Fair Use in Fiction Works

“The Copyright Society of the USA’s Midwest Chapter and the Copyright Practice Group of Brinks Gilson & Lione are pleased to present a program on:

Fair Use in Fiction Works with Michael Donaldson of Donaldson & Callif, LLP, Beverly Hills, California

Lunch will be served.


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Brinks Gilson & Lione is an accredited MCLE provider in Illinois and this program is worth 1.0 hour of general CLE credit. CLE credit in other states may be available upon request.

If you have any questions related to CLE, please email mkdriscoll@brinksgilson.com.”

Peak Performance: Addressing the Stress of Practice

“The practice of law is demanding. SVIPLA is pleased to have Michelle Galloway, Partner, Cooley, returns to discuss current research regarding the impact of chronic stress and how it can negatively impact how you practice law. How can you identify practice-related stressors and what can you do about them? Specific strategies will be discussed for increasing your capacity to handle stress, including competence, habits, listening, and focus. By addressing chronic stress in practice, you can be healthier mentally and physically, avoid impairment, and be a better lawyer.”

Future Patent Wars – Beyond the Smartphone Battles and Bloodbath


With the latest truce between Apple and Google, the smartphone patent wars appear to have come to an end. This conflagration was expensive and left many of the players bruised. It also fundamentally seems to have changed the laws of the land.

What technologies are next in line, and what are the warning signs for the start of the *next* patent war?

Join experts from Google, Samsung, Lenovo and IAM Magazine for an open examination of which technologies are prime for new patent battles (Wearables? Internet of Things?) and what tools have emerged for companies to protect their freedom to operate.


Craig Smith, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Sandia National Labs


  • Fergal Clarke, Director, IP Analysis, Lenovo
  • Pramath Malik, Presenting Dolcera Analytics
  • C. Eric Schulman, Director, Patents, Google, Inc.
  • Ida Shum, Senior Manager of Business Development, Samsung
  • Joff Wild, Managing Editor, IAM Magazine


Fergal Clarke, Director, IP Business Analysis, Lenovo
Fergal Clarke is the Director of IP Business Analysis at Lenovo, the world’s largest PC firm, which has major research centers in Yamato, Japan; Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, China; and Raleigh, North Carolina. Mr. Clarke is responsible for providing business context to all IP-related activities and for ensuring that such activities are consistent with and supportive of the overall business strategy. His specific responsibilities include patent acquisitions, supporting organic patent development, supporting inbound and outbound licensing and communicating the IP business strategy. Mr. Clarke was previously director of IP strategy at Rambus. Before this, he held multiple technology and engineering management roles at Applied Materials, in addition to managing its corporate trade secret management initiative. Mr. Clarke obtained his physics degree from Dublin City University and his MBA from the University of California, Berkeley.

Pramath Malik, Presenting Dolcera Analytics
Pramath Malik is an Engagement Manager with Dolcera. He has worked with several Fortune 500 companies inindustries like Pharmaceuticals, Consumer Packaged Goods, Chemicals, Food &Beverages, Electronics and hi-tech to design innovative solutions and frameworks that aid their R&D teams focus on white spaces and IP teams to formulate their IP strategies.

He has a Masters degree in Management from the Management Development Institute, a top management school in India and also has a Degree in Electronics and Communication Engineering. He is also an author at TechRawr.

C. Eric Schulman, Director, Patents, Google, Inc.
Eric Schulman is a legal director on the patents team at Google. Eric joined Google in 2005. Prior to joining Google, Eric worked as Of Counsel in the intellectual property group at Mintz Levin Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo and as an associate with the intellectual property group at Fenwick & West. Eric received a B.S. in physics from MIT, a M.S in physics from B.U. and a J.D from Boston College Law School. He also previously worked on a cranberry bog in Massachusetts.

Ida Shum, Senior Manager of Business Development, Samsung
Ida is the Senior Manager of Business Development for Samsung in San Jose, California where her primary role is to identify intellectual property assets for the company. Ida’s career began as a patent attorney where she then moved onto licensing and commercialization. For the last ten years, she’s worked at Idaho National Laboratory (INL) and Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) creating technology partnerships with industry, private entities, nonprofits and academia.

Ida earned her B.S. in biochemistry from UCLA (1999) and her J.D. from the University of Notre Dame (2003). While at Notre Dame Law School, she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Legislation. She is admitted to practice before the California State Bar and the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

She is a Trustee at Large of the Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada, Inc.) Board of Trustees.

Craig Smith, Business Development and Innovation Manager, Sandia National Labs
Craig Smith is the Business Development Manager for Emerging Technologies at Sandia National Laboratories where he develops key commercialization strategies for the US Department of Energy, specializing in Renewable and Sustainable Energy Research, Cyber Security and Information Technologies. Craig is head of business development and licensing for commercial and open source software at the DOE Laboratory and business lead on Software development programs for the Computational Simulation Laboratory, Cognitive Recognition Program and DHS Cyber Security Transition-to-Practice.

Craig holds a B.A. in Asian History from University of Puget Sound, M.B.A. in International Finance from Golden Gate University in San Francisco, studied Cleantech Economics at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Stanford University Graduate School and US Energy Policy at the Brookings Institution, Washington D.C.

Joff Wild, Managing Editor, IAM Magazine
Joff Wild has been the editor of IAM Magazine since it was established in 2004. As a journalist, he has specialized in covering intellectual property since the early 1990s.

Before IAM, Mr Wild was editor of Managing Intellectual Property, Patent World and Copyright World, and assistant editor of Trademark World. He has written on IP-related subjects for publications including The Times, The Financial Times, Euromoney magazine, The American Lawyer and Latin Finance, and has appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live and BBC Radio 4 to talk about intellectual property.

He is also editor in chief of the IP Media Group and is responsible for the content of the IP Business Congress.”

PLI’s Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015

“This program is designed to address the more complex and practical issues that arise in drafting and negotiating IP licenses, as well as tips for specific industries. This program will feature updates on current legal developments, present case studies highlighting best practices, provide tactical guidance for negotiating frequently contested issues, and provide a framework for identifying and avoiding common pitfalls, keeping the relationship on track, litigation planning and avoidance, and addressing ethics concerns. The speakers will illustrate both outside counsel and in-house perspectives.”

IP MONETIZATION: Silicon Valley 2015

Conference Overview

Intellectual property has now become one of an organization’s most valuable business assets – with heavy pressure for IP leaders to create strong ROI from patent portfolios. IP owners are also facing broader challenges such as new federal legislation, increased threats from NPEs, and educating and collaborating across their organization.

The IP Monetization: Silicon Valley Summit 2015 brings together IP thought leaders from a wide range of industries to benchmark and develop successful monetization strategies for valuating, accounting for and commercializing IP assets in order to deliver consistent and long-term revenues.

Key Topics To Be Discussed

  • Portfolio Evaluation & Management – The First Step in Harvesting your IP
  • IP Valuation – What is your Portfolio Worth
  • Running an Operating Company’s Licensing Program
  • Monetization for Operating Companies in a Post AIA World
  • Identifying patents of value in any portfolio (not just your own)
  • Enforcement & Monetization – Paper Tigers Beware!
  • Patent Prosecution & Monetization – Ensuring future revenue stream
  • Selling Your Patents – When Does it Makes Sense?

Network with Leaders

  • Chief IP Counsel
  • VP & Director of IP Strategy
  • Chief, Deputy and Associate General Counsel
  • Intellectual Property, Trademark and Copyright Counsel
  • Head of Litigation
  • Director of Business and Legal Affairs
  • Director/VP of Intellectual Property
  • Director/VP of Licensing
  • IP Counsel
  • Patent Counsel
  • VP & Director of Intellectual Asset Management”


“SVIPLA is pleased to announce its Inventor of the Year, Dr. Robert (“Bob”) Showen. He is SST’s 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. He and several co-patent holders have had insights allowing this technology to assist law enforcement agencies in reducing gun violence.

Dr. Showen has been issued nine patents, with several patents pending, resulting from nearly two decades of innovation in the area of acoustic location technology.
Engineer, scientist, and teacher, he attended San Jose State University, University of California at Berkeley, and Rice University. He obtained degrees in electrical engineering and space physics and received a fellowship to the Max Planck Institute. He has taught astronomy and physics at the University of Puerto Rico, performed experiments to heat the ionosphere at the world’s largest radar in Arecibo Puerto Rico, participated in the development of over-the-horizon radar at SRI International, and studied the effects of lightning on the ionosphere.”

IP Year in Review

“Join Sullivan & Cromwell LLP and the Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter as their prestigious panel of Intellectual Property experts highlight the significant issues of 2014 and beyond.”

European Patent Reform Forum USA 2014

• Get to know the European Unified Patent Court in great detail
• Discuss split proceedings and bifurcation
• Learn how to win opposition proceedings without discovery
• Join analysis on litigation planning and forum shopping in the European
Unified Patent Court
• Find out about the status of fees
• Listen to cost saving alternative dispute resolution options in Europe
• Debate how the UPC will impact on your global litigation strategy

• Patent counsel
• General counsel
• Private practice lawyers
• Heads of IP
• Heads of legal
• IP director
• IP Manager
• Head of litigation”

International Women’s Leadership Forum

Find out the latest in licensing and litigation, look at the current challenges in biotechnology, debate how to deal with non-practising entities, engage in an update on global IP developments, consider the trademark and copyright issues, discover changes and key issues in post-grant proceedings, hear from leading general and IP counsel about how they progressed their careers, and discuss the importance of leadership and building your network.