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LES Ottawa Chapter: Black Box Reveal – Investigating Patented Tech in Challenging Product Areas
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LES Ottawa Chapter: Black Box Reveal – Investigating Patented Technologies in Challenging Product Areas

When: Monday, May 14, 2018
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Where: Gowling WLG
160 Elgin Street
26th Floor, Henderson Rooms 4 & 5
Ottawa, Ontario  K1P 1C3
Contact: Jaimee Middelkamp
(613) 233-1781 ext. 57668

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Black Box Reveal – Investigating Patented Technologies in Challenging Product Areas


Monday, May 14, 2018
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.



Gowling WLG
160 Elgin Street
26th Floor, Henderson Rooms 4 & 5
Ottawa, ON  K1P 1C3 


Black box reveal is the term we use to refer to “the hard stuff” – technology that for one reason or another is difficult to analyze for evidence of use. These can be devices that are physically impossible to re-create, virtual environments, devices located in remote or impossible to access locations, encrypted devices, etc. Some sample uses include determining the unlock code for a cell phone, testing location-specific products, finding software innovations in embedded applications, and determining implementations of features in the cloud.

Because of the complexity that can be involved in a black box reveal, the key deciding factors are often cost, time, and likelihood of success. Generally speaking, if a thing can be built, it can be un-built (reverse engineered); what can determine if it should be un-built is the potential benefit of the black box reveal to the current business need.

This presentation will address some of the different use cases where black box investigation may be required, and it will help define the price point at which black box reveal moves from “difficult” to “unfeasible” for an organization. 

Sandwiches and light snacks will be served. 


Van Thompson

Van Thompson has worked with TechInsights, an intellectual property services business that works with clients to maximize the value of their patent assets, since 1998. As Director, Professional Services, Mr. Thompson provides leadership to TechInsights’ global team of Principals and Advisors whilst working directly with several clients including external licensing agencies and in-house corporate counsel of leading technology firms. Areas of specialization include patent portfolio management; reverse engineering for competitive intelligence or licensing purposes; and IP due diligence & risk management. He is a Professional Engineer (Ontario) and holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Queen’s University.


Registration Fees:   $15.00 CAD ($11.64 US )

Registration fees will be charged in US $


The LES Ottawa Chapter uses online registration for members and non-members and accepts payment by credit card.  Members should login to the registration page with their LES online account.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after May7th.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.


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