LAIPLA is proud to welcome back its flagship, nationally-renowned intellectual property conference—the annual Spring Seminar Retreat. Spring Seminar is a three-day, can’t miss, get-a-way weekend at the Surf & Sand Resort in Laguna Beach, CA, that combines high-quality and in-depth legal content with an abundance of networking opportunities and social activities. National speakers and leading legal scholars and experts will present material on cutting edge issues related to intellectual property and technology.
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Sponsorship opportunities are available!
LAIPLA Members: $1175
Registration Fee includes admission for registrant to the following:
- Friday, Saturday, and Sunday MCLE credit for up to 10 hours
- Friday reception, Saturday breakfast, lunch and dinner and Sunday breakfast
Spouse/Guest Add-On ($200) includes admission for a guest to the following:
- Saturday Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Registration is due by April 30th to guarantee meals.
Hotel Reservations: Once your conference registration has been made and paid for, LAIPLA will contact you for your hotel reservation dates. Hotel Rooms are limited. Please complete your Spring Seminar 2023 conference registration soon! In order to receive the special discount hotel room rate of $425 per night, you must use the reservation link provided and make your hotel reservations directly with The Surf & Sand Resort. Only registered attendees will be able to access this special reduced rate. Hotel Room reservations must be made by April 4, 2023 with The Surf & Sand Resort to receive the rate. The reservation link can be obtained in your Spring Seminar 2023 Confirmation email. Questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LAIPLA has negotiated special discounts, available only to registered LAIPLA attendees and their guests. This includes:
- WAIVED – Resort Fee of $25.00 per night, per room
- WAIVED – Overnight Parking of $40 per car
- Complimentary WiFi access
For more information on The Surf & Sand Resort, please visit: www.surfandsandresort.com
Additional Activities may be added and not included in the basic registration rate.
By registering for this event you are guaranteeing your reservation. There are no cancellation refunds for this event. Registrations may only be transferred to someone at the Registrant’s Firm or Company. All transfers must be made through the LAIPLA office at email@example.com.
10.0 hours of MCLE including 1.o hour of ethics credit.
Top 5 New Developments in IPR Trials at the Patent Office
Keep up with the latest changes at the busiest patent court in the nation—the PTAB! Our featured panel including Chief Judge Scott Boalick of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Arka Chatterjee of Natera, Mark Blake of Edwards Lifesciences, Taylor King of Western Digital, and Michelle Armond and Patrick Maloney of Armond Wilson will update you on the most important recent decisions and guidance from the Patent Office and Federal Circuit on inter partes review.
Preserving Privilege & Work Product Immunity in Funded Matters
Communications between law firms and litigation funders can imperil attorney-client privilege and work product immunity. Learn practical tips and best practices for preserving attorney-client privilege and work product immunity in litigation funding arrangements. This panel is eligible for 1.0 MCLE credit with the California Bar. (CLE: 1.0 Ethics Credit) Speakers: Shawn Hansen, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; Andrew Choung, Partner, Nixon Peabody LLP; Russell Genet, Director, Longford Capital; Daniel Stringfield, Partner, Nixon Peabody.
Patent Venue: An Ever-Evolving Landscape
Recent changes in Supreme Court precedent together with District Court assignments and dockets are driving matters to different forums. The distinguished panel will discuss these developments, potential impact on the Central District of California as the “new” venue, and relatedly and importantly, trial and settlement strategies given that forum. Prepare to announce “ready” in one of the largest districts in the country. Panelists: Hon. Jay C. Gandhi (Ret.), JAMS; Hon. Philip S. Gutierrez, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court, Central District of California; Hon. S. James Otero (Ret.), JAMS.
Is the Sky Falling? A Review of the Impact of Recent Decisions in IP
Join our panelists in exploring the impact of recent decisions on the practice of U.S. intellectual property law. The discussion will include asking whether dire pundit predictions have played out as forecasted, as well as other expected and unexpected effects of certain “big stakes” opinions on the practice of IP law in the United States. Featuring: Hon. Andrew J. Guilford (Ret.) of Judicate West and other esteemed panelists including Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn, Esq. of Hueston Hennigan and Jill R. Sperber, Esq. of Judicate West.
Crisis Management Tools for Litigators: Strategic Communications, Intelligence Gathering, Digital Strategy and More
Litigators are often tasked not only with driving a successful legal strategy, but also supporting clients as they navigate the storm that surrounds a case – from crisis management and strategic communications, to press and digital strategy, to cybersecurity, intelligence gathering and more. During this panel, three seasoned crisis management experts will share best practices for litigators in a field that is changing rapidly, covering a range of topics, including: (1) Press and social media tactics for litigation and litigators; (2) Identifying and responding to online disinformation, bots and trolls, and defamation; (3) Intelligence gathering tools and techniques to support litigation; (4) Crisis planning; (5) Search engine optimization and online reputation management; and (6) Cybersecurity tools. Panelists: Alexander Feil, Co-Founder, Sourced Intelligence; Jacqui Lowy, Co-Founder, Sourced Intelligence; Nathan Miller, Founder and CEO, Miller Ink.
The Unified Patent Court: The Dawn of a New Era in European Patent Litigation
After decades of debate and preparation, on 1 June 2023 the Unified Patent Court finally opens its doors for business. The UPC – which will create a single jurisdiction for patent litigation covering up to 24 countries – will be comprised of multiple court divisions across Europe, will operate in parallel to national patent litigation for a number of years, and will draw upon procedure and jurisprudence from various jurisdictions. Join our panel to explore and discuss potential enforcement and defensive strategies, and the opportunity for forum shopping, under the new system. Panelists: Dr. Bethan Hopewell, Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP (UK); Siddharth Kusumaker, Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP (UK); Tim Powell, Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP (UK)
Using Interim Applications to Good Effect in International Patent Litigation
Often it is not well appreciated how interim applications and relief can be used in an effective offensive strategy in patent litigation by patentees nor how careful potential Defendants need to be to protect against these. For example, in European countries where there may not be discovery, there may be a number of alternatives worth considering and in China and elsewhere we have seen instances of anti-suit injunctions in SEP litigation. This panel will explore some of the variety of interim application options available across Europe and more broadly into China and elsewhere. Panelists: Michael Finn, Partner, Bird & Bird (Ireland); Morag Macdonald, Partner, Bird & Bird (UK); Kellin Chatfield Nicoletti, Vice President, Legal Affairs, Dexcom, Inc.
The Anatomy of a Trial
Join our panelists in dissecting some of the strategy decisions made before and during trial. The panel will discuss trial strategy and preparation in intellectual property litigation. The discussion will include tips on expert testimony, evidence admissibility, and witness preparation. Panelists: David Randall, Managing Partner, Orbit IP; Ehab Samuel, Partner, Orbit IP; Matt Farber, Vice President, Intensity; Sam Desai, former IP counsel at TherapeuticsMD.
Radios, Polar Bears, and Sonny and Cher: Where Are Copyright And Trademark Damages Today?
This panel will explore the split among federal circuits regarding when a claim for copyright infringement accrues and related strategic implications. The panel will explore the required causal nexus between infringement and gross revenues, and the non-speculative proof required to establish an entitlement to profits. The panel will also address the increasingly important topic of copyright termination, i.e., which types of copyright transfers and licenses are or are not subject to copyright recapture, and how copyright termination impacts damages. Finally, we will discuss extraterritorial damages issues in trademark and copyright, including the Abitron. Panelists: Greg Derin, Esq., Signature Resolution; Bruce Isaacs, Esq., Signature Resolution; Hon. Suzanne Segal (Ret.), Signature Resolution.
Recent Developments in Patent and Trade Secret Litigation
Trends and legal developments impact your practice every day. The panel will discuss significant developments in patent and trade secret litigation—including the rise of litigation funding—and provide best practices for navigating these developments. Speakers: Chris Lawless, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP; Ben Herbert, Investment Counselor / Legal Counsel, Litigation Finance Group; and additional panelist to be determined.
General LAIPLA Spring Seminar Schedule
Friday, May 5, 2023
Registration 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Opening Session & MCLE Sessions 2:30 pm – 5:45 pm
Opening Reception 6:30 pm
Saturday, May 6, 2023
Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am
General Session & MCLE Credit 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Free time 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Reception 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Dinner 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
After Dinner Activity
Sunday, May 7, 2023
Breakfast 8:00 am – 9:00 am
MCLE Sessions 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Additional Hotel Information:
Check-in time at The Surf & Sand Resort is 4:00 p.m.
Check-out time at The Surf & Sand Resort is 11:00 a.m.
Cancellation Policy – By registering for this event you are guaranteeing your reservation. There are no cancellation refunds for this event. Registrations may only be transferred to someone at the Registrant’s Firm or Company. All transfers must be made through the LAIPLA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Michelle Armond, Founding Partner, Armond Wilson LLP
Michelle Armond is an intellectual property trial attorney litigating patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Her “winning formula fuses her Caltech electrical engineering education with her natural talent for writing” (Daily Journal). IAM 1000 lauded her as “brilliant” and an “outstanding lawyer who ranks among the best PTAB specialists nationwide.”
Scott Boalick, Chief Judge, Patent Trial & Appeal Board; USPTO
Scott R. Boalick is the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In this role, he leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings.
Arka Chatterjee, Leap IP Counsel, Natera
As an in-house counsel at a nimble and expanding life-sciences company, Arka advises on litigation and risk management while helping to develop intellectual property strategies that expand the company’s innovation and business options. His work covers a wide gamut of IP activities including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark registration and enforcement, deal support, and day-to-day advising of both R&D and executive leadership.
Andrew Choung, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Andrew Choung is an intellectual property partner based in Nixon Peabody’s Los Angeles office, and focuses his practice on high-tech, complex patent litigation, and Patent Trial and Appeal Board proceedings such as inter partes review. He has experience practicing in both the United States and Asia and has counseled clients on cross-border matters, including multi-country patent enforcement.
Greg Derin, Esq., Signature Resolution
For over 20 years, Greg has successfully assisted parties in resolving more than a thousand complex matters. He is often called upon to resolve disputes after previous attempts have failed. At Signature, he continues to concentrate on matters involving complex business, contract, fraud, entertainment, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, idea submission), trade secret, right of publicity, unfair business practices, employment, class actions, partnership, real estate, and legal malpractice.
Sam Desai, Esq., Former IP Counsel at TherapeuticsMD, Inc.
Sam spent the last five years as in-house IP counsel for TherapeuticsMD, an innovative pharmaceutical company in Boca Raton, Florida specializing in the development of drugs that advance women’s health. At Therapeutics, he implemented global IP strategies to protect the company’s three FDA-approved products and defended those products against competitors. Before moving in house, Sam worked at Haug Partners in New York City for 11 years where he litigated cases and counseled clients in the medical device and life sciences industries. And before law school, Sam worked at Genzyme in Cambridge, Massachusetts where he manufactured autologous cell vaccines for use in clinical trials. He holds a chemistry degree from Dartmouth and a JD from Villanova.
Matt Farber, Ph.D., Intensity
Matt Farber, Ph.D., specializes in microeconomic theory and data analysis techniques. He applies this knowledge to complex commercial disputes, intellectual property, patent infringement, trademark, trade secrets, breach of contract, and false advertising. Dr. Farber’s experience in high-stakes litigation cases includes consumer electronics, energy, telecommunications, medical devices, and networking technology, among other industries.
Alexander Feil, Co-Founder, Sourced Intelligence
Alexander Feil is the Co-Founder of Sourced Intelligence, a private intelligence and consulting firm. Feil is a Marine Corps veteran. He served as an Intelligence Officer and Sniper Platoon Commander in Afghanistan, where he gathered and analyzed critical information to support military operations.
Michael Finn, Partner, Bird & Bird (Ireland)
My practice focuses on complex contentious intellectual property and technology matters, and domestic and international commercial disputes. I also have extensive experience in regulatory disputes and investigations, product liability, and judicial review. I have a particular focus on the life sciences and technology sectors. I have acted in some of the leading intellectual property, technology and commercial disputes in Ireland and have extensive experience advising on Irish Commercial Court litigation, and ADR.
Russell Genet, Director, Longford Capital
Russ is responsible for investment sourcing, underwriting and monitoring. Russ is an accomplished attorney with nearly 20 years of experience representing corporate clients in defending and monetizing intellectual property rights in a wide array of industries, including electronics, computers, software, telecommunications, medical devices and many others. Russ has significant experience litigating complex intellectual property matters in federal courts throughout the United States, and before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
Honorable Andrew Guilford
Following nearly 14 years of distinguished service on the bench for the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, Honorable Andrew Guilford has retired and is now available as a mediator, arbitrator and private judge, including special master assignments, and case evaluator.
During his judicial tenure, Judge Guilford sat by designation on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and is one of only two Central District Judges to have been invited to sit at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He served as one of the few Patent Pilot Program judges in the Central District. As a federal judge, Guilford heard over a hundred trials, sometimes sitting without a jury, on matters including patent, trademark, copyright, defective products, securities, employment, civil rights, professional liability, class actions, MDL, and of course, criminal matters.
Shawn Hansen, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Shawn G. Hansen is an intellectual property partner based in our Los Angeles office and also maintains an office in our San Francisco office to work with clients and handle matters in Northern California.
Shawn has built a successful track record over two decades of litigating and trying patent and other intellectual property cases in federal courts throughout the United States. He excels at synthesizing cutting edge technologies with legal strategy and is adept with technologies from software and semiconductors to pharmaceuticals and medical diagnostics.
Ben Herbert, Law Finance Group
Ben Herbert recently transitioned from private practice as an intellectual property litigator into litigation finance by joining Law Finance Group. Mr. Herbert is responsible for Law Finance Group’s operations in Los Angeles, focusing on originating new business across all areas of litigation and underwriting Law Finance Group’s transactions and investments, including those related to intellectual property.
Dr. Bethan Hopewell, Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP (UK)
Dr. Bethan Hopewell is a partner at Powell Gilbert LLP (www.powellgilbert.com). Her background in molecular biology has led her to specialise in advising clients in the life sciences sector. Bethan has represented clients in some of the largest and most complex life sciences disputes to come before the UK courts in recent years including the leading UK case on the validity and infringement of second medical use patents. Bethan’s recent work includes cases in the areas of DNA sequencing, molecular diagnostics and pharmaceutics. She also frequently acts for clients in patent licence disputes.
Bruce Isaacs, Esq., Signature Resolution
Bruce is an accomplished mediator and arbitrator who has settled a wide range of cases including copyright, entertainment, trademark, right of publicity, music, contracts, real estate, insurance, employment matters, and more. Respected by both plaintiffs’ and defense counsel, Bruce resolves extremely complex disputes with a combination of excellent problem-solving skills, consistent follow-up, and deep subject-matter expertise.
Taylor King, Associate General Counsel, Western Digital
Taylor King is an Associate General Counsel at Western Digital, where he assists in overseeing and managing strategy for worldwide litigation matters covering nearly all subjects, including IP litigation matters. During his time at Western Digital, Taylor has overseen multiple patent matters that have involved IPR filings and appeals. Prior to joining Western Digital, Taylor worked at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, where he spent significant time working on patent and other IP litigation matters.
Siddharth Kusumaker, Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP (UK)
Siddharth Kusumakaris a partner at Powell Gilbert LLP. Siddharth specialises in multi-jurisdictional patent litigation in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical devices fields, and has considerable experience of coordinating litigation across Europe. Siddharth has represented clients in litigation before the UK Patents Court, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court as well as in European Patent Office proceedings.
Chris Lawless, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Chris Lawless is a partner in Kirkland’s Intellectual Property Group, focusing on litigation and trials involving patent, trade secret, copyright, trademark, and unfair competition claims. Chris also broadly advises clients on intellectual property strategy. Chris has substantial experience leading large case teams with billions of dollars in alleged damages through all phases of complex litigation, from pre-suit investigations through case inception, trial, and appeal. Many of Chris’s cases also involve parallel proceedings in foreign jurisdictions in Asia and Europe.
Jacqui Lowy, Co-Founder, Sourced Intelligence
Jacqueline Lowy is the Co-Founder of Sourced Intelligence, a private intelligence and consulting firm that prides itself on cutting-edge tradecraft specifically tailored to provide vital intelligence in the digital age. She previously served as a Commander and Canine Handler on the Weapons and Explosive Material Search Team in the Israel Defense Forces and has trained senior security personnel – both federal and local law enforcement – in online investigative practices and intelligence collection. Jacqueline has also instructed an Open Source Intelligence Techniques course at the University of Southern California and lectures in the International Relations program.
Morag Macdonald, Partner, Bird & Bird (UK)
I have real depth of experience with cross border IP strategies – for litigation and transactions – addressing the commercial goals of our clients. I’m experienced in all forms of IP litigation and strategic advice, especially in an international cross border context. I have led the team in over 27 trials before the UK Patents High Court and the UK Patents County Court. I have also been the lead coordinator on well over 20 matters with patent litigation in two or more European countries.
Patrick Maloney, Senior Associate, Armond Wilson LLP
Patrick Maloney is nationally recognized for his experience representing clients before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). Patrick has an impressive track record of successfully navigating patents through the PTAB, arguing hearings, and obtaining favorable decisions either by denying institution outright or confirming patentability after a full trial.
Nathan Miller, Founder and CEO, Miller Ink
Nathan is a communications strategist sought out by executives at the highest levels of business, government, and the non-profit world, who has helped hundreds of organizations tell their stories better – and navigate complex issues and crises spanning the globe. He served as communications counsel and an on-record spokesperson for many high-profile legal cases in the U.S. and Europe.
Kellin Chatfield Nicoletti , Vice President, Dexcom, Inc.
Kellin Chatfield Nicoletti is Vice President, Legal Affairs at Dexcom, Inc. a medical device company empowering people to take control of their health with continuous glucose monitoring. At Dexcom, she oversees global litigation, including intellectual property litigation, as well as providing legal advice to the global commercial, marketing, regulatory and clinical teams. Prior to joining Dexcom, she represented many technology and life sciences clients in intellectual property disputes and also had extensive experience managing internal investigations and shareholder litigation. She has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. from UCLA.
Tim Powell, Partner, Powell Gilbert LLP (UK)
Tim Powellis partner at Powell Gilbert. His strong technical background has enabled him to represent clients in some of the largest and most complex intellectual property disputes to come before the UK courts in recent years. Tim specialises in multi-jurisdictional litigation, particularly in the patents field where he has experience in coordinating litigation taking place simultaneously across Europe, North America and beyond.
David A. Randall, Managing Partner, Orbit IP
David is the Managing Partner of Orbit IP. He has 30 years of experience representing clients in complex, high-stakes business and IP litigation matters before district courts throughout the United States, including in California, Florida, Texas, and Delaware. He has been recognized as one of the best intellectual property litigators in America by Best Lawyers in America, and has represented a number of well-known companies in litigation, including GE Lighting Solutions (f/k/a GELcore), Emcore, DIRECTV, Lending Tree, Mag Instrument, SAS Institute, Belkin, BestBuy, TCL Corporation, Yamaha Motor Corp., and ZTE. David recently had a patent trial in the Central District related to hand carts and is scheduled for a patent trial in August related to lighting control units used in Facebook datacenters. He is also presently representing a company in a patent arbitration related to alarm notification systems.
Ehab Samuel, Partner, Orbit IP
Ehab Samuel is a partner at Orbit IP, focusing on litigation involving patent, trademark, trade secret, and related state law claims. With a Masters’s Degree in both Electrical Engineering and Chemical Engineering, Ehab is often relied upon to understand complex technologies and craft winning legal strategies that meet the client’s business objectives. Ehab has litigated cases in federal trials and appellate courts throughout the country, before the International Trade Commission, and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. As an active bar leader, Ehab has served as President of OCIPLA, chaired the Judge’s Night committee for LAIPLA, and chaired several other committees at AIPLA.
Hon. Suzanne Segal (Ret.), Signature Resolution
During her tenure on the federal bench, Judge Segal presided over numerous trials, evidentiary hearings, motions, and discovery conferences involving diverse subject matter. She served as the settlement judge in hundreds of cases, settling business and insurance disputes; patent, trademark, and copyright actions; and employment, civil rights, and tort cases.
Jill R. Sperber, Judicate West
Jill started her mediation career in 2010 while litigating at Irell & Manella. She was asked to be part of the firm’s Alternative Dispute Center where she was selected as a co-arbitrator, mediator, co-mediator, and special master on complex matters. Prior to that, she was a civil litigator handling all types of matters in state and federal courts.
Daniel S. Stringfield, Partner, Nixon Peabody
Daniel Stringfield is a member of Nixon Peabody’s Intellectual Property (IP) Practice Group, where he helps clients acquire and monetize IP assets and resolve IP disputes through licensing and litigation. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in disputes involving a broad range of technologies, including networking, semiconductors, computer processors, wireless communication, and optics.
Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn, Partner, Hueston Hennigan
Christy Von der Ahe Rayburn litigates high-profile, high-stakes technology disputes for companies of all sizes, including Amazon.com, Monster Energy, BlackBerry, ClearOne, and Acorn Technologies. Described by clients as “a fierce advocate” and “intensely brilliant at understanding the detail and complexity of the subject matter while retaining a clear view of the big issues and its impact on strategy,” she has a depth of experience in patent, copyright, and trade secret litigation at every stage.