Around the World with LES


Around the World with LES

Intellectual property, licensing and business development professionals will gather around the world to celebrate World IP Day and the importance of IP to the global economy.  Participating LES (USA & Canada) Chapters and LESI societies will host events celebrating World IP Day on April 26, 2012.

Seattle Chapter Event

Thursday, April 26, 2012
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Effects of Patent Reform on Licensing and Acquisitions

Michael Samardzija, Ph.D., CLP, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani
Jeffrey S. Whittle, CLP, Partner, Bracewell & Giuliani

The America Invents Act reforms the US patent system for the first time in nearly 60 years. Michael Samardzija and Jeff Whittle will explore how the numerous changes to the US patent system may impact valuation, licensing and acquisition of patents.  They will also provide us with some techniques to consider when addressing various risks that these changes may bring, including from the licensor/licensee and buyer/seller perspectives.

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
701 5th Avenue
Suite 6200
Seattle, Washington
T: 206.204.6200

Early, by Friday, April 20, 9 PM PST
LES Member: $20
Non-Member: $25
LES Student Member: $10

After April 20 and onsite
LES Member: $25
Non-Member: $30 
LES Student Member: $15

Online Registration Deadline: Tuesday, April 24, 12 PM PST

No refunds after April 24
Substitutions permitted

(1) CLE Credit is pending for this program

Dr. Samardzija's practice focuses on assisting life sciences and clean technology companies secure, transfer, commercialize and protect the rights to their innovations.  He has represented clients in patent infringement litigations and in various technology-based transactions, including licenses, agreements for technology development, transfer, acquisition, joint development, collaboration, product development, strategic alliance, and product distribution.

Dr. Samardzija served as Director of Intellectual Property at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center's Office of Technology Commercialization. During his tenure, Dr. Samardzija reviewed over 300 invention disclosures and filed over 100 provisional patent applications. One of the high points of his tenure was being involved in policy discussions with members of Congress regarding patent law reform.

Jeffrey Whittle has experience representing clients in various technology-based transactions, including licenses, agreements for technology development, transfer, acquisition, joint development, product development, strategic alliance, collaboration, and product distribution, as well as various other intellectual property agreements in the software, e-commerce, energy, telecommunications, mechanical/electrical, financial, and medical industries.

Mr. Whittle also has experience representing clients in various patent, trademark, copyright and other intellectual property matters, including patent, trademark and copyright preparation and prosecution, mergers and acquisitions, due diligence investigations and opinions, strategic planning, portfolio analysis, various types of intellectual property, litigation and client counseling.



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Several LESI Societies, including Austria, Korea, Italy, Mexico, Spain-Portugal and France will be hosting Around the World events. For more information, please visit the LESI website.