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Intellectual Property Law

EASL & IPSO Present: Professor Loren’s 2015-16 ‘The Business of IP’ Lunchtime Series

Date: 12:00pm - 1:10pm PDT March 17, 2016 Location: McCarty Classroom 1

McCarty Classroom 1

About the Business of IP Lunchtime Series

Come hear about the practice of intellectual-property and entertainment law in a variety of contexts. From a movie company to a non-profit focused on facilitating licensing of content, from a solo practitioner to Fortune 100 company – an IP lawyer’s practice can be many things.  Join us for an interesting conversation with these highly accomplished lawyers - how did they get to where they are today and what do they do in their practice?

Due to limited seating, this event is only open to Lewis & Clark law students

The 2015-16 speakers will include:


Bill Pierznik- March 17, 2016 from 12-1:10pm in Classroom 1

Bill Pierznik is Vice President of Business Development and General Counsel at Act-On Software.

Bill is Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Business Development at Act-On where he oversees the company’s strategic partnerships and manages its global legal function. He is responsible for leading the company’s corporate development initiatives and growing Act-On’s partner ecosystem. Bill brings over 15 years of leadership in the areas of legal, operations, business development, corporate development, technology partnerships and ecosystem relationships. He most recently joined Act-On from Jama Software where he was Vice President, General Counsel and assisted with preparing, executing, and closing the company’s largest venture capital funding round, operated as temporary leader of sales and executed several cross-functional initiatives. Prior to that he was Chief Legal Officer of Jive where he led a successful IPO, facilitated international expansion, and grew a very respected legal team.  Prior to Jive he was the founding and managing partner of Alto Law Group, a boutique law firm in Portland Oregon focused on emerging technology start-ups.  Before Alto Bill worked at Stoel Rives where he was a founding member of the Technology Ventures Group.  He began his career at Cooley in Palo Alto.

Bill holds a juris doctorate degree from the University of California at Los Angeles and a bachelor’s degree from Haverford College.


Rich Roberson- October 8 from 12pm-1:10pm in Classroom 1

Rich Roberson, L&C Class of 2009, is Senior Patent Counsel for Adidas Group. Rich began working in the legal department at Adidas during his third year of law school. He now manages all patent related work generated out of Portland including patent litigation and prosecution, patent clearance, patent license negotiation, and legal issues involving new technology.

Prior to working for Adidas, Rich worked as an engineer for Freightliner LLC and with the Department of the Navy. He received his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering at the University of Maryland. Rich spends his free time running (he is a two-time Boston marathoner), coaching youth soccer, playing in his rock band “autoRepublic”, and rooting for the Portland Trailblazers and Timbers sports teams with his wife and their two sons.

Chadwick Ho- October 22 from 12pm-1:10pm in classroom 1

Chadwick Ho is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of Hulu responsible for all aspects of the company’s business, legal and government affairs, including corporate governance and operations, business transactions, intellectual property, litigation and regulatory matters. Chad also serves as Corporate Secretary to Hulu’s Board of Directors. He has more than 15 years of experience advising media and technology companies. Prior to joining Hulu, Chad served as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of MySpace, and Vice President of Business and Legal Affairs for Fox Interactive Media after it acquired MySpace. Before that, Chad served as Senior Counsel of ABC Studios where he negotiated development, production and distribution deals. He began his career in private practice at Latham & Watkins and O’Melveny & Myers after clerking for the U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit. Chad received a BA in Psychology with distinction from Stanford University and a JD with honors from Harvard Law School.


Thank you to our 2014-15 speakers:


Diane Peters- February 26 from 12:10 - 1pm in Classroom 6

As General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Creative Commons, Diane Peters directs the organization’s legal strategy, affairs and projects, and oversees CC’s legal staff. She coordinates legal programs and activities that harness CC’s diverse and complex international network of affiliate institutions. She also leads development of CC’s licenses and legal tools.

Ms. Peters is a founding director of the Software Freedom Law Center. Prior to joining CC, she served as general counsel for Open Source Development Labs (now, the Linux Foundation), and was legal counsel to Mozilla. In 2014, the Intellectual Property Section of the State Bar of California awarded her its Intellectual Property Vanguard Award for public policy.


Courtesy of LAIKARosemary Colliver- March 5 from 12:10 - 1pm in Classroom 6. 

Rosemary Colliver is General Counsel at Laika Studios.  She has an extensive background in intellectual property law, with an emphasis on copyright and entertainment issues, including film, music, television, video games, publishing and sports marketing. 

Her clients have included the band members of Ozzy Osbourne and the estate of John Belushi. She also represented Nike in a number of deals and sponsorship agreements related to the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, Duke University, the University of Memphis, the New York Yankees and the New York Mets.

Ms. Colliver began her career in Los Angeles with two leading entertainment law departments in private practice. While attending law school, Rosemary worked at Paramount Pictures, Network Television Legal. 

Kenan L. Farrell- March 19 from 12:10 - 1pm in Classroom 6

Kenan Farrell is an attorney at KLF Legal and author of the Oregon IP Law blog,  He advises clients on a range of business and intellectual property issues, including copyright, trademark, trade secret, patent, and privacy issues, as they relate to technology, new media and the arts. He has provided legal services to businesses and non-profits in international and domestic transactions, as well as litigation and litigation avoidance counsel in state and federal matters. Mr. Farrell is an Adjunct Professor of Art & Museum Law at his alma mater, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He will also be teaching a new course in Digital Media Law at the University of Indianapolis in Summer 2015.


Katie Lane- April 2 from 12:10 - 1pm in Classroom 6

Katie Lane provides legal services and private negotiation coaching, and teaches negotiation seminars at Work Made For Hire Consulting, LLC.  She is a self proclaimed ‘nerd’ who is also an attorney, a former actress, a current writer, and a forever student. She is passionate about helping other people learn how to negotiate because someone once told her that she couldn’t do it. They were wrong.

 She has advised librarians, comedians, ruffians and a gentleman with some very passionate ideas about revolutionizing televised sport fishing on all matter of legal conundrums. She works with comic book creators, authors, game designers, musicians and freelancers of every stripe to help them protect their rights and get paid fairly for the work they do.

Tanya Huertas-Jourda Griffin- April 9 from 12:10 - 1pm in Classroom 4

Tanya is Associate Legal Director, Global Content Policy, Technology & Services, Intel Corporation. 


This event series is co-sponsored by IPSO and EASL.  Lunch will be provided.

Event Contact

Please contact Professor Lydia Loren with questions at