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Challenges and Opportunities in The Internet of Things (IoT): Moving Towards a Connected World
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LES Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
Where: Freidenrich Conference Center JCC
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, California  94303
United States

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Wednesday, March 18, 2015
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Freidenrich Conference Center
3921 Fabian Way
Palo Alto, CA 94303

Challenges and Opportunities in The Internet of Things (IoT): Moving Towards a Connected World

Google's recent acquisition of Nest Labs for $3.2 billion the first major acquisition in the field of home automation, one of the fastest growing segments of the Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystem. IDC estimates that the number of connected devices will grow to 212 billion by 2020, with about 30 billion devices smart enough to operate without human control.

The panel will focus on new challenges and opportunities related to technology development, intellectual property and monetization in the IoT ecosystem. The panel includes legal, academic and technology experts representing various aspects of the IoT value chain, from technology infrastructure, through big data analytics and smart devices . The discussion will focus on the following topics:

  • Major technology trends the IoT ecosystem
  • Value creation opportunities and emerging business and revenue models
  • Major challenges and enabling technology critical to IoT growth
  • Communication standards and IP licensing issues

Craig Lilly, Shareholder, Greenberg-Traurig LLP

Prof. Amin Arbabian, Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group 
Dr. Alan Messer, VP, Head of Advanced Software Technology, Samsung Electronics
Stephanie Perron, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Gene Wang, CEO, PeoplePower

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

Early, by Friday, March 13, 2015, 9 PM PST
LES Members: $45
Non-Members: $50

After Friday, March 13, 2015, 9 PM PST
LES Members: $50
Non-Members: $55

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, March 16, 9 PM PST

After March 16, contact James House, siliconvalleywriting@gmail.com

No refunds after Friday, March 13
Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit

Prof. Amin Arbabian, 
Dept. of Electrical Engineering, Stanford University
Amin Arbabian received his Ph.D. degree in EECS from UC Berkeley in 2011. In 2012 he joined Stanford University, as an Assistant Professor of Electrical Engineering, where he is also a School of Engineering Terman Fellow. In 2007 and 2008, he was part of the initial engineering team at Tagarray, Inc. He spent summer 2010 at Qualcomm's Corporate R&D division. Amin's research interests are in high-frequency circuits, systems, and antennas, medical imaging, and ultra-low power sensors.  

Prof. Arbabian is the recipient/co-recipient of multiple awards, including the 2014 DARPA Young Faculty Award, 2013 IEEE International Conference on Ultra-Wideband (ICUWB) best paper award, 2013 Hellman Faculty Scholarship, 2010 IEEE Jack Kilby Award for Outstanding Student Paper at the International Solid-State Circuits Conference, two time second place Best Student Paper Awards at 2008 and 2011 RFIC symposiums, and the 2010-11 as well as 2014-15 Qualcomm Innovation fellowships.

Efrat Kasznik, President, Foresight Valuation Group & Chair, IoT Committee, LES USA-Canada
Ms. Kasznik is an intellectual property (IP) valuation and strategy expert, with 20 years of consulting experience, focusing on assisting clients with the management, commercialization and monetization of their IP and technologies.  She worked with corporate clients that range in size from Fortune 100 to start-ups, law firms, universities, research institutions, inventors, IP brokers and patent funds.  Efrat is the founder and president of Foresight Valuation Group, a Silicon-Valley based intellectual property, valuation and start-up advisory firm.  She is also a Lecturer on IP Management at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB) and a mentor on IP strategy issues at the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies, Stanford GSB.  Efrat is chair of the Internet of Things (IoT) committee of the High Tech Sector, LES USA-Canada, and is listed on the IAM 300 list of leading IP Strategists for 2013-2014.

Throughout her career, Ms. Kasznik also served as an entrepreneur and advisor to several Silicon Valley start ups, including serving as Chief Financial Officer at a telecom start-up, and most recently as a co-founder of an energy efficiency start up, where she is also designated as co-inventor on patents related to analyzing residential energy usage.  She is currently on the advisory boards of several startups, incubators and venture funds in the US and in Europe, and is on the screening committee of the Astia Angel fund, dedicated to investing in women-led startups.

Dr. Alan Messer, Vice President of Advanced Software Technologies, Samsung Electronics’ Silicon Valley R&D Center
Dr. Alan Messer is Vice President of Advanced Software Technologies at Samsung Electronics’ Silicon Valley R&D Center, where he leads Samsung’s R&D into next generation consumer software technologies for IoT, Intelligence, Privacy, and Big Data Services. This encompasses the addition of software technologies for Samsung products, including device interconnectivity, automatic content recognition, second screen and cloud content delivery.

Before joining Samsung, Alan has worked at a variety of consumer electronics companies including HP Labs, and Sony Electronics. Alan is a worldwide leader in convergence/IoT, software platforms, web and cloud service technologies for consumer products.  Alan was also Chairman and President for 8 years of the global home networking standards group, the UPnP Forum.

Stephanie Perron, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Stephanie Perron is an attorney at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.  Stephanie focuses her practice on transactional intellectual property matters, including drafting and negotiating software and trademark license agreements, professional services agreements, development agreements, and nondisclosure and proprietary information agreements. Stephanie also has experience advising clients in connection with privacy, e-commerce and data security matters, including wide-ranging experience relating to website privacy policies and terms of use. Stephanie’s clients include early-stage technology startups as well as Fortune 500 consumer-facing internet companies. 

Stephanie received her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Pennsylvania. 

Gene WangCEO, People Power
Gene Wang is CEO and Founder of People Power, a software company enabling remote control and management of connected devices from your smart phone. People Power has developed the People Power Cloud along with award-winning mobile apps that enable manufacturers and service providers to deliver solutions that engage people while increasing security, improving convenience and saving money by reducing energy waste.

Gene was previously Chairman and CEO of Bitfone, an industry leader in mobile phone device management, which he sold to HP in 2007 for $160M. Gene was CEO and Chairman of Photo Access, which sold to Agilent in 2000. Gene was CEO of Computer Motion, a leader in medical robotics, which he led through a successful IPO in 1997. At Symantec, Gene was Executive VP where he managed four divisions and helped grow the annual sales from $172 million to $412 million. Gene was VP and general manager at Borland, where he drove sales of the C++ programming language to over one million copies. Gene was co-founder and VP Marketing at Gold Hill Computers, an Artificial Intelligence company. Gene earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of California at Berkeley.

Gene likes to record and play music and is happily married with three great children and a bad dog.


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