Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Time: 6:00 Networking; 6:30 Dinner; 7:30 Presentation
Location: Greenberg Traurig, LLP, 1200 17th Street, Suite 2400, Denver, CO 80202
Presentation: Hot Topics in Oil and Gas Exploration and Development & Introduction to Intellectual Property
Speakers: Heath J. Briggs and Robert S. Thompson III, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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Menu: Catered by Illegal Pete's and Corner Bakery including mixed greens salad, marinated grilled chicken and steak, cilantro-lime rice, black and pinto beans, sautéed fajita and primavera vegetables, fresh salsas, cheese and sour cream, flour tortillas and crispy-corn taco shells, and cookies. If you have special dietary needs, please communicate those to AIChE when you RSVP.
Cost: Members $20; Non-members $25, Unemployed $10; Add $5 for attending meeting without RSVP
Meeting Synopsis & Biography:
This month we will have two presenters from Greenberg Traurig, LLP, speaking on two topics.
Hot Topics in Oil & Gas Exploration and Development will discuss:
• constitutionally and legislatively mandated set-back requirements;
• local authority versus state authority, and
• other contemporary issues impacting oil and gas development in Colorado and around the country.
The second presentation entitled, Introduction to Intellectual Property, will give a brief overview of the legal requirements and the benefits of patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks.
Heath J. Briggs is a chemical engineer, a registered patent attorney, and has more than 12 years of patent prosecution experience. Heath has significant patent prosecution experience in the chemical area, especially in the areas of material science including (e.g., metallurgy) oil and gas, and organic chemistry, and Heath represents several Fortune 500 companies in this area, managing their worldwide patent portfolios. Heath also has significant experience in the software and internet fields. He has obtained dozens of U.S. patents for his clients, and has worked with foreign counsel across the globe to obtain foreign patents for his clients. In addition, Heath has significant experience with the new U.S. Patent Office post-grant review proceedings, having represented several entities in connection with nineteen inter-parties review proceedings. Since 2005, Heath has served as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Colorado at Boulder, where he teaches engineering students a self-designed course on intellectual property (IP) law. He was also selected by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) to provide online IP training for its chemical engineering members.
Robert S. Thompson III has broad experience in Indian law and energy and natural resources matters, with a focus on the oil and gas industry. He represents tribal and non-tribal clients in resource development, production, rights-of-way, easements, leases, joint ventures and partnerships.
Rob is experienced in the development of American Indian and public lands natural resources and the statutory and regulatory requirements applicable to such development. Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin Law School in 1979, Rob was selected for the Solicitor's Honors Program and moved to Washington, D.C., to serve in the Solicitor's Office of the Department of Interior. Following his departure from government service in 1981, he entered private practice and focused on Indian law, federal litigation and natural resource development. Rob is an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma.