Intellectual Property Challenges in the Era of Internet of Things

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015 at 6:30 PM

TI Auditorium


6:30 - 7:00 PM Networking & Refreshments
7:00 - 8:00 PM Talks
8:00 - 8:30 PM Panel Session
8:30 - 8:45 PM Speaker Appreciation & Adjournment

Chair: MP Divakar
Organizer: Vishal Sharma

Session Abstract:Internet of Things (IoT) is the most widely used term to date to describe a concept where a network of everyday physical objects are accessed through the internet enabling connected intelligence in a smart world. A number of other terms including the Cloud of Things (CoT), Industrial Internet (IIoT), Internet of Everything (IoE), Web of Things (WoT), Machine to Machine (M2M), Smarter Planet, and Digital Life are also used to describe IoT.

Along with steep increases in deployment of IoT in various verticals, the legal, regulatory and intellectual property (IP) challenges in a hyper-connected world are only now coming to the fore, receiving the much needed attention for resolution. As a consequence of the ubiquitous connectivity brought on by IoT, the nuances thereof are placing demands on product developers, communications service providers, IP advocates, applications developers and end users to find synergistic approaches to solutions that ensure continuity and progress through enhanced value proposition. Primary drivers concerning IP in the context of IoT are security, ownership, integrity and privacy of data, government regulations and compliance, standardization that ensures interoperability and many others.

After providing an overview of the current patent landscape in the area of IoT, the speakers will address some of the IP-related challenges that will shed some light on strategy that product and application developers working on IoT solutions should adopt. The speakers will address what types of businesses will benefit from the right IP strategy that will allow the businesses to gain the most from opportunities afforded by IoT. They will also discuss the impact of changes in patent law on IoT that lets some solution providers to leverage their IP, some others to leverage their patent-less strategy and others that nurture the open source ecosystem to make the most from a collaborative effort.

Speaker: Jeffrey A. Miller

Bio: Jeffrey A. Miller is a patent attorney who handles all aspects of patent litigation, strategic patent counseling, licensing, and both foreign and domestic patent prosecution. Mr. Miller has extensive experience in many different technological areas, including integrated circuit design, packaging and fabrication, biometrics, telecom and wireless, electronic design automation, and Internet. In addition, Mr. Miller has negotiated hundreds of millions of dollars in strategic transactions including the licensing and acquisition of worldwide patent portfolios. He assists clients with large M&A transactions by conducting due diligence studies, portfolio mining and extensive patent analysis.

Title: Patent Law in the Age of IoT: The Landscape Has Shifted. Are You Prepared?

Abstract: Jeff will discuss the major changes brought about by the America Invents Act of 2011 as well as significant court decisions that have significantly changed the patent protection and defense landscape. He will discuss how all these changes affect your IoT patent rights and the impact of other IoT patents on your business.

Speaker: Gwyn Firth Murray

Bio: Gwyn Firth Murray is founder and principal of the Matau Legal Group, which offers a broad range of commercial, licensing, and other legal services to both start-up and established companies in the high tech and biotech industries in the United States and internationally (see One of the early adopters in the legal community with respect to free and open source software issues, she also is co-founder of Open Bar, Inc., a not-for-profit organization focused on legal rights and responsibilities in the world of open source software.

Gwyn has spent over twenty years working as inside and outside counsel to computer hardware, computer software and pharmaceutical companies, including Apple Computer, SGI, and Alza Corporation. While at SGI, she served as the chief lawyer supporting SGIs Latin America and Canada businesses, where her responsibilities included setting up and equipping subsidiary offices, drafting and negotiating computer sales, service, and support agreements throughout the region, and managing all legal aspects of the regional offices businesses. Gwyn was the first lawyer to join VA Linux Systems, Inc. (now Geeknet) as internal counsel, and she served as Vice President, Legal Services for VA during its first year as a public company. After leaving VA, she went on to become Vice President and General Counsel of Kanisa Inc., a privately-held software company based in Cupertino, California, before undertaking her own law practice.

Gwyn is a graduate of Stanford University Law School, and also holds an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Stanford University. She obtained her B.A. magna cum laude and with distinction in economics from Yale College. Gwyn is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese.

Title: Open Source Licensing: What IoT Developers Need to Know:

Abstract: Gwyn will provide an introduction to open source licensing, including a discussion of the different types of free and open source licenses in common use. Her talk will have a particular focus on considerations in using open source software as embedded in devices, or IoT.

Speaker: Alicia L. Shah

Bio: Alicia L. Shah is the Director of Intellectual Property for Altera. Ms. Shahs group handles patent prosecution, intellectual property litigation, trademarks, copyrights, licensing and open source issues at Altera. Prior to her work at Altera, Ms. Shah was a partner in the intellectual property group at Kirkland & Ellis LLP, where she practiced patent litigation on behalf of many of the largest companies in Silicon Valley and across the US.

Title: Recent Section 101 Case law Applied to the Internet of Things

Abstract: Alicia will discuss the Supreme Courts recent case on the topic of what ideas are eligible for patent protection, Alice v. CLS Bank. She will discuss how Alice may apply to the network of inventions coming about as IoT technology develops.

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Title: Session Recording

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