High Tech Law Journal 30th Anniversary Symposium @ Computer History Museum
Feb 14 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm


30th Anniversary Symposium

February 14, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.

at the Computer History Museum.

Breakfast, lunch and a 3PM wine reception included. 4 Hours of CLE Credit.

1401 North Shoreline Boulevard, Mountain View, CA 94043, USA


register-buttonThe Santa Clara High Tech Law Journal is a progressive legal publication that has continued to maintain a strong presence after 30 years. We are in a unique position to host this important colloquium on government policy towards sharing economy Internet companies, as we are in the position to dig deeply into specific legal issues. This keynote series will host representatives from the Public Utilities Commission of California, DOJ of California, San Francisco Mayors Office, Twitter, Uber and AngleList.

This is a CLE accredited event, and informative for lawyers and advisors interested in learning more about the trends in government policy towards social internet commerce, and to receive insight from policy writers and attorneys from the top companies in this emerging space. We also encourage academics, policy advocates, entrepreneurs and law students to attend.

Conference Schedule

The conference program consist of six keynote speakers. Three in the morning coming from government agencies and then three in the afternoon who are policy writers for leading internet companies. The entire event is designed is to teach the audience how to navigate regulatory structures and participate in the drafting of new government policy towards disruptive business such as car sharing, crowd funding and social media. While these business models will be featured, the day is more about discussing how internet industries are reshaping traditional regulatory norms, and doing so quickly.

Each speaker will provide 20 minutes of presentation (think Ted talk format) followed by a moderated 20 minutes of Q&A.

The speaker lineup is:

9:15 Commissioner Sandoval, CPUC
10:15 Jeffrey Rabkin, Special Assistant Attorney General for Law and Technology
11:15 Shannon Spanhake, Deputy Innovation Officer in SF Mayor’s Office

1:10 Corey Owens, Head of Global Public Policy at Uber
2:00 Kevin Laws, COO of AngelList
2:45 Laura Pirri, Legal Director for Products at Twitter

For inquiries and press contact Nicole.Shanahan@htlj.org or call 415-624-7671.

Biotechnology Law Annual Wine and Cheese Event @ Strong Commons, Bergin Hall
Apr 16 @ 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm

The Biotech Law Group and the High Tech Law Institute present

BLG Annual Wine & Cheese Event

The Biotech Law Group is hosting its annual Wine and Cheese Networking event for those interested in biotech and life science law. Students, alumni and practitioners please join us on April 16th from 5:30 to 8 in Strong Commons, Bergin Hall.

RSVP online now!

USPTO – PTAB Roadshow @ Nobili Hall
Apr 29 @ 1:00 pm – Apr 29 @ 5:00 pm

The High Tech Law Institute is pleased to present

The USPTO AIA Trial Roundtable

View the PTAB AIA Trial invitation

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View the presentation slides

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Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association (SVIPLA) to host a complimentary reception
immediately following the Roundtable

The Patent Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office is hosting roundtables to share information about the new AIA trials (i.e., inter partes reviews, post grant reviews, covered business method reviews, and derivations) including statistics, lessons learned, and techniques for successful motions practice.  The Board is interested in receiving feedback about the trials and will feature a panel discussion to elicit public input.

The Roundtable is a free event and open to all with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.  No registration is required.

For more information, visit the PTAB AIA Trial Roundtables microsite






  • Overview of trials, statistics, and lessons learned


Mock Conference Calls

  • Motion to amend
  • Motion for additional discovery




Panel Discussion

  • 2 administrative patent judges
  • local practitioners on behalf of petitioners
  • local practitioners on behalf of patent owners


Closing Remarks

Audience questions and participation is welcomed throughout the program

High Tech Law Graduation Brunch @ Mission Room, Benson Center
May 23 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am

High Tech Law Institute

Graduation Brunch

Friday, May 23, 2014
9:30am – 11:00am
Mission Room, Benson Center

If you are a graduating student involved in the high tech law student group or academic program such as:

Biotech Law Group
High Tech & Computer Law Journal
Sports & Entertainment Law Society
Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic
LL.M. in IP
High Tech related Moot Court Programs,

please join us for the high tech law graduation celebration.  Email invitations have been sent out via Paperless Post to.  If are a graduating student and were involved in one of the programs and did not receive your invitation, please contact Dorice Kunis at dkunis@scu.edu of the High Tech Law Institute.

Patent Prosecution v. Patent Litigation
Sep 9 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm


September 9, 2014, 12:00pm

Bannan 142

“Patent Prosecution v. Patent Litigation”

Learn from experienced alumni about the different practices of patent prosecution and litigation.  Areas that will be covered include:

  • How to decide which patent practice may be right for you
  • Can you only practice one of the other?
  • How to best position yourself for a patent law career in law school (classes, internships, extra-curricular activities

Jacob T. Aikin, Esq., Partner, Blakely Sokoloff Taylor & Zaffman, is a member of the Patent Practice Group in BSTZ’s Sunnyvale office. He is a registered patent attorney whose practice focuses on intellectual property protection in the semiconductor, display, micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS), and medical device industries.

Eric Lancaster, Esq., Associate, White & Case, is an associate in White & Case’s Intellectual Property Practice Group in Palo Alto. His practice focuses on patent litigation across the country as well as before the United States International Trade Commission, covering a variety of technologies including software, social networking, mobile devices, semiconductor, LCDs, and computer hardware.

Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office: An Examiner’s View @ Bannan Hall
Sep 26 @ 1:00 pm – Sep 26 @ 5:00 pm
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Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office:
An Examiner’s View

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“Navigating the Software Patent Landscape in the European Patent Office:  An Examiner’s View” aims to explain the EPO approach to software patents, and its history. The format  of the conference will begin with an overview of the current EPO approach to software patents by current EPO examiners. The presentation will be followed by interactive workshops moderated by EPO patent practitioners. The workshops will focus on the identification of patentable subject matter and how to develop arguments for patentability.

This conference is ideal for patent attorneys, agents and other legal professionals that advise on intellectual property protection of software and related technologies.

The event is complimentary, but you must register in advance.

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Four hours of California MCLE is offered upon completion.


John-CollinsDr. John Collins, Schwegman Lundberg Woessner, P.A., graduated with an honours degree in Medical Physics from London University and went on to obtain his doctorate in Physics from London University. After a couple of years post-doctoral research, he entered the patent profession in 1990. He is a Chartered Physicist, a Member of the Institute of Physics and a Member of the European Physical Society. His practice has covered a wide range of technical fields including logic design, medical equipment, telecommunications, Internet related technology, neural networks, genetic algorithms, speech recognition, active noise control, encryption, software and business methods. He has considerable experience of proceedings before the European Patent Office, including oppositions and appeals and also has experience in litigation both in the UK and the USA.

Cristina-Margarido Christina Margarido, EPO Examiner, holds a degree in Electrical Engineering from Porto University, Portugal, as well as a post-graduation in management. After a couple of years in Research, she became a Patent Examiner at the EPO in 2002. Her field of work ranges from electronic business, electronic payment, and devices for supporting learning. She has worked in search, examination and opposition of European Patent and Patent Applications.


Luca Falo, EPO Examiner, graduated magna cum laude in Electronic Engineering at the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in February 2000, with a dissertation in Artifical Intelligence. After graduation, he joined the Italian Air Force as Engineering Officer (Lieutenant). Since 2002 he has been a Patent Examiner at the EPO, first in the Telecommunication cluster and then in Directorate 1958 (Business Methods/Computer implemented inventions). He took further studies in International Law and Comparative Law at the University of Trento, Italy, and he has passed the European Qualifying Examination (EQE) in 2010.

Alex-TurnbullModerator:  Alex Turnbull, UK and European Patent Attorney, TLIP Ltd

Engineer and Patent Professional Networking and Career Event @ Nobili Hall, Santa Clara University
Oct 14 @ 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Join us for a networking reception that will bring engineers and patent professionals together, hosted by Santa Clara Law, SCU School of Engineering, the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, IEEE and CASPA.

John Cabeca, Director of the USPTO Silicon Valley Satellite Office, and a panel of patent law practitioners will discuss how to leverage your engineering experience into a successful career as a patent professional.

The event is complimentary, but registration is required.  Email htli@scu.edu to register.

Featured Speakers and Panelists:

John Cabeca Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent And Trademark Office

Laura Lee Norris, Assistant Clinical Professor and Director, Entrepreneurs’ Law Clinic, Santa Clara Law

Dan Ovanezian, Partner, Lowenstein Sandler

Joseph Wang, Esq., Associate, Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner



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Ethical Hacking: A Panel Discussion @ Forbes Room, Lucas Hall
Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

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As more and more breaches occur, concern about cybersecurity keeps growing. Many companies now employ “ethical hackers,” whose skills are in high (and increasing) demand. Yet many people aren’t sure what “ethical hacking” means. This panel of cybersecurity experts will address various topics related to the ethical hacking certification, security issue disclosures, and employment of ethical hackers–including some of the legal and ethical quandaries associated with this fascinating line of work.

Panelists are:

  • Marisa Fagan – Director of Crowd Ops at Bugcrowd
  • Manju Mude – Chief Security Officer at Splunk
  • Seth Schoen – Senior Staff Technologist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation
  • Alex Wheeler – Director, Accuvant R&D

This event is co-sponsored by the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics and the High Tech Law Institute.  This event is part of the ongoing “IT, Ethics, and Law” lecture series.

Advanced PCT Training @ Santa Clara Convention Center
Feb 11 @ 1:00 am – 8:30 am
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Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner, P.A. and Santa Clara High Tech Law Institute will host “Advanced PCT Training,” featuring Carol Bidwell and David Reed, US Consultants to WIPO on PCT matters with extensive PCT experience.  You can see the agenda (topics subject to change) of the seminar and bios of the speakers below.

There is no cost for the seminar or lunch.

We have applied for 6.0 CLE credits in California.

For more information and to register online, visit the site.


PCT Seminar Agenda for Schwegman Lundberg Woessner 
Santa Clara, CA
February 11, 2015

Topics (Provisional):

Overview of the PCT System

  • Brief Review of the PCT system including the timeline and major phases
  • Requirements for being accorded an international filing date
  • Naming the applicant

Choosing a Receiving Office for US Applicants

  • Requirements for filing in RO/US and RO/IB
  • Pros and Cons of using RO/US and RO/IB
  • Discussion of “applicant of convenience”

Choice of International Authorities for US Applicants

  • Review of ISAs and IPEAs available
  • Things to consider when choosing an ISA

Claiming Priority under the Paris Convention and Furnishing Priority Documents

  • Discussion of Articles 2, 3 and 4 of the Paris Convention
  • Possible legal consequences of EFS-Web filing in the USPTO
  • Discussion of “restarting” the Paris Convention priority period
  • Furnishing priority documents during the international phase
  • Using WIPO’s Digital Access Service

Procedural safeguards

  • Transmittal to RO/IB under PCT Rule 19.4
  • Incorporation by reference
  • Restoration of the right of priority
  • Fee safeguards
  • Preventing and postponing international publication
  • Recording changes in applicant, inventor and agents
  • Rectification of obvious mistakes

Internet Resources

  • PCT resources available on the WIPO Internet site and new search tools
  • Using the WIPO Internet site to view published international applications

Amendments under the PCT and Informal Comments

  • Discussion of Article 19 amendments including where to submit, time limits for doing so and purpose
  • Discussion of Article 34 amendments including where to submit, time limits for doing so and purpose
  • Informal comments on the Written Opinion of the ISA

8 Recent and Upcoming Changes

  • Review of 2013 changes to the PCT regulations
  • July 2014 changes
  • Information on ePCT

Strategies for Entering the National Phase

  • Decisions that applicant must make
  • Special requirements that may be made by Offices
  • Reinstatements of rights when national phase time limits are missed

Entry into the US national phase and By-pass Continuation Practice in view of the America Invents Act

  • Discussion of US national stage entry requirements
  • Requesting early processing instead of waiting for 30 months
  • New USPTO fee structure and a summary of national stage fees
  • Inventor’s oath/declaration both pre-AIA and AIA
  • How to make a domestic benefit claim in a national stage application
  • Claiming priority to a foreign application
  • Patent term adjustment for national stage applications
  • Filing a by-pass continuation as an option
  • Advantages and disadvantages of national stage entry and by-pass continuations
  • Transition applications for first inventor to file provisions of AIA

PCT and the Patent Prosecution Highway (PPH)

  • Information on Global PPH and IP5 PPH pilots
  • Using the PCT work products to get onto the PPH
  • Requirements for PCT-PPH in the USPTO

Where to get help

  • Contact information for US consultants to WIPO
  • Where to get help at the USPTO
  • Contact information for WIPO staff
Fifth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Event
Mar 7 all-day

Fifth Annual Internet Law Works-in-Progress Event

Traveling to Santa Clara

Call for Papers

We invite your participation in the Fifth Annual Internet Law Work-in-Progress conference at Santa Clara University School of Law on March 7, 2015. The conference series is co-sponsored by the High Tech Law Institute at Santa Clara University School of Law and the Institute for Information Law and Policy at the New York Law School.

The work-in-progress event was created for Internet law scholars to receive feedback about their papers and projects from their academic peers. We take a broad view of the topics that fit under the Internet Law umbrella. The conference has three categories of participation:

papers-in-progress. We might allocate additional presentation time to presentations that meet the following specifications: (1) a feedback-ready paper draft is submitted no later than February 20, 2015 at noon–no extensions!; and (2) as of March 7, 2015, the paper draft has not been circulated for publication or posted to SSRN or a similar site.

projects-in-progress. This covers presentations on any other academic project, ranging from nearly finished papers to half-baked ideas.

discussant. Space permitting, we welcome other scholars to join the conversation as active audience participants.

How to Participate

If you would like to participate, email Eric Goldman (egoldman@gmail.com) the following information by the initial deadline of November 10, 2014 at noon:

* your name, contact information and affiliation
* your preferred category of participation
* the title of your project

We expect to notify accepted participants by November 17, 2014. We will evaluate submissions after the initial deadline on a space-available basis.

There is no event participation fee, but all participants are responsible for their own travel and lodging expenses. We will provide further information about transportation and lodging soon.  There are no publication obligations associated with presenting at the event.

Game Night

Game nights have become legendary at this conference. Past events have included PowerPoint karaoke, Dungeons & Dragons and more. See, e.g.,https://secure.flickr.com/photos/81901130@N03/sets/72157633737216641/ Although the details haven’t finalized, we expect we’ll have another game night to remember on March 7. Plan your travel schedule accordingly!

More Information

Contact Eric Goldman at egoldman@gmail.com with any questions or comments.

Past Events: