Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting
DATE & TIME
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
11:30 PM – 2:00 PM
3150 Porter Drive
Palo Alto, CA 94304
The Top 10 Things a Startup Needs to Know
Daphne Higgs, Senior Associate, Perkins Coie
Susan Bloch, Human Resources Consultant
Stacy Feld, Director, Physic Ventures
Jim Jensen, Partner, Perkins Coie
Steven Weiner, Chief Patent Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property, SRI International
Moderated by Daphne Higgs, a senior licensing and technology attorney, the panel will address a number of important issues relating to start-up companies at various stages of development. Specific discussion topics will include general information related to startups, best pitch practices, how to develop/follow a business plan, and other important legal considerations.
Panelists include Jim Jensen, a Perkins Coie Emerging Companies Partner, a Silicon Valley Human Resources Professional, a Silicon Valley Venture Capitalist and a Perkins Coie Emerging Companies client.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Registration and Networking buffet lunch
12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Early, by Friday, January 20, 2012, 9 PM
LES Members: $45
After Friday, January 20, 2012, 9 PM
LES Members: $50
Online Registration Deadline: Monday, January 23, 12 PM
After January 23, contact Franca Gargiulo, email@example.com
No refunds after Friday, January 20, 2012
Substitutions are permitted
Susan Bloch is a Human Resources Consultant who works with companies to shape their vision and create a culture that attracts, develops and retains key talent while increasing employee productivity. With 20 years of human resources experience in a variety of industries, Susan is a highly organized individual skilled in problem solving, organizational effectiveness, employee relations, and management coaching and training. In addition, she has lived and worked abroad supporting managers and their staffs. She understands how to build an effective multicultural workplace.
Susan has held Director and Vice President level positions with:
- Union Bank
- First Interstate Bank
- California Culinary Academy
- San Francisco Chronicle
- Tilia, Inc.
Non-profit and government experience includes positions with Hariri Foundation, Voluntary Action Center of Port Angeles and The United States Information Service.
Susan started her consulting practice, HRSBConsulting, in 2006 and has worked with small businesses and start-ups in a variety of industries including software, professional services, consumer products and financial services.
She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of California at Santa Barbara and her Masters of Arts in Organizational
Management from Antioch University. She is certified through the Society for Human Resource Management as a Senior Professional in Human Resources and has completed a management coaching program through Coach University. She is certified as a career coach with The Five O'Clock Club.
Susan is an active member of the Society for Human Resource Management and the American Society for Training and Development. She is a volunteer career coach with the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce Job Forum.
Stacy Feld joined Physic Ventures as a Director in January 2009, where she leads the investment strategy in personalized health. Stacy focuses on technology-enabled solutions that transform care for health consumers and increases the precision of the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of chronic diseases. Previously, Stacy was Associate Director, Business Development at Genentech, Inc., where she focused on sourcing and accessing novel therapies and diagnostics in Oncology, Immunology, Ophthalmology and Metabolic Diseases and led the execution of multiple strategic partnerships. Prior to that, Stacy was Director, Corporate Development at Third Wave Technologies, Inc., where she was responsible for in-licensing intellectual property to support product development and building strategic relationships with customers, collaborators and suppliers. Stacy began her career in healthcare as an attorney with Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati where she advised biotechnology clients on intellectual property licensing and strategic business transactions. Stacy received her B.A. in Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania and her J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School.
Daphne Higgs is a senior associate in Perkins Coie's Licensing and Technology practice. She counsels private and public companies on complex technology transactions, with a particular focus on intellectual property, privacy and open source. Daphne has drafted and negotiated numerous technology and content licenses as well as development, distribution, manufacturing, affiliate, reseller and marketing agreements. She regularly advises clients with respect to intellectual property protection and commercialization strategies, open source policies, privacy issues and social media matters. Daphne has led clients in the cloud services, open source, digital media, interactive entertainment, apparel, software, hardware and consumer e-commerce sectors through hundreds of transactions ranging from basic click-through to multi-tiered international agreements. She also provides strategic intellectual property, privacy and data protection advice with respect to M&A and venture capital transactions.
Mr. Jensen is a partner with Perkins Coie's Emerging Companies practice. He advises startup and emerging growth companies at all stages of development and assists investor clients with angel, venture capital and private equity financings in the United States and China and investors with investment fund formation and operations. He also advises clients on business solutions, such as board management and strategic combinations, mergers and acquisitions, and public offerings.
Steven Weiner is an experienced IP strategist, with particular expertise in the information sciences. He serves as Chief Patent Officer and Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at SRI International, a non-profit, world-leading scientific R&D organization. Steven is responsible for the growth and strategic direction of SRI's diverse patent portfolio, and works closely with SRI's rich community of inventors and researchers to identify, target, and protect high-value innovation. He also collaborates with SRI's management and business teams to commercialize SRI's intellectual property through the creation of new ventures and other licensing relationships.
Steven was previously a partner with Davis Polk, where he led and grew the firm's Corporate Intellectual Property practice for over 8 years. He advised technology-driven companies and investors on high-stakes transactions and business decisions requiring a deep understanding of IP law, advanced technology and business strategy. He has represented Comcast, Yahoo, Atheros, Symantec, Palm and other industry leaders, as well as early-stage ventures at the cutting edge of research and development. Typical projects for Steven and his team included providing IP advice regarding the development of new products and technology; assessing IP risks and assets in connection with technology-focused M&A deals and IPO's; resolving IP threats; and negotiating licenses, technology development agreements, and other arrangements for complex sharing of IP rights.
Earlier in his career, as an associate at Irell & Manella, Steven was a member of the trial team that successfully obtained a jury verdict of over $100 million in favor of Stac Electronics against Microsoft based on software patent infringement.
Steven is a graduate of Harvard Law School (J.D., cum laude), MIT (S.M., Computer Science & Electrical Engineering) and University of Pennsylvania (B.S.E., Systems Science & Engineering, summa cum laude). He serves on the Advisory Board for Peer-to-Patent, a groundbreaking online community patent review project in cooperation with the United States Patent & Trademark Office. Steven has consistently been named one of the world's leading IP strategists by IAM 250 – A Guide to the World's Leading IP Strategists.