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SVIPLA 12-13-18 Google & Splunk: "Subject Matter Eligibility" & Inventor of the Year Award

  • 13 Dec 2018
  • 5:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA


SVIPLA December 2018 

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“Subject Matter Eligibility – Alice, Berkheimer, Iancu - Where are we now?
A View from In-house Counsel at Google and Splunk”


2018 Inventor of the Year Presentation
To Ms. Weiming Ren, ASML

Thursday, December 13, 2018
Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA

5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m. - Registration, Networking, Beverages
& Holiday Appetizers

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. - Program
& 2018 Inventor of the Year Presentation


Here is your opportunity to learn from in-house attorneys on how subject matter eligibility and 101 requirements are apprehended today. Potential discussion topics include:

  • What consequences on invention harvesting?
  • How has patent drafting changed, including a feedback on things they have seen from outside counsel that they like/dislike
  • Where is patent prosecution going and do they still see as many 101 rejections?

Paul Leblond, Senior Patent Counsel, Google
Paul is Senior patent Counsel at Google, where he supports the advertising business on all patent issues. He is also responsible for Google's European patent strategy, working in conjunction with other patent team members supporting other technologies. Prior to joining Google, Paul practiced at Kramer Levin and Ropes & Gray.

Sam Olive, Patent Counsel, Splunk Inc.
Sam is patent counsel at Splunk Inc., a company that uses market-leading Splunk solutions with machine learning to monitor, investigate and act on all forms of business, IT, security, and Internet of Things data. Sam specializes in portfolio mining and management, asset monetization, patent prosecution, strategic development, licensing, and litigation.

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SVIPLA is pleased to announce its recipient
of the 2018 Inventor of the Year: 
Ms. Weiming Ren, ASML

Ms. Ren is best known as HMI's leading expert on e-beam single source and multibeam inspection, which is used for detecting defects on silicon wafers. To give a simplified example, in a smart phone, an IC chip (which may be the size of a thumbnail) may include over 2 billion transistors, the size of each transistor being less than 1/1000th of a human hair.  The e-beam system that she has helped developed can identify any “killer defects” that can cause device failures.     

She recently became ASML’s first female Fellow, which are awarded to experts in ASML’s R&D department who have made outstanding contributions to its technology.

She holds more than 40 patents in the U.S., Japan and Europe, with 10 more in process right now. These patents/patent applications are focused on e-beam inspection, covering projection type, single-beam type, multi-column type and multi-beam type. Her career has taken her to some of the most notable companies in the semiconductor industry, beginning with Nikon, Ebara, HMI and now ASML.

After completing her education in China, earning her Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Applied Optics and Optical Engineering and later her PhD in Optical Instruments, she worked in her home country for seven years and in Japan for nine years before coming to the United States to work for HMI. Another important aspect of Weiming's role as a technical expert is serving as a role model to young engineers. She enjoys mentoring young team members on electron optics theory and simulation and encourages them to work with passion and to learn something from every task.

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