And, we are delighted to announce the 4 panelists that will discuss at the Outside Counsel Panel organized within the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit, to be held in Galveston, TX, on April 12th.

Under the title “Fishing for Effective Outside Counsel”, Managing Partner at Abel IP Jeff Abel, Partner and Chair – Patent Prosecution Practice Group at HaynesBoone Jeff Wolfson, Primary Shareholder at Banner Witcoff Brad Van Pelt, and Partner, Intellectual Property at Vinson & Elkins Michael Simons, will drive an enriched debate around the topic.

We are looking forward to learn more from this great group of experts!

 

 

Jeff Abel | Managing Partner, Abel IP

Jeff Abel focuses on a wide range of client services, with a particular emphasis on complex, business driven IP-related initiatives. Jeff has 20 years of intellectual property legal experience as a DC-based patent practitioner, in-house counsel of several US Fortune 200 companies, and several principal positions in private practice. Jeff began his career practicing patent law in Washington, DC; the combination of access to sophisticated mentors, large patent-savvy corporate clients such as NGK Insulators and Matsushita, and proximity to the USPTO, focused Jeff on providing exceptional work product in a pragmatic, cost effective manner. Jeff issued over 300 US patents and had a successful track record before the USPTO Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences during his practice in the DC area.

 

Jeff Wolfson | Partner | Chair – Patent Prosecution Practice Group, HaynesBoone

Jeffrey Wolfson, chair of the Patent Prosecution Practice Group, helps clients from Fortune 500 enterprises to start-ups manage their intellectual property and related legal risk, both in obtaining and managing portfolios of U.S. and foreign patent and other IP rights, including patent prosecution and IP-related commercial agreements, and in counseling clients regarding their key product and service launches and related design-around opportunities. Jeff has assisted clients across various industries on technologies such as generic pharmaceuticals, drug delivery devices and materials, petroleum automation technology, behavioral and predictive communication routing and analytics, automotive polymers, food products and processing, leisure and sporting goods, and more. Jeff, a registered patent lawyer with a chemical engineering education, provides representation at the USPTO; has obtained numerous U.S. and foreign patents; prepared hundreds of invalidity, non-infringement, patentability, freedom-to-operate, and other product clearance opinions; and has conducted numerous IP diligence evaluations in connection with mergers, acquisitions, and secured financial transactions. In one of Jeff’s pre-law jobs, he caught spot fish to be used as bait at a rate of $0.05 per spot.

 

Brad Van Pelt |Primary Shareholder, Banner Witcoff Ltd.

Brad concentrates his practice on prosecution, counseling, and litigation in all areas of intellectual property. Brad has wide-ranging experience in prosecution and counseling. He has years of patent drafting experience in the mechanical, software, and business method arts. He frequently prepares freedom-to-practice opinions, and has served on successful IPR and patent litigation teams in obtaining favorable rulings for clients.  Prior to his role at Banner & Witcoff, Brad was a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office in the early 2000s. While at the Patent and Trademark Office, Brad examined patent applications directed to the mechanical arts, especially in the automotive, transportation, and power generation arts.  Brad was awarded his J.D. degree from Georgetown University in 2007 and his undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002.

 

Michael Simons | Partner, Intellectual Property, Vinson & Elkins

Michael Simons is an experienced first-chair trial lawyer who has tried numerous complex cases to jury verdict.  Michael focuses his practice on patent infringement litigation, but he has also handled other complex cases including trade secret, trademark, and trade dress cases. His cases focus on computer software and hardware, smartphones, vacation rentals and home-sharing, financial services, and medical devices.

 

Boots on the Bay is the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit organized by SHIP Global IP and will be held in Galveston, Texas on April 12th, 2019. Boots on the Bay is a marquee event in IP collaboration, trends and strategy, as indicated by the speakers presenting as well as the attendees. This event is attended by In House Counsel only and has a strict no sell policy. For more info on the conference, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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We are thrilled to announce the 4 panelists who will join the first out of two panels organized within the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit, to be held in Galveston, TX, on April 12th.

The IP Leadership Panel, titled “Avoiding Unforeseen Consequences of Portfolio Strategy”, will be enriched by the vast experience of Senior IP Counsel at Baker Hughes Carlo Cotrone, Associate General Counsel IP at Medtronic Steve Perkins, IP Counsel and Head of the IP Legal Department at Kaneka Misty Blair, and Senior IP Counsel and Lead Patent Counsel at Sunpower Corporation Marc Robinson.

We are certain it will be an engaging panel discussion!

 

 

 

Carlo Cotrone | Senior IP Counsel, Baker Hughes

Carlo Cotrone is Senior IP Counsel at Baker Hughes, a GE company (“BHGE”). As lead IP counsel for three BHGE business units, he manages the development and execution of offensive and defensive IP strategies, provides IP and general corporate advice, and negotiates agreements with licensees, customers, and suppliers. He also is Adjunct Professor of Law at University of Houston Law Center, and a frequent conference speaker and blog contributor on topics such as IP strategy and asset management, legal ethics, collaboration and innovation strategies for law firms and corporate legal departments, and professional development. Carlo is the inventor of two United States patents directed to digital sheet music technology. Previously, he practiced law at several firms on the East Coast and in the Midwest, most recently as a partner.

 

Steve Perkins | Associate General Counsel IP, Medtronic

Steve is Associate General Counsel IP for Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group. Steve obtained his JD at the University of Houston Law Center, and worked at Sidley Austin in Dallas and Greenberg Traurig in Denver before moving in-house at Medtronic (fka Covidien). His specialty areas include intellectual property litigation and litigation management, IP due diligence aspects of mergers and acquisitions, patent prosecution and client counseling.

 

Misty Blair | IP Counsel and Head of the IP Legal Department, Kaneka

Ms. Blair serves as IP Counsel and head of the IP Legal Department for Kaneka Americas Holding, Inc., a subsidiary of Japanese parent company Kaneka Corporation. She manages all IP aspects of Kaneka’s manufacturing and R&D operations in the Americas, including in the areas of functional plastics, electrical materials, aerospace, life science products, and medical devices. She works closely with IP staff in Japan and elsewhere to maximize the global protection of Kaneka’s IP portfolios.

 

Marc Robinson | Senior IP Counsel and Lead Patent Counsel, SunPower Corporation

Marc is Director, IP and Products for SunPower Corporation, managing global intellectual property issues and providing related strategic guidance for SunPower. Marc’s practice focuses on patents, technology, trademarks, marketing and related transactions. Marc holds a BS in Engineering Physics from Queen’s University and a JD from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Marc began his legal career as a patent clerk in 2006 and left law firm practice in 2014 to work with then-client Broadcom Corporation, where he focused on cost-reduction, monetization and patent quality efforts. Marc has been with SunPower since 2016 and is based in Austin, TX.

 

Boots on the Bay is the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit organized by SHIP Global IP and will be held in Galveston, Texas on April 12th, 2019. Boots on the Bay is a marquee event in IP collaboration, trends and strategy, as indicated by the speakers presenting as well as the attendees. This event is attended by In House Counsel only and has a strict no sell policy. For more info on the conference, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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We are very pleased to announce that Keith Witek, Senior Vice President of Corporate Development, Strategy, and General Counsel at SiFive is our second Keynote Speaker at Boots on the Bay IP Summit.

Keith leads various cross-functional teams to enable RISC-V technology to be effectively and affordably adopted by a large and diverse global market.

He brings 30 years of technology, strategy, legal, operations and business experience and holds more than 30 patents in semiconductor and related technologies. Keith has worked on or led notable projects including the formation and execution of Tesla's custom development ecosystem for autopilot solutions, auto communications systems, and other Tesla strategic programs; the ATI and Global Foundries M&A transactions for AMD; and the transfer of technology into joint partnerships and ventures in China, Russia and other countries.

During his time at Motorola, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich and Rosati, AMD and Tesla, Mr. Witek led legal, business development, corporate development, engineering and strategy teams to drive multinational, strategic programs.

Boots on the Bay is the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit organized by SHIP Global IP and will be held in Galveston, Texas on April 12th, 2019. Boots on the Bay is a marquee event in IP collaboration, trends and strategy, as indicated by the speakers presenting as well as the attendees. This event is attended by In House Counsel only and has a strict no sell policy. For more info on the conference, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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As organizers of the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit, we are really excited to present our last, but not least, keynote speaker.   Scott Hayden, Vice President Intellectual Property and Associate General Counsel at Amazon.com will be speaking at Boots on the Bay IP Summit, to be held in Galveston, Texas, on April 12th ,2019.

Scott Hayden, keynote speaker at 2nd Boots Annual IP Summit

Scott received his BS degree in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University, his Masters Business of Administration from Illinois University, and his JD from Saint Louis University. After 13 years with Emerson Electric in the engineering and corporate legal departments, Scott joined Armstrong Teasdale in St. Louis Missouri as an intellectual property attorney. In 1999, Scott became the division IP counsel for General Electric in Melbourne, Florida. Following several years as General Counsel of a GE business, Scott returned to IP as the global leader of GE’s corporate patent operations in Fairfield, Connecticut. In 2006, Scott joined Amazon.com as the Vice President of the intellectual property group with responsibility for all patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret and domain issues.

Boots on the Bay is the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit organized by SHIP Global IP and will be held in Galveston, Texas on April 12th, 2019. Boots on the Bay is a marquee event in IP collaboration, trends and strategy, as indicated by the speakers presenting as well as the attendees. This event is attended by In House Counsel only and has a strict no sell policy. For more info on the conference, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

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We are very pleased to announce the Annual Boots IP Summit will be held in Galveston, Texas on April 12th, 2019.  Boots on the Bay is the 2nd Annual Boots IP Summit organized by SHIP Global IP.

Our Annual Boots IP Summit brings together a nurtured group of industry professionals and top industry leaders, willing to train, learn, share and network with IP peers.

Boots on the Bay is a marquee event in IP collaboration, trends and strategy, as indicated by the speakers presenting as well as the attendees.  Panel topics include:  trends, strategy, global landscape, best practices and department efficiencies and CLE credits are available upon request.

 

Comments from last year's attendees:

“Great Job on the conference!

Yall knocked it out of the house park! It would only get better!”

 

"Best event I’ve ever been to.  Hands down. 

What struck me was that I really built relationships in a laid back way over the course of the afternoon.  Definitely keep the quality of this event up and I (and new friends) will come.  See you guys soon!"

 

"Going out to range with you guys was great and would have been worth any fine. The presentations were great! Thanks again for putting this together and hope to see you at future events. "

 

"I really enjoyed the summit.  Excellent speakers discussing on-point topics."

 

 

This event is attended by In House Counsel only and has a strict no sell policy. For more info on the conference, please send an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Stay tuned, more info coming soon!

 

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