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Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2014


Speaker(s): A. Clifford Allen, Bryan Thompson, Cydney A. Tune, David S. Bloch, Ira Jay Levy, Jason Buttura, Joseph Yang, Karen Y. Spencer, Kristina Dinerman Cooper, Lillian Stenfeldt, Lindsey J. Canning, Matthew K. Miller, Merri A. Baldwin, Sally M. Abel, Willard K. Tom
Recorded on: Dec. 8, 2014
PLI Program #: 50567

Merri Baldwin is a shareholder at Rogers Joseph O’Donnell in San Francisco, where her practice focuses on attorney liability and commercial litigation. She handles claims of legal malpractice and breach of fiduciary duty, as well as motions to disqualify and for sanctions. She regularly counsels lawyers and law firms on legal ethics and law practice management issues. She represents attorneys in disciplinary matters before the State Bar of California, and has extensive experience handling attorney-client fee disputes. Ms. Baldwin is a past chair of the State Bar of California Committee on Professional Responsibility and Conduct. She is a co-chair of the Legal Malpractice subcommittee for the American Bar Association Litigation Section Committee on Professional Services Litigation. Ms. Baldwin served as the President of the Bar Association of San Francisco for 2017. Ms. Baldwin frequently lectures to attorneys and professional organizations on issues related to litigation, legal malpractice and ethics issues, and she is a lecturer at the University of California at Berkeley School of Law, where she teaches professional responsibility. Ms. Baldwin co-edited The Law of Lawyers’ Liability (ABA/First Chair Press 2012) and has served as a consulting editor for the Attorney Fee Agreement Forms Manual, published by Continuing Education of the Bar, California. Prior to law school, Ms. Baldwin was a Fulbright Scholar at the London School of Economics.

Education

J.D., University of California at Berkeley,
School of Law (Boalt Hall)

B.A., Smith College
Magna Cum Laude with high honors


Bryan Thompson is special counsel-corporate and entertainment in Barnes & Thornburg’s Los Angeles office. With a particular focus on television and digital matters, Mr. Thompson advises clients on transactional matters.

Prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg, Bryan was senior vice president of business and legal affairs for Fox Networks Group, where he served as the head of business affairs for The Jackal Group, a Fox studio. Bryan also has previous in-house experience with Yahoo! Inc., where he was counsel for the sports, entertainment, video game, and marketing departments.

Bryan is a graduate of the University of Texas and the University of North Carolina School of Law.  He lives in Los Angeles but desperately holds on to his Louisiana roots.


Cliff Allen is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft. 

He is a lead attorney in developing Microsoft's open source policy and compliance processes. He provided the legal workflow for Microsoft’s Open Source Tool which registers over 150,000 uses of Open Source per month and automatically processes 99.7% of those registrations.

Cliff has provided guidance on open source issues for over 20 years.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, including Microsoft’s Growth Mindset –Digital Transformation award, as well as the Excellence in Innovation and Excellence in Collaboration awards.


Cydney Tune is Senior Counsel at Pillsbury's San Francisco office, and leads the firm's Copyrights practice and Media & Entertainment industry team.  Her practice includes a wide variety of intellectual property issues, including copyrights and trademarks, as well as a broad array of entertainment, licensing, E-Commerce and rights enforcement matters.  She represents a variety of clients—large and small, domestic and foreign, and in many different industries.

The Daily Journal named Ms. Tune one of 2008's Top 10 Copyright Lawyers in California and listed her among California's top "25 licensing specialists" in 2010.  She is regularly voted by her peers as among the Best Lawyers in America in the Entertainment Law and Media Law categories.  She has also been named a “Super Lawyer” in intellectual property.  She is a frequent speaker and author on topics pertaining to intellectual property, licensing and the convergence of entertainment and technology.

Affiliations
- Past Vice Chair, ABA Forum on the Entertainment and Sports Industries, and Immediate Past Chair of the Licensing, Branding and Merchandise Division for that organization
- Past Chair, Copyright Interest Group, State Bar of California IP Section, former Executive Committee member
- Editorial Board, International Entertainment Law Journal
- Advisory Board, Copyright World 
- Advisory Board, Internet Law & Strategy
- Executive Committee and Northern California Chapter Chair, Emeritus, Copyright Society of the U.S.A.


David S. Bloch is an intellectual property litigator focused on helping clients understand the complex technical and legal issues that their businesses face. David litigates patent infringement, trademark, and trade secrets cases for clients in the financial services, technology (networking), health care, and pharmaceutical industries. A prolific writer, David is the author of IP and Technology in Government Contracts (now in its fourth edition) and many articles on IP-related issues.


Ira Levy is a senior partner in Goodwin’s Litigation Department and a member of its Intellectual Property practice. He is recognized globally for his cross-disciplinary expertise, successfully first-chairing patent, trademark, copyright, false advertising, IP licensing and related matters for a wide array of industries and in a variety of technical disciplines. Mr. Levy is fluent across a variety of product categories and technical disciplines, and has extensive experience with disputes involving biotechnology, electrochemistry, and pharmaceuticals; electronics, computers and telecommunications; mechanical devices; industrial and consumer products; and the Internet, new media and e-commerce. 

Mr. Levy has handled as first chair numerous bench and jury trials in federal and state courts nationwide. He also has significant experience practicing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the United States Supreme Court. In addition to his litigation work, Mr. Levy works closely with the firm’s Business Law Practice counseling clients on general corporate matters involving intellectual property and the Internet, as well as transactional due diligence, and other licensing issues.

Mr. Levy presently serves as the lead director for Stomp Out Bullying, the leading national anti-bullying and anti-cyber-bullying organization, and on the advisory board of BUILD, a non-profit focused on bringing entrepreneurialism skills to at-risk high school students. He is past director of Love Our Children, USA, a not-for-profit focused on breaking the cycle of violence against children.  Mr. Levy has been an active member of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, International Trademark Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Pharmaceutical Trademarks Group and the Legal Aid Society. He has also acted as pro bono counsel to the United Way of New York City and cyberangels.org., and is a past member of the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association.

Mr. Levy is listed in New York Super Lawyers (2006 – 2018), The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, World Trademark Review 1000, Who’s Who Legal Patents, Who’s Who Legal Life Sciences: Patent Litigation, Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Patent Law and The Legal 500 and IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals (2014 – 2018).

Mr. Levy is a frequent speaker and has written numerous articles on the topics of intellectual property, patent, trademark and copyright laws that have appeared in The New York Law Journal and Metropolitan Corporate Counsel. He serves as the co-chair of the Practicing Law Institutes multi-day Advanced Licensing Program, as well as presenting on license litigation for other PLI programs.  He also authored chapters in Commercial Damages (published by Matthew Bender & Co.) and the Wiley Intellectual Property Law Update (published by Aspen Law & Business). Mr. Levy is also a regular presenter at AIPLA, INTA, NYSBA and NYIPLA events. In addition, he maintains an active roster of speaking engagements on intellectual property audit, portfolio development, strategy and management, and Internet and new media matters.  He also lectures on Trademark Licensing at Cornell Law School.

 


Jason S. Buttura is currently in-house counsel at Cisco Systems, Inc., where he is the lead attorney on all Open Source licensing issues for the world's #1 networking technology company. As Cisco’s primary Open Source licensing subject matter expert, Mr. Buttura focuses extensively on the formation and management of open source projects and consortiums, participation in existing open projects and standards organizations, drafting and negotiating supplier and customer agreements, advising on copyright law and IP infringement matters, developing remediation plans for Open Source compliance issues at all stages of product development, counseling during M&A transactions, and creating and delivering training and education programs to legal, engineering, sales, partner, and customer audiences. Mr. Buttura also spends time on non-Open Source matters, including other IP and software licensing issues, SaaS transactions, complex software innovation programs, and serving as the product attorney for Cisco’s cable routing business unit. For his work at Cisco, Mr. Buttura has won Cisco Pioneer and Legal Barbarian awards.

Before Cisco, Mr. Buttura was the Senior Intellectual Property Analyst at Wind River Systems, Inc., an embedded software subsidiary of Intel, Inc. At Wind River, Mr. Buttura worked on a wide range of software licensing and Open Source issues, including designing and implementing IP due diligence processes, evaluating products for Open Source and commercial license compliance, working closely with engineering teams to resolve potential IP problems, and developing and testing new Open Source management tools, including writing source code scan algorithms. During his time at Wind River, Mr. Buttura studied ‘C Programming’ at UC Berkeley Ext., earning a 4.0 GPA while working full-time.

Mr. Buttura is a graduate with honors from Syracuse University (B.A., 2004) and Northeastern University School of Law (J.D., 2008).  At Northeastern, Mr. Buttura participated in the Cooperative Legal Education Program, alternating quarters between academic study and working full-time in real legal environments. During the program, Mr. Buttura worked for a private litigation firm, The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts writing briefs in federal litigation and appellate matters, and the Honorable Claudia Wilken of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California, writing orders resolving motions before the court, including cases on trademark infringement (Neilmed v. Med-Systems, 472 F. Supp. 2d 1178 (N.D. Cal. 2007); 81 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1598), cable franchise contracts (City of Oakland v. Comcast, 2007 WL 518868), and multi-district litigation (Schultz v. AstraZeneca, 2006 WL 3797932).  Mr. Buttura was also a Constitutional Law Teaching Assistant and co-founded and served as President of the Northeastern Law Entertainment & Sports Law Society.

Mr. Buttura is an author and presenter for the Practising Law Institute’s Intellectual Property License and Open Source programs, and has spoken at the Association for Corporate Counsel and many Linux Foundation events. Mr. Buttura is also a board member of the OpenChain Project and contributor to the SPDX Legal Team, Linux Foundation initiatives to drive standardization of open source data and best practices throughout the software supply chain. Mr. Buttura has been a member of the State Bar of California since 2008.


Joseph Yang is an IP transactions partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP.

Joe specializes in structuring & negotiating tech/IP-centric deals (technology transactions, strategic alliances, patent licensing/sales, standards body issues, IP aspects of M&A) and in using IP as strategic business assets. He has led hundreds of deals involving billions of dollars in and across the information technology, electronics, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, energy, chemical & manufacturing industries. Reflecting these diverse experiences, Joe is often retained to “bridge the gap” in cross-industry deals (e.g., joint ventures, IoT, SaaS & “big data” deals) between companies whose industries historically didn’t interact with each other.

Joe is also an expert witness for high stakes tech & patent licensing disputes.

Joe teaches the "Technology and Patent Licensing" course at Stanford Law School, and has taught the “Patent Law and Policy” course at U.C. Berkeley School of Law. Joe is a long-time chair of the “Advanced Licensing,” “Advanced Patent Licensing” and “Understanding the IP License” courses at the Practising Law Institute in NYC, SF and Chicago. He has written for journals & books, and been cited by courts & treatises, on licensing & patent law.

Joe previously served as VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. (CRI), negotiating deals under which 10+ billion devices/year are made by its licensees in the smart card/phone, semiconductor, pay TV, printer & other fields. He also developed, enforced & defended CRI’s patent portfolio, and played a key role in CRI’s successful sale in a series of M&A deals (with Macrovision & Rambus) valued at $400+ million.

Before that, Joe co-founded and later led the “IP Strategy & Transactions” practice based in the Silicon Valley office of the world’s largest law firm (Skadden, Arps). He has also practiced at other large multinational law firms, and served as an arbitrator.

Joe has been named one of the “World’s Leading IP Strategists,” “World’s Leading Patent Professionals” and “World’s Leading IP & Technology Licensing Lawyers” by Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) publications. IAM named Joe as 1 of only 10 "highly recommended" IP transactional attorneys in California -- the only one from a boutique (non-AmLaw 100) firm:

“Joseph Yang is a major-league deal maker and licensing authority” as well as “a transactional mastermind” with arbitration and litigation skills that make him a formidable negotiator.” “He … is a creative problem solver who can clearly articulate legal risks and provide effective advice to guide business decision making.”

Joe is “one of the best expert witnesses you could hope to deal with. He considers all the issues before committing to an opinion, and his positions are always rock solid”.

He is also profiled in “Marquis Who’s Who in American Law”, “Marquis Who’s Who in America” and “Marquis Who’s Who in the World”, and named to the California SuperLawyers list.

Joe also serves on the advisory board of the Licensing Executives Society - Silicon Valley chapter, and is a board member of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Silicon Valley.

Joe was originally a research engineer in the aerospace & energy fields. He holds a J.D. from Stanford Law School and a Ph.D. (engineering) from the California Institute of Technology, where he has been a board member of the Caltech Associates & Caltech Alumni Association.


Kristina Dinerman Cooper is a Founder, Vice-President and General Counsel of Taap Development Inc., a technology company which is soon to launch the TaapMe app which allows users to location lock and time lock compelling content experiences, dynamic offers and more.  She is a former Vice-President of Business Development and Associate General Counsel at Yahoo, where she oversaw the international business development team and the media and technology legal team responsible for consumer media products.  She has extensive experience in licensing, entertainment, and technology.   Kristina holds a patent in the video content area, “Method and System of Unauthorized Content Detection and Reporting.”  Kristina has been a member of the Practicing Law Institute Faculty since 2012 and teaches “Rights of Publicity and Entertainment Licensing.”  Prior to Yahoo, she was part of the business development team at Alta Vista Company, a Director of Business and Legal Affairs at Fox Entertainment Company, and an Associate at Paul, Hastings, Janofsky and Walker in Los Angeles.  She is also currently a consultant in business development, strategy and legal for clients with digital and consumer offerings, including Discovery and Mattel.


Primary Areas of Practice:  patent licensing, strategic intellectual property acquisitions, technology transactions

Education:

Boston University School of Law, 2000
Univ. of Pennsylvania, 1995, B.S. Chem. Eng.

Work History:                   

Samsung Electronics, 2014-present
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2012-2014
Rambus Inc., 2010-2012
Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, 2003-2010
Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison LLP, 2000-2003


Primary Areas of Practice: Ms. Stenfeldt is a Partner in the Bankruptcy Department at Rimon. She works on complex intellectual property issues in bankruptcy cases and represents international technology and other clients on the various aspects of licensing and bankruptcy law.  She assists clients in purchasing intellectual property assets from financially challenged companies, both in and out of bankruptcy cases. She also assists companies in efficiently structuring business transactions and licenses to prevent losses and protect assets due to potential future insolvencies of others.

She was named “Best Bankruptcy Lawyer,” “Best Bankruptcy Litigator” and a “Super Lawyer” again this year. She was recognized as one of 40 “Women Leaders in the Law” in California by The Recorder. She frequently lectures on a wide variety of bankruptcy related topics, including selected topics at the Stanford University Graduate School of Business. Lillian also represents clients throughout the country in all aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy proceedings and strategy. Her clients include secured creditors, hedge funds, creditor’s committees, trustees and receivers. Her clients range from International Fortune 100 companies to start ups.

Lillian earned her BA in Economics, as well as her Master’s Degree in Organizational Behavior, from Stanford University. She received her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy Law School, magna cum laude.

Work History:

• Rimon, January 1, 2018-Present

• Sedgwick LLP, 2003-2017

• Gray Cary, formerly known as Ware & Freidenrich, now known as DLA Piper, 1994-2003

• Bronson, Bronson & McKinnon, 1982-1994

• General Motors Legal Staff, 1980-1982

Professional Memberships:

• Director, Bay Area Bankruptcy Form

• Past Board of Director, International Turnaround Management Association;

• American Bankruptcy Institute

• International Association of Insolvency Professionals

• International Women’s Insolvency Association


Sally Abel is Chair of Fenwick & West’s Trademark Group, focusing her practice on international trademark and trade name counseling, including the development and management of international trademark portfolios and trademark rights online.

Sally is ranked the top trademark lawyer in the United States in Who’s Who Legal Trademarks 2015. She has repeatedly won other international, national, state and Silicon Valley accolades including:  

  • Managing Intellectual Property IP STAR and The Top 250 Women in IP (2014-2017)
  • The National Law Journal: Intellectual Property Trailblazers & Pioneers (2014)
  • World Trademark Review 1000: One of the top 7 trademark practitioners in the US (Gold ranking 2012-2017)
  • Chambers USA and Chambers Global: Band 1 (2007, 2009-2017)
  • Euromoney’s Best of the Best Expert Guide 2017: One of the Top 30 Trademarks Practitioners Worldwide and top 3 in the U.S.
  • The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers: Among the world’s leading trademark lawyers.(2002-2017)Currently ranked among North America’s top 10 trademark thought leaders
  • Chambers USA Women in Law Awards: One of the top 12 women IP lawyers in the US (2012)
  • Legal Media Group’s Guide to the World’s Leading Women in Business Law (2010-2012. 2015-2016)
  • The Recorder: Women Leaders in Tech Law (2013-2015)
  • San Francisco Business Times: Most Influential Women in Business (2013)

Sally was a pioneer in the international debate over trademark rights on the Internet, including serving as INTA’s representative on the 11-member International Ad Hoc Committee (IAHC), the international body organized by the Internet Society, to restructure the domain name system. At the invitation of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Sally also participated in WIPO’s First Meeting of Consultants on Trademarks and Internet Domain Names held in Geneva in February, 1997. Through WIPO and the National Arbitration Forum, she has served as a neutral panelist in over 60 domain name disputes brought under ICANN’s UDRP system.

Sally was a member of the INTA Board of Directors from 1998 to 2000. She chaired INTA’s Internet Subcommittee for two years, developed and chaired INTA’s Enforcement Committee, and currently serves on INTA’s Amicus Committee. She teaches trademark law annually at an IP conference for federal court judges and teaches international trademark law at Boalt Hall School of Law (Berkeley Law).


Willard K. Tom is a partner in Morgan Lewis's Antitrust Practice. He has worked in the antitrust field for more than 35 years, both in private practice and in government.

Will has served in a number of policy positions in government, including:

  • General Counsel of the FTC, where he was the agency's chief legal officer andadvisor
  • Deputy Director of the Bureau of Competition of the FTC, where he oversaw nonmerger enforcement, patent-antitrust cases, healthcare, policy development, and the competition enforcement of the FTC's regional offices
  • Head of the Bureau's policy office
  • Counselor to the head of the Antitrust Division of the DOJ, where he had responsibility for intellectual property, vertical restraints, and telecommunications matters
  • One of the two principal drafters of the DOJ and FTC's 1995 “Antitrust Guidelines for the Licensing of Intellectual Property”

Will has been a member of the District of Columbia Federal Judicial Nominations Commission, member of the Council of the American Bar Association's Section of Antitrust Law and Section of Business Law, and member of the American Law Institute and of the Administrative Conference of the United States.  He has spoken at the the Asian Competition Forum; the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD); the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); the Intellectual Property Owners; FTC/DOJ joint workshops; the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI); and various events in London, Brussels, Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo.

Will received his J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in 1979 and his A.B., cum laude, from Harvard College in 1975.


Karen has over 25 years of experience counseling clients on patent strategy, patent portfolio management, trade secrets and litigation issues. Karen currently consults and is on the board start-up companies. Previously, Karen formed and led Nike, Inc’s Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing function.  Additionally, Karen was Nike Golf’s counsel for 9 years, advising on a gamut of global general counseling and intellectual property matters. Karen also served as Nike’s Global Patents Counsel, leading Nike’s utility and design patent prosecution teams. She led patent, trade dress, and trade secrets litigation for Nike and the strategic planning efforts for Nike Golf, Nike Legal and the Nike Patents team. Prior to joining Nike in 2000, Karen was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and an associate at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, focusing on IP litigation and counseling.

Karen is a 2011 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award, their highest honor of achievement for Women of Influence.  Karen received her Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Karen is a registered patent attorney, receiving her B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering. She is a member of the California and Oregon state bars and the Patent bar.


Lindsey has extensive experience advising clients on intellectual property and technology matters in the context of M&A transactions, IPOs and joint ventures. She also frequently advises clients, on both the customer and supply side, on a wide range of commercial agreements, both in relation to business separations and on a standalone basis. These include IP licenses, supply and distribution agreements, outsourcing contracts and agreements relating to transformational IT projects.

Many of the transactions on which Lindsey advises are cross-border in nature. She is qualified in both the UK and NY, having spent five years working in NYC with her previous firm.