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What Licensing Professionals Need to Know About Patent Trolls
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LES New York City Chapter Event

When: Thursday, April 16, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Where: Cornell Club
6 East 44th Street
New York, New York  10017
United States

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Thursday, April 16, 2015 
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
This meeting was originally scheduled March 5.

Cornell Club
6 East 44th Street 
New York, NY 10017

What Licensing Professionals Need to Know About Patent Trolls

Janet MacLeod, PhD, JD, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP

David Kalow, JD, Solo Practitioner
Heidi J. Martinez, JD, Associate General Counsel, Xerox Corp
James M. Singer, JD, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP

Patent Trolls have haunted companies both large and small for two decades with extortive patent assertion practices and litigation abuses. The past year has seen a multi-faceted attack, including a reintroduction of a patent reform bill intended to curb abusive patent litigation, executive actions, Supreme Court decisions, Federal Trade Commission complaints, and state Attorney General lawsuits. Our panel of professionals from the high technology and life science sectors will discuss their experiences with trolls, how the current environment is directing their patent and licensing strategies, and what's ahead.

ONLINE, by April 13, 2015
LES Member: $45
Non-Member: $60

LES Member: $60
Non-Member: $75

Online Registration Deadline: Wednesday, April 13, 12 PM EDT

No refunds after March 3rd
Substitutions are permitted


Janet MacLeod, PhD, JD, Partner, Fox Rothschild LLP - A partner in the Intellectual Property Department at Fox Rothschild LLP. Janet holds a law degree from Pace University and a doctoral degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Her practice is focused on the worldwide acquisition and enforcement of patents in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and chemical arts. She has extensive experience in all areas of patent practice, including preparation, prosecution and portfolio management. Janet provides opinions on patentability, infringement, validity and freedom to operate and also conducts intellectual property due diligence reviews.

David Kalow, JD
– A solo practitioner, with 35 years of litigation and Intellectual Property experience focused on developing IP asset strategy to improve profits, revenue and ROI. 
Formerly a founding partner of  Kalow & Springut, his practice included litigation, licensing, protection and transactions for patents, trademarks, copyrights and trade secrets, in such fields as biotech, cleantech, nanotech, software, chemical engineering, electronics, etc. 

David is an author of many IP articles, a frequent lecturer on IP ethics and issues and a former adjunct professor at Fudan University Shanghai), Seton Hall Law School, and NYU-Poly. 

Heidi J. Martinez, JD, Associate General Counsel, Xerox Corp - Heidi manages a team of legal professionals instrumental in developing and driving strategies for offensive and defensive patent litigation as well as providing guidance on patent litigation and licensing-related legal developments. She frequently collaborates with industry peers on patent transactions, intellectual property litigation matters and intellectual property policy issues. Heidi received her J.D., summa cum laude, from Boston College Law School in 1990 and her B.A., cum laude, in history and political science from the University of Rochester in 1986.

James M. Singer, JD, Partner, Fox Rothschild, LLP - As chair of Fox Rothschild’s Intellectual Property Department, Jim possesses a deep knowledge of patent, copyright and trade secrets laws. Jim handles strategic licensing matters, patent prosecution, freedom-to-practice studies and design-around analyses for clients across a range of industries. Jim also performs IP audits and due diligence to help investors and IP holding companies understand the value of their patents, as well identify obstacles to market entry and opportunities to expand their intellectual property rights. Jim was named a “top attorney” for both patent prosecution and licensing by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine’s “IAM 1000” (2010-2014). He has a BS in electrical engineering from Penn State and a JD, magna cum laude, from University of Pittsburgh School of Law.