KnowIt hosts intellectual property event digitally
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KnowIt hosts intellectual property event digitally

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KnowIt: Intellectual Property in a Digital World, which was due to take place on 11-13 May in Las Vegas, will be live-streamed instead due to the COVID-19 pandemic

The KnowIt event will be live-streamed for free on 11-13 May, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Listeners will be able to enjoy all the discussions and keynotes, as well as take part in polls, Q&As and prize giveaways. A versatile collection of panel sessions are on offer, some of which are detailed below.

The Allure of Trade Secrets

Trade secrets have many advantages – they are confidential, low cost, indefinite and immediately effective. However, the recent trade secret litigation between Waymo and Uber highlighted the fact that there are also pitfalls involved in this method of protection. Some of these include weak protection in comparison with patents, and the risk of employees relaying trade secrets when they move companies. The panel will discuss the evaluation processes companies need to undertake when deciding how to protect their IP.


Kim Jessum, Chief IP Counsel US, Associate General Counsel and Secretary, Heraeus Incorporated

Sheryl Falk, Partner and Co-Lead, Winston’s Global Privacy and Data Security Team, Winston & Strawn

Carl Kukkonen III, Partner, Jones Day

Serge Jorgensen, Founding Partner & CTO, Sylint

Assessing the Impact of the 2019 Revised Patent Subject Matter Eligibility Guidance

The new subject matter eligibility guidance was published on January 7 2019 in order to provide some lucidity around the application of Section 101. The guidance is generally considered a positive development, but more clarity on this issue is still necessary. This panel will consider several aspects of this guidance, including how courts have interpreted it, its impact and whether it fulfils its aim to create clearness and consistency.


Sherry Knowles, Principal, Knowles IP Strategies

Teresa Stanek Rea, Partner, Crowell & Moring

Valencia Martin Wallace, Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Quality, United States Patent and Trademark Office

Laura Sheridan, Senior Patent Counsel, Google

Cybersecurity in the World of IoT

One of the greatest difficulties raised by the Internet of Things is the protection of data. In a system which is all about creating connections and using these connections to send and gather information, data can easily be compromised. This panel will examine the necessary steps to protect the IoT from malicious attacks.


Matt Ahrens, Principal, Charles River Associates

Viola Trebicka, Partner, Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan

Jill Bronfman, Privacy Counsel, Common Sense Media

Serge Jorgensen, Founding Partner & CTO, Sylint

Data Security can Make (or Break) a Reputation

A company’s reputation can be destroyed by a data breach, which is why it is so important to implement measures to protect data. In this session, data security specialists will discuss a range of matters from the most basic policies to complex strategic cybersecurity stances businesses can take. The speakers will also detail roadmaps for maintaining data security practices for all kinds of entities.


Jason Rebholz, Principal, MOXFIVE

Jena Valdetero, Co-Chair Global Data Privacy and Security Team, Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner

Mark Bailey, Senior Assistant Attorney General II, Colorado Attorney General’s Office

Timothy Murphy, Deputy Attorney General, Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General

The Ethics of Algorithms

Algorithms are a crucial part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, but they raise some ethical concerns. The panel will explore this critical issue in depth.


Samir Mehta, Partner, Stinson

Loren Larsen, Chief Technology Officer, HireVue

Tulsee Doshi, Product Lead – ML Fairness, Google

Dominique Shelton Leipzig, Partner, Perkins Coie             

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