Small Business and Entrepreneur Event

March 13, 2014

Bill Bunker
Knobbe Martens

Bill Bunker specializes in developing and executing worldwide patent and trademark protection strategies for a wide diversity of clients - from startups to multi-national corporations. He has extensive experience in the many fields of medical devices, as well as computer-implemented and internet-based inventions such as financial services and various forms of business methods.

Bunker frequently advises clients on clearance matters (so called "freedom to operate" or "right to practice" analyses) as well as responding to and conducting due diligence in investment and acquisition contexts. Licensing and all forms of business transactions involving IP is a substantial portion of Bunker's practice.

Bunker has been a contributing author on intellectual property law for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, including such topics as the GATT amendments to U.S. intellectual property laws, European Community Trade Mark system, color trademarks, doctrine of equivalents and declaratory judgment practice. Bunker has served as a legal expert witness in various intellectual property matters. He has lectured on intellectual property law to a large number of technology and trade associations, as well as the Licensing Executives Society and the International Bar Association.

Since 2004 he has been an adjunct professor of patents and trade secrets at Chapman University School of Law, and in 2012 he served as co-chair of the IP and Entertainment Committee of the International Bar Association.

Bunker has also served as a legal expert witness in various intellectual property matters.

Joe T. May
Founder and Chairman of the Board, EIT
Former Delegate, Virginia House of Delegates

Delegate Joe May served 10 terms in the Virginia House of Delegates where he represented the 33rd House District (portions of Loudoun, Clarke and Frederick Counties).

May, a registered professional engineer who holds 22 patents, is founder and chairman of the board of the Virginia based electronic engineering and manufacturing firm, EIT, located in Sterling, Va.

As a member of the House of Delegates, he served as the chairman of the House of Delegates Transportation Committee, was a member of the House Science and Technology Committee where he served as Chairman for 9 years, and was a member of the House Appropriations Committee chairing the Appropriations subcommittee on Transportation.

Delegate May has received numerous community awards including the 2001 Rotary Paul Harris Award, the 2007 Civil War Preservation Trust Leadership Award, and the Loudoun Times Mirror 2012 Citizen of the Year award. He has been a judge and group leader for the Northern Virginia Regional Science Fair, Loudoun County Science Fair, and a judge in the Loudoun County History Fair. Other activities have included interacting with high school Gifted and Talented, Challenge Groups, and Junior Achievement Groups. He also sponsors a summer intern program for college students at his business, EIT.

A member of the Virginia Society of Professional Engineers, May is a sixth generation Virginian and a graduate of Virginia Tech. He resides with his wife Bobby in Leesburg, Va. They have two daughters, Dr. Susan May and Elaine M. Attridge.

Sever Totia
Edison Ventures

Sever Totia is responsible for leading Edison investments in companies primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic area. Totia co-leads investment strategy in enterprise 2.0 segments including mobility, systems management, information services and on-demand applications. He also focuses on education technology and services investments in K-12, higher education, and corporate sectors.

Totia is active in the Mid-Atlantic venture community through NVTC, Mid-Atlantic Venture Association (MAVA), Deloitte & Touche Technology Venture Center (TVC), Maryland Incubator and National Sciences Foundation Tech Program.

Prior to joining Edison, Totia was with Lazard Technology Partners (LTP), a $400 million early-stage venture fund. There he co-led enterprise software investments in systems management, security, analytics and on-demand application sectors.

Before joining Lazard in 2000, Totia held product management and operations leadership positions in Thomson Financial's Equity Research Products division. In this role, Totia led teams responsible for software platform development, database architecture, content operations management, as well as implementation of equity analyses and quantitative portfolio modeling systems.