AIPLA: Trade Secret Summit

“AIPLA’s Trade Secret Law Committee is excited to announce that it is taking this year’s Trade Secret Summit on the road to Intel Corporation’s Headquarters in Santa Clara, CA on December 4 and 5, 2014.

Don’t miss this practical and comprehensive CLE program designed to educate new and seasoned practitioners alike. Enhance your practice by learning from leading practitioners and experts regarding:

Developing and implementing best practices in trade secret protection
The emerging standard of care for cybersecurity under federal and state law
Ethical concerns for lawyers regarding data protection and lawyer mobility
Hot topics in trade secret litigation, a comparison of international regimes’ trade secret protections and a judicial panel’s “view from the bench” on trade secret litigation”

USPTO’s First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting

“The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is pleased to announce its first Partnership meeting with the cybersecurity and network security community. The Cybersecurity Partnership meeting creates a collaborative forum for USPTO stakeholders seeking patent protection in the cybersecurity and network security sector to share ideas, experiences, and insights with USPTO staff. Members from the public are invited to attend.

For this inaugural event, the USPTO has partnered with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), who will present information on their voluntary Framework for Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity. USPTO staff will also discuss cybersecurity patent initiatives, key computer security patent application statistics, and examination guidelines for patent eligible subject matter following the Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank Supreme Court decision. In addition to the presentations from NIST and the USPTO, several key stakeholders will present their views on topics focusing on the intersection of Intellectual Property and Cybersecurity. A confirmed list of speakers appears below and more are on the way:

Mohammad H. Qayoumi, President of San Jose State University and member of the Department of Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council
Angela Ziegenhorn, Senior Director for Intellectual Property at Symantec Corporation
David Kinsinger, Vice President and Chief Patent Counsel at L-3
John Vandenberg, Partner at Klarquist Sparkman
The public will have an opportunity to ask questions and provide input on these topics, and share ideas during the interactive discussions.

Registration is required by email:

Requests for attendance to the Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting must be submitted via e- by November 10, 2014. Requests for attendance should include “Cyber Registration” in the e-mail subject line. In the body, the following information should be included: the attendee’s name, affiliation, title, mailing address, and telephone number.

Is the Patent Monetization Party Over?

“The Federal Circuit and District Courts have now begun to interpret and apply the recent U.S. Supreme Court patent decisions (Alice, Nautilus, Octane, etc) in a way which increases invalidity risk, narrows claims scope, and makes enforcement litigation less financially attractive.

At the same time, it is now easier (and less expensive) to challenge validity of issued patents in the USPTO using the AIA’s Inter-Parties Review, Post-Grant Review and Covered Business Method procedures.

Finally, previously accepted methodologies for calculating reasonable royalty damages in infringement litigation are being re-examined and modified, or rejected altogether, (e.g., limited use of “entire market value” rule, proof of “causal nexus,” apportionment among patented and unpatented components.)

The combined effect of these changes could be a significant reduction of NPE litigation and lower valuations in the patent transactions marketplace.

Suzanne Harrison, Director, Inflexion Point Strategy
Matthew Lynde, Vice President, Cornerstone Research
Robert Taylor, Owner and Founder, RPT Legal Strategies PC”

What’s New in Intellectual Property in China?

“As the world’s fastest growing consumer market, China continues to be a priority country for companies looking for growth. Yet hand in hand with the opportunities the China market offers comes a uniquely complicated and challenging environment for the protection and enforcement of intellectual property.

This year alone has seen numerous changes to the IP landscape in China, including a completely revised Trademark Law, proposed changes to the Copyright Law and Patent Law, ground-breaking decisions in the trade secrets space, a series of high-profile anti-monopoly cases and investigations involving major multinationals, and ever more IP litigations. Companies that fail to adapt in this dramatically changing environment may impact their ability to operate in China.

In this seminar, professionals from DLA Piper’s Trademark, Copyright and Media team will cover some of the key changes and landmark cases which have taken place in China this year, including an update on the new Trademark Law and practical advice on how companies should prepare themselves and strategize in this ever-changing opportunistic market.”

Money2020: BitCoin World

“(Bit)coinWorld at Money20/20 will provide face to face interaction for two currently disconnected sectors of our industry: the distributed payment protocol/crypto-currencies sector and mainstream payments/financial services. By uniting key stakeholders from both sides in an environment conducive to learning and forging partnerships, (Bit)coinWorld at Money20/20 will serve as an important industry catalyst.

To help accomplish this objective, we’re:
– Creating a dedicated agenda track to include extensive coverage of distributed payment protocols and crypto-currencies, featuring the pioneers and leaders in the industry,
– Increasing exhibitor and sponsor presence, showcasing the latest organizations and innovations, and
– Introducing targeted networking events designed to connect critical stakeholders and industry participants.”

High-Level IP Forum

“Silicon Valley USPTO Director John Cabeca to deliver keynote address. Panelists include experts from Microsoft, Aruba Networks, Square Inc. and Procopio, a leading California law firm.

The Forum brings together senior IP industry figures to discuss how, by devising a leaner, more efficient and cost-effective approach to IP management, organizations can gain competitive advantage while, at the same time, reducing risk.

Guest Panelists:
Melanie Carmosino, Manager of Patent Operations in the IP Group, Microsoft Corporation, and Varun A. Shah, Global Head of IP Development, Aruba Networks, will outline strategies for optimizing an IP portfolio in line with ’cost versus return’ considerations.

Kirupa Pushparaj, Head IP Counsel, Square Inc., and Miku Mehta, IP Partner in the Silicon Valley Office, Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP will focus on how to manage risk in a changing IP landscape.

Keynote address: “IP Outlook” by John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), who will provide an overview of the Agency’s recent initiatives, including the establishment of the Silicon Valley satellite office.”

Role of ITC – Complaints, Investigations, Determinations, Remedies – See more at:

“Commissioner Johanson and Director Macdonald will focus their presentations on: Draft complaint review process and pre-institution filings, Role and interaction of the 337 offices, Practice tips for interacting with OUII and the ALJs, including recent changes to ITC processes and procedures, Behind the scenes of the decision making process at the Commission level after issuance of an initial determination, Remedy considerations and the public interest, and Practice tips for submissions to the Commission.”

Negotiations & Creating Win-Win Results: Turning Adversaries Into Allies

“An in-depth look at why and how disagreements are created and the various ways to resolve them. Why go to battle when you can attempt to discuss differences and resolve disputes without fighting?

Our panel of legal and corporate experts will discuss different perspectives and strategies to achieve win-win results. This program will cover the crucial time period prior to successful negotiations, as well as during and after.

Xiaolin Dang, Partner, Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency Ltd.
Nola Masterson, Founder and Managing Director, Science Futures Management Company LLC
Jeff Redman, Founder, Redman Disputes & Investigations Group
Giuseppe Staffaroni, President and CEO, Promptu Systems Corporation”

Engineer and Patent Professional Networking and Career Event

“Join us for a networking reception that will bring engineers and patent professionals together, hosted by Santa Clara Law, SCU School of Engineering, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, IEEE and CASPA.

John Cabeca, Director of the USPTO Silicon Valley Satellite Office, and a panel of patent law practitioners will discuss how to leverage your engineering experience into a successful career as a patent professional.

The event is complimentary, but registration is required.  Email to register.

Featured Speakers and Panelists:

John Cabeca Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent And Trademark Office

Laura Lee Norris, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, Santa Clara Law

Joseph Wang, Esq., Associate, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner

James Yoon, Esq., Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati

Licensing Executives Society’s 50th Annual Meeting

Licensing Executives Society (LES) Holds Annual Meeting. Build upon the 2014 LES theme “Advancing & Enhancing Business Development, Deals & Innovation,” featuring cutting-edge topics addressed by today’s thought leaders, industry experts, and dealmakers. Over 1,000 intellectual property, licensing, business development, and technology transfer professionals will attend the meeting. Register online at: