Patents and Patent Litigation:

Develop, Strengthen, and Protect Your Intellectual Property

On Thursday evening, October 29, 2015, the ESD Alliance (formerly EDAC) kicked-off its new legal series with a panel discussion on patents and patent litigation. The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, and the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent Office, John Cabeca, kicked off the event and celebrated the opening of the new Silicon Valley United States Patent Office.

The panelists discussed how and when to protect innovation and invention through patent procurement and enforcement.

Patents have been and will continue to be an important part of every EDA companies’ assets. They protect the inventions and innovations that are the building blocks of an EDA company. They may define the company’s value, investments, and technology. At the EDAC Patent Panel, we will discuss how to get highly technical patents through the Patent Office, how to protect your patents or potential inventions in the current legal landscape, and how to prepare against potential patent litigation.

Learn more about protecting your IP! Watch the video of the panel discussion.

Special Welcome:

Samuel T. Liccardo – Mayor of San Jose, California
Taking office at the age of 44, Sam became one of the youngest mayors in the city’s modern history, but in his brief tenure, San Jose has already surged.  In the early months of his term, Sam has worked to forge a tentative agreement for pension and retiree healthcare reform with public safety unions; launch a summer jobs program for hundreds of teens living in gang-impacted neighborhoods; expand innovative after-school programs for children from in low-income communities, announce new international flights to Beijing, secure an expanded presence of major tech companies in San Jose, and successfully conclude lengthy negotiations to keep the National Hockey League’s Sharks franchise in San Jose.


Salumeh Loesch – Associate, Klarquist Sparkman
Ms. Loesch litigates intellectual property matters in Federal Courts around the country, representing a variety of clients, including Fortune 500 e-commerce and software companies. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and multiple clients in joint defense groups and in large multi-defendant litigations. She has extensive experience managing complex patent litigations, including participating in trials, taking and defending depositions, working with experts, and engaging in settlement negotiations.


John Cabeca – Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office
Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, John ensures the USPTOs initiatives and programs are tailored to Silicon Valley’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. A 25-year veteran of the USPTO, John most recently served as Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for IP and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely with fellow members of USPTO’s Executive Committee to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. Previously, he served at the helm of the Patent Technology Center overseeing the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies until his assignment in the Office of the Under Secretary and Director.John will discuss the patent prosecution process from the USPTO perspective.  He will provide insights regarding how to prosecute patents in highly complex technologies, provide guidance for smaller, emerging companies, and explain what the new Silicon Valley satellite office has to offer the EDA industry.

Karna Nisewaner, Associate General Counsel, Cadence Design Systems
Karna is the associate general counsel for Intellectual Property at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and legal business partner to the Verification business unit. Karna manages Cadence’s patent portfolio, along with her team of patent attorneys and paralegals, including strategic harvesting of inventions. She also manages the legal end of Cadence’s open source registration system and anti-piracy program.  In her career, she has created open source processes and systems, created IP Due Diligence processes for M&A, advised on complex IP agreements, drafted IP asset agreements, along with drafting and prosecuting many patent applications.  Karna is just finishing a two year term as chair of the ACC’s National Intellectual Property Committee.
Karna will discuss the role patents and patent litigation have played in the EDA industry, how to educate and re-educate inventors with new patent laws and strategies, and the obstacles high-tech companies may have in identifying potential inventions and in turning those invention-ideas into patents.

Robert Sachs, Partner, Fenwick & West
Robert concentrates his practice on strategic patent counseling and prosecution for software technologies. Bob has extensive experience in developing patent portfolios for companies of all sizes, from startups to multi-nationals, and is the primary evaluator for standards essential patents on today’s most important audio, video, and communications technologies.  One of Bob’s areas of expertise is patentable subject matter: the question of what kinds of inventions are eligible for patent protection, and particularly whether software and life sciences related inventions are patentable.  Bob provides commentary on patent eligibility and related patent issues on Bilski Blog.
Bob will discuss recent developments in patent eligibility and related patentability issues, and the potential impact on EDA.

John Vandenberg, Partner, Klarquist Sparkman
John Vandenberg has been litigating patents and other intellectual property for over 30 years.  John successfully argued before the Supreme Court of the United States in Nautilus, Inc. v. Biosig Instruments, Inc., No. 13-369, for rejection of the Federal Circuit’s “insolubly ambiguous” and “amenable to construction” test for enforcing the Patent Act’s mandate that patent claims “particularly point out and distinctly claim” the patent’s invention.
John will discuss the value of patents, enforcing patents in court, and defending issued patents before the Patent Office and in court.

Organized by:

Steve Pollock, Chairman, EDAC Emerging Companies Committee
Salumeh Loesch, Associate, Klarquist Sparkman


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