General Counsel Committee Event

May 31, 2013

Tom Blasey
Deputy General Counsel, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel & Assistant Secretary
Exelis Inc.

Tom Blasey is the deputy general counsel, chief intellectual property counsel and assistant secretary of Exelis Inc. In addition, Blasey was the chief IP counsel of ITT Corporation for a number of years prior to the 2011 spinoff of ITT's Defense and Water business (Exelis is now the ITT Defense business). As chief IP counsel, Blasey leads the intellectual property function for Exelis. Blasey served as the chair of the Aerospace Industries Association IP committee in 2008-2009, and remains active with this committee, which among other things monitors developments in data rights regulations and other intellectual property issues relevant to the aerospace and defense industry.

Brian Buroker
Intellectual Property Litigation Partner
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLC

Brian Buroker is an intellectual property litigation partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLC. Buroker holds undergraduate degrees in electrical and computer engineering; therefore, he focuses on litigation of patent and trade secret issues related to computer software, hardware and electronics. Buroker has been recognized as one of the leading intellectual property litigators in the Washington, D.C. area by Chambers, Benchmark Litigation, SuperLawyers and Legal 500.

Brian Klock
Managing Partner
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Brian Klock has more than twenty years of experience in all aspects of patent law. Klock currently serves as managing partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. He has extensive experience in complex patent litigation spanning a wide variety of technologies in the electrical and mechanical fields, and he also has significant experience in preparation and prosecution of patent applications, licensing, client counseling and opinion drafting. Prior to joining Fitzpatrick in 1992, Klock worked as a patent examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he examined patent applications relating to computer hardware and software. Klock earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in electrical engineering from Virginia Tech, and he earned his law degree with high honors from The George Washington University School of Law. He is the author of numerous articles on intellectual property topics, and he received a 2011 Burton Award for Legal Achievement for his article, The JPML: An Alternate Route to a New Venue.

Keith Kupferschmid
General Counsel & Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property Policy & Enforcement
Software & Information Industry Association

Keith Kupferschmid is general counsel and senior vice president of intellectual property policy & enforcement for the Software & Information Industry Association (SIIA). He is responsible for working directly with SIIA's Intellectual Property Committee to establish SIIA positions and moving the SIIA agenda on issues relating to intellectual property. He also supervises the association's anti-piracy programs. Prior to joining SIIA, Kupferschmid was an attorney with the law firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, where he advised clients on all matters relating to copyright and copyright-related protection, including client counseling, opinion drafting, license negotiations, and litigation. Before that, he was an intellectual property attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (PTO), where he was responsible for international and legislative patent and copyright issues. During his time at the PTO, Kupferschmid worked extensively on bilateral and multilateral intellectual property issues, was responsible for formulating and advocating the administration's policy relating to intellectual property and the Internet and represented the U.S. Government as a lead negotiator at the Diplomatic Conference on Certain Copyright and Neighboring Rights Questions that adopted the WIPO Copyright and Performances and Phonogram Treaties in December 1996.

Justin Oliver
Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Justin Oliver is a partner in the Washington, D.C. office of Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto. He has extensive patent law experience in the areas of preparation and prosecution of patent applications, licensing, client counseling, and opinion drafting. In particular, Oliver focuses on complex patent prosecution matters including reissues, reexaminations, and inter partes proceedings at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Some of the technical fields he has worked in include medical devices, software applications, electronics, navigation systems, and semiconductor technologies. Oliver earned his B.S. degree in neuroscience from Trinity College (Hartford, Conn.), and he earned his law degree from American University (magna cum laude). He has lectured around the country on the America Invents Act, particularly with respect to the mechanisms for challenging the validity of a patent before the USPTO.