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SVIPLA-Feb. 21 Dinner-AIA and Start-Ups-Protecting IP & Patent Prosecution

  • 21 Feb 2013
  • 6:00 PM - 9:30 PM
  • Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto


  • Special price for members

Registration is closed

Thursday, February 21, 2013
Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel, Palo Alto

6:00-7:00 p.m. - Registration/cocktails
7:00 p.m. - Dinner and program

"The AIA and Start-Ups – Views from Patent Holders

and Patent Prosecution Counsel"

PROGRAM: A panel including Andy Schwaab of DLA Piper and Jaz Banga of Connected Patents will discuss how the AIA and new patent laws, effective March 16, will protect IP and prosecuting patents for start-ups.


ndrew Schwaab is a second-generation patent attorney in DLA Piper's Silicon Valley office. He has over 20 years of intellectual property experience and focuses on strategic intellectual property matters, including counseling, sophisticated patent prosecution, patent litigation, licensing, validity and infringement analyses/opinions, due diligence and freedom-to-operate issues. Among other things, His practice includes managing all aspects of extensive U.S. and foreign patent portfolios for a range of clients, from startups to Fortune 50 companies as well as providing strategic advice and developing patent portfolios for start-ups with global counseling needs in the software, Web, mobile and other high-tech fields.

Jaz Banga, Co-Founder & CEO, is a serial entrepreneur best known for delivering Google Wi-Fi to the City of San Francisco. He continues to provide free Wi-Fi to the Union Square neighborhood as an act of philanthropy. As an inventor he holds 37 patents and, through the process of developing creative technologies, became well-versed in the field. He works with inventors in all fields including software development, biotech research and telecommunications. Jaz was mentored in entrepreneurship at the Haas School of Business, University of California Berkeley by the late Dr. John Freeman. He is currently the CEO of ProximityWare, Inc., a start-up that creates location-based platforms that has the ability to monetize Wi-Fi. Previously he founded Cobalt Technology in Toronto, followed by a move to Silicon Valley where he founded Unwire Now, Inc. and Feeva, Inc.


Nicholas Panno is a patent attorney in DLA Piper's Northern Virginia office. He has lectured on the legal and practical changes brought on by the AIA for the Licensing Executives Society and within DLA Piper. He has also attended the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office's AIA educational events to learn about the USPTO's perspective on the AIA. Mr. Panno focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling including foreign and domestic patent prosecution, patent litigation, patent licensing, IP due diligence, and opinions on validity, infringement and patentability. He counsels clients in the software, hardware, electrical, and mechanical fields.


Moderator: Glenn Von Tersch, Silicon Valley Patent Consulting


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


Tuesday, noon, February 19, 2013.  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.

SVIPLA Tax ID#-77-0491659

MCLE: This event will qualify for 1 hour of CLE credit. The Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider.

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