Keynote Speakers

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The Honorable Kathi Vidal

Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office

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David Kappos

Partner, Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP, Former Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

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The Honorable Kimberly Moore

Chief Judge, US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

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Savaria Harris

VP Law, Patient Engagement & Customer Solutions, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson

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Speakers

Speakers list in alphabetical order. More speakers are added every day, check back often!
  • Agarwal, Gunjan

    Fox Rothschild LLP | Partner

    A registered patent attorney, Gunjan works closely with domestic and international clients to assist in development and management of worldwide patent portfolios. Her practice includes preparation and prosecution of patent applications in the United States and internationally; opposition and appeal proceedings; strategic patent counseling; preparation of intellectual property (IP) related opinions (e.g., invalidity opinions, non-infringement opinions, freedom to operate opinions, etc.); preparation, negotiation and enforcement of nondisclosure, research and development and licensing agreements.
  • Al-Shaer, Maram

    Washington University in St. Louis School of Law | 2nd Year Law Student

    Maram Al-Shaer is a second-year law student at Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. She has technical experience in the field of computer science primarily relating to cybersecurity and privacy.
  • Anoff, Ali

    Procter & Gamble | Director & Assistant General Counsel - Patents

    Ali Anoff is Director and Assistant General Counsel at Procter & Gamble. She is the primary patent attorney for Olay® skin care, a brand with net sales of more than $1 billion annually. Ali provides strategic legal counsel to the business to create and protect global intellectual property assets. Her practice focuses on IP strategy development, preparation and prosecution of global patent applications, freedom-to-practice assessments, enforcement, and due diligence.
  • Bald, Stephanie

    Kelly IP | Partner

    Stephanie Bald focuses her practice on trademark litigation, disputes, and strategic counseling. She represents clients in federal courts across the country and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). She also handles domain name disputes under the Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and has significant experience managing global trademark portfolios and advising clients on the selection, use, registration, enforcement, and licensing of trademarks.
  • Barnes, Dunstan

    McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. | Partner

    Dunstan H. Barnes is a Partner at McAndrews and practices in all areas of intellectual property law with emphasis on protecting and analyzing design rights. In 2021, Dunstan was honored as a 40 Under Forty attorney in Illinois. Dunstan is the current Chair of the American Bar Association (ABA) Design Rights Committee and Vice Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Industrial Designs Committee. He has been an invited speaker at conferences including AIPPI World Congress, AIPLA Annual Meeting, ABA-IPL Spring Meeting, and USPTO Design Day.
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    Greenfield LLC | Partner

    Dave is Of Counsel, Greenfield LLP, a Silicon Valley business litigation firm. He is a trial lawyer with over 25 years’ experience handling patent infringement, trade secret and numerous other technology-focused litigations. Before coming to Greenfield, Dave was an equity partner in the IP litigation departments at several AmLaw 100 firms. He has successfully tried numerous patent litigations to favorable jury verdict. Dave also is a frequent speaker on trade secrets, including a recent Webinar sponsored by the NYC Bar Association titled New York and California Trade Secrets Litigations: Differences and Best Practices.
  • Bowser, Jonathan

    Haynes Boone | Counsel

    Jonathan Bowser is a registered patent attorney focusing on patent litigation disputes before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) and federal district courts. Jonathan has been counsel in more than 125 AIA trials before the PTAB, representing both patent challengers and patent owners, and litigates appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He also prepares and prosecutes patent portfolios in the U.S. and abroad with a specific focus on electrical, computer, networking, and medical device technologies. Jonathan is a frequent author and presenter on post-grant issues.
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    Intel Corporation | Associate General Counsel

    Laurie Charrington is Associate General Counsel and Patent Litigation Team Lead in Intel’s Intellectual Property Legal Group. In this role, Laurie manages significant patent litigation and IP-related threats to Intel, including matters threatening billions of dollars of revenue and where an adverse outcome could materially impact Intel's business. Laurie manages a global portfolio, and leads cases and teams in the US, Germany, Japan, France, Brazil, India, and the Netherlands. In addition to her responsibilities as Associate General Counsel, Laurie co-leads Intel Legal’s Diversity and Inclusion Team and serves on the General Counsel’s Black Leadership Advisory Council.
  • Cleveland, Kristin

    Klarquist | Partner

    ristin’s practice focuses exclusively on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, and trade dress cases. She has extensive experience handling all phases of litigation, from obtaining favorable results in early motion practice, to efficient management of cases through discovery, claim construction, summary judgment and trial. She has a national trial practice, litigating in federal district courts around the country, and has argued at the Federal Circuit. Kristin is the chair of the Litigation practice group, serves on the firm’s management committee, and has served in the past as the firm’s managing partner.
  • Cotton, Amy

    US Trademark Office | Acting Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy

    Amy Cotton is the acting Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy. In this role, Ms. Cotton oversees the Offices of Trademark Policy, Petitions, and ID-Class, as well as the Trademark Assistance Center, the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training, the Trademark Law Library, Customer Experience, and Trademark Outreach.
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    AIPLA | Legal Affairs Consultant

    James D. Crowne served as the Deputy Executive Director for Legal Affairs of the American Intellectual Property Law Association until his retirement in 2017 and now serves as a legal consultant. Mr. Crowne was primarily responsible for all intellectual property (IP) issues involving the judiciary. He advised the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and senior staff of the AIPLA on substantive and procedural legal issues. In that capacity, he participated in the preparation of nearly 100 AIPLA amicus briefs filed at the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also responsible for communicating AIPLA policy positions to the government, to members, and to the public.
  • Franklyn, David

    Golden Gate University | Professor of Law

    David Franklyn is a prominent law professor who is considered one of the nation's preeminent experts on intellectual property and technology law. He joined the faculty of Golden Gate University in 2018.
  • Gage Mitchell

    Modern Species | Founder

    Gage sees everything as a design challenge. Whether it's designing new business strategies, designing to solve community problems, or designing your life to be more fulfilling. He’s the founder of Modern Species and Evolve CPG where he helps better-for-the-world brands grow through purpose-driven strategy, design, and community.
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    Leason Ellis | Partner

    Melvin Garner’s practice includes all phases of patent, trademark and copyright litigation and procurement involving various technologies. The technologies include laser applications, video circuits, telecommunications (particularly cellular phones), optics (including lenses for photolithographic equipment), sintered materials, office products, medical devices, and computer hardware and software (including gaming systems).
  • Genco, Brian

    Meunier, Carlin & Curfman | 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.
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    USPTO, Office of Enrollment and Discipline | Staff Attorney

    Since January 2011 to the present, Dahlia has served at the USPTO Office of Enrollment and Discipline where she investigates grievances and complaints alleging misconduct by patent and trademark practitioners; conducts moral character and “fitness to practice” applications for individuals seeking registration before the USPTO; and heads the Diversion Pilot Program for impaired practitioners.
  • Gosse, David

    Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery | Partner

    David A. Gosse represents clients in PTAB and district court litigation, with deposition and courtroom experience in both venues. His practice also includes acquisition of patent rights in the electronic, software, and mechanical fields. Dave is a partner with Fitch Even Tabin & Flannery in Chicago, Illinois; and he is the outgoing chair of the AIPLA PTAB Trial Committee.
  • Goulart, Joaquim

    Dannemann Siemsen | Partner

    With over 25 years of experience, Joaquim is a partner at Dannemann Siemsen and is currently responsible for the litigation group. He specializes in patent and trademark litigation, with substantial success in a number of litigations in Brazil. He received his law degree at Pontificia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro, specialized in Economic and Corporate Law at Fundação Getulio Vargas and received his LLM in Intellectual Property Law from John Marshall Law School.
  • Harris, Savaria

    Johnson & Johnson | VP Law, Patient Engagement & Customer Solutions, The Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies

    Savaria is Vice President of Law for Patient Engagement & Customer Solutions (PECS) at the Janssen North America Pharmaceutical Company of Johnson & Johnson. In this role, she advises the PECS leadership team on innovative ways to compliantly support patients starting and staying on therapy. Since joining Johnson & Johnson in 2016, Savaria has advised business leaders on innovative patient assistance programs across all Janssen therapeutic areas.
  • Humphrey, Scott

    Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP | Partner

    Scott Humphrey is the Chair of Benesch’s Trade Secrets, Restrictive Covenants and Unfair Competition Practice Group. He has extensive litigation, arbitration, and counseling experience involving a wide range of complex commercial contract disputes and business torts, including matters arising from trade secret appropriation, breach of restrictive covenants, contract disputes, manufacturing and distribution issues, fraud, and insurance disputes.
  • Isaac, Elizabeth

    Dunlap Codding | Director & Shareholder

    Elizabeth Isaac is a Director, Shareholder, and Registered Patent Attorney at Dunlap Codding where she leads the firm’s Design Group. She helps innovators, entrepreneurs, artists, and businesses protect their inventions, brands, designs, and other creative works to leverage their intellectual property portfolios and enhance their business options. She counsels clients regarding a breadth of patents, trademarks, copyrights, and other proprietary rights—with an emphasis on creatively and strategically identifying holistic and dynamic ways enforce, defend, and improve the value of various technological and creative assets worldwide.
  • Jiménez, Clara

    Johnson & Johnson | Senior Counsel

    Clara N. Jiménez is Senior Counsel in Johnson & Johnson’s Litigation Group, where she supports the J&J businesses in all aspects of IP litigation across the globe. Prior to joining J&J, Clara was an attorney with Finnegan, where she counseled clients in the Chemical, Pharmaceutical and Medical Device industries in all various aspects of IP protection and enforcement, including prosecution, licensing, PTAB proceedings and litigation. Before attending law school, Clara worked as a chemical process engineer.
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    Crowell & Moring LLP | Partner

    Mark A. Klapow is a partner in the firm's Litigation Group. He litigates complex commercial and intellectual property disputes, including trade secrets cases. Mark has represented Fortune 500 companies including Alcoa, AT&T, Caterpillar, Dow, Ericsson, ExxonMobil, Intel, Lenovo, Molson Coors, and Western Union in federal and state courts across the country.
  • Li, Yiqiang

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | Partner

    Yiqiang "Lee" Li is one of the very few dually qualified Chinese lawyers who returned to China in the mid-1990s to help international firms build up their China practices, dealing with cross-border investment, IP licensing, FCPA, cybersecurity, data privacy and other compliance-related matters.
  • Lin, Wade

    Berkeley Lights, Inc. | Senior Patent Agent

    Wade Lin is a patent agent registered in Taiwan and the United States and also qualified in China. His scientific background is molecular biology. He had over ten years experience working at one of the biggest law firms in Taiwan specializing in global patent prosecution, patent analyses and representing clients in patent infringement litigations. He currently works at Berkeley Lights, Inc as a senior patent agent.
  • Macedo, Charles

    Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP

    Charles R. Macedo, a physicist by training, litigates in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law, with a special emphasis in complex litigation and appellate work. Companies and individuals from a wide range of industries turn to him to develop offensive and defensive strategies for the development and enforcement of their patent and trademark portfolios.
  • Madison, Tanya

    Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. | Global Chief Privacy Officer and Senior VP

    Tanya Madison serves as Global Chief Privacy Officer and Senior Vice President at Aristocrat Technologies, Inc. In her role Tanya oversees Aristocrat’s Privacy Office and works very closely with various internal and external stakeholders to develop a maintain a robust privacy program globally.
  • Manoukian, Minelli

    Center for Art Law | Executive Director

    Minelli Manoukian, Esq. is the Executive Director of the Center for Art Law. There, she manages the daily operations including editing and reviewing articles and the Center’s monthly newsletter, planning and coordinating events, along with training and supervising interns and fellows. Ms. Manoukian has been an attorney since September 2020 and, outside of her legal career, she enjoys moonlighting as a visual artist and performer in her spare time.
  • McCabe, Monica

    U.S. Copyright Office - Copyright Claims Board | Copyright Claims Officer

    Monica P. McCabe is one of three new copyright claims officers on the newly established Copyright Claims Board (CCB) under the auspices of the Library of Congress. Previously, Monica had chaired the intellectual property department at Phillips Nizer LLP since 2018. She is a veteran copyright litigator with over three decades of experience, representing both users and copyright owners. She has served on numerous alternative dispute resolution panels, including the International Trademark Association, the Southern District of New York, and the New York State Supreme Court Commercial Division.
  • McGowan, Bill

    Johnson & Johnson | Patent Attorney

    Bill has been a patent attorney at Johnson & Johnson for over twenty-three years, and he is based in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Currently, he is a group leader within the J&J law department whose patent team supports the infectious disease, global public health, and pharmaceutical delivery device areas within J&J’s pharmaceutical sector. Prior to his current role, Bill was a group leader of the patent team supporting the over-the-counter pharmaceutical, oral care, and wound care franchises within J&J’s consumer sector.
  • Mertzel, Nancy J.

    Mertzel Law PLLC | Principal and Founder

    Nancy Mertzel has more than 25 years of experience protecting brand names, products, content and technology. Nancy's broad litigation experience includes numerous copyright, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition and trade secret disputes. She regularly litigates matters involving source code and technology, and has successfully handled cutting edge cases involving the scope of copyright protection in source code and data. For example, on behalf of a leading bank and big box retailer, she successfully defeated a claim of copyright in numbers. She also handles trademark infringement cases, "failed systems" disputes between developers and licensees, trade secret cases involving software, entertainment industry disputes, and recovery of domain names.
  • Moore, Kimberly A.

    United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit | Chief Judge

    KIMBERLY A. MOORE was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and assumed the duties of Chief Circuit Judge on May 22, 2021. Prior to her appointment, Chief Judge Moore was a Professor of Law from 2004 to 2006 and Associate Professor of Law from 2000 to 2004 at the George Mason University School of Law. She was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law from 1999 to 2000. She served both as an Assistant Professor of Law from 1997 to 1999 and the Associate Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program from 1998 to 1999 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.
  • Murphy, Brian P.

    Haug Partners | Partner

    From September 2013 through September 2017, Mr. Murphy served as an Administrative Patent Judge at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (“PTAB”) of the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office in Alexandria, Virginia. During that time he presided over nearly 200 post grant review trial proceedings (Inter Partes Review, Post Grant Review, and Covered Business Method Review). As a PTAB trial judge he presided over interlocutory discovery and motion proceedings, heard oral argument, and drafted numerous substantive decisions. For three years he served as a Lead Judge on the PTAB leadership team, which included management, supervision, and mentoring of Administrative Patent Judges trained in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical arts.
  • Ortuzar, Santiago

    Alessandri | Partner

    Santiago specializes in intellectual and industrial property, contracts, defense of free competition, defense in cases of infringement of intellectual property, Internet, sanitary records, plant varieties and design of strategies for the global protection and licensing of innovations and patents.
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    USG Corporation | Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

    Phil Petti is the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the USG Corporation, a member of the Knauf Group, an international leader in residential and commercial building systems. Based at USG's headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, Phil is responsible for USG’s worldwide intellectual property portfolio, licensing, IP litigation, and trade secret protection. This includes protection of USG’s well known SHEETROCK,® DUROCK® and other leading building products and technologies.
  • Pool, Ryan

    Millen, White, Zelano & Branigan, P.C. | Partner

    Ryan Pool is a Partner at MWZB who specializes in chemical and life sciences patent prosecution. He is experienced in patent drafting, patent prosecution, and portfolio management. His practice has involved considerable work in the international patent sphere and he has developed expertise in the patent laws of many foreign nations.
  • Porter, Lucy

    Bracewell | Counsel

    Lucy works across client organizations to develop and implement data privacy solutions that are compliant with global regulations tailored to the client’s needs. Lucy also has experience in advising clients with the protection, maintenance, licensing and transfer of intellectual property assets, as well as in the prosecution and management of trademark portfolios.
  • Robinson, W. Keith

    Wake Forest University School of Law | Professor of Law

    W. Keith Robinson is a Professor of Law at the Wake Forest University School of Law. Professor Robinson is a nationally recognized patent scholar. He researches how legal institutions govern emerging technology. He has commented on issues of intellectual property law in media outlets and given more than seventy presentations around the world on patent law. Thomson Reuters has twice recognized Professor Robinson’s articles as the best that year in intellectual property law. His recent work has explored how artificial intelligence may impact obtaining U.S. patents.
  • Selinger, Elise

    DexCom | Lead IP Legal Counsel

    From her decade of experience as a materials engineer to her law practice today, Elise has always been driven by analyzing and improving technologies.
  • Slifer, Russ

    Black Hills IP | CEO

    Russ Slifer is the CEO of Black Hills IP and is also a registered patent attorney and principal of Schwegman Lundberg & Woessner. He has focused exclusively on intellectual property law since 1994 helping a wide variety of clients build patent portfolios to protect their innovations, including individual inventors, universities, and Fortune 100 companies.
  • Smith, James Donald

    Ecolab USA | Chief IP Counsel

    James Donald Smith serves as Chief IP Counsel of Ecolab USA. In his current position, Smith oversees the company’s global operations relating to patents, trademarks, and copyrights, and other matters related to protection of Ecolab innovation.
  • Soldatini, Andrea

    Societa Italiana Brevetti S.p.A. | Partner

    Andrea Soldatini is a Partner at Società Italiana Brevetti S.p.A.. and head of the patent/design department of the Florence Office. He has 25-years experience in patent filing and prosecution in Italy and abroad (in particular EP and PCT procedures), Design Registration procedures in Italy and abroad (in particular, Community Design Registrations and International Registrations under the Hague System).
  • Srinivasamani, Vindhya

    Lakshmikumaran & Sridharan | Joint Partner

    Vindhya is a Joint Partner in the Technology Law Division at the firm. She is a registered advocate with the Delhi Bar Council with over 9 years of experience. She is primarily involved in IP opposition & litigation matters and regularly appears before the Trademark Office, Patent Office, PVP Registry, High Courts and the Supreme Court. She is also involved in advising clients on various aspects of IP and allied matters. She is also actively involved in litigation pertaining to Environmental law matters and advising clients regarding the same.
  • Talley, Monica Riva

    Sterne Kessler | Director

    Monica Talley is a director and heads Sterne Kessler's Trademark & Brand Protection Practice. For more than 25 years, she has specialized in strategic trademark counseling and portfolio enhancement, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and resolving trademark disputes. Monica is particularly sought after for her expertise in enforcing brand rights against infringers and counterfeiters seeking to profit from her clients' well-known brands. In addition to managing her robust practice, she is an adjunct professor teaching trademark law at The George Washington University Law School.
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    Tara Trask LLC | President of Trask Consulting

    Tara Trask is the President of Trask Consulting, a boutique litigation strategy, jury research and trial consulting firm with offices in San Francisco, Houston and New York. Ms. Trask’s practice focuses on civil litigation with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation; including intellectual property, (patent and trademark infringement, trade secret misappropriation) antitrust, securities, breach of contract and fraud.
  • Tridico, Anthony

    Finnegan | Partner

    Anthony Tridico, Ph.D. is a U.S. patent lawyer and a partner in Finnegan's Washington, DC Office. He spent many years as Managing Partner of Finnegan's European Offices, where he gained significant knowledge of the European Patent Convention (EPC) and the diversity of laws and practice among the European national systems. His knowledge of the various legal systems and how they differ from the U.S. allows Anthony to effectively counsel clients across life sciences industries with global interests in intellectual property.
  • 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.
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    Nike | Assistant General Counsel, Global IP LItigation

    Kim is Assistant General Counsel, Global IP Litigation & Director of IP Europe at Nike, Inc. She is a committed IP professional, bringing nearly 20 years of experience litigating, managing portfolios, and providing strategic counseling on all aspects of global intellectual property rights, including patents, trademarks, design, copyright and trade secrets, in both elite law firm and Fortune 100 corporate settings.
  • Weinstein, Stanton D.
    Stanton D. Weinstein is an experienced IP attorney located near Philadelphia, PA. Stan previously spent much of his career as an in-house intellectual property counsel for a major corporation in the defense electronics industry. Stan's extensive experience includes patent, trademark and copyright law and practice, protection of proprietary information, and other aspects of intellectual property law; U.S. Government procurement regulations and clauses relating to patent rights and data rights; computer law, such as Internet/intranet issues, software licensing, and open source software issues; export controls; and intellectual property aspects of mergers and acquisitions.
  • Yang, Stephen

    IP March | Managing Partner

    Stephen Yang is a Chinese patent attorney and managing partner of IP March. His practice covers patent drafting, prosecution, invalidation, opinion and litigation in mechanics, electronics, energy and high-tech areas. His IP career began in 1997. In addition to practicing in IP firms in China, he once worked in-house in Canada. Stephen’s technical background is mechanical and industrial engineering. He received double Bachelor’s degrees from Tsinghua University in China and a Master’s degree from University of Toronto in Canada.