Trainer: Karen Y. Spencer
Karen consults and works hands-on with start-ups, non-profits and established businesses on business strategy, business development, marketing and legal strategy. Karen also has over 25 years of experience counseling clients on patent strategy, patent portfolio management, trade secrets and litigation issues. Previously, Karen formed and led Nike, Inc.’s Intellectual Property Transactions & Licensing function. Additionally, Karen was Nike Golf’s counsel for 9 years, advising on a gamut of global general counseling and intellectual property matters. Karen also served as Nike’s Global Patents Counsel, leading Nike’s utility and design patent prosecution teams. She led patent, trade dress, and trade secrets litigation for Nike and the strategic planning efforts for Nike Golf, Nike Legal and the Nike Patents team. Prior to joining Nike in 2000, Karen was a partner in the Silicon Valley office of Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison and an associate at Heller, Ehrman, White & McAuliffe in San Francisco, focusing on IP litigation and counseling.
Karen is a 2011 recipient of the Portland Business Journal’s Orchid Award, their highest honor of achievement for Women of Influence. Karen received her Master of Science in Management from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business and her J.D. from Harvard Law School. Karen is a registered patent attorney, receiving her B.S. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Chemical Engineering. She is a member of the California and Oregon state bars and the Patent bar.