CONNECT Nearsourcing Initiative presents: Managing Sourcing Successfully @ Offices of Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLC
Apr 22 @ 2:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Faced with managing a business relationship with your outsourcing partner but don’t know how to ensure it will be successful for both sides? Want to know what best practices to follow to ensure IP protection while at the same time meeting the overall goal of your outsourced project?

Establishing and maintaining a rewarding collaboration with supply chain contracting firms can be challenging but being prepared and following some initial key steps will set the stage for a win-win business partnership. Hear for yourself as this panel of industry leaders from Clarity Design, Fallbrook Engineering, MicroPower Technologies and Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton tackle the ins and outs of this crucial alliance, provide insights on what to consider, and share lessons learned along the way.


Tom Lupfer, President; Clarity Design, Inc.


Michael Orlando, Partner; Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP

Bill Atkinson, Vice President; Fallbrook Engineering, Inc.

Aaron Tankersley, President & CEO; MicroPower Technologies, Inc.



Date: April 22, 2014

Time: Registration | 2:30pm

Program | 3:00pm

Networking reception | 4:30pm



CONNECT/MITEF Members: $25

Pre-registration: $45

At the door: $55


Sponsored and hosted by:



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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop: Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP @ CONNECT (Suite A124)
Apr 29 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops: Basics of Obtaining Commercially Effective IP
presented by Sughrue Mion, PLLC


Program Overview:

In today’s knowledge-based economy, procuring and protecting intellectual property (IP) is a critical aspect of maintaining a competitive advantage in the marketplace.  This program will provide attendees with the fundamentals of what they need to know to obtain and protect their company’s intellectual property assets.  The program will cover different methods of protecting their intellectual property including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights.  Attendees will also learn the contents of a patent application and the process for acquiring a patent with the USPTO. The presentation also will touch on specific patent issues related to software and biotechnology, as well as fundamental procedures for protecting the results of a company’s hard work and innovation, including licensing and litigation options for protecting and monetizing intellectual property.

What Attendees Will Learn:

  • Introduction to IP
  • Fundamentals of Patent Applications and PTO Procedures
  • Overview of Trademark/Copyright/Trade Secret Protection and Procedures
  • IP Issues in Computer Software
  • IP Issues in Biotechnology
  • Licensing Considerations
  • IP Litigation and Alternatives

Who should attend:

This workshop is for Founders, CEO’s, Entrepreneurs, Managers, Researchers, VCs, Business Development Professionals and Scientists.  Please, no competing law firms.

About the Presenters:

Karen B. Dow, Partner, Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Karen Dow is a partner in the San Diego office of Sughrue Mion, PLLC where she focuses on patent prosecution and client counseling. Ms. Dow has more than 20 years of patent experience in biotechnology and pharmaceutical issues including work as patent counsel for Eli Lilly and Company and Triton Biosciences.

Ms. Dow’s practice includes all phases of patent prosecution, including, preparing and prosecuting original patent applications and reissue applications for both domestic and foreign companies. She possesses extensive experience in intellectual property transactions such as licensing, collaboration, research, and other types of agreements, patent interferences and due diligence investigations. Ms. Dow practices in the chemical and biotechnological arts, particularly in the areas of immunology (especially antibodies and vaccines), molecular biology, stem cells, bioinformatics, bioarray technology, microbiology, pharmaceuticals, diagnostics, biofuels and organic chemistry.

Karin M. Gerstin, PhD

Dr. Gerstin is an associate in the firm’s San Diego office. Dr. Gerstin’s practice focuses on drafting and prosecuting patent applications in the field of biotechnology, including applications relating to nucleic acid and protein sequences, nucleic acid-based assays, cell-based assays, vaccines, antibodies, diagnostic assays, and stem cell biology. Dr. Gerstin also assists counsel with due diligence, freedom-to-operate and patent landscape analyses.

Antony M. Novom, Of Counsel, Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Antony M. Novom has over ten years of experience counseling clients in all areas of intellectual property protection. Mr. Novom prepares and prosecutes patent applications in a variety of technologies including molecular and cell biology, immunology, virology, diagnostics, therapeutics, drug delivery systems, medical and mechanical devices, bioinformatics, semiconductors, and related green technologies. He has specific experience in nucleic acid and protein sequences, antibodies, vaccines, gene therapy and stem cell biology.

Mr. Novom’s practice includes counseling clients on strategic creation and management of intellectual property portfolios, non-infringement and validity opinions, due diligence work in connection with mergers and acquisitions, and providing litigation support in infringement actions. Mr. Novom also has experience in litigating administrative actions before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, including interference proceedings and reexaminations.

John Scherling, Partner, Sughrue Mion, PLLC

John Scherling is a Partner in the San Diego office of Sughrue Mion, PLLC. Mr. Scherling’s practice focuses on litigation and resolution of intellectual property disputes, primarily relating to patents, trademarks and trade secrets, from the inception of the case through trial and appeal. Mr. Scherling previously served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of California. In that capacity, he handled all aspects of litigation, including district court jury trials, bench trials and appeals in the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, and received numerous awards from the United States Department of Justice and the Department of State. Mr. Scherling handles litigation matters across a wide variety of technologies. He also has a technical emphasis in chemistry, as well as biochemistry and microbiology, acquired during his undergraduate studies at Iowa State University (B.S. with Honors and Distinction). Mr. Scherling received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University, where he was Order of the Coif and Associate Articles Editor of the Vanderbilt Law Review. Following receipt of his J.D., Mr. Scherling served as a law clerk to the Honorable Judith N. Keep in the United States District Court for the Southern District of California.

Scherling was selected as a 2012 – 2014 Southern California Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Litigation, and serves on the World Trade Center San Diego Board of Directors.

Ruthleen E. Uy, Partner, Sughrue Mion, PLLC

Ms. Uy prepares and prosecutes applications relating to the computer software, mechanical and electrical arts. Such work has included applications directed to areas of computers including computer hardware and computer architecture, telecommunications, mobile communications, voice processing, medical imaging, and networks.  Ms. Uy also has experience prosecuting applications directed to memory management including the restoration and recovery of memory data, data compression, data encryption/decryption, and data storage.

Ms. Uy also has experience in Ethernet/SONET, VoIP, IP Multicast, Routers, WDM, Network software, xDSL, CDMA, Optical Networking, 3Gx, GSM and UMTS. Her practice also includes prosecuting patent applications before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Note: Breakfast will be provided for participants.


CONNECT Member $15

General Public $25

At the Door $45. (subject to availability)

*Registration will close on or before April 28


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So You have DATA – Now What @ Lytx
May 7 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

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CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop: Licensing Fundamentals @ Co-Merge
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

CONNECT FrameWorks Workshops present Licensing Fundamentals for the Business Executive
In partnership with Jones Day

Program Overview:

What is a license? What are the most commonly negotiated provisions by the business team? How do you prepare to negotiate a licensing agreement? What are the pitfalls to watch out for? What questions do you as licensor or licensee need to ask to ensure that your needs are met? This half-day workshop will present the fundamental concepts of licensing and explain how these concepts are reflected in a contract, such as provisions regarding IP rights, royalties, exclusivity and technology transfer. To further demonstrate the points, the workshop will use example clauses specific to pharmaceuticals, biotech and software, but the concepts will be universally applicable to all industries and subject matter.

What you will learn:

  • The role of licensing within different types of commercial transactions
  • The types of rights that can be licensed
  • Common methods of calculating and paying royalties, with publicly available industry examples of actual amounts paid
  • Common pitfalls to avoid in licensing
  • Hotly negotiated licensing provisions and the licensor’s and licensee’s view of each
  • Where and what information to seek when conducting diligence

Who should attend:
Founders, CEOs, Entrepreneurs, Business Development Professionals, Inventors and IP Managers who are seeking fundamental knowledge about licensing, as well as scientists and technology experts considering a start-up business in need of licensing.   There will be ample time for networking and Q&A provided.  Please, no competing law firms.

About the Presenter:  

Tom Briggs’ focuses on representing clients in commercial transactions where intellectual property, technology, information, and knowledge are a substantial component or reason for the deal.  He has particular experience with licenses, joint development, strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, and settlement agreements.

Tom is co-leader of the Licensing & Technology Transactions team within Jones Day’s IP Practice and resident in the Jones Day’s San Diego office on El Camino Real in Carmel Valley.                                                                 

Note: A light breakfast will be provided for participants.


Members $15

General Public $25

Onsite Registration $65 (subject to availability)

*Registration will close on or before May 6, 2013




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Frontiers in Science & Technology presents What Happens to your Research when Gravity is Removed from the Equation? @ AMNHealthcare
May 7 @ 8:00 am – 10:00 am

CONNECT Frontiers in Science and Technology

2014 Series: The Path from Problems to Solutions

What Happens to your Research when Gravity is Removed from the Equation?
International Space Station: a unique research environment – now open for business

Sponsored by: CASIS (Center for the Advancement of Science in Space)

Explore the possibilities with:
Justin Kugler – Business Development Manager, Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), sole manager for the International Space Station U.S. National Laboratory
Dr. Kathleen Morse – Founder, Advanced Materials Applications LLC

Program Overview:

When gravity gets in the way of conducting accurate and efficient research, what can you do? Space-based research offers a new frontier in platforms for optimizing your discovery work.

Join us May 7th for this exciting discussion with the manager of the International Space Station (ISS) and a researcher experienced in using the ISS platform. The ISS offers a unique research environment that is openly accessible for technical research assignments involving life sciences, material sciences, and earth and ocean observation. Here are three significant features to space-based research:

Microgravity aka zero gravity induces a vast array of changes in organisms ranging from bacteria to humans, including global alterations in gene expression and three-dimensional aggregation of cells into tissue-like architecture. Did you know that zero gravity mimics the environment inside the human body?

Extreme Conditions, including exposure to extreme heat and cold cycling, ultra-vacuum, atomic oxygen, and high energy radiation will affect materials, electronics, and processing technologies. Will your cell phone work in space?

Unique Vantage Point from a low Earth orbit can provide improved spatial resolution and variable lighting conditions compared to the sun-synchronous orbits of typical Earth remote-sensing satellites. Example: Sensors aboard the ISS were deployed to aid in the search for Malaysian Flight 370.

Why Should You Attend?
• Identify if the ISS could be a research partner?
• Learn from the experience of another about partnering with the ISS
• Identify new strategies for product development
• Get inspiration from other inventors and researchers
• Meet researchers, innovators, capital providers, and industry representatives

Who Should Attend?
Scientists, inventors, engineers, business developers, capital investors, technology and life science professionals, services providers, business leaders, and students.

About CASIS: The Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS) was selected by NASA in July 2011 to be the sole manager of the Space Station International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory to maximize its use through 2020. CASIS is dedicated to supporting and accelerating innovations and new discoveries that will enhance the health and wellbeing of people and our planet. For more information, visit

About the Speakers:
Justin Kugler – Business Development Manager, CASIS
Justin helps the private sector translate innovative space research ideas into actionable projects for the International Space Station National Laboratory, as a business development manager for CASIS – the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space. He has previously worked in research planning for the ISS Program, training simulation & modeling for the Constellation Program, and as an aerospace systems analyst for the Central Intelligence Agency. Justin was a 1999 Goldwater Scholar for his study of orbital debris as an intern for NASA. In addition to degrees in Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M and Rice University, respectively, Justin is completing a second M.S. in Human Space Exploration Sciences at the University of Houston.

Dr. Kathleen Morse – Founder, Advanced Materials Applications LLC
Dr. Morse is the founder of Advanced Materials Applications, LLC based in Groveland, CA. She is also the principal investigator for “The Evaluation of Gumstix COM in Low Earth Orbit” sponsored by CASIS. Prior to starting her own company in 2012, Dr. Morse served as a principal investigator on several programs while at Lockheed Martin Space Systems Company. This included programs that examined space radiation effects in electronics and in nanomaterials. She also focused on developing novel devices for aerospace applications that used metamaterials and carbon nanotubes. This resulted in her authoring six filed patents. Dr. Morse earned a Ph.D. from Stanford University in 2003 in Materials Science and Engineering with a concentration in Solid State Physics.

The objective of Frontiers in Science & Technology is to showcase exciting, leading-edge scientific and technological breakthrough research and engage the business community in discussions focused on early stage research collaboration and potential commercial applicability. The broader objective of the Frontiers program is to increase the engagement of the business community in academic research and ultimately in the commercial application of viable research.

Event Details:

Date: Wednesday, May 7, 2014
Time: 8:00am -10:00am
AMN Healthcare
12400 High Bluff Drive
San Diego CA 92130

Non-Members: $20
CONNECT /SME Members: Free
Students: Free
Members of MITEF, SDSI and Active CONNECT Business Advisors: Free
At the Door $40
Registration Required to avoid $40 charge.

Refreshments: Light refreshments provided.

Register Here

Contact: Karen Winston
Phone: 858-964-1346

You Asked What ! Interviewing 101 for Non-HR Professionals @ Sheppard Mullin
May 8 @ 7:30 am – 9:30 am

HR Roundtable Presents


You Asked What !!!??? 

Interviewing 101 for non-HR Professionals                                                             

HR professionals have a good grasp on interviewing.   Their hiring managers….not so much.  The CONNECT HR Roundtable welcomes your company to participate in this unique event designed to specifically address the interviewing do’s and don’ts for hiring managers.  The HR Roundtable has assembled a panel of experts that will address legal and regulatory issues surrounding interviewing as well as best practices in interviewing techniques that promise to deliver the best candidates.

  • Proven tips on keeping hiring managers out of legal and regulatory hot water
  • Interviewing traps that most hiring managers never see coming
  • 5 questions that every interviewing manager should be asking and 5 they should not
  • Have your interviewing managers understand ‘they’ are being interviewed as well
  • Why the most asked interviewing questions are the least effective in identifying top candidates
  • How hiring managers can identify negative behaviors by asking a few simple questions
  • DO’s and DON’T’s researching applicants online and through social media


Who should attend: Supervisors, Directors, Managers or other hiring managers that interview. (CONNECT has special pricing on this event to encourage multiple hiring managers to attend)


Expert Panel

Judy Enns – Executive Vice President – HR Solutions

Justine Phillips – Attorney, Labor & Employment – Sheppard Mullin

Madonna Bentz – VP Operations – Solekai Systems Corp


May 8, 7:30am  – 9:30am

Sheppard Mullin

12275 El Camino Real Ste 200
San Diego, CA 92130-4092


CONNECT HR Roundtable Members Complimentary

CONNECT Members $20 – Additional member registrants from same member company are eligible for two for one pricing.  For each paid registrant you will receive one free registration.  Email to get discount code to register your complimentary registrations.

Non Members $40

Register and more details here!
MIT Enterprise Forum San Diego presents May Tech Fiesta @ Medical Education and Telemedicine (MET) Building, UC San Diego
May 14 @ 5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

San Diego MIT Enterprise Forum will present its 3rd annual May Tech Fiesta on May 14, 2014 at the Medical Education & Telemedicine building on the UC San Diego campus. The program will feature 3-minute “elevator pitches” from selected companies to an audience of investment bankers, capital investment and planning experts, venture capitalists, angel investors, service providers, senior executives and other entrepreneurs. Presenting companies will also staff display tables during a networking reception before pitching their companies and products to the audience.

At the end of the evening, audience voting will determine the winning company in each of the following categories:

- Company you want to hear more about
- Company most likely to be bought by Facebook
- Company most likely to issue the largest tech IPO ever
- Company most likely to be the first to meet Mark Cuban

Bill Parker, President and CEO, Tara Jayde Capital Partners, LLC

Navid Alipour, Managing Partner, Analytics Ventures
Brant Cooper, Co-Founder, Moves the Needle
Gioia Messinger, Founder and CEO, LinkedObjects

CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop: Art of the Term Sheet @ Offices of Morrison & Foerster LLP
May 15 @ 8:00 am – 11:30 am

CONNECT FrameWorks Workshop: Raising Early-Stage Capital, and the Art of the Term Sheet

In partnership with Morrison & Foerster LLP      


Program Overview:
What should you expect from the fundraising process as you consider raising capital to start or scale your business? How should you respond to a term sheet once it is presented? Join CONNECT and Morrison & Foerster LLP as they provide practical guidance for start-up and emerging companies, including lessons learned from representing dozens of companies through the fundraising process.

Attendees will receive real-world, experience-driven tips to help them prepare for a financing event, and negotiate the best deal once the terms are on the table, from professionals who have spent the past several years “in the trenches” with their clients.

Benefits of Attending:

  • Learn the basics of the start-up fundraising process
  • Receive practical, actionable lessons on deal structure and terms
  • Understand common financing issues and pitfalls for the unwary

Who Should Attend:
Founders, CEOs, business development executives, and entrepreneurs. Please, no service providers.


Matt Steiner – Senior Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Matt Steiner is an associate in the Corporate Department of Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office. His practice involves general corporate, transactional, and securities matters, with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, venture capital and private equity financing transactions, and public and private offerings. Mr. Steiner currently serves on the firm’s hiring committee for the San Diego office as well as the firmwide pro bono committee.

Mr. Steiner received his B.A., with honors, in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. While in law school, Mr. Steiner was a law clerk at the U.S. Attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York. Also while in law school, he served as a staff editor and a senior editor for NYU School of Law’s Journal of Legislation and Public Policyand as a teacher’s assistant for NYU School of Law’s First Year Lawyering Program. Mr. Steiner is admitted to practice in California

James Krenn – Associate, Morrison & Foerster LLP

Jim Krenn is an associate in the corporate group of Morrison & Foerster’s San Diego office. Mr. Krenn has a general corporate practice, with an emphasis on representing life sciences and emerging technology companies ranging from start-ups to publicly-held corporations.

Mr. Krenn’s private company practice focuses on advising start-up and emerging growth companies in matters including formation, financing, and mergers and acquisitions. He also represents venture capital firms in their investments in such companies. Mr. Krenn’s public company practice focuses on advising clients on securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions, and SEC reporting and compliance. Mr. Krenn has represented clients in various industries, including cleantech, medical device, biopharmaceutical, software, semiconductor, and action sports.

Mr. Krenn received his J.D., cum laude, from the Harvard Law School, where he was a member of the Harvard Association of Law & Business and the Harvard Green Campus Initiative. Mr. Krenn received his B.B.A., summa cum laude, in finance from the University of Notre Dame where he was a recipient of the Hamilton Finance Award and the Eugene D. Fanning Award in business communication


Note: A light breakfast will be provided for participants.


Advanced registration for general public: $25 and $15 for CONNECT and MITEF members

At the Door $45 (subject to availability)

 *Registration will close at 3PM on May 16.



CONNECT Nearsourcing Initiative presents: Nearsourcing to Success – Software Engineering @ Offices of Solekai Systems
May 15 @ 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm


You have a brilliant innovation technology that needs software engineering solutions but how do you find the specific expertise you’re looking for? Developing systems architecture, engineering proprietary design requirements, meeting security challenges, ensuring customized application solutions, among others, clearly make this a highly complex process.

Join us for this special, one-time only workshop on how nearsourcing software engineering needs results in cutting edge products. Hear first-hand from the industry experts at Solekai Systems and Verimatrix as they take a deep dive into the anatomy of a successful Internet TV content security solution project for iOS devices and how local partnering paved the way for success.


Dan Sweeney, Vice President, Sales & Marketing; Solekai Systems


Steve Christian, Vice President, Marketing; Verimatrix
Linda Feaster, Vice President, Engineering; Solekai Systems


Date: May 15, 2014

Time: Registration | 5:00pm
Program | 5:30pm
Networking Reception | 7:00pm


CONNECT/MITEF Members: $25
Pre-registration: $45
At the door: $55

Sponsored and hosted by:



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SME Mixer @ Green Flash Brewing Company
May 19 @ 4:30 pm – 7:00 pm

More information coming soon.