Overview

UT Law’s 30th 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:

  • A discussion of current technology policy and possible impacts under a Trump administration
  • Advanced licensing and service agreements—understanding key terms, practical negotiation and drafting strategies, and perspectives from the federal bench
  • Negotiating open source warranties and indemnities
  • GDPR Readiness in 2017
  • A look at the current cyber threat landscape and emerging issues for executive officers and board members
  • Innovative Approaches to Protecting IP in the Technology Sector
  • Programmable Money and the Future of Contracts
  • Key issues in technology M&A: the influence of activist shareholders, and navigating due diligence in technology transactions
  • Immigration Update: Trump-Era Policies and Impacts on the Technology Sector
  • A panel of U.S. District Court Judges discussing current issues in technology law and best practices as they occur in federal litigation
  • 3.00 hours of Ethics, including a presentation on Technology’s Disruption of the Legal Profession
  • Multiple opportunities for networking, including Thursday Evening Reception for all attendees

Event Schedule

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

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Thursday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    David J. Healey, Fish & Richardson P.C. - Houston, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Registration Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:20 am
    Welcoming Remarks

  • 8:30 am
    0.75 hr
    Negotiating in the Open: Open Source Warranties and Indemnities in Transactions
    Negotiating warranties and indemnities for open source software components of products can be a challenge. Should it be the same as for proprietary software, or different? Hear best practices to help you get your software deal done. 

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

  • 9:15 am
    0.75 hr
    License or Service? What You Have, What You Can Do and Asking the Right Questions to Figure It Out
    A technology contract’s structure and key terms depend on the nature of the offering and its distribution model. Walk through the questions you need to ask to produce a high quality technology contract with terms that match your company’s or your client’s model. 

    Catherine Bedell, Vapor IO, Inc. - Austin, TX
    Amanda Borichevsky, SolarWinds, Inc. - Austin, TX

  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    1.00 hr
    Advanced Licensing: Strategies for Negotiating and Drafting Licensing Contracts
    Drafting and negotiating technology licenses has always been tricky, but the rapid pace of technological disruption, the increasingly complex web of industry relationships, and developing bodies of law have come together to make it more challenging than ever. Review how licensing strategies should evolve to take these and related factors into account, with an emphasis on real-world drafting and negotiating examples.

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

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Technology and Intellectual Property Law Issues as Viewed From the Federal Bench
    Hear a discussion of technology, intellectual property, trade secret, and eDiscovery legal issues from the perspective of three United States federal district judges, including cases involving technology licensing agreements, trade secret misappropriation, and recent developments in eDiscovery law.

    Moderator:
    Jonathan Lass, Jackson Walker LLP - Austin, TX
    Hon. Robert L. Pitman, U.S. District Court, Western District of Texas - San Antonio, TX
    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

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

  • Thursday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Bart W. Huffman, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    The Cyber Threat Landscape
    When it always seems like the sky is falling in the cyber world, it’s hard to know what to actually worry about. Explore who the bad actors are, what they are after, and how the law fits in.

    Jamie Wallace, AT&T Chief Security Office - Austin, TX

  • 12:50 pm
    Break

  • 1:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Cyber Security Governance—Addressing Emerging Expectations
    Explore the threat landscape as pertinent to an executive officer and/or board of directors, including the questions that should be asked in light of what applicable regulating bodies are expecting. Discuss how legal and industry requirements and guidance may be used to promote a cultural shift towards data protection, which has become increasingly important both in the US and abroad.

    Moderator:
    Bart W. Huffman, Reed Smith LLP - Houston, TX
    Panelists:
    Seth Jaffe, LEO Cyber Security - Houston, TX
    Thomas Smedinghoff, Locke Lord LLP - Chicago, IL

  • 1:50 pm
    0.75 hr
    What Every IP Lawyer Should Know about Insurance
    From cyber liability coverage to policies covering intellectual property litigation, learn what’s available in the marketplace and the pitfalls to avoid.

    Leslie C. Thorne, Haynes and Boone, LLP - Austin, TX
    Dominic Keller, Willis Towers Watson - San Francisco, CA

  • 2:35 pm
    0.75 hr
    Innovative Approaches to Protecting IP in the Technology Sector
    Hear about recent developments in IP law that have led to some rethinking on how to best protect your IP.

    Steven R. Borgman, Vinson & Elkins LLP - Houston, TX
    Robert L. King, Silicon Labs - Austin, TX

  • 3:20 pm
    Break

  • 3:30 pm
    0.75 hr
    Allocating IP in Development and Collaboration Agreements
    There are many ways to allocate rights in IP between parties to a development or collaboration agreement. A few common approaches exist that provide good starting frameworks, but experience also suggests some common pitfalls to avoid. Explore various frameworks for IP allocation, cross licensing, prosecution and maintenance of patents on developed IP, enforcement of developed IP, joint ownership (and its perils), and rights of first refusal and negotiation.

    John P. Brockland, Hogan Lovells US LLP - San Francisco, CA

  • 4:15 pm
    0.75 hr
    Programmable Money and the Future of Contracts
    Innovations in virtual currency (such as Bitcoin) and distributed ledger technology (such as the Blockchain) are leading to a revolution in contracts, realizing the possibilities of money itself becoming programmable. Review the current developments and near-term outlook, notable legal issues, and the practice implications for technology lawyers.

    Christopher T. Brown, Attorney at Law, PLLC - Austin, TX

  • 5:00 pm
    Austin Only
    Adjourn to Reception

  • Time
    Credit
    Subject
    Speaker
  • Friday Morning
    Presiding Officer:
    Chad Ennis, Bracewell LLP - Austin, TX
  • 7:30 am
    Austin Only
    Conference Room Opens
    Includes continental breakfast.

  • 8:30 am
    1.00 hr
    How the Trump Administration Will Impact the Technology Industry
    From encryption, to copyright law, to data localization, to patent reform, what does a Republican Congress and a Republican President mean for technology policy? 

    Christopher Mohr, Software & Information Industry Association - Washington, DC

  • 9:30 am
    0.50 hr ethics
    Immigration Update: Trump-Era Policies and Impacts on the Technology Sector
    Explore legislative and executive activity affecting technology-related immigration in the first 100 days of President Trump’s administration, including proposed legislation targeting the H-1B program, the President’s executive orders affecting travel, and the administration’s review of immigration programs relevant to the technology sector.
    This session was originally scheduled on Friday, May 26 at 1:35 p.m.

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

  • 10:00 am
    Break

  • 10:15 am
    1.00 hr
    GDPR Readiness in 2017
    The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will significantly impact businesses around the world that digitally collect and process data on Europeans. One key change introduces significant fines for noncompliance of up to 4 percent of annual gross revenue. While the GDPR will not officially become law until mid-2018, companies should start preparing by conducting internal analyses of current data protection practices to identify potential gaps or compliance risks. Get an update on GDPR developments since it was announced in December 2015, and walk through the specific steps necessary for compliance by its effective date.
    This session was originally scheduled on Friday, May 26 at 9:30 a.m.

    Elizabeth C. Rogers, Greenberg Traurig, LLP - Austin, TX
    Sabina Jausovec Salinas, Walmart Stores, Inc. - Bentonville, AR
    Lisa E. Zolidis, Dell - Round Rock, TX

  • 11:15 am
    0.75 hr
    Forced Localization of Cloud Services: What are the Real Drivers?
    ‘Data Sovereignty’ is now a high-profile issue on both sides of the Atlantic and constraints on data location are a growing challenge for organizations that provide services internationally. Various justifications have been advanced but what are the real drivers for, and practical implications of, such rules?
    ​This session was originally scheduled on Friday, May 26 at 10:45 a.m.

    Professor Christopher Millard, Queen Mary University of London - London, United Kingdom

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

  • Friday Afternoon
    Presiding Officer:
    Bert A. Greene, Norton Rose Fulbright - Austin, TX
  • LUNCHEON PRESENTATION
  • 12:20 pm
    0.50 hr
    Social Media Risks in 2017
    Discuss new and frequent social media risks that impact legal professionals and their clients in 2017.  
    ​This session was originally scheduled on Friday, May 26 at 12:50 p.m.

    Ryan M. Garcia, Dell - Austin, TX

  • 12:50 pm
    Break

  • 1:05 pm
    1.00 hr ethics
    Technology’s Disruption of the Legal Profession
    Explore various technologies and emerging platforms that continue to influence the legal industry, including key considerations in implementing these technologies and related ethical concerns.
    ​This session was originally scheduled on Friday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m.

    Lance A. Jones, Jones & Spross PLLC - Austin, TX
    James M. McCormack, The Law Office of James M. McCormack - Austin, TX
    W. Reid Wittliff, Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC - Austin, TX

  • 2:05 pm
    1.00 hr
    Influence of Activist Shareholders on M&A and Corporate Governance
    Review the impact of activist shareholders on influencing M&A strategy, corporate governance practices, and the decision to go public. Explore these issues from the perspective of internal counsel, investor communications, and outside corporate and securities counsel. 

    Moderator:
    J. Robert Suffoletta, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C. - West Lake Hills, TX
    Panelists:
    John Christiansen, Sard Verbinnen & Co - San Francisco, CA
    Pascal W. Di Fronzo, Autodesk Inc - San Rafael, CA

  • 3:05 pm
    0.75 hr
    0.50 hr ethics
    Deal Breakers: Navigating Due Diligence in Technology Transactions
    Discuss ethical obligations impacting due diligence, “red flags” and other key diligence issues frequently encountered in technology transactions. Learn tips for tailoring due diligence to meet deal objectives and practical solutions for resolving and remediating issues discovered in diligence. And explore recent trends and best practices when conducting due diligence in technology transactions. 

    Moderator:
    Courtney S. York, Baker Botts L.L.P - Dallas, TX
    Panelists:
    John D. Holmes, Forcepoint LLC - Austin, TX
    Mark E. Mouritsen, Dell - Round Rock, TX
    Alan Schoenbaum, Austin, TX

  • 3:50 pm
    Adjourn

Conference Faculty

Catherine Bedell

Vapor IO, Inc.
Austin, TX

Steven R. Borgman

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Amanda Borichevsky

SolarWinds, Inc.
Austin, TX

Jason Boulette

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

John P. Brockland

Hogan Lovells US LLP
San Francisco, CA

Christopher T. Brown

Attorney at Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

John Christiansen

Sard Verbinnen & Co
San Francisco, CA

Pascal W. Di Fronzo

Autodesk Inc
San Rafael, CA

Ryan M. Garcia

Dell
Austin, TX

John D. Holmes

Forcepoint LLC
Austin, TX

Bart W. Huffman

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Seth Jaffe

LEO Cyber Security
Houston, TX

Lance A. Jones

Jones & Spross PLLC
Austin, TX

Dominic Keller

Willis Towers Watson
San Francisco, CA

Robert L. King

Silicon Labs
Austin, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

James M. McCormack

The Law Office of James M. McCormack
Austin, TX

Heather J. Meeker

O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Menlo Park, CA

Professor Christopher Millard

Queen Mary University of London
London, United Kingdom

Christopher Mohr

Software & Information Industry Association
Washington, DC

Mark E. Mouritsen

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Hon. Robert L. Pitman

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

Hon. Xavier Rodriguez

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

Elizabeth C. Rogers

Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Austin, TX

Sabina Jausovec Salinas

Walmart Stores, Inc.
Bentonville, AR

Alan Schoenbaum

Austin, TX

Thomas Smedinghoff

Locke Lord LLP
Chicago, IL

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
West Lake Hills, TX

Leslie C. Thorne

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Austin, TX

Jamie Wallace

AT&T Chief Security Office
Austin, TX

Keith E. Witek

Tesla Motors
Austin, TX

W. Reid Wittliff

Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC
Austin, TX

Hon. Lee Yeakel

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

Courtney S. York

Baker Botts L.L.P
Dallas, TX

Lisa E. Zolidis

Dell
Round Rock, TX

Planning Committee

Christopher A. Garcia—Co-Chair

Dell
Boston, MA

Bart W. Huffman—Co-Chair

Reed Smith LLP
Houston, TX

Jeffrey B. Andrews

Bracewell
Houston, TX

Walter Earl Bissex

Bissex & Watson, P.C.
Houston, TX

Steven R. Borgman

Vinson & Elkins LLP
Houston, TX

Jason Boulette

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

Allison L. Bowers

Hutcheson | Bowers LLLP
Austin, TX

Christopher T. Brown

Attorney at Law, PLLC
Austin, TX

Albert Carrion

Husch Blackwell LLP
Austin, TX

Edward A. Cavazos

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
Austin, TX

Richard E. Climan

Hogan Lovells US LLP
Menlo Park, CA

Randall E. Colson

Haynes and Boone, LLP
Dallas, TX

Sheryl A. Falk

Winston & Strawn LLP
Houston, TX

Bert A. Greene

Norton Rose Fulbright
Austin, TX

Bailey Kathleen Harris

Fish & Richardson P.C.
Houston, 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

William L. LaFuze

McKool Smith
Houston, TX

Jonathan Lass

Jackson Walker LLP
Austin, TX

Simon Lopez

Rackspace Hosting, Inc.
San Antonio, 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.
Dallas, TX

Stephen E. Stein

Thompson & Knight LLP
Dallas, TX

J. Robert Suffoletta

Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P.C.
West Lake Hills, TX

Michele B. Thompson

Law Office of Michele B. Thompson
Austin, TX

James M. Vickery

DLA Piper LLP US
Austin, TX

Keith E. Witek

Tesla Motors
Austin, TX

W. Reid Wittliff

Wittliff | Cutter | Austin, PLLC
Austin, TX

Lisa E. Zolidis

Dell
Round Rock, 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.  
As The University of Texas School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider (#1944), and the State Bar of California is a New York Approved Jurisdiction, our courses are approved for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour, and in accordance with the Program Rules and the Regulations and Guidelines of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. More information and details can be found at Section 6 of the Regulations and Guidelines.

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 New York State Bar Association. 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.
As The University of Texas School of Law is a State Bar of California approved MCLE provider (#1944), and the State Bar of California is a New York Approved Jurisdiction, our courses are approved for MCLE credit based on a 50-minute credit hour, and in accordance with the Program Rules and the Regulations and Guidelines of the New York State Continuing Legal Education Board. More information and details can be found at Section 6 of the Regulations and Guidelines.

New York MCLE credit is 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 New York MCLE credit, New York 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 credit directly to the New York State CLE Board.
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.
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 to ensure it will qualify for self-reporting your credits.

To claim Other States MCLE credit, Other States credit option must be selected PRIOR to viewing the live webcast. Upon claiming credit, a Certificate of Completion will be emailed to you.

This accreditation requires attendance verification. 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 .

MCLE credit is presented based on a 60-minute credit hour.
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.

Key Dates

Austin – May 25-26, 2017 – Four Seasons Hotel
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98 San Jacinto Boulevard
Austin, TX 78701-4082
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$265 room rate good through April 23, 2017 (subject to availability).

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

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