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Mastering the Global Patent Game – What US IP & Business Professionals Need to Know to Increase Client Economic Influence While Side-Stepping Traps

When: September 10, 2014 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Fieldfisher, 1530 Page Mill Road, Suite 200, Palo Alto, CA 94304

Sponsored and hosted by: Fieldfisher

This presentation will cover:

• The European approach to patents for computer implemented inventions. Following the decision in CLS Bank v Alice, should Europe be considered more favorably disposed to software patents than the US?

• Pre-action discovery. Some European countries have a very liberal approach to pre-action discovery and inspection. This can provide an effective vehicle to gather evidence of infringement that can be used in other jurisdictions such as the US.

• German without notice injunctions. In Germany, it is possible for a rights holder to obtain an injunction without prior notice to the injuncted party. This can provide valuable leverage in litigation in other jurisdictions.

• Threats of patent litigation can provide helpful leverage in US litigation - but if it is not done in the right way it can expose the maker of the threat to a damages claim.

• The anticipated European Unitary Patent Court will provide a single patent system for a market as big as the US market - might it provide an alternative to patent litigation in the US? - an update on the implementation of the court.

Stefanie Greifeneder, Partner, Munich Office of Fieldfisher
Hakim Haouideg, Partner, Brussels Office of Fieldfisher
David Knight, Partner, London Office of Fieldfisher
Matt Smith, Partner, Turner Boyd


11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Registration and Networking lunch

12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Program

Early, by Friday, September 5, 2014, 9 PM

LES Members: $45

Non-Members: $50

After Friday, September 5, 2014, 9 PM

LES Members: $50

Non-Members: $55

Register online at:

If you experience any problems with the online registration process, please contact James House at

Online Registration Deadline: Monday, September 8, 12 PM

After September 8, 12 PM, please contact James House at

No refunds after Friday, September 5, 2014

Substitutions are permitted

This event qualifies for 1.5 hours of MCLE credit.


Stefanie Greifeneder, Partner, Munich Office of Fieldfisher
Dr. Stefanie Greifeneder is a Partner in the Munich office of Fieldfisher. She provides intellectual property, commercial and regulatory advice for national and international companies from a wide range of industry sectors with a specific focus on the pharmaceutical, biotech, medical devices and food sectors. She also represents such companies in administrative proceedings and before the respective courts.

Stefanie has extensive experience in drafting and negotiating a broad range of agreements such as collaboration and license agreements, R&D agreements, agreements with academic institutions, clinical trial agreements, technical/quality agreements, tolling and manufacturing agreements, distribution and supply agreements. Her main areas of practice in the Life Sciences sector also include product launches as well as advertising and labelling law. She further focuses on IP issues in the framework of international corporate transactions.

Hakim Haouideg, Partner, Brussels Office of Fieldfisher
Hakim is a Belgian qualified lawyer specialising in contentious and non-contentious intellectual property and IT law.

Hakim has experience practising in all areas of intellectual property law, with a particular focus on patents, copyrights and trade marks. He also has litigated matters in the area of technology law, such as internet service provider liability and domain name disputes.

On the non-contentious side, Hakim assists clients in drafting and negotiating IT agreements (licensing, consulting & outsourcing). He has experience working in the industry during a six months secondment to a global IT services provider. He also assists research-driven undertakings on R&D and technology transfer agreements.

David Knight, Partner, London Office of Fieldfisher
David Knight graduated with a degree in Electronic Engineering. He practised as an engineer for a number of years before being recruited into the patent litigation group of a leading IP practice to provide technical support in patent infringement actions. David re-qualified as a solicitor and later joined a firm of patent agents where, in addition to acting in patent litigation matters, he gained experience of the filing of patent applications and proceedings before the European Patent Office. David returned to solicitors’ practice and after spending some years with a niche IP practice he joined Fieldfisher as a partner in May 2004.

Since qualifying as a solicitor in 1992 David has practised IP law exclusively. Although his practice remains focussed on patents he covers the full range of IP rights including trade marks, designs and copyright. In addition to conducting contentious matters, David advises on non-contentious matters including IP due diligence and IP licensing agreements.

David is often invited to speak at conferences around the world on patent and IP subjects. He also lectures on IP at the Universities of Cambridge and Brunel.

Matt Smith, Partner, Turner Boyd
Matthew A. Smith represents clients in patent litigation, licensing and analysis matters, as well as complex USPTO matters in the electrical, semiconductor, software and chemical arts. Mr. Smith has particular familiarity with semiconductor fabrication, circuit design technology, wireless standards, location technologies, smart TV, next-generation manufacturing, enterprise-scale software development and large and small molecule chemical processing.

Mr. Smith received his law degree in 1999, graduating first in his class, magna cum laude, from the University of Wisconsin – Madison Law School. He also served as a Managing Editor of the Wisconsin Law Review, was a member of the Moot Court Board, and was elected to the Order of the Coif. He holds two undergraduate degrees: the first in Electrical Engineering from the Universitaet Hannover, in Hannover, Germany, and the second in Geological Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Mr. Smith is particularly known for his expertise in complex USPTO proceedings. The 2013 Intellectual Asset Management “Patent 1000” list selected him as a Nationally Recommended Practitioner in USPTO Post-Grant proceedings and as a Regionally Recommend (Washington, DC metro-area) practitioner for patent litigation, calling him a “client favorite”, “a rising superstar”. He was also selected as a 2013 IP Star by Managing Intellectual Property.

Mr. Smith is the author of the treatise ”Inter Partes Reexamination 2d,” published by West (a Thomson Reuters business), as well as the forthcoming “Inter Partes Review,” also published by West. He is also the author of the e-book “Design Patents” and the chapter “Foreign Discovery” for the BNA “Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook.”

Since 2009, Mr. Smith has served as an Adjunct Professor at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC, where he teaches International Comparative Patent Law. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Smith served as an Adjunct Professor (Lehrbeauftragter) at the Law School of the Universitaet Hannover in Hannover, Germany, where he taught courses on International Patent Law, Commercial Arbitration, International Sales Contracts and U.S. Law.

Mr. Smith speaks fluent German and is familiar with Spanish, Farsi and Japanese.

LES (USA and Canada) 2014 Annual Meeting (50th Anniversary!)

When: October 5, 2014 00:00 AM - 00:00 AM

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

Starting on Sunday, October 5th and ending on Wednesday, October 8th, this multi-day conference is a must attend event.

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Note: LES Silicon Valley Chapter has three back-to-back panels on October 7th.

LES Silicon Valley Chapter: Silicon Valley Successful Deal Strategies: Behind the Closed Door

When: October 7, 2014 08:45 AM - 10:00 AM

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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LES Silicon Valley Chapter: Innovative Strategies from the Top - How the Biggest Companies in Silicon Valley Manage their IP

When: October 7, 2014 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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LES Silicon Valley Chapter: How the Internet of Things is Doctoring a Change in Healthcare

When: October 7, 2014 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM

Where: San Francisco Marriott Marquis

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Negotiations & Creating Win-Win Results: Turning Adversaries Into Allies

When: October 22, 2014 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Where: Carr & Ferrell LLP. 120 Constitution Drive, Menlo Park, CA 94025

Sponsored and hosted by: Carr & Ferrell LLP

An in-depth look at why and how disagreements are created and the various ways to resolve them. Why go to battle when you can attempt to discuss differences and resolve disputes without fighting? A panel comprised of both legal and corporate interpretations, prior to, during and after successful negotiations.

Alternatives for Patent Monetization

When: November 12, 2014 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored and hosted by: SynPat

IP Year in Review

When: December 10, 2014 11:30 AM - 2:00 PM

Sponsored and hosted by: Sullivan & Cromwell LLP