Law Seminars International Presents

The 15th Annual National Seattle Computer Law Conference

Cutting-Edge Issues in Technology Law

Featuring Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna, U.S. Register of Copyrights Marybeth Peters, the Hon. Margaret McKeown, Senior VP and General Counsel for Microsoft Brad Smith, and Professors Pamela Samuelson and Peter Cowhey

December 7 & 8, 2006
Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, business executives and consultants involved in the creation, licensing and sale of software and digital technology

Why Attend

From natural disasters such as Katrina to wholly new venues such as YouTube and MySpace, the pace of change is unrelenting. Moreover, formerly disparate areas in the practice of law, and specifically intellectual property law, are now interwoven into a dense fabric comprised of multiple types of threads from wholly different skeins. This seminar will parse these different threads and study how they are woven together. The 15th Annual National Computer Law Conference is dedicated to bringing experienced practitioners, consultants and members of the judiciary together to guide the attendee through solution paths and considerations that warrant their attention when reviewing the conflating world of internet, intellectual property, and litigation issues. ~Program Co-Chairs: Brian Deagle, Esq. and Kate Spelman, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ New technology and software liability ~ FTC policy priorities ~ Copyright law compliance ~ Policy priorities at the USPTO ~ Patent law reform including US and European software ~ Online contracts and digital signatures ~ Data security and consumer privacy ~ Malware, spyware, phishing and identity theft ~ The Open Source software movement ~ Antitrust issues in the computer world ~ Trends in software litigation ~ Information distribution technology and IP protection laws ~ Trade secrets and employee raiding ~ Defending against class action suits

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Thursday, December 07, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Brian J. Deagle, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
  Kate Spelman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Cobalt LLP / Berkeley, CA
8:45 am Special Opening Address
  Protecting personal information
  The Hon. Rob McKenna, Esq., Attorney General
State of Washington / Olympia, WA
9:15 am Special Address: New Technology Markets, New Issues
  Rising legal challenges of creating new markets within the technology industry
  Brad Smith, Esq., Senior VP and General Counsel
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
9:45 am Break
10:00 am VoIP, IPTV and the Net Neutrality Debate: The Clash Resulting from the Traditionally Regulated Telecommunications Common Carriers Offering Content and Unregulated Technology Companies Offering Traditionally Regulated Services
  William B. Wilhelm, Jr., Esq.
Bingham McCutchen LLP / Washington, DC
  David Baker, Esq., Vice President for Law and Public Policy
EarthLink, Inc. / Atlanta, GA
11:15 am Recent Enforcement Actions and Litigation Pertaining to Information Privacy and Security
  Recent developments with respect to Security Breach Disclosure Laws; how to address increasingly complex issues of data protection, privacy compliance, and information security in company policies and corporate and commercial agreements
  Françoise Gilbert, Esq., Founder & Managing Director
IT Law Group / Palo Alto, CA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Special Address: New Developments at the Copyright Office
  Pending legislation for the garment industry that would provide a three-year copyright under the vessel hull protection portion of the copyright statutes
  The Hon. Marybeth Peters, Esq., Register of Copyrights
U.S. Copyright Office / Washington, DC
1:45 pm Copyright Issues in Open Source Software: Everyone Has It in Their Code but Few Know What to Do
  How open source code gets into a development project; some license basics; Why is compliance so critical for both private and public companies? Who plays what role in the process?
  Kat McCabe, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel
Black Duck Software, Inc. / San Mateo, CA
2:30 pm Employee Raiding and Trading Secrets
  The hiring war: competitors hiring away the competition's employees
  Raymond H. Hixson, Jr., Esq.
Heller Ehrman LLP / Menlo Park, CA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm The Explosive Growth of Blogging: How It is Changing the Way We Communicate and the Implications for Businesses
  Who is blogging about what and why should the rest of us care?
  Kevin O'Keefe, Esq., President & Founder
LexBlog, Inc. / Bainbridge Island, WA
  First Amendment rights and blogger liability for user-generated content and other publishing issues for web site operators; mash-ups that make components available for incorporation into new applications
  Bruce E.H. Johnson, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
4:30 pm Virtual Property in Massively Multi-Player On-Line (MMO) Games
  Who is killing or suing someone over what?
  James B. Riordan, Esq., Counsel
Vivendi Universal Games, Inc. / Los Angeles, CA
5:15 pm Reception Sponsored by Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Friday, December 08, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Kate Spelman, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Program Co-Chair
Cobalt LLP / Berkeley, CA
  Brian J. Deagle, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA
8:45 am Current Developments in Patent Litigation
  Pros and cons of copyright instead of patent claim; challenge of dealing with companies with no business other than asserting patent rights
  Juanita R. Brooks, Esq.
Fish & Richardson PC / San Diego, CA
9:15 am Special Address: Copyright, Consumer Protection and Digital Rights Management Technologies
  Pamela Samuelson, Esq., Director, Berkeley Center for Law & Technology
University of California, Berkeley / Berkeley, CA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am Special Address: The Digital Economy from an International Perspective
  Peter F. Cowhey, Ph.D, Dean of International Relations and Pacific Studies
University of California, San Diego / La Jolla, CA
11:00 am Special Address: Enforcement of IP in China
  Chinese government on intellectual property infringement issues: progress made on business and government levels
  The Hon. Gary Locke, Esq.
Davis Wright Tremaine LLP / Seattle, WA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Special Address: A View from the Bench
  The Hon. Margaret McKeown, Esq.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit / San Diego, CA
2:00 pm Trends in Computer Technology Litigation
  Benjamin Hattenbach, Esq.
Irell & Manella LLP / Los Angeles, CA
  James Pooley, Esq.
Pooley & Oliver LLP / Palo Alto, CA
  Brent Caslin, Esq.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP / Los Angeles, CA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Computers and Disaster Planning: What Can We Learn From Katrina and SARS?
  Barbara A. Frederiksen, Senior Managing Consultant
Johnson-Laird Inc. / Portland, OR
4:15 pm Legal Challenges, Business Opportunities and Practical Strategies in Cross-Industry Tech Transactions
  Hillery L. Nye, Esq.
MediaTech Law Group, LLC / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations & Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $995 with a group rate of $895 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $795. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $497.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

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 Friday, December 1, 2006. 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.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 13.25 WA CLE credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel at 515 Madison St. in Seattle, WA 98104. Call the hotel directly at (206) 583-0300 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $159/night and mention that you are attending a Law Seminars International workshop (Promo Code: L64). Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $1005. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Brian J. Deagle, Program Co-Chair, is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation's Legal and Corporate Affairs Department. He provides technical and commercial legal support for product development groups in the Windows Live and MSN Divisions. Previously at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, he worked with technology start-ups.

Kate Spelman, Program Co-Chair, member of Cobalt LLP, is experienced in copyright, media, licensing, and trademark issues. She advises clients on the development, production, sale, and defense of non-patent IP. She is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America."

Peter F. Cowhey, Special Address, Dean of International Relations and Pacific Studies at the University of California, San Diego, is an internationally recognized expert in telecommunications and information policy.

The Hon. Gary Locke, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses his practice on China, Energy and Governmental Relations. Previously Washington State's Governor from 1997-2005, he worked to strengthen the state's economy, improve transportation, and expand health care to vulnerable children and adults.

The Hon. Rob McKenna, Special Address, Washington State's 17th Attorney General, directs 500 attorneys and nearly 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, boards and commissions. His top priorities include protecting consumers and businesses against high-tech crimes, such as cyber fraud, phishing and spyware.

The Hon. Margaret McKeown, Special Address, Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth Circuit, was previously a partner at Perkins Coie LLP and was named in the Top Players in Hi-Tech Intellectual Property by "The National Law Journal."

Marybeth Peters, United States Register of Copyrights, performs as Director of the U.S. Copyright Office and Associate Librarian of Congress. She has been the Policy Planning Adviser to the Register, Acting General Counsel of the Copyright Office and chief of both the Examining and Information and Reference divisions. She authored "The General Guide to the Copyright Act of 1976" and frequently speaks on copyright issues.

Pamela Samuelson, Director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology at the University of California, Berkeley, is recognized as a pioneer in digital copyright law, IP, cyberlaw and information policy. She's on the board of directors of both the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Open Source Application Foundation.

Brad Smith is Microsoft's Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary. He leads the company's Department of Legal and Corporate Affairs, which is responsible for all legal work and for government, industry, and community affairs activities.

Dave Baker is Vice President for Law and Public Policy at EarthLink, Inc., the nation's largest independent ISP, serving over 5 million customers with broadband, dial-up, wireless Internet and voice over IP services.

Juanita R. Brooks, principal at Fish & Richardson P.C., has a nationwide trial practice, specializing in complex IP and antitrust litigation. Her civil litigation experience includes intellectual property, product and premises liability, labor and antitrust litigation.

Brent Caslin, partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, is a U.S.-trained litigation partner with substantial international experience and has lived in the U.S., Asia and Europe. He teaches Internet Law as an Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law.

Barbara A. Frederiksen, Senior Managing Consultant for Johnson-Laird Inc., is a forensic software analyst specializing in the analysis of computer-based evidence for copyright, patent, and trade secret litigation. Her expertise includes computer software design and development, and the recovery, preservation, and analysis of computer-based evidence.

Françoise Gilbert, Founder and Managing Director of the IT Law Group, assists national and global businesses with their privacy and information security compliance requirements. Her expertise includes privacy, information security, commercial transactions, outsourcing/off shoring, cyber crime, and IT business risk management.

Benjamin Hattenbach, partner at Irell & Manella LLP, specializes in intellectual property law. His practice focuses on patent litigation and related counseling, and he regularly advises on trade secret, trademark and copyright matters.

Raymond H. Hixson, Jr., shareholder at Heller Ehrman LLP, is a member of the firm's Labor and Employment Group. An experienced litigator who regularly represents employers, he advises on terminations, hiring, compensation, and employment agreements.

Bruce E.H. Johnson, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, focuses on litigation, media, appellate litigation, hospitality and recreation, advertising and marketing law and privacy and security.

Kat McCabe, Vice President and General Counsel for Black Duck Software, Inc., is experienced in determination and implementation of IP, partnership, product and operational strategies. Previously General Counsel to Kodak Imaging Network, Inc., she managed all legal matters in support of the company's Internet-based and mobile photography businesses.

Hillery L. Nye, founding member of MediaTech Law Group, LLC, represents both institutional clients, such as Microsoft and, as well as device manufacturers, content providers, gamers and individual talent in various digital media transactions.

Kevin O'Keefe, President and Founder of LexBlog, Inc., was a trial lawyer for 17 years. He founded, the leading online law community for consumers and small businesspeople, acquired by LexisNexis in 2001 and now incorporated into Martindale-Hubbell's His own blog is entitled Real Lawyers :: Have Blogs.

James Pooley, founding partner of Pooley & Oliver LLP, specializes in the litigation and trial of patent, trade secret, copyright, and technology-related commercial disputes in state and federal courts, and before the International Trade Commission.

James B. Riordan, counsel at Vivendi Universal Games, Inc., was previously at Activision as an associate producer on the MechWarrior 2 games. He has experience advising on ownership, licensing and development of intellectual property.

William B. Wilhelm, Jr., partner in Bingham McCutchen LLP's Telecommunications Media and Technology Practice Group, represents next generation communications companies by leveraging unique IP, computer technology and telecommunications networks.