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Silicon Valley Annual Conference 2017

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When: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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Hewlett-Packard World Headquarters
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA 94304
United States
Contact: Martha Casey ("Casey")

Online registration is available until: 4/24/2017
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LES Silicon Valley Chapter’s 17th Annual Conference

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Join LES-SVC for its 17th Annual Conference "Do Patents Still Matter?"  

The conference includes a full day of speakers, panel presentations, networking and lunch at Hewlett Packard Enterprise World Headquarters in Palo Alto.

The morning session, moderated by Damon Matteo, Fulcrum Strategy, is "Angel Investors on Patents," including panelists Steve Millard, Pathfinder Partners, Manthi Nguyen, Sand Hill Angels, Carol Sands, Angels Forum. and Ron Weisman, Band of Angels.

The panel will be followed by "Perspectives from the USPTO," by John Cabeca, United States Patent and Trademark Office Silicon Valley.

Following lunch, our keynote speaker, Jim Marggraff, serial entrepreneur, will address "IP: More than Meets the Eyes in M&A."  As a fitting conclusion to the conference, the afternoon panel, "Patent Litigation: Going, Going...Gone?" will be moderated by Mark Holmes, Patent-Bridge, and include panelists Andrea Gothing, Robins Kaplan, Matt Powers, Tensegrity Law Group, and Bob Taylor, RPT Legal Strategies.

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Program Details

(See schedule below)

Wednesday, April 26, 2017
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Hewlett-Packard Enterprise World Headquarters
3000 Hanover Street
Palo Alto, CA  94304 

Registration Fees:

Through Friday, April 21:
LES Members: $100.00
Non-Members: $110.00
LES Student Members: $55.00

After Friday, April 21:
LES Members: $110.00
Non-Members: $120.00
LES Student Members: $65.00

Online Registration Deadline:
Monday, April 24
5:00 p.m. PST

After Monday, April 24, contact Casey at caseym10@hotmail.com.

MCLE Credit:
This event qualifies for 4.5 hours of MCLE credit.

Celebrate World IP Day with the LES Silicon Valley Chapter!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Event Schedule

8:00 - 9:00 a.m. -- Registration, continental breakfast

9:00 - 9:15 a.m. --  Welcome and Introductions, Larry Udell, LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair

9:15 - 10:45 a.m. -- “Angel Investors on Patents”
Moderator: Damon Matteo, CEO, Fulcrum Strategy

Steve Millard, Co-Founder, Pathfinder Partners
Manthi Nguyen, Vice President, Sand Hill Angels
Carol Sands, Founder  & Managing Member, Angels Forum
Ron Weismann, Software SIG Chair, Band Of Angels

10:45 - 11:00 a.m. -- 
Break and networking

11:00 - 11:30 a.m. --  “Perspectives from the USPTO”
John Cabeca, Director, West Coast Region, United States Patent and Trademark Office Silicon Valley

11:30 - 1:00 p.m. -- Buffet Lunch

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. -- "IP: More than Meets the Eyes in M & A"
Keynote Speaker: Jim Marggraff, serial entrepreneur dedicated to developing innovative technologies

2:00 - 2:15 p.m. --Break and networking

2:15 - 3:45 p.m. -- “Patent Litigation: Going, Going… Gone?”

Moderator:  Mark Holmes, CEO, Patent-Bridge 

Andrea Gothing, Partner, Robins Kaplan
Matt Powers, Partner, Tensegrity Law Group
Bob Taylor, Founder & Owner, RPT Legal Strategies

3:45 - 4:00 p.m. --Closing Remarks


John Cabeca, Director, United States Patent and Trademark Office Silicon Valley
As the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s west coast regional office in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, John ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 26 years, he previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across the Agency’s leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering. He became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.

Andrea Gothing, Partner, Robins Kaplan
Andrea Gothing is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Department at Robins Kaplan. She 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. She 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.  

Andrea 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. 

Mark Holmes, Founder & CEO, PatentBridge

The founder and CEO of PatentBridge is Mark Holmes. He is a registered patent attorney experienced in all aspects of patent brokering and patent licensing. He has negotiated numerous patent deals, both inbound and outbound, as well as represented patent owners in the brokering of their patents.

He has advised some of the largest companies and academic institutions in the world such as Visa, Sony, Applied Materials, Intergraph (in its settlement of Intergraph vs. Intel), University of California at Berkeley (Berkeley Lab), Biosite, Fairchild Semiconductor, Rigel Pharma and Yamanouchi Pharma, as well as sole inventors. He has been on both sides of the table — as buyer and seller — which has given him a unique understanding of both perspectives and the negotiating tactics employed by each party to the deal.

He also possesses strong business experience from many years of negotiating patent deals. He also has first hand business startup experience from being the co-founder of a successful telecommunications startup which was sold in the late 1990’s to a portfolio company of the Alabama state retirement fund (RSA).

He is an angel investor both individually and as a Band of Angels member and an adviser to technology startups. Mr. Holmes earned his engineering degree from Brown University. He is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and the IEEE Computer Society. Before founding PatentBridge, he served as counsel to Townsend & Townsend & Crew, formerly the largest intellectual property law firm west of the Mississippi.

Jim Marggraff
Jim Marggraff is a serial entrepreneur dedicated to developing innovative technologies that improve learning, communication, and productivity. Jim’s latest project, Eyefluence, was recently acquired by Google, and his previous companies include Livescribe, (inventor of the smartpen), Explore Technologies, and StrataCom. He has held a number of executive positions at LeapFrog Enterprises and invented LeapPad learning system, leading to sales of over $1 billion worldwide. Jim holds 36+ patents/apps and was Ernst &Young N. CA Entrepreneur of the Year, 2011. He holds both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT.. Jim’s latest project, Eyefluence, was recently acquired by Google, and his previous companies include Livescribe, Explore Technologies and StrataCom. He also invented the LeapPad learning system, leading to sales of more than $1 billion worldwide. Jim holds 36 pending and issued patents, and he is listed as one of MIT’s top 150 inventors.

Damon Matteo; CEO, Fulcrum Strategy
Mr. Matteo is CEO of Fulcrum Strategy, providing strategic guidance and tactical execution to realize maximum commercial advantage from innovation and intellectual property assets: from invention through monetization. His career spans over twenty years across all facets of the strategic creation, funding, management and commercialization of high-value innovations and IP assets in an international context. 

With an emphasis on creating commercial impact, he focuses on developing advantaged technologies that command profitable market positions, then fortifying that advantage through comprehensive intellectual property protection. Regularly employing vehicles such as new business creation (startups/spin-outs), M&A, licensing, assertion, venture/strategic funding, and novel business models, he also ensures optimal returns from these assets. To that end, he has successfully completed transactions representing organizations in the US, Europe, and Asia, ranging from Fortune 500® companies to start-ups, universities and national laboratories. Aside from their strategic benefits, a number of these transactions were valued at over US$100 million. He operates across industry and technology domains spanning: mobile computing & smartphones, big data, social-networking, energy and clean-tech (e.g. solar & water), web and e-commerce, computer and consumer electronics, networking (e.g. interoperability & security) and telecom. 

Steve Millard, Co-Founder, Pathfinder Partners

Steve Millard is a Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Co-Founder of five NASDAQ companies, and earlier a VP of a Fortune 500 company. Now, he is Co-Founder of Pathfinder Partners, which works with US National Security groups in anti-terrorism activities. Boards, past and present, include: the Wharton School, the Kellogg School, Wharton’s Entrepreneurial Center, and the UC-Berkeley School of Public Policy. He’s a Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the National Defense University and an investor and advisor to many VC funds.

Manthi Nguyen, Vice President, Sand Hill Angels
Manthi Nguyen has over twenty five years of diverse experience in all functions of managing and growing businesses with capital efficiency and operational effectiveness in a wide range of industries: real-time control systems, telecommunications and networking, Internet services, publishing, heath and fitness, and manufacturing.

In the early part of her career, Manthi joined General Motors Advanced Manufacturing Research in developing technologies for office and factory automation. She participated in developing international standards for Open System Interconnect with National Institute of Standard and Technology (NIST). Manthi was involved in a series of early startup developing routing and networking technologies that were later acquired by NEC, Cabletron, Tut Systems, and Cisco. In the last 10 years, Manthi has brought her executive experience to focus on small businesses. Manthi Nguyen received her BSEE from University of Washington, and her MBA from University of Michigan.

Matt Powers, Partner, Tensegrity Law Group
Matt Powers is known for taking tough cases to trial and winning them. He tries patent cases, trade secret cases, fraud cases, fiduciary duty cases, antitrust cases and contract cases. He has tried patent cases in every major patent venue, including U.S. district courts all over the country and the ITC, as well as maintaining a successful appellate practice at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. His litigation experience spans a wide variety of technologies, including computer hardware and software; operating systems and databases; networking; semiconductor devices, processing, and packaging; mobile phones and other consumer electronics; mobile commerce; medical devices; Wi-Fi and location services. Many of the world's leading companies have called on him to lead trial teams in difficult cases, and he is often called on to replace another firm's litigation team for trial on very short notice. He has led teams winning billion dollar cases for many of the leading companies in the world.

He is one the founding partners of the Tensegrity Law Group LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in patent litigation trials, and appellate and counseling matters. Many of the patent cases handled by Tensegrity are further complicated by trade secret, contract, or other issues. Prior to forming Tensegrity, Mr. Powers was a managing partner at Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP.

Carol Sands of Angels Forum
Carol Sands is the Founder of The Angels’ Forum and the Managing General Partner of The Halo Funds. She has spent more than 30 years with investing, entrepreneurial, and/or large corporate institutions.

The Angels’ Forum (TAF) has been investing in, mentoring and advising Silicon Valley startups from the seed stage all the way through a meaningful exit since 1997. They are a diverse group of 25 high net worth private investors, all of whom have been CEO’s, founders or senior executives of successful entrepreneurial ventures.

In addition to her investment based responsibilities, Carol teaches at Stanford University and is active with Global Women’s Leadership Network (www.gwln.org). She is also a Director of the Sands Family Foundation which funds early stage and pre NIH (National Institute of Health) research relating to prostate and ovarian cancers.

Bob Taylor, Founder & Owner, RPT Legal Strategies

Bob Taylor is the founder and owner of RPT Legal Strategies PC in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, which provides legal and business advice to companies and investors with respect to litigation, antitrust, intellectual property and related fields of law. 

Bob's experience includes more than 40 years of dealing with a wide range of technologies and industries in litigation, deals & mergers and investing. He has served as lead counsel in dozens of patent cases involving diverse technologies and industries that include microprocessors, medical devices, DNA arrays, pharma products, semiconductor manufacturing equipment and processes, LCD computer displays, solar cells, nanotechnologies, computer memories and graphics accelerators, microfiltration devices, automotive electronics, high yield catalysts for making polyolephins, and many more. 

In addition, Bob has written and lectured on the strategic and tactical uses of intellectual property in a business context and the legal principles that govern such uses. He frequently counsels and advises both large and small companies as to best practices in protecting their own IP and avoiding or managing IP conflicts with others. 

Ron Weissman, Band of Angels
Ron Weissman was vice president of strategy and corporate marketing for Verity, a global leader in corporate information retrieval and knowledge management. During his tenure at Verity, the executive team earned the large company “turnaround of the year” award (1999) from the Turnaround Management Association; Verity gained dominant market share and saw its market capitalization grow from $50 million to more than $1.5 billion. Prior to Verity, Ron spent more than five years at NeXT Computer, where he managed European and corporate marketing. In addition to his work in Silicon Valley, he ran academic computing at Brown University and at the University of Maryland, where he was Associate Professor of History. He is the author of two books on the history of Florence during the Renaissance.

The Silicon Valley Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members.  Members should login to the LES website to access their account.

A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after April 21.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact Dana Whitley for assistance: (703) 234-4054 (9:00-4:30 ET).

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