Law Seminars International Presents: The 24th Annual Seattle Conference on

Technology Law
Major Supreme Court decisions, new developments in IP law, trends in technology transactions, the cloud, and mobile apps

December 14 & 15, 2015
Fourth & Madison Building in Seattle, WA

Who Should Order This Homestudy

Attorneys, business executives, agency officials and consultants involved in the development, licensing and distribution of software products and hosting of online services

Why You Should Order

View Kate Spelman trailer on why she is particularly excited by this year's program

Everything in information technology and the biosciences is moving all at once, on many levels and so fast. Information needs to be instantly at the tip of our fingers. Accessing huge amounts of data within milliseconds and keeping up with the latest developments in any context is no longer an amenity, but a normal, daily Herculean task. Understanding technology substantively, thoroughly and for itself as well as tracking the trends and the changes evolving in our client's world, is essential to any professional. It is challenging for those who do all that; and, then also need to parse and carefully weave in all the various forms of intellectual property. And, if that weren't enough, the pace is increasing, yet again.

An international policy perspective anticipating the future direction for global intellectual property protection and the implications for technology companies is critical. Legislative developments continue, data security becomes more and more of an issue and privacy concerns cover everything that we do. Consumer devices and services will remain a top focus for the foreseeable future. Companies need to be aware of developments and be able to quickly adapt.

This unique seminar provides an opportunity to listen and learn from leading national experts who are regularly involved in the management and resolution of the technological, legal and social issues engaging every developing business today. Our outstanding faculty will guide you through current issues (with navigation and course adjustment tips) and anticipate future developments so you will be well prepared for every deal or launch. This is an engaging gathering of those who want updates as well as collaboration in assessing emerging issues.

Program Co-Chairs: Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq. of Crowell & Moring LLP and Kate Spelman, Esq. of K&L Gates LLP

What You Will Learn

  • Future directions for global IP protection and the implications for technology companies
  • Legislative and policy developments
  • IP protection: Data security and privacy considerations
  • Consumer protection policies and adaptation strategies
  • Innovation and the impact of new developments in patent law
  • Industry impacts: Adapting your IP protection strategies to changes in the substantive law
  • Reflections from the bench on IP filings and decisional trends
  • Current issues for IT infrastructure development
  • Security and other new provisions you need in your technology contracts now
  • Big data
  • Current issues for development of consumer devices and services
  • Freedom to operate
  • Internal operational issues: Top ten reasons employment lawyers love tech companies


Monday, December 14, 2015

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

Kate Spelman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Special Opening Address: An International Policy Perspective on Future Directions for Global IP Protection and the Implications for Technology Companies

A bioscience view of the opportunities and problem areas

R. Douglas Bradley
Infectious Disease Research Institute / Seattle, WA

9:15 am

Legislative and Policy Developments

IP protection: Patent reform to address issues relating to non-practicing entities; progress towards uniformity in protection of trade secrets; the ongoing challenge of keeping policy in sync with evolving technologies, business models, and markets

Q. Todd Dickinson, Esq.
Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP / Washington, DC

9:45 am

IP Protection: Data Security and Privacy Considerations

State and federal policies; friction points and areas of consensus; FTC and other federal agency authority; liability and consumer harm issues for product and service vulnerabilities and for data breaches; risks for companies with international activities

Christopher A. Cole, Esq.
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

Peter B. Miller, Esq.
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

10:30 am


10:45 am

Consumer Protection Policies and Adaptation Strategies

Regulatory concerns and policy priorities: Current items on the top of the Federal Trade Commission's consumer protection list

Lesley Fair, Esq., Senior Attorney, Bureau of Consumer Protection
Federal Trade Commission / Washington, DC

Advertising in the age of review sites: What can a company do when a consumer has unfairly reviewed it? How can a brand use positive consumer reviews in its advertising campaigns? Should we move away from Section 230 review site immunity from liability?

Brian G. Murphy, Esq.
Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC / New York, NY

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Innovation and the Impact of New Developments in Patent Law

Challenges to patents and the jurisdictional issues between the courts and PTO after Fresenius v. Baxter (plus other decided and pending cases on the issue): Who decides what? What are the implications for plaintiff and defense strategies?

Kevan L. Morgan, Esq.
Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA

Conduct creating liability for infringement after Akamai vs. Limelight: Inducement, contributory infringement, and other situations involving indirect action or multiple actors

Steven Parmelee, Esq.
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati / Seattle, WA

Trade secrets as an alternative to patent protection: Recent cases and trade secret licensing trends

Jerry A. Riedinger, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Industry Impacts: Adapting Your IP Protection Strategies to Changes in the Substantive Law

Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

Patentability of software and business methods after Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank International: Lessons from the follow on cases and what they suggest on the question of whether to pursue patent protection vs. trade secrets

Jerald J. Gnuschke, Esq., Senior Director, Licensing
BlackBerry / Seattle, WA

Copyrights as an alternative to patent protection for software: Likely outcome and potential implications of Oracle America, Inc. v. Google, Inc. if the trial court decision that Java APIs used by Google are not copyrightable

Benjamin Glatstein, Esq., Senior Attorney
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Joseph C. Gratz, Esq.
Durie Tangri LLP / San Francisco, CA

To patent or not to patent in the land of Myriad, Mayo & Alice; a tale from two preeminent life science research institutions

Maja D. Larson, Esq., General Counsel
The Allen Institute for Brain Science / Seattle, WA

Kaye D. Reiter, Esq., Senior Licensing Associate
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center / Seattle, WA

C. Rachal Winger, Esq.
Lee & Hayes PLLC / Seattle, WA

4:45 pm

Special Address: Reflections from the Bench on IP Filings and Decisional Trends

The Hon. Robert S. Lasnik, Esq., Judge
United States District Court, Western District of Washington / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Wine Tasting Reception for Faculty and Attendees


Tuesday, December 15, 2015

8:30 am

Current Issues for IT Infrastructure Development

Creating a global IT infrastructure: What the CIO wants vs. financial accounting principles for multiple business entities in multiple countries with differing tax laws; vendor distribution chain issues; dealing with timing and transfer pricing issues

Leigh Fulwood, Esq., Intellectual Property Counsel
Costco Wholesale Corporation / Issaquah, WA

The FCC's Net Neutrality order and the implications for companies contracting for Internet backbone services or relying on Internet distribution channels: Provisions of the order and how Title II regulation would work; pending appeals and likely outcomes

Walt Sapronov, Esq.
Sapronov and Associates / Atlanta, GA

10:00 am


10:15 am

Security and Other New Provisions You Need in Your Technology Contracts Now

Diana J.P. McKenzie, Esq.
Hunter Maclean / Savannah, GA

11:00 am

Big Data: Basics and Beyond

Basics and selected current issues involving information, privacy and IP laws, as well as impacts of the Cloud and other developing issues

Kate Spelman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

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

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Current Issues for Development of Consumer Devices and Services

Guardrails in the age of the internet of things

Kristin A. Lindsay, Esq., Senior Corporate Counsel
HTC America Inc. / Bellevue, WA

Privacy, challenges and opportunities faced by location based technologies and localytics

Heather C. Wilde, Esq., Senior Attorney
UXC Eclipse / Bellevue, WA

2:30 pm


2:45 pm

Freedom to Operate

How not to buy a lawsuit when investing in/acquiring a business, or developing/licensing technology?

Louis Carbonneau, Esq., Chief Executive Officer
Tangible IP, LLC / Mercer Island, WA

3:30 pm

Internal Operational Issues: Top Ten Reasons Employment Lawyers Love Tech Companies

From claims of gender discrimination, to claims of worker misclassification, to claims of anti-competitive hiring practices, and more, tech companies are the gift that keeps on giving to employment lawyers

Linda D. Walton, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

4:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn



Regular tuition for in person or webcast attendance 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, people in their job for less than a year, and public interest NGO's, 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.

Financial aid is available to those who qualify. Contact our office for more information.

Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 12.25 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders

Faculty Bios

Teresa Stanek Rea, Program Co-Chair, partner, Intellectual Property Group, Crowell & Moring LLP, is a Director with their International Trade and Investment Consulting group. She concentrates on IP policies and strategies, patent enforcement and post-grant administrative proceedings, trade secrets policy and enforcement, and digital/internet related copyright issues. She is the recent Acting and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Kate Spelman, Program Co-Chair, partner, K&L Gates LLP, focuses on intellectual property issues in media, licensing, and mass digitization and Big Data, where she provides advice and counseling on the development, production, sale and revenue streams at the confluence of content and data distribution.

The Hon. Robert S. Lasnik, Special Address, is Judge for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. He is on the Judicial Conference of the United States as the district judge representative from the Ninth Circuit. Chief Justice Roberts appointed him to the seven-person Executive Committee, which sets policy for the federal judiciary.

Louis Carbonneau, Founder and CEO, Tangible IP, LLC, is an IP strategist & attorney, licensing executive and patent broker. He is also the principal of The Point Law Group, a boutique IP law firm focusing on general counseling, corporate, M&A and technology transactions for small and medium businesses.

Christopher A. Cole, Co-Chair of the Advertising & Product Risk Management Group, Crowell & Moring LLP, practices commercial litigation and defends companies accused of false advertising and deceptive or unfair trade practices. He advises on development, substantiation, approval, and defense of advertising campaigns.

Q. Todd Dickinson, partner and Global Chair of Client Select Strategic Services Group, Novak Druce Connolly Bove + Quigg LLP, focuses on IP strategy and management and was recently Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). Previously, he was Under Secretary of Commerce, Intellectual Property, and Director of the USPTO and Vice President for IP at General Electric.

Lesley Fair, Senior Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission's Bureau of Consumer Protection, focuses on new forms of advertising and marketing, including social media.

Leigh Fulwood, Intellectual Property Counsel, Costco Wholesale Corporation, supports the IT infrastructure and e-commerce teams worldwide and its privacy and information security programs. She is responsible for protecting and licensing Costco's trademarks and their large assortment of private label merchandise.

Benjamin Glatstein, Senior Attorney in the Apps & Services Group, Microsoft Corporation, counsels product development teams (including engineers in Bing, Windows, Xbox, and Office) on a variety of copyright issues including online piracy, first sale, secondary liability, and anti-circumvention.

Jerald J. Gnuschke is Senior Director, Licensing for BlackBerry. He was previously Senior Director of Legal Affairs, IP Strategy and Licensing at HTC and Senior Attorney at Microsoft.

Joseph C. Gratz, partner, Durie Tangri LLP, litigates copyright cases at the intersection of technology and copyright. He represents Google in the Google Book Search case, was part of the team representing Aereo in its Supreme Court case, and recently represented Wordpress in suing senders of false DMCA takedown notices.

Maja D. Larson, General Counsel, Allen Institute for Brain Science, oversees the legal, regulatory compliance, grants management, risk management and crisis management functions. Previously, she was Vice President and Associate General Counsel at Expedia, Inc. and in the finance department of a manufacturing company working on SEC reporting.

Kristin A. Lindsay, Senior Corporate Counsel, HTC America, Inc., advises on sales and distribution agreements, warranties and product liability related to mobile handsets, connected devices and virtual reality.

Diana J. P. McKenzie, partner and Chair of the Information Technology & Outsourcing Practice Group at Hunter Maclean, focuses on technology, outsourcing, privacy, security, and electronic commerce transactions. She is Past President of iTechLaw and has a background in computer programming.
Full bio and contact info for Diana J.P. McKenzie at Hunter Maclean

Peter B. Miller, senior counsel, Advertising & Product Risk Management and Privacy & Cybersecurity groups, Crowell & Moring LLP, supports clients using his familiarity with FTC consumer protection policies, practices, and procedures and experience with consumer protection investigations, litigation, and settlement negotiations.

Kevan L. Morgan, partner, Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC, specializes in patent prosecution and enforcement of electrical engineering and computer software matters, including IP agreements and licensing, strategic portfolio management; telecommunications, RFID, software, internet, and medical instrumentation technologies.
Full bio and contact info for Kevan L. Morgan at Seed Intellectual Property Law Group PLLC

Brian G. Murphy, partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz, PC, focuses on media and entertainment law, advising brands and their agencies as they leverage the latest technology and communication platforms to reach their customers, focusing on copyright, trademark, publicity, privacy, false advertising, and social media issues.

Steven Parmelee, of counsel, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, represents clients at the USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the new post-grant trial proceedings enacted as part of the America Invents Act of 2011, including Inter Partes Review and Covered Business Method challenges, and in patent interferences.

Jerry A. Riedinger, partner and firmwide Chair of the Patent Litigation Practice at Perkins Coie LLP, focuses his practice on patent litigation, trade secret litigation, trademark litigation and intellectual property litigation.

Walt Sapronov, partner, Sapronov & Associates, P.C., represents enterprise, carrier and service provider clients in telecommunications transactions, regulation and privacy. He is experienced in telecommunications and information technology industries, including negotiation of wireless and fiber infrastructure transactions.

Holly K. Towle, partner, 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 "Data Privacy, Protection, and Security Law".

Linda D. Walton, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, defends employers in state and federal employment-related litigation and counsels on a range of employment law, including wage-and-hour law compliance, FMLA compliance, Title VII compliance, workplace harassment, and on emerging employment law issues related to employee use of social media.
Full bio and contact info for Linda D. Walton at Perkins Coie LLP

C. Rachal Winger, Ph.D., member of the Chemical and Life Sciences Practice Group, Lee & Hayes PLLC, advises on intellectual property matters in the area of life sciences including therapeutics and vaccines, diagnostics and risk detection, delivery systems, methods of detecting targets for therapeutic intervention, and health-related technologies.

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