Colloquium Date: Monday, February 05, 2007
A bi-weekly event to present and discuss issues related to developments, applications and commercialization of nanotechnology.
Texas Legislature Technology Calendar
Speakers: Janis Carter & Jerry Keys
(VIDEO CONFERENCED FROM THE AUSTIN OFFICE OF Winstead PC)
Abstract: In recent years, legislation passed
by the Texas Legislature has had a major impact on
both large and emerging Texas technology companies
in the nanotechnology field. The most prominent
legislation passed during the last Texas legislative
session was the Texas Emerging Technology Fund.
Many new Texas laws, however, impact the formation
and operation of emerging tech companies and the
ability of such companies to obtain financing,
recruit employees, and license intellectual property
rights in inventions made at Texas-supported
The presentation will focus on relevant legislation
either pending and/or expected to be filed in the
Texas Legislature during the present 2007
legislative session and the prospects that such
legislation will pass. In addition, the
presentation will provide a summary and discuss the
relevance of those bills affecting nanotechnology
and emerging technology companies that are most
likely to pass.
Janis Carter brings
twenty years of Texas legislative and government
relations experience to the Austin, Texas office of
Winstead Consulting Group LLC. Prior to joining
Winstead in 2002, Ms. Carter was a legislative and
government affairs specialist at McGinnis, Lochridge
& Kilgore, L.L.P. for four years working with the
firmís clients on matters before state agencies and
the Texas Legislature.
Ms. Carterís extensive
experience and background working across party lines
provides clients with strategic legislative and
government affairs counsel in a number of areas.
During the 78th and 79th Legislative Sessions, she
represented clients on issues including, but not
limited to, taxation, appropriations, higher
education funding, finance, workers' compensation,
insurance and alternative energy.
Jerry Keys is a shareholder in the Austin
office of Winstead P.C. He has
more than thirty years of legal experience
representing technology and other intellectual
property-based enterprises ranging from Fortune 500
companies, multinationals and universities to
startups in domestic and international matters. His
legal practice focuses on intellectual property, and
technology business law. Jerry is particularly
experienced in providing strategic Board-level legal
counseling to startups and emerging high technology
companies, both in private practice and as Senior
Vice President and General Counsel of a venture
capital-funded Internet/information technology
company. He also represents both universities and
private companies in connection with university and
governmental lab intellectual property and
technology transfer/commercialization matters.
Jerry is widely recognized for his understanding of
the interplay of technology and intellectual
property with business and government and for his
ability to assist clients in cost effectively
commercializing and monetizing their intellectual
Jerry is registered to practice before the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office. He also is a former
President of the Austin Intellectual Property Law
Association and a former adjunct assistant professor
at The University of Texas at Austin. He has been
selected by his peers to be included in the 2007
edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the
specialties of Information Technology Law and
Intellectual Property Law.
Jerry is also very active in regional economic
development. In 2003, he received the Austin
Business Journal's Rising Star Award for the Service
Provider Category for his work on promoting regional
economic cooperation in the Greater Austin San
Antonio Corridor. He is currently Co-Chairman of
the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor Council, a
regional economic development organization.
Jerry is a frequent speaker and author on both legal
issues in his areas of practice and on promoting
economic development through the commercialization
of University- and government-generated intellectual
property. His publications include "Accelerating
Technology Commercialization and Business Formation
in the Greater Austin-San Antonio Corridor."
Mr. Keys received his J.D. with honors in 1975 after
earning a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering,
with honors, in 1970, both from The University of
Texas at Austin.
VENUE: You may attend the presentation from any
one of these law offices of Winstead PC or from UT Dallas
AUSTIN: Winstead PC
401 Congress Av., Ste 2100, Austin, TX 78701;
The University of Texas at Dallas,
The School of Management,
800 West Campbell Road, Room SOM1.502 map
Richardson, TX 75080; 972-883-4568
HOUSTON: Winstead PC
919 Milam, Ste 2400
Houston, TX 77002; 713-650-8400
SAN ANTONIO: Winstead PC
700 N. St Mary St., Ste 1900
San Antonio, TX 78205; 210-277-6800
THE WOODLANDS: Winstead PC
600 Town Center One, 1450 Lake Robbins Drive,
The Woodlands, TX 77380; 281-681-5900
Program begins at 11:30am with a complimentary lunch provided by Winstead PC.
Presentation begins at 12:00pm.
Richard Fink 512-339-5020x130 email@example.com
Max Roundhill 512-339-5020x120 firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman: Dr. Zvi Yaniv
Registration deadline is Friday, February 2 at 5:00 PM Central.
To register, please send an email to Deepika Misra
email@example.com with your preferred attendance location.
Nanomaterials Applications Center
Walt Trybula, Ph.D.
Texas State University
San Marcos, TX
DVDs of selected presentations from previous
speakers are available for a small fee (contact
Max Roundhill firstname.lastname@example.org)
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