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The IPforward Dinner & Discussion series provides a unique forum designed to contribute to thought leadership and professional development in intellectual property strategy, management and operations among the Silicon Valley and national in-house intellectual property community.

This invitation only event is an opportunity to brainstorm, share ideas, trends and network with colleagues in a relaxed small group forum, over great food and wine in a premium location.

Developed from our successful IPforward conferences, the small group, private dinners are held six times a year for senior, experienced in-house counsel and IP professionals only and are free

Next dinner

Speaker: Diane Gabl Kratz, Seagate Technology

“Strategically Insane: When to Ignore Conventional Wisdom to Win IP Litigation”

Diane Gabl Kratz

Topic Summary
  There are certain rules we attorneys are taught to follow if we want to succeed in litigation: prepare deponents carefully to give short succinct answers, challenge both patent validity and infringement, etc.  But what if we would have a greater likelihood of success using unorthodox techniques?  This talk will challenge long-held conventional wisdom and help you decide when to break with tradition and opt for unusual, even crazy approaches to win your IP case.

The Lion and the Compass Restaurant, private dining room

Santa Clara

Thursday, October 19, 2017 6pm


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Critical topics discussed have included:

  • european IP regime in light of Brexit
  • efficient patent prosecution
  • ensuring patent quality
  • patenting in China
  • IP and Cybersecurity
  • effectively communicating and visualizing your patent portfolio’s value
  • artificial neural networks: introduction, recap of relevant case law, and claiming strategies for protecting

A volunteer in-house professional provides a short discussion lead keynote on a designated topic, before opening up to a moderated group discussion over dinner. A handout for the attendees is provided by the keynote speaker, but all discussions and contributions from the group are kept confidential and not reported on or published.

The dinners try to preserve a balance between deep substantive issues discussion and relaxed social networking and professional development.

Substance is all, there is no promotional segment for any sponsor, attendee or IPfolio as part of the dinner.

IPfolio sponsors the event as part of its long term commitment to the IP community, customers and non-customers alike. Having started in Silicon Valley, the dinners will now extend to cities nationally.

If you are an experienced in-house intellectual property professional who would like to attend an IPforward Dinner & Discussion or potentially lead a discussion on a topic please contact us.

Attendees have included leading in-house IP professionals from companies including:

Amgen, Cisco, Citrix, EloTouch, Facebook, Fairchild Semiconductor, Google, Hauwei, HGST, Huber, IBM, IDT, Knowles Electronics, Lattice, Marvell Semiconductor, Nokia, NXP, Oracle, Paypal, Quixey, Rovi, Seagate, SolarCity, Square, Stripe, SRI, Sunpower, Technicolor, Tessera, Texas Instruments, Thermofisher, TSMC, Uber, Verifone, Verily, Yahoo, Zeiss, Zoox.

Attendance does not imply any endorsement of any other attendee, company, host or sponsor. No records or publications of the discussion are made.