PILT Seminar Speakers and Materials

27th annual Program in Law and Technology (PILT) Seminar: Exploring the Future of Cyber, Technology and Intellectual Property Innovation.

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Defense of Trade Secrets Act

Disparaging Trademarks

Great Data Great Responsibilty

Interface to the State of Design

IoT and Smart Homes

Panel on Vogue Ruling

Samsung v. Apple

We are not immune


Tyler Back


Tyler Back is one of those wild-eyed, mile-a-minute, soul-on-his-sleeve individuals you never forget meeting. And one of the rare company heads who whole-heartedly personifies his company’s spirit and mission. Determined to shake up everyone in the digital landscape, Tyler is constantly invigorating his strategic brain to shake things up for the good of clients and for goodness’ sake. Tyler is the Principal Director at Mitosis, an international award winning digital experience company, as well as co-founder and acting CEO of Meiosis, a data agnostic SaaS marketing automation company determined to transform marketing technology and analytics. Read more.

John Beiter

Leavens Strand & Glover

John Beiter practices entertainment and intellectual property law as a partner in the Nashville office of Leavens Strand & Glover.  In his more than 20 years as an entertainment lawyer, John has represented a diverse array of clients, from recording artists and producers, record companies, songwriters and music publishers, to documentary filmmakers and book authors.  His institutional clients include SESAC Inc., the nation’s second-oldest and most innovative music rights organization;  the Americana Music Association, a music industry trade organization for which he serves as general counsel; and the International Entertainment Buyers Association, the leading not-for-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals who buy, book, and sell talent.  John has represented clients regarding copyright-related legislation such as the Songwriters Capital Gains Tax Equity Act and the Songwriter Equity Act.  In addition to his transactional entertainment law practice, John has an extensive litigation background in federal and state courts throughout the country, including cases regarding copyright infringement and entertainment industry contracts, and he has served as an expert witness in a copyright infringement lawsuit.  He also has taught as a guest lecturer for undergraduate and law school entertainment industry classes.  Following law school, John served as law clerk to the Honorable John T. Nixon, U.S. District Judge in the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee. Before practicing law, he was a newspaper reporter and a songwriter for a Nashville-based music publisher.  Read more.

Joe Bogdan

Columbia College Chicago

Joe Bogdan is an Assistant Professor and Coordinator of the Live & Performing Arts Management Major in the Business & Entrepreneurship Department of Columbia College Chicago. He has previously taught intellectual property-related courses at a variety of institutions, including The University of Connecticut School of Law, IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law and The University of Gdansk.  Joe began his career as an intellectual property attorney in private practice focusing on the leveraged exploitation of entertainment content through new media platforms.  He is the past Sr. Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for World Wrestling Entertainment, where he held primary responsibility for running the day-to-day operation of the Business Affairs of the company.  He is also the founding principal of Silvershift®, a firm providing both legal and business consulting services to clients connecting the lines of thinking between expanding markets and ideas. Read more.

Ron Coleman

Archer & Greiner P.C.

Ron Coleman, partner at Archer & Greiner P.C. in Haddonfield, NJ has shaped the law relating to the use and abuse of intellectual property as a tool of competition. A leader in social media for lawyers, his blog about copyright, trademark and free speech, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION®, has since its inception in 2005 become one of the most influential publications in IP law.  Author of the first article on Internet law in the ABA Journal (1995), Ron was co-author of the chapter on "Responses to Complaints" in Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (ABA / West Group 1998).  Ron has represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, bench and jury trials, the TTAB and in arbitrations and mediations throughout the country. He has also been retained as an expert on trademark law and practice in professional liability litigation. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law.  Read more.

John C. Connell

Archer & Greiner P.C.

John C. Connell, partner at Archer & Greiner P.C. in Haddonfield, NJ, practices in the area of civil litigation as a trial attorney for both jury and bench trials, appeals, and ADR in State and federal courts.  Mr. Connell also works in conjunction with the firm’s Intellectual Property Group as trial counsel in litigated matters. He has experience in litigation in the fields of patent infringement, unfair competition, false advertising, copyright and trademark actions. He has represented clients ranging from Fortune 100 companies to individuals in an array of commercial, employment, civil rights, health care and communications law matters.  Mr. Connell holds degrees from Columbia University (A.B., 1978), New York University (M.P.A., 1982), and Rutgers University Law School (J.D., 1986). He was the Law Secretary to Hon. Thomas F. Shebell, Jr., P.J.A.D., Superior Court of New Jersey, Appellate Division, from 1986-1987.  Read more.

Martin A. Foos

Gottschlich & Portune, LLP.

Marty is a business lawyer and litigator.  He has over twenty years of experience working with clients facing trade secret, class action, commercial, corporate, employment, and competitive issues.  He successfully defended a chemical plant from a class action that was filed after part of the plant exploded, causing evacuations and other damages.  He won at a jury trial, a rarity in class action cases, and won the argument before the Ohio Supreme Court:  http://www.ohiochannel.org/video/case-no-2009-0305-christine-banford-et-al-v-aldrich-chemical-inc-et-al. In 2015, Marty became the Chair of the Litigation Section Council of the Ohio State Bar Association, a 2500-member group of litigation attorneys. In this role, he is one of three founders of the Ohio Civil Justice Reform Task Force, which has as its goal the task of proposing specific procedural changes to achieve better cost effectiveness in litigation in Ohio. Marty served as President of the Carl D. Kessler Inn of Court from 2009-2011.  Marty has also been active with the Notre Dame Alumni Association, serving on its national board from 2013-2016.  He is active with the St. Anne’s Hill Historic Society and the Dayton Liederkranz-Turner. Read more.

Scot Ganow

Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart & Dusing P.L.L.

Scot Ganow is an attorney in the law firm of Faruki, Ireland, Cox, Rhinehart & Dusing P.L.L. in Dayton, Ohio. With ten years of corporate and compliance experience in Fortune 500 companies prior to becoming an attorney, Scot brings a diverse background to his privacy and security law practice.  Scot assists clients in dealing with a variety of data governance regulations, including HIPAA, GLBA, FCRA, EU Data Directive/Safe Harbor compliance, and state laws governing personally identifiable information. Scot counsels clients on readying themselves for and responding to the inevitable data breach or regulatory action, as well as preparing for audits by companies and insurers for data governance compliance.  A former chief privacy officer for healthcare and pharmaceutical informatics companies, Scot also holds the Certified Information Privacy Professional certification. He has also presents and writes extensively on the topics of data protection and de-identification, including TEDx Dayton on the "Humanity in Privacy."
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Zachary Heck

Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart & Dusing P.L.L.

Zachary Heck is an attorney at Faruki Ireland Cox Rhinehart & Dusing P.L.L. in Dayton, Ohio, where he practices in the fields of cybersecurity and data privacy. Heck's practice involves all aspects of information privacy and security compliance to include policy development, risk analysis, third party agreements, incident response/data breach management, de-identification of personally identifiable information, and consumer litigation. Heck is an adjunct professor at Wright State University, where he teaches a graduate course entitled "Legal Aspects of Cybersecurity." Heck is also a Certified Information Privacy Professional for United States private sector laws and regulations. He is also a co-chair for Cincinnati's KnowledgeNet Chapter of the International Association of Privacy Professionals. Heck is a 2014 Order of the Coif and Order of the Barrister graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he served as a member of the Indiana Law Journal Editorial Board, and the Sherman Minton Moot Court Executive Board. He received his B.A. in English and Philosophy from the University of Dayton in 2011. Heck graduated magna cum laude and with full tuition merit scholarships from both institutions. Heck has been published multiple times by the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and multiple blogs. Heck also serves as the head coach and legal advisor for Centerville High School's Mock Trial team. Read more.

Scott McBride

McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Scott McBride’s practice focuses primarily on the litigation and trial of patent cases in federal courts and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  He works with a wide array of businesses, particularly medical device and pharmaceutical companies.  He has been lead or backup counsel in over seventy-five inter partes review proceedings. He first-chairs complex patent actions in the U.S. District Courts and before administrative bodies, and he prosecutes and defends patent infringement cases involving billions of dollars in accused product. With his litigation background, he provides extensive counseling regarding patent procurement and intellectual property due-diligence work, and oversees strategic patent prosecution. Read more.

George Raynal

Saidman DesignLaw Group, LLC

George Raynal is an experienced patent attorney with Saidman DesignLaw Group, LLC in Silver Spring, Maryland. His practice covers all aspects of design law, with a particular focus on U.S. and international design patent procurement and enforcement. George manages significant design rights portfolios for major electronics, automobile and heavy equipment manufacturers, helping them obtain robust design protection and enforce their rights against knock-offs. Read more.

Dalindyebo Shabalala

University of Dayton School of Law

Dalindyebo Shabalala will be joining the University of Dayton School of Law in Fall 2017 as an Assistant Professor of Law.    He conducts research on the rights of indigenous peoples and traditional communities to their traditional knowledge and culture. He also conducts research on the interaction of patent law with climate change, focusing on the role of technology licensing and transfer in enabling the addressing climate change. He is co-chair of the Climate Action Network Technology Working Group and continues to provide advice on patent law and technology licensing to developing countries and civil society organizations in climate change negotiations. He has published in several edited volumes, and has published a book “Climate Change, Technology Transfer and Intellectual Property – Options for Action at the UNFCCC”, Maastricht University (2014) available in print from Amazon and electronically. His reflections on his research and policy work can be found on his blog at dalishabalala.wordpress.com.

John Sperino

Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions

John Sperino is the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Emerson Commercial and Residential Solutions.  While with Emerson, he has served as the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Emerson Climate Technologies, Inc. (2007-2016), Senior Counsel for Emerson Electric Co.  (2005-2007), and Counsel for Emerson Process Management (2003-2005).  Prior to joining Emerson, John was in private practice in the Corporate Department of a St. Louis law firm.  He also served in the United States Navy for six years and was stationed at the Submarine Base in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.  John is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law, Washington University (M.B.A.) and St. Louis University (B.S.B.A.).

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