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Thursday, November 12 • 12:00pm - 3:00pm
Intellectual Property Law Q&A hosted by Cislo& Thomas LLP

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Intellectual property is the fuel that drives innovation and attracts investors to every modern technology venture.  Join Cislo& Thomas LLP Thursday at noon on the Santa Monica pier for a question and answer session covering all your patent, copyright and trademark related questions and featuring several of our patent practitioners including Dr. Mark Nielsen, Dr. C. Wook Pak and David Sandelands.

Experts on patent procurement and intellectual property litigation, Dr. Nielsen, Dr. Pak and Mr. Sandelands are three of Southern California's most trusted attorneys in the field of intellectual property.  The panel will discuss key changes in patent law instituted in 2013, the evolving landscape of software patent protection, and any of your startup-related intellectual property questions. 

In addition, our panel will explore the intersection of ecommerce and intellectual property, highlighting web-based resources like PatentFiler.com and emerging patent-oriented crowdfunding platforms. 

Expert Panel

Mark D. Nielsen, Ph.D.

Mark Nielsen holds a B.S. cum laude in Biological Sciences from the University of Southern California (1992), and also earned his Ph.D. in 1997 from the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Washington. Mark then received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2000 where he was a member of National Moot Court Team and Articles Editor on the International & Comparative Law Journal.  Mark has substantial experience litigating all aspects of patent, trademark, and copyright cases in federal district courts throughout the United States, including trial and appellate experience, as well as experience with reexaminations in the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Mark also has experience prosecuting patents, trademarks, and copyrights before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and United States Copyright Office, and has been heavily involved in enforcement of our clients’ intellectual property rights.

C. Wook Pak, PhD

Dr. Pak received his B.S. in Biochemistry from Oregon State University in 1995; worked as a research associate in the Department of Surgery/Oncology at UCLA; and earned his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from University of California, Riverside in 2003.  Dr. Pak received his J.D. from Loyola Law School in 2006, where he received the First Honors Award in Copyright Law.  Dr. Pak  is experienced in all aspects of Intellectual Property procurement and enforcement, including preparing and filing U.S. and International patent applications in a variety of technological areas, such as mechanical, pharmaceutical, biotechnological, alternative energy, and business methods.

David Sandelands

Mr. Sandelands earned his J.D. from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law in 1998, and a Bachelors Degree in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University in 1982. Mr. Sandelands specializes in the acquisition of patents in the mechanical and electro-mechanical arts. Representative industries include automotive, aerospace, manufacturing, industrial lighting, medical devices, and consumer products.  In addition, Mr. Sandelands specializes in Patent reexamination proceedings and opinion work including freedom to operate, patent noninfringement and patent invalidity opinions.


Michael H Anderson, PhD

Dr. Anderson received his B.S in Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics from The University of California at Los Angeles in 2007; and also earned his Ph.D. in Chemistry and Biochemistry from The University of California at Santa Cruz in 2012.  Dr. Anderson received his J.D. from Santa Clara University School of Law in 2014.

Joanna Chen

Joanna received her B.S. in Bioengineering from University of California, Berkeley in 2011 and her J.D. from Loyola Law School with a concentration in Intellectual Property Law and a sub-concentration in Patent & Technology in 2014. 


About Cislo & Thomas LLP Managing Partner, Dan Cislo
Recently featured in the Los Angeles Business Journal, Most Influential Lawyers of 2014.    B.S., Systems Engineering (Electro-mechanical-computer), University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA),  1981; J.D., Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California, 1986.  Previously with Pretty, Schroeder, Brueggemann & Clark of Los Angeles, CA.   Daniel M. Cislo has been involved in an extensive number of intellectual property Federal and State Court cases. The number of Federal Court cases across the country exceed over 200 cases, handling all aspects of intellectual property. Mr. Cislo has also been involved in state unfair competition and trade secret cases in the state of California.

Thursday November 12, 2015 12:00pm - 3:00pm PST
MeetUp Tent Santa Monica Pier

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