LAIPLA is proud to welcome back its flagship, nationally-renowned intellectual property conference—the annual Spring Seminar Retreat. Spring Seminar is a two-day, can’t miss, get-a-way weekend at the Ritz-Carlton Bacara 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.
Stay tuned for schedule and speaker details.
Registration is due by April 20th to guarantee meals and special reduced room rate and fees.
- Half-day tickets – This includes your choice of CLE & lunch on Saturday or CLE & continental breakfast on Sunday: $350
- Full Day – Saturday – This include CLE, Lunch, Dinner and evening activities: $549
- LAIPLA Members: $899
- Non-members: $969
- Non-member + Membership Special Rate: $999
Basic Registration Fees: includes admission for registrant to the following:
- Saturday, and Sunday MCLE credit for up to 7 hours
- Saturday Keynote Lunch, Cocktail Reception & Dinner
- Sunday Breakfast
Spouse/Guest Add-On ($175) includes admission for a guest to the following:
Saturday Cocktail Reception and Dinner
Hotel Reservations: A link to make your hotel reservation will be provided by LAIPLA. In order to receive the special discount hotel room rate of $409 per night, you must use the reservation link provided and make your hotel reservations directly with The Ritz-Carlton Bacara. Only registered attendees will be able to access this special reduced rate. Please email your request for hotel reservation link to: firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than Wednesday, April 20, 2022.
LAIPLA has negotiated special discounts, available only to registered LAIPLA attendees and their guests. This includes:
- Reduced Resort Fee of $50.00 per night, per room
- Valet Parking Fee of $35.00 per night, per car (regularly $52.00 per car)
- Complimentary WiFi access
For more information on The Ritz-Carlton Bacara, please visit: www.ritzcarlton.com/bacara
Additional Activities NOT included in the Basic Registration Fee:
Saturday, May 21 – Wine Tasting at Bacara
Join us for this Saturday Afternoon treat! Local wineries will bring their treats to us! A unique opportunity to learn from Santa Barbara/Santa Ynez local vintners. Tasting will be in Salon 1 from 3:00 – 4:30 pm. This special event is open to attendees and their guests, must be 21 years of age to participate. Limited to 35 people. Additional charge of $35 per person. Pre-registration is required. Sponsored by Signature Resolution.
Sunday, May 22 – Golf at Sandpiper
LAIPLA Annual Golf Tournament – Enjoy the ocean view at every green on this beautiful 18-hole course. Can you putt, drive, or chip like a pro or just want to have fun with an afternoon of camaraderie? Our tournament scramble includes any level of player. Golf registration of $200 includes green fees, cart, contest prizes, water bottle, and a sleeve of balls. Sign up by April 15 to secure a spot in our tournament. Golf rentals are available for an additional cost through Sandpiper Golf Club.
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.
An Inside Perspective on Current Patent Law Issues
Esteemed jurists will discuss current patent law issues facing judges and provide practical advice on how to navigate them and succeed in the courtroom. Featuring the Honorable Jimmie V. Reyna, Honorable Michael R. Wilner, Bradley Watts, Minority Chief Counsel, Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property and Keith Newburry, Senior VP & Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Edwards Lifesciences, moderated by Ashe Puri of Maynard Cooper & Gale.
Hard Strategy Decisions in IP Litigation
IP litigation between fierce adversaries raises hard strategy questions. Milbank IP attorneys will lead a discussion framed around a series of hypotheticals that present challenging questions to be addressed at different stages of a lawsuit. There are no “right” answers to these questions – what might be the “right” answer for one client could be the “wrong” answer for another. What matters is how the answers to these questions contribute to achieving the best outcome for a given client, in a given industry, in a given case. Our featured panel to include Lauren Drake, Gary Frischling, David Gindler, and John Lu of Milbank.
Causation Pitfalls for Experts in Intellectual Property Matters
Damages experts in intellectual property litigation should only calculate damages actually caused by the alleged misappropriation or infringement. Our experienced panelists will discuss the obligations of experts to address causation, the common mistakes made by experts, and best practices for developing damages opinions that are reasonable and defensible. The will cover topics in copyright, patent and trade secrets matters. Featuring Jennifer Baldocchi of Paul Hastings, Joseph Paunovich of Quinn Emanuel, and Gary Olsen of B. Riley Advisory Services.
The Link Between IP and Sustainability – Ethical Considerations When Advising Clients
Going green is not a fad, it is a way of life for individuals and businesses. But how can businesses measure their sustainability efforts? The United Nations developed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), a collection of 17 interlinked global goals designed to be a “blueprint to achieve a better and more sustainable future for all.” Join us for a live CLE webinar to learn more about the SDGs, why corporations and law firms should be interested in SDGs, and the ethical considerations around reporting on sustainability progress. During the webinar, we will discuss: How corporations are currently tracking and reporting on sustainability efforts. Why attorneys should be interested in SDGs (Hint: Client relations and business development) Ethical rules to consider around measuring and reporting on SDG progress. A framework that can be used to provide accurate measurement on the SDG progress of corporations. Featuring David Dilenschneider of LexisNexis Intellectual Property Solutions.
Best Practices Before the EPO and USPTO for Patenting Computer Technology
Learn from our esteemed panel of experts on patenting computer technology in the European Patent Office (EPO) and the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). The panel will be covering topics such as patentability of artificial intelligence (AI) inventions at the European Patent Office (EPO); unitary patent and unitary patent court; and building and managing large patent portfolios. Featuring Eric K. Satermo, Ms. Silvia Dondi, and Mr. Josè Santacroce.
Patent and Trade Secret Disputes: Comparing and Contrasting Mediation Strategies
Our esteemed panelists will discuss considerations for patent and trade secret mediations, including how similarities and differences between these two types of intellectual property matters can impact strategies for effective case resolution. Features Retired District Judge Margaret Morrow (Neutral with Judicate West), Retired District Judge Andrew Guilford (Neutral with Judicate West), and Sharre Lotfollahi of Kirkland & Ellis.
IP Transactions and Enforcement from a New Kind of Client: the DAO
No, this is not about Bitcoin. Instead we will focus on a new kind of client that isn’t really a client—It’s a DAO [decentralized autonomous organization].
First: the entity problem. There is a debate within the Web3 community about whether to be wrapped or unwrapped—meaning, should the company have an entity behind it that effectuates what the company does? Is this necessary for IP development and/or project licensing? How do you handle counter-party risks?
Second: the DAO is created in and by itself on the blockchain. This code is in the smart contract and is in the public domain. Therefore, everything that the company is built upon and does is essentially open source. Is there room for an organization like that to develop proprietary rights? How can they do it? Payment is less of an administrative burden, but does that come at a price?
Third—and what all the lawyers actually worry about: litigation risks related to DAOs. We have seen some cases where a DAO asserts copyright infringement alleging another DAO copied their source code, and we have seen investors and operators being sued as a general partnership with the DAO. What are the real risks here? Moreover, many of these companies are created in the ethos that they should never been involved in suing over their IP rights. How can you counsel a client like that?
LAIPLA 2022 Spring Seminar Schedule
Friday, May 20, 2022
Welcome Cocktails: 8:00 – 10:00 PM
Saturday, May 21, 2022
9:30 am – Registration
Opening Session & MCLE Sessions 10:00 am – 2:30 pm
10:00 am – Hard Strategy Decisions in IP Litigation
11:00 am – Best Practices Before the EPO & USPTO For Patenting Computer Technology
12:00 pm – Lunch (registered attendees only)
12:45 pm – An Inside Perspective on Current Patent Law Issues
1:45 pm – IP Protection and Enforcement from a New Kind of Client: the DAO
Free Time 2:30 pm – 6:00 pm
3:30 pm – Wine Tasting Sponsored by Signature Resolution, Pre-registered guests only
6:00 – 7:00 pm – Reception Sponsored by Jeff Kichaven Commercial Mediation
7:00 – 9:00 pm – Dinner
9:00 pm – Casino Tournament
9:00 pm – Cigars and Drinks Sponsored by TSG
Sunday, May 22, 2022
8:30 am – Breakfast Sponsored by ForensisGroup
MCLE Sessions 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
9:00 am – Causation Pitfalls for Experts in IP Matters
10:15 am – Patent & Trade Secret Disputes: Comparing and Contrasting Mediation Strategies
11:30 am – The Link Between IP Sustainability — Ethical Considerations When Advising Clients (1 hour Ethics MCLE)
2:00 pm – Golf Tournament at Sandpiper for pre-registered guests only
Hon. Andrew Guildford, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Southern Division, Ret.
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.
Hon. Margaret M. Morrow, United States District Court for the Central District of California, Ret.
Following 18 years of distinguished service on the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California bench and five years as President and CEO of Public Counsel, Judge Margaret M. Morrow has retired and is available as a mediator, arbitrator, and private judge, including special master and neutral appellate and trial assignments.
Hon. Jimmie V. Reyna, Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Judge Reyna was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President Barack Obama in 2011. Prior to his appointment, Judge Reyna was an international trade attorney and shareholder at Williams Mullen, where he directed the firm’s Trade and Customs Practice Group (1998-2011), led its Latin America Task Force (2006-08), and served on its board of directors (2009-11).
Hon. Michael R. Wilner, United States District Court for the Central District of California
Judge Wilner is one of the magistrate judges participating in the Central District of California’s Patent Program.
Prior to his appointment as a Magistrate Judge, Judge Wilner served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and a Deputy Chief in the Major Frauds Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles since 2000.
Acting Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office
As the Acting Regional Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Silicon Valley Regional Office, Steve Koziol carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and is responsible for leading the USPTO’s West Coast regional office in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Koziol ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
Jennifer Baldocchi, Partner
Jennifer S. Baldocchi is Co-Vice Chair of the Paul Hastings Employment Department and the Chair of the International Employee Mobility and Trade Secrets practice. Her practice focuses on employee mobility and intellectual property, including trade secrets, covenants not to compete, unfair competition, and fiduciary duties. She is recognized by Legal 500 US for trade secrets litigation and non-contentious matters and as both a Top Labor and Employment Lawyer and a Top Trade Secrets Lawyer by the Daily Journal.
David Dilenschneider, Client Relations Consultant
LexisNexis® Intellectual Property Solutions
As a Client Relations Consultant, David not only monitors the legal industry to identify trends and potential future developments but also consults with firms and corporations across the country to discuss their challenges and needs.
Ms. Silvia Dondi
Silvia is a European and Italian patent and design attorney and she is qualified European patent litigator at the upcoming Unified Patent Court. She is also a recognized technical expert in patent litigation before the Italian courts. She was a Ph. D visitor at the Danmarks Tekniske Univertiset and she completed her Ph. D in Information Technology at the University of Parma in 2008. In the same year, she joined Bugnion’s Parma Office and in 2017 she became a partner.
Lauren Drake, Partner
Ms. Drake’s practice focuses on intellectual property and patent litigation, including patent post-grant proceedings. She has extensive experience representing clients in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Ms. Drake is admitted to practice before the US Patent and Trademark Office.
Gary Frischling, Partner
Mr. Frischling’s practice centers on complex, high-stakes intellectual property disputes, including patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition and trade secret litigation. He also offers prelitigation strategic counseling, IP portfolio management, and advises clients on a variety of related transactions and matters.
David Gindler, Partner
Mr. Gindler’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and licensing, with an emphasis in complex patent litigation. While nationally recognized by Chambers USA for his expertise in life sciences matters, Mr. Gindler’s work spans a broad array of industries and technologies. He has achieved extraordinary trial outcomes for both plaintiffs and defendants, including a $302 million verdict for breach of a research and license agreement, as well as defeating a $217 million damages claim where liability had already been established in an earlier trial handled by a different law firm.
Sharre Lotfollahi, Kirkland & Ellis
Sharre Lotfollahi is a partner in Kirkland & Ellis’ Intellectual Property Litigation Group and focuses on disputes involving trade secret, patent, trademark, and copyright, including licensing disputes regarding intellectual property. She has represented clients in disputes involving athlete tracking, online customer service, medical devices and implants, gaming software and hardware, television shows, textiles, food products, computer components, smartphones, hard disk drive manufacturing, wireless technologies, and motor vehicle accessories. Sharre has been a member of seven trial teams, including serving as a first-chair on two trials. At trial, Sharre has conducted direct and cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses. She has argued numerous motions, including at trial, and managed numerous other trial activities. She led a trial team on behalf of low-income tenants against slumlords in South Los Angeles. See ‘Tenants in building cited for housing violations settle for $2 million, LA Times.
John Lu, Partner
Dr. Lu’s practice focuses on patent, trade secrets, and life sciences litigation. He has represented clients in matters involving patent infringement, US-China trade secret misappropriation, biosimilars, ANDA litigation, and licensing disputes. Dr. Lu also represents clients in connection with proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. His clients have included Genentech, Natera, Rosenberger, Biogen, and Gilead.
Keith A. Newburry is the VP, Chief IP Counsel of Edwards Lifesciences, Inc., based in the company’s world headquarters in Irvine, California. His responsibilities include all North American litigation (IP and non-IP), the intellectual property affairs of the Company, which has several large and diverse businesses with over $2B in sales worldwide. Mr. Newburry’s group handles company issues relating to intellectual property, including IP enforcement and defensive litigations, non-IP litigation, patent, trademark and copyright matters and portfolio management, as well as client counseling.
Gary Olsen, Senior Managing Director
Gary Olsen has worked on litigation matters related to intellectual property, corporate investigations, lost profits, and valuation matters for more than twenty years. He has provided expert witness testimony on damages matters including intellectual property, breach of contract and forensic accounting cases in various venues [including Federal Court], arbitration, international arbitration and mediation. He has testified and been retained as a damages expert in the healthcare, retail, professional services, consumer products, and construction industries.
Joseph M. Paunovich, Partner
Joseph Paunovich is a partner based in the firm’s Los Angeles office. His practice area spans a wide variety of complex and high stakes domestic and international civil and regulatory matters in both state and federal courts, ranging from intellectual property litigation, licensing, and strategy to governance, antitrust, environmental and other complex business disputes and arbitrations. He is also a registered patent attorney and provides client counseling on strategic prosecution, post-grant and reexam proceedings and product design in connection with litigation.
Ashe Puri, Partner
Maynard Cooper & Gale
Ashe is a Partner in Maynard Cooper’s Intellectual Property practice. He is a recognized trial attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including cases involving patents, trademarks, copyright, trade secrets, and unfair competition. From startups to major corporations, Ashe helps companies resolve their IP disputes.
José Santacroce graduated in Electronics Engineering at the Universidad Tecnológica Nacional of Buenos Aires in 1982. He began his professional career as a researcher at CSELT (Centro Studi E Laboratori Telecomunicazioni) in Turin and then worked as a Senior Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Engineer at Telettra in Chieti. He had worked for about 30 years at the European Patent Office in Munich as an examiner in the Telecommunications field (1988 – 2005) and as Director in the Computers field (2006 – 2017).
The Boeing Company
Eric Satermo has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property, including private practice and in-house corporate work. For more than 10 years at The Boeing Company, he developed and led world-class teams who were responsible for IP portfolio strategy and development, patent prosecution, and patent operations during a time when the company’s patent portfolio was consistently recognized as the best in the aerospace industry. Also while at Boeing, Eric built a global network of outside counsel in more than 15 jurisdictions, establishing best practices and processes to ensure a high level of patent quality while maintaining fair pricing for both the practitioner and the client.
Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property
Brad Watts is the Minority Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Intellectual Property. As Minority Chief Counsel, Mr. Watts is responsible for planning and implementing Ranking Member Thom Tillis and the Republican minority’s legislative portfolio on all aspects of intellectual property law.