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LES Austin Chapter: Exploring the Roles of IP in Monetizing AI

When: 3/4/2020
From 6:30 pm until 8:15 pm
Where: The Capital Factory
Captain America Room - 8th floor
701 Brazos St.
Austin, Texas  78701
United States
Contact: Edwin De Angel

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The Austin and Hill Country Chapter of the Licensing Executive Society invites you to a Networking and Panel Discussion Events at the Capital Factory   


Exploring the Roles of IP in Monetizing AI



Wednesday, March 4, 2020
6:30-8:15 PM



The Capital Factory
Captain America Room - 8th floor
701 Brazos St.
Austin, TX 78701


Join us for a panel discussion looking through multiple perspectives on the practical roles of IP in monetizing AI applications.  We will focus on aspects of the practical effect of legal choices including benefits, risks and limitations as they impact business applications for inventors, adopting industries, licensors and executives.

An application for accreditation of this activity has been submitted to the MCLE Committee of the State Bar of Texas and is pending.

Food and Refreshments will be provided.


Trevor E. Lind, Senior Attorney at Schwegman, Lundberg and Woessner

Trevor’s practice focuses on developing and enforcing intellectual property portfolios for clients ranging in size from startups to Fortune 500 companies. He is well-versed in the role that intellectual property plays in the different phases of a company’s development and works with clients to understand their business needs and helps develop intellectual property assets that provide value toward their business goals.

Trevor has intellectual property experience in the electrical arts, the chemical arts, and the life sciences, for example, extensive experience in cloud computing, computer hardware, software, polymers, solutions, semiconductor processing, small molecules, synthetic biology, sequencing technologies, medical imaging, medical devices, and the complex intersection of the life sciences and electrical arts. In particular, he has experience working with DNA computing technologies, machine learning to predict patient outcomes, machine learning to design large molecules and optimize large molecule production, and algorithms to analyze and evaluate clinical trials data.


Steve Pollinger, Principal at Mckool Smith


Steve Pollinger has been working in IP for nearly 30 years. He is a Principal at McKool Smith here in Austin, an office he helped found in 2000. He is a trial lawyer and registered patent attorney focused on patent and other IP cases nationwide. He has tried several cases to verdict, three of which have resulted in verdicts of over $100M each. He has a master’s degree in electrical engineering and served as a Judicial Clerk to Judge Plager at the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington, D.C.


Paola Retes, Associate at IronSpring Ventures

Paola Retes serves as Associate and supports deal sourcing and execution alongside all other day-to-day activities related to Ironspring. Paola is a CFA® charterholder and brings significant financial expertise to Ironspring's network of operators and portfolio companies.


Mark A. Smith, Principal at Mark Andrew Smith, PLLC

Mark’s legal practice concentrates on Intellectual Property and builds on his prior experience, both as a Partner in an IP boutique and in-house as Attorney and Senior IP Counsel in leading R&D, software and energy companies. 

He has served as an adjunct law professor and serves entrepreneurs and graduate students in commercializing new technologies mentoring teams and judging business plans in related professional, academic and accelerator programs.  Active in the Licensing Executive Society, Mark has served in leadership positions in the local chapter and nationally with the LES Foundation.

Mark has engineering and law degrees from SMU, an LL.M from UH and an MSTC (technology commercialization) from the UT/McCombs; is admitted to the Texas Bar and the USPTO; and is credentialed as CLP Emeritus (Certified Licensing Professional, CLP Inc.) and a RTTP (Association of Technology Transfer Professionals).


Mike Taylor, CEO KtMINE


As CEO, Mike sits at the helm of ktMINE, a global intellectual property data research platform. With 20-years of experience in systems architecture and design, Mike custom-built the infrastructure that powers ktMINE’s suite of applications. A master of several programming languages, he is experienced in everything from back-office integration to enterprise-scale software engineering.Mike’s passion for data, connections, and the business insights found within drives him to find innovative ways to provide actionable insights to business professionals. Since its inception, ktMINE has added millions of data points beyond royalties and licensing information. The new resulting platform is utilized across different industries and well-known organizations to drive corporate IP strategy and growth by utilizing the value within their IP portfolios.  


Peter Walker, Ph.D., Sr. Director Visa AI Platform


Peter is a senior director in Visa Data Product Division. He leads the development of Visa’s next-generation Artificial Intelligence Platform (VAIP). VAIP is built on modern AI capabilities and deployed at scale, empowering the delivery of better consumer experience and new services to Visa clients.


He has extensive experience in developing large scale, low-latency multimedia applications and systems, cloud computing, networking, and systems management products and technologies.  Before joining Visa, he was the CTO and Cofounder of JamKazam, a social media and interactive platform that enables musicians to discover, connect, and play live and in-sync across the internet. 


Peter is a pioneer of the field of Cloud Video Gaming now being offered by Google, Microsoft, and Sony. He cofounded SpawnLabs, which led to the development of the technology for real-time video game streaming as a service. In 2008 SpawnLabs was awarded the Austin Tech Innovation award in Gaming. He also served as CTO of GameStop Cloud Gaming Division, after GameStop acquired SpawnLabs. Additionally, he worked at IBM Research modeling networks for use in supercomputers. He earned his Masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science and Engineering from Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island.


Member/Nonmembers: $35


We wish to thank The Capital Factory for their generous support in underwriting this program. 


The Austin 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.

Cancellations are non-refundable after February 26.  Substitutions are accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.


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