So, you write code, invent stuff or create works of art.
And you need a refresher on patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and licensing.
Join us to learn how much they cost, how long they take to get, what they protect and how to make money from them! Attorneys and an executive will (try to) answer your most difficult questions and help you understand the role of intellectual property in your organization.
Random questions, success stories and nightmares are all welcome.
5:30p – 6:00p Networking / Light Snacks
6:00p – 6:10p Opening Remarks
6:10p – 8:00p Presentation and Q+A
Graciela Gomez Cowger is a shareholder with the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt specializing in intellectual property law. She helps individuals and companies protect brands and innovations.
Graciela prepares, files, and prosecutes trademarks worldwide. She also prepares, files, and prosecutes patents in the electronics, software and communications arts and drafts patent infringement analysis and opinion letters.
Working closely with inventors and companies, Graciela helps assess the value of trademark and patent portfolios, and crafts licensing and other strategies to maximize intellectual property investments.
Before becoming a lawyer, Graciela worked as a research and design engineer for a large electronics company developing cutting-edge printing systems. This experience allows her to work collaboratively with inventors to quickly identify the distinctions that make innovations patentable.
TJ Crane is an associate with the law firm of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt.
TJ helps private and non-profit technology and manufacturing companies make sound decisions on the governance, structure and commercial issues that drive their current and future revenue. His clients operate in heavily regulated sectors, including satellites, telecommunications and new media, government and defense, and technology.
Drawing on experience as both a government procurement officer and in-house counsel for a Fortune 50 technology company, TJ provides seasoned and thoughtful guidance.
Prior to joining Schwabe, TJ was Senior Counsel at Hewlett-Packard in Virginia, where he drafted and negotiated commercial contracts and transactional documents, including global outsourcing, professional services, licensing, software development and go-to-market agreements. TJ served for 10 years in the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) and the U.S. Air Force.
Martin Garthwaite is senior council with the law firm of Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt.
Martin identifies and protects patentable computer hardware, software, and physical devices. With significant experience as General Counsel for companies including eNom, the domain name registrar, he is an invaluable resource for clients regarding complex corporate and intellectual property issues.
Martin enjoys drafting license agreements and negotiating agreements to achieve mutually beneficial outcomes.
Heather Redman currently serves as VP Business Operations and General Counsel at Indix Corporation, a data analytics and machine learning company. She is also Managing Director of Flying Fish Partners, an early-stage venture firm based in Seattle.
Prior to her current roles, Heather was SVP at Summit Power Group and Executive and Senior Vice President at Atom Entertainment, Getty Images and PhotoDisc. She was also General Counsel of Getty Images, a publicly traded company. Heather’s career has had equal parts business and law, and has included COO positions, business development, mergers and acquisitions, venture and public company financing, heading product development and acquisition for Atom and multi-billion dollar wind power development and project financing for Summit.
In addition to serving on Beneficial State Bank’s board, Heather serves on the boards of the Greater Seattle Chamber (Chair Elect), the Washington Technology Industry Association (Vice Chair, Chair Governance Committee), Forterra and as a Fund Advisor to 9Mile Labs Fund. She serves on the executive committee of the Global EIR Coaltion, the governing advisory board of the Hawthorn Club, the Connector Board of NCWIT and as a mentor at Techstars. She has served on the boards of several privately held companies and many industry associations and non-profit companies as well as on numerous advisory boards.
Heather is an investor in TechStars, 9 Mile Labs, Founders’ Co-op, Pioneer Square Labs and Alliance of Angels as well as in several other funds outside of Seattle. She is very active in local and national policy.
Heather’s law degree is from Stanford and her BA is from Reed.
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