Knobbe Martens Attorneys Present “Magnifying Your IP IQ: Topics for the Savvy Intellectual Property Manager” at the SPIE Photonics West Conference in San Francisco, February 10

Attorneys from Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP, one of the largest intellectual property firms in the United States, will be presenting “Magnifying Your IP IQ: Topics for the Savvy Intellectual Property Manager” at this year’s SPIE Photonics West conference on Tuesday, February 10, from 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Presenting attorneys include Mark Gallagher, Ph.D., Lori Yamato, David Jankowski, Ph.D. and Derek R. Bayles. The conference will be held at the Moscone Center, 747 Howard Street, San Francisco.

The course will cover a variety of topics of interest to those responsible for overseeing an intellectual property portfolio. The program focuses on patents, trade secrets, licensing and other agreements, as well as litigation. Example topics include: when should I file for a patent and what value can a patent provide, key provisions of non-disclosure and licensing agreements, what to know when dealing with venture capitalists and other prospective investors who are interested knowing about my company’s patents and patent position, dealing with third party patents, selection and protection of trademarks, how to prepare for offensive or defensive patent litigation, and more. A basic familiarity with patents and intellectual property management issues is presumed. The course is free.

Additionally, Knobbe Martens is a sponsor for this year’s Startup Challenge, a lively competition where new entrepreneurs in photonics will have just three minutes to pitch their business to a team of expert judges including Bruce S. Itchkawitz, Ph.D. of Knobbe Martens. The top pitch presenter will go home with $10,000 cash and $5,000 worth of equipment.

Knobbe Martens will also have an exhibit booth (#5016) at the conference where attendees can receive more information about Knobbe Martens Optics Group’s legal services and general information about the firm. For more information and registration, please visit the SPIE Photonics West website.

The SPIE Photonics West conference is the world's largest international event encompassing industrial and medical applications of optics, lasers and photonics. This year, over 20,000 attendees are expected to convene in technical sessions, industry panels, two exhibitions, and other events covering advances in medical therapeutics and diagnostics, semiconductor, gas, fiber, and diode lasers, micro/nanofabrication, MEMs, optoelectronic materials and devices, displays, communications, and related topics.

About Knobbe Martens

With more than 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 law 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, San Francisco, Silicon Valley, Seattle and Washington, D.C. More information about the firm can be found at

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