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Posted: Tuesday, March 14, 2017 1:12 PM


Idea to IPO presents:

Get the Patent Protection VCs Crave & Cut Patent-Related Costs by 90%!

Tuesday, March 21, 6:30pm-9:00pm, Palo Alto


Venture capitalists love it when they know entrepreneurs are protecting a critical component of their company's value -- their intellectual property (IP). From patent prosecution to patent litigation defense, statistical analysis suggests that most startups are probably paying up to 10X more than necessary for potentially worse results.

At this event, the speakers will discuss how entrepreneurs can cut their patent-related expenses by 90 percent and get the patent protection that venture capitalists want to see in the startups they invest in.

Please come with your questions, concerns and scenarios.

About the Speakers

Bill Ahmann is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the Palo Alto Law Firm of Sheppard Mullin.

Bill focuses on intellectual property law in the fields of wireless networks, telecommunications, computers, software, semiconductors, electronics, security, business methods, and the Internet.

Bill has drafted, supervised, and/or prosecuted approximately 600 patent applications, and has filed and/or prosecuted dozens of reexaminations. He has been involved in multiple litigations matters and monetization efforts. He also has served as primary counsel in many licensing negotiations.

Steve Debenham is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Aerohive Networks Management and has been since December 2012. Prior to that, Steve served as Vice President, Corporate Development, General Counsel and Secretary at Silicor Materials Inc., a manufacturer of solar-grade silicon and aluminum products, from August 2010 to December 2012. From September 2009 to December 2012, he provided advisory services and legal counsel to several privately held companies. From September 2003 to September 2009, Steve served as Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at Asyst Technologies, Inc., a semiconductor equipment manufacturer.

Tuesday, March 21

Sheppard Mullin
379 Lytton Avenue
Palo Alto, CA, 94301

$17 plus Eventbrite fees, or $20 cash paid at the door.

Phone: 650-555-1212
Contact: Rob

About Idea to IPO:
Idea to IPO is a member organization whose mission is to promote entrepreneurship, support entrepreneurs, build community, and provide value in the Silicon Valley startup ecosystem. We have over 50,000 members among all our meetup groups in the Bay Area - entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and investors. We are the most active startup event organization in Silicon Valley -- bar none!

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