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Nevada State Bar IP Section Annual CLE Conference

October 15, 2021 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm




8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.:  Sign-in/Networking


8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m.

Judge Evan Wallach – Appellate Practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the

Federal Circuit (CAFC)


Hon. Evan Wallach has served on the Federal Circuit since 2011. Prior to

that, he served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of International Trade since

  1. Judge Wallach previously practiced law in Las Vegas, Nevada for

nearly 20 years, and served on active duty for the U.S. Army, where he was

awarded the Bronze Star, along with other commendations.


9:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Mr. James Pooley – Trade Secret Management

Mr. Pooley has 35 years of experience as an intellectual property trial lawyer

and is a distinguished member of the IP Hall of Fame. He has handled

hundreds of trade secret cases and has served as a senior partner at several

large law firms. Mr. Pooley was also a driving force behind the Defend

Trade Secrets Act, and was invited by the U.S. Senate Committee on the

Judiciary to testify as an expert on trade secret law and litigation on the then-

proposed legislation.


10:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m.:  Break


10:45 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Mr. David Tollen – Doing Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) and Cloud Contracts Right: Top Mistakes

and Strategies


Mr. Tollen is one of the industry’s leading authorities on software licenses and cloud computing agreements.  He is the author of The Tech Contracts Handbook, a bestseller from the American Bar Association, and teaches at U.C. Berkeley Law School.  Mr. Tollen is also the founder of Tech Contracts Academy, LLC, where he teaches IT contract drafting and negotiation. He also founded San Francisco law firm Sycamore Legal, P.C. where he represents buyers and sellers in contracts about cloud computing, software licensing, and other IT relationships. Mr. Tollen’s training and legal clients range from some of the best-known and influential companies and government agencies in the world to Silicon Valley startups.


In addition to his contributions in the field of law, Mr. Tollen writes educational novels for young people. He has authored two multiple award-winners: The Jericho River, which uses fantasy to teach history, and Secrets of Hominea, which uses fantasy to teach both history and science.


11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.: Lunch


12:45 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Dr. Adam Bisno – 1836: The Making of the U.S. Patent System


Dr. Bisno is the first historian of the United States Patent and trademark Office (USPTO). In his role as historian, Dr. Bisno maintains the USPTO’s institutional history and is the designated USPTO authority on the agency’s role in the development of the U.S. intellectual property system.  Dr. Bisno was appointed to his position as USPTO Historian in October 2020.  He was previously historian of the Naval History and Heritage Command.


1:45 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.

Professor Marketa Trimble  – Update: International and Transnational  Intellectual Property



Prof. Trimble is the Samuel S. Lionel Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law. She specializes in international intellectual property law and has authored numerous works, including (as co-author with Prof. Paul Goldstein) the 2019 5th edition of the casebook “International Intellectual property Law, Cases and Materials.” Her areas of expertise include patent law, conflict of laws, international intellectual property law, private international law, copyright law, and issues surrounding geoblocking in cyberlaw.


2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.: Break


3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Professor Mary LaFrance – The Copyright Claims Board: What It Is, How It Works, When to

Implement It, and a Potential Challenge to the Board’s



Prof. LaFrance is the IGT Professor of Intellectual Property Law at the William S. Boyd School of Law. Her areas of expertise include appellate law, entertainment law, patent law, trade secrets, international intellectual property law, copyright law, and trademark law.



4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Douglas Nemec – Ethics Issues in IP Law


Mr. Nemec is a partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom. He is based out of the firm’s New York office and concentrates on intellectual property litigation and counseling.


October 15, 2021
8:00 am - 5:00 pm