Startup SIG: Is there a lawyer in the house?



  • Is there a lawyer in the house?


    Bring all your legal questions and discover whether a global firm or small local boutique firm is the best fit for your startup. We will cover questions in a panel like:


    - when do I start talking to an IP lawyer

    - what is a good time to incorporate

    - how do I manage my lawyer

    - when and how to switch lawyers


    The panel will take audience questions as well. Here is the line up:


    Curtis Mo, Corporate Partner at DLA Piper

    Curtis Mo is a partner in DLA Piper's Corporate and Securities group, based in Silicon Valley. He comes to DLA Piper from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where he was partner-in-charge of that firm's Palo Alto office.

    Mr. Mo is recognized as a leading corporate and securities lawyer in Silicon Valley. He has represented emerging growth companies, major public companies, investment banks, venture capital funds and private equity funds in hundreds of public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, buyouts, venture capital financings and other complex transactions. He has extensive experience in corporate governance matters and regularly acts as general outside counsel to public and private companies at all stages of development, particularly in the technology, life sciences, clean energy technology and consumer sectors.

    Among his clients have been such companies as Cisco Systems, Digital Island, Doubletree Hotels, E*TRADE Group, JetBlue Airways, Restoration Hardware and many top-tier investment banks and venture capital funds.

    Mr. Mo has lectured extensively at seminars sponsored by the Practicing Law Institute and other professional groups, and has given expert legal commentary on emerging growth companies and the technology sector for CNN Moneyline, CNBC Business Center and various publications. Mr. Mo is the founder and co-chair of PLI's Venture Capital conferences, served as co-chair of the Annual Institute on Securities Regulation from 2001 to 2006 and has been a member of the advisory board for the Annual Securities Regulation Institute in San Diego. He serves a number of community organizations, including as a member of the board of directors of the influential Joint Venture: Silicon Valley Network


    Timothy Lohse, IP Partner at DLA Piper

    Timothy W. Lohse concentrates in patent prosecution, patent litigation and patent counseling.

    He provides patent preparation and prosecution in software and related technologies, including microprocessor branch prediction, computer cache memory replacement strategies, database storage systems and database architectures, wireless applications, wireless content development systems, content searching algorithms and systems, automatic coupon generation and brand preference determination systems, written and auditory content development systems and other web-based business systems.

    He also provides patent preparation and prosecution in mechanical, electromechanical and electrical technologies, including aerospace flight electronics, launch vehicles, computer architectures, VLSI chip architectures, medical devices including optical and electrical components, aerial cargo delivery systems, disk drive motors, disk drive shock prevention systems, computer memory architectures, computer cache memory systems, electrical transformers, computer cooling and mechanical systems, thermal ink jet printheads, laser printer control systems, database systems, wireless applications and other complex electrical systems.

    Mr. Lohse provided patent litigation support for Berman v. Wink Communications; Neomagic v. Trident; and Persistence v. Secant. He also is experienced in patent re-examinations.


    Tina Lessani, a patent lawyer at Lessani & Lessani LLP

    Tina’s practice focuses on patent law.  She represents large public companies, as well as start-ups and mezzanine-level corporations, in strategically building patent portfolios.   Tina has prepared and prosecuted patent applications for various technologies including:

    - Mobile device applications

    - Web technologies

    - IVR applications

    - Synchronization systems

    - Mapping systems

    - Green technologies

    - Telecommunications

    - Desktop Applications

    - Semiconductors

    - Sensor Devices

    - Configuration Engines

    - Object-oriented software frameworks

    Tina founded the firm in 2002.   Before founding the firm, Tina was a patent and licensing attorney at Fenwick & West LLP in Palo Alto, California.

    Tina earned a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from RiceUniversity,  and a J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.  Tina is admitted to the California State Bar and is registered to practice before the Patent and Trademark Office. 


    James Lee, corporate lawyer at Business Counsel Law Group


    James is a co-founding partner of BCLG. His practice includes representation of corporations and other business entities in a variety of business transactions, such mergers and acquisitions, venture financings and other private offerings of equity and debt, formation of corporations and limited liability companies, project finance and various other general commercial transactions. James has significant experience representing and counseling energy, technology and clean-tech companies and serves as general counsel to many of his clients. James also has experience in real estate acquisitions and leases.

    James received his BA from UCLA and his JD from Hastings College of Law.


    6:30 - 7:00pm  Registration and Networking

    7:00 - 8:30pm Presentation