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Apr 8, 2009
TechAmerica Technology and IP Event - Monetizing Your Patents
Oregon Zoo

About the Program: With the emergence of patent aggregators, auction services and patent brokerage consultants, there is now a greater array of options to sell and license patent rights. But which, if any of these options should you consider? What are the alternatives?

Topics that will be discussed: • Update on the patent broker marketplace - how has it evolved and does the economic downturn provide more opportunities for monetization or less? • How to decide which patents to sell? • Available options for selling and licensing patents, and associated trade-offs • Patent transaction events from an investor-owned company perspective • Key considerations and practical pointers in evaluating which options best fit your company?s strategy

Who Should Attend? Business leaders in companies that acquire or license patents and patented technology, as well as lawyers who advise companies on these issues.

Panelists: Gary Glisson, Partner, Stoel Rives LLP For more than 20 years, Gary Glisson has counseled intellectual property owners of all types on the legal aspects of commercializing their intellectual property assets. As Co-Chair of the Stoel Rives Technology Ventures Group, he works with investor-financed companies to leverage their intellectual property assets in the planning and implementation of their business strategies.

Kent Richardson, EVP and GM, ThinkFire Drawing on his experience as VP IP at Rambus, General Counsel of Numerical Technology, and as part of the IP strategy team at Wilson Sonsini, Kent advises clients on patent development, sales and licensing.

Andy Scott, VP of Business Development, RPX Andy spent the first part of his career in various startups and in venture capital. He subsequently cofounded a patent brokerage firm and recently joined RPX, a defense patent aggregator.

Moderator: Bill Birdwell, Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP As lead counsel in patent, trade secret and trademark litigation, including jury trials, Bill brings several years experience to this topic including experience as an expert witness on patent law in patent litigation.

Event Details: Date: Wednesday, April 8, 2009 Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am, 7:30 am - 8:00 am - Networking & Breakfast, 8:00 am - 10:00 am - Program and Q&A Location: Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR - Skyline Banquet Room Fees: Members $50, Non members $110

Apr 9, 2009
AeA Emerging Business Networking Event: Recipes for Successful Company Formation and Growth
Oregon Zoo

Emerging Business Networking Event: Recipes for Successful Company Formation and Growth

Date: Thursday, April 9, 2009 Time: 7:30 a.m. - 8:00 a.m. - Breakfast and Networking 8:00 am - 9:00 am - Program and Q&A Location: Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR, Skyline Banquet Room Fees: $35 AeA Members and OEN Members, $55 Non Member Technology Company, $95 All Other Non Members

About the Program II Registration/Location II Contact Information II Sponsors About the Program

Successful entrepreneurs sharing their strategic and tactical experiences of starting and growing a company. What are the Lessons Learned?

What will you learn?

* How to set/execute vision and strategy
* How to maneuver through business cycles 
* How to ride-out changing economic conditions 
* How to prioritize - what gets done first 
* How to identify the right path to take for markets, funding and resources

Featured Panelists: Scott Keeney, Co-Founder and CEO, nLIGHT Corporation Scott has started two companies. nLIGHT was founded in 2000 to focus on the telecom sector just prior to the bubble bursting.

David Moffenbeier, COO, Absorbent Technologies David has been involved in numerous company formations including co-founder of Mentor Graphics, COO of MedicaLogic as well as his current position with Absorbent Technologies.

Clive Cook, CEO, RNA Networks Clive has a track record of building successful companies such as VeriLAN, Inc., Elematics and now, RNA.

Moderator: Diane Fraiman, Venture Partner, Voyager Capital Diane has 30 years of technology company experience as a leader of marketing, strategy and business development efforts in both start-up and public enterprises.

Who should attend? Executive level management of small to medium size companies and entrepreneurs in the company formation stage.

Skyline Banquet Room Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR

May 7, 2009
Oregon Tech Awards
Portland Art Museum

This premier event celebrates excellence and achievement in the region’s technology industry and honors one outstanding Technology Executive of the Year. In addition, five individual industry segment and product awards will be presented during the evening, recognizing recipients for their accomplishments, leadership and commitment to the community and industry.

$2500 for a table of 10; $250 for a single ticket

AWARD CATEGORIES Technology Executive of the Year System/Hardware Company of the Year Software Company of the Year Technology-Service Company of the Year Emerging Company of the Year Cool Product of the Year

AeA Technology Awards Program
Portland Art Museum Website
May 19, 2009
Open Source: Turning a Traditional Pitfall into Opportunity
Oregon Zoo

TechAmerica (formerly known as AeA) Open Source: Turning a Traditional Pitfall into Opportunity Presented by: AeA Technology and IP Committee

About the program:

Portland has a productive and creative open source community, and great business advantage awaits companies who can use open source code to make a better proprietary product cheaper or faster. However, traditional thinking divides companies into two camps: open source companies, which embrace the open source business model and have no proprietary products, and proprietary software companies, which may want to use open source software either in the development process or as part of the product, but which often dare not risk doing so because of the legal risks.

Portland's open source community is vibrant and energetic. Can proprietary companies tap into that creativity while avoiding the legal pitfalls?

A panel of local entrepreneurs will discuss new law on open source license agreements, how local technology companies have successfully (or not so successfully) incorporated open source code into their proprietary products, and their best advice as to how a company can navigate the legal and technical minefields to get better products to market faster by harnessing open source innovations.

What Will Be Discussed?
* Effective strategies for managing the legal risks of including open source in proprietary code * Local technology companies? experiences managing investor concerns regarding open source * How to determine whether open source code offers value to your company

Moderator: Brenna Legaard, Partner, Chernoff, Vilhauer, McClung & Stenzel, LLP Brenna will discuss what courts have recently had to say about open source licenses, the legal consequences of violating them, and how companies can manage the legal risks of using open source code in proprietary software.

Panelists: Stuart Cohen, Chief Executive Officer, Collaborative Software Initiative Cohen is responsible for marshaling CSI's leadership team and IT business and technology leaders to apply open source methodologies to software development and business communities.

Bill McQuaide, Executive Vice President of Products and Services, Black Duck Software Bill will review what you need to know about how to protect your software value in a merger or acquisition and how to accelerate software development through the managed use of open source and third-party code.

Carl Ruggiero, Trilinear Technologies Carl has real world experience integrating open source software into commercial products, including managing legal issues and investor concerns. He will discuss his approach and what he has learned from these experiences.

Event Details: Date: May 19, 2009 Time: 7:30 am - 10:00 am, 7:30 am - 8:00 am - Networking & Breakfast, 8:00 am - 10:00 am - Program and Q&A Location: Oregon Zoo, Portland, OR - Skyline Banquet Room Fees: Members $50, Non members $110

Aug 25, 2009
Silicon Forest Technology and Financial Forum
through Intel Capital

The Oregon Technology Investor Tour and the Silicon Forest Forum have combined forces to create the Silicon Forest Technology and Financial Forum. This event provides a unique opportunity for the financial community to experience Oregon public and private companies, meet their management teams, and take company tours (if applicable). In addition, concurrent panel discussions on a range of technology management and sector specific issues will allow entrepreneurs and companies to gain insights into opportunities for their growth and success.

What Will You Gain by Attending: Access to executives representing the Telecom, CAE and Semiconductor Industries, Alternative Energy, Green Tech, Social Networking, Internet Security, Application Software and Medical Technology Services Exchange of critical information from companies in a unique and small group format Develop and maintain important relationships with leading-edge technology companies Cost savings by networking with company executives and peers in one general location

Cost to attend: Day 1, August 25, 2009 ($99.00) Day 2, August 26, 2009 ($99.00) Both Days ($155.00)

Sep 23, 2009
OR BOD Education Series: Board Evaluations
Oregon Zoo

OR BOD Education Series Date: Sep 23, 2009

Board Evaluations

Network with high-level peers and expert panelists as TechAmerica (formerly AeA) enters the sophomore season for its successful Board of Directors education series that addresses the changing and sometimes challenging issues Boards face today...because AeA continues to believe that Good Governance Matters!

Feb 11, 2010
3 Ways to Grow Your Company with Internal Sources of Revenue
Oregon Zoo, Skyline Banquet Room

Compared to the lush capital environment of the 90s, the new millennium has been an arid desert. What internal cash sourcing strategies are working? What processes and methods ensure that funds and resources are being used efficiently? What stories can be shared? What does the future capital environment hold and what type of internal cash generation revenues are yet to be found in your company?

Learn from emerging business executives who have found their oases to survive these difficult times. Panelists will discuss how they’ve managed their most precious asset - cash!

You will learn: - Strategies for survival and growth - When to hire/reduce employees - How to manage vendor and customer relationships to increase/steady cash flow - Common and uncommon ways to source cash

Panelists: All have direct experience in leading companies at least once (most more) on limited external capital.

  • Chris O'Leary, Chief Financial Officer, Phoseon Technology
  • David Silverman, Chief Financial Officer, Lifecom
  • Kit Johnson, President and Principal Consultant, LedgerSource, LLC

Moderator: - Les Fahey, Fahey Ventures LLC, is a business advisor to emerging growth technology companies. Retired from KPMG and considered by many to be one of the founding fathers of Tech in Portland.