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10/27 - PM Concurrent Track 1 - Patent Law and Trade Secrets

October 27, 2022 2:15 PM to 3:45 PM


Potomac C, 1-3


90 CLE Minutes

Patents & Trade Secrets


Moderator: Zong-Wei “Wade” Lin, Berkeley Lights, Edmonds, WA

Square Peg in a Round Hole? Navigating the Use of Patent Rules to Measure Trade Secret Damages
David Bohrer, Greenfield, LLP, San Jose, CA

The Scales of Innovation: Weighing the Impact of Recent Court Decisions on the Support for R&D and the Selection of Intellectual Property Protection

Ali Anoff, Procter & Gamble Company, Cincinnati, OH
Mark C. Vallone, IBM Corporation, Endicott, NY
Russell Slifer, Black Hills IP, Minneapolis, MN


Hosted by the Patent Law, Patent Agents, and Trade Secrets Committees


  • Lin, Wade

    Berkeley Lights, Inc. | Senior Patent Agent

    Wade Lin is a patent agent registered in Taiwan and the United States and also qualified in China. His scientific background is molecular biology. He had over ten years experience working at one of the biggest law firms in Taiwan specializing in global patent prosecution, patent analyses and representing clients in patent infringement litigations. He currently works at Berkeley Lights, Inc as a senior patent agent.
  • David Bohrer Photo200x200 Bohrer, David

    Greenfield LLC | Partner

    Dave is Of Counsel, Greenfield LLP, a Silicon Valley business litigation firm. He is a trial lawyer with over 25 years’ experience handling patent infringement, trade secret and numerous other technology-focused litigations. Before coming to Greenfield, Dave was an equity partner in the IP litigation departments at several AmLaw 100 firms. He has successfully tried numerous patent litigations to favorable jury verdict. Dave also is a frequent speaker on trade secrets, including a recent Webinar sponsored by the NYC Bar Association titled New York and California Trade Secrets Litigations: Differences and Best Practices.
  • Anoff, Ali

    Procter & Gamble | Director & Assistant General Counsel - Patents

    Ali Anoff is Director and Assistant General Counsel at Procter & Gamble. She is the primary patent attorney for Olay® skin care, a brand with net sales of more than $1 billion annually. Ali provides strategic legal counsel to the business to create and protect global intellectual property assets. Her practice focuses on IP strategy development, preparation and prosecution of global patent applications, freedom-to-practice assessments, enforcement, and due diligence.
  • Vallone, Mark

    IBM | Senior IP Counsel

    Mark Vallone is Senior IP Counsel at IBM, where he manages IBM’s in-house team that primarily handles U.S. patent application preparation and prosecution matters and defensive patent analyses. Mark is also active in IBM patent strategy and policy matters. He formerly led the team responsible for IBM's U.S. Patent Procedures, which are followed by IBM's in-house and outside patent counsel. He also served as lead IP Counsel for IBM Cloud and IBM Commerce, for which he supported transactions and product clearances, led patent procurement operations, and provided counsel on a wide range of other IP matters.
  • Slifer, Russ

    Black Hills IP | CEO

    Russ Slifer is the CEO of Black Hills IP and is also a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has focused exclusively on intellectual property law since 1994 helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.