Speakers list in alphabetical order. More speakers are added every day, check back often!
  • baker-w-todd200 Baker, W. Todd

    Kirkland & Ellis | Partner

    W. Todd Baker is an IP litigation partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Kirkland & Ellis LLP. Todd is experienced handling post-grant matters at the USPTO including all aspects of IPR proceedings at the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). He advises clients on issues of patentability, derivation, inventorship and priority related to post grant matters before the PTAB as a supplement or an alternative to traditional litigation-based patent validity challenges.
  • Bentham_square200 Bentham, Andrew

    J A Kemp | Partner

    Andy joined J A Kemp from Cambridge University in the early 1990s and is an experienced European and UK Patent Attorney in the life sciences field. He is currently particularly active in patent prosecution and oppositions in the areas of antibody therapeutics, gene therapy and transgenic animal platforms for antibody discovery. As a plant scientist by training, he also has a deep understanding of and interest in the complex area of plant patent-eligibility in Europe and a lot of experience in patent and plant variety right work in the agricultural sector.
  • Brinckerhoff_square200 Brinckerhoff, Courtenay

    Foley & Lardner LLP | Partner

    Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, and a vice chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Department. Courtenay's practice focuses on assisting clients with all aspects of obtaining, defending, licensing, and enforcing patents and conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence investigations. Courtenay is the editor and primary author for Foley’s PharmaPatentsBlog.com, which keeps her up to date on emerging legal issues and evolving patent office practices, which she leverages to meet her clients’ strategic objectives.
  • Chaikovsky, Yar square200 Chaikovsky, Yar

    Paul Hastings | Global Co-Chair, IP Practice

    Yar R. Chaikovsky is Global Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property practice at Paul Hastings and is based in the firm’s Palo Alto office. He oversees the firm’s 100-plus lawyer IP practice. Mr. Chaikovsky serves as lead trial counsel for some of the most preeminent global technology companies in their most important matters, litigating in district courts and at the ITC in technology fields as diverse as networking and broadband infrastructure; semiconductors; LEDs; wireless communication standards such as Bluetooth, CDMA, SMS, and WiFi; video compression; navigation systems; software; hardware; consumer electronics; analog devices; and medical devices.
  • Covey_Will_200 Covey, Will

    USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline | Deputy General Counsel and Director

    As Deputy General Counsel and Director for the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED), Will Covey is responsible for ensuring that the nation's patent attorneys and agents are of good moral character and sufficiently knowledgeable to practice before the USPTO Mr. Covey's team of attorneys and other professionals develop and administer a registration examination designed to measure applicants' knowledge of patent law and practice. Successful applicants are registered to practice by OED. In addition, OED investigates complaints of unethical conduct made against individuals practicing patent or trademark law before the USPTO.
  • Degnan-Lauren-square200 Degnan, Lauren

    Fish & Richardson P.C.

    Lauren A. Degnan is a seasoned trial and appellate lawyer who handles high-stakes IP disputes that can weave their way through a complex maze of multi-jurisdiction litigation, including the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, federal district courts, the International Trade Commission, and the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Her experience across all forums makes her adept at developing coordinated, sophisticated strategies that often result in securing fast, favorable outcomes for clients. While Lauren has served as lead counsel for numerous complex patent infringement cases, her strategic writing abilities are an equally noteworthy talent.
  • Eyler_Dean_square 200 Eyler, Dean

    Lathrop GPM LLP | Partner

    Dean Eyler is a partner at Lathrop GPM in Minneapolis, where he practices intellectual property and complex commercial litigation. Dean has more than two decades of experience litigating intellectual property cases, with particular emphasis in trademark and unfair competition litigation. Dean has been repeatedly recognized by World Trademark Review, where he has been described as “a go-to on complex or unusual disputes” and “an exemplary brief writer and persuasive oral advocate.” He is the past chair of AIPLA’s Trademark Litigation Committee, and currently the vice-chair of the Trademark Law Committee.
  • FARLEY_BIO_AIPLA2021AM Farley, Christine Haight

    American University Washington College of Law | Professor of Law

    Christine Haight Farley is a Professor of Law at American University Washington College of Law. She specializes in information law and teaches courses on contract law, intellectual property, advertising law, and art law. Her current research focuses on branding in the age of micro-targeted advertising and the over protection of design. She serves as Faculty Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property and previously served as Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Affairs.
  • French_JenniferPhoto200 French, Jennifer

    FBI National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center | Supervisory Special Agent

    Special Agent Jennifer L. French graduated from Boston College Law School in 1990 and practiced banking and bankruptcy law in the Boston area for 6 years, primarily for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation. She joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation as a Special Agent in 1996 and was stationed in the Chicago Division for over 20 years. In June of 2019, SA French was selected to join the FBI’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center as a Supervisory Special Agent, which is her current assignment.
  • gargano square 200 Gargano, Jeffrey
    Jeff is a seasoned, complex trial lawyer, focusing his practice for 29 years on disputes involving intellectual property in US federal courts and agencies and before the International Trade Commission (ITC). Jeff’s IP litigation practice is concentrated on the high-tech and life sciences industries. Over the past 15 years, Jeff has represented both branded and generic companies in patent disputes arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act, building and leading teams focused on district court litigation, inter partes review proceedings, and appeals in approximately 40 cases. In this capacity, Jeff counsels clients in navigating the regulatory, patent, and antitrust issues unique to pharmaceutical litigation.
  • GILL_PHOTO_AIPLA2021AM Gill, Leigh

    Immix Law Group | Managing Attorney

    Leigh Gill is Managing Attorney at Immix Law Group, an entrepreneurial law firm with offices in Portland, Oregon and Seattle, Washington. Leigh’s practice focuses on technology and creativity, informed by Leigh’s decade in software before joining the bar, and he enjoys working with companies on the front lines of innovation. Leigh’s practice also includes work in the creative, entertainment, and arts businesses—places where intellectual property drives value.
  • Gluck200 Gluck, Jeffrey

    Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel | Partner

    Jeffrey Gluck is presently a partner with Panitch Schwarze Belisario & Nadel LLP. He holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and computer science, a master’s degree in electrical and computer engineering, and a doctorate in electrical engineering, as well as a law degree. His career in intellectual property was preceded by an eleven year career as an engineering professor and as an engineer. He has been practicing intellectual property law since 1994, initially as a patent examiner, and then, since 1999, as a patent agent and as an attorney.
  • Goldstein, Tom200 Goldstein, Thomas

    Goldstein & Russell, P.C. | Partner

    Tom Goldstein is an appellate advocate, best known as one of the nation’s most experienced Supreme Court practitioners. He has served as counsel to a party in roughly 150 merits cases at the Court. He recently argued his 45th. Only 3 lawyers in the Court's modern history have argued more cases in private practice. He has been counsel on more successful petitions for certiorari over the past decade than any other lawyer in private practice. Over the past fifteen years, the firm's petitions for certiorari have been granted at a higher rate than any private law firm or legal clinic.
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    KEENWAY Patentanwälte | Partner

    Christian Heine is a German and European Patent Attorney. He entered the field of IP in 2001 after studying physics with a minor in medicine in Germany. In 2008 he became partner of an IP boutique situated in Düsseldorf, Germany, who is operating under the name of KEENWAY Patentanwälte PartG mbB since January 2020. He is intensely involved in prosecuting, invalidating and litigating European and German patents, mostly in the fields of mechanical and electrical engineering and computer implemented inventions. Furthermore, he has vast experience in the field of German inventors’ law. He advises mainly medium sized business as well as major industrial enterprises based in Europe and overseas.
  • drew_hirshfeld_square200 Hirshfeld, Drew

    USPTO | Performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO

    Drew Hirshfeld is performing the functions and duties of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Mr. Hirshfeld's permanent role is Commissioner for Patents, where he manages and leads the Patents organization as its chief operating officer. He is responsible for managing and directing all aspects of the organization that affect administration of patent operations, examination policy, patent quality management, international patent cooperation, resources and planning, and budget administration.
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    Finnegan | Of Counsel

    Prior to joining Finnegan, George Hutchinson served for 47 years in the judicial branch of the federal government. He worked at the U.S. Supreme Court for 24 years in various positions, including assistant marshal. In that capacity, he opened and supervised each session of the Court for 10 years. George served as the first clerk of the Federal Circuit and continued in that capacity until his retirement.
  • Osenda, Kristen square200 Jakobsen Osenga, Kristen

    University of Richmond School of Law | Research Scholar & Professor of Law

    Kristen Jakobsen Osenga is an Austin E. Owen Research Scholar & Professor of Law at the University of Richmond School of Law. She teaches and writes in the areas of intellectual property, patent law, law and language, and legislation and regulation. Some of her recent scholarship focuses on patent eligible subject matter, patent licensing firms, standard setting organizations, patent law reform, and claim construction. Professor Osenga received a B.S. degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Iowa, an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, and a J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, where she graduated magna cum laude.
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    AA Thornton | Lead Partner

    Mike Jennings is lead partner for computer-related inventions and electrical technologies at AA Thornton. He is a Vice Chairperson of CIPA’s Computer Technology Committee and a member of the quality working group of the Standing Advisory Committee before the EPO (SACEPO). Mike spent half his career as an in-house patent attorney for IBM and half in private practice. At AA Thornton, he handles a substantial computer-implemented inventions workload at the EPO and UKIPO including computer simulation and modelling, quantum computing and artificial intelligence, as well as invention protection and oppositions for various applications of physics and electrical engineering including sensor and measurement technologies and 3D printing.
  • Kearns_Jason200 Kerns, Jason E

    United States International Trade Commission | Commissioner

    Jason E. Kearns, a Democrat of Colorado, is the Chair of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC). Chair Kearns was nominated to the USITC by President Barack Obama on January 17, 2017; renominated by President Donald Trump on June 29, 2017; and confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 1, 2018. He was sworn in as a member of the Commission on April 2, 2018, for a term expiring on December 16, 2024. President Trump designated him Chair for the two-year term expiring June 16, 2022.
  • Kole_Pat_200 Kole, Patrick

    Idaho Potato Commission | Vice President Legal & Government Affairs

    Patrick Kole is the Vice President, Legal & Government Affairs for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). Mr. Kole has practiced law for the past fourty-two (42) years. He has specialized for the last thirty-one (31) years with the IPC, where he focuses on legal and policy issues impacting agriculture; market access issues, including developing new markets for Idaho® potatoes; and research and technology issues. Mr. Kole has litigated certification mark cases, registered certification marks in jurisdictions around the world and developed legislation that amended the U.S. Lanham act. He has testified before the U.S. Congress several times. Mr. Kole also manages IPC’s government affairs at the Federal, State and local levels and directs the IPC’s Trademark licensing program.
  • Kresh Mugshot (002) Kresh, Joshua

    George Mason University, Center for Intellectual Property & Innovation Policy | Managing Director

    Joshua Kresh is the Managing Director of the Center for Intellectual Property x Innovation Policy (C-IP2) at George Mason University, Antonin Scalia Law School. He was previously an Associate with DLA Piper in Washington, D.C., where he practiced patent litigation. Joshua received his law degree with honors from The George Washington University Law School, and he holds master’s and bachelor’s degrees in computer science from Brandeis University. Joshua is the Chair of AIPLA’s New Lawyers Committee and Co-Mentoring Chair of the Giles Rich American Inn of Court, and he is a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
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    Microsoft Corporation | Assistant General Counsel

    Robert B. Lytle is an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft Corporation. His practice focuses on patent litigation. Mr. Lytle currently serves as the Finance Officer of the ABA IPL Section.
  • Marsh. John 200 Marsh, John

    Bailey Cavalieri LLC | Member

    John’s commercial litigation practice concentrates on trade secrets litigation and the enforcement of non-competes throughout the United States.
  • Mazzola_photo_AIPLA2021AM Mazzola, Robert

    Pied Parker | IP Counsel

    Robert Mazzola has served as in-house counsel for a variety of software technology companies, building patent portfolios and structuring license agreements, and helping companies leverage intellectual property portfolios. He has also helped dozens of companies with corporate transactions, structuring, and partnerships, and helped raise companies millions in early stage funding rounds. Like many patent attorneys, he is also an inventor, an entrepreneur, and a karaoke enthusiast.
  • McKown, Jeremy square200 McKown, Jeremy K.

    Janssen R&D at Johnson & Johnson | Vice President of Law

    Jeremy is a Vice-President at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson affiliate (J&J), where he manages a global team of attorneys and professionals focused on drafting and negotiating complex agreements related to J&J's pharmaceutical business.
  • Melwani_PHOTO_200 Melwani, Dinesh

    Bookoff McAndrews | 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.
  • Meyer, Mercedes200 Meyer, Mercedes K.

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath | Partner

    Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D. collaborates with her life sciences clients from start-up to Fortune 500 companies on their patent portfolio strategy and manages an extensive biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent prosecution practice.
  • murphy_photo_AIPLA2021AM Murphy, Kristin

    ZF Group | Lead Divisional IP Counsel

    Kristin Murphy’s experience spans across all aspects of intellectual property. With respect to patent matters, her career has included domestic and foreign patent prosecution, including as part of strategic patent portfolio development and management. She has extensive experience in patent opinions, intellectual property valuations/due diligence and drafting and negotiation agreements relating to technology and intellectual property.
  • Piper_PHOTO_AIPLA2021AM -200 Piper, Michael

    Conley Rose, P.C. | President

    Michael Piper is President of Conley Rose, a Texas IP boutique of around 40 timekeepers. We serve as patent and trademark counsel to some of the largest companies in the world and to a host of smaller companies who rely on the firm to be their IP counsel. Michael's practice includes a significant amount of work representing a wide range of companies from small to midsize up to Fortune 100 entities as well as foreign companies as their local patent counsel in the PTO and in their interactions with allies and competitors.
  • Salinas square200 Salinas, Jennifer

    Lenovo | Executive Director, General Counsel

    Jennifer Salinas is the senior executive and the General Counsel for the Lenovo Data Center Group. She is also the global head of litigation for all Lenovo business units. Lenovo is the largest PC company worldwide.
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    Qualcomm | Vice President and Legal Counsel

    John A. Scott is Vice President and Legal Counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated, where he has managed patent, trade secrets and other commercial litigation matters since 2007 in both US and foreign jurisdictions. He is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the US International Trade Commission Trial Lawyers Association, the Federal Bar Association and the Welsh Inn of Court in San Diego. He has been a frequently invited speaker at conferences put on by The Sedona Conference, the Naples Patent Roundtable, the IPO and American Conference Institute, among others. Before joining Qualcomm, he was with the litigation group at Morrison & Foerster LLP in Palo Alto and San Diego, California.
  • Silverman200 Silverman, Andrew

    Orrick | Partner

    Andrew Silverman is an appellate lawyer focusing on high-stakes, precedent-setting cases nationwide. A distinguishing feature of Andrew’s practice is that clients routinely call on him in the trial court to win the case long before the appeal.
  • Stewart, Coke 200 Stewart, Coke Morgan

    former Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO

    Coke Morgan Stewart is the former Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the USPTO. Prior to joining the Regent University School of Law faculty in 2021, Ms. Stewart served as the Acting Deputy Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Deputy Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, Ms. Stewart helped manage one of the largest intellectual property offices in the world and helped oversee the agency’s more than 14,000 employees and $4 billion budget.
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    Banner Witcoff | Attorney

    Richard advises clients on all aspects of intellectual property law, including tactical and strategic counseling, portfolio management, litigation and prosecution matters.
  • Ta Headshot 200 Ta, Janice

    Perkins Coie | Senior Counsel

    Janice Ta focuses her practice on patent, trade secret, trademark, and complex commercial litigation. She represents clients in a range of industries, including computer software and hardware, wireless broadband, telecommunications, semiconductors, light-emitting diodes (LEDS), and biotechnology, helping them protect and maximize the value of their intellectual property portfolios.
  • tottis, kevin square200 Tottis, Kevin

    TottisLaw | Managing Partner

    Kevin heads up TottisLaw, a commercial and IP litigation boutique in Chicago he opened in 1996 after several years as a partner in a national law firm. Over the past 35 years, he’s first-chaired dozens of matters for clients across the country, successfully handling cases in all areas of intellectual property, representing theatrical publishers, consumer products companies, architects, academics, content providers and manufacturers. His clients include Fortune 500 companies, not-for-profits, entrepreneurs and individuals.
  • Tushnet, Rebecca200 Tushnet, Rebecca

    Harvard Law School | Inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law

    Rebecca Tushnet is the inaugural Frank Stanton Professor of First Amendment Law at Harvard Law School. Her work focuses on the intersection between intellectual property and advertising law and freedom of speech.
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    IBM | IP Counsel

    Lisa Ulrich is Intellectual Property Counsel for IBM located in Armonk, NY. Lisa holds responsibility for evaluating IBM’s worldwide engagement in standards development organizations. In addition, Lisa negotiates contracts and provides IP legal guidance for merger and acquisition activities for IBM’s Sales & Services business unit. Lisa also leads IBM’s corporate trademark enforcement team. Lastly, Lisa provides strategic advice on legislative and policy IP issues with a focus on improving diversity within the profession, both among inventors and IP professionals.
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    Warner Norcross & Judd LLP | Partner

    Brian litigates disputes and counsels clients in a wide range of commercial and intellectual property matters. He has developed a particular focus in matters of creative expression, commercial identity and privacy, which spans the legal doctrines of copyright, trademark, privacy, publicity rights, advertising, journalism and related fields.