A panel of experienced licensing professionals with diverse backgrounds will focus on both “business to business” licensing and “patent enforcement” licensing, exploring topics such as “Most Favored Nation” clauses, covenants not to sue, Changes in control/Affiliates, Allocation of rights to inventions, Grant backs/rights in improvements, Global royalty structures, NDA’s, Indemnification, among others.
Moderated by: Michael Zachary, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP.
Eric Hutchins, Patent Counsel, Oracle Corp.
Joseph Yang, PatentEsque Law Group
Ron Laurie, Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC
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Ron Laurie has worked in Silicon Valley since before it had that name, initially as a missile systems engineer at Lockheed-Sunnyvale and then as an IP and M&A lawyer and patent strategist. He is Managing Director at Inflexion Point Strategy, LLC, the first IP investment bank, which he launched in 2004. As a lawyer, Ron was a founding partner of Skadden Arps' Silicon Valley office, where he chaired the firm's IP Strategy and Transactions practice group. At Skadden, he led IP diligence teams in some of the largest high-tech and life sciences M&A, joint venture and technology spin-out deals ever done, worth over $50 billion in the aggregate. He was also a founding partner of the Silicon Valley offices of Weil Gotshal and Irell & Manella. He is a Director at Wi-LAN, Inc., one of the oldest and most successful publicly traded patent licensing companies.
Eric Hutchins is Patent Counsel at Oracle Corporation, where he works on patent licensing, patent-related diligence and counseling for M&A, patent prosecution for Oracle’s data storage division, and post-grant proceedings before the USPTO.
Joe Yang is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, specializing in licensing, JVs, and IP-centric deals, as well as having managed corporate patent portfolios & litigation, and been an arbitrator & expert witness. Previously, Joe was VP/GC of Cryptography Research, Inc., whose IP is used by licensees in billions of devices annually. Joe co-chairs the “Advanced Licensing," “Understanding the IP License” and “Patent Licensing Today” programs at PLI, and teaches "Patent & Technology Licensing" at Stanford Law School. Joe received his J.D. from Stanford, and a Ph.D. in engineering from Caltech.
Michael Zachary is a partner at Kenyon & Kenyon’s Palo Alto office, where he represents clients in tech transactions and patent litigation. He has negotiated patent license transactions on behalf of both patent owners and licensees, and has also negotiated tech transactions such as joint development and research and collaboration agreements, among others.