I am going to be giving two China talks in September. My first talk is going to be on September 14, 2011, in Seattle, before a dual-meeting of the International Association of Outsourcing Professionals (IAOP) and the Seattle Technical Forum. It will be at The Bellevue City Hall, 450 110th Avenue Northeast, Bellevue, WA. The title for the event is “Legal Challenges of IT in a Globalized World.” In other words, what do IT companeis need to know when doing business internationally.
The format is going to consist of four lawyers, myself included, speaking for twenty-five minutes each, followed by a long Q&A session. I love this sort of format, especially at an event intended for non-lawyers. With only twenty-five minutes, my goal will not be to explain international IP law (that would take more than 25 hours) but to raise the key issues and to convey the importance of not assuming anything.
I will be sharing the stage with Russell Weed, who will be speaking on “Growth Strategies and Stages of Financing for Start-ups,” Madhu Singh who will be speaking on “Social media and the Cloud the rise of new IP concerns,” and Adam Goldblatt,, who will be speaking on “Inception Through First Financing.”
My next stop will be Grinnell, Iowa (hence the title of this post), where I will be speaking on international careers at my alma mater, Grinnell College. Earlier this year, the New York Times did an article talking about how “nearly one of every 10 [Grinnell College] applicants being considered for the class of 2015 is from China.” I do not remember a single student from Asia when I was there. I cannot wait to see it again.