Virtual Venture & IP Conference panel to review managing startup IP risk

Expert panel to take place at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 16

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Intellectual property will be brought to the forefront during the “IP 101 - What Every Startup Needs to Know about IP Protection” virtual panel as part of the Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference, happening April 15-16.

From 1-1:50 p.m. on Friday, April 16, a panel of experts with diverse experience will delve into intellectual property issues that startups face and best practices for managing those risks.

Registration for the all-virtual Invent Penn State Venture & IP Conference is currently open to the public.

Featured panelists include:

  • Gary Keller — CEO, Xomix Ltd: Keller is CEO of Xomix, a Chicago-based accelerator and consultancy in medical, life science, biotechnology, energy and environmental technologies for companies and research organizations. Xomix provides intellectual asset management, commercialization and global businesses development services. Since 1998, the company has worked for industry, federal laboratories, universities and quasi-government organizations.
  • Karen Keller — co-founder and partner, Shaw Keller: Keller has led teams in patent infringement lawsuits involving agricultural chemicals, human and veterinary pharmaceuticals, biotechnology products, and networking technologies. In late 2012, Chambers USA Women in Law recognized Keller’s work by nominating her for its 2013 Up and Coming Intellectual Property Lawyer of the Year Award. In 2018, BTI Consulting named Keller as one of 326 outside lawyers, and the only Delaware lawyer, as "absolutely best at client service."
  • David Perry — partner/co-chair, IP and technology, Blank Rome LLP: Perry concentrates his practice on the creation, protection, defense and licensing of intellectual property. He represents multinational companies with large, complex IP portfolios and needs, as well as successful mid-market companies, entrepreneurs and small businesses in a variety of industries, such as life sciences, software, gaming and sports, music and entertainment, graphic design and advertising, insurance, and retail.

Matthew Frederick, partner at Philadelphia Reed Smith LLP, will moderate the session. Frederick works with clients in the fields of patent, trademark and trade secret law, in addition to representing clients in IP transactions, disputes and litigation.

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Last Updated April 09, 2021