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Karen Y. Spencer

Karen Y. Spencer

Nike, Inc.
Retired, Global Counsel, Intellectual Property -Transactions & Licensing
Portland, OR, USA


Karen has over 25 years of experience counseling clients on patent strategy, patent portfolio management, trade secrets and litigation issues. Karen currently consults and is on the board start-up companies. 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.

Karen Y. Spencer is associated with the following items:
Web Segment  Web Segment Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement - Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2016, Friday, December 09, 2016
MP3 Audio  MP3 Audio Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement - Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement , Friday, December 09, 2016
Transcripts  Transcripts Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement - Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement , Friday, December 09, 2016
MP4 - Mobile Video Seg  MP4 - Mobile Video Seg Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement - Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement , Friday, December 09, 2016
On-Demand Web Programs  On-Demand Web Programs Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2016, Tuesday, December 13, 2016, San Francisco, CA
CHB Chapters  CHB Chapters Mock Negotiation of a License Agreement - Understanding the Intellectual Property License 2017, Thursday, November 02, 2017
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