TechInsights Intellectual Property Symposium Unveils Inaugural Industry Panel Discussion Topics

Sessions will focus on open source and China's developing intellectual property system

Mar 28, 2008

TechInsights ( ) today announced the industry panel topics for its inaugural Intellectual Property Symposium ( ), a joint effort of EE Times, Semiconductor Insights and Portelligent, which is scheduled to take place April 15-16, 2008 at the San Jose Fairmont.

The Intellectual Property Symposium is the first and only event to bring together the foremost legal, business and government minds to discuss the importance and logistics of properly protecting, managing and leveraging intellectual property. Co-located with the Embedded Systems Conference ( ) and the EE Times ACE Awards, the Intellectual Property Symposium will address the information needs in the changing marketplace for patents and intellectual property in the electronics industry and will resonate with members of the engineering, business and legal communities. The Intellectual Property Symposium will offer three panel discussions on issues with open source and the developing intellectual property system in China.

  Open Source Panels
  IP Risks in Open Source Software
  -- This panel discussion will feature the different ways traditional and
     emerging companies are using open source software. The latest GPL
     Version 3 license is one of the major topics.
  -- Panelists: Joe Beyers, VP of Intellectual Property, Hewlett-Packard;
     Jim Markwith, Open Source Software Licensing Counsel, Microsoft
     Corporation; Jason Wacha, General Counsel, Monavista Software; Jim
     Zemlin, Executive Director, Linux Foundation
  -- Moderator: Rick Merritt, Editor at Large, EE Times

  Managing Third Party IP in Solatersoftware Development Life Cycle
  -- This session will describe how processes can be best integrated with
     the Software Development LifeCycle to effectively manage risks
     associated with using proprietary and open source software within
  -- Presented by: Mark Gisi, Sr. Intellectual Property Manager, Wind River

  China Developing IP
  -- This session will feature experts who have hands-on experience with
     China's developing intellectual property system. Topics will include:
     What's the outlook for China's patent office? What are China's IP goals
     and are they achieving them? What is the IP litigation situation in
  -- Panelists: Dick Thurston, General Counsel, TSMC, Taiwan; Russell
     Boltwood, VP, Licensing & Intellectual Property, UTStarcom, Inc.; Jun
     Gong, Partner, Jun He Law

The event features attendees from both the technology and patent industries with executive titles such as: Chairman, President and CEO, Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice-President/Director of Research and Development, Vice-President of Engineering, Vice-President and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Vice-President of Intellectual Property and General Patent Counsel, and Vice-President Licensing.

Attendees representing companies include: Altera Corp., Cisco Systems, Freescale Semiconductor, Honeywell, IBM, Intel Corp., Marvell Semiconductor, MIPS Technology, Qualcomm, Rambus, Seagate Technology, Verizon and more.

The Intellectual Property Symposium will be co-located with ESC Silicon Valley ( ), the largest electronic systems design event in North America.

To register for the 2008 Intellectual Property Symposium visit:

  Rick Merritt, Editor-at-Large, EE Times

"In preparation for this year's Intellectual Property Symposium, we met with industry experts and influencers to determine the most pressing IP issues companies are facing today. Protecting Intellectual Properties, especially in the Embedded Systems industry, is critical and companies need to understand the steps they must take in order to insure their unique ideas, products and service are protected. This year's symposium will address the current issues surrounding Intellectual Properties and with the help of industry experts, forecast the future of IP as well."

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