Usually, the most valuable thing that young companies own is their intellectual property. This is the portfolio of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets that a company creates and there can be a tremendous amount of value there. Unfortunately, too many businesses do not fully utilize their intellectual property.
That’s where a good lawyer like Stephen LaCount comes in. Stephen works with his clients to develop a strategy to protect their IP and fully utilize it. In this talk at Cal State Fullerton’s Irvine campus for the CSUF Startup Incubator, Stephen will go into the important lessons that every entrepreneur should know about intellectual property. After attending this talk, attendees will have a clearer understanding of what their intellectual property is, how to protect it, and what to do with it.
Pizza and soft drinks will be served at this event.
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Stephen H. LaCount Biography
Prior to founding his own boutique firm in March of 2005, Stephen LaCount was affiliated with Nixon Peabody LLP, a top-50 law firm headquartered in the Northeast. He was previously a partner (and member of the firm’s Executive Committee) in the national law firm of Arter & Hadden LLP from 1992-2003. He attended Boston University (B.A.), New York Law School (J.D.) and New York University School of Law (LL.M. Trade Regulation).
Mr. LaCount has extensive experience representing a broad range of corporate clients and has also served as in-house counsel with a number of prominent multinationals, including Studebaker-Worthington, Inc., Westinghouse Electric Corporation, and Esterline Technologies. In 1987, he relocated from Fairfield, Connecticut to Irvine, California to join AST Research, Inc., a Fortune 500 personal computer manufacturer, where he served as General Counsel for three years before entering private practice.
His practice emphasizes domestic and international business transactions, including acquisition and sale of technology assets, general counseling/emerging growth companies, intellectual property protection and exploitation, technology licensing and development, software transactions and information technology contracting, outsourcing, strategic partnering arrangements, internet, e-business, privacy and data protection, antitrust, and specialized regulatory matters involving International technology transfer.
He is also a long-standing member of the American Arbitration Association’s National Roster of Neutrals and has arbitrated a wide variety of disputes involving intellectual property rights and technology and franchise-related agreements and transactions.
Stephen LaCount served as the Laspa Visiting Professor of Entrepreneurship Law and Practice at Harvey Mudd College (the engineering and science school of the Claremont college consortium) and has also taught law-related courses at Cal State Fullerton’s Mihaylo School of Business and Economics, and at Chapman University’s Fowler Law School and Argryos School of Business and Economics.
Mr. LaCount served on the board of directors of the Computer Law Association (currently known as the International Technology Law Association) from 1992-1998 and continues to serve as an active member of ITLA. In 1991 and 1995, he chaired the CLA’s biennial Pacific Rim Computer Law Conferences in Newport Beach and San Francisco. He co-founded the High-Tech Innovation Awards, an annual Orange County technology company showcase currently in its 20th year. In May of 2007, he was awarded Tech America’s prestigious Community Service Award.
He is a nationally recognized lecturer and author on technology contracting and international trade subjects and most recently served on the faculty of the 8th International Asian Conference in Bangalore, India. Mr. LaCount has been ranked by Who’sWho Legal as one of California’s top Information Technology lawyers for the past 15 years.
Stephen LaCount is admitted to the state bars of New York and California.
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