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The New European Trade Secret Directive: Contrasts with U.S. Law and its Licensing Implications
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LES Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Quadrus Conference Center
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, California  94025
United States

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Wednesday, September 30, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Quadrus Conference Center
2400 Sand Hill Road
Menlo Park, CA 94025

The New European Trade Secret Directive: Contrasts with U.S. Law and its Licensing Implications

In deciding whether to rely on trade secret protection, rather than patent protection, innovators need to be aware that trade secrets law differs, not just within the United States, but also across the globe.

Further, if seeking to rely on license trade secrets, the holder of the secrets needs to understand how their rights might be held and enforced in the U.S., and in other jurisdictions.

Speakers will explain how a new European trade secrets directive is intended to bring some harmonization in trade secrets law across Europe, and whether it might achieve that objective.

Speakers also will discuss how the European approaches echo and differ from U.S. practice, as well as the implications of trade secret licensing.

By the end of the seminar, delegates will have an appreciation of the extent to which trade secrets law differs in Europe and what they or their clients should be doing to maximize their position. Delegates also will come away better educated about mosquito nets (one of the cases that panelists will discuss).

Frank Bernstein, Partner, Singularity LLP (Redwood City)
Stijn Debaene, Partner, Fieldfisher (Brussels)
Mary Fuller, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, IP, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose)
Stefanie Greifeneder, Partner, Fieldfisher (Munich)
David Knight, Partner, Fieldfisher (London)

11:30 am — 12:30 pm Registration and Networking lunch
12:30 pm — 2:00 pm Program

Early, by Friday, Setpember 25, 2015, 9 pm PST
LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $50

After Friday, Setpember 25, 2015, 9pm PST
LES Members: $50
Non-Members: $55

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, September 28, 9pm PST

After September 28, contact James House, siliconvalleywriting@gmail.com

No refunds after Friday, Setpember 25
Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit

Frank Bernstein, Partner, Singularity LLP (Redwood City)
Frank Bernstein, a member of the Advisory Board for the Silicon Valley Chapter of LES, is a partner at Singularity LLP, a Silicon Valley intellectual property firm that counsels and represents technology companies in patent, trade secret, and other commercial matters.

Frank has a rare combination of extensive US Patent and Trademark Office experience, in both pre-grant and post-grant patent proceedings, and substantial US Federal district court experience in all phases of patent infringement litigation, from pre-filing investigations, through claim construction (Markman) hearings, trial and appeal. His experience spans a wide range of high technology areas, including computers, software, electronics, semiconductors, wireless, and e-commerce, as well as numerous areas of mechanical engineering.

Frank is a frequent panelist and speaker, both locally and nationally, covering topics such as recent patent precedent and legislation, open source software, trade secret protection, and patent portfolio development and management. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), and holds a JD and an MBA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Stijn Debaene, Partner, IP Enforcement and Litigation, Fieldfisher (Brussels)
Stijn Debaene has litigated in cases in all fields of intellectual property law with a particular focus on patents and trademarks as well as in several related fields, such as unfair competition law and sports law. His clients include multinationals in the retail (particularly fashion and toys), pharmaceuticals and chemicals sectors.

Stijn advises frequently on pharmaceutical law (also on non-IP related issues such as clinical trials, advertising and pricing and reimbursement issues) and assists pharma companies and other research-driven undertakings in drafting and negotiating research and development, Joint Development and other IP-sensitive agreements.

Stijn is frequently interviewed by Belgian and foreign journalists regarding “hot” IP-matters such as the European Court of Justice’s decisions regarding cross-border patent litigation and the Google AdWords litigation.

Stijn graduated from the Catholic University of Leuven and completed an LL.M at the Columbia University School of Law. He speaks Dutch, French, English, Spanish and Italian.

Mary Fuller, Managing Director and Associate General Counsel, IP, Maxim Integrated Products, Inc. (San Jose)
Mary Fuller is Chief IP Counsel at Maxim Integrated Products, Inc., where she has global responsibility for developing and implementing Maxim’s strategy to protect, enhance, defend and capture the value of its intellectual property.  As Maxim’s Chief IP Counsel, Mary’s responsibilities extend to all facets of intellectual property including all patent, copyright, trademark and IP Litigation strategy, as well as IP development, prosecution, disputes, licensing, acquisitions, policy, and standards-related matters.  Prior to Maxim, Mary worked at Marvell Semiconductor, Inc., where she was Director of Litigation, and before that at Bingham McCutchen LLP, and Pennie and Edmonds, LLP, where she worked on issues ranging from patent prosecution to patent litigation.  Mary has an AAS in Electronic Technology, a BSEE from Northern Arizona University, and received a J.D., with honors, from the University of Notre Dame, School of Law.

Stefanie Greifeneder, Partner, Commercial IP, Fieldfisher (Munich)
Dr. Stefanie Greifeneder is an expert with more than ten years’ experience in providing intellectual property, regulatory and commercial law related legal advice to national and international companies from a wide range of industry sectors.

Stefanie’s expertise includes drafting and negotiating a broad range of agreements in the life sciences, media and hotels and leisure sectors. She also represents her clients in administrative proceedings and before the respective courts. She has most recently advised a US-technology company in a case relating to an alleged patent infringement arising from specific features provided by an app. She has also represented a UK-based strategic investor in the healthcare sector in relation to an asset deal for the purchase of shares of a patent from an insolvent biotech company and in relation to the drafting and negotiating of a comprehensive license agreement with a public research institution.

Stefanie has spoken widely (e.g. as a lecturer on the unitary patent and the Unified Patent Court at an LES Chapter event in Palo Alto, California, and on healthcare compliance at a Management Circle seminar in Cologne, Germany). Furthermore, she has also written many articles on different legal topics and is a regular contributor to a blog on healthcare marketing under German and European law.

Stefanie is fluent in German and English and has an advanced knowledge of French. In her spare time, she likes to improve her endurance by running, and enjoys spending time with her family and friends.

David Knight, Partner, IP and Technology Protection and Enforcement, Fieldfisher (London)
David Knight is an intellectual property (IP) litigation lawyer with a particular focus on patents.

David graduated with a degree in electronic engineering and practiced as an engineer for a number of years before moving into the law and qualifying as a solicitor. In addition to working in solicitors’ practices, he has spent time with a firm of patent attorneys where, in addition to acting in patent litigation matters, he gained experience in patent prosecution. David joined Fieldfisher as a partner in May 2004.

David’s practice covers the full range of IP rights (patents, trademarks, designs, copyright, etc.), particularly where such rights are technical in character. The main focus of his practice is patent law. He advises on, and conducts both offensive and defensive litigation, of patent rights, patent infringement avoidance, commercial exploitation and acquisition, and how to use patents for competitive advantage. Often this is done on a multi-jurisdictional basis.

David believes it is important to challenge the existing legal status quo when necessary. As a result, he has been privileged to have been involved in some cases that have stretched existing laws and created new laws

David is often invited to speak at conferences around the world on patent and Intellectual Property subjects. He lectures on Intellectual Property at the Universities of Cambridge and Brunel. He also regularly writes articles for various publications. He is a member of IET, CIPA, LES, AIPPI & IPO.

David’s interests outside of work are his family and local rugby club.


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