Overview

Join a nationally-recognized faculty of technology and licensing practitioners, in-house counsel from leading tech companies, and experts in copyright, trademark, open source, and data privacy and security at UT Law’s Technology Law Conference for the latest issues affecting the technology industry.

This year’s program features:
  • Robert Scoble, Rackspace US, Inc. Startup Liaison Officer, presents Age of Context: Views of Privacy from the Future of Sensors, Wearable Computers and Big Data
  • Explore social media’s expanding role and its related issues around technology in the workplace during Best Practices for Social Media in the Workplace with Brian Wassom of wassom.com
  • Learn advanced licensing negotiation and practical drafting tips
  • Hear the latest updates on risks, compliance and enforcement—FCPA, Open Source and Antitrust Essentials, as well as the new SEC rules on crowdfunding
  • Listen to discussions on the globalization of e-Commerce, digital money and emerging electronic payment networks, and cybersecurity and liability insurance
  • Take away the top ten things you need to know when selling a technology-focused business or patent portfolio
  • Earn up to 3.50 hours of legal ethics credit
  • Network with fellow colleagues at the Thursday Evening Reception

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, May 22, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Robert L. King, Silicon Laboratories - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Advanced Licensing Update
    With more and more companies monetizing their intellectual property through licensing arrangements, courts continue to develop licensing law principles at an ever-increasing pace. This interactive discussion reviews important key license agreement clauses in light of recent developments, with an emphasis on practical drafting and negotiating strategies.

    Edward A. Cavazos, Bracewell & Giuliani LLP - Austin, TX
    Keith E. Witek, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Recent Developments in Open Source Licensing
    An update on trends, decisions, and controversies in open source software licensing, including supply chain liability, enforcement trends, and developments in software copyright; plus best practices for open source releases and contributions.

    Heather J. Meeker, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - East Palo Alto, CA

  • 10:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Antitrust Update for Technology and Licensing 2014
    An update on antitrust enforcement that impacts licensing of technology, copyrights and R&D ventures.

    David M. Hoffman, Fish & Richardson P.C. - Austin, TX
    Materials By:
    David J. Healey, Fish & Richardson P.C. - Houston, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    FCPA and UK Bribery Act Risks and Compliance
    Technology companies continue to be in the FCPA enforcement crosshairs of the U.S. Department of Justice and SEC. Since 2004, the computer and technology sector has been the fifth most investigated for potential foreign bribery; out of the more than 90 companies that are reportedly being investigated for FCPA violations, approximately one sixth of them are high-tech, including companies like IBM, Oracle, Hewlett Packard and Motorola Solutions. The emergence of the UK Bribery Act and other local anti-corruption laws creates additional risks for the sector. Learn recent enforcement trends, specific foreign bribery risks that tech companies often confront overseas, and best practices for addressing compliance.

    J. Matteson Ellis, Special Counsel, Miller & Chevalier Chartered - Washington, DC

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    Technology, Ethics and Electronic Discovery
    Within the context of continuous advances in technology, the panel discusses best practices in handling electronic discovery issues as they occur in litigation, including pre-litigation steps that may positively impact the results of future litigation. Topics include computer usage policies, records management and information governance, as well as recent developments in eDiscovery law (e.g., predictive coding, proportionality, discovery of social media content, discovery of personal devices’ data pursuant to BYOD policy, sanctions, spoliation and obstruction); strategies for reducing unnecessary eDiscovery costs (e.g., early ESI identification and case assessment); and judicial approaches to managing eDiscovery in the courts (e.g., procedural issues, production disputes, noncooperation, noncompliance with court orders, production and privilege issues, proportionality, privilege waiver, model orders, and use of special discovery masters).

    Moderator:
    Jonathan Lass, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Gene W. Albert, Lexbe LC - Austin, TX
    Eric J. Mayer, Susman Godfrey LLP - Houston, TX
    Hon. Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

  • 12:00 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Thursday Afternoon, May 22, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Peter D. Kennedy, Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Issues and Best Practices for Use of Social Media in the Workplace
    Social media is increasingly leveraged by employers. How can clients and attorneys comply with various labor and privacy laws and the applicable rules of professional responsibility? What provisions should be included in a company’s social media policy? Learn to recognize the traps and how to avoid them as the use of social media evolves.

    Brian D. Wassom, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP - Bloomfield Hills, MI

  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Trademark Update
    Developments and updates concerning U.S. trademark law from the past year, including selected cases of relevance and updates on the status of the new gTLD rollout.

    Alicia Morris Groos, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX

  • 1:50 pm
    1.00 hr
    Cybersecurity and Liability Insurance
    As the world moves from desktops and basic IT to globally-interconnected devices and cybersecurity, the government is emphasizing the need for private industry cooperation and standards, and private industry is focusing on heightened risk management including insurance products. Hear an overview of recent cybersecurity initiatives with a practical discussion of the growing cyber insurance marketplace.

    Moderator:
    Bart W. Huffman, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Nicholas Economidis, Beazley USA Services, Inc. - Houston, TX
    Molly McGinnis Stine, Locke Lord LLP - Chicago, IL

  • 2:50 pm
    0.50 hr
    Globalizing e-Commerce: Common Legal Challenges and Traps
    Explore legal issues that arise in connection with global e-commerce including legal developments and traps for the unwary in the fields of data protection, use of data analytics, international tax and use of mobile platforms.

    James M. Vickery, DLA Piper LLP US - Austin, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Digital Money
    A primer on the legal and technological architecture of established and emerging electronic payments networks, from MasterCard to Bitcoin.

    Moderator:
    Christopher T. Brown, Attorney at Law, PLLC - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Elsa S. Broeker, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Austin and Houston, TX
    Daniel C. Wood, Texas Department of Banking - Austin, TX

  • 4:15 pm
    1.00 hr
    M&A in the Technology Sector
    The top ten things you need to know when selling a technology-focused business or patent portfolio.

    Moderator:
    Richard E. Climan, Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP - Redwood City, CA
    Panelists:
    Jennifer Muller, Houlihan Lokey - San Francisco, CA
    Eric M. Reifschneider, QUALCOMM Incorporated - San Diego, CA

  • 5:15 pm
    Adjourn

  • Reception
    Thank You to Our Sponsors

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, May 23, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    W. Reid Wittliff, Wittliff | Cutter PLLC - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Legal Ethics in Negotiation of Risk Allocation Provisions
    When does zealously advocating for your client become impermissible misrepresentation? What is the balance between the duty of candor in dealing with opposing counsel and maintaining a client’s confidences? Explore the role of professional responsibility and legal ethics in negotiating risk allocation provisions such as warranties and indemnities in transactions involving intellectual property, including open source software.

    Moderator:
    Minh-Hien Nguyen, Dell - Round Rock, TX
    Panelists:
    Randall E. Colson, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Devika Kornbacher, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
    Kim Marie Vo, Advanced Micro Devices, Inc. - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Copyright Developments: Current Issues and Case Law Update
    A review of recent copyright developments, current issues and the latest case law.

    David G. Swenson, Baylor University School of Law - Waco, TX

  • 10:15 am
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Evolving Intersection of Technology and HIPAA
    Technologies will continue to evolve in the next few years—including medical mobile devices, patient portals, voice-activated smart phones and Google glasses—giving healthcare providers and patients immediate, real-time access to healthcare information. While these technologies create new opportunities, they also present greater risks to the security of such information, potential regulatory penalties for breaches, and specific FDA licensing requirements. Healthcare providers and their IT vendors need to be aware of the state and federal compliance requirements to avoid penalties and protect their businesses.

    Deborah C. Hiser, Husch Blackwell LLP - Austin, TX

  • 10:45 am
    Break

  • 11:00 am
    0.50 hr
    Crowdfunding and General Solicitation: New SEC Rules to Promote Capital Raising
    The SEC recently adopted new rules to permit "crowdfunding" and use of "general solicitation" in unregistered securities offerings. This presentation focuses on how the new rules work and outlines the key implications for issuers and investors.

    J. Robert Suffoletta, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati - Austin, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Troll Litigation Update
    The President, Congress and several industry sectors have demanded reforms against abusive patent litigation. Much of the criticism for abusive patent litigation is focused on so-called trolls or non-practicing entities. The panel explores the status of initiatives taken to remedy perceived abuses in patent litigation, including proposed legislation, PTO and Federal rule changes, as well as expected and possible changes through court decisions.

    Moderator:
    William L. LaFuze, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Kevin J. Meek, Baker Botts - Austin, TX
    Van E. Lindberg, Rackspace Hosting - San Antonio, TX

  • 12:15 pm
    Pick Up Lunch
    Included in registration.

  • Friday Afternoon, May 23, 2014
    Presiding Officer:
    Bart W. Huffman, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Age of Context: Views of Privacy from the Future of Sensors, Wearable Computers and Big Data

    Robert Scoble, Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace US, Inc. - Half Moon Bay, CA

  • 1:20 pm
    Break

  • 1:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Technology Lawyer's Toolbox: Five Favorite Tools
    Having the right tool makes any job easier, but with so many tools out there, how do you pick the right one? Take a look at a few favorites and how you can use each one.

    Max Ciccarelli, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 2:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Technology in the Workplace: The Beginning of the End
    Explore the continuing rise of automation, mobile work, BYOD and virtualization in the workplace, as well as the nascent movement to bring data-driven analytical rigor to employment decision-making and the effect that "big data" HR practices are expected to have on employment-related legal claims.

    Jason Boulette, Boulette & Golden L.L.P. - Austin, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Ethics of Negotiation: Are You Smarter than a First-Year Associate?
    When it comes to ethics in negotiations, it's anything but anything-goes. Could a tiny white lie here and a teeny puffing there mean the difference between getting the deal done and getting disbarred? These questions and more are answered. Are you smarter than a first-year associate?

    Wilson Chu, K&L Gates LLP - Dallas, TX
    Barrett R. Howell, K&L Gates LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 3:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Gene W. Albert

Lexbe LC
Austin, TX

Jason Boulette

Boulette & Golden L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Elsa S. Broeker

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin and Houston, TX

Christopher T. Brown

Attorney at Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Austin, TX

Wilson Chu

K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, TX

Max Ciccarelli

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

Richard E. Climan

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Redwood City, CA

Randall E. Colson

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Nicholas Economidis

Beazley USA Services, Inc.
Houston, TX

J. Matteson Ellis

Special Counsel, Miller & Chevalier Chartered
Washington, DC

Alicia Morris Groos

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

David J. Healey

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Houston, TX

Deborah C. Hiser

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

David M. Hoffman

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Austin, TX

Barrett R. Howell

K&L Gates LLP
Dallas, TX

Bart W. Huffman

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Devika Kornbacher

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

William L. LaFuze

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Van E. Lindberg

Rackspace Hosting
San Antonio, TX

Eric J. Mayer

Susman Godfrey LLP
Houston, TX

Kevin J. Meek

Baker Botts
Austin, TX

Heather J. Meeker

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
East Palo Alto, CA

Jennifer Muller

Houlihan Lokey
San Francisco, CA

Minh-Hien Nguyen

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Eric M. Reifschneider

QUALCOMM Incorporated
San Diego, CA

Robert Scoble

Startup Liaison Officer, Rackspace US, Inc.
Half Moon Bay, CA

Molly McGinnis Stine

Locke Lord LLP
Chicago, IL

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Austin, TX

David G. Swenson

Baylor University School of Law
Waco, TX

James M. Vickery

DLA Piper LLP US
Austin, TX

Kim Marie Vo

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Austin, TX

Brian D. Wassom

Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP
Bloomfield Hills, MI

Keith E. Witek

Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.
Austin, TX

Daniel C. Wood

Texas Department of Banking
Austin, TX

Hon. Lee Yeakel

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
Austin, TX

Planning Committee

Bart W. Huffman—Co-Chair

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Robert L. King—Co-Chair

Silicon Laboratories
Austin, TX

Darryl J. Adams

Baker Botts
Austin, TX

Jeffrey B. Andrews

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Houston, TX

Walter Earl Bissex

Bissex & Watson, P.C.
Houston, TX

Steven R. Borgman

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Christopher T. Brown

Attorney at Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Albert Carrion

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Richard E. Climan

Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP
Redwood City, CA

Randall E. Colson

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Andrew J. Gajkowski

Bracewell & Giuliani LLP
Austin, TX

Christopher A. Garcia

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Joanna Jefferson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Peter D. Kennedy

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Jennifer Muller

Houlihan Lokey
San Francisco, CA

Mark L. Murdock

Attorney at Law
Austin, TX

Eric L. Natinsky

Quick Technologies Inc.
Austin, TX

Gregory J. Smith

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Stephen E. Stein

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Austin, TX

Michele B. Thompson

Law Office of Michele B. Thompson
Austin, TX

José C. Villarreal

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Austin, TX

W. Reid Wittliff

Wittliff | Cutter PLLC
Austin, TX

Credit Info

MCLE Credit
A Texas MCLE Reporting Form will be included in your course materials. Please complete and return to the registration desk and UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the State Bar of Texas, or you can self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Attendance will be provided at the conference to keep for your records.  
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  
UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to The Supreme Court of Ohio within 30 days after the conference. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records.
At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Certificate of Attendance at the conference to keep for your records. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the conference.
Note on Self-Reporting Your Credits in Another State
If you wish to satisfy MCLE or other professional education requirements in another state for a program offered by the University of Texas School of Law, please check with the state bar or other licensing authority in that state before taking the program to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live conferences are presumptively approved by The Texas State Board of Public Accountancy for Texas Accounting CPE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. Approved for general CPE credit only.

At the conference, you will need to sign in on the Accounting CPE Record of Attendance form at the registration desk. You will receive a Texas Accounting Certificate of Completion at the conference for your records. Self-report your CPE credit directly to TSBPA. UT Law CLE will maintain Attendance Records for four years.  

Contact Laura Tolin, ltolin@law.utexas.edu, if you have additional questions.

Key Dates

Austin – May 22-23, 2014 – Four Seasons Hotel
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Austin, TX 78701-4082
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Accommodations

$235 room rate good through April 20, 2014 (subject to availability).
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Please note: online reservations can only be accepted for conference related room nights May 21 - May 23, 2014. Please contact the Four Seasons Hotel Reservations Department directly at 512.685.8100 if you’d like to extend your stay.

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$12 Event Daily; $16 Valet Daily; $32.50 Overnight Self-Parking or Valet.

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