Haynes and Boone to Host International TechLaw Conference In Austin

February 15, 2000

Dennis Cassell, Attorney
Hanyes and Boone, LLP
(512) 867-8488

Austin, Texas - The Austin office of Haynes and Boone, L.L.P., a full-service law firm focusing on technology law as it relates to international business, will host a seminar on the subject March 31 in Austin.

The conference is sponsored by the TechLaw Group, Inc., a worldwide network of law firms that serve technology clients. Haynes and Boone, founded in Dallas in 1968, is the only Texas member of the association, which was formed in 1986 by seven U.S. law firms to "advance [their] clients’ interests in all areas of technology law."

Entitled "Growing Internationally: Advice for the Technology Company Growing Globally in the New Millennium," the day-long conference at the Four Seasons Hotel will cover issues that high-tech companies face in developing international markets, including the structuring of business arrangements, protecting intellectual property and establishing global business relationships.

Austin Mayor Kirk Watson, who is seeking to promote Austin as a significant player in the global technology market, will be the featured speaker during the group luncheon. His address is entitled "Austin 2000 and Beyond: an International High-Tech Hub." Other speakers will include Barry McBee, chief assistant to Texas Lt. Gov. Rick Perry; Dirk Buikema, director of strategic alliance management for Motorola; and a number of legal specialists representing TechLaw member firms in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, France, Ireland and The Netherlands.

"This is a rare event to have this many international technology specialists and proponents in the same place at the same time," said attorney Dennis Cassell, a partner in the Haynes and Boone office in Austin and moderator of one of the program discussions. "As Austin comes of age as a technology center, the next step is to broaden its economic perspective internationally. Having the TechLaw conference in Austin is a big step toward realizing that greater global awareness."

Specific program topics will include advice for technology companies seeking foreign market opportunities; state incentives for new and established high-tech companies to expand internationally; successful international high-tech business deals; issues and risks associated with foreign market activities; basic approaches to conducting business overseas; and risks in selling products internationally through the Internet. Haynes and Boone’s Austin office, like the firm’s offices in Dallas and the Richardson Telecom Corridor®, offers expertise in technology and intellectual property law. Specialty areas include financial, acquisition and technology transactions; patent, trademark, copyright and trade-secret law; and international trade, customs, immigration and export matters. The firm’s Austin clients include Dell Computer, Trilogy Software, pcOrder.com, 3M, Xetel, Origin, National Instruments and Silicon Labs.

Haynes and Boone is a leading Texas law firm and one of the fastest growing firms headquartered in the Southwest representing a wide range of regional, national and international clients. Currently numbering over 370 attorneys, the firm has domestic offices in Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, Richardson, San Antonio and Washington, D.C., and an international office in Mexico City.

For more information on Haynes and Boone or on the upcoming TechLaw conference in Austin, visit the firm’s Web site at www.haynesboone.com. For more information on the TechLaw Group, visit the association’s Web site at www.techlaw.com.

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