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    James G. Gatto

    James G. Gatto

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    Upcoming Events

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    DevCore Boston: Developing the Developers
    District Hall

    Pillsbury attorneys James Gatto and Marco Santori will present "Bitcoin Law for Developers" at the DevCore Boston: Developing the Developers conference on February 11 at 11:00 am ET.

    Past Events

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    12/8/2014 - 12/10/2014
    mHealth Summit
    Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center

    Gerry Hinkley, Pillsbury Health Care partner, will present during the "Cross Border Concerns: Cybersecurity, Data Ownership & EU/US Privacy Regulations” session on December 9, 2014 at 5:00pm.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Recent Legal Developments in Open Source and Strategies and Tools to Manage Risk
    Pillsbury's Northern Virginia office

    Register Now!

    The growing number of enforcements and other legal actions are highlighting the need for Open Source Software (“OSS”) compliance. Some pending cases may clarify legal issues arising from OSS distribution and the potential impact on proprietary software. Other recent issues relate to the use of OSS in Software-as-a-Service (“SaaS”) deployments. Our presentation will cover these and other legal issues, as well as strategies and tools for managing Open Source risks.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Poised for Flight: Commercial Uses of Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference
    The Westin Arlington Gateway

    Register Now!

    Join Pillsbury, Virginia Tech and The Mitchell Law Firm for the Poised for Flight: Commercial Uses of Unmanned Aerial Systems Conference, a full day event featuring industry and legislative experts and luminaries in this emerging field.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    10/5/2014 - 10/7/2014
    Inside Bitcoins
    Flamingo Hotel & Casino
    JiJi Park, Pillsbury partner, will serve as a panelist during the "Emerging Issues in Regulatory Compliance and Law Enforcement Efforts" session on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:45 am.

    Marco A. Santori, Pillsbury counsel, will participate in the "Building an Effective Compliance Program and Managing Regulatory Expectations" panel discussion on Monday, October 6, 2014 at 4:00 pm.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    7/14/2014 - 7/16/2014
    Global iGaming Summit and Expo: Totally Gaming
    Hyatt Regency Hotel

    James Gatto, Pillsbury partner, will be participating in the Global iGaming Summit and Expo (GiGse) July 14 – 16, 2014 in San Francisco, California.

    Pillsbury Participating
    Game Business and Legal Affairs 2014
    UCLA School of Law
    Pillsbury Intellectual Property partner, James Gatto, will present "Gamblification" during the Finance section at the Game Business and Legal Affairs 2014 conference on Monday, May 19th in Los Angeles, CA.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    5/7/2014 - 5/8/2014
    NeuroGaming 2014 Conference & Expo
    City View at Metreon (4th Floor)
    Jim Gatto, Pillsbury partner, will moderate a panel discussion entitled "The Interface Evolves - Sensory Gaming Platforms" on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 at 10:30 am.
    The Real Issues with Virtual Currency

    Join members of Pillsbury’s leading Virtual Currency practice to understand and analyze some of the key legal and business issues related to Bitcoin and other crypto-currencies. This presentation will highlight the history of Bitcoin and other digital currencies and associated unique business models. We will also address the latest developments in digital currency regulation and enforcement.

    Pillsbury Participating
    Inside Bitcoins
    Javits Convention Center
    James Gatto, Pillsbury partner, will serve as a panelist during the "New Ideas in Bitcoin" session on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 9:30 am.

    Deborah Thoren-Peden, Pillsbury partner, will participate in the "Emerging Issues in Digital Currency Regulation and Enforcement," panel discussion on Monday, April 7, 2014 at 10:45 am.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    12/10/2013 - 12/11/2013
    Social Gambling & Gaming Summit
    MGM Grand Las Vegas

    Pillsbury attorney, James Gatto, is presenting a session at the Social Gambling & Gaming Summit titled, "Gamblification! Interaction between Social Games and Online Gambling."

    Pillsbury Participating
    Gamer Technology Law Conference

    Pillsbury's, James Gatto and Riaz Karamali, are on the faculty of this year's Annual Seattle Gamer Technology Law Conference.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Pillsbury's 2013 CLE Marathon – Virginia
    Virginia- Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner
    Pillsbury Participating
    Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2013: Hot Business and Legal Issues in "Technotainment"
    PLI California Center
    Pillsbury Attorneys, Cydney A. Tune and James G. Gatto will be speaking at the upcoming Technology and Entertainment Convergence 2013 Seminar in California.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    WMACCA Technology and IP Forum: Intelligently Leveraging Open Source To Your Company’s Advantage
    Webcast or
    Pillsbury's Northern Virginia Office

    Presented by James G. Gatto of Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP and an in-house panelist.

    Pillsbury Participating
    The Power of Angel Investing
    The George Washington University

    James G. Gatto, Pillsbury intellectual property partner, will participate in a panel discussion titled "Discussion of Due Diligence" on Thursday, July 11 presented during The Power of Angel Investing Seminar.

    Pillsbury Participating
    American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries
    The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles
    Pillsbury attorney Cydney Tune is co-chairing the upcoming Video Games and Digital Media Conference hosted by the American Bar Association Forum on the Entertainment & Sports Industries . She is also speaking on the topic of “Data Privacy, PII and Online TOU/ Privacy Policies”. James Gatto, leader of the Pillsbury’s top-ranked Social Media & Games practice, will be speaking on the topic of “Gamblification! Interaction between Social Games and Online Gambling”.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    gsummitX - Gamification in Washington, DC
    Pillsbury’s DC Office

    James Gatto, Pillsbury partner and leader of the Social Media & Games practice, will be speaking on the topic of legal issues relating to gamification during the gsummitX event on June 5 in Washington, DC.

    Pillsbury Participating
    6/4/2013 - 6/5/2013
    Augmented World Expo 2013
    Santa Clara Convention Center

    Now in its 4th year, Augmented World Expo (formerly ARE) is assembling the biggest names — from the hottest startups and leading AR providers to the Fortune 500 — to showcase the world’s best augmented experiences that solve real world problems in all aspects of life, from entertainment and brand engagement to enterprise, industrial and commerce applications.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    5/1/2013 - 5/2/2013
    NeuroGaming 2013 Conference & Expo
    YetiZen Game Innovation Lab

    Pillsbury invites you to join us on May 1-2, at the NeuroGaming 2013 Conference & Expo.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    5/1/2013 - 5/3/2013
    2013 World Technology Law Conference & Annual Meeting
    The Westin Kierland Resort & Spa
    Pillsbury invites you to join James Gatto and Jenna Karadbil at the 2013 World Technology Law Conference & Annual Meeting on May 1-3, 2013.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    4/24/2013 - 4/25/2013
    Social Casino Summit
    The Westin, San Francisco

    Pillsbury's Jim Gatto will be presenting a session titled, "Clarifying the blurred legal boundaries between various forms of social, virtual currency, prediction, sweeptstakes and other forms of gaming – what you can and can't do" at the Social Casino Summit, on April 25, 2013 at 3:30 PT.

    Pillsbury Participating
    GSummit San Francisco 2013
    Concourse Exhibition Center

    Join Pillsbury’s Social Media team leader, James Gatto, for this fast-paced, crowd-favorite session on some of the key legal issues every gamified system operator needs to know. Mr. Gatto will speak at the GSummit San Francisco 2013 on the topic of "Gamblification: Legal Concerns" on Thursday, April 18, 2013.

    Pillsbury Participating
    Casino Gaming – Rigging the Mobile Game Deck
    YetiZen Innovation Lab

    With the mobile gaming industry growing at a rapid pace since 2009, it is predicted the industry will reach $82 billion by 2017!

    Join Pillsbury Partner, James Gatto, along with other gaming experts as they share their experiences and knowledge of this exciting market. You will learn what to expect of casino gaming, in addition to discovering new insights that might help you as well.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Social Media Week - DC
    Pillsbury's DC office

    Join us for DC’s Social Media Week! We will be bringing together industry experts to talk about the increased usage of Social Media Contests, Sweepstakes and Promotions. The social media slant to these long-used tools creates new legal issues that must be understood and addressed. Our panel will discuss some of the most important issues and trends relating to social media contests, sweepstakes and promotions. Our second presentation will cover the important components of a Social Media Audit and why every company needs one.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Game On!
    Social Media Contests, Sweepstakes and Promotions
    Pillsbury’s New York Office

    Pillsbury invites you to join colleagues James Gatto and Sean Kane, on February 20th at the Game On event.

    Pillsbury Participating
    Games Summit at 2013 International CES
    Las Vegas Convention Center

    James Gatto will be participating in a roundtable discussion at the upcoming 2nd Annual Games Summit at 2013 International CES on January 10, 2013.

    Role of Patents in Business and the Impact of the America Invents Act

    Please join Patrick A. Doody and James G. Gatto as they discuss the following topics:

    • An overview of the value of patents and how they are being leveraged as a business tool
    • An overview of recent patent acquisitions, industry forces and related business strategies
    • Patent litigation, enforcement and monetization trends
    • The impact of the Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) on patent trends
    • Business strategies to consider in light of the AIA

    Pillsbury Participating
    App Conference
    Hilton San Jose
    James G. Gatto, Pillsbury partner, will serve as a panelist during the “Going Global” session on Thursday, October 18 at 1:00pm.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    10/10/2012 - 10/12/2012
    2012 European Conference
    Rome Cavalieri,
    The Waldorf Astoria Collection

    The International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) annual conference is an excellent opportunity for professionals in the industry to have the chance to discuss the newest cutting-edge technologies and legal developments in one of the world’s most historic cities. James Gatto is presenting "Gamblification"! Legal Issues Relating to the use of Gambling Mechanics for Non-Gambling Purposes.”

    Overview of Legal and Privacy Issues with Mobile Payments: Cashing In
    The convergence of the social, mobile and payment industries has created incredible business growth opportunities for retailers, banking institutions, payment networks, social media companies and many start-ups - all hoping to cash in. While these trends present significant business opportunities, companies need to be aware of the various legal, privacy and regulatory issues that must be considered. This session will provide an overview of some of the most important legal issues and developments that need to be considered when entering this space.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Global iGaming Summit and Expo
    The Westin San Francisco Market Street
    The 11th Global iGaming Summit & Expo (GiGse) brought together senior executives and decision-makers to discuss how to take advantage of the emerging North American iGaming market and to network and create strategic partnerships for exchange of expertise and quickest way to market possible.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    4/11/2012 - 4/12/2012
    Social Mobile Payments Conference & Exhibition
    World Center Marriott Resort
    The Social Mobile Payments | Conference and Exhibition will explore the forces that are changing the way today’s consumers interact, live and shop in Generation-M.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Game Changers - Strategic Acquisitions of Game Companies
    Pillsbury's San Francisco office
    Join us as we host a discussion with prominent industry players from Electronic Arts, Zynga, Lightspeed Venture Partners and KlickNation (acquired by EA in 2011) to discuss all aspects of the process surrounding video game company acquisitions. Topics will include how deals are sourced in the video game space, how to decide whether or not to sell, how to shop your company and how to negotiate deal value and other key terms. Panelists come from both sides of the table to provide insights as to how deals work from the perspective of the strategic buyer and the founder/VC investor.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Social Gaming and Virtual Goods World 2011
    Grange Tower Bridge Hotel
    Social Gaming & Virtual Goods World will bring together social game developers and global brands with social networking platforms, virtual currency platforms, social advertising platforms and social gaming technology to understand how to create, distribute, monetise, and gamify social games.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    10/26/2011 - 10/27/2011
    App Conference and Hackathon
    Santa Clara Convention Center
    App Conference and Hackathon – October 26-27, 2011 in Santa Clara – addresses key components of App development, marketing and revenue.
    Not Just Fun and Games - The Legal and Privacy Implications of Virtual Currency

    With the increasing popularity of social media and multi-player online games, all types of businesses are leveraging the many emerging business models associated with virtual currencies and the virtual goods that can be purchased with this currency.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    The Evolution of eDiscovery: Sanctions and Innovation
    Pillsbury's Palo Alto office
    Pillsbury and ITechLaw Association will present a Networking Roundtable on October 25th discussing The Evolution of eDiscovery: Sanctions and Innovation. James Gatto, partner in Pillsbury's IP practice, will moderate the roundtable, which will debunk the myth of sanctions and discuss the opportunity to innovate with technology, including predictive coding. Alex Ponce de Leon of Intel Corporation will be a speaker.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    10/20/2011 - 10/21/2011
    SOCIALIZE West - Monetizing Social Media
    Mission Bay Conference Center
    Following the overwhelming success of the inaugural event in New York, Socialize West unites business leaders in gaming, virtual goods, mobile, marketing, and media for two days of learning, connecting, and sharing about all things social. Attendees come to Socialize for the real-world insight that our unique blend of industry heavyweights, business visionaries and results-oriented practitioners bring to the table.  Through two days of comprehensive sessions, focused discussion and diverse perspectives, you'll learn how all the social media pieces fit together to create a unified business strategy.
    Pillsbury Participating
    10/10/2011 - 10/13/2011
    The Game Developers Conference® Online 2011
    Austin Convention Center
    The Game Developers Conference® Online (GDC Online) returns to Austin, TX for four days to serve as the community meeting point and source of learning, networking and inspiration for developers and business professionals in the sphere of connected gaming. You'll find nearly 150 lectures, 8 specialized summits and tutorials, over 200 speakers, a bustling expo floor and numerous networking and social events to ensure that you stay current in today's marketplace of online, cloud and connected gaming.
    Pillsbury Participating
    Gamer Technology Law Conference
    Washington State Convention Center

    This conference will feature leading attorneys and innovative business leaders who will discuss important new trends and cutting-edge business and legal issues in the interactive entertainment space, including the continuing expansion of digital distribution and the future of consoles; how companies can make user data more secure; recent developments in mobile and handheld device gaming; new cutting-edge business models such as transmedia projects and gamification of websites and much more.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    9/28/2011 - 9/29/2011
    Digital East
    Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner, Virginia

    Join hundreds of digital executives, senior marketers, entrepreneurs, web strategists, bloggers, and investors at the Second Annual Digital East for expert content on opportunities and trends created by the latest in web innovation. Hear from dozens of industry thought leaders and innovators on topics such as Social Media, Mobile, Cloud, Analytics, Big Data, Search, Online Advertising, Ecommerce, Email and much more!

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Pillsbury's 2011 CLE Marathon – Virginia
    Virginia- Ritz-Carlton, Tysons Corner

    Douglas Grimm presented "The Top Ten Things You Need to Know About the Health Care Reform Act."

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Gamification Summit NYC
    The Museum of Jewish Heritage

    Gamification Summit NYC is the must-attend event that shows you how to use the power of games to create breakthrough engagement with your customers and employees. Companies like Gilt Groupe, Google, Microsoft, NBC/Universal, MTV, Recyclebank and Aetna have leveraged gamification to transform their businesses, and will share startling insights, statistics and hands-on workshops at this event.

    James Gatto, leader of Pillsbury's Social Media & Games team, will be speaking from 1:30 - 2:15 PM on September 15 about gamification law and formulas for success.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Social Media Implications for Nonprofits
    The Kreeger Museum

    Please join speakers from Pillsbury's Employment and Social Media, Entertainment & Technology teams for a discussion and dialogue regarding social media policy considerations and how to leverage social media opportunities while avoiding the legal pitfalls.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Socialize East
    The New Yorker Hotel
    Socialize unites business leaders in gaming, virtual goods, mobile, marketing, and media for two days of learning, connecting, and sharing about all things social. Attendees come to Socialize for the real-world insight that our unique blend of industry heavyweights, business visionaries and results-oriented practitioners bring to the table. Pillsbury Social Media & Games team leader, James Gatto, will be on a panel speaking about the following topic: "Small and Medium Social Games Developers: Strategies for Success".
    Top Social Media Legal Issues

    Leveraging social media technologies and applications is critical to the success of any marketing campaign, consumer outreach program or research plan.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Pillsbury's 2011 CLE Marathon – New York
    New York- Crowne Plaza Times Square

    Kevin Giordano presented "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly: Current Issues in States’ Tax Collections and Compliance."

    Social Media & Location-based Services: New Privacy Risks

    As social media, including location-based services, becomes increasingly popular and a part of everyday business, corporations face a host of new privacy risks and concerns from virtually all sides: clients, employees and government regulators. The key to success is staying on top of these laws and emerging trends. To discuss these new risks, join Pillsbury for a webinar on social networking and location-based services as we take a closer look at:

    • An overview of the current social media and location-based services landscape;
    • Current privacy laws and their implications for the development and use of social medial and location-based marketing services;
    • Security laws being considered by Congress and their implications for social media and location-based marketing services; and
    • The use of social media by employers and the threats to personal and workplace privacy arising from the use of social media and location-based services
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Pillsbury's 2011 CLE Marathon – San Diego
    San Diego - Carmel Valley office

    Frederick Lowell presented "A Regulatory Feast: Recent Developments in Political Law."

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Pillsbury's 2011 CLE Marathon – Los Angeles
    Los Angeles - Beverly Hilton

    David Stanton and Jenna Karadbil presented "To Produce or To Reasonably Withhold: Is That the Right Question?"

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Social Gaming 101: The ABCs of Social Gaming
    Pillsbury’s Silicon Valley office

    Join Pillsbury for an evening with social game entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and legal analysts. This event will cover a number of recent trends and changes in social gaming business models. We will also discuss the current venture climate, what VCs are looking for in a social gaming company and ways to position emerging companies for investment. Finally, we will discuss the key legal issues associated with this emerging industry and review the key intellectual property due diligence factors that are critical to current and future financing.

    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Engage! Expo
    Ten-Minute Success Stories
    Jacob K Javits Convention Center
    James Gatto will be speaking at the Engage! Expo on February 16, 2010. Mr. Gatto will be presenting in the "Ten-Minute Success Stories" session. The session will address which virtual worlds models are providing the biggest return on investment and how companies are preparing for future growth.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    Engage! Expo
    San Jose Convention Center
    James Gatto and Benjamin Duranske will be speaking at the Engage! Expo on September 24th. Mr. Gatto will be participating on the "Patent Update: Understand Today's Issues and Prepare for What's Ahead" panel and Mr. Duranske will be participating on the ­­­­­­­­­"Best Practices in a Worst Case Scenario: How to React Intelligently to a Security Breach" panel. Mr. Duranske is also on the Advisory Board for the conference.
    The Knowledge Congress Open Source Software Emerging Issues For Attorneys LIVE Webcast: A 2009 Update
    James Gatto will be participating in a panel discussion during The Knowledge Congress Open Source Software Emerging Issues For Attorneys live webcast. The webcast will address the challenges open source presents which include licensing rights, indemnification issues, sharing issues. Mr. Gatto's panel will touch on diligence and litigation and the interaction between the two; the management of open source issues; discussion on the details of the Jacobsen Case, as well as current open source litigation, patents and open source trilogy issues; and the resection on AOI principles.
    Pillsbury Sponsored
    GPLv3-What You Need to Know About the Coming Changes
    Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP - Northern Virginia Office

    The long-awaited General Public License version 3 (GPLv3) is one step closer to finalization.

    Pillsbury Participating
    Open Source
    Jacob K. Javits Center
    James G. Gatto, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP Partner, is a speaker on the discussion titled "Open Source". 

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