Saturday Morning, November 9, 2013

9:15 AM
  • CLE 501: Cross-Border IP Issues—ITC Litigation and IP Licensing Julia Lee AB
    To 10:30 AM
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    The U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) has become an increasingly popular venue for intellectual property (IP) infringement litigation, whether patent, trademark or copyright.  More and more U.S. companies seeking to halt importing infringers have turned to the ITC for relief against foreign, in many cases Asian companies. ITC litigation is particularly fast-paced and especially burdensome for foreign respondents, offering great benefits for U.S. patent holders while creating tremendous challenges for those who sit on the opposing side. While ITC litigations are increasingly used to prevent IP infringement by foreign entities, U.S. companies have also been seeking out-licensing opportunities, in particular to foreign partners in order to turn their IP into products and market and sell them worldwide. Asian companies are often targeted for manufacture and distribution.  These cross-border licensing transactions, however, involve a complex interplay of national and international laws and many pitfalls for the unwary. This panel plans to discuss the various issues in two of the most important tools of maximizing IP value internationally for U.S. companies:  ITC litigation and cross-border IP licensing.  These issues are equally worth considering to Asian companies who litigate or partner with U.S. companies.

    Program Chair:
    Fang Xie
    Partner, Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Moderator:
    Kakoli Caprihan
    Of Counsel, Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Panelists:
    Desiree Almendral
    Legal Counsel, Mozilla Corporation

    James Derry
    Associate General Counsel, Chief Intellectual Property Officer, Arbitron Inc.

    Herbert H. Finn
    Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig LLP

    Vaishali Udupa
    IP Litigation Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company

  • CLE 502: Who Wants to Be a Section 363 Millionaire? Mary Lou Williams AB
    To 10:30 AM
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    The current economic environment provides significant opportunities to acquire assets of distressed companies at potentially bargain prices through the bankruptcy process. These types of sales, commonly referred to as “363 sales,” are increasingly viewed as more efficient than a plan of reorganization and can present buyers with many benefits that are unattainable outside of bankruptcy.  Following the basic format of the TV game show “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?”,  this interactive presentation will select members of the audience to participate in a series of multiple-choice questions based on a hypothetical sale of assets under section 363 of the Bankruptcy Code.  Individual questions will focus on discrete issues in the broader 363 sale context, and will be tailored to address numerous issues of interest to non-bankruptcy lawyers.  Expert panelists will provide context and commentary on the issues and strategies that play into the correct answers.

    Program Chair:
    Bryce  A. Suzuki
    Partner, Bryan Cave LLP

    Moderator:
    John W. Kim
    Partner, Nossaman LLP

    Panelists:
    Daljit Doogal
    Partner, Foley & Lardner

    Teddy M. Kapur
    Attorney, Pachulski Stang Ziehl & Jones LLP

    Hon. Cynthia Norton, Bankruptcy Judge
    U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Missouri

  • CLE 503: From Geisha Girl to Dragon Lady to Your Honor—Asian American Women on the Bench Basie Ballroom A
    To 10:30 AM
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    This panel will both celebrate the recent rapid increase in the number of Asian American women on the bench and will discuss the unique challenges these women face. In recent years, we have seen the appointment of the first Vietnamese-American, Korean-American, Openly-Lesbian, and South Asian-American women to the bench.  It is an exciting time.  But stereotypes about Asian American women as soft spoken, physically diminutive, and indecisive still persist.  This panel will explore how several of these “first ever” women have managed the  transition from lawyers to judges, the strategies they use to manage their courtrooms, and tips they have for the next generation of Asian American women who aspire to judicial office.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Hon. Rupa S. Goswami
    Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles (CA)

    Panelists:
    Hon. Pamela K. Chen
    Federal Judge, Eastern District of New York

    Hon. Holly J. Fujie
    Superior Court Judge, Superior Court of Los Angeles (CA)

    Hon. Jacqueline Hong-Ngoc Nguyen
    Judge, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

  • CLE 504: Brand Protection in the Digital Age Bennie Moten AB
    To 10:30 AM
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    The technologies of our digital age, including social media and the internet, have made instant global communication a norm.  This unprecedented level of communication presents unique opportunities and challenges, often concurrently.  Businesses are able to reach markets and audiences never before tapped, and are simultaneously subject to threats not previously encountered.  Now, a single tweet can be heard around the world, and in extreme cases such as the AP Twitter Hack, literally bring economic markets to a halt.  Learn how some of the world’s most significant companies protect and enhance their brands in this new digital era using a sophisticated blend of copyrights, trademarks, patents, trade secrets, and public relations efforts.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Kamran Jivani
    Senior Associate, Alston & Bird LLP

    Panelists:
    Danica Acosta
    Associate General Counsel, ISD and Intellectual Property, Walmart Stores, Inc.

    Jerry C. Huang
    Vice President Legal Affairs, Vizio

    Eleanor Lacey
    Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, SurveyMonkey

    Yuri Mikulka
    Shareholder and Chair, Intellectual Property, Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

  • CLE 505: Financial Elder Abuse in the Asian American Community: Litigating Such Cases from Start to Finish Jay McShann B
    To 10:30 AM
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    According to a recent National Incidence Study, at least 14% of non-institutionalized seniors were the victim of some form of elder abuse in the past year. For every case reported, an estimated four to five cases went unreported. Of these cases, between 30-50% involved financial abuse. The result? Billions in annual damages, not to mention enormous pain, distress, and heartache for the victims of these crimes, especially in the Asian American community. As the aging population continues to grow, these figures are projected to explode. We all have a vested interest in combating this problem. After all, the victims of these crimes could be our grandparents, our parents, or even ourselves. This program will cover the basics of financial elder abuse, how elder abuse manifests in the Asian American community, and litigation strategies / best practices for combating this growing problem.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Jonathan H. Park, Associate, Holland & Knight LLP

    Panelists:
    Vivian Lee Thoreen, Partner, Holland & Knight LLP

  • CLE 506: Sexual Assault in the Military: What You Don’t Hear from the Media Jay McShann A
    To 10:30 AM
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    Sexual assault cases in the military have received much attention in the media recently.  The U.S. Congress is closely monitoring how the military is handling these cases and what they are doing to protect victims and prevent future sexual assault.  Articles have been written, and movies have been made about sexual assault in the military, but you do not hear much about what the military is doing to prosecute and prevent sexual assault.  This program presents a distinguished panel of military leaders and congressional appointees who are working to improve the military’s investigation, prosecution, and adjudication of sexual assault cases.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Lt. Col. Kay Wakatake, U.S. Army JAG Corps

    Moderator:
    Major Brian Song
    U.S. Army Reserves

    Panelists:
    Major General Thomas Ayres
    Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps

    Major General Steve Lepper
    Deputy Judge Advocate General, U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s Corps

    Sponsored by United States Army JAG Corps

  • CLE 507: The Art of Negotiation: A Learn-by-Doing Opportunity Basie Ballroom C
    To 10:30 AM
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    Have fun and learn-by-doing!  Meet a few new people and play in the art of negotiation.  We will break into groups, splash in the art, and walk away with a smile, new skills, new friends, and an excitement for more.  No more fidgeting in your seat listening to a boring speaker. This program is about you and making you a better negotiator.  To be a better athlete, singer, musician, artist, parent, spouse, or attorney you must engage in the activity, practice, make mistakes, and learn from your mistakes.  This program gives you and your fellow attendees a safe place to leap beyond your imagined limitations, fall, dust yourself off, leap again, and surprise yourself at how far you can really leap.  Laughter and learning guaranteed!

    Program Chair:
    Sidney K. Kanazawa, Partner, McGuireWoods LLP

    Facilitators:
    Audra Mori
    Partner, Perkins Coie LLP

    Stephanie Chin
    Vice President & Regional Chief Compliance Officer (Asia), Walmart Stores, Inc.

    Jin Hwang
    Assistant General Counsel, Verizon Enterprise Solutions

    Samuel S. Park
    Partner, Winston & Strawn LLP

    Masahiro Takeda
    Vice President, Sanwa Trading Company (Wine of Japan Import, Inc.)

    Helen K. Yu
    Director, Employee Relations-Arbitrations, American Airlines

    Sponsored by Winston & Strawn LLP

  • CLE 508: Women and Leadership Basie Ballroom B
    To 10:30 AM
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    The Sheryl Sandberg book Lean In re-ignited the debate about the reason for the continuing dearth of women in leadership positions in institutions, businesses, and elsewhere. Progress has been made but, not unlike the dearth of APA leaders in general, the pace of progress remains unsatisfactory. What are the causes of this, what do we do about it collectively and individually, and how do we move forward? How do you address your own inner voice and the day to day issues that come up as you strive for professional and personal success and satisfaction? Our panelists take a look at real life problems and apply their expertise to solving them.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Simone Wu
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Secretary and Chief Compliance Officer, Choice Hotels International

    Panelists:
    Anne Lee Benedict
    General Counsel, Summit Materials

    Don Liu
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, Xerox Corporation

10:45 AM
  • CLE 601: Is the New America Invents Act Helping Innovation or Stifling It? Bennie Moten AB
    To 12:00 PM
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    The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) represents the most significant change to the U.S. patent system in over half a century.  The AIA converted the U.S. patent system from a “first to invent” system to a “first inventor to file” system beginning March 16, 2013.  This distinguished panel provides a brief overview of the AIA, and how it has affected patent filing and prosecution, litigation, and licensing strategy and procedure.  After hearing from the Patent Office about new AIA initiatives and the expected effects on patent practice, we will learn from leading practitioners about patent filing and prosecution strategies to minimize prior art, strategies on litigating patents under the AIA including post grant review procedures, and strategies on drafting patent licenses to receive maximum value under the AIA.

    Program Chair:
    Christopher J. Chan
    Partner, Sutherland Asbill & Brennan LLP

    Moderator:
    Phong D. Nguyen
    Partner, Baker & Hostetler LLP

    Panelists:
    Peter Hsieh
    Vice President and General Counsel, Knowles Electronics, LLC

    Chun-Liang Kuo
    Senior Patent Counsel, Hewlett-Packard Company

    Michelle K. Lee
    Director, Silicon Valley Office, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    Andrew Tsai
    Counsel, Intellectual Property, Mars, Incorporated

  • CLE 602: Compliance and Ethics as a TV Game Show: Is It Right, Is It Wrong, or Is It Within the Letter of the Law? Jay McShann A
    To 12:00 PM
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    News reports about questionable ethical behavior are published on a daily basis. That behavior often resembles contestants on television game shows: seeking the best grand bargain; being  given the correct answer and looking for the right question; and debating if they can handle the truth. This interactive panel discussion will explore how APA lawyers can maintain appropriate standard to make decisions that are clearly right versus wrong rather than just within the letter of the law. These issues touch on compliance, risk management, and good corporate governance. This panel will parse several real life ethical scenarios and suggest appropriate courses of action with the hopes of giving attendees second thoughts the next time they face a “what do I do?” moment.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Mukesh Advani, Owner, Law Offices of Mukesh Advani

    Panelists:
    John Bace
    Guest Lecturer, John Marshall Law School

    Suchitra Narayen
    Associate General Counsel, Oracle

    Joseph E. Schmitz
    CEO, Joseph E. Schmitz, PLLC

  • CLE 603: When the Jury Does Not Look Like You-Is Being an Asian Litigator an Advantage or Disadvantage? Julia Lee AB
    To 12:00 PM
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    Asian-Americans make up only 4.8% of the U.S. population. Therefore, when trying a case, it is highly likely that you will be before a jury with no one of Asian-American descent. Biases about Asian-American litigators abound from within and without the Asian community. Can you turn this into an advantage? Are positive stereotypes of Asian-Americans so prevalent that this could be part of a winning formula, or are the biases negative which could ultimately hurt your client? Do the cultural experiences of Asian-American litigators (and the biases associated with Asian American litigators) give them an edge over their non-Asian-American counterparts and, if so, why should they use those assets for the benefit of their clients and our overall society? Or, is being Asian a disadvantage with such strong negative stereotypes that you should consider “playing down” your Asian characteristics? Do you have ethical obligation to discuss these potential issues with your client? Hear answers to these questions and more from the perspective of a judge, a corporate client, and trial counsel.

    Program Co-Chair & Moderator:
    Robert F. Tom
    Shareholder, Baker Donelson Bearman Caldwell & Berkowitz

    Program Co-Chair & Panelist:
    Franz Hardy
    Partner, Gordon & Rees LLP

    Panelists:
    Hon. Simeon Acoba
    Associate Justice, Supreme Court of Hawaii

    Sharon Hwang
    Shareholder, McAndrews Held & Malloy LTD

    Lusanna Ro
    Regional Counsel, URS Corporation

    Hon. John M. Tran, Judge
    Circuit Court of Fairfax County (VA)

  • CLE 604: Marijuana Law: Politics, Policy, and Practice Mary Lou Williams AB
    To 12:00 PM
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    Details Coming Soon...
  • CLE 605: The Impact of Social Media On the Workplace: What Are Your Employees Doing on Facebook? Jay McShann B
    To 12:00 PM
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    As the use of social media has become ubiquitous throughout society, it is not surprising its use has become an issue in the workplace.  Whether it is through the hiring process, employee discipline or even termination, the use of the information taken from social media sources has both employment and traditional labor implications.  Our panel of distinguished speakers will discuss the impact of social media on companies and employees from a variety of perspectives including the National Labor Relations Board, in-house and outside counsel.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Eugene Ryu
    Shareholder, Littler Mendelson

    Panelists:
    Kevin Chung
    Director, Corporate Compliance; Employment Law, Sony Computer Entertainment America, LLC

    Mark S. Kittaka
    Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

    Peter Sung Ohr
    Regional Director – Chicago Office, National Labor Relations Board

    Sponsored by Littler Mendelson PC

  • CLE 606: The General Counsel Roundtable: Thoughts from Fortune 500 GCs Basie Ballroom B
    To 12:00 PM
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    Companies rely on their general counsels to navigate their businesses through complex legal environments, resolve high-stakes matters, and guide the senior leadership team and the board on critical issues. A panel of Fortune 500 General Counsels will share their thoughts on the challenges they face today, discuss emerging trends in the legal practice, and provide insight into the topics of concern they see on the horizon.

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Christian S. Na
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Xylem Inc.

    Panelists:
    Ivan K. Fong
    Senior Vice President, Legal Affairs and General Counsel, 3M Company

    Sandra Leung
    General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Bristol-Myers Squibb Company

    Lawrence Tu
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Dell Inc.

    Charles Wunsch
    Senior Vice President, General Counsel, Corporate Secretary, and Chief Ethics Officer, Sprint

  • CLE 607: Business Development—Growing Your Practice by Getting and Keeping Clients Basie Ballroom A
    To 12:00 PM
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    You have invested years of hard work in your practice, are an excellent attorney, and are up for partnership at your firm – now it’s time to grow an independent practice.  Or perhaps you’re a new attorney looking to go it on your own – or build your network within your firm.  Do you know where you’ll find new clients and new work?   When you find opportunities to help clients, how will you keep them and build the relationship?  And how do you do all this without selling your soul or feeling like an “ambulance chaser”?  This program will address these concerns and more.  Hear practical tips and solutions from successful rainmakers and get advice from in-house counsel on how they want to be “pitched.”

    Program Chair & Moderator:
    Marty B. Lorenzo
    Member, Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky and Popeo PC

    Panelists:
    Joseph J. Centeno
    Partner, Obermayer Rebmann Maxwell & Hippel LLP

    Rudy Figueroa
    Vice President, Administration, HR & Legal, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary, Mistui Rail Capital, LLC

    Edward M. Shin
    Associate General Counsel, JLG Industries Inc., an Oshkosh Corp. Company

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