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Silicon Valley Annual Conference 2017

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

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LES Silicon Valley Chapter’s 17th Annual Conference

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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 Goldberg, Venrock, Andrew Gray, Morgan Lewis, Nola Masterson, Science Futures, Bill Reichert,Garage Technology Ventures, 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 Joe Beyers, Inventergy, and include panelists Andrea Gothing, Robins Kaplan, Matt Powers, Tensegrity Law Group, and Bob Taylor, RPT Legal Strategies.


World IP Day 2017Join LES-SVC at its 17th Annual Conference in celebrating World IP Day on April 26, 2017: Innovation – Improving Lives

In 2000, the World Intellectual Property Organization member states designated April 26 – the day the WIPO Convention came into force in 1970 – as World IP Day with the aim of increasing general understanding of IP.  Since then, World IP Day has offered a unique opportunity each year to join with others around the globe to consider how IP contributes to the flourishing of music and the arts and to driving the technological innovation that helps shape our world.


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:
4.5 hours of MCLE credit available.

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 Goldberg, Operating Partner, Venrock 
Andrew Gray, Partner, Morgan Lewis
Nola Masterson, Founder, Science Futures
Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
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:  Joe Beyers, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Inventergy Global Inc.

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


Joe Beyers, Founder, Chairman & CEO, Inventergy Global Inc.
Inventergy is the fourth IP-centric startup for Joe, after a 34 year career leading IP licensing for Hewlett-Packard. While at HP, he increased the IP income for the company by 20x in just six years. In addition to driving the IP strategy for HP, he reviewed and approved every IP transaction, including patent licensing, technology licensing, brand licensing, standards based licensing and patent sales & acquisitions. A corporate veteran with an inventor's soul, Joe developed operating systems, was the lead inventor of the world's first single chip 32bit microprocessor and led M&A, technology partnership, and corporate strategy programs for HP.


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.


Steve Goldberg, Operating Partner, Venrock
Steve Goldberg joined Venrock in 2009 after having been CEO of several early stage companies including DataRunway, Vidient, Arcwave and CoWave Networks. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Research and Development at Nokia Internet Communications and Vice President and General Manager of the Wireless Communications Division at Cylink Corporation. Steve also held senior management and engineering positions at Trimble Navigation and Hewlett Packard. At Venrock, Steve focuses on investments in connectivity, M2M/Internet of Things, robotics and embedded systems. He currently sits on the Board of Directors of Asoka, FutureDial, Red Seal, and Quantenna Communications. Previous board seats include Canesta (Acq by Microsoft), Kineto Wireless (Acq by Taqua), Newport Media (Acq by Atmel), and Teranetics (Acq by PLX Technology).

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. 

Andrew Gray, Partner, Morgan Lewis
Andrew Gray concentrates his practice on intellectual property (IP) litigation and prosecution and on strategic IP counseling. Andrew advises both established companies and start-ups on computer and Internet law issues, financing and transactional matters that involve technology firms, and the sale and licensing of technology. He represents clients in patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret cases before state and federal trial and appellate courts throughout the United States, and before the US International Trade Commission. In addition to IP litigation and counseling, Andrew provides IP portfolio management services for both start-up and Fortune 500 firms. He is a member of several bar associations, in addition to the International Trademark Association and the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA).

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.

Nola Masterson, Founder, Science Futures
Nola Masterson works with BoardWise clients on governance practices and coaches directors and aspirational directors. She is an experienced global executive and board leader serving on public company, venture-backed private company and non- profit organization boards. Her successful business experience, as CEO and co- founder of Sequenom, (SQNM) and the first analyst in biotechnology on Wall Street with Drexel Burnham Lambert and Merrill Lynch, followed successful business building at Millipore for eight years. She has experience in managing her own venture fund, as well as being a Venture Partner in a major European IT and life sciences venture fund, TVM Capital. During her 10 years on the Repros Therapeutics (RPRX) Board she has advised the CEO on strategy, finance, operations, and recruitment of the board. Areas of expertise include medical device, pharmaceuticals, scientific tools, separation processes and diagnostics technology as well as genetic analysis.


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. 

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.

Bill Reichert, Managing Director, Garage Technology Ventures
Bill Reichert has over 30 years of experience as an entrepreneur and investor. Since co-founding Garage with Guy Kawasaki in 1998, Bill has focused on early-stage information technology and materials science companies. As an investor, Bill has been a board director or board observer at CaseStack, WhiteHat Security, ClearFuels Technology, Simply Hired, MiaSole, D.light Design, ThermoCeramix, and VisaNow, among others. Prior to Garage, Bill was a co-founder or senior executive in several venture-backed technology startups, including Trademark Software, The Learning Company, and Academic Systems. Earlier in his career, he worked at McKinsey & Company, Brown Brothers Harriman & Co., and the World Bank. Bill earned a B.A. at Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Stanford University. He was a founding board member and a Chairman of the Churchill Club. He was also a charter member and a Board Member of the Silicon Valley Association of Startup Entrepreneurs. Currently he is an Advisor to the Women’s Startup Lab in Silicon Valley, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

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.

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