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360 Minutes of CLE - Including Ethics and Elimination of Bias


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Virtual Corporate Practice Institute

November 16-17, 2021

Join the AIPLA Corporate Practice Committee on November 16 and 17, 2021 for the first AIPLA Corporate Practice Institute! This will be a virtual, CLE-program spanning two half-days, from Noon – 5:30pm Eastern each day.

The Corporate Practice Institute is not a bootcamp. The programming has been designed to appeal to corporate practitioners of all experience levels and all corporate sizes, including practitioners in any technology field from small/mid-size and large companies. Private practitioners who are interested in learning more about the issues and challenges faced by their corporate clients are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Corporate Practice Institute provides up to six 1-hour CLE credits, two of which are Ethics credits (include DE&I). Each day ends with engaging networking event!

To view the complete agenda with session details, click here

Registration Fees:
AIPLA Members: $295
Non-Members: $695

We are offering special pricing for in-house corporate counsel of $99.  To receive this rate, registration must be done via this downloadable Corporate Counsel Registration Form

Agenda at a Glance:

DAY ONE - November 16, 2021
12:00 PM - Multi-jurisdictional IP Practice: As in-house counsel, managing a multi-jurisdictional IP practice is challenging, and the key issues and best practices may differ depending on whether the company is a large or smaller entity. 


1:30 PM - ETHICS: Privilege in a Global Corporate Environment: This session includes the perspectives of an expert panel of litigators from the U.S., the U.K, and a global corporation, and explores the question of when and to what extent legal communications within a global corporate environment are privileged.


3:00 PM - Managing a Corporate Team of IP Professionals: This session explores why integrated IP teams are important and add value to a well-functioning legal department, in both large and smaller companies.  Senior leaders from Patent, Trademark and Legal Operations teams in a global corporation will discuss collaboration, innovative practices and techniques, and continuous improvement processes that allow corporate IP departments to work smarter, not harder.


4:30 PM - End of Day Networking Event

DAY TWO - November 17, 2021
12:00 PM - Corporate Partnerships: Public and Private: Panelists representing small/mid-size and large corporations and research institutions will provide some of best practices for what it takes to form a successful partnership.

1:00 PM - LEARNING SESSION BREAK - Sponsored by IPRally

1:30 PM - Small/Start-up/New to In-House: This panel of sole and small department in-house practitioners explores the challenges of “onlyness” and strategies for navigating being in-house counsel in a small or start-up company.


3:00 PM - ETHICS: DE&I for Corporate Practitioners: Sponsorship of individuals from historically underrepresented groups is critical to long-term organizational success and viability.  In this session, the panelists will discuss the impact and pitfalls of sponsoring individuals from these groups and the importance of sponsorship to organizations.  The panelists will also discuss practical tools organizational leaders can use to promote diverse representation and awareness through sponsorship


4:30 PM - End of Day Networking Event

Thank you to our Learning Session Sponsors:

CPI Sponsors (625 x 250 px)


  • Bennett (October 2020)200 Bennett, Steven

    IBM | IP Counsel

    Steven Bennett is IP Counsel at IBM Corporation. He originally supported IBM storage division in San Jose, CA. Then he moved to Portland, OR to support the Linux development group. Now he is located in Rochester, MN where he originally was the lead IP Counsel for IBM Power/Cognitive Systems. For the past three years, Steven has been the manager for the IP Systems Operations team.
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    IBM Corporation | Chief Trademark Counsel

    Valerie L. Calloway is Managing IP Law Attorney and Chief Trademark Counsel for IBM. Ms. Calloway leads the global team that legally protects IBM’s brands and manages administrative matters globally for IBM’s IP Law Department. Prior to joining IBM, Ms. Calloway served as Chief IP Counsel for two companies, where she worked at each to maintain, enforce, and continue developing global intellectual property portfolios. During her more than 20 years of practice in the intellectual property profession, Ms. Calloway has worked as both in-house and outside counsel for several Fortune 1000 firms. Prior to attending Law School, Ms. Calloway was employed in manufacturing management.
  • Caprihan Headshot - 200 Caprihan, Kakoli

    United States Patent and Trademark Office | Associate Solicitor

    Kakoli Caprihan is an Associate Solicitor at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. As Associate Solicitor, Kakoli serves as legal counsel to the United States Patent and Trademark Office on intellectual property law matters. Kakoli has more than 20 years of experience as an attorney in both public and private practice, and has been pursuing her current role with the USPTO since November 2012.
  • Ergmann200 Ergmann, Jessica

    Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard's Office of Strategic Alliances | Associate Director

    Jess Ergmann is an experienced patent and transactional attorney who is passionate about supporting the development of life saving medical technologies. She has spent the last 12 years developing business focused IP strategies for early stage and large, global companies and VCs in the life sciences field. Jess is currently the Associate Director of Legal at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a research organization dedicated to understanding the root cause of disease, where she focuses on negotiating strategic collaboration and license agreements, developing IP strategies, and managing legal operations. She is also passionate about mentoring and currently serves as the Chair of the Mentoring Committee of AIPLA. Jess is also the past Chair of AIPLA's Corporate Practice Committee.
  • Genco, Brian

    Rheem Manufacturing | Patent Agent

    Brian has a proven track record of prosecuting patent applications globally and advocating for robust patent rights on behalf of his clients. Building on his foundation as an electrical engineer, he is passionate about learning new technologies and collaborating with engineers and scientists to identify, expand and protect the inventions they develop.
  • Geltman AJG Picture200 Geltman, Andrew

    North American Wave Engine Corporation | VP of Operations & Associate Counsel

    Mr. Geltman serves as VP Operations of Wave Engine Corp. responsible for administrative, financial and legal activities. Prior to his current role, Mr. Geltman was a Government Affairs Fellow at Merck and Cubist Pharmaceuticals, responsible for government engagement, public policy and intellectual property matters. Mr. Geltman holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia.
  • Hamidi - 200 Hamidi, Arash

    Bookoff McAndrews PPLC | Patent Attorney

    Arash Hamidi is an Associate Patent Attorney at Bookoff McAndrews where he counsels clients ranging from global corporate entities to new startups on developing domestic and international patent portfolios.
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    General Mills | Patent Agent

    Dr. Rachel Kahler is a registered U.S. patent agent with General Mills, Inc. in the greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Area. Dr. Kahler joined General Mills in 2013, after working for more than 7 years in law firms preparing and prosecuting patent applications and having support roles in portfolio management, litigation, and freedom to operate investigations. Over more than 15 years, Dr. Kahler has worked with a variety of technologies, but currently focuses on food, biotechnology, and chemistry-related patent prosecution and portfolio management.
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    Donaldson Company | Counsel

    Sydney R. Kokjohn is intellectual property counsel at Donaldson Company, Inc. (Bloomington, MN), a global leader in the filtration industry. Prior to joining Donaldson, she worked as a patent attorney at McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP in Chicago, IL. Before attending law school, Sydney graduated from Iowa State University (B.S., Chemical Engineering) and was a product development engineer at 3M.
  • Laakkonen_web200 Laakkonen, Ari

    Powell Gilbert LLP | Partner

    Ari Laakkonen is a partner of Powell Gilbert LLP (www.powellgilbert.com), a London-based specialist intellectual property law firm. Ari has a Computer Science degree and PhD from Kings College, he has a huge breadth of experience in the electronics, IT and telecoms sectors derived from his in-depth technical knowledge from experience as both in-house and external legal counsel.
  • Lansberry Headshot 200 Lansbery, Kristan

    Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc. | Senior Director, Assistant General Counsel

    Kristan Lansbery, Ph.D. is a Senior Director and Assistant General Counsel at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., located in Tarrytown, New York. Kristan oversees global patent law matters as a Senior Director within the legal department of Regeneron Pharmaceuticals. Kristan has more than 15 years of corporate and law firm leadership experience.
  • lersen200 Larsen, Alec

    Shook, Hardy & Bacon | Associate

    Alec is an associate at Shook, Hardy, and Bacon in Kansas City, Missouri where he focuses his practice on telecommunications and software patents. Prior to working at Shook, he worked at the University of Missouri’s Technology Transfer office.
  • Lee_Headshot200 Lee, Dustin

    University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Technology Transfer | Patent Attorney

    Dustin E. Lee is a patent attorney and leader of the medical device innovation team at University of Maryland, Baltimore Office of Technology Transfer. He was previously an engineer and attorney in private practice. Dustin received his BS in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Michigan, JD from Michigan State University, and MBA from the University of Maryland R.H. Smith School of Business with focuses on innovation management, strategy, and finance.
  • Lewis Photo Lewis I.D., Jeffrey

    Foley Hoag | Partner

    Jeffrey I. D. Lewis is a partner at Foley Hoag, resident in the firm’s New York office, and an AIPLA Past President. A chemical engineer and registered patent attorney, Jeff concentrates on patent and trademark litigation, counseling and licensing, as well as other intellectual property and general litigation. He regularly represents plaintiffs as well as defendants – both at trial and on appeal – in a range of technology-related sectors with a focus on pharmaceuticals, chemicals, mechanical/medical-device, biotechnology and life sciences. He also has represented pharmaceutical innovators in numerous Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) patent litigations. Jeff has appeared in several dozen cases before the U.S. federal district courts, and has argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.
  • Lewis, John 200 Lewis, Jr., John

    Shook, Hardy & Bacon | Partner

    John Lewis Jr. is a Partner and Trial Attorney at Shook, Hardy & Bacon out of its Atlanta, Georgia office. John serves as the Chair of the Bankruptcy, Creditors’ Rights and Fiduciary Practice Group, and as the Chair of the firm’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives.
  • Melwani Headshot200 Melwani, Dinesh

    Bookoff McAndrews PLLC | Partner

    Dinesh N. Melwani is a partner at Bookoff McAndrews (BoMc). He works closely with clients to develop patent strategies that protect their innovative technologies and maximize the potential for commercial success. In addition to preparing and prosecuting U.S. and international patent applications, Dinesh is often called upon for his ability to translate IP risks into business risks, and provide strategic guidance and oversight. In this regard, Dinesh studies competitor patent portfolios to counsel clients on contemplated products and potential design-arounds.
  • Nielsen-square200 Nielsen, Eric

    Handsfree Labs/Kizik | Chief IP Officer and General Counsel

    Previously an intellectual property partner in BigLaw, Eric now serves as the Chief IP Officer and General Counsel for HandsFree Labs/Kizik, the global leader in hands-free footwear technologies, based in Utah. Eric’s experience includes prosecution, enforcement and transactional matters relating to all forms of IP. Eric enjoys hiking and fly fishing.
  • Nikhanj square200jpg Nikhanj, Rakhi

    Mueting, Raasch & Gebhardt | Shareholder

    Rakhi Nikhanj is a Shareholder at Mueting Raasch Group in Minneapolis, MN, and is a registered patent attorney with 17 years of experience advocating for her clients ranging from fortune 500 companies to start-up companies and individual inventors. Her patent work spans technical areas such as medical devices, high technology filters, software, material science, acoustics, sensors, and radio frequency and other communication systems.
  • Ogden Pic square200 Ogden, Erin R.

    Ogden Glazer + Schaefer | Founder

    Erin R. Ogden is a trademark nerd who joins a beer geek, a skydiving nut, and a lederhosen aficionado to have adventures with their clients at the law firm of Ogden Glazer + Schaefer. They love helping with businesses' legal needs as they strategically grow.
  • Patel Headshot200 Patel, Monica

    IBM | Managing Attorney, Global Executive

    Monica Patel is a Managing Attorney and Global Executive at IBM out of its San Francisco, California office. Monica is responsible for IBM’s global talent management, and serves as both the Watson Media managing attorney and the AI Applications lead attorney for IBM. Monica has more than 19 years of experience as an attorney, 13 of which have been with IBM where she has held increasing responsibilities over the years.
  • Poticha, David 200 Poticha, David

    Biodesix Inc. | Head of Legal

    David Poticha is the Head of Legal for Biodesix, Inc., a Boulder, Colorado based company focused on lung disease diagnostics, in particular COVID and lung cancer. While with Biodesix David has been the sole attorney during 2 acquisitions, 5 product launches and in October of 2020 a successful IPO. He has managed the entire intellectual property estate and been responsible for all transactional deal flow between Biodesix and its corporate and academic partners.
  • Schmid headshot200 Schmid, Amy

    Wenderoth | Partner

    Amy Schmid is a partner at Wenderoth, and co-chair of the chemical, biotechnology and pharmaceutical group. Prior to joining Wenderoth in 2004, Amy was a Patent Examiner at the USPTO, handling applications in the Biochemistry and Organic Chemistry Technology Center. Amy’s practice focuses on preparing and prosecuting patent applications, managing and prosecuting applications within worldwide portfolios, and assisting foreign clients with obtaining patent protection in the US.
  • Sengupta, Rushi200 Sengupta, Rushi

    US Conec Ltd. | IP Manager

    Shubhrangshu (Rushi) Sengupta is an in-house Patent Agent at US Conec Ltd. In Hickory, NC. Rushi manages various aspects of the IP Portfolio for US Conec. Prior to joining US Conec, he worked as a Technical Specialist and a Patent Agent at several big and small law firms. Rushi’s technical background is in Electronics and Optical Communications. He is also current Vice-Chair of AIPLA’s Patent Agents Committee.
  • Strom, Ryan Strom, Ryan

    Target | Director Counsel, Intellectual Property

    Ryan Strom is Director Counsel, Intellectual Property at Target.  His primary responsibilities include managing the patent strategy for protecting innovations by the Data Sciences, Global Supply Chain & Logistics, Enterprise Architecture and Product Design & Development teams. 
  • Vallone, Mark

    IBM | Senior IP Counsel

    Mark Vallone is Senior IP Counsel at IBM, where he manages IBM’s in-house team that primarily handles U.S. patent application preparation and prosecution matters and defensive patent analyses. Mark is also active in IBM patent strategy and policy matters. He formerly led the team responsible for IBM's U.S. Patent Procedures, which are followed by IBM's in-house and outside patent counsel. He also served as lead IP Counsel for IBM Cloud and IBM Commerce, for which he supported transactions and product clearances, led patent procurement operations, and provided counsel on a wide range of other IP matters.
  • Wade, Matt Picture200 Wade, Matt

    HP, Inc. | Senior Litigation Counsel

    Matt Wade is a senior litigation counsel with HP inc. In his current role at HP, he coordinates and oversees various intellectual property litigation and provides advice on a wide range of other intellectual property matters.
  • Young Laurie 200 Young, Laurie

    Schwegman, Lundberg & Woessner | IP Attorney

    Laurie Young is an intellectual property attorney with Schwegman, Lundberg and Woessner. Before joining SLW, she was Senior Intellectual Property Counsel Katun Corporation. While at Katun she managed all intellectual property matters, both domestic and foreign. This included managing patent, trademark, copyright and trade secret matters and any business matters which may relate to intellectual property. Laurie was also Data Privacy Officer for Katun Corporation. When Laurie is not handing intellectual property matters, she loves to bake cookies (even placing at the Minnesota State Fair three times for her cookie entries).
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