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November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm




For over two decades, software developers and licensing professionals have argued about whether patent protection had any place in an open source development and distribution model. A couple of Silicon Valley IP veterans will address this question at a joint SVIPLA and the Licensing Executives Society-Silicon Valley Chapter dinner program. Mark Radcliffe, Global Chair of DLA Piper’s Open Source Software Practice, will be interviewed by Ron Laurie, Managing Director of Inflexion Point Strategy, with the opportunity for lots of audience interaction.

Thursday, November 17, 2016
6:00-6:30 PM Registration
6:30-8:00 PM Buffet Supper
7:00-8:00 PM Program

Sheraton Hotel
625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto
(just south of University Avenue)

REGISTRATION LINK:   http://www.lesusacanada.org
Special SVIPLA-LES Joint Meeting Fee: $55
If you have problems registering for the November joint meeting and want to make a reservation, please email Casey at caseymj10@hotmail.com.

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION OR CANCELLATION: Tuesday noon, November 15, 2016. 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.


Mark Radcliffe is a senior partner who practices corporate securities and intellectual property law at DLA Piper. He also serves as outside General Counsel for the Open Source Initiative and is Chair of the Open Source Industry Group at the firm. Mark was the Chair of Committee C for the Free Software Foundation in reviewing GPLv3, assisted Sun Microsystems in open sourcing the Solaris operating system and drafting the CDDL. He currently represents large companies in their open source matters including eBay, Accenture, Adobe, Palm and Sony, along with startups including SugarCRM, DotNetNuke, Cleversafe and rSmart. He writes frequently on his blog

Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a missile systems engineer at Lockheed-Sunnyvale and then as an IP and M&A lawyer and patent strategist. He is Managing Director at Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC, the first IP investment bank, which he launched in 2004. As a lawyer, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps’ Silicon Valley office, where he chaired the firm’s IP Strategy and Transactions practice group. At Skadden, he led IP diligence teams in some of the largest high-tech and life sciences M&A, joint venture and technology spin-out deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in the aggregate. He was also a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil Gotshal and Irell & Manella. He is a Director at Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly traded patent licensing companies.[:]


November 17, 2016
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Sheraton Palo Alto
El Camino Real
Pal Alto, CA 94301 United States
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