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Upcoming events

    • 30 Jul 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Microsoft, Mountain View

    Date:  Thursday, July 30, 2015
    Location: Microsoft,
    1065 La Avenida, Building One, Mountain View, CA
    Time: 5:30 p.m. – Registration and Buffet;
    7:00 p.m. – Program

    A Silicon Valley native who lived and worked in the Bay Area innovation community for decades, Michelle K. Lee was recently appointed as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The USPTO encourages innovation by granting U.S. patents, registering U.S. trademarks, and promoting stronger and more effective intellectual property protection around the world.

    In this candid conversation, Lee will address major shifts occurring in the [IP] Intellectual Property landscape, and share her perspectives on their implications for innovation, invention, and entrepreneurship for US companies doing business both in and outside the country.

    What is the state of patent reform legislation pending before congress, and what does it hope to achieve? What is the USPTO doing to help support innovation in the Silicon Valley and beyond including through its satellite office, international collaborations and measures to enhance the quality of the patents they issue? How will the USPTO help ensure that there is a continuous supply of people in the US who are coming up with great ideas and starting businesses based upon those ideas?

    Don't miss the opportunity to meet and hear from Lee on issues of critical interest to Silicon Valley and the nation's innovation communities.

    To register, click here.

    • 05 Aug 2015
    • Email: gsteele@steele-ip.com

    The SVIPLA Board of Directors is accepting nominations for the 2014 Inventor of the Year Award.  Please submit a brief description of the accomplishments of your nominee along with appropriate patent information. You are welcome to submit sample patents.  


    Email your nomination to Gina Steele, gsteele@steele-ip.com, by August 5. 2015 The presentation to the recipient will be made at SVIPLA's October 2015 dinner meeting.


    Our 2013 recipient was Dr. Robert (“Bob”) Showen, ShotSpotter, founder and patent holder on its innovative ShotSpotter technology. With over three decades of acoustic and geophysics research experience, it was Dr. Showen’s initial vision of helping police curb gunfire and urban crime that caused him to conceive of ShotSpotter. 

    • 24 Aug 2015
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Santa Clara University

    AIPLA/USPTO Road Show Series: Enhancing Patent Quality
    and Conducting AIA Trials

    Santa Clara, CA
    August 24, 2015
    Santa Clara University
    9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    (Co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute of Santa Clara Law)

    Hear from high level USPTO representatives from the Office of Patent Quality and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, who will walk attendees through changes in the rules, as well as experienced practitioners who have examined how these changes will impact patent practice going forward, and provide useful tips on how to adapt.

    Learn about:

    • The Enhanced Quality Initiative, featuring a USPTO Discussion of the stakeholder feedback and how the initiatives may impact practice before the USPTO
    • Drafting Applications to Survive and Thrive During Examination and Trial in light of recent case law
    • The State of the Board
    • Hot issues in PTAB trials, including coordination of district court cases and PTAB proceedings, appeals to the federal circuit, and any changes imposed by patent
    • And More!

    Click here for details and registration.


Past events

22 Jul 2015 SVIPLA July 22 - Register for "The Internet of Things: Critical Considerations for IP Law"
20 Jul 2015 AIPLA Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar in San Francisco
25 Jun 2015 Latest Developments in Patent Law - 2015 Patent Act + PTAB Rules
28 May 2015 SVIPLA May 28 - Protecting IP Assets - Two Panel Discussions
28 May 2015 Intellectual Property Strategies in the Wake of Alice
28 Apr 2015 SVIPLA April 28-USPTO Admin Patent Judge Panelist for IP Pro Bono Program
31 Mar 2015 SVIPLA March 31 Dinner-note change in times for Alice Corp. Case Update
19 Feb 2015 SVIPLA Feb. 19, 2015 Dinner - Japanese IP Law-Post Grant Opposition++
29 Jan 2015 SVIPLA January 29, 2015 Dinner - Hard to Get CLE-Professional Competence
28 Jan 2015 PLI's Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015
18 Dec 2014 SVIPLA-Holiday Dinner Honors Dr. Robert Showen Inventor of the Year
12 Dec 2014 USPTO Legal Roundtable with IP Attaches
04 Dec 2014 AIPLA Trade Secret Summit Comes to Santa Clara
20 Nov 2014 SVIPLA - Nov. 20 Postponed - IP Pro Bono - How You Can Help
20 Nov 2014 IP Pro Bono - How You Can Help
14 Nov 2014 USPTO's First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting
10 Nov 2014 What's New in IP in China?
29 Oct 2014 CPA Global Presents High-Level IP Forum
23 Oct 2014 SVIPLA Oct. 23 - ITC - Complaints, Investigations, Determinations, Remedies
14 Oct 2014 SCU - Engineer & Patent Professionals Event
07 Oct 2014 USPTO 2014 FITF Fall Roadshow Invitation
02 Oct 2014 Latest Developments in IP Law & Enforcement in China - Free Seminar
25 Sep 2014 SVIPLA Sept. 25 -"The EPO – A Young Patent System Meets an Old Patent System"
10 Sep 2014 USPTO's Byrnes Keynotes Stanford Reception on Tech Revolution
15 Aug 2014 Opening Reception - AIPLA New Lawyers Committee Summer Retreat-Plan to attend
26 Jun 2014 Michelle Lee, USPTO, Speaks at Stanford Law School - You are invited!
09 Jun 2014 SVIPLA June 9 Dinner-USPTO Patents Commissioner + Panelists Discuss NPEs/PAEs/Trolls Initiatives
15 May 2014 SVIPLA May 15 Dinner-E.D. Texas-Helping You with Patent Prep & Prosecution
29 Apr 2014 SVIPLA April 29–Reception Hosted after USPTO AIA Trial Roundtable
27 Mar 2014 SVIPLA March 27 - Meet New USPTO-SV Director John Cabeca
18 Mar 2014 USC Gould School of Law 2014 Intellectual Property Institute – March 18
20 Feb 2014 SVIPLA Feb. 20 Dinner-A View from In-House IP Counsel
23 Jan 2014 SVIPLA Jan. 23 Dinner - Elimination of Bias - Get Your CLE
19 Dec 2013 SVIPLA Dec. 19 - Holiday Dinner Honoring Stephen Quake, Inventor of the Year
21 Nov 2013 SVIPLA Nov. 21-Synchronizing Global Patent Prosecution
24 Oct 2013 Hong Kong Trade Development Council Luncheon - Palo Alto
22 Oct 2013 SVIPLA October 22 - Is this technical enough? Understanding the EPO’s Approach to Computer Implemented Inventions
25 Sep 2013 WLAC Alameda County Annual Judges Dinner
19 Sep 2013 SVIPLA Sept. 19 - European and Asian IP Update Straight from London!
13 Aug 2013 SVIPLA Announces Patent Monetization Complimentary Seminar by Epicenter
09 Jul 2013 SVIPLA Inventor of the Year - July 22 Nominations Deadline
20 Jun 2013 SVIPLA June 20 - Strategies on Post-Grant Review Proceedings
16 May 2013 SVIPLA May 16 Dinner Meeting Cancelled
06 May 2013 SVIPLA Luncheon May 6-Meet New Silicon Valley USPTO Director
03 May 2013 Santa Clara HTLI Hosts Federal Circuit Bar Litigation Series
26 Apr 2013 Silicon Valley World IP Day - Plan to Attend
25 Apr 2013 SVIPLA April 25 Dinner Hosts University Professors
28 Mar 2013 SVIPLA March 28 Dinner-America Invents Act
21 Mar 2013 2nd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum
15 Mar 2013 Santa Clara Law HTLI - DMCA Retrospective
26 Feb 2013 USPTO COMES TO CALIFORNIA - Presentations February 26-28
22 Feb 2013 HTLI's Mobile Revolution Symposium
21 Feb 2013 SVIPLA-Feb. 21 Dinner-AIA and Start-Ups-Protecting IP & Patent Prosecution
20 Feb 2013 USPTO Offers RCE Filings Roundtable/Focus Session
24 Jan 2013 SVIPLA - Jan. 24 - Ethics for IP Lawyers - 1 hour Ethics Credit
24 Jan 2013 PTAB Hiring Administrative Patent Judges - Interested?
26 Oct 2012 UC BERKELEYLAW CONFERENCE: RAND Revisited: Current Developments in the Law of Standards-Essential Patents
27 Sep 2012 SVIPLA Presents Inventor of the Year - Shuji Nakamura, Ph.D.
28 Jun 2012 “The Juror’s Perspective on Patents and Patent Trials”
17 May 2012 "Insights Into the PTO from an Ex-Examiner and Patent Prosecution Practitioners"
29 Mar 2012 Patent Strategies in China
28 Feb 2012 Optimizing Patents for Licensing and Enforcement: Common Pitfalls and Best Practices

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