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Family Feud: Managing disputes with an eye to preserving the relationship
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LES Houston Chapter Meeting

1/22/2015
When: Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:30 PM
Where: Sullivan's Steakhouse
4608 Westheimer
Houston, Texas 
United States

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DATE & TIME
Thursday, January 22, 2015
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM

TOPIC
Family Feud:  Managing disputes with an eye to preserving the relationship

PANELISTS
Jeff C. Dodd, Partner and head of the firm's global intellectual-propety and technology practice, Andrews Kurth LLP 
Malcolm J. "Mal" Kaus, Ph.D, MBA, CLP, Upstream Intellectual Property Process and Licensing Manager (retired), ExxonMobil
Mark E. Lowes, Vice President of Litigation, KBR
D. C. Toedt III, attorney and arbitrator (also serving as moderator)

DESCRIPTION
Disputes between parties to license agreement don't necessarily have to damage the parties' relationship. Our panel of experienced practitioners will provide tips on how to spot situations that could lead to disputes. They will also discuss contract clauses and internal business practices that can help companies to head off disputes and, when disputes do arise, to get them resolved as quickly and painlessly as possible.

LOCATION
Sullivan's Steakhouse
4608 Westheimer
http://www.sullivansteakhouse. com

REGISTRATION

Early registration:  Online, by Monday, January 19, 2015 12 PM CDT
LES Member: $30
Non-Member: $40
Guest (one-time):  No charge*
Student: $15

Regular registration:  Online (January 19 through 21) and onsite
LES Member: $35
Non-Member: $50
Guest (one-time):  No charge*
Student: $15

Deadline for online registration:  Wednesday, January 21, 12 noon.

BRING A FRIEND FOR FREE

Each paid registrant is invited to bring one guest at no charge once per calendar year. 
A guest may attend only one time at no charge.

CANCELLATION POLICY

No refunds after January 19.

Substitutions are permitted.

CLE CREDIT

1.25 hours of Texas CLE approved, including 0.5 hours ethics.

SPEAKER BIOS

Jeff C. Dodd is a partner at Andrews Kurth LLP and head of the firm's global intellectual-propety and technology practice; his clients range in size from Fortune 50 companies to emerging businesses. He is the co-author (with University of Houston Law Center professor and former dean Raymond T. Nimmer) of MODERN LICENSING LAW, a treatise covering all aspects of intellectual-property licensing.

Malcolm J. "Mal" Kaus, Ph.D, MBA, CLP, retired from ExxonMobil as Upstream Intellectual Property Process and Licensing Manager, with responsibility for all ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company’s work processes and procedures for the acquisition, maintenance, assertion and defense of its Intellectual Property. He had responsibility for all licensing transactions affecting ExxonMobil’s, and was also responsible for intellectual property aspects of commercial agreements, joint developments and joint industry programs, as well as dispute resolution and enforcement issues.

Mark E. Lowes has been vice president of litigation for KBR since 2007; in that role he has overseen the company’s handling of numerous third-party lawsuits relating to KBR’s role as a government contractor during the Iraq war, including related aspects of managing the company’s relationship with the U.S. Government. Before joining KBR, he was a partner with Bracewell & Patterson (now Bracewell & Giuliani) and Jenkens & Gilchrist.

Dell Charles "D. C." Toedt III is a lawyer and arbitrator in private practice and a lecturer at the University of Houston Law Center.  He was formerly vice president and general counsel of BindView Corporation, a publicly-traded software company, which he helped the founders to start, until the company's successful exit; before that he was a partner and member of the management committee at Arnold, White & Durkee, a 150-lawyer intellectual-property litigation boutique.  He is the author of the COMMON DRAFT public collection of contract checklists, clauses, and research notes (www.CommonDraft.org), excerpts from which will be referred to during the panel discussion.