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LES Houston Chapter Meeting

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

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Wednesday, November 11, 2015 
5:30 pm — 8:30 pm

Recent Legal Developments Affecting IP Licensing

Irene Kosturakis, Area Vice President-Intellectual Property, BMC Software, Inc.
Terril Lewis, Partner, Lewis & Reese
Victor Segura, Chief Patent Counsel, National Oilwell Varco
Russell T. Wong, Partner, Blank Rome

Jonathon Hance, Associate, Bracewell & Giuliani

This panel presentation will focus on the impact of recent legal developments and court rulings on patent licensing. The panel will feature a litigator, patent prosecutor and an academic to showcase a variety of perspectives on how these recent developments have impacted their fields.

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

Early registration:  Online, by Friday, November 6, 2015 12 pm CDT
LES Member: $30 
Non-Member: $40 
Student: $15

After November 6 and onsite 
LES Member: $35 
Non-Member: $50
Student: $15
LES Members may bring a first-time guest for no additional charge.

Deadline for online registration:  Monday, November 9, 2015

No refunds after November 9. Substitutions are permitted.

Jonathon Hance, Associate, Bracewell & Giuliani
Mr. Hance focuses his practice on energy and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on complex commercial disputes relating to energy-supply agreements, and particularly, ISDA Master Agreements, in the oil and gas, liquefied natural gas (LNG), trading and marketing, renewable, solar, chemical, and petrochemical industries. His litigation practice also includes cases of patent infringement, trademark infringement, and misappropriation of trade secrets in the areas of software, open-source code, mobile devices, computer hardware, gTLDs (generic top-level domain names), and network infrastructures. Mr. Hance served as a judicial clerk to the Honorable Jennifer Walker Elrod of the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit.

Mr. Hance represents an array of international clients in the energy, oil and gas, technology, software, media, advertising, radio, banking, payment processing, retail, transportation, medical, food and beverage, and aerospace and defense industries
He holds a B.A. in Applied Mathematics, B.A. in Viola Performance and a B.A. in Computer Science from Southern Methodist University. He holds a J.D. from Washington and Lee University School of Law.

Irene Kosturakis, Area Vice President-Intellectual Property at BMC Software, Inc.Irene Kosturakis is responsible for all intellectual property matters, including patent acquisition, development, and maintenance of the patent and trademark portfolios, patent litigation, copyrights, intellectual property transactions, and intellectual property due diligence for the BMC’s mergers and acquisitions.

Irene Kosturakis came to BMC in 2006 with over 16 years of experience handling intellectual property issues at Hewlett-Packard Company and Compaq Computer Corporation. At HP, she supported the Industry Standard Servers business unit on intellectual property legal issues. While at Compaq, Irene managed the development of the Company’s patent portfolio into a robust and assertable patent portfolio, and during the Compaq-Digital merger, Irene successfully merged the patent portfolios of the two companies and helped create an IP holding company for Compaq.

Irene is a registered patent attorney and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas.

Irene has a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property from the University of Houston, a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Terril Lewis, Partner, Lewis & Reese
Terril Lewis has practiced intellectual property (IP) law, with an emphasis on patents, for eighteen years. His practice is largely transactional and typically involves a significant involvement in the technical aspects of clients’ businesses.  He also assists with litigation matters, usually in the capacity of research and writing, and in appeals and oral argument at both the Federal Circuit and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

Mr. Lewis earned a B.S.E.E. from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Electrical Engineering from Rice University. He worked as an engineer at Texas Instruments (TI), where he was involved with integrated circuit design and manufacturing. During his tenure at TI he started law school at the University of Houston. After law school he worked at Arnold, White & Durkee, P.C., then Houston’s largest IP firm, and clerked for Judge Alan D Lourie of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC. He also earned his Master of Law in IP from George Washington University.

After his clerkship with the Federal Circuit, he worked for Arnold, White & Durkee, Howrey, LLP and Wong, Cabello, Lutsch, Rutherford, and Brucculeri, LLP. In 2014 he founded Lewis & Reese, PLLC. He has also served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Houston Law Center, where he teaches a variety of IP subjects.

Victor Segura, Chief Patent Counsel, National Oilwell Varco
Mr. Segura heads the IP group for a global energy equipment manufacturer, National Oilwell Varco (NOV).  He has practiced IP law for eighteen years, primarily in the oil and gas industry.  In his role as in-house counsel, Mr. Segura handles a wide range of legal and business issues, including licensing, merger and acquisition reviews, litigation management, policy and procedure implementation, and outside counsel management.  Prior to joining NOV, Mr. Segura was an in-house IP Counsel with Schlumberger.  After serving as a helicopter crew chief in the United States Marine Corps, he earned a B.S.E.E. from the University of Houston, and a J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center.  

Russell T. Wong, Partner, Blank Rome
Russell Wong concentrates his practice on intellectual property litigation, intellectual property licensing/opinions, and general intellectual property counseling, including patent portfolio strategy and development. Mr. Wong combines his law firm experience with his past experience as chief IP counsel of a Fortune 50 company at a nationally recognized intellectual property law firm to provide his clients with business-focused legal advice.
 He represents a wide range of clients, from small software startups to large multinational corporations, across numerous industries, from information technology to chemical processes. Mr. Wong’s extensive licensing experience includes large patent portfolio cross-licenses, agreements supporting a multi-hundred million dollar chemical plant project (e.g., technology rights, basic engineering, service, and catalyst supply), software licensing agreements (e.g., master license, support, and maintenance), joint development, and contracts with government agencies. Mr. Wong currently serves as counsel for a biosciences company that focuses on the use of fullerene carbon nanotubes for novel therapeutic applications in the area of cancer treatment. He frequently speaks on IP topics, including patent licensing, business method patents, and standards activities.

Mr. Wong earned his J.D. from  the University of Houston Law Center and a B.S. from Tulane University.