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The Alice Decision, One Year Later
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LES Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, July 22, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, California  94301
United States

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Sheraton Palo Alto
625 El Camino Real
Palo Alto, CA 94301

The Alice Decision, One Year Later

In the year since the Supreme Court decided CLS Bank v. Alice, “software” patent lawsuit filings have declined. “Software” patent issuance has plummeted. Citing Alice, district courts have dismissed dozens of patent suits, even before discovery or claim construction. Patent examiners have been allowing practically one-tenth as many software patents as before. Companies are rethinking and reworking licensing, patenting, and litigation strategies in light of Alice. Panelists on the front lines in litigation, prosecution and licensing will discuss what kinds of claims the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the courts have allowed or rejected since Alice, and offer their thoughts on the continuing impact of the decision.

John Cabeca, Director, Silicon Valley Office, USPTO
Ivan Chaperot, VP of IP Licensing, Finjan
Sandy Godsey, Senior Director, Innovation & IP Portfolios, PayPal, Inc.
Michael Zachary, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Matt Wade, Patent Attorney and IP Litigation Manager, Hewlett Packard

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Registration and Networking lunch
12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Program

Early, by Friday, July 17, 2015, 9 PM PST
LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $50

After Friday, July 17, 2015, 9 PM PST
LES Members: $50
Non-Members: $55

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, July 20, 9 PM PST

After July 20, contact James House, siliconvalleywriting@gmail.com

No refunds after Friday, July 17
Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit

John Cabeca, Director, Silicon Valley Office, USPTO
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 establishing and leading the Silicon Valley satellite office. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the Silicon Valley's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

A 25-year veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Mr. Cabeca most recently served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role he oversaw the staff of the Office of the Under Secretary, and worked closely with fellow members of USPTO’s Executive Committee 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. Mr. Cabeca later became a supervisory patent examiner, supervising examiners in the fields of computer memory access and control and graphical user and operator interfaces. He then joined the Senior Executive Service (SES), serving at the helm of the Patent Technology Center overseeing the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies until his assignment in the Office of the Under Secretary and Director.

Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to inventor outreach and assistance programs. He also had the unique opportunity to work in a variety of organizations across the USPTO and throughout the federal government. Over the years, Mr. Cabeca served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative’s (USTR’s) Office for Intellectual Property and Innovation and the Office for Japan, Korea, and Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Forum Affairs. At the USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.

Ivan Chaperot, VP of IP Licensing, Finjan
Ivan Chaperot is Vice President of Licensing and is responsible for leading Finjan’s licensing programs. Mr. Chaperot’s expertise is the development and implementation of outbound patent licensing programs in the U.S. and in Europe, and he has lead over $100 million in IP Licensing program.

Prior to joining Finjan, Mr. Chaperot worked at Intel Corporation where he was responsible for strategic patent acquisitions and licensing transactions. Prior to Intel, Mr. Chaperot was a licensing executive at Intellectual Ventures, where he developed and led several IP monetization programs. Prior to Intellectual Ventures, Mr. Chaperot was at Alcatel Lucent where he was responsible for IP licensing negotiations and the development of a patent sales program. Ivan started his career at Thales in France, where he developed and managed IP portfolios relating to security and embedded electronics markets.

Mr. Chaperot is a member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and LES International. He has authored and lectured on financial valuation and licensing. Mr. Chaperot is a European Patent Attorney and a French Patent Attorney.

Sandy Godsey, Senior Director, Innovation & IP Portfolios, PayPal, Inc.
For almost twenty years, Sandy Godsey has worked in all aspects of Intellectual Property and in a variety of industries, including semiconductor processing, wireless technologies and devices, software, analog and digital electronics, internet businesses, ecommerce, payments and microprocessors. Her career includes extensive work in technology licensing, strategic acquisition, and internal portfolio building, including development and launch of the Kindle family of products at Amazon, development and management of the portfolio at Qualcomm, development and licensing of the Metamaterial (MTM) portfolio at Rayspan, and currently as Senior Director at PayPal, responsible for the innovation and patent portfolio development, branding, and strategic acquisition and divestiture of IP.

Sandy Godsey's academic credentials include a BS EE and MS EE from Drexel University and a JD from University of Texas at Austin. Prior to law school, she worked as an electrical engineer at Motorola, during which she spent three years working as a product and field application engineer in Japan.

Michael Zachary, Partner, Kenyon & Kenyon LLP
Michael Zachary focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and enforcement, and regularly represents clients in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark and other intellectual property litigation cases. He also counsels clients on a variety of technology and intellectual property agreements, including design and development, manufacturing and supply, product evaluation, and patent and trademark license agreements. He has represented large, mid-size, and start-up companies based in the United States, Japan, and Europe, including Volkswagen, Skype, Amazon, Wacom, PRISM Pharma, and Boston Scientific. In 2014, he was recognized as a California "IP Star" by Managing Intellectual Property. Michael received his law degree from Harvard Law School, and his undergraduate degree from Columbia University.

Mr. Zachary joined Kenyon in 2013 from an intellectual property boutique, where he was a partner. He began his legal career at Morrison & Foerster in California, where he became a partner in 1990.

Matt Wade, Patent Attorney and IP Litigation Manager, Hewlett Packard
Matt Wade is a patent attorney and IP litigation manager at Hewlett Packard. In his current position at HP, Matt manages a docket of complex and high stakes intellectual property litigations and non-litigation disputes. Matt started his career with Hewlett-Packard as an engineer and joined the legal department through their legal associate program. He holds Master degrees in both Mechanical and Electrical Engineering from Penn State University. Mr. Wade graduated, with honors, from Widener School of Law in 1996.


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