Law Seminars International Presents:

The 25th Annual National Seattle Conference on Cutting edge issues in

Technology Law

Leading technology experts from around the country bring you up to date on game changing developments in IP and Technology

December 1 & 2, 2016

Seattle, WA

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Who Should Order

All technology, IP, communications, internet, life science, advertising and game law attorneys, business executives, consultants, agency officials, and any one else involved with technology today

Why You Should Order

The 25th Annual Seattle Conference on Technology Law brings together leading national IP experts from around the country to bring you up to date on rapidly changing developments in IP and technology. This is an exceptional year for changes and private attorneys and in-house counsel at major corporations and in government will provide valuable analyses of current business trends, case law, legislation and regulation.

Among the applications and technologies that will be discussed are new drone laws, issues with Pokemon Go, and from the "It's going to change everything" department: The implications of blockchain. We will look at new IT infrastructure issues on privacy and security including FCC privacy rules, location based technologies, and federal support and regulation of the Internet of Things. You will hear about changes in copyright, trade secret, and patent law, and the push for open access to data and science in medical research.

A highlight of the Conference will be Lesley Fair, Senior Attorney, FTC, who will discuss items on the top of the FTC's list of current problems. Finally, when compliance requirements touch everything, a panel of corporate attorneys will provide strategies on how to be an effective advisor.

You will not want to miss this valuable program in the center of the technology world. Join us in Seattle. We hope to see you there.

~ Program Co-Chairs: Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq. of Crowell & Moring LLP and Katherine C. Spelman, Esq. of Lane Powell PC

What You Will Learn

  • A Northwest tech industry overview
  • Privacy and security: New IT infrastructure issues
  • Federal support and regulation of the Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Adapting to critical changes in copyright law, trade secret law and patent law
  • Avoiding institutional compliance burnout
  • Managing today's ubiquitous compliance framework
  • Consumer protection enforcement for changing technology and business models
  • The push for open access to data and science in medical research and as a new mandate
  • Considering issues with new applications of technology: Drones, PokemonGo, and blockchain
  • Updating your contract provisions to help your client achieve desired IT business outcomes

Agenda Day 1

Thursday, December 01, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

Teresa Stanek Rea, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

Katherine C. Spelman, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Lane Powell PC / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

A Northwest Tech Industry Overview

Legislation, biometrics, and highlights about growth and comparisons to other markets

Michael Schutzler , Chief Executive Officer
Washington Technology Industry Association / Seattle, WA

9:15 am

Privacy and Security: New IT Infrastructure Issues

New FCC privacy rules: how do they "harmonize" Customer Proprietary Information (new) with Customer Proprietary Network Information (old) with Personally Identifiable Information? New disclosures and data breach notifications: who must comply and how?

Walt Sapronov, Esq.
Sapronov and Associates, P.C. / Atlanta, GA

Location based technologies and localytics: "Supercookies" and other transparency issues with the way mobile devices work

Hillery L. Nye, Esq. , General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer
Glympse, Inc. / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Federal Support and Regulation of the Internet of Things (IoT)

Federal Regulation/Support of IoT: FCC's Open Internet Order and IoT communications, NTIA Initiative on Federal Support of IoT, and NIST Cyber Framework

C. Douglas Jarrett, Esq.
Keller and Heckman LLP / Washington, DC

11:15 am

Adapting to Changes in Copyright Law

Benjamin Glatstein, Esq. , Senior Attorney
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Joseph C. Gratz, Esq.
Durie Tangri LLP / San Francisco, CA

12:15 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm

Adapting to Changes in Trade Secret Law

A detailed look at the new protection provisions in the 2016 Defend Trade Secrets Act (DTSA)

James Pooley, Esq.
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP / Menlo Park, CA

After the Alice decision, with 35 USC Section 101 excluding so many things, to what extent does the DTSA change the decision about whether to file for a patent? What are the post-election prospects for further patent reform legislation?

Q. Todd Dickinson, Esq.
Polsinelli PC / Washington, DC

Employers increasing use of technology to monitor employees and the need to balance the privacy rights of employees against the operational needs of employers

Linda D. Walton, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

From "No Way" to "Here's How"

Avoiding institutional compliance burnout: How to be an effective adviser when compliance requirements touch and concern everything; the reality of today's ubiquitous compliance framework and how counsel can be a good partner in managing it

Frances M. Jagla, Esq. , Moderator
Lane Powell PC / Seattle, WA

Leigh Fulwood, Esq. , Intellectual Property Counsel
Costco Wholesale Corporation / Issaquah, WA

Jessica T. Nguyen, Esq.
Microsoft Corporation / Redmond, WA

Corey Masten-Legge, Esq. , Vice President - Head of Legal Affairs
CTI BioPharma Corp. / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Wine Tasting Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Agenda Day 2

Friday, December 02, 2016

8:30 am

Adapting to Changes in the Patent Law: New Developments for the Life Sciences Industry

Update on new USPTO Subject Matter Eligibility Examples for Life Sciences: Potential impact for companies seeking patents for natural products used in diagnostic methods, biomarker detection, and other techniques that use products of nature

R. Douglas Bradley, Ph.D, Esq. , General Counsel & Secretary
Infectious Disease Research Institute / Seattle, WA

9:00 am

Consumer Protection Enforcement Activities and Compliance Strategies

Enforcement adapts to changing technology and business models: Current items on the top of the Federal Trade Commission's list of problems to address

Richard McKewen, Esq. , Attorney, Northwest Regional Office
Federal Trade Commission / Seattle, WA

Tips for developing data security and privacy protection strategies

Christopher A. Cole, Esq.
Crowell & Moring LLP / Washington, DC

Kristin J. Madigan, Esq. , Of Counsel
Crowell & Moring LLP / San Francisco, CA

10:30 am


10:45 am

Special Addresses: The Push for Open Access for Data and Science in Medical Research

Building a data commons to empower researchers to share and interpret data on a colossal scale; using crowdsourcing to test new hypotheses, and contribute to knowledge through community challenges

Brian Bot , Principal Scientist & Community Manager
Sage Bionetworks / Seattle, WA

Impact of closed access on the pace of scientific advancement

Diane M. Peters, Esq. , General Counsel, Corporate Secretary
Creative Commons / Mountain View, CA

Jennifer Hansen , Senior Officer, Knowledge & Research
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation / ,

11:45 am

Lunch (on your own)

1:00 pm

Adapting to Open Access as a New Mandate

Navigating the copyright realties for researchers traditionally needing to publish in journals that are resisting open access while institutions need to comply to ensure future funding; impacts on patent strategies

R. Douglas Bradley , General Counsel & Secretary
Infectious Disease Research Institute / Seattle, WA

Jill B. Scott, Esq. , Associate General Counsel (inv)
Allen Institute / Seattle, WA

2:15 pm


2:30 pm

Anticipating Issues Arising from New Applications and Technologies

Drone law: The wide variety of drones and their potential applications; legal quandaries that have arisen in civilian and military drone use; the current state of regulation and rule making for drones in the U.S. airspace system

Marshall L. Ferguson, Esq.
Williams Kastner / Seattle, WA

Augmented reality: Considering issues with Pokemon Go and others including privacy, contract law, liability for personal injury, and more

Holly K. Towle, Esq.
K&L Gates LLP / Seattle, WA

From the "It's going to change everything" department: The implications of blockchain technologies and distributed cryptoledgers

Judith Alison Lee, Esq.
Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP / Washington, DC

4:00 pm

Wrap Up Drafting Workshop: Updating Your Contract Provisions to Help Your Client Achieve Desired IT Business Outcomes

Steven B. Winters, Esq.
Lane Powell PC / Seattle, WA

Heather C. Wilde, Esq. , In-House Counsel
UXC Eclipse, a CSC Company / Bellevue, WA

5:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

Teresa Stanek Rea, Teresa Stanek Rea, Program Co-Chair, partner, Crowell & Moring LLP, concentrates on IP policies and strategies, patent enforcement and post-grant administrative proceedings, trade secrets policy and enforcement, and digital/internet related copyright issues. She is the recent Acting and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Katherine C. Spelman, Katherine C. Spelman, Program Co-Chair, shareholder, Lane Powell PC, provides strategic advice, design and implementation counsel for large, mid-sized and startup companies. She is a member of the Board of Directors for Creative Commons.

Brian Bot, Principal Scientist & Community Manager for mobile & technology platforms, Sage Bionetworks, works on innovative research in computational oncology as well as serving as a bridge between biomedical researchers and technology development. At its heart, this work is driven to re-envision how scientists can ensure reproducibility of their research results and communicate complex science to one another and to the public at large. He previously worked in the Department of Biomedical Statistics and Informatics at the Mayo Clinic. This work included dealing with cancer clinical trial data.

Diane M. Peters, Special Address, GC and Corporate Secretary, Creative Commons, leads development of the licenses and legal tools, including the international license suite, the CC0 public domain dedication, the Public Domain Mark, and an upcoming suite of Open Access tools.

Frances M. Jagla, Moderator, shareholder, Lane Powell PC, focuses on trademark, copyright, internet domain name matters, unfair competition counseling, name development, clearance filing, registration, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks and copyrights.
Full bio and contact info for Frances M. Jagla at Lane Powell PC

R. Douglas Bradley, Ph.D, GC & Secretary, Infectious Disease Research Institute, provides administrative leadership and legal counsel on intellectual property, licensing contract matters, and regulatory and compliance guidance.

Christopher A. Cole, Co-Chair of the Advertising & Product Risk Management Group, Crowell & Moring LLP, practices commercial litigation and defends companies accused of false advertising and deceptive or unfair trade practices.
Full bio and contact info for Christopher A. Cole at Crowell & Moring LLP

Q. Todd Dickinson, partner and Chair of IP Public Policy Group, Polsinelli PC, focuses on IP strategy and management. He was Under Secretary of Commerce, Intellectual Property, and Director of the USPTO and Vice President for IP at General Electric.

Marshall L. Ferguson, member, Williams Kastner, focuses on litigation concerning aviation matters where his clients include manufacturers, parts and equipment vendors, MRO providers, insurers, aircraft brokers, flight training companies, and fixed base operators.

Leigh Fulwood, Intellectual Property Counsel, Costco Wholesale Corporation, supports the IT infrastructure and e-commerce teams worldwide, the privacy and information security programs, and is responsible for protecting and licensing Costco's trademarks and private label merchandise.

Benjamin Glatstein, Senior Attorney, Apps & Services Group, Microsoft Corporation, counsels product development teams on a variety of copyright issues including online piracy, first sale, secondary liability, and anti-circumvention.

Joseph C. Gratz, partner, Durie Tangri LLP, litigates cases at the intersection of technology and copyright. He currently represents Amazon in copyright litigation, represented Google in the Google Book Search case, and was part of the team representing Aereo in its Supreme Court case.

C. Douglas Jarrett, partner, Keller and Heckman LLP, advises enterprises on Industrial Internet/M2M deployments and spectrum acquisitions. He also represents broadband providers on federal funding opportunities and regulatory compliance. He writes "Beyond Telecom Law Blog."
Full bio and contact info for C. Douglas Jarrett at Keller and Heckman LLP

Judith Alison Lee, partner and Co-Chair of the International Trade Practice Group, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, practices in international trade regulation, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, economic sanctions and embargoes, export controls and advises on issues relating to virtual and digital currencies, blockchain technologies and distributed cryptoledgers.

Corey Masten-Legge, Vice President of Legal Affairs, CTI BioPharma Corp., is responsible for all legal activities and for a foreign commercial subsidiary, SEC and financial reporting obligations, corporate governance, patent and trademark oversight, pending litigation.

Richard McKewen is an attorney in the Federal Trade Commission's Northwest Regional Office. He previously served in the FTC's Office of International Affairs (OIA) where he counseled staff in the Bureau of Consumer Protection on cross-border issues arising in FTC enforcement actions and investigations.

Jessica Nguyen, A ttorney, Office Product Group, Microsoft Corporation, serves as frontline support to the Outlook engineering team and counsels the team on a variety of legal issues involved with the development and release of new features, services, apps, and negotiates strategic deals (integration with another service/software or acquisition of tech/talent) to accelerate development or adoption.

Hillery L. Nye, GC and Chief Privacy Officer, Glympse, Inc., focuses on development, licensing and distribution agreements. She develops legal strategies and negotiates progressive business agreements, designs and crafts calculated business models.

James Pooley, senior counsel, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, represents clients in preventing and resolving trade secret and patent disputes. His most recent book is "Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage" and provided expert testimony and advice during consideration of the Defend Trade Secrets Act.
Full bio and contact info for James Pooley at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP

Walt Sapronov, partner, Sapronov & Associates, P.C., represents enterprises, investors, and service providers in telecommunications transactions, regulation and privacy matters including wireless and fiber infrastructure contracts.

Michael Schutzler, CEO, Washington Technology Industry Association, is an entrepreneur and engineer who previously led the merger of Livemocha with Rosetta Stone, built into the first profitable social media application, transformed online marketing at, and grew the online gaming business at RealNetworks.

Holly K. Towle, partner, K&L Gates LLP, focuses on technology, licensing, electronics in commerce, data privacy and security. She co-wrote "The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions" and "Data Privacy, Protection, and Security Law".

Linda D. Walton, partner, Perkins Coie LLP, focuses on defending employees in state and federal employment-related litigation, specifically related to FMLA compliance, Title VII compliance, workplace harassment, and use of social media.

Heather C. Wilde, In-House Counsel, UXC Eclipse, a CSC Company, specializes in technology licensing, services agreements, vendor agreements, and intellectual property matters. She is a former Senior Attorney at Microsoft.

Steven B. Winters, shareholder, Lane Powell PC, leads the Intellectual Property and Complex Transactions Practice where he focuses on license agreements, copyrights, patents, trademarks, trade secrets, data privacy and security, e-commerce and online transactions.

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Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 13.25 WA CLE | CA 13.5 MCLE | GA 13.3 CLE (pending) credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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