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EDAC does Patents

Gabe Moretti, Senior Editor

Silicon Valley would not be what it is without patents.  The valuation of a company is directly related to the value of its patents.  Yet patents remain a somewhat arcane subject to most engineers.  We know what they are, we know it is nice to have some in one’s resume`, but how to get them and how to protect them remain specialized techniques left to even more specialized layers.

For a few years EDAC has had a patent committee, but I do not think it was well advertised or that it talked to those not directly involved in patents’ matters.  This is about to change.  On Thursday, October 29 at the SEMI Global Headquarters, from 6:00 to 9:00 PM EDAC has organized an event called: Patents and Patent Litigation.  The subtitle of the event reads like something most engineers would be interested in: Develop, Strengthen, and Protect Your Intellectual Property.  To register go to: http://conta.cc/1JyX0O3.  The event is free to EDAC members, others will be accommodated if space is available.

The Mayor of San Jose, Sam Liccardo, and the Director of the Silicon Valley United States Patent Office, John Cabeca, will kick off the event and celebrate the opening of the new Silicon Valley United States Patent Office.

The panelists will discuss how to protect innovation and invention through patent procurement and enforcement. This event is open to all EDAC member companies. Non-EDAC members are welcome to join based on space available.

I am not sure how the Mayor fits in patents litigations, but it still a good venue to meet him if you have not already done so.  Clearly he thinks the event is important and shares the opinion that the subject is vital to retaining and growing the wealth in Silicon Valley.

I do not recognize the name of any of the panelists, but then again I never had to defend a patent.  The panel will be moderated by Salumeh Loesch – Associate at Klarquist Sparkman.  The panelists are: John Cabeca who is the Director of the Silicon Valley US Patent and Trademark Office.  He will be joined by Karna Nisewaner, Associate General Counsel at Cadence, Robert Sachs, Partner with Fenwick & West, and John Vanderberg, Partner with Klarwuist Sparkman.

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