Overview

UT Law’s 29th Annual Technology Law Conference brings together 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 for the latest issues affecting the technology industry. This year's program features:
  • Advanced licensing—learn practical negotiation and drafting strategies, including key clauses in light of recent developments
  • Open source software licensing and developments in compliance initiatives
  • The Evolving U.S. and EU Privacy Framework, with insight from Dell and BP International
  • Ethical issues involved in the use and regulation of big data, as well as the intersection of data mining and political activities
  • Cybersecurity—recent legal and regulatory developments, tips for developing and testing incident response plans, and best practices for cyber risk management
  • Protecting Trademarks and Copyrights Online
  • A look at how technology is changing the employee-employer relationship—agreements for protecting yourself from the “moonlighting employee,” as well as the evolving difference between employees and “end-users” when Working for the App
  • Key Issues in Corporate Transactions, plus legal and business considerations for taking a company public
  • A panel of U.S. District Court Judges discuss current issues in technology law and best practices as they occur in federal litigation
  • Network with program faculty and attendees at the Thursday Evening Reception.

 

Event Schedule

Program is subject to change.
All times are Central Time Zone.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning, May 26, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Bart W. Huffman, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.50 hr
    Protecting Your Technology Post-Alice?
    The Alice case has reestablished Section 101 as a real test of patent validity and scope. How does this case change a company’s strategy toward patent acquisition and valuation? Do portfolios need to be reevaluated or reorganized? Do filing targets and budgets need to be reevaluated? 

    Kevin J. Meek, Baker Botts - Austin, TX

  • 9:00 am
    0.75 hr
    Open Source Software Licensing Compliance in the Age of Community and Containers
    A look at the latest developments in open source community compliance initiatives, as well as trends in technology that present new challenges for compliance initiatives.

    Heather J. Meeker, O'Melveny & Myers LLP - Menlo Park, CA

  • 9:45 am
    0.50 hr
    Understanding Dispute Resolution Options in Technology Agreements
    A discussion of key strategies for determining the best options for your technology agreement, including a look at the types of ADR in domestic and international disputes, treaty obligations applicable to litigation and ADR, and model ADR clauses.

    John R. Lane, Fish & Richardson P.C. - Houston, TX

  • 10:15 am
    Break

  • 10:30 am
    1.00 hr
    The Evolving U.S. and E.U. Privacy Framework
    Explore the E.U. and U.S. approaches to addressing the need to provide national security while maintaining privacy protections for individuals, examining international data transfer protections including the end of Safe Harbor and the creation of Privacy Shield.

    Laura Ewbank, Microsoft Corporation - Redmond, WA
    Gavin D. George, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
    Lisa E. Zolidis, Dell - Round Rock, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr ethics
    The Ethics of Using Big Data
    Traditional legal compliance just doesn’t cut it for governing big data processes. Data is re-purposed for uses beyond expectations. The Federal Trade Commission is concerned with hidden discrimination. Privacy regulators are concerned with secret outcomes. To be acceptable, the process needs to be legal, fair, and just—how can companies meet these expectations? 

    Martin Abrams, The Information Accountability Foundation - Plano, TX

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

  • Thursday Afternoon, May 26, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Gavin D. George, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Dallas, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Data Mining and Democracy: The Use of Technology and Data for Political Activities

    Marci Harris, POPVOX - San Francisco, CA

  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    eHealth: Where Are We Now?
    Explore recent trends arising from the intersection of technology and health care, including the use of telemedicine/telehealth, wearable health technology, mobile medical apps, and a review of current data sharing issues and how health data can be shared among payors, providers, and employers, and for what purposes.

    Jennifer L. Rangel, Locke Lord LLP - Austin, TX

  • 2:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Recent Developments in Cybersecurity Law and Policy
    An overview of recent developments in cybersecurity law and policy, including executive branch initiatives and regulatory efforts, with a focus on the recently-enacted Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act of 2015—the result of several years of debate about how Congress should address cybersecurity issues.

    Jonathan W. Gannon, AT&T Services, Inc. - Columbia, MD

  • 2:50 pm
    Break

  • 3:00 pm
    1.00 hr
    Development and Testing of Incident Response Plans
    Across industries, the threat of increasingly inevitable—and devastating—data breaches has increasingly become a Board of Directors concern. Learn critical best practices to consider adopting—and key pitfalls to avoid—in conducting proactive data breach response planning, including identifying critical vulnerabilities, assembling an effective incident response team, defining training exercises that will prepare the response team to mobilize when crises hit, and addressing legal and regulatory requirements and risks.

    Moderator:
    Christopher M. Koa, Dorsey & Whitney - Seattle, WA
    Panelists:
    Bill F. Odom, EY - Houston, TX
    R. Jason Straight, UnitedLex Corp. - New York, NY
    Luke Tenery, Kroll - Chicago, IL

  • 4:00 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Cyber Risk Management
    Survey the current cyber threat landscape and explore ways to manage the related risks. Gain a view from the front lines of recent attacks along with tips on how to mitigate the risks and manage a crisis should a company become a victim.

    Gerard M. Stegmaier, Goodwin Procter LLP - Washington, DC
    Robert Wallace, Mandiant - Dallas, TX

  • 4:45 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Technology Law from the Bench
    This panel discusses technology, eDiscovery, and information governance best practices as they occur in federal litigation specifically from the view of the bench. Topics include recent developments in eDiscovery law, including legal holds, cost-shifting, proportionality, privilege preservation, and sanctions; and judicial approaches to managing eDiscovery, including procedural issues, production disputes, noncooperation, noncompliance with court orders, production and privilege issues, proportionality, privilege waiver, and use of special discovery masters, with a focus on the December 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.

    Moderator:
    Jonathan Lass, Jackson Walker L.L.P. - Austin, TX
    Panelists:
    Hon. Xavier Rodriguez, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    Hon. Lee Yeakel, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - Austin, TX

  • 5:30 pm
    Adjourn


  • Austin Only
    NETWORKING RECEPTION (5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
    THANK YOU TO OUR SPONSORS

    Join us for drinks and hors d'oeuvres with program faculty and attendees.

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning, May 27, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Shelayne Clemmer, Solutionary - Omaha, NE
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

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

    Edward A. Cavazos, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Austin, TX
    Keith E. Witek, Tesla Motors - Austin, TX

  • 9:30 am
    1.00 hr
    Protecting Trademarks and Copyrights Online: Perspectives and Strategies from In-House and Outside Counsel
    For many companies and other IP owners, trademark and copyright issues involving domain names, websites, online marketplaces, and social media platforms continue to account for a significant amount of legal spend and effort, especially as infringements may occur across the globe and IP owners receive backlash in the media and on social networks. Trademark and copyright owners need to develop strategies to determine how and when to protect their IP. Examine recent legal developments in this area, and hear practical discussion and tips on these topics from both in-house and outside counsel perspectives.

    Alicia Morris Groos, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
    Sanjiv Sarwate, Dell - Round Rock, TX

  • 10:30 am
    Break

  • 10:45 am
    0.75 hr
    The Case of the Moonlighting Employee
    When your company's employee creates IP for the competitor, who owns it? Hear litigation options as well as state-of-the-art agreements for such a scenario and learn how employers can best protect themselves when they discover that their employee has been secretly competing while on the company payroll.

    Allison L. Bowers, Hutcheson | Bowers LLLP - Austin, TX
    Brenna Holmes Nava, Rackspace Hosting, Inc. - San Antonio, TX

  • 11:30 am
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    Working for the App
    Explore the effects of the sharing economy on the traditional employment model as companies use technology to connect providers and end-users in novel ways, and employees increasingly view themselves as individual entrepreneurs with their own business aspirations. Understand more about the scope and limitations of the employee–vs.–contractor classification system, the use of arbitration agreements as a response to judicial second-guessing, the scope of an employee’s fiduciary duty, the ownership of employee inventions, and some of the potential consequences associated with replacing the traditional employment model with individually-defined, market-driven, peer-to-peer business relationships.

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

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

  • Friday Afternoon, May 27, 2016
    Presiding Officer:
    Elizabeth C. Rogers, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:35 pm
    0.50 hr
    Algorithmic Liability: Robots, Drones, Trolleys, and More

    Bryant Walker Smith, University of South Carolina School of Law - Columbia, SC

  • 1:05 pm
    Break

  • 1:20 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.25 hr ethics
    The Social Media Economy
    Learn how IP assets, including patents, trade secrets, data, content, and media, are being bought, sold, licensed, and monetized (and best practices for doing so), reviewing relevant, current transactions.

    Adam A. Berry, Twitter, Inc. - San Francisco, CA
    Stephen E. Stein, Thompson & Knight LLP - Dallas, TX

  • 2:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    Taking a Company Public: Key Legal and Business Considerations
    Review the new initial public offering (IPO) playbook four years after the JOBS Act, with special attention to the confidential submission process, use of testing the waters communications, and the typical IPO timeline. Explore key issues regarding the decision whether to go public, trends in employee compensation for companies going public, and due diligence considerations involving IP matters.

    Rob Horton, MuleSoft - San Francisco, CA
    J. Robert Suffoletta, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. - Austin, TX

  • 2:50 pm
    1.00 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Key Issues in Corporate Transactions: Lessons Learned from Select Delaware Cases
    Discuss lessons learned from select Delaware cases of particular relevance to emerging companies, and explore strategies for satisfying fiduciary and contractual obligations to common and preferred stockholders with divergent interests, binding selling stockholders to indemnification and other obligations desired by the buyer in a sales process, balancing the fiduciary obligations of designated directors with the demands of the designating stockholder, preserving the target’s attorney–client privilege with respect to pre-closing communication, and insulating sellers from liability for extra-contractual statements made during the due diligence process.

    Moderator:
    Wilson Chu, McDermott Will & Emery - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    Margot Carter, Living Mountain Capital LLC - Dallas, TX
    Lisa R. Stark, K&L Gates LLP - Wilmington, DE

  • 3:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Martin Abrams

The Information Accountability Foundation
Plano, TX

Adam A. Berry

Twitter, Inc.
San Francisco, CA

Jason Boulette

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

Allison L. Bowers

Hutcheson | Bowers LLLP
Austin, TX

Margot Carter

Living Mountain Capital LLC
Dallas, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

Wilson Chu

McDermott Will & Emery
Dallas, TX

Laura Ewbank

Microsoft Corporation
Redmond, WA

Jonathan W. Gannon

AT&T Services, Inc.
Columbia, MD

Gavin D. George

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Alicia Morris Groos

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Marci Harris

POPVOX
San Francisco, CA

Rob Horton

MuleSoft
San Francisco, CA

Christopher M. Koa

Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle, WA

John R. Lane

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Houston, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Kevin J. Meek

Baker Botts
Austin, TX

Heather J. Meeker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Menlo Park, CA

Brenna Holmes Nava

Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Bill F. Odom

EY
Houston, TX

Jennifer L. Rangel

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas
San Antonio, TX

Sanjiv Sarwate

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Bryant Walker Smith

University of South Carolina School of Law
Columbia, SC

Lisa R. Stark

K&L Gates LLP
Wilmington, DE

Gerard M. Stegmaier

Goodwin Procter LLP
Washington, DC

Stephen E. Stein

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

R. Jason Straight

UnitedLex Corp.
New York, NY

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Austin, TX

Luke Tenery

Kroll
Chicago, IL

Robert Wallace

Mandiant
Dallas, TX

Keith E. Witek

Tesla Motors
Austin, TX

Hon. Lee Yeakel

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

Lisa E. Zolidis

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Planning Committee

Christopher T. Brown—Co-Chair

Attorney at Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Bart W. Huffman—Co-Chair

Locke Lord LLP
Austin, TX

Adrienne L. Baugh

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Walter Earl Bissex

Bissex & Watson, P.C.
Houston, TX

Jason Boulette

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

Allison L. Bowers

Hutcheson | Bowers LLLP
Austin, TX

Albert Carrion

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

Shelayne Clemmer

Solutionary
Omaha, NE

Randall E. Colson

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Andrew J. Gajkowski

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

Christopher A. Garcia

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Bert A. Greene

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

David J. Healey

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Houston, TX

Jordan J. Herman

Baker Botts
Austin, TX

Paul A. Huggins

Kastner Huggins Reddien Gravelle LLP
Austin, TX

Shannon Harpold Hutcheson

Hutcheson | Bowers LLLP
Austin, TX

Joanna Jefferson

The University of Texas School of Law
Austin, TX

Lance A. Jones

Jones & Spross PLLC
Austin, TX

Peter D. Kennedy

Graves, Dougherty, Hearon & Moody
Austin, TX

Alice L. King

Alice L. King, P.C.
San Antonio, TX

Robert L. King

Silicon Labs
Austin, TX

Christopher M. Koa

Dorsey & Whitney
Seattle, WA

William L. LaFuze

McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker L.L.P.
Austin, TX

Heather J. Meeker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Menlo Park, CA

Eric L. Natinsky

Quick Technologies Inc.
Austin, TX

Barry S. Newberger

Conley Rose, PC
Austin, TX

Elizabeth C. Rogers

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Austin, TX

Brandon N. Satterwhite

AT&T, Inc.
San Antonio, TX

Stephen E. Stein

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
Austin, TX

Michele B. Thompson

Law Office of Michele B. Thompson
Austin, TX

Keith E. Witek

Tesla Motors
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.  
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.
MCLE Credit
UT Law CLE will report credit to the State Bar of Texas on your behalf. If you are claiming credit in the last week of your birth month, self-report your credit directly to the State Bar of Texas at texasbar.com. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
Self-report your CLE credit directly to the State Bar of California at calbar.ca.gov. Print and keep the Certificate of Completion for your records. A Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you upon claiming credit.
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #169) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and are presumptively approved by the Oklahoma Bar Association for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour. This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Oklahoma MCLE credit, Oklahoma credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. UT Law CLE will report credit on your behalf to the Oklahoma Bar Association within 30 days after the webcast.
Other Credit
The University of Texas School of Law (Provider #250) live webcast presentations meet the requirements and 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.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. In compliance with the rules, UT Law CLE monitors and records attendee responses to questions that randomly appear during the live webcast presentation. The response record is detailed on the Certificate of Completion.

To claim Texas Accounting CPE credit, the Texas Accounting CPE credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you. Self-report your CPE credit directly to the Texas State Board of Public Accountancy.

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

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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
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Accommodations

$259 room rate good through April 24, 2016 (subject to availability). 

Parking Information

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

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