Sunday, October 12, 2008

"The Perfect Storm of Patent Reform?'

UC/Davis will host on Nov. 7 a panel titled: The Perfect Storm of Patent Reform? Panelists include:

Barbara Caulfield, partner, Dewey & LeBeouf, East Palo Alto
Colleen Chien, assistant professor of law, Santa Clara University
Mark Lemley, professor of law, Stanford University
Doug Luftman, associate general counsel, intellectual property, Palm Inc., Sunnyvale
Chip Lutton, chief patent counsel, Apple Inc.
Robert Merges, professor of law and technology, UC Berkeley
Paul R. Michel, chief judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Lynn Pasahow, partner, Fenwick & West
Sanjay Prasad, head, enterprise software licensing, Intellectual Ventures
Jerry Selinger, partner, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP and former director, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Andrew Serafini, partner, Fenwick & West
Jay Thomas, professor of law, Georgetown University
Stratton Sclavos, former CEO, VeriSign Inc., Mountain View (luncheon keynote speaker)

Barbara A. Caulfield was Executive Vice-President and General Counsel of Affymetrix, Inc., in Sunnyvale, CA.
Colleen Chien, a registered patent attorney, was at Stanford School of Law (Center for Law and the Biosciences) in 2006 and graduated from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., 2002, and thus has ties to Mark Lemley, who is not a registered patent attorney. She joined Santa Clara in 2007.
One can view Luftman.
Lynn Pasahow graduated from University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall), J.D., Order of the Coif 1972
Stanford University, B.A., Phi Beta Kappa, 1969

Selinger was quoted by Nature in 2003 related to the whistleblower case concerning Taq:

Promega reached the sum of $1 billion by claiming triple damages, as allowed by the law, plus a $10,000 charge for each time a Taq purchase generated royalties for Roche. "This looks like a chance to go for big bucks," says Jerry Selinger, a Dallas patent lawyer and board member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association.

But Selinger and others don't give the suit much chance of success. For one thing, the Department of Justice, after reviewing the lawsuit's claims, declined to participate in prosecuting it. And although the future of Roche's Taq patent is uncertain in the United States, the European Patent Office issued a final ruling upholding it on 30 October.

Of Doug Luftman: Douglas Luftman is Associate General Counsel of Intellectual Property at Palm, Inc. in Sunnyvale, California.
Mr. Luftman’s current areas of focus include strategic intellectual property counseling, patent portfolio
development, intellectual property assertion and licensing strategy, IP asset acquisitions, standards development
strategy and open source management strategy. Prior to joining Palm, Mr. Luftman’s roles have included Vice
President, General Counsel and Secretary of Caspian Networks, Inc., West Coast Counsel of CIENA
Corporation and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for Intel Corporation’s Communications Group. Prior to
working in-house, Mr. Luftman was an attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, Silicon Valley Office. Mr. Luftman
received his Juris Doctorate degree with honors from the George Washington University Law School,
Washington DC, where he was Technical Editor of the Law Review and externed for The Honorable Randall R
Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Luftman received his Bachelors of
Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

[Mark Lemley has been considered an advisor to Barack Obama on IP matters, and was a co-author of a paper on gold-plating patents, which idea was advanced by Obama.]

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