Monday, February 06, 2012

The Patent Paradox. BUS 111. Session 5 Announcement.

The topic for the session is Patent Litigation in the United States. This Thursday, February 9, we'll have four distinguished guest speakers:

1. The Honorable Ronald M. Whyte, Senior District Judge, United States District Court, Northern District of California.

Judge Whyte was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush and took his oath of office in 1992. Prior to that, he served as Judge of the Superior Court of the State of California for Santa Clara County, appointed by Governor George Deukmejian in 1989.

Judge Whyte received his bachelor of arts degree in mathematics from Wesleyan University, and earned his J.D. from the University of Southern California School of Law.

In 2011, Judge Whyte has been selected to receive the 2011 American Inns of Court Professionalism Award for the Ninth Circuit.

2. Mark Chandler, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Cisco.

At Cisco, Mark Chandler manages a team of 250 professionals. Previously, he was Managing Attorney for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region, based in Paris.

Mr. Chandler is also a member of the Dean’s Advisory Council of Stanford Law School, the Board of Trustees of Belmont Hill School in Belmont, Massachusetts, and the Advisory Council of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington. He has previously served as member and chairman of the City of Palo Alto Planning Commission.

Mr. Chandler holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Harvard College and a juris doctor degree from Stanford Law School.

3. Joe Chernesky, Vice President and General Manager of Global Licensing at Intellectual Ventures.

Founded in 2000 and with about US$5 billion in capital under management, Intellectual Ventures stimulates the creation of new inventions by supplying capital, expertise and new business models to the global IP market.

Mr. Chernesky was also co-founder, president and chief operating officer of IPotential, a leading provider of intellectual property strategy and patent monetization services. Prior to starting IPotential, Mr. Chernesky served as vice president of Boeing Management Company, a subsidiary of The Boeing Company, where he was responsible for its IP policy, strategies and initiatives. Prior to joining Boeing, Mr. Chernesky held several management positions at Intel in intellectual property licensing and business development, new product development and corporate treasury.
Mr Chernesky holds a BS and MBA from the University of Arizona, and served for 10 years as a US naval officer in various active and reserve assignments throughout the world.

4. Joe Greco of Beck, Ross, Bismonte & Finley, LLP.

Joe Greco has practiced intellectual property and business law in Silicon Valley since graduating from Stanford Law School in 1982. Joe specializes in litigating and advising clients in patent, trade secrets, copyright, trademark and complex business matters. He has represented large and small companies in diverse industries, including semiconductors, software, radiology, magnetic media, and medical products. On multiple occasions Law & Politics has named him a Northern California Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation.

Mr. Greco received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College (A.B. 1979; magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), and J.D. from Stanford Law School (J.D. 1982; Order of the Coif).

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