Law Seminars International Presents: Fourth Annual Seattle Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Gamer Technology Law
New technologies, opportunities, regulations and business models

October 7 & 8, 2013
1201 Third Avenue Building in Seattle, WA

Who Should Attend

Attorneys and business executives involved in the interactive entertainment industry

Why You Should Attend

The Annual Seattle Gamer Technology Law Conference will update you on current regulatory, legal and business developments in the interactive entertainment industry. You will hear how to position your company for PE and VC investment; today's landscape for consoles; FinCen Guidelines; and international concerns. A key focus will be on mobile gaming including privacy, mobile free-to-play models; and mobile payments. A panel of leading experts will address gaming and gambling partnerships including online gaming. You will also hear the latest information on Big Data; content litigation; tax issues; and patent law developments. Whether you are an attorney representing gamer technology industry clients or a member of the industry itself, you will not want to miss this year's program.

~ Kraig L. Marini Baker, Esq. and Kirk A. Soderquist, Esq., Program Co-Chairs

What You Will Learn


Monday, October 07, 2013

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction and Overview

Kraig L. Marini Baker, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

Kirk A. Soderquist, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: An Overview of the Evolving Industry

From a landfill to boardrooms, classrooms, and the White House

Michael D. Gallagher, Esq., President and CEO
Entertainment Software Association / Washington, DC

9:30 am

Financing: Private Equity and Venture Capital Investment

What the deals are looking like at early and middle stage investments; tips for positioning your company for a smooth and profitable exit

Joseph M. Wallin, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Mobile Gaming: Mobile Privacy, Mobile Free-to-Play, and Mobile Payments

Mobile privacy: Complying with CalOPPA and other mobile privacy issues

David L. Anderson, Esq.
Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP / Los Angeles, CA

Mobile Platforms and their Business Models: How the business models differ for the leading application platform providers: Apple, Android, Microsoft, RIM; implications for application development

Riaz Karamali, Esq.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP / Palo Alto, CA

Mobile Payments: Corporate counsel's checklist for staying out of trouble if you enter this arena

Holly K. Towle, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

FinCEN Guidelines: Implications for Virtual Currency Systems

New FinCEN guidance and other regulatory developments at federal and state levels; strategies for regulatory compliance; growth of virtual currencies and rewards programs in digital games: rise of decentralized crypto-currencies

J. Dax Hansen, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

2:15 pm

User Generated Content: Issues Arising from the International Nature of the Development, Distribution and Consumption of Games

Key differences between the US, EU and other countries, particularly in market practices, consumer protection, regulation and privacy (or top 10 things you need to know to publish a game in the EU)

Jas Purewal, Esq.
Osborne Clarke / Palo Alto, CA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Gamblification: Gaming and Gambling Partnerships

Overview: Issues arising in taking advantage of the huge business opportunities without leveraging gambling mechanics in a way that crosses the line into illegal gambling

Ron Segev, Esq., Moderator
Segev Business Law / Vancouver, BC

Perspectives on creating a successful business model

James G. Gatto, Esq.
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP / McLean, VA

Scott J. Leichtner, Vice President & General Counsel
Glu Mobile Inc. / San Francisco, CA

James Kosta, Chief Executive Officer
3G Studios Inc. / Reno, NV

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP and Perkins Coie LLP


Tuesday, October 08, 2013

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

Kraig L. Marini Baker, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA

Kirk A Soderquist, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Big Data and Its Use: Opportunities Fraught with Risks

Update on FTC consumer protection policies for privacy and data security/FTC investigations

Christin S. McMeley, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Washington, DC

Data breach cases

Joseph P. Cutler, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

IP Developments in the Gamer World

Content litigation: The most common claims (including copyright, trademark, and right of publicity); how to analyze potential claims during the game development and approval phases; risk management for developers and distributors

Jennifer L. Kelly, Esq.
Fenwick & West LLP / San Francisco, CA

Patent law developments and strategies for new gamer technologies including strategies for making effective use of the PTO's accelerated examination program

Ahsan A. Shaikh, Esq.
McDermott Will & Emery / Irvine, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Tax Issues in Gaming

Should "virtual" income amassed using real-world currencies while gaming be taxed and, if so, when and how should it be taxed? Comparisons will be made to the rapidly growing Bitcoin market.

Afshin B. Beyzaee, Esq.
Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP / Los Angeles, CA

2:00 pm

Current Challenges and Tips for Building a Game as a Brand

Lessons from recent copyright, trademark, and tradedress cases

Jennifer M. Mikulina, Esq.
McDermott Will & Emery / Chicago, IL

2:45 pm


3:00 pm

The progression of video games into interactive social media outlets

How changes in gaming present new legal challenges under evolving patent precedent; how to combat litigation brought by non-practicing entities (NPEs)

Michael P. Kahn, Esq.
Ropes & Gray LLP / New York, NY

3:45 pm

Evolution of Game Play Business Models as a Component of the Entertainment Industry

How business models and financing options for games of all sorts have evolved to the current console and PC games, Apps and free to play/subscription games; including the role of crowd funding and international co publishing deals.

Likely business model trends for the next several years, and thoughts on how lawyers can conclude deals, and address an array of emerging issues in an ever changing industry.

Frederick U. Fierst, Esq.
Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg LLP / Northampton, MA

4:30 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for this program is $1245 with a group rate of $935 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $830. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $622.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.5 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the 1201 Third Avenue Building, 49th Floor located at 1201 Third Avenue in Seattle, WA 98101. Special thanks to Perkins Coie LLP for making this space available. Contact The Roosevelt hotel at 206-621-1200 x 5001 and mention "LAWSEM" for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $119.00. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a DVD recording and the course materials, is available for $1255. The course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your Homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or from the date we receive payment.
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Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 1, 2013. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a Homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Faculty Bios

Kraig L. Marini Baker, Program Co-Chair, partner and chair of the Technology and Digital Media Practice at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, drafts and negotiates video game development contracts, publishing and consulting agreements, music recording contracts, talent, live event contracts, and television, film and theatre production contracts.

Kirk A. Soderquist, Program Co-Chair, partner and member of the firm's Licensing & Technology practice group and Co-Chair of the Interactive Entertainment practice at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on intellectual property, technology licensing, digital media, entertainment, advertising and marketing law, and corporate finance.

Michael D. Gallagher, Special Address, is President and CEO of the Entertainment Software Association. He was the Department of Commerce's Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information, as chief telecommunications and internet policy advisor. He has held leadership positions at Perkins Coie LLC, Verizon Wireless, AirTouch Communications.

Ron Segev, Moderator, Founder and Principal, Segev Business Law, an online gaming, technology and business law firm. He assists real money online gaming, social and mobile gaming developers, operators and marketers. He was previously General Counsel and then Special N. American Counsel for Highlight Media Group, one of the world's largest igaming consultancies.

Dave Anderson, counsel, Edwards Wildman Palmer LLP, was previously Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs for THQ Inc., a publicly traded videogame publisher, and was partner and co-head, Interactive Entertainment and New Media team, at Nixon Peabody LLP.

Afshin Beyzaee, tax partner, Liner Grode Stein Yankelevitz Sunshine Regenstreif & Taylor LLP, advises clients in planning matters including forming joint ventures and private equity funds, structuring taxable and tax-free mergers and acquisitions, business reorganizations, and issuances of debt, equity, hybrid and derivative securities.

Joseph P. Cutler, counsel, Perkins Coie LLP, counsels clients in areas related to privacy and data security, consumer protection law and internet law. He manages a rapid response enforcement team to defend clients, such as Facebook, against illegal spamming, phishing, pretexting, and other forms of malicious internet behavior.

Frederick U. Fierst, founder and partner at Fierst, Kane & Bloomberg LLP, represents clients in the entertainment and licensing industries within which he has developed an international reputation and clientele in connection with digital games, feature films, licensing and merchandising, and television.

James G. Gatto, Team Leader for the Social Media and Games Team at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP , focuses on all aspects of intellectual property including patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and internet law. He has experience representing social media and game companies on gamification and gamblification issues.

J. Dax Hansen, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, and chair of the electronic financial services industry group, focuses on IT, payments and international business transactions, including mobile financial services and e-commerce, online business, software and technology licensing.

Michael P. Kahn, partner, Ropes & Gray LLP, focuses his practice on patent and trade secret litigation and advising clients concerning intellectual property strategy. His experience spans pharmaceuticals, medical devices, software, consumer products and electrical, chemical, computer science and mechanical engineering.

Riaz Karamali, partner at Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP, is experienced in corporate law, venture finance, mergers and acquisitions, and technology transactions. He has been outside general counsel to many privately held companies.

Jennifer L. Kelly, partner in the Litigation Group of Fenwick & West LLP and member of their IP & Technology Litigation subgroup, focuses on commercial and intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on copyright, trademark, trade secret, false advertising, and unfair competition disputes for technology companies.

James Kosta, CEO, 3G Studios, has created hit games across all major platforms including consoles, handhelds, mobile, and social. 3G's clients include Netflix, Hulu, IGT, Activision. They have launched products in the real-money and social casino gaming industries and partnered with a prominent casino to launch online real-money gaming.

Scott Leichtner, Vice President and General Counsel, Glu Mobile Inc., a leading global developer and publisher of freemium games for smartphone and tablet devices. He is responsible for overseeing all of the company's legal matters. Previously, he worked as a corporate attorney at Fenwick & West.

Christin McMeley, partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, advises in privacy compliance, information governance, data security, public policy, and regulatory matters. As a former vice president, chief privacy officer, and deputy general counsel to Charter Communications, she successfully implemented the company's first privacy and data security program.

Jennifer M. Mikulina, partner, McDermott Will & Emery, focuses on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation. She specializes in trademark counseling for consumer electronics, video games, on-line services, semiconductors, healthcare services, and hospitality/restaurant services.

Jas Purewal, an interactive entertainment lawyer with Osborne Clarke, advises clients from independent developers to publishers on contracts negotiation, IP, regulation and disputes particularly in an international context. He focuses on the monetizing of digital content and interactive entertainment on all platforms.

Ahsan A. Shaikh, partner at McDermott Will & Emery, practices in patent applications and management of patent portfolios. He represents companies in the video game, mobile device, e-commerce, and computer software and hardware industries. He worked for Cisco Systems and is an avid gamer, having started with the 8-bit Sega Master System.

Holly K. Towle, partner with K&L Gates LLP, focuses on technology, licensing, electronics in commerce, data privacy and security. She co-wrote "The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions" and is listed among the top 25 Information Technology lawyers.

Joseph M. Wallin, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses on emerging, high growth, and startup companies. He represents companies in angel and venture financings, mergers and acquisitions.