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Know Your Rights: A Legal Primer for Software Developers, Artists, and Content Creators

1:45 - 5:30 pm
Room 515 A
Level: Beginning

Theme: Professional Development and Education

What's the difference between a copyright and a trademark, between trade secrets and patents? What do these terms really mean? Having trouble keeping up with the various open-source and content licensing schemes? Want to distribute your creative work, but don't know how to prevent unauthorized use? Concerned about lawsuits based on your web site or user-created content? This class introduces the basic legal concepts you need to understand in order to license, distribute, and protect your content, and avoid making expensive mistakes that can ruin your business. In the question-and-answer period following the session, the presenters discuss attendees' legal questions.

None. No prior legal knowledge is required.

Gil Irizarry
Conoa, Inc.

Gregory P. Silberman
Kaye Scholer LLP

Neer Gupta
The Walt Disney Company

Edward Crouter
Faegre & Benson LLP

Jishnu Menon
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Instructor Information

Gil Irizarry
Gil Irizarry is the founder of Conoa, Inc., a graphics software development firm for film and video post-production. He is also a trained project manager with PMP and CSM certification and 20 years of experience. He is a graduate of Cornell University and has attended every SIGGRAPH conference since 1991.

Gregory P. Silberman
Gregory P. Silberman is a patent attorney and partner in the Technology, Intellectual Property & Outsourcing Group in Kaye Scholer's New York Office. His practice emphasizes representation of domestic and foreign clients in legal and business matters related to development and deployment of entertainment, software, technology, and services. He studied electrical engineering and computer science at the University of California, Berkeley and was formerly patent counsel at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is also a Certified Information Systems Security Professional and a member of the Board of Editors for the Privacy & Data Security Law Journal.

Neer Gupta
Neer Gupta is Executive Counsel for The Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California. His practice spans the breadth of the company's operations, and he is involved in patent protection, management, licensing, and dispute resolution for all of Disney's major businesses, including theme parks and resorts, studios, media networks, and consumer products. Prior to joining Disney, he was Senior Patent Counsel at ThinkFire Services, USA, an intellectual property consulting company based in New Jersey. He is a graduate of the New York University School of Law and Vanderbilt University School of Engineering, he has spoken at numerous conferences, and he is member of AIPLA and ACCA.

Edward Crouter
Ed Crouter's practice is focused on advising start-up, emerging. and large companies on a wide range of intellectual-property and technology-related commercial transaction matters, including commercialization and protection of intellectual property. By working with in-house counsel as well as key business and technical people and helping them define and prioritize their underlying business goals, he has been successful in maximizing clients' benefits while minimizing their costs and risks. Ed has extensive experience drafting, negotiating, and reviewing technology and intellectual-property agreements (both for licensors and licensees, as well as in joint development agreements, technology transfer, outsourcing, strategic alliances, and joint ventures). He regularly works hand-in-hand with business people in devising negotiation strategies and has served as the lead negotiator in complex technology and outsourcing agreements.

Jishnu Menon
Jishnu Menon is an attorney in the Technology Transactions Group in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati. His practice focuses on intellectual property, licensing, and commercial transactions, with specialized expertise in media and technology law, including open licensing. Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati works closely with Creative Commons, the Stanford Fair Use Project, and several leading organizations on open content issues.