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Los Angeles Hacking IP: Considerations for Startups & Entrepreneurs

Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Every business has a name, a logo, a website, a database of contacts and more, therefore, every business has intellectual property (IP). In today’s digital economy these intangible assets are integral to the survival and success of a business. But how much do our entrepreneurs know about IP? And more importantly, how much do they know about protecting their IP to support long term competitive advantages?

Now, more than ever, a poorly formulated IP strategy poses great threats to our innovation economy. Join us for a high leverage session focused on the real world application of IP topics that can support independent inventors and entrepreneurs in the city of Los Angeles and learn how your IP assets can help you compete more effectively in the marketplace.


  • 6:00pm | Doors Open for Registration

  • 6:00pm - 6:45pm | Networking & Reception

  • 6:45pm - 8:00pm | All-Star Panel (See below)

  • 8:00pm - 8:30pm | Closing Reception



Dana is a professor at Santa Monica College where she teaches Business Law, Advanced Business Law and courses in the Administration of Justice. She is one of the leaders for SMC's Pathway to Law School Program. She has taught on ground and online classes at the community college level for over 12 years. Dana received her J.D. from Loyola Law School. She is a licensed attorney in California and formerly practiced in the area of civil litigation.

Nathan is an Adjunct Professor at Santa Monica College, where he teaches Intellectual Property for the Entrepreneur, Business Law, Advanced Business Law, Administration of Justice, and Law for the Entrepreneur. He practiced law as an associate of Jones Day, New York. His work included assisting clients with prosecuting patent applications, clearing products for market, and litigating patent disputes. The sectors in which he has worked include medical devices, automotive technologies, pharmaceuticals, and consumer products (such as sporting equipment and personal-hygiene products). Nathan earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from UCLA, and his J.D. from Cornell Law School.


Benjamin Kuo is a patent attorney and former computer engineer with a solo IP practice based in Los Angeles, specializing in helping smaller entities obtain IP protection. In addition to patent filings, he also supports litigation and consults with practitioners on Patent and Trademark Office issues. Before forming his own practice, he was a patent examiner for the USPTO, examining hundreds of computer networking applications and conducting numerous interviews with outside attorneys. Before working at the USPTO, he practiced at various law firms in the fields of patent prosecution, IP litigation, antitrust litigation, and federal corrupt practices act investigations. He is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and is licensed in California and before the USPTO.


Carmen is an Investment Partner at, an accelerator and venture capital fund that invests  in tech-enabled hardware, e.g., Internet of Things, robotics, wearables, Industry 4.0, frontier tech. Carmen’s focus at is coaching entrepreneurs on finance and strategic planning; and managing venture fund operations. She was formerly Vice President at Dimensional Fund Advisors, where she scaled operations into new markets including Latin America, Canada, and Europe

Carmen has an MBA from Berkeley-Haas, an MA in sports management from USF, and a BA in economics from USC. She is a board member of CCEO YouthBuild, and on the advisory board at Santa Monica City College’s Business Department and Insikt, a venture capital backed Fintech startup. Carmen chairs the NextGen Latino's initiative for the LA Latino Chamber of Commerce and is an Aspen Institute Ricardo Salinas Scholar.



Thomas Peistrup is a lawyer with extensive experience in intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secrets), information security, and related fields. His practice includes privacy, data security and breach, and risk management. He also has specialized expertise in anti-piracy and anti-counterfeiting management and litigation, with subject-matter experience in film, television, music, print, technology, direct response and consumer goods.

Thomas presently serves as General Counsel for two consumer goods companies while maintaining a private law practice. Thomas is a board member at a cybersecurity organization and serves as an editor of the annually-updated treatise “California Intellectual Property Laws.” Thomas graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Virginia and earned his JD at UCLA. He has also studied at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Claremont Graduate University.





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When & Where

WeWork Fine Arts Building
811 West 7th Street
12th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM (PDT)

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Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property

Founded by Dr. Gary K. Michelson, Michelson 20MM is dedicated to supporting and investing in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, and initiatives that seek to transform learning and improve access to educational opportunities that lead to meaningful careers.

The Michelson 20MM Foundation supports and invests in leading edge entrepreneurs, technologies, models and initiatives with the potential to improve postsecondary access, affordability, and efficacy.

The Michelson Institute for Intellectual Property is an initiative of The Michelson 20MM Foundation and addresses critical gaps in the world of intellectual property (IP) education. The initiative seeks to arm educators and innovation hubs with the necessary tools to carry IP education beyond the walls of JD programs and into the hands of everyone.

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