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LES Greater Washington, DC Chapter Meeting

When: Wednesday, March 11, 201
5:30 PM - 7:15 PM
Where: Sidley & Austin, DC Office
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20005
United States

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM Networking
6:30 PM - 7:15 PM Speech

To Kill A Patent System: What Would Atticus Finch Do?

Sidley & Austin, DC Office
1501 K Street, NW
Washington, DC 20005

Q. Todd Dickinson
Raymond Van Dyke

With Congress, the Supreme Court and the Press clamoring for radical changes to the patent system, the threat of imminent fundamental changes is real, changes that could undermine the entire value of the patent system.  Former USPTO Commissioner and AIPLA Executive Director Q. Todd Dickinson and DC LES Chair Raymond Van Dyke will speak on these topics, bringing their respective perspectives to bear on the hyperbole and threat.

LES Members: $20
Non-Members: $30
Attendees of the IP & Licensing Basics: A One-Day Review: Included in your registration

Online Registration Deadline: March 9, 2015 12 PM, EST

No refunds after March 9, 2015
Substitutions are permitted

Q. Todd Dickinson
With over 30 years of experience in all aspects of IP strategy and management, Q. Todd Dickinson most recently served as Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), an association of over 15,000 members, and one of the world's leading policy and advocacy organizations in the field of intellectual property.  Prior to AIPLA, Mr. Dickinson served as Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office, Vice President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the General Electric Company, and a partner and co-chair of the IP practice group of the Howrey law firm.
A long-time leader in a number of IP organizations, including the Intellectual Property Owners Assn. and the American Bar Association Section on IP Law, Mr. Dickinson has been five times named as one of the "50 Most Influential People in Intellectual Property" by Managing Intellectual Property Magazine, and is a 2012 inductee into the IAM "Intellectual Property Hall of Fame".  He has also been honored to have the Q. Todd Dickinson Inn of Court named after him in his hometown of Pittsburgh, PA.

Mr. Dickinson earned his B.S. in Chemistry from Allegheny College in 1974, and his J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1977.

Raymond Van Dyke
Mr. Van Dyke has practiced for over twenty five years in the Technology Law and Intellectual Property areas, specializing in various technologies, in litigation, licensing and procurement.  In 2010, he started his own Intellectual Property consulting practice after many experiences in firms and in-house, and specializes in technology, patent, trademark, copyright, Internet law and related IP areas. His clientele are diverse (life sciences and IT), cross-disciplinary (emerging), large and small companies, government, universities and individuals, domestic and foreign, and all with interesting technologies.

His DC-based practice allows him to personally and regularly handle matters on behalf of clients and officials at the USPTO, Federal Circuit and local courts, FTC, ITC, State Department, etc. 

Since 2000, he has taught a comprehensive and practical IP course for engineers, business people and other professionals, currently at SMU, and has also taught at American University, TTU and a course in Strasbourg, France on licensing.  He is the Chair of the Greater Washington, DC and Northern Virginia Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society, former Chair of the Professionalism & Ethics, Emerging Technologies and Latin America Practice Committees of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), Co-Chair of the Bar Association of Montgomery County's Intellectual Property Committee, Board Member of the Washington, DC Chapter of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Board Member of the United States - Japanese Patent Office Liaison Council, and continues his involvement in IPO, AIPPI, ABA, BIO, IEEE and other legal and technical organizations. The State Department and other groups have regularly asked him to meet with foreign dignitaries and ambassadors regarding the principles of U.S. IP law.  He has also lectured across the world on technology, litigation and IP issues, e.g., throughout Europe, Asia and South America.

He is licensed to practice in DC, MD, NY, NJ and TX, as well as the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, and is a member of the U.S. Supreme Court, Federal, Second, Third, Fourth and Fifth Circuit Courts and a number of District Courts, Court of International Trade and Federal Court of Claims, as well as various bar associations.  His email is vandyke@acm.org, website www.rayvandyke.com and phone 202.378.3903


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