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Trade Secrets: Why and How they Trump Patents?
Legal Workshop, Networking, & Product Show
Thursday September 13, 2007

� 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM    Registration, Networking & Lunch
� 12:15 PM - 2:00 PM      Workshop
� 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM        Fisher Scientific Show & Ice Cream Social

Join the legal experts for a practical discussion on how trade secrets can protect your intellectual property. The workshop will cover key issues, such as: What is a trade secret? Are you fully protecting all of the aspects of your technology protectable by trade secrets? What are the steps required to safeguard the confidentiality of your trade secrets? How to ensure that the status of this information as a trade secret will hold up in Court? How long must you wait before you realize the benefits of patent protection? Why is simply filing for patent protection not enough to protect the intellectual property aspects of your company? Can trade secret protection fill this gap? And what about when employees leave to work for competitors -- what you can and can�t do to protect against your technology walking out the door. This workshop will address all of these questions and concerns, with a practical framework for the steps you can take now to fully protect your intellectual property.

Thomas J. Gray, Of Counsel, Intellectual Property, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Thomas Gray, of counsel in the Orange County office, is a member of the firm�s Intellectual Property Group. He focuses on intellectual property litigation with an emphasis on trade secret litigation. Since 2005, Mr. Gray has been the Co-Leader of the Trade Secrets Subgroup. In 2004, Mr. Gray served as a Deputy District Attorney in Santa Clara County, where he was undefeated in seven trials. Mr. Gray has extensive experience litigating and trying complex matters involving trade secrets, patents, trademarks, license agreements and other commercial disputes.
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Elizabeth A. Howard, Partner, Intellectual Property, Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Elizabeth Howard, an intellectual property partner in the Silicon Valley office, is co-chair of the firm's life sciences practice. She focuses her practice on patent infringement litigation, with an emphasis on the life sciences. Her practice also includes trade secret, contract and licensing disputes, and client counseling. In addition to litigating in numerous federal district courts, and California state courts. Dr. Howard has appeared before the U.S. PTO in interference proceedings, arbitrated before the International Chamber of Commerce, and tried numerous criminal cases as a deputy district attorney for the County of Santa Clara.
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