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DEI Program: Perspectives from LGBTQ Professionals
December 7, 2021 12:00 PM to 2:00 PM
DEI Program: Perspectives from LGBTQ Professionals
December 7, 2021
12:00 - 2:00 PM
DEI (Diversity Equity & Inclusion) Program PART ONE: Authentic Allyship: Perspectives From LGBTQ Attorneys - 12:00 - 1:00 PM
The legal community has made tremendous strides in equity and inclusion for LGBTQ attorneys over the past two decades. Central to this progress have been the allies who have supported the LGBTQ community and advocated for change. Attorneys who identify as LGBTQ, however, continue to face numerous challenges. Hear from panelists on the challenges of being LGBTQ in the IP Field and learn how we can create an open and welcoming environment for all to bring their authentic selves to work. We welcome to our panel:
- Wayne Sobon (moderator): Vice President, Intellectual Property at JUUL Labs
- Jason Murata: Partner, Axinn, Veltrop & Harkrider LLP and Chair of Axinn’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee
- Marla Butler: Partner, Thompson Hine and Firmwide Chair, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Initiative
- Daniel Albrecht: Senior Counsel, Procter & Gamble
- Louis Lobel: Associate, Goodwin Procter LLP
PART TWO: DEI Roundtable Discussions - 1:00 - 2:00 PM
Join us for a roundtable discussion on the challenges and efforts at organizations to promote diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) for LGBTQ professionals. During this program, we will have facilitated discussions in break-out rooms to share our practices and experiences, both successful and unsuccessful. After the breakout sessions, we will return to the main group to share our learnings.
This is part of a continuing series of roundtable discussions directed to DEI. As with our earlier roundtable, we will be compiling information from the meeting to later share with our Committee.
Both events are hosted on the ZOOM platform. You do need to register for each session individually.
Procter & Gamble | Senior CounselDaniel Albrecht is Senior Patent Counsel at the Proctor & Gamble Company. Dan focuses primarily on patent matters, including client counseling and development of global patent filing strategies, preparation and prosecution patent applications, infringement, clearance, and validity opinions.
Thomson Hine | Partner and Firmwide Chair, Divesity, Equity & Inclusion InitiativeMarla Butler is a Partner in the Business Litigation and Intellectual Property practice groups at Thompson Hine LLP. She represents clients in the medical, semiconductor, power, networking and other high-tech industries in high-stakes commercial litigations, arbitrations and trials.
Goodwin Procter | AssociateLouis L. Lobel is a Senior Associate in Goodwin’s IP Litigation practice, representing life sciences and technology companies in intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters. He also has experience in complex antitrust and business litigation and arbitration, with a particular focus on the life sciences industry.
Axinn | Partner, Intellectual Property Ligitation GroupJason Murata is a partner in the intellectual property litigation group and chair of Axinn's Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committee.
Juul Labs | Vice President, Intellectual PropertyWayne Sobon is Vice President, Intellectual Property at JUUL Labs, Inc., based in San Francisco, California. JUUL’s mission is to transition the world’s billion adult smokers away from combustible cigarettes, eliminate their use, and combat underage usage of our products.
AIPLA Comments on Rules Governing Pre-Issuance Internal Circulation and Review of Decisions Within PTAB
December 5, 2023Arlington, VA. November 29, 2023 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted comments to the United States Patent and Trademark Office (“Office”) in response to the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on “Rules Governing Pre-Issuance Internal Circulation and Review of Decisions Within the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.”
AIPLA Filed Amicus Brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re: Cellect, LLC
November 29, 2023Arlington, VA. November 22, 2023 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) filed an amicus brief with the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in In re: Cellect, LLC. in support of a petition for rehearing en banc.
AIPLA Submits Letter in Support of the Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership (PREVAIL) Act
November 9, 2023Arlington, VA. November 7, 2023 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted a letter to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Intellectual Property in support of S. 2220, the “Promoting and Respecting Economically Vital American Innovation Leadership Act” (PREVAIL Act), as introduced in the 118th Congress.
AIPLA Comments to ITA-NIST-USPTO on Collaboration Initiative Regarding Standards
November 8, 2023Arlington, VA. November 6, 2023 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted comments to the US Patent and Trademark Office on a joint ITA-NIST-USPTO collaboration initiative regarding standards.
AIPLA Comments on DOCX Submission Requirements
October 31, 2023Arlington, VA. October 27, 2023 - The American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) submitted comments in response to a series of Federal Register Notices of Information Collection (NOIC) inviting comments on proposed information collection concerning DOCX Submission Requirements.