From the Silicon Valley Intellectual Property Law Association:


SVIPLA’s 44th Inventor of the Year Award recognizes Robert Cousins for his lifetime contributions as a pioneer inventor in spanning diverse fields of technologies such as data storage and security, high-frequency radar, imaging and medical instrumentation, file system design, solar energy and virtual credit cards.

Please join us for a panel discussion, including Robert Cousins, who will share the memorable stories of his journey as an inventor for the past four decades.

Thursday, February 25, 2021
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (PST)

  Register here

Robert Cousins, Co-Founder, NovaSolix
Laurence H. Cooke, Current CTO and Chairman, NovaSolix
Deborah Heiser, Ph.D., Founder/CEO The Mentor Project
Nick Tredennick
, Ph.D.
Moderator: Andy Schwaab, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig

About our panelists:
Robert Cousins
, Co-Founder, NovaSolix

Bob has worked with startups in energy and computing for 40 years, serving as chief technology officer or engineering vice president of multiple technology companies throughout the United States. He now serves as a co-founder of NovaSolix, a frontier solar technology company aiming to provide the cleanest and cheapest form of energy. Bob commits time and resources to mentoring youth in multiple fields of technology. He is a co- founder of The Mentor Project, which introduces the disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to students who might not otherwise learn about STEM outside the classroom. He also has written several novels, including Boxed In and Miller’s Trials.

Laurence H. Cooke, Current CTO and Chairman, NovaSolix
NovaSolix is a new Carbon Nanotube antenna array based solar cell start-up. Larry has over 45 years experience in Electronic Design Automation, Semiconductor and Computer Systems technology, with over 35 years of executive experience. He has 103 granted US patents (personally own 25 with 8 pending applications) in areas such as ebeam exposure systems, scan based chip & system test, high speed chip & system clocking, computer & FPGA architectures, SOC design methodologies, test compression, components for serial processing, carbon nanotube based devices and mold based processing techniques.

Deborah Heiser, Ph.D., Founder/CEO The Mentor Project
Deborah is an Applied Developmental Psychologist with a specialty in midlife and beyond and is redefining what life after 40 looks and feels like. She is a TEDx speaker, 92nd Street Y speaker, Founder of The Mentor Project™, coach, consultant, and is also an Adjunct Professor in the Psychology Department at SUNY Old Westbury. Deborah is a researcher, author of peer-reviewed articles and book chapters, and co-editor of Spiritual Assessment and Intervention with Older Adults. She is a frequent expert guest for syndicated and local talk radio shows, international and local podcasts, and print and online media outlets. She has been quoted in The New York TimesSeattle TimesDallas Times and contributes to Thrive Global. Her research covered a wide range of topics related to aging, including depression identification, dementia, and frailty with grants awarded from NIA/NIH and Pfizer. She received an international award for her research on depression identification. She served for 9 years on the Board of the State Society on Aging of New York and served as President in 2008 and in 2016 she served as President of Queens Psychological Association in New York.

Nick Tredennick, Ph.D.
Nick is an American manager, inventor, VLSI design engineer and author who was involved in the development for Motorola’s MC68000 and for IBM’s Micro/370 microprocessors. He was named a Fellow of the IEEE for contributions to microprocessor design. Nick has the usual degrees from typical universities and has held an uninspiring assortment of run-of-the-mill jobs. For example, he has been a fry cook, Air Force pilot, janitor, university professor, dishwasher, design engineer, truck driver, naval officer, oil field worker, and corporate executive. He even helped start a few companies, but was soon forced out. However, despite an appalling lack of knowledge about programmable logic and electronics in general, he was once chief scientist at Altera, a leading maker of programmable logic devices. Through what could only have been a monumental bureaucratic foul-up, he was also once a Research Staff Member at IBM’s prestigious Watson Research Center.  He started his career as a working engineer (nerd), but moved to management when he found watching people work was easier than working. He moved to a university when he found talking about work was even easier than watching it. He has finally reached the pinnacle of his career in a position where he doesn’t even have to talk about work. He is a technology analyst for Gilder Publishing.

Moderator: Andy Schwaab, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Andy is a Shareholder in the Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property & Technology and Patent Prosecution Practices. He focuses his practice on strategic intellectual property matters, including counseling, global patent prosecution, patent litigation, licensing, validity and infringement analyses/opinions, due diligence, and freedom-to-operate issues. With more than 25 years of experience, he handles matters related to a wide range of computer and software technologies. Andy is a past  president of the SVIPLA.

LES-SVC CLE Credit: 1 hour MCLE credit available (California)