13th Annual IP Symposium: Ahead of the Curve

Practicing Law in a Dynamic Field



Many of the nation’s leading law firms generously support the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.  We would like to thank our 2012-2013 sponsors:


McKool Smith


Fish & Richardson
Fulbright & Jaworski


Baker Botts
Jones Day
Pirkey Barber

Please contact our Symposium Chair if you would like to become a sponsor.



9:00 AM
Matt Tanner
Texas Intellectual Property Law
Journal: Editor-in-Chief

9:15 AM
The Coase Theorem: Patent Property Rights—Implications of the High Transaction Costs
Ranjeev Singh
Intellectual Ventures

Ranjeev Singh, JD, MSEE, is a graduate of the S.D.S. Institute of Technology & Science at Indore, the University of Maryland at College Park, and the University of Texas School of Law. As a Senior Licensing Attorney at Intellectual Ventures (IV), Ranjeev primarily focuses on monetizing patent assets and collaborating with the investment and strategy teams to create effective divestiture and licensing strategies. Prior to IV, at Freescale Semiconductor, Ranjeev drafted and prosecuted patent applications relating to various semiconductor and memory technologies, resulting in over 100 U.S. patents. In addition, Ranjeev represented Freescale in patent litigations and settlement negotiations with patent assertion entitites to obtain favorable outcomes for Freescale. Ranjeev started his legal career in 1999 at the Washington, D.C. headquarters of Finnegan Henderson, where he advised some of the largest companies in the world on patent related matters.

9:45 AM
Gunn v. Minton: Terrorizing Patent Practitioners with “Arising Under” Jurisdiction in Patent Malpractice Cases
Mike Sellers
Bracewell & Giuliani LLP

Mike Sellers is an associate in Bracewell & Giuliani’s technology practice. His practice focus is on patent prosecution, client counseling, and intellectual property-related litigation. Mike’s experience includes patent prosecution of chemical, petroleum, mechanical and electrical technologies; advising clients and educating employees on various legal and business matters; drafting licenses and business transaction agreements; and negotiations. Mike has held several positions during his legal career, including as an in-house intellectual property attorney with a global chemical company. Prior to his legal career, Mike held consulting and engineering positions for several years with companies including Aspen Technology Inc. and Union Carbide Corporation.

10:30 AM

10:45 AM
Inter Partes Review – A Report from the Frontier
Cabrach Connor
Reed & Scardino LLP

Cabrach Connor is a Partner in the Austin office of Reed & Scardino. He has extensive experience in intellectual property litigation and focuses his practice on the intersection of law and technology. He has represented patentees in trial court and arbitration across a range of technologies including wireless telecommunication, medical devices, network monitoring and security software, database software, microprocessor architecture and power management, and fraud detection systems used by banks. Currently, Cab is representing the patent owner before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board in the first inter partes review filed under the AIA. Before earning his law degree magna cum laude from the University of Houston in 2002, where he served as the Internet Publishing Editor on the Houston Law Review, Mr. Connor worked as a drilling engineer for Marathon Oil Company. Cab holds a B.S. magna cum laude in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Houston Cullen College of Engineering.

11:15 AM
Panel: Portfolio Development after the AIA
Tamsen Barrett
Fulbright & Jaworski LLP
W. Keith Robinson
Assistant Professor of Law
Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Anuj Dharia
Patent Counsel, Dell Inc.
Moderated by Professor John M. Golden
Loomer Family Professor of Law
The University of Texas School of Law

Tamsen Barrett has been an associate at Fulbright & Jaworksi L.L.P.’s Austin office since 2007. She focuses her practice on intellectual property matters, including both domestic and foreign patent prosecution. Tamsen’s experience includes patent counseling and patent prosecution, with an emphasis in biotechnology related matters. Prior to joining the firm, Tamsen worked as a registered contract patent agent and served as an intern for the District Court of the Honorable Judge Joy Flowers Conti.

W. Keith Robinson is an Assistant Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University. Prior to practicing law, Professor Robinson was a technology consultant Ernst & Young LLP and Cap Gemini Ernst & Young LLC. Before joining SMU, Professor Robinson was an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School. Professor Robinson teaches and writes in the areas of property, intellectual property, patent law and law and technology. His current research focuses on analyzing the challenges small firms face in obtaining patent rights via the current U.S. patent system. Professor Robinson is a graduate of Duke University Law School. He holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering.

Anuj Dharia works as patent counsel at Dell. He previously worked as an associate at Fulbright & Jaworski, and served as a law clerk to the Honorable Lee Yeakel. Before law school, Anuj worked as an engineer at National Instruments and Texas Instruments. He attended The University of Texas School of Law, where he was a member of the Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal.

John Golden teaches patent law, administrative law, and contract law at The University of Texas School of Law. He previously worked in the intellectual property department of Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP in Boston. Prior to law school, he completed a Ph.D. in physics. After law school, he clerked for the Honorable Michael Boudin of the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and for the Honorable Stephen Breyer of the United States Supreme Court.

12:00 PM

1:00 PM
When Zombies Attack: Multi-Defendant Litigation is undead after the AIA. Load your shotgun!
Benjamin C. Elacqua
Betty H. Chen
Fish & Richardson P.C.

Benjamin Elacqua is a Principal in the Houston office of Fish & Richardson. His practice emphasizes patent and intellectual property litigation, including representing clients in litigation involving a wide range of technologies across many industries, particularly in the fields of computer software, computer hardware, medical devices, and consumer products. Mr. Elacqua’s primary practice involves managing complex patent litigations and providing strategic analysis to his clients. Following law school, Mr. Elacqua was a Law Clerk for Judge Ron Clark of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas.

Betty Chen is an Associate in the Silicon Valley and Austin offices of Fish & Richardson. Her practice focuses on intellectual property litigation and complex commercial litigation. She has experience with technologies in the fields of electrical and computer engineering. Ms. Chen has represented clients in multiple state and federal courts in disputes and allegations concerning business fraud, contracts and employment. Ms. Chen also has experience in high stakes patent litigation before the International Trade Commission. Previously, Ms. Chen was a law clerk to the Honorable Ron Clark, United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas and a judicial intern for the Honorable William Wayne Justice, United States District Court for the Western District of Texas. Prior to entering private practice, Ms. Chen worked in the legal department at Devon Energy.

1:45 PM
Induced Infringement and the Defendant’s State of Mind
Steve Malin
Sidley Austin LLP

Steve Malin, Counsel at Sidley Austin LLP, is a seasoned litigator in the area of patents and other intellectual property rights, with successful first chair jury trials in 2008 and 2009. Mr. Malin’s most recent victory included a finding of noninfringement in 2011 on behalf of an offshore semiconductor manufacturer before the International Trade Commission. Mr. Malin has been named the Best Lawyers’ 2013 Dallas Patent “Lawyer of the Year,” a title awarded to only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area. Mr. Malin’s patent experience encompasses all phases of litigation and many diverse technologies, from semiconductor fabrication and packaging to process flows, from computer systems and software applications to plastic bottling designs. He received his J.D. from Southern Methodist University, graduating cum laude and as a member of Order of the Coif. He received his L.L.M. from the University of Houston Law Center, specializing in Intellectual Property and Information Law.

2:15 PM

2:30 PM
Inequitable Conduct after Therasense
Darryl Adams
Baker Botts LLP

Darryl Adams is a partner in Baker Botts’ Austin Office. Darryl’s practice focuses on patent litigation with a particular emphasis on electronics and software. Darryl has a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and graduated from George Washington Law School with Highest Honors, was a member of the Law Review and Order of the Coif. After law school, Darryl clerked for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall in the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He is a frequent speaker on patent law issues, a member of the Editorial Board of the ALM Patent Law Strategist, and a recurring visiting professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Notre Dame Law School.

3:00 PM
Recent Developments in Trade Secret Law
Daniel T. O’Brien
Jones Day

Dan O’Brien is an Associate at the Dallas office of Jones Day. Mr. O’Brien advises clients on intellectual property litigation matters, with a particular focus on patent litigation in federal courts in Texas and across the country. He has broad experience in a wide range of industries, including automotive, telematics, computer hardware and software, oil and gas exploration, biomedical imaging, and casino gaming machines. Mr. O’Brien received his B.S. in Electrical Engineering and J.D. from the University of Illinois, and served as an editor of The Journal of Law, Technology, and Policy.

3:30 PM
Move over .COM: The new domain name rollout and what it means for trademark owners
Tyson Smith
Pirkey Barber PLLC

Tyson Smith is an associate at Pirkey Barber PLLC, where he specializes in trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law. Tyson has experience advising clients regarding domain name and Internet issues, including cybersquatting, domain name disputes, and brand protection challenges involving social media platforms and smart phone applications. His trademark practice includes litigation, policing, and assisting clients in the selection, clearance, and registration of trademarks. Tyson frequently represents clients in federal courts, in trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and before dispute resolution service providers such as the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) in domain name disputes. Tyson earned his J.D. with honors from The University of Texas School of Law, where he served on the Texas International Law Journal and was a member of the Intellectual Property Law Society.

4:00 PM
Concluding Remarks
Thomas Schiano
Jesse Adland
Meredith Elkins
Texas Intellectual Property Law Journal
Symposium Editors