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Intellectual Property 201: Mythology & Natural History of NDAs (non-disclosures)

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To some techies non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) "are useless -- you can't enforce them." Others warn "you're dead without them." Because such extreme views reveal the danger of passion over being informed, we'll look at the terrain in between: when, where and how an NDA can be a valuable asset (even without a hefty legal bill). Likewise other IP and confidentiality fictions, distinctions, tips and traps will be highlighted to better illuminate technology's IP/legal turf.

About our speaker: Michael M. Krieger, J.D, Ph.D.

UCLA / Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado

Michael Krieger has practiced high technology business and intellectual property law for more than 20 years, focusing on securing, expanding and monetizing clients' key IP assets to help grow their businesses. To this end he encourages and assists clients in taking preventive steps not only by using patents, copyrights and trademarks, but also via well-tailored contracts and due diligence on their potential partners, with resort to litigation when the only effective option. His clients have ranged from start- ups and non-profit organizations to industry leaders, as well as the United Nations and international initiatives. He also serves as an outside expert in technology litigation, particularly where IP, contract , and technology issues intertwine (e.g.,suits over faulty system installations, or about software ownership) .

With degrees in mathematics (B.S., Caltech; Ph.D., UCLA) and law (UCLA), he spent 15 years on the MIT Mathematics and UCLA Computer Science faculties and as a Fulbright Scholar prior to practicing law. This background catalyzed his involvement in key areas as they emerged, including the Internet itself — born “Arpanet” in UCLA’s Computer Science Department, public key encryption (1978), open source software (2000), and Internet governance (as personal advisor to Internet pioneer Jon Postel, 1998).

Since the dotcom era Michael has served on the Executive Board of the Intellectual Property Section of the California Bar, was Chief-in-Editor of its journal "New Matter," and long time chair of the Section's Technology, Internet and Privacy Interest Group.. He serves on several start-up and non-profit boards including the Caltech Entrepreneurs Forum and the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research. His writings range from contract guides to reportage of Internet developments. In 1997 he rejoined the faculty to lead a seminar in entrepreneurial law and business issues for UCLA's Computer Science Department graduate program. He is Of Counsel to the Los Angeles trial/litigation boutique Willenken Wilson Loh & Delgado llp. Contacts: mkrieger239@earthlink.net and 310-428-5208.

Our Venue: huge thanks to our sponsor, the Metacloud!

Metacloud office address is 117 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 300. It's the Chamber of Commerce building at the corner of Colorado and Arroyo Parkway. The easiest parking is either on the street or in the parking garage at 48 N. Raymond Ave

The best deal for parking is 90-minutes FREE and only $2.00 for each hour after you've used up the free 90 minutes. The lot is called "Parking Concepts" and it's just a block away from Metacloud's office. The lot's official address is 33 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91105. There are two entrances, one a block south of E. Colorado Blvd. on South Raymond Ave. (on the west, or right, side) and another off of Green Street, a block east of Fair Oaks Ave on the North side (left).