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“The Evolving Role of IP in the Innovation Economy Globally and Across Industries”

April 25, 2018 @ 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Online registration ends Monday, April 23, 2018.

Prior to April 20:
LES Member: 
Non-Member: $110.00
LES Student: $55.00
After April 20:
LES Member: 
Non-Member: $120.00
LES Student Member:$65.00


LES IP Day 2018Join LES-SVC in celebrating World IP Day – April 25, 2018

In 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization member states designated April 26 – the day the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP.  Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.



Is IP still the fuel of the Innovation Economy? Are U.S. innovators losing ground to their peers in other regions like China and Europe? What are the best strategies for companies to effectively protect their IP and create business value? Hear the perspectives from executives in various industries as well as from government and academic thought leaders.

8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome and introductions
Larry Udell, LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
“How IP Plays into NIST’s Strategies to Promote U.S. Innovation and Industrial Competitiveness”

Keynote:  Walter Copan
Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology
Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Presentations
“Is American Innovation in Decline? What Does the Data Show?”
Recent studies suggest that innovation by Asian countries has eclipsed innovation in the U.S. and elsewhere. This session will focus on studies, comparative indicators, conclusions, and their implications for American innovation generally and for the Silicon Valley innovation economy.

Bob Weber, Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC

Mary Albertson, Immediate Past President, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
Nico Grant, Enterprise Technology, Bloomberg News

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Break and networking

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Panel Discussion
“Importance & Relevance of IP to Innovation across Industries”
A number of studies suggest that America has lost its edge in the global innovation economy, with changes in American patent law being a contributing factor to this decline. In this session, panel speakers from diverse technology segments will share their recent experiences and views on innovation, including how different sectors are responding to evolving legal frameworks that contextualize innovation, including evolving laws and court decisions regarding trade secrecy, patents, and other forms of intellectual property.

Christopher Byrne, Vice President, Strategy & Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics

Alma Chao, Director and Associate General Counsel IP, Facebook
Marc Erhlich, Senior Vice President of Patent Strategy ,Tivo
Deborah Martin, VP & Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer
Vern Norviel, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Matthew Sarboraria, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Oracle

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM- Buffet lunch

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
“USPTO Update”
John Cabeca, Director, USPTO Silicon Valley

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Panel Discussion
“LES Standards and the Connection to IP Innovation”
Over the last couple of years, LES has been very active in developing ANSI-certified standards in various IP-related areas, including valuation, licensing, brokerage, supply-chain management, consideration of intangible assets in the boardroom, IP management for startups, and determination of FRAND royalty rates. This panel will explore the benefits and challenges of applying a standard-based approach to IP transactions and strategy, the difference between standards and best practices, and the application of standards in specific IP practice settings.

Moderator: Ron Laurie,  Chairman, InventionShare;  Managing Director, Inflexion Point Strategy

Jeffrey Bartholomew, Shareholder, Robinson Waters and O’Dorisio, P.C.
Bill Elkington, Senior Director, Intellectual Property Management, Rockwell Collins
Paul Roberts, Senior Commercial Director, Smart Systems, GE Ventures

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Break and networking

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Interactive Discussion
“Now, Where Do We Go From Here? – Looking at the Big Picture”
Where are we now – where are we going? Attendees and presenters from today’s sessions will be asked to address questions such as:

  • Are the claims that U.S. innovation relative to other regions are simply “Chicken Little” or is there enough substance for C-level executives to be concerned?
  • Has the innovation environment in the U.S. really changed for the better or worse, how and why?
  • Do we need further changes in legal or regulatory frameworks to promote U.S. competitiveness to include innovation?

Facilitator: Gene Quinn, Patent Attorney, Publisher, IP Watchdog, Inc.

4:15 PM- 4:30 PM – Closing remarks

Generously sponsored by:

IP Engineering Group Logo 2018

Rambus logo

Sullivan Cromwell logo 2017

 Media Sponsor:

SV Busness Journal logo 2018


MCLE: An application requesting MCLE credit for this activity is pending for approval by the State Bar of California.

The SV Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members.  Members should login to the LES website to access their account.

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April 25, 2018
8:00 am - 4:30 pm


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