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Houston WIP Day Event

When: Thursday, April 27, 2017
5:00-7:30 p.m.
Where: HESS Club
5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, Texas  77056
United States
Contact: Chris Johnson
(713) 487-8835

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Celebrate World IP Day with the LES Houston Chapter!

Patent Assertion in the Oilfield
Expert Panel Discussion and Networking Reception



Thursday, April 27, 2017

5:00-7:30 p.m. 


5430 Westheimer Rd
Houston, TX  77056 
(See below for directions and parking information.)


5:00-6:00:  Welcome Reception
6:00-7:30:  Presentation

Heavy hors d'oeuvres, wine, and beer will be served 

This Event is Generously Sponsored by

Houston Chapter Platinum Sponsor:


Through April 20:
LES Member: $30.00
Non-Member: $45.00
LES Student Member: $10.00 

After April 20:
LES Member: $40.00
Non-Member: $55.00
LES Student Member: $20.00


Success in the E&P industry depends, at least in part, on technological development. This dependence is no different than the reliance the telecommunication and computer industries have on technological development. Since patent assertion plays an important role in the telecommunication and computer industries, it follows patent assertion activities are relevant to the E&P industry too.

This panel discussion focuses on the role patent assertion activities play in the E&P industry and how this role is likely to evolve. We address topics such as:

  • How does patent assertion differ in the E&P industry relative to other technology driven industry such as the telecommunications and computer industries?
  • The computer industry has developed complex and far reaching cross-licensing agreements for key technologies. Why don’t we see similar agreements in the E&P industry?
  • What is the effect of comprehensive arbitration agreements between the largest participants in the E&P industry?
  • How has NPE activity affected participants in the E&P industry?
  • Are we likely to experience an increase in NPE activity in the E&P industry?
  • How do E&P practitioners decide which technologies to patent and which technologies to hold as trade secrets and how these decisions affect the value of patents related to the E&P industry.

Ryan D. Gum
Managing Intellectual Property Counsel
National Oilwell Varco

Ryan D. Gum is Managing IP Counsel for National Oilwell Varco (NOV), a Fortune 150 company with over 50,000 employees and operations in 67 countries.  NOV is a worldwide leader in the design, manufacture and sale of equipment and components used in oil and gas drilling and production operations, and the provision of oilfield services to the oil and gas industry.  Since joining NOV in December 2011, Mr. Gum counsels business units in the identification, protection and enforcement of brand and innovations worldwide.  His duties also include drafting agreements and providing counsel on intellectual property related legal issues and risks.  Before joining NOV, Mr. Gum was an associate at Bracewell & Giuliani LLP in its intellectual property practice group.  Mr. Gum holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from West Virginia University, where he graduated Cum Laude and a J.D. from the WVU College of Law, where he graduated Order of the Coif.

Raymond Millien
Chief IP Counsel
GE Oil & Gas

Raymond Millien, Chief IP Counsel for GE Oil & Gas, is a graduate of the GE Edison Engineering Program and responsible for driving the global IP strategy, and managing a team of 17 professionals dedicated to IP mining, protection and licensing.  Previously, he was Senior IP Counsel at GE Healthcare where he was responsible for driving the global software legal strategy.  Prior to GE Healthcare, Mr. Millien worked in-house as General Counsel of Ocean Tomo, LLC, and Vice President and IP Counsel at The American Express Company. He has also practiced law in the Washington, DC offices of PCT Law Group PLLC, DLA Piper US LLP and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox PLLC.  From 2009-2016, he has been annually named one of the “World’s 300 Leading IP Strategists” by Intellectual Asset Management Magazine. Mr. Millien received a B.S. in Computer Science from Columbia University, and a J.D. from The George Washington University Law School.

John R. Keville
Houston Office Managing Partner
Winston & Strawn LLP

John Keville is managing partner of Winston & Strawn’s Houston office and member of the firm’s Executive Committee. With a background in mechanical engineering, his practice is dedicated to intellectual property litigation, including patent, trade secret, trademark, and copyright litigation. He has been lead trial counsel in patent litigation matters in several technologies, including mechanical and chemical oilfield technologies, electronic devices, and digital signal processing. He has also been lead or co-counsel in several technology-driven litigations related to the Internet involving trade secrets, trespass, the computer fraud and abuse act, and free speech rights of Internet posters.

Mr. Keville was recognized as a 2017 Client Choice Winner for Litigation–Texas and has been selected as an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property every year since 2013. Mr. Keville received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the New York Institute of Technology and a J.D. from St. John’s University School of Law. 


James D. Woods, Ph.D.
Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC

James Woods is a principal with Economic Analytics Consulting, LLC in Houston, TX. Dr. Woods combines his training as a financial economist with over 30 years of business experience to provide efficient, analytical solutions to address his clients’ challenges and opportunities. Dr. Woods focuses his efforts on valuing intellectual property and derivatives and on evaluating the economic effects of decisions. Dr. Woods has helped his clients extract value from intellectual property through licensing and sale transactions and has testified at trial concerning his opinions of reasonable royalties and lost profits due to the misappropriation of intellectual property.  Dr. Woods received a B.S.B.A. in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri-Columbia, an M.B.A. from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and a Ph.D. in Finance from Texas A&M University.


The HESS Club is located in the Galleria area at 5430 Westheimer, about one mile west of Loop 610 between Yorktown and Chimney Rock. HESS is a low, freestanding building behind the much taller, white building.

Turn at the the blue HESS sign on the north side of Westheimer at a short street named Westheimer Way, just east of the large brown building.

Turn left at the HESS sign and drive through the portico of the HESS Club to an open air parking area.

If it is raining look for the underground parking area off Westheimer Way just before reaching the HESS portico. Enter HESS from the north end of the underground parking lot.

The Houston 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.


A $5.00 cancellation fee is applied to all refunds.  Cancellations are non-refundable after April 20.  Substitutions will be accepted.  Contact LES at (703) 234-4058 for assistance.


Disability/Dietary Needs
Requests for ADA accommodations and special dietary needs should be submitted to the event contact listed at the top of the page. 


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