPR

    ● AI & Blockchain & Digital twins
       ● New paradigms of manufacturing design
       ● Who is liable if things go wrong?


  • Bird & Bird
    Hochschule RheinMain

14:40 Free and Open Source Software: Challenges for the Automotive Supply Chain

  • ● Suppliers’ contractual duties towards OEMs to accept FOSS responsibilities
    ● Managing FOSS compliance requirements in practice
    ● Managing liability and recourse options


  • OpenChain Project at the Linux Foundation

15:20 Coffee break

15:40 Insurance in Times of Disruptive Technologies

  • ● Customer needs
    ● Cyber prevention
    ● Strategies to manage accumulation risks

  • HDI Insurance

16:10 Panel Discussion: Autonomous, Connected and Electric Vehicles – Legal Challenges Facing Manufacturers and Suppliers

  • ● Supply chain liability and data exploitation in the context of connected and autonomous vehicles
    ● Functions/services on demand
    ● Regulatory and legal challenges for manufacturers of electric vehicles across Europe


  • Bird & Bird
    Bird & Bird
    TÜV SÜD Rail GmbH

16:50 Supply Chain Issues in Times of an Economic Downturn

17:30 Automotive Data: Updates on Developments in Key Jurisdictions

  •       ● Connected cars and personal data
             ● Recent guidance from European data protection authorities
             ● Who’s who in data protection in terms of the eco-system of connected vehicles (controller vs processor)?
             ● Why this is not just about GDPR: the role of the ePrivacy framework

          ● Status of discussions on EU regulation and the application of competition law regarding access to
             in-vehicle data

          ● Developments in France
             ● The CNIL “compliance package”
             ● Ownership of data: the French approach
             ● Access to technical and environmental data: solutions under the „New Mobilities Act“

  • Bird & Bird
    Bird & Bird

18:00 Concluding Remarks and Networking Drinks