USPTO (The United States Patent and Trademark Office) is opening a satellite office in Silicon Valley. The United States patent system is changing from a first-to-invent to a first-to-file system, effective March 16, 2013. We are at the dawn of a historical change. How does this affect innovations? What lessons can Silicon Valley businesses learn from the Japanese, who have had the experience of dealing with a first-to-file system for many years? Will the dependence of US and Japan on intellectual properties as a protection of their innovations bring their IP strategies closer? Please join us for an interactive evening program with representative panelists from the hi-tech industry, academia, the venture capitalist community, and a large international corporation, as they present a variety of approaches in dealing with the changing landscape of IP and patent law in their respective industries. Case studies will be presented, as well as various discussions on the new intellectual property policies.
Linda Beach – Patent Attorney, Electronic Arts Inc.
Don Butler – Managing Director, Thomvest Ventures
Katharine Ku – Director at Office of Technology Licensing, Stanford
Miku Mehta (Moderator) – Partner, Sughrue Mion
Michael Shpizner – VP, General Counsel, Fujitsu America, Inc.
Thursday, September 20th, 2012
Registration/Networking: 5:30 P.M. – 6:00 P.M.
Program: 6:00 P.M. – 8:15 P.M.
Networking: 8:15 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
$15: Early Bird Discount for first 30 registrations by Sunday, Sep 2 (11:00 pm)
$20: Regular Registration by Sunday, September 16 (11:00 pm)
What are my transport/parking options getting to the event?
You may park in the free JCC parking lot on the first floor. Please enter through Fabian Way.
Is my registration/ticket transferrable?
Yes, you may transfer your ticket, however, please update your registeration information (see below) or contact us prior to the day before the event so we can update the name tag.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, login to Eventbrite web site to update your information, including the attendee name.
What is the refund policy?
Early Bird Discount ticket is non-refundable. Refund request for regular and Late Registration must be submitted one day prior to the event.
The name on the registration/ticket doesn't match the attendee. Is that okay?
Tickets are transferrable (see above). We prefer to print the correct name/company info on the name tag, however, we accept walk-up substitutions.
When & Where
Keizai Society (http://keizai.org) is a Silicon Valley based business and professional networking organization. One of its primary purposes is to provide a venue of programs that showcase specialists with expertise on issues critical to the success of entrepreneurs and companies doing business with Japan and the U.S. Founded in 1990 in San Francisco, Keizai Society¹s audience includes people from the worlds of business, academia and politics in the Bay Area and elsewhere. Keizai Society enables broad yet intimate networking among its audience members. In addition to establishing a sense of collegiality, networking provides opportunities to exchange information, share advice, offer inspiration, and expand business possibilities. Among other benefits, Keizai Society participants report that they often receive business referrals and ideas how to expand and enrich their businesses.