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The Evolving Role of IP in the Innovation Economy Globally and Across Industries

April 25, 2018


LES Silicon Valley Chapter’s 18th Annual Conference

The Evolving Role of IP in the Innovation Economy Globally and Across Industries

Is IP still the fuel of the Innovation Economy? Are U.S. innovators losing ground to their peers in other regions like China and Europe? What are the best strategies for companies to effectively protect their IP and create business value? Hear the perspectives from executives in various industries as well as from government and academic thought leaders.

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Online registration ends Monday, April 23, 2018.

Limited seating – register early!

Prior to April 20:
LES Member: 
Non-Member: $110.00
LES Student Member: $55.00

After April 20:
LES Member: 
Non-Member: $120.00
LES Student Member: $65.00


8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Registration and continental breakfast

9:00 AM – 9:15 AM
Welcome and introductions
Larry Udell, LES Silicon Valley Chapter Chair

9:15 AM – 9:45 AM
“How IP Plays into NIST’s Strategies to Promote U.S. Innovation and Industrial Competitiveness”

Keynote:  Walter Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce for Standards and Technology,
Director, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

9:45 AM – 10:45 AM – Presentation
“Is American Innovation in Decline? What Does the Data Show?”
Recent studies suggest that innovation by Asian countries has eclipsed innovation in the U.S. and elsewhere. This session will focus on studies, comparative indicators, conclusions, and their implications for American innovation generally and for the Silicon Valley innovation economy.

Bob Weber, Managing Director, Patent Kinetics, LLC

Mary Albertson, Immediate Past President, Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM)
Nico Grant, Enterprise Technology, Bloomberg News

10:45 AM – 11:00 AM – Break and networking

11:00 AM – 12:30 PM – Panel Discussion
“Importance & Relevance of IP to Innovation across Industries”
A number of studies suggest that America has lost its edge in the global innovation economy, with changes in American patent law being a contributing factor to this decline. In this session, panel speakers from diverse technology segments will share their recent experiences and views on innovation, including how different sectors are responding to evolving legal frameworks that contextualize innovation, including evolving laws and court decisions regarding trade secrecy, patents, and other forms of intellectual property.

Christopher Byrne, Vice President, Strategy & Innovation Center, Samsung Electronics

Alma Chao, Director and Associate General Counsel IP, Facebook
Marc Erhlich, Senior Vice President of Patent Strategy ,Tivo
Deborah Martin, VP & Assistant General Counsel, Pfizer
Vern Norviel, Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Matthew Sarboraria, Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Oracle

12:30 PM – 1:15 PM- Buffet lunch

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM
“Perspectives from the USPTO”
John Cabeca, Director, USPTO Silicon Valley

1:45 PM – 3:00 PM – Panel Discussion
“LES Standards and the Connection to IP Innovation”
Over the last couple of years, LES has been very active in developing ANSI-certified standards in various IP-related areas, including valuation, licensing, brokerage, supply-chain management, consideration of intangible assets in the boardroom, IP management for startups, and determination of FRAND royalty rates. This panel will explore the benefits and challenges of applying a standard-based approach to IP transactions and strategy, the difference between standards and best practices, and the application of standards in specific IP practice settings.

Ron Laurie,  Chairman, InventionShare;  Managing Director, Inflexion Point Strategy

Jeffrey Bartholomew, Shareholder, Robinson Waters and O’Dorisio, P.C.
Bill Elkington, Senior Director, Intellectual Property Management, RockwellCollins
Michael Pellegrino, President, Pellegrino and Associates, LLC
Paul Roberts, Senior Commercial Director, Smart Systems, GE Ventures 

3:00 PM – 3:15 PM – Break and networking

3:15 PM – 4:15 PM – Interactive Discussion
“Now, Where Do We Go From Here? – Looking at the Big Picture”
Where are we now – where are we going? Attendees and presenters from today’s sessions will be asked to address questions such as:

  • Are the claims that U.S. innovation relative to other regions are simply “Chicken Little” or is there enough substance for C-level executives to be concerned?
  • Has the innovation environment in the U.S. really changed for the better or worse, how and why?
  • Do we need further changes in legal or regulatory frameworks to promote U.S. competitiveness to include innovation?

Facilitator: Gene Quinn, Patent Attorney, Publisher, IP Watchdog, Inc.

4:15 PM- 4:30 PM – Closing remarks



April 25, 2018
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LES Silicon Valley


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