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January 20, 2009 - Richard Ogawa, Ian Blasch, and Bill Cadogan

January IP Section Luncheon



for Emerging Technology Companies

January 20, 2009 - 11:30-1:00
CableLabs, Louisville, CO
1 CLE Credit


As the capital available to early stage companies becomes more scarce, the need to carefully craft IP investment strategies increases in importance.  The IP Section of the Colorado Bar Association is pleased to bring together a special Panel to discuss the development of IP investment strategies in early stage companies, with a focus on how IP can add value in different technology sectors and at different stages in a company's life cycle.  The goal is to provide insight, from those who invest in and purchase early stage companies, into the characteristics of IP (and Patents in particular) that consistently add value in both the short and longer term.
The event was a moderated Panel including:

Richard Ogawa, IP Counsel for khosla ventures.  Richard crafts the IP strategy for many of the key portfolio companies of khosla ventures, the revolutionary Valley VC firm providing venture assistance, strategic advice, and capital to entrepreneurs. The firm focuses on breakthrough scientific work in clean technology, along with traditional venture areas like the Internet, computing, mobile, and silicon technology.

Ian Blasch, Managing Director of the Ventures Group at Micron. Ian oversees all of the direct investing and passive investing activities of Micron. Ian holds responsibilities for defining investment strategy and integrating the activities of Micron Ventures into Micron’s business units. Ian was the CEO and founder of Tiqit Computer, the first company to integrate Windows XP into a handheld computer.

Bill Cadogan, Chairman of Mutual Capital Partners.  Bill is the former CEO of ADC Telecom, taking it from a $200 million revenue business to over $3 billion during the course of his tenure as CEO.  Bill has also sat on the boards of Siara (acquired by Redback for $4.3 billion), Optivision (ultimately ONI, IPO), Excel Switching (acquired by Lucent for $ 1 billion), Applied EPI (acquired by Veeco for $100 million), Pentair, Ceridian, and Banta (Fortune 500 companies).

Cost: $35 for IP Section Members, Silicon Flatirons Sponsors, RMVCA members, and members of the Boulder/Denver Technology Meetup Group, $45 for the General Public, and CU/DU law students are Free. Includes a catered lunch and parking.  RSVP by calling (303) 860-1115 ext. 727 or by e-mailing

Cancellations and no-shows will be billed for the cost of the program. Checks can be sent to the Colorado Bar Association, 1900 Grant St., Suite 900, Denver, CO 80203. Also, please call or e-mail your RSVP when sending a check. Checks should be made payable to the CBA. If leaving a message, please spell your name, specify that you are attending the Intellectual Property Section January Luncheon, specify whether you would prefer a vegetarian selection, and leave your phone number.

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