New York Legal Hacker Meetup at Projective Space: Hacking the Patent System

New York, United States

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NOTE: Because of the noreaster on 11/7, we have rescheduled this event to Thursday, 11/15 at 7:30 pm.

Each month, the New York Legal Hacker Meetup tackles one area where law has failed to keep up with technology. With a distinguished panel that will lay out the issue, we throw it open to our audience to ask questions and present their own solutions that will help law and policy adapt to a constantly changing world.

This month, we're meeting at Projective Space in the Lower East Side to look at the patent system and the issue of non-practicing entities (or patent trolls). We'll dig into the architecture of the current patent system, and how it encourages this behavior. Then we'll look at how we define trolling, explore the problems they may create, and discuss what kinds of patents they’re using. Finally, we’ll look at practical solutions that tackle the problem and protect innovation.

As usual, our first hour will be a panel discussion with a host of amazing experts in the field. Our second hour will be a "mini-hackathon" followed by quick demos and networking.

Finally, we’ll look at practical solutions that tackle the problems we've raised, and determine for ourselves whether our current system and the solutions we propose "promote the Progress of Science and useful Arts."


Moderated by

Jorge Torres, Silas Capital  @jorgemtorres


Josh Becker, Lex Machina - @lexmachina

Nilay Patel, The Verge@reckless 

Serge Krimnus, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman

Eric Adler, Adler Vermilion & Skocilich - @TeachingAway

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Jorge Torres, Silas Capital  @jorgemtorres

Mr. Torres is a member of the Kauffman Fellows Program and a Vice President at Silas Capital. He is involved in all aspects of the firm’s operations, including deal screening, due diligence and investment execution. Previously, Jorge practiced intellectual property law at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP and at Fish & Richardson P.C. In the consumer space he successfully defended Nokia in a series of patent infringement lawsuits targeting its mobile handsets. He was also part of the legal team that helped Microsoft overturn a $1.5 billion jury verdict, which at the time represented the largest amount of damages ever awarded in a patent case. A significant share of his practice also involved handling matters for healthcare companies and investors, representing pharmaceutical, biotechnology and medical device companies.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Torres clerked on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Torres also sits on the advisory board of the Organization of Latino Entrepreneurs (part of the New York State Small Business Development Corporation). Mr. Torres holds a B.S. in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale and a J.D. from the University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Josh Becker, Lex Machina - @lexmachina

As CEO, Josh leads all Lex Machina operations. He directs hiring, product R&D, sales, marketing, business development and finance and raised the company’s Series A funding.

Josh previously worked at Silicon Valley tech companies Agile Software, Earthweb and Netscape and venture capital firms Redpoint and Brentwood. He also founded and leads clean energy fund New Cycle Capital. He earned a joint J.D./M.B.A. from Stanford University and a B.A. from Williams College.

Nilay Patel, The Verge - @reckless 

Before serving as Managing Editor of the Verge, Nilay spent four years as Managing Editor of Engadget, where he drew upon his background as a lawyer to report and explain complex legal situations in everyday terminology – a niche that led to SAY Media naming Nilay one of 10 "voices that matter" in technology journalism.

Nilay has appeared on CNN, CNN International, NPR, Fox News, MSNBC, Sky News, NHK, G4TV, TWIT, and others. He also co-hosts The Vergecast with fellow editors Joshua Topolsky and Paul Miller.

Nilay received an AB in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2003 and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 2006.

Serge Krimnus, Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman

Serge Krimnus is an Intellectual Property Attorney at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman and an Adjunct Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, where he teaches Patent Prosecution.  Serge's practice includes preparing and prosecuting electrical, software, and mechanical patent applications, as well as intellectual property litigation.  Prior to becoming an attorney, Serge was a software engineer.

Eric Adler, Adler Vermilion & Skocilich - @TeachingAway

Eric Adler provides intellectual property counsel to the New York business community. Eric secures patents in mechanical, software and business method fields; litigates technology related matters; and handles intellectual property transactions and licensing.