February 15, 2012 - KQED radio produced this one-hour special from the 2012 State of the Valley conference, including keynote remarks by former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley and international affairs professor and author Michael Mandelbaum.
Teserra CEO Hank Nothhaft and Wilson Sonsini partner Vern Norviel discuss the need for a Silicon Valley patent office
May 20, 2011 - With a backlog of some 700,000 patent applications in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, 12 percent of them originating in Silicon Valley, we invited Tessera CEO Hank Nothhaft and Vern Norviel, who heads the patent practice for the law firm Wilson Sonsini Goodrich Rosati, to discuss the importance of patent office reform and potential solutions to streamline the patent application process, including the need for a regional patent office here. Host and Joint Venture CEO Russell Hancock led the discussion. [58 minutes]