Advocate Eytan Epstein and Advocate Harry Rubin served as co-chairs of an international conference, the first of its kind, held in Israel (Hilton Hotel, Tel Aviv) between the 9th and the 11th of February, 2011.
Among the participants were Knesset Member and former Trade, Industry and Labor Minister, Benjamin Ben Eliezer, Knesset Member Roni Bar-On, President of the Israel Bar Association Advocate Yori Geiron, President of the Manufacturers Association of Israel Mr. Shraga Brosh, and senior attorneys and legal advisors from Israel and abroad.
According to Advocate Eytan Epstein, one of the main reasons why Israel’s economy remains strong despite the global economic crisis is its continuous investment in research and development. "In fact, one of the first government actions during the early days of the economic crisis was increasing the budget of the Chief Scientist’s Office.”
The conference, which hosted approximately 140 participants from around the world, offered a rare opportunity for meetings between the main players in the Israeli economy, Israeli and foreign attorneys from leading firms in Israel and abroad, and legal advisors of well-known international companies.
The professional sessions dealt with innovative, fascinating, and current issues, including the legal structure suitable for knowledge and technology entrepreneurs; raising venture capital and funding owners capital; joint ventures for international marketing and development of knowledge; contribution and involvement of the Chief Scientist – funding, export limitations, and regulation of trade in developed knowledge; taxing the products of research and development and foreign investments; antitrust aspects; etc.