Knobbe Martens’ Andrew Douglas and Amy Chun to Participate in OCTANe Discussion Panel, “Is ‘Freedom to Operate’ Mission Impossible?” on February 21

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Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP partners Andrew Douglas and Amy Chun will participate as panelists in the upcoming OCTANe discussion panel, “Is ‘Freedom to Operate’ Mission Impossible?” hosted by Knobbe Martens on Thursday, February 21 in the firm’s Orange County office. The discussion, intended to benefit startup companies, will cover the concept of “freedom to operate” in the context of evaluating and mitigating third party patent infringement risk.

Vito Canuso, in-house counsel and IP strategist for ReCor Medical, and Mark Kertz, associate general counsel – intellectual property at Covidien, will be joining Andrew and Amy on the panel. Topics will include how to analyze the third party patent landscape, how to set an appropriate budget based on the company’s objectives, understanding the impact of litigation on the company and what to do if your company is sued.

Andrew’s practice includes patent portfolio management, general counseling on licensing, and other related issues focused in medical devices. Amy primarily represents software and IT clients in matters which include patent litigation, competitor portfolio assessment, open source license review, as well as patent prosecution and strategy.

The event will take place at 11:30 a.m. at Knobbe Martens’ Orange County offices, 2040 Main Street, Irvine, California in the 2nd Floor Conference Center. A hosted lunch will be served. Admission is free for OCTANe members and $25 for the general public. For additional information and registration details, please email Janelle Brunette at

OCTANe connects people and ideas with capital and resources to fuel technology growth in Orange County. Members represent Orange County technology executive leaders, entrepreneurs, investors, venture capitalists, academicians and strategic advisors, all working together to stimulate technology job growth and wealth creation in Orange County. OCTANe strives to help entrepreneurs turn ideas into successful businesses, help companies connect with funding and growth resources, help senior executives access intelligence, new technologies, and talent, help develop the next-generation of technology business leaders and to create a forum for technology company leaders to have a lasting impact on the future of Orange County.

With over 275 lawyers and scientists nationwide, Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP dedicates its practice to all aspects of intellectual property law including litigation. Consistently ranked among the top intellectual property firms worldwide, Knobbe Martens serves a diverse group of clients from multinational corporations to emerging businesses of all stages. Headquartered in Orange County, California, Knobbe Martens also has offices in San Diego, Los Angeles, Riverside, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Washington, D.C. More information about the firm can be found at

Contact: Jenna Stenderup (619) 293-3175