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Upcoming events

    • 27 Feb 2020
    • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Finnegan, Palo Alto, CA

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    “How to Patent AI Inventions
    with Current Patent Laws”

    DATE: Thursday, February 27, 2020

    TIME: 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. - Registration, Networking, 
    Appetizers and Hosted Beverages
    6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Program

    LOCATION: Finnegan, 3300 Hillview Avenue, 2nd floor, Palo Alto, CA


    Hear perspective on the outlook for patenting AI inventions from in-house practitioners. The panel will look at how innovation in Artificial Intelligence Technology can be embodied in a practical or technical application and how to make the best of the current patent laws.

    Zion Maffeo, Director of Legal & Business Affairs, Apex.AI, Inc.
    Zion serves as Director of Legal & Business Affairs at Apex.AI a young company focused on building mission critical software for autonomous vehicles.  Prior to joining Apex.AI, Zion led the legal team at DiDi Labs - the US research arm of China based rideshare giant DiDi Chuxing. At DiDi Labs, Zion built a global patent portfolio and led technology license negotiations for DiDI’s ventures in Brazil, Japan, and Mexico.  Zion also worked at Faraday Future and Esri where he provided legal support and guidance on patent prosecution, technology licensing, and data privacy.  Zion received his J.D., from U.C. Hastings College of the Law in 2012. He received a B.S. in Chemistry Computation from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. He is a member of the California Bar and also a registered patent attorney with the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  

    Vishnu Ramaswamy, Associate General Counsel, Western Digital Corporation
    Vishnu is a director in the Patent Asset and Development team at Western Digital.  Prior to that, he was a partner at Dickinson Wright in its Washington DC office, primarily practicing in the areas of patent procurement, IP due diligence, and licensing.  Prior to working in the legal field, Vishnu was an engineer at several companies in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Atmel (acquired by Microchip), Sun Microsystems, and Power Integrations.  His engineering work focused on all aspects of semiconductor manufacturing, principally in mixed signal design for non-volatile memory products.

    Jonah Probell, IP Strategist, SoundHound Inc.
    Jonah manages the IP portfolio for SoundHound, a company that turns sound into understanding and actionable meaning. He is a patent agent and veteran of six startups over the past 19 years. Jonah just completed the third edition of his book, Patenting for the Small Company.

    Additional panelist to be announced.

    If you have problems registering for the February meeting and want to make a reservation, please email Casey at caseymj10@hotmail.com.

    DEADLINE FOR ONLINE REGISTRATION OR CANCELLATION: Tuesday noon, February 25,  2020. Online registration automatically closes at that time - please make your reservation online by the deadline as there are only a few extra spaces allotted at the meeting for walk-ins. The venue may not be able to serve meals beyond the guaranteed number expected for the meeting.

    1.5 hours MCLE credit available
    SVIPLA Tax ID#-77-0491659

    • 05 Mar 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • UC Berkeley Faculty Club

    IPAS 2020
    Third Annual Intellectual Property 
    Awareness Summit

    Thursday, March 5, 2020

    UC Berkeley Faculty Club

    12:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

    The Center for Intellectual Property Understanding (CIPU), in conjunction with the UC Berkeley-Haas School of Business and the Tusher Initiative for the Management of Intellectual Capital, is holding its third annual Intellectual Property Awareness Summit (IPAS 2020) on March 5th

    Following successful CIPU events in New York and Chicago, IPAS 2020 in greater San Francisco will focus on new obstacles to IP understanding. Topics will include obstacles to IP understanding, global competition, and establishing a standard for IP literacy. IPAS 2020 will explore how we can help provide a context for getting IP rights on the radar and improve recognition, as well as acknowledge their weaknesses. 

    IPAS 2020 is an international gathering of IP owners, organizations, educators, investors and thought-leaders all with a common goal – to make IP rights and intangible assets more intelligible.

    For Program Details, click here.

    TO REGISTER, click here.

    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Hyatt Place Hotel, San Jose, CA

    Technology Patent Network NORTH AMERICA

    Thursday, March12, 2020
    8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Hyatt Place Hotel, San Jose, CA

    SVIPLA members are invited to attend the second annual Technology Patent Network NORTH AMERICA conference.


    Complimentary guest passes are available for in-house attorneys. To secure one of the remaining guest passes, email Sarah Gooding, sgooding@newtonmedia.co.uk.

    Private practice attorneys are entitled to an SVIPLA discount of 20% against the standard delegate rate.

    Technology Patent Network NORTH AMERICA is the latest conference in World IP Review’s Patent Network conference series to gain insight into the sector issues of critical current importance; listen to best-in-class case studies; keep abreast of the likely forward impact of key judgments and political jolts; and network with global patent peers.  Hear corporate patent attorneys from Nagra, Tenderloin Equitable Development Project, Applied Materials, TTek, TiVo, Medallia, Western Digital, ASML, IBM, Dell and OmniVision Technologies speak on important issues such as navigating the patent prosecution and enforcement landscape, and debating how best to protect innovations in Artificial Intelligence.

Past events

22 Jan 2020 SVIPLA 1-22-20: Inventor of the Year Presentation Plus Legal Ethics CLE Program
04 Dec 2019 MIP European Patent Forum USA 2019
03 Dec 2019 MIP International Women’s Leadership Forum 2019
01 Nov 2019 SVIPLA Seeking Nominations for 2019 Inventor of the Year
29 Oct 2019 "AI Patentability Summit: Challenges, Excluded Subject Matter and Legal Strategies Before the EPO & the USPTO"
09 Oct 2019 SVIPLA 10-9-19: Will Patent Attorneys Be Replaced By Emerging AI Tools?
24 Sep 2019 IIPLA 4th Annual Meeting
20 Sep 2019 SFIPLA Annual Meeting
20 Jun 2019 SVIPLA 6-20-19 - "The Changing Landscape of IP: Emerging Practices Part 1 – Outsourcing, Analytics, AI and Other New Tech"
11 Jun 2019 MIP Innovation & Litigation Summit 2019
16 May 2019 SVIPLA 5-16-19: "Get Prepared! How to Anticipate, Preserve and Protect Your Company's or Client’s Trade Secrets"
14 May 2019 Standards in Intellectual Capital Management - LES May 14
17 Apr 2019 Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm & Samsung on 5G at LES-SVC
21 Mar 2019 SVIPLA 3-21-19 - Online Reg Closed - Considerations for Building an International Patent Portfolio
13 Mar 2019 BREXIT Impact on European IP Strategy (Palo Alto)
28 Feb 2019 SVIPLA 2-28-19 Mark Lemley Presents "Remedies for Robots"
31 Jan 2019 SVIPLA 1-31-19 - "What U.S. Patent Attorneys Need to Know about Obtaining Japanese Software Patents - AI & Blockchain + more"
23 Jan 2019 USPTO Silicon Valley Presents: Entrepreneurs: Speed Dating for Startups
13 Dec 2018 SVIPLA 12-13-18 Google & Splunk: "Subject Matter Eligibility" & Inventor of the Year Award
05 Dec 2018 MIP European Patent Forum USE 2018
29 Oct 2018 EPO Presents Seminar for U.S. Patent Professionals
03 Oct 2018 Advanced Patent Litigation: Maximizing Returns and Protecting Core Technologies
11 Sep 2018 SVIPLA 9/11/18 - USPTO Commissioners Speak!
20 Jul 2018 WIPO's ePCT Training Seminar
21 Jun 2018 SVIPLA 6-21-18 - "Post Grant Proceedings Before the European Patent Office and the USPTO"
31 May 2018 SVIPLA 5-31-18 - Marvell & Fitbit: Best Practices for Managing Outside Counsel
26 Apr 2018 SVIPLA 4-26-18 Dinner Meeting Cancelled - “Leveraging Automation to Improve Patent Management Efficiency”
22 Mar 2018 SVIPLA - 3/22/18 Dinner Meeting - Patent Litigation Trends in a Post TC Heartland World
13 Mar 2018 Venture Summit West - March 2018
22 Feb 2018 SVIPLA 2/22 Dinner - A Winning Patent Strategy in Japan
25 Jan 2018 SVIPLA 1/25/18-"IP Ethics Is No Game Show"
24 Jan 2018 AIPLA Mid-Winter Institute
14 Dec 2017 SVIPLA 12/14 Holiday Dinner - CLE Program & Inventor the Year Presentation
07 Dec 2017 Global Patent Software Summit
14 Nov 2017 IP Protection in China: What Silicon Valley Rights Holders Need to Know
08 Nov 2017 USPTO Silicon Valley: IP Fundamentals for Startups and SMEs
01 Nov 2017 Cal State Bar 42nd Annual IP Institute
26 Oct 2017 SVIPLA 10/26: Unitary Patents-UPC Ratification-Creation of New Euro Patent System
18 Oct 2017 LES-SVC 10/18-How to Run a Patent Prosecution Practice to Maximize Global Revenue from Licensing
16 Oct 2017 2017 Duff & Phelps IP Value Summit
28 Sep 2017 SVIPLA 9/28 - Patent Exhaustion after Impression Products v. Lexmark
13 Sep 2017 AIPF 2017 Annual Meeting Coming to San Francisco
25 Aug 2017 TechLAB Presents: Trending Multi-Cloud Solutions
25 Jul 2017 USPTO Silicon Valley Summer Events
28 Jun 2017 SVIPLA 6/28 - "Patent Enforcement in China"
19 Jun 2017 MCAA Global Tec Forum-Empowering Change in Technology
23 May 2017 SVIPLA 5/23-Patent Montetization-Secondary Markets for Patents
18 May 2017 CA State Bar IP Law Section Mixer
11 May 2017 USPTO-SV Update on Patent Quality Metrics
27 Apr 2017 SVIPLA 4/27-Unlocking the USPTO Patent Examination System-Current Programs & Initiatives
26 Apr 2017 LES-SVC 4/26 Annual Conference-Do Patents Still Matter?
12 Apr 2017 USPTO-SV: Leveraging Federal Resources to Mitigate Risk
23 Mar 2017 SVIPLA-March 23-Patenting for the Smaller Company: Getting the Mouse a Lion's Share
22 Mar 2017 LES-SVC-March 22-IP Valuation: Optimizing the Value of IP Assets in Uncertain Times
21 Mar 2017 MIP US Patent Forum 2017
23 Feb 2017 SVIPLA February 23 - National Security & International Trade: What IP Lawyers Need to Know
09 Feb 2017 Japan Patent Attorneys Association Presents Complimentary Seminar - Discover IP in Japan
26 Jan 2017 SVIPLA Jan. 26-Ethics CLE-Hazardous Transmissions: Protecting Yourself in the Digital Age
24 Jan 2017 Cal State Bar Presents IP Practitioners Tips & Tricks Conference
18 Dec 2016 Shared Ownership of Patents - Take this survey
15 Dec 2016 SVIPLA Dec. 15-Inventor of the Year Holiday Dinner
01 Dec 2016 CPA Global 3rd Annual IP Forum
17 Nov 2016 SVIPLA-LES/SVC Nov. 17-Preserving Patent Rights in an Open Source Environment
27 Oct 2016 SVIPLA October 27-All Attorneys-"Inventor Rewards & Incentives"
22 Sep 2016 SVIPLA Sept. 22- Managing Patent Litigation Threats
07 Jun 2016 SVIPLA June 7 - USPTO Year in Review
26 May 2016 SVIPLA May 26 - Economic Perspectives on Recent Patent Damages Rulings
28 Apr 2016 WIPLA April 28 - The Art of Rainmaking: Maximizing Your Strengths
20 Apr 2016 LES Presents 16th Annual Conference April 20
12 Apr 2016 USPTO - Patent Quality Webinar
01 Apr 2016 USPTO Silicon Valley Public Tour
30 Mar 2016 WIPLA March 30 Meeting: The DMCA in 2016
24 Mar 2016 SVIPLA - March 24 Mtg. - Design Patents-Global Considerations
15 Mar 2016 MIP U.S. Patent Forum - Silicon Valley
25 Feb 2016 SVIPLA February 25 - Europe's New Unitary Patent System and Unified Patent Court
10 Feb 2016 USPTO Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting - Feb. 10
26 Jan 2016 SVIPLA Jan. 26 - Offers Hard to Get CLE Competence Credit Program
21 Jan 2016 WIPLA Presents Bias CLE program-January 21, 2016
15 Dec 2015 SVIPLA - Dec. 15 - Inventor of the Year Dinner-Register today
19 Nov 2015 SVIPLA Nov. 19 Meeting: "Overcoming Alice One Year After"
12 Nov 2015 WIPO Mediation and Arbitration Workshop
09 Nov 2015 USPTO Webinar - Patent Quality Chat
29 Oct 2015 SVIPLA October Meeting: "Provocative Insights Into Current Patent Issues"
28 Oct 2015 CPA Global Presents IP Forum-Transforming IP Management
15 Oct 2015 Silicon Valley USPTO Office Opening
26 Sep 2015 USF Law School Symposium on Trademark Law
24 Sep 2015 SVIPLA September Meeting - "Global Patent Update"
10 Sep 2015 SJ Downtown Association Presents Insider's View of SV USPTO
24 Aug 2015 AIPLA/USPTO Road Show in Santa Clara
05 Aug 2015 Seeking SVIPLA Inventor of the Year Nominations due by Sept. 15
30 Jul 2015 Churchill Club Presents Evening with Michelle K. Lee, USPTO Director
22 Jul 2015 SVIPLA July 22 - Register for "The Internet of Things: Critical Considerations for IP Law"
20 Jul 2015 AIPLA Patent Cooperation Treaty Seminar in San Francisco
25 Jun 2015 Latest Developments in Patent Law - 2015 Patent Act + PTAB Rules
28 May 2015 SVIPLA May 28 - Protecting IP Assets - Two Panel Discussions
28 May 2015 Intellectual Property Strategies in the Wake of Alice
28 Apr 2015 SVIPLA April 28-USPTO Admin Patent Judge Panelist for IP Pro Bono Program
31 Mar 2015 SVIPLA March 31 Dinner-note change in times for Alice Corp. Case Update
19 Feb 2015 SVIPLA Feb. 19, 2015 Dinner - Japanese IP Law-Post Grant Opposition++
29 Jan 2015 SVIPLA January 29, 2015 Dinner - Hard to Get CLE-Professional Competence
28 Jan 2015 PLI's Advanced Licensing Agreements 2015
18 Dec 2014 SVIPLA-Holiday Dinner Honors Dr. Robert Showen Inventor of the Year
12 Dec 2014 USPTO Legal Roundtable with IP Attaches
04 Dec 2014 AIPLA Trade Secret Summit Comes to Santa Clara
20 Nov 2014 SVIPLA - Nov. 20 Postponed - IP Pro Bono - How You Can Help
20 Nov 2014 IP Pro Bono - How You Can Help
14 Nov 2014 USPTO's First Cybersecurity Partnership Meeting
10 Nov 2014 What's New in IP in China?
29 Oct 2014 CPA Global Presents High-Level IP Forum
23 Oct 2014 SVIPLA Oct. 23 - ITC - Complaints, Investigations, Determinations, Remedies
14 Oct 2014 SCU - Engineer & Patent Professionals Event
07 Oct 2014 USPTO 2014 FITF Fall Roadshow Invitation
02 Oct 2014 Latest Developments in IP Law & Enforcement in China - Free Seminar
25 Sep 2014 SVIPLA Sept. 25 -"The EPO – A Young Patent System Meets an Old Patent System"
10 Sep 2014 USPTO's Byrnes Keynotes Stanford Reception on Tech Revolution
15 Aug 2014 Opening Reception - AIPLA New Lawyers Committee Summer Retreat-Plan to attend
26 Jun 2014 Michelle Lee, USPTO, Speaks at Stanford Law School - You are invited!
09 Jun 2014 SVIPLA June 9 Dinner-USPTO Patents Commissioner + Panelists Discuss NPEs/PAEs/Trolls Initiatives
15 May 2014 SVIPLA May 15 Dinner-E.D. Texas-Helping You with Patent Prep & Prosecution
29 Apr 2014 SVIPLA April 29–Reception Hosted after USPTO AIA Trial Roundtable
27 Mar 2014 SVIPLA March 27 - Meet New USPTO-SV Director John Cabeca
18 Mar 2014 USC Gould School of Law 2014 Intellectual Property Institute – March 18
20 Feb 2014 SVIPLA Feb. 20 Dinner-A View from In-House IP Counsel
23 Jan 2014 SVIPLA Jan. 23 Dinner - Elimination of Bias - Get Your CLE
19 Dec 2013 SVIPLA Dec. 19 - Holiday Dinner Honoring Stephen Quake, Inventor of the Year
21 Nov 2013 SVIPLA Nov. 21-Synchronizing Global Patent Prosecution
24 Oct 2013 Hong Kong Trade Development Council Luncheon - Palo Alto
22 Oct 2013 SVIPLA October 22 - Is this technical enough? Understanding the EPO’s Approach to Computer Implemented Inventions
25 Sep 2013 WLAC Alameda County Annual Judges Dinner
19 Sep 2013 SVIPLA Sept. 19 - European and Asian IP Update Straight from London!
13 Aug 2013 SVIPLA Announces Patent Monetization Complimentary Seminar by Epicenter
09 Jul 2013 SVIPLA Inventor of the Year - July 22 Nominations Deadline
20 Jun 2013 SVIPLA June 20 - Strategies on Post-Grant Review Proceedings
16 May 2013 SVIPLA May 16 Dinner Meeting Cancelled
06 May 2013 SVIPLA Luncheon May 6-Meet New Silicon Valley USPTO Director
03 May 2013 Santa Clara HTLI Hosts Federal Circuit Bar Litigation Series
26 Apr 2013 Silicon Valley World IP Day - Plan to Attend
25 Apr 2013 SVIPLA April 25 Dinner Hosts University Professors
28 Mar 2013 SVIPLA March 28 Dinner-America Invents Act
21 Mar 2013 2nd Annual BCLT Privacy Law Forum
15 Mar 2013 Santa Clara Law HTLI - DMCA Retrospective
26 Feb 2013 USPTO COMES TO CALIFORNIA - Presentations February 26-28
22 Feb 2013 HTLI's Mobile Revolution Symposium
21 Feb 2013 SVIPLA-Feb. 21 Dinner-AIA and Start-Ups-Protecting IP & Patent Prosecution
20 Feb 2013 USPTO Offers RCE Filings Roundtable/Focus Session
24 Jan 2013 SVIPLA - Jan. 24 - Ethics for IP Lawyers - 1 hour Ethics Credit
24 Jan 2013 PTAB Hiring Administrative Patent Judges - Interested?
26 Oct 2012 UC BERKELEYLAW CONFERENCE: RAND Revisited: Current Developments in the Law of Standards-Essential Patents
27 Sep 2012 SVIPLA Presents Inventor of the Year - Shuji Nakamura, Ph.D.
28 Jun 2012 “The Juror’s Perspective on Patents and Patent Trials”
17 May 2012 "Insights Into the PTO from an Ex-Examiner and Patent Prosecution Practitioners"
29 Mar 2012 Patent Strategies in China
28 Feb 2012 Optimizing Patents for Licensing and Enforcement: Common Pitfalls and Best Practices

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