Michael REMINGTONSenior Consultant; former partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP

Michael J. Remington has over four decades of experience in intellectual property law (copyrights, trademarks, patents and semiconductor chip mask works), and legal reform, having served in both the public and private sectors. In public service, Mike was counsel for the Committee on the Judiciary and chief counsel of the Judiciary Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives on Intellectual Property and Judicial Administration; in this capacity, he participated in the enactment of over twenty public laws related to intellectual property. Now retired from law practice, he previously represented clients such as the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute of Legal Reform, a performing rights organization comprising thousands of songwriters, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, a standards-setting coalition of information technology companies, and a coalition of inventors and small businesses.  A former Peace Corps Volunteer in Cote d’Ivoire where he worked on rural construction, and a Fulbright Scholar in Paris, France, during which he was a stagiaire (intern) at the Tribunal Administratif de Paris and the Conseil d’État; on a personal note, Mike has a Francophile family (wife, Francoise), and children (Cecile, Elise and Christophe). As a consultant to the World Intellectual Property Organization, The Asia Foundation, USAID and the United Nations in Asia (most recently in China and South Korea) and South America (Brazil and Venezuela), he has lectured about intellectual property and likewise as an active member of the Union Internationale des Avocats, in France, Spain, Hungary, and the Czech Republic. Mike received his B.S. from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, and his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, taught at George Mason University School of Law and Columbus School of Law, Catholic University, has numerous publications, and has received awards and recognitions.

Today, more than ever, it is critical for startups to develop an IP strategy because it provides a strong base for future growth, expansion and investment. Michael J. Remington will discuss patents, copyrights and trade secrets, which are at the foundation of innovation; the role of university and non-profit research and an important technology transfer U.S. law (the Bayh-Dole Act) that has successfully spawned startups and small businesses nationwide; his belief in a positive future; the importance of conferences like French-American Innovation Midwest.

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