May 14, 2019
The theft of trade secrets is estimated to cost the United States economy $300 billion a year. Some of this could be prevented by practices as simple as ensuring locked shredding boxes are available or that badge access systems are monitored. Most companies do not take all of the steps needed to protect their trade secrets, resulting in a significant loss of their intellectual property (IP). Diane Gabl Kratz, a patent attorney and IP expert, addressed these concerns with members of the Los Altos Hills Club on May 14, 2019, at Fremont Hills Country Club. Gabl Kratz is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at Seagate and manages part of the patent portfolio and related IP transactions. Additionally, she is responsible for developing global trademark strategy for Seagate across 100 countries and for strengthening their brand recognition.
Women are involved in all aspects of the tech industry in Silicon Valley. Still, their numbers are low, and advancement can be difficult. Gabl Kratz suggests taking every opportunity to network, increasing your training and skill set, cultivating your personal brand, being willing to move on from positions that are not a fit, and prioritizing your physical and mental health.
Diane Gabl Kratz’s presentation on her work in the field of intellectual property, as well as her comments about being a woman in the tech industry, are part of the Los Altos Hills Club members’ continuing interest in the issues of women working in science and technology in Silicon Valley.
The Los Altos Hills Club is delighted to present attorney Diane Gabl Kratz at our May 14th Luncheon Meeting. Diane will address current women’s issues in the high-tech world reflecting on her personal experience in personal branding and the high-tech patent process.
Diane’s background includes: United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) - registered Internet Protocol (IP) attorney with private practice experience at Morrison & Foerster and Sidley Austin and in-house experience at Seagate. Bachelor’s in Physics, Cornell University. JD, University of Chicago Law School. Developed global trademark strategy for Seagate across 100 countries, reducing expenses and strengthening brand recognition. Expert in patent and IP issues. Guest lectured at Stanford University’s Management Science & Engineering Department, University of California-Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and the Practicing Law Institute. Selected to Super Lawyers Northern California Rising Stars List, 4 consecutive years. Industries served include data storage, consumer electronics, software, semiconductors, telecom, medical devices.