Protecting Your Inventions from Foreign Knockoffs
Tuesday, March 15
11:00AM - 12:00PM
Hilton Austin Downtown
500 E 4th St
Great inventions create great demand. But it’s not always from customers. Your innovative idea might also pique the interest of established competitors or overseas manufacturers who want to steal your ideas for their own financial gain. Come get advice from Deanna Tanner Okun, former Commissioner of the U.S. International Trade Commission, David Kappos, former Director U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Kelly Slone, President and CEO BioUtah, and Bryan Pate, co-founder of ElliptiGO. Find out what you can do to protect your “secret sauce” from misappropriation and how to seek retaliation if you experience intellectual property infringement.
Co-Founder & CEO
Bryan Pate is a named inventor on more than 20 issued patents. Fast Company Magazine named his company, ElliptiGO Inc., the 6th most innovative fitness company in the world. Pate is a graduate of S...Show the rest
Bryan Pate is a named inventor on more than 20 issued patents. Fast Company Magazine named his company, ElliptiGO Inc., the 6th most innovative fitness company in the world. Pate is a graduate of Stanford University and a former U.S. Marine Corps Officer. After the Marines, Pate accepted a strategic marketing position at Palomar Technologies, Inc. In 2002, Pate left Palomar to attend Columbia Law School. After graduation, he completed a one-year federal court clerkship and then joined McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. In 2005, Pate approached Brent Teal, a friend and former Palomar co-worker, with the idea for the ElliptiGO. After three years of working with Brent on designing, developing, and testing prototypes, Pate left McKinsey to work full-time on the ElliptiGO project. Bryan and Brent co-founded ElliptiGO Inc. at the end of 2008 to commercialize the world's first elliptical bicycle. As a company co-founder and CEO he leads the company's corporate strategy.Hide the rest
Partner, Corporate; & Former Dir of the USPTO
Cravath Swaine & Moore LLP
David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath. He is a leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices as well ...Show the rest
David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath. He is a leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on IP policy matters.
Mr. Kappos led the Agency in dramatically reengineering its entire management and operational systems and its engagement with the global innovation community. He was instrumental in achieving the greatest legislative reform of the U.S. patent system in generations through passage and implementation of the 2011 Leahy-Smith America Invents Act. Prior to leading the USPTO, Mr. Kappos served as IBM’s chief intellectual property lawyer from 2003 to 2009. In that capacity, he managed all global IP activities for IBM. During his more than 25 years at IBM, he also served in a variety of other roles including litigation counsel and Asia Pacific IP counsel, where he led all aspects of IP protection, including licensing, transactions support and M&A activity for the Asia/Pacific region.
Deanna Tanner Okun
Adduci Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP
Deanna Tanner Okun is a partner at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP. She has extensive experience as a top administrator, regulator, enforcer, legislative aide, and lawyer. Deanna served as a mem...Show the rest
Deanna Tanner Okun is a partner at Adduci, Mastriani & Schaumberg LLP. She has extensive experience as a top administrator, regulator, enforcer, legislative aide, and lawyer. Deanna served as a member of the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) from 2000-2012, including two terms as ITC Chairman, from 2004-2006 and from 2010-2012. During her tenure as a Commissioner, she ruled on hundreds of cases involving allegations of patent, trademark and copyright infringement as well as other types of unfair acts such as trade secrets. Drawing upon her experience in both the government and private sector, Deanna provides legal and strategic advice to steer companies through the intersection where innovation confronts barriers, such as intellectual property theft, unfair trade practices, or regulatory hurdles.Hide the rest
Pres & CEO
Kelly Slone is the current President and CEO of BioUtah where she is responsible for elevating the statue and influence of Utah's life sciences ecosystem by creating value for its members, fosterin...Show the rest
Kelly Slone is the current President and CEO of BioUtah where she is responsible for elevating the statue and influence of Utah's life sciences ecosystem by creating value for its members, fostering collaboration between industry, government and education to provide growth opportunities for BioUtah members. Prior to joining BioUtah, Kelly worked for National Venture Capital Association (NVCA), whose mission is to foster the understanding of the importance of venture capital to the vitality of the U.S. and global economies. Kelly was the lobbyist on public policy issues that impact the life sciences investors including; healthcare reform, FDA, coverage and payment. Kelly was also the primary lobbyist for the industry on intellectual property and small business issues. Kelly earned her Bachelor of Science Degree at the University of Utah.Hide the rest