Law and Technology

Innovation Concatenation

Exploring the Cross Roads of Invention, Commercialization and the Rule of Law


Plano, Texas, USA

Past Event

MCLE Credit will be available

The Center for American and International Law
5201 Democracy Drive
Plano, Texas 75024

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The purpose of this program is to bring together leading voices in innovation and those who protect it. Included in the program will be inventors, entrepreneurs, financiers, business executives, lawyers, judges and policy makers who will discuss the economics of innovation and the proper role of the patent system, courts and rule of law which protect it.

The format of the program will be highly interactive. In addition to a facilitated breakout session, participants will be asked to anonymously vote on a variety of policy-related issues. Those votes will be tabulated and analyzed in the program’s final session.  Following the program, a report will be prepared summarizing the issues discussed and any conclusions reached.

The program will include the announcement of ILT’S 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award in Innovation, and the selection of the 2015 Inventor of the Year.

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  • Keynote address presented by Ret. Chief Judge Paul Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Announcement of the 2015 Life Achievement Award Winner & Inventor of the Year
  • Patent and Copyright Clause to US Constitution
  • Patent reform; a better system or just a different system?
  • Innovators, infringers and reform: Where should we strike the balance?
  • Piracy versus patents, which best serves America’s common good?
  • Exploring what’s yours, what’s mine and what belongs to us all.


  • $395 - Regular registration fee
  • $345 - ILT Advisory Board Member
  • $345 - ILT Supporting or Sustaining Member Employee

Conference Co-Chairs

  • Clyde Siebman, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, Sherman, Texas
  • Elisabeth Evert, Hitchcock Evert, Dallas, Texas
  • Phillip Philbin, Haynes & Boone, Dallas, Texas

Schedule and Faculty

Monday, June 29

1:15 pm

Welcome and Opening Remarks

  • Mike Marchand, President, The Center for American and International Law
  • Clyde Siebman, Chairman, Advisory Committee, Institute for Law & Technology

1:30 pm

The Role of the Patent System and Courts in Drawing the Boundaries of Public and Private Ownership of Intellectual Property. What’s Yours? What’s Mine? What’s Public Domain?

Yours, Mine & Ours: Navigating the shifting sands of patent-eligible subject matter

  • ModeratorDoug Cawley, Partner, McKool Smith
  • Scott Breedlove, Partner, Vinson & Elkins
  • Retired Chief Judge Leonard Davis, U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
  • Monica Magnusson, M.Sc., Director, Strategy & Portfolio Management, Region IPR & Licensing, Ericsson
  • Geoffrey Orsak, Texas Research Alliance, Former Dean, SMU School of Engineering

2:30 pm

Move to Breakout Sessions

2:40 pm

Breakout Sessions

  • Criticisms, Accolades and Suggestions: Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights in Judicial Proceedings. Is it Necessary to Advance the Cause of Innovation?
  • Audience divided into breakout groups of approximate equal size to continue interactive discussions relating to subject matter of panel one.

Breakout Session Leaders:

  • John Battaglia, Partner, Fisch Sigler
  • Elisabeth Evert, Founding Partner, Hitchcock Evert
  • Brett Govett, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Michael Pegues, Shareholder, Polsinelli
  • Jeremy Vickers, Vice-President, Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce & Co-Founder, Dallas Entrepreneur Center

4:00 pm

Afternoon Break

4:15 pm

An Epicenter of Innovation. From a Pro-Entrepreneurial Environment to the USPTO & Experienced Courts, the Elements of Innovation Are Where?

  • Geoffrey Orsak, Texas Research Alliance, Former Dean SMU School of Engineering
  • Bruce Sostek, Partner, Thompson & Knight
  • David Taylor, Assistant Professor of Law, SMU Dedman School of Law

5:15 pm


6:30 pm


7:30 pm

Presentation of the Inventor of the Year Award

7:45 pm

Keynote Address

  • Presented by Retired Chief Judge Paul Michel of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

8:15 pm

Announce 2015 Life Achievement Award Winner & Inventor of the Year

8:30 pm


Tuesday, June 30

7:30 am


8:30 am

Obtaining Patents Through the USPTO and Enforcing Them in Federal Court - Protecting the Innovation of Small & Medium Size Businesses

Bard & Commil and Teva & Alice: Will recent patent rulings spur innovation or suppress it?

The Perfect Storm: Guiding innovators through the maelstrom that is patent law in 2015

  • Co-ModeratorMarc Hubbard, Member, Hubbard Law PLLC
  • Co-ModeratorMichael Smith, Partner, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith, LLP
  • Leon Carter, Carter Scholer Arnett Hamada & Mockler
  • Andrew Spangler, Shareholder, Spangler Law, P.C.
  • Danny Williams, Founding Shareholder, Williams Morgan, PC

9:30 am

An Interdisciplinary Perspective on Innovation’s Impact on Economic Prosperity. From the Idea to the IP and the Law the Facilitates Them

  • ModeratorBruce Sostek, Partner, Thompson & Knight
  • Kevin Fillip, Esq., Vice President and General Counsel, STMicroelectronics, Inc.
  • Brett Govett, Partner, Norton Rose Fulbright
  • Jeremy Vickers, Vice-President, Innovation, Dallas Regional Chamber of Commerce & Co-Founder, Dallas Entrepreneur Center

10:30 am


10:45 am

Trial by Jury in Patent Cases? Who Should be the Fact Finder When Deciding Ownership of the Ideas of a Society?

  • Retired Senior Judge Royal Furgeson, Jr., ND Texas & Dean, UNT Dallas, College of Law
  • Marc Hubbard, Member, Hubbard Law PLLC
  • Judge Barbara Lynn, US District Judge, ND Texas
  • Ted Stevenson, Partner, McKool Smith

11:30 am

Circling the Wagons & Shooting to Center: Do the Irks Justify Dismantling the Patent System or Is the System Still Vital to Economic Prosperity?

A View to a Kill: With Congress setting its sights on abusive patent litigation, could the Eastern District also fi nd itself in the crosshairs?

  • ModeratorClyde Siebman, Partner, Siebman, Burg, Phillips & Smith
  • Allen Lineberry, Associate General Counsel, Siemens PLM Software
  • Retired Chief Judge Michel of the Federal Circuit
  • Monica Magnusson, M.Sc., VP, IPR & Licensing, Ericsson

12:30 pm

Working Lunch: Professional Responsibility at the Cross Roads of Business & Law.  Has the Profession Changed?

CLE Credit

This program is approved by the State Bar of Texas for a total of 8.75 hours, including 1.0 hour of ethics. Course ID Number: 901319993. Credit hours for other states will vary and are subject to each state’s approval and credit rounding rules.

For this conference, ILT will directly apply (if requested) for course accreditation in the following states: California, Minnesota, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Texas and Virginia. Some of these states may not approve a program for credit hours before the program occurs. Attorneys may be eligible to receive CLE credit through reciprocity or attorney self-submission in other states. IEL conferences are typically accredited by all mandatory CLE states.

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