Category Archives: Free Events

WIPLA June Cocktail and Networking Reception (6/9)

Join WIPLA at MacArthur Park Restaurant in Palo Alto from 5:30-7:30  p.m. this Thursday (6/9) for cocktails and friendly networking with your fellow female intellectual property litigators from the San Francisco Bay Area.

Register here.


Hot Topics in Blog, Social Network and Internet Law (6/8)

Join Ian C. Ballon, Author (E-Commerce and Internet Law: Treatise with Forms 2d Edition) and Internet and IP litigator (Greenberg Traurig LLP) and Santa Clara Law School Professor Eric Goldman for a free breakfast seminar on Hot Topics in Blog, Social Network and Internet Law, on Wednesday, June 8th at 8:30 a.m. at SCU’s Nobili Hall.

Learn about some of the hottest legal issues facing Silicon Valley Internet companies from the experts.

E-mail to RSVP.  Continental breakfast from 8:30-9:00 a.m.; presentation from 9:00-10:30 a.m.  More info here.

Constitutional Democracy Meets Same Sex Marriage (5/10)

Ever wondered “How Can One Judge Overturn the ‘Will of the People’“?  Join the Santa Clara University School of Law and the National Center for Lesbian Rights on Tuesday, May 10th, at the Billy DeFrank LGBT Community Center Grand Ballroom from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. for an informative presentation –  without the legalese – on “the marriage cases” and Proposition 8.  Refreshments and spirited discussion to follow.

More information here and register here.

Cocktails and Couture with the Queen’s Bench (4/28)

Ooh la la, join the Queen’s Bench for a fun, fashionable networking opportunity with free cocktails at the contemporary Heritage Row clothing boutique in the Marina District from 6:00-8:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 28th.  Does building your network get any more fabulous than this?

More info on the Queen’s Bench here.

Join WIPLA Tomorrow (4/5) for a Presentation on Business and Legal Aspects of Lending Against IP

The Women’s Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (WIPLA) is presenting Business and Legal Aspects of Lending Against Intellectual Property tomorrow, April 5th, at Sidley & Austin LLP in Palo Alto from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.  (Wine and hors d’oeuvres reception starting at 6:00 p.m.).

Speakers Include:   Kathy Conte (Hercules Technology Growth Capital);  Holly Dungan (Silicon Valley Bank);  Kevin O’Hare (Graystone Capital); Pamela J. Martinson (Sidley Austin LLP);  Lawrence E. Heiges (Empire Valuation Consultants LLC).

RSVP with panel moderator Janet R. Walworth (Terra Law LLP) at or 408-299-1225.  Free for WIPLA members/$20 non-members.  Learn more about WIPLA here.

Triple Event Thursday (3/31): Cloud Computing Panel, Biotech Networking & Women and Open Source Panel

Don’t have enough on your plate?  Rather sip on wine and nibble on apps instead of cooking dinner?  Here are three events this Thursday (3/31) to improve your awareness of cutting edge issues and expand your network at the same time:

  • SCU’s High Tech Law Institute and Biotech Law Group is hosting a free wine and cheese networking event from 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.  Join other private practitioners and in-house counsel in the life sciences, biotech and biomedical fields for a casual gathering in the Wiegand Foyer of the SCU Arts & Sciences Building.

RSVP to Jeff Smyth at by Wednesday (3/30).  More info here.

  • If you’re already on the SCU campus, stick around for Cloud Computing:  A Multi-Disciplinary View From Technology, Business and Law in the Multi-Purpose Room of the  Bannan Engineering Building.

Panelists Bernard Golden (CEO of Hyperstratus, Cloud Computing Advisor to CIO Magazine and author of Virtualization for Dummies), Riaz Karamali (Corporate Practice Partner at Sheppard Mullin), Jeremiah Cornelius (Security Architect in VMWare’s Technology Partner Alliance) and Steve Riley (Technical Leader in the CTO Office at Riverbed Technology) will discuss technical issues, business benefits, and legal implications of cloud computing and how each of the disciplines can benefit by working closely together.

Networking with wine and hors d’oeuvres at 5:45 p.m., followed by a presentation and discussion from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Register and more information here ($8 IEEE Members; $12 Non-IEEE Members; free to SCU laws students).

  • If a female focus is more your thing, check out Women & Open Source:  What’s In It For Me? hosted by Symantec in Mountain View from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.  (Don’t miss the wine and “heavy appetizers” from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.)!

Panelists include Cat Allman (Open Source Programs Office, Google), Elizabeth Krumbach (Linux Force),  Alison Chaiken (MeeGo) and Beau Lebens (WordPress) and Janet Fouts (social media coach, speaker, author, & entrepreneur) will moderate the program.

Whenever you use Firefox, WordPress, Chrome, or Wikipedia- you’re using Open Source (whether or not you realize it). There’s probably a lot you don’t know about the benefits of seeking out and using this kind of software. When looking at software applications, you may be able to save yourself money and/or wow your boss by suggesting a low-cost Open Source alternative to more familiar programs. Many of us use WordPress- but perhaps you didn’t realize it’s a complete, highly reliable content management system with a lot of features and plug-ins.  One concern we have is that there aren’t many women active in the Open Source community. During this lively panel discussion you’ll meet some amazing women who are actively involved and one man who feels the community would greatly benefit from a more diverse group. You’ll also learn about careers and business opportunities in Open Source.”

Register here and more information here ($10 SDForum members; $25 Non-members;  $0 Platinum members).

Free IvyExec Webinar on Networking with Passion and Purpose Today

If you haven’t found them yet, IvyExec is a job search site aimed towards ivy league and other high caliber professionals that offers pre-screened executive opportunities from top tier employers.  IvyExec also offers professional resume help and informational webinars, like this one today (3/22) at 3:30-4:30 p.m.:

Join Ainka J. Fulani for “Networking with Passion and Purpose,” where she’ll discuss networking with impact and authenticity.

Fulani, an Executive and Personal Coach with the Life Performance Coaching Center in San Francisco, owns BreakThrough and runs workshops, facilitates teams and provides one-on-one coaching to professionals.  She holds a BA in English from UC Berkeley and an MBA from Wharton.  More information and register here (no need to be a member).  The recorded webinar will be provided to all who RSVP.

Free INTA Webinar on Parallel Imports and Customs Seizures in the EU

Join Klaus Hoffmeister (Head of the Central Intellectual Property Unit of the Federal Customs Administration, Germany); Peter Sannes (National  Coordinator of IPR, Netherlands Customs Administration);  and Christian W. Liedtke (Linklaters LLP, Member of INTA’s Parallel Imports–EU Subcommittee) for a free one-hour interactive webinar moderated by Nick Beckett (CMS Cameron McKenna LLP, Chair of INTA’s
Parallel Imports–EU Subcommittee) on how to protect your brands from the threat of parallel imports on Thursday, March 24, at 8:00 a.m.

For more information on INTA’s webinar “Parallel Imports and Customs Seizures in the EU:  A trademark owners blessing in disguise?“, go here.  To register click here.

Free Networking Event: A Portrait Presentation for NDCA District Judge Ronald M. Whyte

Network with attorneys from the Stanford Program in Law, Science & Technology, the American Inns of Court, the San Francisco Bay Area Intellectual Property, the Federal Circuit Bar Association, SFIPLA, Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology after the Portrait Presentation for the Hon.  Ronald M. Whyte at 3:30 p.m. tomorrow (March 18th) at The Fairmont Hotel San Jose .

No registration required.  Reception to follow presentation.

Free St. Patrick’s Day Lunch with Federal Circuit Chief Judge Randall Rader

Fancy a free lunch with Federal Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Randall Rader on St. Patty’s Day?

The High Tech Law Institute of the Santa Clara University School of Law is sponsoring a panel discussion with Judge Rader, Colleen Chien, Assistant Professor at SCU Law, Marta Beckwith, Director of IP Litigation at Cisco Systems, and Julie Stephenson, Chief IP Counsel at Synopsys, on Thursday, March 17th, between 12:00-1:00 p.m. in SCU Law’s Bannan Hall (Room 127).

More information on “A Conversation with Chief Judge Randall Rader, Federal Circuit Court of Appeals:  Patent Law in a Global Worldhere and register here.