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.
  • Age, Sabine

    Hoyng Rokh Monegier | Partner

    Sabine has dedicated herself to patent litigation for more than 20 years. She is particularly involved in matters with cross-border aspects implying multiple parallel foreign litigations. She developed particular expertise in matters relating to standard-essential patents in the electronics and telecommunications areas. She is also active in the fields of biotech, pharmacy, chemistry and medical devices, as well as that of domestic appliances and convenience goods. She is active in many professional national and international associations, a regular speaker in conferences and a lecturer on patent litigation in various university courses. Sabine is the managing partner of the French offices.
  • Ali-Emil-200 Ali, Emil

    McCabe & Ali, LLP | Partner

    Emil J. Ali provides legal representation of professionals across many regulated industries to limit, defend, and deflect liability in regulatory and professional conduct investigations, enforcement actions, arbitrations, and court cases.
  • Awakessien Jeter, Ukeme

    Taft Stettinius & Hollister | Partner

    Ukeme is a partner in Taft’s Intellectual Property practice group, where she focuses on negotiating and structuring intellectual property licenses, options, and related agreements. From startups to major corporations, she helps companies whose core assets are intellectual property and investors who want to invest in them, identify, finance, and monetize the technologies, processes, products, and brands that will create the most value for them.
  • Baldini, M. Cristina

    Studio Torta | Partner

    After graduating in Law, Ms. Baldini joined Studio Torta in 1989 and became a partner in 2000. She acquired considerable experience in developing strategies for protecting trademarks in Italy and abroad. She provides advice on the subjects of trademarks, designs, copyright and protection against counterfeiting, including on the web. She frequently speaks in seminars, courses and conferences. For over 10 years she has been collaborating with magazine OICCE Times, regularly publishing articles on trademarks in the oenology sector.
  • Batzli, Brian

    Merchant & Gould | Partner & Chairman Emeritus

    Brian Batzli is the current President of AIPLA and is an intellectual property attorney and partner at Merchant & Gould’s Minneapolis office. He is also now Chairman Emeritus, having led the firm as CEO, Managing Director and Chairman from 2011 to mid-2018.
  • Bezak, Christopher

    Continental Automotive Systems | Corporate Counsel

    Christopher Bezak is in-house corporate counsel for Continental Automotive Systems, Inc. in Auburn Hills, Michigan. His work at Continental encompasses all aspects of contracts and patents, including preparation and prosecution, litigation, licensing, and due diligence, with specialization in the areas of software, communications, and artificial intelligence. He is an active, long-standing member of the AIPLA IP Practice in Japan Committee, and is a former partner at the law firm of Sughrue Mion in Washington D.C.
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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.
  • Camillo, Nick

    Volkswagen Group of America | Senior Counsel

    Nick Camillo is Senior Counsel at the Volkswagen Group of America. He is a registered patent attorney who started his career prosecuting software patents on behalf of a top Fortune 50 software company. He also has experience prosecuting electrical, mechanical, and biomedical patents. Although starting his legal career in the patent field, His practice has since expanded to include a variety of legal issues, including promotional contracts, federal intellectual property (“IP”) litigation, advertising and marketing counseling, privacy law, search and seizure of counterfeit goods, and domestic and international IP enforcement and portfolio management, among others.
  • Ciesliga, Camille

    MaxCyte, Inc. | Associate General Counsel, Intelletual Property

    Camille Ciesliga is Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property for MaxCyte, Inc., a global cell engineering company driving the next generation of cell-based medicines based on proprietary flow electroporation technology. Ms. Ciesliga is a registered patent attorney with over 16 years of relevant legal experience providing strategic counseling relating to all aspects of intellectual property, including patent procurement, opinions drafting, client counseling, and litigation.
  • Collin, Sean

    Elastic NV | Vice President Legal for Innovation

    Sean Collin is Vice President Legal for Innovation (Product, IP, Marketing) at Elastic NV, the world's largest B2B and B2G search, observability, and security software company. He was educated at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand (BCom. LLB (Hons)) and at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. (LLM (Dist.)). He has been called to the Bar in New Zealand, New South Wales, Australia, and in both New York and California in the United States. He has lectured at Universities, Institutes and Global Conferences in 20 countries on international IP law and technology business.
  • Correia, Jared

    Red Cave Law Firm Consulting | CEO

    Jared D. Correia, Esq. is the CEO of Red Cave Law Firm Consulting and the COO of Gideon Software. Red Cave offers subscription-based law firm business management consulting for law firms and bar associations. Gideon provides end-to-end intake solutions for high-volume law firms, with included document assembly and esignature features. Correia is a former practicing attorney. He is an internationally-recognized legal technology export, and frequent speaker for legal organizations.
  • Coyne, Patrick

    Finnegan | Partner

    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.
  • Crouch, Dennis

    University of Missouri School of Law | Law Professor

    Dennis Crouch is a law professor at the University of Missouri School of Law, specializing in intellectual property and technology law. He is well known to the IP community as the founder and author of the popular site, Patently-O. Although a mechanical and aerospace engineer by training, Crouch has been involved with AI and software for decades. His Princeton University undergraduate thesis offered a novel model for neural network design that he termed fractal neural networks and offered an early example of using the massively parallel potential of the internet to facilitate machine learning.
  • Crowne, Jim 200 Crowne, James

    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.
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    ZOLL Medical Corporation | Chief Intellectual Property Officer

    Gauri Dhavan, Ph.D., J.D., is VP, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at ZOLL Medical Corporation, a company that develops and markets medical devices and software solutions in the resuscitation and acute critical care field. At ZOLL, Gauri leads a team of intellectual property counsel in managing all aspects of intellectual property, including patent prosecution and portfolio management, intellectual property litigation, risk mitigation, M&A due diligence, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and data security. Prior to joining ZOLL, she was a patent litigator at the law firms of Fish & Richardson and Goodwin Proctor.
  • Eber, Michelle

    Litigation Finance Professional

    Michelle has previously served as special counsel at Baker Botts, where she represented both plaintiffs and defendants in the energy and technology sectors in high-stakes IP cases. Her cases included various oilfield-related technologies, telecommunications systems, data and video compression systems, and computer hardware and software technologies. Michelle is also a registered patent attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and has prepared and prosecuted a number of patent applications.
  • Eichner, Sam

    Pillsbury | Counsel

    Sam Eichner, a member of Pillsbury’s Intellectual Property practice, focuses on copyright and trademark disputes in federal court and before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). As a copyright and trademark litigator, Sam represents clients across industries—from fashion e-tailers and blockchain developers to universities and non-profit organizations. Sam has litigated cases to trial, and resolved many disputes through settlement and mediation, invariably seeking practical business solutions for his clients.
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    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.
  • Garrison-200 Garrison, Sean

    Bacal & Garrison Law Group | Partner

    Sean Garrison is a named partner with Bacal & Garrison Law Group, a Scottsdale, Arizona law firm that focuses in the areas of trademark and copyright law.
  • Gaul, Allison

    Boston Consulting Group | Legal Counsel

    Allison Gaul is Legal Counsel at the Boston Consulting Group, where she serves as technology and product counsel. She advises and supports BCG’s data products, GenAI development, AI/ML builds, and Metaverse + Web 3.0 offerings. Allison has a background in mathematics and computer science, and recently graduated from a program at the Harvard Business School focusing her studies in business analytics and data science pipelines. She regularly advises and speaks on topics such as technology contract risk mitigation, policy development, intellectual property, and data governance.
  • 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.
  • Graif, Michael

    Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C. | Partner

    Mr. Graif is an intellectual property attorney whose practice encompasses trademark and copyright enforcement, technology transactions and licensing, and online protection and enforcement. He advises clients on fair use, generative AI, and branding in the metaverse, and is a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US. Mr. Graif’s clients range from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies in a broad range of industries, including software, sports, toys, manufacturing, entertainment, and digital & social media.
  • Gureff, Jenae

    Cantor Coburn LLP | Partner in Charge

    Jenae Gureff is the Partner in Charge of the Cantor Colburn Washington, DC office. She has an extensive foreign practice and counsels international clients in regard to U.S. strategy. Her practice focuses on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications and opinion work related to medical devices and other mechanical technologies. Jenae also maintains a widespread design patent practice.
  • Harris, Phil

    Holland & Hart | Partner

    Phil Harris is a partner, registered patent attorney, and patent practice group leader at Holland & Hart. His practice focuses on client counseling along with preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications (with special focus on cutting-edge technology) for clients of various structures and industries, including wireless communications, network design, machine learning and artificial intelligence, memory and computer architecture, circuit and chip design, methods of manufacturing, medical devices, and other complex technologies.
  • Hartwig, Henning

    Bardehle Pagenberg

    Dr. Henning Hartwig’s practice involves prosecution and litigation of IP rights in the fields of trademark, design, copyright and unfair competition law, with a focus on industrial design law, particularly multinational infringement proceedings and invalidity proceedings before the EUIPO and the Court of Justice of the EU, including the landmark case “Nintendo v Bigben”. As the editor of the four-volume casebook “Design Protection in Europe”, the only one of its kind, Henning has unique access to unpublished decisions of Community and national design infringement courts throughout Europe.
  • Heller, Ben

    Kilburn & Strode | Counsel

    Ben is Counsel at Kilburn & Strode and handles a wide variety of patent applications spanning a broad range of technologies within the chemical field, specialising in particular in the areas of small molecule pharmaceutical chemistry, drug delivery formulations, polymers, composite materials, organic electronic materials and electrochemistry. He has a key role in the firm’s pharmaceutical chemistry practice, representing clients at all stages of the development process for clinical trial drug candidates and marketed drug products. He has particular expertise in obtaining supplementary protection certificate (SPC) protection across Europe for approved drug products.
  • Kappos, David J.

    Cravath Swaine & Moore, LLP | Partner

    David J. Kappos is Co-Chair of Cravath's Intellectual Property Practice. He is widely recognized as one of the world's foremost leaders in the field of intellectual property, including intellectual property management and strategy, the development of global intellectual property norms, laws and practices as well as commercialization and enforcement of innovation-based assets.
  • Khan, Sikander

    Flagship Patents | Founder

    Sikander Khan is the founder of Flagship Patents—a patenting lab in Palo Alto that specializes in building full-stack AI patent portfolios spanning software, hardware, bioinformatics, and medical devices. He believes in describing an AI invention two levels deeper than what has been the norm for patent applications. His patent applications emphasize writing that is technically meticulous, with scope aligned with the clients’ current business goals and desired market positions. His experience includes embedding with AI teams of market leaders like Salesforce and Illumina and developing their AI patent portfolios from inception. He also works with the hottest AI startups in the Valley like SambaNova, Normalyze, and SafeGraph.
  • Koch, Peter

    PENFORCE | Partner

    Peter is a patent litigator by heart. He assists German and international clients when aggressively enforcing their IP rights or vigorously defending alleged claims of infringement. His main focus is the representation in patent infringement, patent invalidity as well as patent entitlement proceedings. Peter is also handling cases relating to utility models, trade secrets and patent-related anti-trust law and he has substantial experience in license negotiations and IP monetization. His further areas of interest include advising start-up and VC-investments in IP-focused business.
  • Kyriacou Jr., Stephen

    Aon Litigation | Managing Director

    Stephen Kyriacou, Jr. is a Managing Director and Senior Lawyer in Aon's Litigation Risk Group, where he evaluates litigation-related risks and structures and places litigation risk insurance solutions. Prior to moving to Aon, Stephen was a complex commercial litigator in the New York City office of Boies, Schiller & Flexner from 2011 to 2019. While at BSF, Stephen amassed significant trial, appellate, and arbitration experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in the U.S. and abroad across a wide array of practice areas, including securities, antitrust, constitutional, insurance, first amendment, employment, government contracting, and criminal law, as well as in multidistrict and class action litigation.
  • Larsen, Per

    Holland & Hart | Partner

    Per Larsen is a Partner at Holland & Hart. Per’s practice focuses on patent counseling and domestic and foreign patent prosecution for the electronic and computer arts. He works with sophisticated technology companies to develop and manage their patent portfolios, and plays a key role in supervising and mentoring junior attorneys on patent-related matters.