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Pending CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.

 Export to Your Calendar 5/3/2019
When: Friday, May 3, 2019
Check- in & Registration begin at 8:00
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Sprint Corporation (Sprint Campus)
6050 Sprint Parkway
Overland Park, Kansas  66251
United States
Contact: Nancy Burghart

Online registration is available until: 5/2/2019
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Pending CLE credit in Kansas and Missouri.

**More information as it becomes available**

2019 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute

Friday, May 3, 2019
Sprint Corporation, Overland Park

8:00 a.m.- Check-in & Registration

8:30 a.m.- All Things Infringement (100 minutes)
Tom Irving, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP., Washington DC
Dori Hines, Finnegan, HendersonFarabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP., Washington DC

10:10 a.m.- IP Attorney of the Year Award Presentation

10:15 a.m.- Break

10:25 a.m.- U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Molly Kocialski, 
Rocky Mountain US Patent Trade Office, Denver, CO

11:15 a.m.- IP and Blockchain/Cryptocurrency Technology
Professor Shontavia Johnson, Clemson University, Clemson, SC

12:05 a.m.- Lunch (provided)

1:00 p.m.- Digital Transformation and Copyright
Ned Locke,
Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA
It’s been said that every company will become a software company. This session led by a Microsoft attorney will explore some of the copyright issues that arise in today’s digital transformation context, with an emphasis on modern solutions such as cloud computing and machine learning. Use of proprietary and open source software, interfacing with systems pro-grammatically, use of data, and related topics will be covered with an eye to recent developments and cases.

1:50 p.m.- Design Topic
Andrew D. O'Brien, Shook Hardy & Bacon, Kansas City

2:40 p.m.- Break

2:50 p.m.-  Ethics
Rebecca Stroder, FireEye Inc., Kansas City

3:40 p.m.- Adjourned 

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  Registration Information
~~ Lunch is included in registration fee ~~
  • KBA Intellectual Property Section Member: $225
  • KBA Young Lawyers Section Member: $235
  • KBA Member Registration: $275
  • Non-member Registration: $380
  • Paralegal Registration: $205
  • Student: $25
  • Paper Materials (optional): $30

 Program Presenters:




Dori Hines, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC
Dori Hines, leader of the firm’s electrical and computer technology practice group, is a partner in the firm’s Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on patent litigation and has led teams in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and before arbitration panels. She also regularly represents clients in mediations; assists in licensing negotiations; and advises clients on strategic patent prosecution, monetization strategies for issued patents, and patent damages, including issues relating to standard essential patents and fair, reasonable, and non-discriminatory (FRAND) terms. Her experience spans a wide range of technologies, but has focused primarily in the electrical area on semiconductor, the Internet, electronics, smartphone, and telecommunications technologies. Ms. Hines has lectured extensively on a wide range of patent topics, including defensive litigation strategies particularly as they relate to non-practicing entities (NPEs), FRAND and injunction issues, claim construction, opinion drafting, and litigation strategy. She has taught several patent litigation workshops and courses and has served as an adjunct professor of patent law at Howard University School of Law.


Tom Irving, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, Washington, DC
Tom Irving has more than 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law. His practice includes America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, patent prosecution, and reissue and reexamination. He counsels clients on a wide range of mainly pharmaceutical matters, including pre-litigation, Orange Book listings of patents covering FDA-approved drugs, infringement issues, enforceability and validity analysis. A significant portion of Tom's current practice is focused on AIA post-grant proceedings, including how to enhance the strength of patents in the pharmaceutical space to protect against post-grant challenges. He has served as lead counsel in numerous patent interferences, reissues, and reexaminations; as counsel in numerous AIA post-grant proceedings; and as an expert witness in patent litigation. Tom directed the preparation of two highly complex IPRs for possible use in settling litigation. For more than 25 years, Tom has served as principal teacher of the Patent Resources Group (PRG) Chemical Patent Practice course, a comprehensive course on U.S. chemical patent law taught twice a year; he coauthors the multi-volume treatise used in the course. He originated PRG's Orange Book and Due Diligence courses, which help prepare patent owners, through effective application drafting and prosecution, to withstand the rigors of AIA's inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR). He presents analyses of U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit patent decisions for many state bar association groups and has spoken at numerous national trade and bar association meetings such as the Intellectual Property Owners Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), and American Bar Association. Tom has lectured at many law schools in both the United States and China, and at the Patent Office of the State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) of the People's Republic of China. He has participated in multiple Strafford Webinars on patent law topics, including several that deal with AIA post-grant proceedings. Over the years, Tom has been recognized by Intellectual Asset Management as a leading patent prosecutor in the D.C. area, and nationally for post-grant procedures. The Legal 500 U.S. recognized him for patent portfolio management and licensing. Tom was inducted into the LMG Life Sciences Hall of Fame and recognized as the Patent Strategy & Management Attorney of the Year—District of Columbia.

Molly Kocialski, U.S Patent and Trademark OfficeDenver, CO
As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders. Ms. Kocialski brings more than 20 years of intellectual property experience to the USPTO. Most recently, Ms. Kocialski was the Senior Patent Counsel for Oracle America, Inc, where she was responsible for managing an active patent prosecution docket and was also responsible for all of the post-grant procedures and patent investigations for Oracle and its subsidiaries. Prior to Oracle, she worked at Qwest Corporation and was also in private practice in both New York and Colorado focusing on intellectual property litigation for multiple high-tech companies while maintaining an active prosecution docket. Ms. Kocialski is a recognized IP leader in the Rocky Mountain region. Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee. Ms. Kocialski is the Vice President of the Colorado IP Inn of Court and was previously the Chair of the Planning Committee and a member of the Board of Directors of the Colorado IP Inn of Court. Further, Ms. Kocialski is a member of the Planning Committee for the Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute, an annual two-day conference on intellectual property that attracts over 500 attendees. She was the Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Colorado Bar Association and served on the Colorado Bar Association’s Board of Governors. Ms. Kocialski served as the head of the IP Committee and was a member of the Board of Directors for the Colorado Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and served on the National IP Committee of the Association of the Corporate Counsel. In 2015, Ms. Kocialski was recognized by ManagingIP magazine as one of its North America Corporate IP Stars. Ms. Kocialski is a graduate of the State University of New York at Buffalo School of Law and received a Bachelor of Science in Chemical Engineering from the University of New Mexico. Ms. Kocialski is a registered patent attorney and is admitted to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, the New York and Colorado state bars as well as to the United States Courts in those jurisdictions.


Ned Locke, Microsoft Corporation, Seattle, WA
Ned Locke is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft, where he supports enterprise cloud data services and analytics for the Microsoft Azure business. He previously supported Microsoft’s team of data scientists working with customers on digital transformation projects. Before Microsoft, Ned worked in the Silicon Valley office of Latham & Watkins and clerked at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. Prior to law school, Ned worked as a software engineer and designer for technology companies in the Bay Area. He received his A.B. in Computer Science and Certificate in Cognitive Studies from Princeton University, and his J.D. from Harvard Law School, where he served on the Harvard Law Review.



Rebecca Stroder, FireEye Inc., Kansas City
Rebecca Stroder is Vice President of Legal for FireEye, a leading information security and information response company. Prior to joining FireEye and its division Mandiant, Rebecca practiced with SNR Denton (now Dentons), where she specialized in copyright and technology matters, including large technology procurement transactions, software copyright and trade secret litigation, and open source licensing issues. Rebecca is Adjunct Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law, and serves as the immediate Past President of Kansas City Volunteer Lawyers and Accountants for the Arts, a non-profit dedicated to providing pro bono legal assistance to low-income artists and arts organizations in Kansas and Western Missouri.



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