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2023 U.S. IP Year in Review: 12 Months in Just 90 Minutes!

  • 15 Feb 2024
  • 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
  • NEDO, 3965 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara Santa Clara Towers Seminar Room, 1st floor of Tower 2

Meet Mary Fuller, Regional Director, USPTO-SV
Silicon Valley Chapter February In-Person Event:

2023 U.S. IP Year in Review:
12 Months in Just 90 Minutes!

Thursday, February 15, 2024

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. – Registration, Networking, Lunch
12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. – Program
1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. – Networking

3965 Freedom Circle, Santa Clara
Santa Clara Towers
Seminar Room, 1st floor of Tower 2
Parking lot to left of Tower 2
(please do not parking in parking garage (staff only)

Thank you to our hosts:

Bay Area CHIZAI (IP) Study Group


This is the 11th annual U.S. IP Year-in-Review presented by the Licensing Executives Society Silicon Valley Chapter.  In just 90-minutes, leading experts will review the most important IP-related developments in 2023, including practical tips for everyday use.   If you are in the business of obtaining IP rights, negotiating IP deals, writing agreements, enforcing IP rights or defending against IP attacks, this program is for you!

Key areas and takeaways will include:

  • Lessons for dealmakers about strategizing, structuring & drafting IP licenses, joint ventures, etc.
  • Lessons for IP enforcement and defense from the most recent landmark U.S. IP court cases
  • Lessons for IP protection, including the latest patent office developments and need-to-know changes at the USPTO

Mary Fuller, Regional Director, USPTO, Silicon Valley Regional Office   LinkedIn
As Regional Director, Mary carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO and is responsible for leading the USPTO's Western regional office based in San Jose. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, she ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.  Mary began her career in Silicon Valley as a patent attorney at law firms, including Pennie & Edmonds, Carr & Ferrell, and Bingham McCutchen. Later she joined Santa Clara-based Marvell Semiconductor, Inc. as a senior patent litigation attorney, rising to become Director and Managing Counsel for Litigation, and then served as Managing Director and Associate General Counsel at Maxim Integrated Products as the company’s first Chief IP Counsel.  In 2022, Ms. Fuller served as the first Head of Legal at Jupiter Intelligence. In 2018, with decades of experience as an engineer, patent attorney, general counsel and corporate advisor, Ms. Fuller founded Fuller Tech Law to provide intellectual property and fractional general counsel services for growth-minded technology companies.  Since 1998, Ms. Fuller has been a member and officer of the San Francisco Bay Area IP Inn of Court, and from 2010-2012 was elected as its first female president.

Michael Zachary, Partner, Bunsow De Mory LLP   LinkedIn
As a partner at Bunsow De Mory, Michael focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and licensing, and regularly represents clients in patent infringement, trade secret, trademark and other intellectual property litigation cases. He counsels clients on a variety of technology and intellectual property agreements, including design and development, manufacturing and supply, product evaluation, and patent and trademark license agreements. He has represented large, mid-size, and start-up companies based in the United States, Japan and Europe, including Volkswagen, Bradium, Skype, Amazon, Wacom, PRISM Pharma and Boston Scientific. In 2016 and 2017, he was recognized as a California “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property. He is also a cellist who performs with two local orchestras and with area chamber groups.

Joseph Yang, Tech & IP Transactions Partner, PatentEsque Law Group LLP   LinkedIn
Joe is a partner at PatentEsque Law Group, LLP where he specializes in technology/patent transactions and strategic partnerships. He has led hundreds of deals worth billions of dollars, for automotive, IT, electronics, entertainment, consumer goods, healthcare, manufacturing, robotics & energy clients, especially cross-industry collaborations.  Joe was formerly VP & General Counsel of Cryptography Research, Inc. and handled its IP licensing (10+ billion devices/year) and eventual M&A ($400M+). Earlier, Joe co-founded and later led the “IP Strategy & Transactions” practice at Skadden, Arps (Palo Alto). Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) publications has repeatedly named him as a long-time “World’s Leading IP Strategist,” “World’s Leading Patent Professional," and "Global Leaders" in IP.  He is also recognized as a Northern California SuperLawyer.

CLE: 1.5 hours CLE credit available (California).

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