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Breakfast Briefing 2007: "Everything a Startup Needs"

Wednesday, February 7, 2007
7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Join WITI and the law firm of Fish & Richardson, PC as it presents a 5 session workshop series, entitled:

2007 Breakfast Briefings

Topic: "Everything a Startup Needs"

Program Overview: “Instant Company in a Box” – As you struggle with all the advice you get on what it takes to turn your idea into a start-up company, Did you ever wish there was a quick and easy recipe? The bad news is there is no instant recipe. The good news is that this seminar will give you most of the tools you need to ask the right questions of yourself and know how to develop the right answers. Come listen to people who have done it and who have helped other do it and be ready to ask your own questions.



Jennifer Bush
Fish & Richardson, PC


Fred C. Hernandez
Fish & Richardson, PC

David Kleinsmith
Fish & Richardson, PC

Lisa Marten
Fish & Richardson, PC

About Our Speaker(s)

Bio of Lisa Martens:

Lisa Martens is a Principal in the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Her practice emphasizes trademark prosecution and litigation for the food service, healthcare, biotechnology, computer, Internet, and retail clothing industries. Ms. Martens has significant experience in managing U.S. and foreign trademark portfolios for large international companies. Her internet work includes handling domain name disputes and securing domain names in the U.S. and worldwide, as well as providing advice on legal requirements for conducting online sweepstakes and promotions. Ms. Martens' practice also includes licensing intellectual property and litigation relating to trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and false comparative advertising.

Cornell College B.A. Politics and Philosophy 1990 magna cum laude
DePaul University College of Law J.D. 1994 Order of the Coif

Bio of Jennifer Kinsbruner Bush:

Jennifer Kinsbruner Bush is an Associate in the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson P.C. Her practice emphasizes litigation in all areas of intellectual property. Ms. Bush was previously an Associate with Irell & Manella (2001-2002), and a Research Assistant/Summer Associate with Wiggin & Dana. She has other Summer Associate experience with Cleary Gottlieb (1999) and Kirkland & Ellis (1998). Ms. Bush served as a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Stanley Marcus, United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit (2000-2001).

One of her recent cases was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the "Top Defense Wins for 2004" (Arendi v. Microsoft).

Princeton University A.B. History, Latin American Studies 1996 summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
Universidad Católica (Santiago Chile), Fulbright Scholar 1996-1997
Yale Law School J.D. 2000
Yale Journal of International Law

Bio of David Kleinsmith:

David Kleinsmith is Of Counsel in Fish & Richardson's San Diego office, where he is a member of the Corporate and Securities group. His practice emphasizes complex technology licensing transactions, intellectual property (IP) due diligence, and patent prosecution across a wide range of technologies.

Mr. Kleinsmith has over ten years experience in complex technology licensing transactions, patent preparation and prosecution, IP due diligence in connection with private and public financings, as well as mergers and acquisitions, and corporate work. His representative complex technology licensing transactions include:

Negotiated and drafted a number of complex technology licensing agreement sets, each set directed to forming and/or financing a viable business around IP-protected technology in the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, medical device and/or nanotechnology areas.

Counseled many start-up companies in the strategic protection and/or commercialization of their IP-protectable ideas.

Counseled and assisted businesses in the structuring of their rights under early-priority-date patent portfolios for emerging technologies to provide exclusivity in each business’ core operating field while enabling significant ROI opportunities via licensing outside the core operating field.
In addition, Mr. Kleinsmith has prepared over 44 patent applications, and has prosecuted numerous others, for inventions in the following technology areas: pharmaceuticals, biotechnology, medical devices, nanotechnology, chemical, mechanical, fuel cells, and oil discovery tools. Mr. Kleinsmith also has experience in the corporate sector, where he has conducted (for investor/acquirer clients) and managed (for target/acquiree clients) IP due diligence for seven acquisitions, three mergers, six private equity financings, and three public offerings.

His professional experience includes the role of Principal and Founder of Idea.Law, APC (2003-2006), where he handled complex technology licensing transactions, IP due diligence, strategic IP counseling, preparation and prosecution of patent applications, and preparation of patent opinions. He was the Vice President of Intellectual Property and Director of Legal Affairs at NanoGram (aka NeoPhotonics) Corporation (2001-2003). He was also the Vice President of Intellectual Property, and Director of Legal Affairs at Metallic Power, Inc. (2001-2002). Prior to 2001, Mr. Kleinsmith worked as an associate for two large law firms in San Diego, where his practice was servicing the transactional IP needs of a mostly start-up clientele.

Mr. Kleinsmith has technical experience from Research Assistant roles at Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory in the Cholesterol Research Center (1989-1990), and in the Chemical Biodynamics Division (1985, 1988-1989).

University of California Berkeley B.S. Chemistry 1990
University of California Berkeley M.A. Economics 1995
University of Michigan J.D. 1995

Bio of Fred C. Hernandez:

Fred C. Hernandez is a Principal in the San Diego office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice emphasizes U.S. and foreign patent prosecution in the areas of medical devices, bioinformatics, computer software, and mechanical arts. Mr. Hernandez provides strategic patent prosecution counseling in building and protecting patent portfolios with a focus on early stage and emerging companies. He gained significant technical experience during his work as a software engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company (1989-1992).

California State Polytechnic University B.S. Aerospace Engineering 1990
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law J.D. 1995

Event Date and Venue

This event will be held from 7:30 AM - 9:00 AM on Wednesday, February 7, 2007 at:

    Fish & Richardson campus
    12390 El Camino Real
    San Diego (Carmel Valley), California 92130

7:30 AM - 8:00 AM Registration/Breakfast/Networking
8:00 AM - 9:00 AM Program/Q&A


Pre-registration for this event is closed and on-site registrations will not be accepted.

About Our Sponsor(s)

Fish & Richardson, PC

Fish & Richardson P.C. is a national law firm with over 350 lawyers in ten offices: Atlanta, Austin, Boston, Dallas, Delaware, New York, San Diego, Silicon Valley, Twin Cities, and Washington, DC. The firm is one of the largest firms practicing intellectual property, litigation, and corporate law and the only firm with a truly national intellectual property practice. Founded in 1878, the firm represented Thomas Edison, Alexander Graham Bell, and the Wright Brothers. For 125 years we have served great innovators, helping to protect countless ideas, nurture discoveries, and bring new concepts to market. The firm prosecuted and litigated many of the fundamental patents of an industrialized America, serving corporations creating the cutting-edge technologies of the day: the telephone, the air-brake, the steam turbine, the automobile, and the radio. Frederick Fish, the firm's founder, was for many years the acknowledged leader of the patent bar of the entire country at a time when patents were more important than they had ever been. Today, the firm continues to represent great innovators working in cutting-edge technologies.

Contact Us

For more info regarding registration or event details, please contact Samantha Florio (213-494-8299) ([email protected]).

For more details about pre-registration, contact Tech Support.