AIPLA Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit 2012


I mentioned in an earlier post that I’m part of the planning committee for the AIPLA Electronic and Computer Patent Law Summit that is being held in San Diego on April 2, 2012.  The program is shaping up nicely and registration should be open soon.  I’ll post a registration link once it is available; but, in the meantime, here is a look at the schedule.  As you can see, we’ve got a great group of speakers lined up for you.  If you have never seen Ted Sichelman talk about his research on high tech startups and the patent system, I can recommend it highly.  Also, we’re fortunate to have the General Counsel of Qualcomm, Donald Rosenberg, as the luncheon speaker this year — so that should be quite interesting.  Actually, in my unbiased opinion, all the talks look interesting. So, hopefully we’ll see you in San Diego!



[Link to Registration Page]

 Monday, April 2, 2012

University of San Diego School of Law

San Diego, CA


The AIPLA Electronic & Computer Patent Law Summit will be a fast-paced, multi-session seminar covering timely, advanced, and emerging issues including standards, strategic patent portfolio development, and patent litigation trends. Hear from leading practitioners on the latest changes in law and practice that most directly affect their law practices.


Who Should Attend?

          In-House Counsel and Advanced Patent Practitioners in the electronic and computer fields


What You Will Learn:

          Strategic decision making in the new first-to-file system

          Patent practice and innovation in standards/open source

          How the patent portfolio use and acquisition landscape is changing

          Trends in distributed infringement

          Plus, a keynote address from Donald Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of  Qualcomm


Registration information will be on the AIPLA website shortly.



Monday, April 2


9:00 – 9:30 am

The World’s First Intellectual Property Exchange (IPXI)

Gerard Pannekoek, President and CEO, IPXI, Chicago, IL


9:30 – 10:00 am

Trends in Distributed Infringement

Thomas Irving, Partner, Finnegan, Washington, DC


10:15 – 11:15 am

Strategic Decision Making in Our New First-to-File System—An In-House Perspective

Dr. William Ralston, Chief IP Counsel, ViaSat, Carlsbad, CA

Milan Patel, Senior Patent Counsel, Apple, Cupertino, CA

Stephen Perkins, Senior IP Counsel, Covidien, Boulder, CO

Valentina Boyet, IP Counsel, SAP, Newtown Square, PA

Michael Drapkin (moderator), Partner, Holland & Hart, Denver, CO


11:15 am – 12 noon

Patent Practice and Innovation in Standards/Open Source

David McGowan, Lyle L. Jones Professor of Competition and Innovation Law, University of San Diego, San Diego, CA

Keith Bergelt, CEO, Open Invention Network, Durham, NC

Monica Barone, Senior Legal Counsel, Qualcomm, San Diego, CA

Steven Shumaker (moderator), Partner, Shumaker & Sieffert, Woodbury, MN

12 noon – 1:30 pm


12:30 – 1:30 pm

Keynote Address

A General Counsel’s Perspective on Intellectual Property and the Innovation Economy

Donald Rosenberg, Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Qualcomm, San Diego, CA


1:30 – 2:30 pm

How the Patent Portfolio Use and Acquisition Landscape is Changing—Different Perspectives

Kevin Barhydt, Vice President, Head of Acquisition and Analysis, RPX, San Francisco, CA

Amar Mehta, Patent Counsel, Google, New York, NY

Michael C. Lee, Director, Intellectual Property, Cisco Systems, Inc., San Jose, CA

Kevin Jakel, Patent Counsel, IP & Litigation, Intuit, Inc., Mountain View, CA

Michael Rosen, Principal, Fish & Richardson, San Diego, CA



2:30 – 3:00 pm

High Tech Start-Ups and the Patent System

Ted Sichelman, Assistant Professor, University of San Diego School of Law, San Diego, CA 


3:15 – 4:00 pm

When Infringement is Shared—Issues Related to Multiple Defendants in Patent Litigation, Attribution of Damages, MDL, Indemnification

William Rooklidge, Partner, Jones Day, Irvine, CA

Joseph Re, Partner Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, Ivrine, CA

Kurt Kjelland, Partner, Goodwin Procter, San Diego, CA

Mike Dunnam (moderator), Partner, Woodcock, Washburn, Philadelphia, PA


4:00 – 5:00 pm

US District Judge to Talk about Patent Pilot Program

Cathy Ann Bencivengo, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Marilyn L. Huff, United States District Judge, United States District Court for the Southern District of California

Dana Makoto Sabraw, United States District Judge, United States District Court of the Southern District of California

Thane Bauz (moderator), Partner, Perkins Coie, San Diego, CA


5:00 – 6:30 pm

Reception (Open to all Registrants)



CLE Credit

We are an approved provider by most states requiring CLE and have applied for credit for this meeting to all states requiring CLE. The number of credit hours will vary depending on the requirements of the individual state. For 50-minute states, up to 9.6 CLE credit hours are available. Certificates of Attendance, Attendance Sign-in Rosters and all other CLE information for various states will be available at the Registration Desk.


The 2012 AIPLA Electronics and Computer Patent Law Summit has been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education credit by the State Bar of California (a 60-minute state) in the amount of 8.0 credit hours. AIPLA certifies that this activity conforms to the standards for approved education activities prescribed by the rules and regulations of the State Bar of California governing minimum continuing legal education. CLE calculations are as follows:

          420 minutes without lunch



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