Friday, April 8, 2011

Office Space & New Events

One piece of news and two new events..


VLBS now has office space! Room 156F is the new office space for VLBS, Rivanna Investments, and Law & Technology. We will have this space for the next two years.


Entrepreneurs & Intellectual Property: A Lecture, Panel, & Networking Event
Thursday, April 14 · 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Caplin Pavilion - The Law School

Please RSVP via by Tuesday, April 12 at 11:59 PM
to reserve a spot.

The presentation will be designed to help entrepreneurs to identify
intellectual property and provide an overview of the basic techniques
for protecting such intellectual property. Topics will include a brief
summary of the basic types of intellectual property and discussions of
the patent procurement process, patent enforcement, trademarks,
copyrights and trade secrets. Following the presentation, there will
be a panel consisting of both investors and company representatives
who will discuss the importance of intellectual property rights and
how issues related to intellectual property have affected their
businesses and business decisions.
(Partial List of Speakers, full list coming soon)

Russell Schundler
Russell Schundler is a principal in the Charlottesville office of
Woods Rogers PLC.  He concentrates his practice in the firm's
Corporate and Business Law section including mergers and acquisitions,
bank financings and corporate finance.  He has represented businesses
in a wide range of industries on transactions from formation through
exit, including mergers and acquisitions, bank financings, contract
negotiation, and formation and finance of start-up entities. He has
also worked with private equity funds, venture capital funds and hedge
funds with formation, offerings of interests to investors, and the
review and negotiation of investments.

Russell was named one of Virginia's "Legal Elite" by Virginia Business
magazine in 2005 and 2010 and a “Rising Star” by Law & Politics
magazine in 2007, 2009 and 2010. Active in the community, he serves as
a director for Jefferson Area CHIP, Inc., a director for the
Charlottesville Business Innovation Council, and as a director for
WorkSource Enterprises.

Russell graduated with distinction from the University of Virginia in
1997.  He earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of
Law in 2001.  Following law school, he worked in the Roanoke office of
Woods Rogers between 2001-2007.  Russell returned to Woods Rogers
after practicing for three years at McGuire Woods.

Christopher Rhodes
Christopher Rhodes is a registered patent attorney primarily focusing
his practice in the firm’s Intellectual Property section.  Chris has
represented a wide variety of organizations ranging from international
and national corporations, startup companies, universities, venture
capitalists and other investment firms in obtaining and enforcing
their intellectual property.   His practice is directed towards patent
prosecution, due diligence and opinions, patent litigation and other
intellectual property matters in chemical, biochemical, medical
devices, chemical and medical instrumentation and other technical

Chris recently returned to Roanoke after practicing in the
Boston/Cambridge area, where he also earned his law degree from
Suffolk University Law School while working as a patent agent for a
multi-office intellectual property law firm.  Prior to being a patent
agent, Chris earned his Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of
Virginia and received his Bachelors of Science degree in chemistry
from Roanoke College.

**Food and Beer will be served**

America’s Fiscal Crisis: Challenges and Solutions
With Pete Peterson, Co-Founder of the Blackstone Group

April 12, 2011

4:00 pm, UVA Chapel

University and Charlottesville communities are invited to a
conversation between Pete Peterson and Dean Harry Harding of the
Batten School. Peterson is the 2011 Thomas Jefferson Foundation Medal
in Citizen Leadership recipient, recognizing his distinguished career
as a Cabinet Secretary, a national leader on efforts to control the
federal deficit, and a lifelong philanthropist. Sponsored by the Frank
Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy, no RSVP necessary.

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