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April 27, 2017 (Thursday)



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Patent Assertion in the Oilfield


Success in the E&P industry depends, at least in part, on technological development. This dependence is no different than the reliance the telecommunication and computer industries have on technological development. Since patent assertion plays an important role in the telecommunication and computer industries, it follows patent assertion activities are relevant to the E&P industry too.


This panel discussion focuses on the role patent assertion activities play in the E&P industry and how this role is likely to evolve.


The LES Houston Chapter would like to thank our generous Platinum-level sponsor for this event:

ARTICLE ONE PARTNERS (www.articleonepartners.com)



John Keville, Houston Office Managing Partner

Winston & Strawn LLP


Ryan Gum, Managing Intellectual Property Counsel

National Oilwell Varco


Raymond Millien, Chief IP Counsel

GE Oil & Gas



James Woods, Ph.D., Principal

Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC



July 20, 2017 (Thursday)

Location TBD


Networking 5-6

Presentation begins at 6



 Impact of Recent Court Cases on “Real World” Royalty Rates


Recent court decisions have generally reduced awards of reasonable royalty damages in patent litigations. These recent decisions address topics such as what is patentable subject matter, when injunctions should be issued, when attorney fees can be recovered and how royalty bases used in royalty calculations should be determined.  How and to what extent have (or should have) these decisions impacted royalty rates negotiated in the “real world”?  Come network with your fellow licensing professionals and hear a distinguished panel of experts discuss this important question from a variety of perspectives including litigation, transaction and industry licensing.


Please plan on joining us for this informative summer-time panel discussion!


Interested in sponsoring our next event?  Please contact Edward Barlow, Houston Chapter Sponsorship Chair (contact information at link to the right).



The Houston Chapter is one of over 35 LES Chapters in LES (USA & Canada.) LES Chapters are located throughout USA and Canada in areas with concentrations of LES Members and licensing professionals. The Houston Chapter, under the direction of the Chapter Leadership hold regular meetings where LES Members and outside speakers give presentations on topics relevant to technology transfer and licensing. Register for an upcoming Houston Chapter event or view past events.

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Louise Levien PhD CLP, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company registered for the event Patent Assertion on the Oilfield.
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Timothy Kinn CLP, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company registered for the event Patent Assertion on the Oilfield.
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D. C. Toedt III registered for the event Patent Assertion on the Oilfield.
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Chair Elect
D. C. Toedt III
Jonathon K. Hance CLP, Bracewell LLP
Shayne Phillips MS MBA, Halliburton
Membership Chair
Margaret L. Harris CLP, ExxonMobil Upstream Research Company
Membership Chair
Carol M. Nielsen, Nielsen IP Law LLC
Membership Chair
Ronald G. Vollmar CPA CFA CFE ABV, Berkeley Research Group
Past Chair
Anne M. Culotta PhD MBA JD LLM, Culotta Law Firm, PLLC
Past Chair
Louise Levien PhD CLP, Retired
Past Chair
Jeffrey S. Whittle CLP, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
Program Chair
Chris Johnson, Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC
Sponsorship Chair
Edward C. Barlow, The BVA Group
Sponsorship Chair
David M. Leathers, Alvarez & Marsal