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SILICON VALLEY LEADERS HAVE A PICTORIAL REUNION The inventors who launched Silicon Valley as a technology center in the first half of the 20th century have been reunited. They’re back together in a 9-by-18-foot oil painting that depicts their connections to each other as well as their individual technologies. The painting is the brainchild of attorney Harold Hohbach, who retired from Flehr Hohbach Test Albritton & Herbert in May when his firm was acquired by Dorsey & Whitney. Hohbach said he got the idea after seeing a portrait of inventors circa 1860 that appeared on the cover of a bar association journal. “The main purpose of the painting is to show people at the age they made the invention and to encourage young people that you can be very young and be an inventor,” Hohbach said. The painting by Robert Semans features 14 inventors, including David Packard (seated on a stool) and William Hewlett (with his hand on Packard’s back). The founders of Hewlett-Packard Corp. appear with their mentor, Stanford University professor Frederick Terman, who has his hand on a textbook he authored. Terman encouraged the brothers to start their company in Palo Alto instead of going to the East Coast, Semans said. “He’s in a way responsible for getting Silicon Valley started.” Charles Litton appears in the foreground to the left of Terman, seated at the glass tube lathe he invented. Semans said Litton, who founded Litton Engineering Laboratories, also donated money for Packard to work as Terman’s laboratory assistant. Ernest Lawrence, of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory fame, is standing behind Litton in front of the cyclotron, a circular particle accelerator he invented. He is shaking hands with Cyril Elwell, who founded the Federal Telegraph Co. “The painting puts everyone in the context of the time and place,” Semans said. “They are standing in front of the Stanford arches and surrounded by the people they knew.” Being married to an artist has some perks: The one non-historical figure committed to the canvas is Semans’ wife, who is listening to a phonograph that Charles Herrold — the father of broadcasting — is playing at the far left of the painting. Other inventors in the piece include William Eitel and Jack McCullough, whose company Eitel-McCullough (Eimac) produced vacuum tubes for radio transmission; Ralph Heintz, co-founder of a company that developed marine radio equipment; Philo Farnsworth, inventor of the electronic television tube; Lee DeForrest, the father of radio; and Frederick Kolster, who developed a radio compass for ships. “It’s been a very interesting project for me personally,” Semans said, “getting an education in the technology and how it evolved and getting familiar with the people and how they got started.” The painting is currently hanging in Seman’s studio in Gilroy but will soon be moved to 260 Sheridan Ave. in Palo Alto, where Hohbach’s son works. People passing by will be able to see the painting in the lobby of the building. — Brenda Sandburg CUBA CALLING From Mojito cocktails to the Buena Vista Social Club soundtrack, Cuba’s flavors and rhythms are much in vogue these days. But it’s the island’s legal scene that drew Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher associate David Moyer to Havana at the end of August. An intellectual property attorney in Gibson’s Palo Alto office, Moyer, along with some 100 other U.S. lawyers attended the US/Cuba Legal Forum’s Havana Conference — the first such conference in Cuba since its 1959 revolution. Moyer not only attended the four-day event, but led a panel discussion on international IP law. One of the main subjects of discussion was Cuba’s controversial policy towards pharmaceutical and biotechnology patents, as the country is a big producer of patent-infringing AIDS drugs. The panel also focused on IP rights in the entertainment industry, which could become a hot market if relations between Cuba and the U.S. normalize. “I think there is a lot of opportunity for business in Cuba,” says Moyer. “It’s a substantial market and it’s a country with a tremendous amount of potential.” Since the conference was licensed by the U.S. Treasury Dept., American attorneys attending the event were freed from the usual restrictions on traveling to the Communist nation. And the Florida State Bar even approved the conference for a CLE credit. Many of the Cuban attorneys at the event were graduates of the University of Havana Law School. In fact, Fidel Castro is a graduate of the law school. But despite rumors that he might turn up at the conference, the bearded ex-lawyer was a no-show. — Alexei Oreskovic PLEASE PICK ME Thanks to an early interview week at some East Coast law schools, the screening season has already begun for next summer’s crop of associates. One of the first arrivals in the Bay Area for a coveted “call-back” interview last week trooped through Thelen Reid & Priest and was scheduled to interview with Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe as well, said Richard Lapping, Thelen’s hiring partner. Lapping was among the few local law firm partners last month who helped kick off the interview season at Columbia Law School, New York University School of Law and Georgetown University Law Center. And for Lapping, who was interviewing fresh candidates even before his current summers had left, the compressed recruiting schedules were rejuvenating. “I really enjoy talking to people who are at the beginning of their professional lives,” Lapping said. “It keeps me young.” — Renee Deger

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