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Upcoming events

    • 28 May 2015
    • 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
    • Hanson Bridgett LLP

    Intellectual Property Strategies
    in the Wake of Alice

    DATE: Thursday, May 28, 2015

    TIME: 5:30 PM - 7:15 PM

    LOCATION: Hanson Bridgett LLP, 425 Market Street, 26th Floor, San Francisco, CA 94105

    Following the Supreme Court’s June 2014 decision in Alice Corporation v. CLS Bank, software remains eligible for patent protection. However, many existing patents have been invalidated as unpatentable “abstract ideas” under the Alice framework and experience shows that it is now much more difficult to obtain software patents from the USPTO.

    This panel discussion will address Alice’s impacts in its first year and strategies for filing and defending patent claims in its wake. The panel will include Mel Chan, Aka Chan LLP; Dana Rao, VP of IP and Litigation, Adobe Systems; and Robert McFarlane, Partner, Hanson Bridgett; and moderated by Professor David Franklyn, Director of the McCarthy Institute, University of San Francisco, School of Law.

    For more information or to register, click here.

    • 28 May 2015
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara University

     SVIPLA May Dinner Meeting
    "Protecting Your IP Assets"

    Thursday, May 28, 2015
    Adobe Lodge, Santa Clara University
    6:00 p.m. - Registration & Light Dinner Buffet
    6:45 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. - Program
    $25 per person
    (2 hours CLE credit)

    Thank you to our co-sponsor:

     Please join us for our
    two moderated panel sessions:

    Panel 1: 6:45 p.m. - 7:45 p.m.

    Realistic IP Protection: Maximize a Limited IP Budget
    John Cabeca, Director, Silicon Valley USPTO
    Kevin Jakel, Founder and CEO, Unified Patents Inc.
    Meredith McKenzie, Deputy GC of IP, Juniper Networks
    Cliff Liu, Partner, Foley & Lardner
    Simon Elliott, Foley & Lardner

    Panel 2: 8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

    Leveraging the Patent Trial and Appeal Board Programs:
    Matt Clements, Lead Administrative Patent Judge, PTAB
    Paul Simboli, VP and Chief Patent Counsel, Depomed
    Stephen Maebius, Partner, Foley & Lardner
    Andrew Baluch, Partner, Foley &Lardner


    Andrew Baluch (moderator):  Andrew is the vice chair of the Foley & Lardner Patent Office Trials Group, and is a member of the firm’s China practice. Prior to joining Foley, Andrew was director of international IP enforcement in the White House Office of the IP Enforcement Coordinator. Previously, Andrew was an expert legal advisor to the under secretary and director of the USPTO, and participated in numerous trade missions to China, drafted regulations, and advised the director on IP litigation. Andrew began his legal career as a law clerk to Judge Richard Linn (CAFC) and as an associate at Foley. Andrew holds a BS and MS in materials science engineering (Northwestern), with graduate research in the area of nanotechnology, and a JD (Boston U.).

    John Cabeca:  John is the director of the Silicon Valley USPTO. John is a 25-year veteran of the USPTO, and most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. John began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner, then progressed to supervisory patent examiner and then patent technology center director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies. John holds a BS in electrical engineering (Widener U.). He has served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. He was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow, and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative's Office.

    Matt Clements:  Matt is lead administrative patent judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He joined the PTAB from Silicon Valley in March 2013. Previously, Matt was a patent attorney at Ropes & Gray for nearly seven years. Matt holds a BS in electrical engineering (Auburn), an MS in electrical engineering (U. of Washington), and a JD (Columbia).

    Simon Elliott:  Simon is an attorney in the Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice and a member of the Energy Industry Team at Foley & Lardner. Prior to his legal career, Simon was a member of the faculty at the Johns Hopkins Medical School, and a post-doctoral fellow for the Center for Vaccine Development at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Simon’s scientific career focused on bacterial pathogenesis. Simon holds BS degrees in both microbiology and organic chemistry (U. of Western Australia), a PhD in microbiology and molecular biology (U. of Western Australia), and a JD (Georgetown).

    Kevin Jakel:  Kevin is the founder and CEO of Unified Patents. Unified Patents employs a multi-faceted NPE-deterrent solution that attacks the NPE problem at its source, by proactively deterring NPEs from approaching strategic technology sectors. Unified Patents provides this solution to operating companies of all sizes. Previously, Kevin was head of IP litigation at Intuit, following years of litigation and patent prosecution at Kay Scholer and Howrey. Prior to becoming an attorney, Kevin was an engineer at Northrop Grumman Aerospace Systems, and then became a patent examiner. Kevin holds a BS in mechanical engineering (UCLA) and a JD (George Washington).

    Cliff Liu (moderator): Cliff is a partner in Foley & Lardner’s Electronics Patent Group, where he handles patent matters spanning a wide array of technologies, including materials science, nanotechnology, polymers, semiconductors, MEMS, medical devices, bioinformatics, analytical instruments, graphics hardware and software, and clean technologies such as batteries, biofuels, hydrogen storage, fuel cells, solar cells, solid-state lighting, and water purification technologies. Prior to joining Foley, Cliff was a partner at Cooley. Cliff holds a BS in chemistry (UCLA), a PhD in physical chemistry (MIT), and a JD (Stanford).

    Stephen Maebius:  Steve is a partner in Foley & Lardner’s IP team, where he was previously on the management committee, and was a chair of the IP department. Steve has extensive experience in inter partes reviews, litigation, reexaminations, interferences, and pharmaceutical patent term extensions. Steve has served as a visiting associate professor of IP law at Tokyo University’s Research Center for Advanced Science and Technology, and as a faculty adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School. He testified about post-grant patent proceedings during the FTC/DOJ hearings on the “Implications of Competition and Patent Law and Policy,” which preceded the America Invents Act. Steve holds a BS in biology (Cornell) and a JD (George Washington).

    Meredith McKenzie: Meredith is VP and Deputy General Counsel at Juniper Networks, with seventeen years of experience as an in-house attorney at Juniper, Symantec (senior director of IP), Cypress (director of legal), and Enuvis (corporate counsel and director of IP). She additionally had several years of experience as patent agent/attorney at law firms such as Howrey, Arnold White & Durkee, and Blakely Sokoloff Taylor and Zafman. Prior to her legal career, Meredith was a design engineer for embedded microprocessors at Intel, and then was a patent prosecution law clerk at Intel. Meredith holds a BS in electrical engineering (MIT) and a JD (Santa Clara U.). Meredith is a named inventor on two patents.

    Paul Simboli:  Paul is VP and chief patent counsel at Depomed. Paul was previously an in-house IP attorney for several years at Five Prime Therapeutics, and at ALSA Pharmaceuticals / Johnson and Johnson. He additionally has several years of experience at law firms Mueting Raasch and Schwegman, Lundberg, Woessner & Kluth. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Paul was a scientist at Letterman Army Institute of Research, a research scientist at Chiron Corp., and a patent agent at Chiron. Paul holds a BS in chemistry (Bowling Green), was a PhD candidate in biochemistry (Ohio State), and holds a JD (Golden Gate University).

    If you have problems registering for the May dinner and want to make a reservation, please email Casey at caseymj10@hotmail.com.

    DEADLINE FOR RESERVATION OR CANCELLATION: Tuesday noon, May 26, 2015.  Online registration automatically closes at that time - please make your reservation online by the deadline as there are only a few extra spaces allotted at the meeting for walk-ins. The venue may not be able to serve meals beyond the guaranteed number expected for the meeting.

    SVIPLA Tax ID#-77-0491659

    MCLE: This event will qualify for 2 hours of CLE credit. The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.


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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
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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
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16 May 2013 SVIPLA May 16 Dinner Meeting Cancelled
06 May 2013 SVIPLA Luncheon May 6-Meet New Silicon Valley USPTO Director
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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
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