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Women, Entrepreneurship and IP Monetization: Success Through Hard-Earned Insight
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When: 1/20/2016
11:30 AM until 2:00 PM
Where: Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California  94301
United States
Contact: James House

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Our panel will discuss a number of challenges facing women entrepreneurs, particularly in Silicon Valley and within the technology industries. Some of the topics will include engaging with both male and female inventors; practicing technology law within the U.S. and internationally; issues in negotiations, particularly with international licensees; advice and strategies for women lawyers both in private and in-house practice at technology firms; and addressing some of the more high-profile diversity issues within Silicon Valley’s technology economy.

Barbara Carey, Founder and CEO, FlipClip
Andrea Gothing, Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP
Nola Masterson, Managing Director, Science Futures
Tina Soriano, Senior Counsel, Licensing and Commercial Transactions, Rambus

11:30 am - 12:30 pm Registration and Networking lunch
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm Program

Early, by Friday, January 15, 2016, 9 pm PST
LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $50

After Friday, January 15, 2016, 9 pm PST
LES Members: $50
Non-Members: $55

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, January 18, 9 pm PST

After January 18, 2016, contact James House, siliconvalleywriting@gmail.com

No refunds after Friday, January 15, 2016
Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit

Robins Kaplan

Barbara Carey, Founder and CEO, FlipClip
Barbara Carey is the founder and CEO of FlipClip—a new visual content platform for creatives and storytellers. Barbara is an accomplished inventor, entrepreneur, and author: she holds over a dozen patents and has successfully brought over 100 products to market by selling direct and/or licensing. In addition, she has launched over seven companies, including Hairagami and the Carey Formula.

Barbara prides herself on disrupting markets: her latest venture, FlipClip, seeks to break down the barriers to becomming a social influencer while allowing everyday users to earn meaningful income from their social activity. Despite her busy schedule, Barbara finds time to excericize her creative side by urban gardening, painting, and sculpting. She loves to hike and take in the Bay Area’s beautiful scenery with her son, Richie, and pet boxer, Millee.

Andrea Gothing, Partner, Robins Kaplan LLP
Andrea Gothing is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Department at Robins Kaplan LLP. She serves on the firm's hiring committee and she is an instructor in the firm's Exceptional Advocate Training Program. She has been recognized for her professional accomplishments and leadership, being named an "Up and Coming Attorney" by Minnesota Lawyer. She is a member of the National Honor Society of Engineers and the National Honor Society of Electrical Engineers.

Ms. Gothing is registered to practice in the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office. In the courtroom, she has represented clients both as plaintiffs and as defendants, in many varying technological fields, including semiconductors, signal processing, nuclear magnetic resonance, medical devices, Internet technology, telephony, entertainment set-top boxes, shape-memory devices, artificial intelligence, database technology and optical storage devices. Ms. Gothing has significant experience running large multi-patent cases, with all of the complexity they can involve, including developing high-level case themes and nuanced details of claim construction, infringement, validity, and damages.

Ms. Gothing is adept at learning complex technologies and she draws on her extensive experience as a graduate-level teaching assistant in Electrical Engineering to explain technologies to both clients and courts. She has significant experience developing claim-construction positions as well as arguing those positions in federal court.

In addition to her intellectual property practice, Ms. Gothing is committed to the firm's pro bono efforts, focusing on juvenile protection and criminal defense.

Ms. Gothing earned her J.D., magna cum laude, from the University of Minnesota, where she was Note and Comment Editor for the Journal of Global Trade. Ms. Gothing has a Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute with high distinction, the highest honor bestowed. For her senior project, Ms. Gothing designed and implemented a light-seeking robot. Ms. Gothing continued her studies at the Institute of Technology at the University of Minnesota, where she earned a Master's in Electrical Engineering. Her thesis, titled "Image Reconstruction for Positron Emission Tomography," was in the areas of digital-signal processing and image reconstruction. Ms. Gothing also worked as a research assistant in the Department of Biomedical Engineering, where she designed and built a micro NMR coil on a wafer.

Before law school, Ms. Gothing was an engineer at Motorola in its semiconductor product sector in Austin, Texas.

Nola Masterson, Managing Director, Science Futures
Nola Masterson is Managing Director of Science Futures Management Company, LLC. Science Futures is a 30 year old investment and advisory firm. Ms. Masterson is a biotechnology industry leader and forward thinker with more than 35 years of business experience in the life sciences industry and in venture capital investment. From 2000 to 2005, she was a Venture Partner with TVM Capital GmbH, one of the first and largest venture capital firms in Germany. She sourced and invested in three companies and built out their San Francisco office.

She was a co-founder and President of Sequenom, Inc., a DNA sequencing company which went public on Nasdaq in 2000, and wrote the first business plans for IDEC and Insight Vision, as a consultant to Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, and for ReSound, with Dr. Rodney Perkins, the founder. She was the first biotech analyst on Wall Street for Drexel Burnham and Merrill Lynch. She was the visionary of two important conferences, The BioTech Meeting in Laguna Nigel and The Biopharmaceutical Conference in Europe. She and Cynthia Robbins Roth started the publication BioVenture View, which became the first on line newsletter about biotechnology.

Ms. Masterson is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors of Repros Therapeutics Inc. (RPRX) and serves on the the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee as well. She recently left the Board of Directors of Omicia, Inc., an early-stage pharmaco-genomics company. She is Chairwoman Emeritus of the BayBio Institute, a non-profit organization serving the Northern California life sciences industry by focusing on best practices, entrepreneurship, workforce development and science education, and also serves on the Board of Advisors to Astia, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing women entrepreneurs. A a graduate of the Stanford Law School Board of Directors College course, she is currently in her second year as an Adjuct Professor at the University of San Francisco, teaching Biotech, Local, National and International in the School of Business.

In 2003, she was included in Irish America magazine’s annual “Business 100” and received the Alumni Achievement Award from Marymount College at Fordham University in 2004.

Ms. Masterson is an avid horseback rider, and mother of a daughter and a step-daughter.

Tina Soriano, Senior Counsel, Licensing and Commercial Transactions, Rambus
Tina Soriano is Senior Counsel, Licensing and Commercial Transactions at Rambus where she engages primarily in outbound technology and patent licensing. Prior to that, she was an Associate at Dechert LLP practicing patent litigation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts at the University of Florida and her law degree from Duke University School of Law.