The IP SIG Presents...

Copyrights and Design Patents

Filling the Gaps in Your IP Strategy

Join the Intellectual Property SIG on for an unusual opportunity to hear from experts in lesser understood IP areas.  Derek Richmond and Professor Julie Cromer will be discussing the use of copyrights and design patents and how they fit into the overall scheme of a company’s IP strategy.  Derek Richmond is a mechanical engineer patent partner at the Nath Law Group resident in their Alexandria Office and Professor Julie Cromer Young is an Associate Professor and Director in the Law, Technology & Communications division at Thomas Jefferson School of Law.  Don’t miss this important opportunity to learn more about how to design and implement a comprehensive IP strategy.

Derek Richmond
Partner, Electrical Mechanical & Chemical Engineering Department

The Nath Law Group

Mr. Richmond’s practice areas include patent litigation, interferences, and prosecution. He is experienced in writing infringement and validity opinions, counseling clients and negotiating licenses. Mr. Richmond is also experienced in the field of thermodynamics and equipment design for industrial uses.  Mr. Richmond received a J.D. degree in 2000 from the National Law Center of The George Washington University. In 1997, Mr. Richmond received a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering with a concentration in Thermal Fluid Systems Design from Lawrence Technological University.  Various professional engineering societies, universities and professional societies have continuously sought out Mr. Richmond’s expertise. He regularly lectures on the value of intellectual property to entrepreneurs and academics. He participates in various round table discussions concerning the state and development of intellectual property law.  Mr. Richmond is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers and the American Bar Association. He is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and is also admitted to practice before the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the Courts of Appeals for the Federal and Fourth Circuits.

Julie Cromer Young
Associate Professor & Director, Center for Law, Technology & Communications

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Professor Young teaches in the areas of civil procedure and intellectual property, including copyright and food and drug law.  Her scholarship has focused on areas of civil procedure and copyright, including comparative pleading standards and the tension between copyright and public use.  Currently, she is researching whether public interest trumps private rights for memorials such as the Mount Soledad Cross.  Prior to joining the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty in 2003, Professor Young practiced in various areas of intellectual property in Chicago, Illinois.  Although her expertise was foreign and domestic trademark litigation, prosecution, and portfolio management, she also regularly handled issues of copyright litigation, licensing, and prosecution.  She is a member of the bars of California and Illinois.  Professor Young received a J.D. degree in 1996 from Harvard Law School and her B.A. summa cum laude in 1993 from the University of Alabama, where she graduated Phi Beta Kappa.


Ross A. Epstein
Managing Partner, San Diego Area Office
The Nath Law Group
The Nath Law Group is a boutique intellectual property firm specializing in patent and trademark prosecution, opinion work and intellectual property due diligence, and licensing and is based in Alexandria, Virginia. As a smaller, specialized intellectual property law firm, Nath delivers high quality legal work at a reasonable price. Nath insists on understanding its clients' business objectives so that we can be sure that their intellectual property strategy follows their business plans.  Mr. Epstein is a former entrepreneur with nine years experience starting, growing and exiting from a telecom/internet business in Central/Eastern Europe. He brings a unique perspective to the legal advice he gives applying the lessons learned to his client matters.  Mr. Epstein is the partner in charge of the trademark and copyright practice of Nath including prosecution, licensing and enforcement of all intellectual property rights with a focus on counterfeit products being manufactured in China and other low cost manufacturing centers which are then offered worldwide.  Mr. Epstein received his law degree from Boston University School of Law with honors and his undergraduate degree from Princeton University.

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

7:30AM Registration/ Networking/ Breakfast
8:00AM Program Begins
9:30AM  Program Ends


4401 Eastgate Mall San Diego CA 92121

Pre-Registration: (Please pre-register by noon on 4/12/10)
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$20.00 - Non-Sponsor
FREE -  Mentor Sponsor

At the Door:

$20.00 - CommNexus Sponsor
$30.00 - Non-Sponsor
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Students, Military & Press: FREE

John Kyle, Partner, IP Litigation, Cooley Godward Kronish
Ross Epstein, Managing Partner, San Diego Area Office, The Nath Law Group
Bruce Greenhaus VP, Chief Patent Counsel, Entropic Communications

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