2014 IP-Related Supreme Court Decisions: What You Need To Know

ACC Celebrates the opening of the United States Patent and Trademark Rocky Mountain Regional Satellite Office in Denver

Please join the Colorado Chapter of ACC and the ACC Intellectual Property Committee for breakfast and CLE on Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at The Ritz-Carlton, 1881 Curtis Street, Denver, CO 80202.

The Supreme Court took special interest in patent cases this term with many decisions having broad impact on our clients. The CLE will focus on the recent patent-related Supreme Court decisions as those decisions relate to in-house practices. Expect an interactive session with practical tips that your organization can use to stay out front of the Court’s new decisions.

Featured speakers include Tom Franklin and Brian O’Donnell from Kilpatrick Townsend, Dion Messer from Limelight Networks, and Glen Johnson from Microsoft. Breakfast and CLE sponsored by Kilpatrick Townsend.

Click here to register for the ACC Breakfast and CLE
8:30 – 9:00 AM MDT
Breakfast & CLE
9:00 – 10:30 AM MDT

$10.00 ACC Members
$20.00 In-House Counsel non-members
$17.00 Valet parking at The Ritz-Carlton

Tom Franklin is a partner in Kilpatrick Townsend’s Denver office. He specializes in strong patent prosecution, brand advice, licensing and strategic counseling for high tech and clean tech companies in the electronic, software and energy fields. Tom uses creative IP procurement strategies with a laser focus on his client’s business goals – using IP protection to help large companies maintain their dominance and assist startups as they vie to dominate. This includes fast track patent examination around the world with an emphasis on in-person interviewing at the patent office. Tom is a member of the Denver, Colorado and American Bar Associations, Advisory Board of San Diego State University’s College of Engineering, Advisory Board of the DaVinci Institute think tank, and Advisory Board for the Zahn Center incubator. He received his J.D. from University of San Diego in 1997 and a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from San Diego State University in 1990, summa cum laude, with eight years of industry experience in-between as a Senior Engineer at Lockheed Martin. He is admitted to the State Bar of Colorado and practice as a patent attorney with U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Brian O'Donnell is an intellectual property lawyer at Kilpatrick Townsend, focusing on patent and trademark litigation and all phases of intellectual property counseling, including clearance, acquisition, licensing, transfer and pre-litigation enforcement of rights. With respect to patents, he has litigated in a wide range of fields, including food, packaging, software, automotive, semiconductor, gaming, television and other consumer products. On the trademark side, he has litigated and counseled clients in such diverse industries as food and beverage, entertainment and hospitality, airlines, pharmaceuticals, tissue banks, software, energy, sporting goods, museums, educational and financial services, construction and medical associations. He also has experience managing international trademark and patent portfolios and representing clients in copyright, right of publicity, trade secret, data privacy, and domain name dispute resolution matters. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. O'Donnell was counsel at Kellogg Company in Battle Creek, Michigan, where he was responsible for managing its global IP assets, technology transactions, and intellectual property litigation.

Dion Messer is General Counsel - Intellectual Property at Limelight Networks. Ms. Messer manages all of Limelight’s IP litigation including the Limelight v. Akamai case at the Supreme Court. She also manages Limelight’s patent prosecution program. She speaks frequently on issues related to divided infringement and expedited patent prosecution methods. Ms. Messer has grown the Limelight portfolio from 2 to 100 patents to date during her five year tenure at Limelight. Prior to Limelight, Ms. Messer was a patent litigation associate at Weil, Gotshal and Manges, LLP and at Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati. Ms. Messer clerked for the Honorable William C. Bryson at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit after graduating the University of Texas School of Law in 2004. Ms. Messer is licensed to practice in Arizona, California, and Texas, as well as at the PTO. Ms. Messer earned a BS EE from New Mexico State University in 1984 and MS EE from the University of Texas in 1988. Ms. Messer is a licensed professional engineer, and, prior to attending law school, she worked in the field of digital signal processing and communications for over 15 years. During that time, she was also the co-founder and manager of a successful software training company, the co-inventor of nine patents, and the author or co-author of numerous technical publications.

Glen Johnson is an Assistant General Counsel in Microsoft's Patent Group, currently serving as managing divisional patent counsel and patent strategist for Surface, PPI large scale displays and other Microsoft devices. Glen previously counseled Windows and Xbox clients on patent matters, and also led Microsoft's outbound IP licensing legal support team. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2003, Glen served as in-house IP counsel for Nortel's Enterprise Networks divisions in Texas and S-MOS systems (Seiko Epson affiliate) in Silicon Valley, and in private high technology practice with Stoel Rives (Seattle) and Pravel Hewitt (Houston). Glen holds a BS in Electrical Engineering from Southern Methodist (Dallas - 1988) and a JD from Baylor (Waco, TX - 1992). Glen is admitted in Texas and Washington, and registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

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