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Keynote Speakers


Matt Sakakeeny

Associate Professor of Music; Ethnomusicology, Tulane University


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Michael Hecht

President & CEO Greater New Orleans Inc.


Perlmutter, Shira

Shira Perlmutter

Register of Copyrights and Director, US Copyright Office





  • Altman, James B.

    Foster, Murphy, Altman & Nickel, PC | Attorney

    James Altman represents U.S. and foreign clients in unfair trade litigation, concentrating on Section 337 investigations before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC).
  • Bevacqua-Lynott, Amber

    Buchalter | Senior Counsel

    Amber Bevacqua-Lynott is Senior Counsel in the Firm’s Portland and San Diego offices, and a member of the Firm’s Professional Responsibility and Litigation Practice Groups.  Ms. Bevacqua-Lynott provides guidance and legal representation to attorneys, licensed professionals, and other business clients, including firms and in-house legal departments. Her practice centers on legal ethics, risk management, and discipline defense. She acts as outside counsel to clients in a variety of industries, providing advice and counsel on all manner of ethics issues, including conflicts, confidentiality, malpractice, risk management, and fee issues.
  • Bezos, Salvador M.

    Sterne Kessler | Director

    Salvador M. Bezos is a director in Sterne Kessler’s Electronics Practice Group. Sal helps clients develop enforceable patent portfolios in a wide range of technical areas, including user interfaces, financial software products, cloud computing, parallel and distributed computer architectures, computer graphics, networking, automotive technology, databases, and computer architectures.
  • Breslin, Patrick

    Breslin Consulting | CEO

    Pat Breslin, CEO of Breslin Consulting, is an economist and expert in IP damages, valuation, and economic and financial analysis. He has 25 years of experience in litigation and other dispute resolution contexts, in multiple country jurisdictions. IP types valued include patents, trademarks, trade secrets, technology, know-how, and copyrights. Pat has valued energy- and environmentally-related technologies, and transactions in the oil and natural gas industries.
  • Bruce, Shelby

    3M | Senior Trademark Counsel

    Shelby Bruce is Senior Trademark Counsel at 3M where she supports a majority of the divisions in the Safety and Industrial Business Group globally. In this role, Shelby is the primary trademark attorney for these divisions with responsibility for portfolio management, counseling, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, and trademark agreements. Prior to joining 3M in 2017, Shelby was an Associate at Norton Rose Fulbright in Minneapolis where she worked on a variety of trademark and copyright matters.
  • Buss, Melissa E.

    3M Company | Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel & Global IP Team Leader

    Melissa is an Assistant Chief Intellectual Property Counsel and Global IP Team Leader at 3M Company based in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has been practicing law for 3M since her graduation from law school in 2000. She is the currently the Global IP Team Leader for 3M’s Industrial Adhesives & Tape Division, which has the largest product portfolio within 3M with $3 Billion in WW sales. After the COVID pandemic started, Melissa was asked to become the Global IP attorney for 3M’s Disposable Respirator Business, which includes N95 masks, and has approximately $1.5 Billion in WW sales. Prior to these assignments, Melissa was the Global IP Team leader for a large Health Care Division with over $1 Billion in WW sales.
  • Cheng, May

    Osler | Partner, Intellectual Property

    May is a Certified Specialist in Intellectual Property Law (Trademark/Copyright), and a senior partner. She has 25 years of experience in advising clients on all aspects of intellectual property protection and enforcement, including branding strategy, acquisition, licensing and anti-counterfeiting. She is regularly involved in a wide variety of IP infringement cases and complex licensing deals.
  • Ciolino, Dane S.

    Loyola University New Orleans College of Law | Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law

    Dane S. Ciolino serves as the Alvin R. Christovich Distinguished Professor of Law at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law. His current scholarly and teaching interests at Loyola include Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Advocacy, and Criminal Law.
  • Coyne, Patrick

    Finnegan | Partner & AIPLA President

    Patrick is a trial and appellate attorney. His litigation experience includes patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret claims; licensing; related antitrust and unfair competition issues; general commercial litigation; products liability; and domestic and international arbitration. He also assists clients with strategic portfolio development and management.
  • Davis, Theodore

    Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton, LLP | Partner

    Ted Davis is a partner in the Atlanta office of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he has practiced trademark, copyright, false advertising, and unfair competition law since 1990. He is a current member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association Board of Directors, a past chair of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law, and a past member of the International Trademark Association’s Board of Directors. As a frequent amicus advocate, he has represented AIPLA, INTA, and the ABA in numerous briefs submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court and other federal courts.
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    McGlinchey Stafford | Of Counsel

    Dr. Mary Drabnis prepares and prosecutes patents, handles patent appeals, and has handled patent interferences before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), with a focus on the chemical arts and the mechanical arts. Mary currently serves as the Chair of AIPLA's Patent Cooperation Treaty Issues Committee.
  • Erik Combs

    Pirkey Barber PLLC | Associate

    Erik Combs focuses his practice on trademark, copyright, and unfair competition law.
  • Fink, Benjamin

    Berman Fink Van Horn, P.C. | Shareholder

    Benjamin Fink (Restrictive Covenant Litigation) is a shareholder at Berman Fink Van Horn P.C. in Atlanta, Georgia. His practice focuses on business and commercial litigation with an emphasis on competition-related disputes, including non-competes and trade secrets. A published author on restrictive covenants, he blogs regularly on noncompete and trade secret topics ( In addition to this publication, he has also co-authored a Practice Note on Georgia Confidentiality, Nondisclosure and Non-Solicitation Agreements for Thomson Reuters’ Practical Law.
  • Frederick, Mareesa

    Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP | Partner

    Mareesa Frederick, a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, DC office, focuses on complex, high-stakes intellectual property litigation, with a particular emphasis on Section 337 proceedings before the International Trade Commission (ITC). She was named by The Legal 500 U.S. as a Next Generation Lawyer for ITC patent litigation. Mareesa also has extensive experience counseling clients on trade secret guidance, pre-trial strategy, strategic licensing opportunities, and patent portfolios.
  • Frey, Alison

    Dickinson Wright, PLLC | Member

    Alison Frey (Member, Dickinson Wright, PLLC, Austin): Alison Frey focuses her practice on trademarks, copyrights, intellectual property, business technology and emerging business. Ms. Frey regularly advises clients on trademark matters, including trademark clearance and protection, policing, rebranding, licensing and global brand protection strategies, and her practice includes management of domestic and international trademark portfolios across a myriad of industries, including the cannabis industry.
  • Friedland, Michael

    Knobbe Martens | Partner

    Michael Friedland is a partner at Knobbe Martens in Irvine, California and is the co-chair of its Litigation Practice Group. In three decades of practice, he has represented clients in hundreds of patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright cases across the country. He previously served as the co-chair of the Firm’s Trademark and Brand Protection Litigation practice group and its Consumer Products Litigation practice group.
  • Galvao, Leonor Magalhaes

    Magellan IP | Founding Partner

    Leonor Magalhães Galvão is one of the founding partners of Magellan IP and the head of the patent practice of the firm. She has nearly twenty years of experience in the field of intellectual property and prior to founding Magellan IP, Leonor was an associate and a partner at renowned Brazilian intellectual property firms.
  • Gard, W. Ron

    Law School at Tulane University | Professor

    W. Ron Gard is a Professor of Practice in the School of Liberal Arts and a Visiting Assistant Professor at the Law School at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as an attorney in New York. In addition to teaching at Tulane, he is a non-resident fellow at Stanford Law School. He holds a J.D./PhD from the University of Arizona, where he specialized in the intersection of law, economics, and culture.
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    Precipice IP | Founder and Principal Member

    Angela J. Grayson, CIPP/US, CLP is an accomplished nationally recognized lawyer, speaker, and author. She is Principal Member and Founder of Precipice IP PLLC. PRECIPICE is an award-winning consultancy and technology law boutique specializing in patent, trademark, copyright, and data law. PRECIPICE helps entrepreneurs and technology-focused businesses protect their products, brands, designs and data.
  • Hecht, Michael

    Greater New Orleans, Inc. | President and CEO

    Michael Hecht is President & CEO of Greater New Orleans, Inc., the economic development agency for southeast Louisiana. GNO, Inc.'s mission is to create a region with a thriving economy and an excellent quality of life, for everyone. Under Michael's leadership, GNO, Inc. has been named a “Top Economic Development Organization in the United States” by Site Selection magazine.
  • Herrera, Jessie

    Patterson & Sheridan LLP | Partner

    Jessie Herrera is a partner with the law firm of Patterson & Sheridan LLP and has established himself as a go-to resource for companies seeking to build global intellectual property portfolios. Prior to practicing law, Jessie worked as a mechanical engineer designing industrial equipment for a large oilfield services corporation. In addition to utility patents, Jessie has prepared and prosecuted numerous design patents, protecting the ornamental appearance of a wide variety of devices and consumer products, including hand tools, apparel, and graphical user interfaces.
  • Hicks, Jack

    Womble Bond Dickinson LLP | Partner

    Jack Hicks practices patent and trademark law with the international law firm of Womble Bond Dickinson (US) LLP. He has worked with clients in a broad range of industries and technologies, helping manage IP matters, from Federal and State litigation to international patent and trademark filing strategies. Prior to becoming an attorney, Jack was a design engineer on airborne radar and optics applications for a major aerospace company. Jack also regularly represents clients based outside the US, including Europe and Asia, as well as US companies doing business overseas.
  • Horstman, Raija

    Crowell & Moring | Counsel

    Raija Horstman is an experienced litigator focused in multiple areas of complex commercial litigation, including trade secrets, false advertising, unfair competition, copyright infringement, trademark infringement, and consumer and employment class actions. Raija is a counsel in the Los Angeles office of Crowell & Moring.
  • Huntington, R. Danny

    Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck PC | Partner

    R. Danny Huntington is a partner with Rothwell, Figg, Ernst & Manbeck, PC in Washington, D.C. He is involved in all phases of intellectual property law, including United States and foreign patent prosecution, litigation in the Federal and State Courts, licensing, and general client counseling. He has extensive patent interference experience, with particular expertise in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
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    Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP | Partner

    David J. Kappos is a partner at Cravath. He is a leader in the field of intellectual property, including IP management and strategy, the development of global IP norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets. From 2009 to 2013, Mr. Kappos served as Under Secretary of Commerce and Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). In that role, he advised the President, the Secretary of Commerce and the Administration on IP policy matters.
  • Kepler, Tracy L

    CNA | Rick Control Consulting Director, Lawyers' Professional Liability Program

    Tracy L. Kepler is the Risk Control Consulting Director for CNA’s Lawyers Insurance Program. In this role, she designs and develops content and distribution of risk control initiatives relevant to the practice of law. She collaborates with the underwriting and claims teams to develop and execute strategies for the profitable growth of the program. Tracy lectures frequently at CNA-sponsored events and at state and local bar associations and national seminars hosted by industry-leading organizations. She also writes articles focusing on law firm risk control and professional responsibility issues.
  • Kiepura, Helena

    DLA Piper LLP | Partner

    Helena Kiepura is a partner in the Patent Litigation group at DLA Piper LLP (US). She specializes in Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission, and also represents clients in patent and trade secret matters in federal district court and in inter partes review proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Helena has a strong technological background that includes a degree in biology and a wide variety of patent litigation experiences, and examples of the products she has litigated include semiconductors, computer hardware and software, beverage dispensing devices, construction materials, pharmaceuticals, oil and gas equipment, and medical aesthetic technology.
  • Kocialski, Molly

    USPTO | Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

    As the Regional Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for leading the Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
  • Koempel-Thomas, Bea

    Lee & Hayes | Patent Attorney/Partner

    Bea leads Lee & Hayes’ International Practice. She advises and assists clients on a variety of intellectual property issues including drafting patent applications for international prosecution to enhance the business value of assets and managing international patent portfolios.
  • Lee, Wan Chieh (Jenny)

    Fay, Kaplun & Marcin, LLP | Counsel

    Wan Chieh (Jenny) Lee is a Counsel at Fay Kaplun & Marcin LLP. Ms. Lee’s practice encompasses all areas of intellectual property, focusing on patent due diligence, freedom to operate reviews, transactions and negotiations involving patent rights, patent licensing, strategic counseling and procurement of worldwide patent rights, complex proceedings (e.g., patent reexaminations, reissue applications, and administrative appeals) before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), and patent litigation.
  • Levine, Aaron M.

    Polsinelli | Shareholder

    Aaron M. Levine has a depth of experience representing parties in Technology Transfer transactions including to university and industry sponsored research and licensing, intellectual property and technology focused components of mergers and acquisitions, and the licensing of large patent and technology portfolios to industry. Aaron’s clients range from large research universities and Fortune 500 companies to start-ups and individual inventors.
  • Loza, Christina

    Managing Partner | Loza &Loza

    Christina “Tina” Loza founded Loza & Loza, LLP in 2005 and currently acts as managing partner of the firm, a distributed and mostly virtual intellectual property boutique. Tina is a registered patent attorney but enjoys practicing mostly trademark prosecution and litigation. Tina is a former President of NAWBO-CA and NAWBO-IE and currently sits on the boards of the 100 Mile Club and FAR For A Reason. She is also an adjunct professor at University of La Verne – School of Law, where she teaches Intellectual Property Law and Trademark Law.
  • Martin, Tommy

    Baker Botts | Special Counsel

    Tommy Martin's practice centers around complex patent and trade secret litigation before the International Trade Commission (ITC), U.S district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Mr. Martin represents clients in all phases of pre-trial, trial, post-trial and appeal, as well as before U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
  • Nguyen, Xuan-Thao

    Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law | Director, Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation

    Professor Nguyen is an internationally known legal scholar renowned for her expertise in the intersections of Intellectual Property, Contracts, Secured Transactions, Bankruptcy, Licensing and Taxation. She is the Gerald L. Bepko Endowed Chair in Law at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law. She held the Garvey Schubert Barer Visiting Professor of Law, University of Washington School of Law (2018-2019). She recently received the Trustees Teaching Award (2020).
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    The Marbury Law Group | Partner

    Ms. O’Brien has over 20 years of experience representing both domestic and foreign clients of all sizes in the areas of patent procurement and litigation, with an emphasis on chemical and pharmaceutical technologies. Exemplary areas of technical expertise include polymer chemistry; ceramics; glass; food chemistry; cosmetics; paper products; pharmaceuticals, including new chemical entities and formulations; and novel solid forms including polymorphs, cocrystals, and amorphous forms of compounds.
  • Patnaik, Goutam

    Desmarais LLP | Partner

    Gooch partners with innovators to resolve their most challenging intellectual property and commercial matters, with a particular emphasis on patent and trademark disputes. He has particularly deep experience with Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission (ITC) and litigation in key patent venues such as the U.S. District Courts for the Western District of Texas, the District of Delaware, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.
  • Podolsky, Gail

    Carlton Fields | Shareholder

    Gail Podolsky chairs the Technology Industry Group and represents clients at all stages of their growth.
  • Powitzky Steely, Rachel

    Foley & Lardner LLP | Partner

    Rachel Powitzky Steely is a leading female trial lawyer in Texas. Rachel has been recognized as one of the top 50 female lawyers in Texas, selected as a Houston elite 100 lawyer and was named a top 20 female trial lawyer by Texas Lawyer Magazine, the only trade secret/employment attorney to receive the honor. Rachel’s trial experience includes employment, commercial, corporate and insurance matters. She has won multimillion dollar verdicts and defended companies against claims exceeding 100 million dollars.
  • Rowe, Elizabeth

    University of Florida School of Law | Director, Intellectual Property Law Program

    Professor Elizabeth Rowe is an internationally recognized expert on Trade Secret Law. She is a prolific scholar who has co-authored or contributed to numerous books on intellectual property and has authored dozens of law review articles in leading journals. Much of her research addresses the intersection of trade secrets with employment law and/or technology, as well as the interplay between intellectual property, government policy, and innovation. She has co-authored several books on trade secrets, including the first and the leading casebook in the United States devoted exclusively to Trade Secret Law, as well as a Nutshell treatise on trade secrets.
  • Sakakeeny, Matt

    Tulane University | Associate Professor of Music; Ethnomusicology

    Matt Sakakeeny is Associate Professor of Music at Tulane University. His book Roll With It: Brass Bands in the Streets of New Orleans follows brass band musicians as they march off the streets and into nightclubs, festival grounds, and recording studios. Matt has edited two other books, Keywords in Sound and Remaking New Orleans: Beyond Exceptionalism and Authenticity. Most recently, he received a grant from the Spencer Foundation for his next book about marching band education in the New Orleans school system. Matt also performs locally as a guitarist and is a board member of two local nonprofits, The Roots of Music afterschool program and the Dinerral Shavers Educational Fund.
  • Sanks, Terry M

    Beusse Sanks, PLLC | Founding Member

    Terry M. Sanks, a registered patent attorney, is a founding member of Beusse Sanks, PLLC, a predominately diverse and minority owned law firm. Terry provides representation in all areas of intellectual property (“IP”) law, including patents, trademarks, trade dress, copyrights, trade secrets, IP litigation, licensing and IP related transactions. Terry’s practice also includes managing patent and trademark portfolios for Fortune 500 companies, regional companies and universities.
  • Schiuma, Daniele

    Muller-Bore & Partner | Partner,

    Dr. Daniele Schiuma is patent attorney and partner at Müller-Boré & Partner Patentanwälte PartG mbB in Munich, Germany since 1997. Daniele has studied physics, completing his diploma thesis in particle physics at the International Research Center CERN in Geneva and obtained his doctorate in law at the Max Planck Institute for Foreign and International Patent, Copyright and Competition Law in Munich.
  • Schmidt, Stephanie

    Norton Rose Fulbright | Associate

    Stephanie practices in Austin, Texas in the Intellectual Property Brands group at Norton Rose Fulbright. Stephanie earned her B.S. in business administration from the University of Southern California and her J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. Her practice focuses primarily on trademark and copyright matters, including counseling clients on selecting and clearing trademarks, prosecuting applications for trademark registrations before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and internationally, developing and policing trademark portfolios, and preparing licensing agreements.
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    Tolmar | Director Intellectual Property

    Angie Sebor is the Director Intellectual Property at Tolmar, Inc., a Colorado-based, fully integrated pharmaceutical company focused on developing innovative, specialty pharmaceutical products in the areas of urology, oncology, pediatric endocrinology and dermatology. Angie is a registered U.S. patent agent with a Ph.D. in Immunology and more than 25 years’ experience in patent law, both as an in-house practitioner and in private practice, primarily in the areas of biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
  • Sobon, Wayne

    Juul Labs | Vice President, Intellectual Property

    Wayne 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.
  • Waller, Beth Burgin

    Woods Rogers | Principal

    Beth Burgin Waller is a cybersecurity and data privacy attorney who uses her significant experience in technology to counsel clients on cybersecurity risk management, incident response, and privacy laws.
  • Watanabe, Yuichi

    Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP | Partner

    Yuichi Watanabe is a partner of Osha Bergman Watanabe & Burton LLP, a Houston-based international IP law firm with seven established offices in the United States, France, China, and Japan. Yuichi is well-versed in all facets of U.S. patent law. He represents both domestic and foreign clients across a wide spectrum of industries and is involved in virtually every aspect of patent practice including application drafting and prosecution, due diligence, licensing, district court litigation, ITC investigations, opinion preparation, and global patent portfolio management.
  • 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.
  • Wollschlaeger, Jeremias

    Hoffmann Eitle Dusseldorf | Patent Attorney

    Jeremias studied physics at the Technical University (RWTH) in Aachen. In 2013 he completed his final thesis at the Fraunhofer Institute for Laser Technology (ILT) on laser processing (laser fusion cutting). Thereafter, he was a scientific staff member at the Welding and Joining Institute of the RWTH. Jeremias joined Hoffmann Eitle, a pan-European IP boutique headquartered in Munich, in 2015. He qualified as a European patent attorney in 2018 and as a German patent attorney in 2019.