Protecting the Fire of Creativity





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(@Durie Tangri LLP, Wednesday, March 19, 2014) SFIPLA meeting: Videogames and IP Law. Sonali will discuss the various forms of IP protection for videogames, including patent, copyright, and trademark—and the interaction between the three. For more information: http://www.sfipla.com/calendar.html.

(@DLA Piper LLP, 555 Mission Street, Suite 2400, San Francisco, CA 94105, Monday, March 31, 2014, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM) SFIPLA RECEPTION FOR DIRECTOR JOHN CABECA. Please join us in welcoming Director Cabeca to the Bay Area. Mix and mingle with your fellow SFIPLA members and listen to remarks from Director Cabeca. For more information: http://www.sfipla.com/calendar.html.

(@Hewlett Packard, 3000 Hanover Street, Palo Alto, CA 94304, April 16, 2014 08:00 AM - 4:15 PM). LES Silicon Valley Chapter's 14th Annual Meeting: IP Value in Transition. Presentations: "The USPTO In Your Backyard," by John Cabeca, Director, Silicon Valley USPTO office and Special Presentation by Martin Cooper, Inventor of the Cell Phone. Register online at: http://lesusacanada.org/chapters/usa/silicon-valley-chapter/april-16-201...

(@San Francisco, CA, October 5-8 2014). Licensing Executives Society (LES) Holds Annual Meeting. Licensing Executives Society's 50th Annual Meeting will build upon the 2014 LES theme "Advancing & Enhancing Business Development, Deals & Innovation," featuring cutting-edge topics addressed by today's thought leaders, industry experts, and dealmakers. Over 1,000 intellectual property, licensing, business development, and technology transfer professionals will attend the meeting. Register online at: http://www.lesusacanada.org/isgweb/meetings/annual-meeting-2014-registra....

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(SVIPLA SEPTEMBER DINNER MEETING, Thursday, September 19, 2013 @ Trellis Restaurant, 1077 El Camino Real, Menlo Park, CA) "European and Asian IP Update Straight from London!". SVIPLA is pleased to co-sponsor our September dinner meeting with Marks & Clerk, a UK-based, full-service IP boutique firm and one of the largest IP firms in Europe. They have 18 offices around the world with an extensive Asian presence and a North American footprint in Canada. For more information and to register: http://www.svipla.org/meetings_programs.

(WLAC Alameda County Annual Judges Dinner, Wednesday, September 25, at The Faculty Club, UC Berkeley, 6 p.m.) Women Lawyers of Alameda County will be holding their Annual Judges' Dinner and Silent Auction SVIPLA is pleased to be a sponsor of this dinner. Panelists include: Nancy O'Malley, Alameda County District Attorney, Laura Stein, Senior Vice President - General Counsel, Clorox, Hon. Tara Desautels, Alameda County Superior Court Judge, Aundrea Brown, Assistant Alameda County Public Defender. The dinner will also honor Hon. Winifred Smith, Alameda County Superior Court - Assistant Presiding Judge and Hon. Carol Brosnahan, Alameda County Superior Court Judge. Attendees may receive 1 MCLE hour of Elimination of Bias. For more information and to register: http://www.wlaconline.org/judges_dinner.

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(Licensing Executives Society 2013 Annual Meeting, September 22-25, 2013 @ Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA). Why you should attend:
Receive pre-eminent content covering today's issues and tomorrow's challenges
Learn from industry leaders, experts and business partners
Gain the tools, strategies and best practices to better manage your organization
Connect with your friends, colleagues and business partners
Exchange ideas and discuss your unique challenges with your peers
Earn CLE, CLP, and CPE credits
Preview the latest products, services and technologies at the Tech Fair
Register online at: http://www.lesusacanada.org/Login?ReturnUrl=/isgweb/meetings/annual-meet....

(Licensing Executives Society (LES) Holds Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, July 31, 20, 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Visa Auditorium, 900 Metro Center Blvd., Foster City, CA). Innovation and Intellectual Property – Friend or Foe?. Innovation is the driving force behind growth in the global economy, but how does intellectual property promote or inhibit innovation? The US Department of Commerce recently released a study reporting that IP-intensive industries support at least 40 million jobs and contribute more than $5 trillion to our gross domestic product (GDP); however, the executive office of the president released a report stating “All told, the victims of patent trolls paid $29 billion in 2011.” Within organizations of all sizes, filing patents can spur innovation by both positively reinforcing inventors and by bringing the topic of solving problems to the forefront of the discussion. However, it also can have a negative impact by diverting internal capital, inventors’ time, and limiting the talk of innovation to only those things that are patentable. Join Visa and other IP industry thought leaders as they discuss the effects, both internally and externally, on innovation, intellectual property rights and overall economic growth. Register online at: http://www.lesusacanada.org/svc.

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(Licensing Executives Society (USA & Canada) 2013 Spring Meeting, Tuesday, May 14, 2013 08:00 AM - 7:00 PM @ Seattle, Washington). West Coast: Hub of Innovation. This year’s Spring Meeting will take place for the very first time in Seattle—the largest city in the Pacific Northwest region. Often associated with high tech and Silicon Valley, the Pacific NW and West Coast is, in actuality, an amazingly diverse region. Clean energy, national labs, world-renowned foundations, biotech behemoths, startups, and more populate the area. Register online at: http://lesusacanada.org/isgweb/meetings/spring-meeting-2013-registration.

(Licensing Executives Society (LES) Holds Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, May 29, 2013 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Sheraton Palo Alto, 625 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA). Trade Secrets in Licensing. Patents are not the only technological assets that provide value to a company, whether in M&A or in licensing. Trade secrets can be a company’s most under-valued and under-protected assets. The America Invents Act (AIA), which many think of almost exclusively in a patent context, actually provides considerable by-play with trade secrets. We will discuss the implications of the AIA on a company's patent v. trade secret decisions. Recent court decisions also shed light on trade secret value. Appreciating the value of trade secrets, and understanding the relationship between patents and trade secrets, can contribute substantially to maximizing the value of your company’s intellectual property portfolio. Register online at: http://www.lesusacanada.org/svc.

(Licensing Executives Society (LES) Holds Silicon Valley Chapter Meeting, Wednesday, June 19, 2013 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM @ Ropes & Gray LLP, 1900 University Avenue, 6th Floor,East Palo Alto,CA 94303). "China, the Internet & Your Business: Navigating deals in the World’s Largest and Most Complicated Internet Market." Join LES Silicon Valley Chapter for an in depth look at the benefits and risks of operating in the rapidly expanding Chinese Markets. This panel discussion will examine these trends and offer practical tips for U.S. companies in different sectors to successfully navigate the issues. The panel will be led by James DeGraw, a partner in the San Francisco office of Ropes & Gray specializing in IP transactions, Paul Boltz, a partner in Ropes & Gray’s Hong Kong office who has been involved in the Chinese Internet industry since its inception, and Matt Levy, Managing Director of 55 Star Ventures, specializing in leveraging distribution systems within China to ramp sales quickly, while maintaining control of the sales organization. James and Paul have worked together on numerous cross-border transactions for leading U.S.- and China-based companies involving the Internet and mobile services, and Matt has operated in China for the past decade. Register online at: http://www.lesusacanada.org/svc.