• Andreoli, Angelica

    Shook Hardy & Bacon | Associate

    Angelica concentrates her practice on patent prosecution and intellectual property counseling. While in law school, Angelica earned the highest grade in artificial intelligence law for her paper on quantum computers. Angelica was a patent legal intern for IBM; she conducted inventor and examiner interviews, drafted responses overcoming statutory rejections, and drafted a patent for a computer application.
  • 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.
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    Norton Rose Fulbright | Partner

    Felicia Boyd is a Chambers ranked litigator with extensive experience as a leader in complex IP disputes involving patents, copyrights, trademarks and trade dress both in and out of court spanning a diverse array of industries, including financial and investment services, medical devices (such as pacemakers, heart valves, defibrillators and synchronization devices), software, music, pharmaceuticals and manufactured goods.
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    Foley & Lardner LLP | Partner

    Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP, a Vice Chair of the firm’s IP Department, and immediate past Vice Chair of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice. Over the past 25 years, Courtenay has represented clients in the life sciences space before the U.S. Patent Office, the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, including in a multi-party interference proceeding, PTAB trial proceedings, and ANDA litigation. She also is the editor and primary author for the firm’s PharmaPatents blog.
  • Dixon, Deborah

    Los Angeles Chargers | General Counsel

    Deborah Dixon is the General Counsel for the Los Angeles Chargers and is responsible for managing and preparing strategy with litigation counsel, as well as addressing internal Club issues and policies and serving as a liaison to the League on legal matters. Deborah has been a litigator in state and federal courts for 15 years, including being named lead counsel in coordinated federal actions and class actions. Deborah has been named a Super Lawyer every year since 2016, as well as Top 50 Super Lawyer and Top 25 Super Lawyer for 2021 and 2022. Deborah is a graduate from California Western School of Law, obtaining a bachelor’s degree from University of California, Santa Barbara.
  • Dr. Marinakis, Christina

    IMS | Jury Consulting & Strategy Advisor

    Dr. Marinakis has over 20 years of experience in jury research, study, and applied practice in law and psychology. Clients have lauded Christina as an insightful, trusted advisor who is the “best in the business” at jury selection and developing pithy trial themes. Notable successes include assisting the prosecution with jury selection and theme development in State of Minnesota v. Derek Chauvin, advising plaintiffs regarding jury selection and trial themes in Vanessa Bryant v. County of Los Angeles, and performing similar work for the defense in Lanham Act litigation for scrubs’ manufacturer, FIGS, Inc.
  • Drapkin, Michael

    Holland & Hart | Partner

    Michael counsels some of the world’s most innovative technology companies in protecting their intellectual property, guiding them in the strategic development and management of their patent portfolios. He makes great efforts to know each client’s business, their technology, and their strategic objectives, and uses this knowledge to shape his advice. Much of Michael’s national practice is concentrated within the electronics and computer fields, with an emphasis on wireless communications, semiconductors, software, and complex medical devices. He also has extensive experience with standards-essential patents.
  • England, Benjamin, LLC. | CEO & Founder

    Mr. England is the CEO and Founder of Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC and, LLC. He routinely represents domestic and foreign companies of all sizes before federal and state regulatory agencies, assisting them in complying with all FDA, CBP, USDA, FTC, EPA, and state requirements. His representation enables his clients to better make, market and move highly regulated products into and around the USA including pharmaceuticals, medical devices, dietary supplements, foods and cosmetics. With over 100 years of former FDA experience in house, his firms, Benjamin L. England & Associates, LLC and, LLC, have extensive experience in all areas of FDA and CBP compliance as well as pre-market filings (drugs, devices, and dietary supplements) including INDs, IDEs, 510(k)s and EUAs for COVID-related medical products).
  • Evans, Jeremy

    California Sports Lawyer | Founder & Managing Attorney

    Jeremy M. Evans represents entertainment, media, and sports clients in contractual, intellectual property, and dealmaking matters. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to entrepreneurs, athletes, entertainers, models, directors, television showrunners and film producers, studios, writers, individuals and businesses in contractual, intellectual property, formation, production, distribution, negotiation, and dealmaking matters.
  • Fink, Karl

    Fitch Even | Partner

    Karl R. Fink has been a partner at Fitch Even since 1995 and is co-chair of the Litigation Practice Group. His practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation, creation, management, enforcement, and licensing, with particular emphasis on patent litigation. Karl has been a full-time first-chair trial lawyer since 1981, handling hundreds of lawsuits in state and federal courts across the country, both at trial and on appeal, as well as in the International Trade Commission. His litigation practice also includes the handling of inter partes reviews in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
  • Fuga, Anthony

    Holland & Knight | Partner

    Anthony Fuga is a Chicago litigator and trial lawyer in Holland & Knight's Intellectual Property Group. He is experienced in all forms of IP litigation, including patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA) cases. Anthony has had significant success arguing Section 101 patent eligibility matters, including a multitude of wins at various district courts, along with a number of associated appellate victories at the Federal Circuit. Anthony is also the editor of Holland & Knight's Section 101 Blog, which features case-law updates, news from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and updates on potential amendments to Section 101 of the Patent Act.
  • Gaudio, Justin

    Greer, Burns & Crain, Ltd. | IP Attorney, Shareholder

    Justin is shareholder at Greer, Burns & Crain that regularly handles matters related to online brand protection. He has represented many famous brand owners in hundreds of trademark infringement and counterfeiting actions in U.S. Federal Courts that have resulted the seizure of over 200,000 domains and $10s of millions from China based Internet counterfeiters. In addition, Mr. Gaudio has significant IP enforcement experience removing infringing content from Internet search engines and social media platforms.
  • Halpenny, Genevieve

    Barclay Damon LLP | Associate

    Genevieve M. Halpenny is an associate at Barclay Damon LLP and uses her PhD in chemistry to advocate for clients who are seeking patents in a variety of chemical, engineering and scientific disciplines. Genevieve has worked with clients to protect their intellectual property rights in matters before federal courts, state courts, and the US Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Genevieve has also helped clients protect and monetize their technologies through licensing and other deals.
  • Hricik, David

    Mercer University School of Law | Professor

    Professor David Hricik received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona, and his law degree with Honors from Northwestern University School of Law. He practiced with Baker Botts and litigation boutiques from 1988 to 2002, litigating cases primarily involving patent infringement, legal malpractice, and general complex commercial matters. He is now a solo practitioner, representing practitioners and others before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline and in other disciplinary matters, consulting with firms about ethical issues, and serving as an expert witness. In 2021, he became a registered mediator.
  • Hrivnak, Bret

    Hahn Loeser | Partner

    As a patent and trademark attorney, Bret A. Hrivnak counsels clients on the protection of U.S. and international intellectual property, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets and domain names. Bret manages worldwide IP portfolios and develops global strategies for IP protection. Bret’s IP experience includes prosecuting and defending disputes arising under state, federal and international laws, including proceedings before the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and the World Intellectual Property Organization.
  • Jardine, Jason

    Knobbe Martens | Partner

    JASON J. JARDINE is a Partner of the San Diego office of Knobbe Martens, one of the top intellectual property firms in the nation and worldwide. Mr. Jardine represents a diverse clientele in all aspects of intellectual property acquisition, protection and enforcement across the U.S. and abroad. Mr. Jardine’s experience spans the full range of life science disciplines, including biotechnology, pharmaceuticals, neutraceuticals and medical devices, and also chemistry, clean technology and hydrogen fuel cells, semiconductors, metal works/mining, action sports and fashion. He is skilled in the area of computer science inventions related to hospital and emergency data management and the gamification of data.
  • Jones, Ian

    Gill Jennings & Every LLP | Partner

    Ian Jones, PhD is a Partner at Gill Jennings & Every, LLP in London, England. Drawing on over a decade of experience, Ian advises pharmaceutical and industrial chemistry companies, as well as those in the biotechnology and medical devices sectors, on how to protect their innovation and leverage the value of their intellectual property.
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    General Mills | Patent Agent

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

    Wiggin and Dana LLP | Partner

    Mike Kasdan is a Partner in the intellectual property group of Wiggin and Dana LLP. He is also the founder and Co-Chair of Wiggin’s Blockchain and Digital Assets Group and Chair of Wiggin’s Trade Secret group. His practice spans litigating IP disputes – including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secrets - to IP licensing and counseling companies on strategy, transactional agreements, and procurement of IP. In the web3 space, Mike has focused his work on IP strategy, NFT licensing and commercialization. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to emerging companies and span diverse industries ranging from consumer electronics to fashion to music and entertainment.
  • Lamb, Kristin

    OURA | Associate General Counsel

    Kristin Lamb is Associate General Counsel, Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance for ŌURA, a late-stage health and wellness wearable startup based in Finland and San Francisco that makes the Oura Ring. Kristin leads all aspects of IP development, protection, and enforcement for the company. Prior to working at ŌURA, Kristin was in private practice with Hogan Lovells in Houston, Texas. She is a former biochemist and patented inventor, studied biochemistry at the University of Colorado, and received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to the California, Colorado, District of Columbia, and Texas bars, and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO.
  • Leaper, Matthew

    DataFeel | Founder & CEO

    Matthew Leaper is the Founder and CEO of DataFeel® - a B2B company working to commercialize a proprietary line of haptic technologies with broad applications in communications and therapy. Mr. Leaper is a registered professional engineer (NE, Mechanical) and patent attorney (USPTO, NJ, NY) with 10,000+ hours of billable experience at boutique intellectual property law firms on the American East Coast and the Canadian West Coast. He founded the company in 2017 and has been building its IP portfolio ever since, resulting in two issued US patents across six open patent families in Canada, Europe, and the US with dozens of pending or allowed claims and trademark protections in nine countries around the world.
  • Lee, Paul

    Dexcom | Associate General Counsel

    Paul is currently an Associate General Counsel (Senior Director of Intellectual Property) at Dexcom, where he manages the company’s patent portfolio related to continuous glucose sensor technology. In this role, Paul provides legal services and counseling on matters related to intellectual property, including patent litigation, post-grant proceedings, patent procurement, product clearance, opinions, and licensing. Prior to Dexcom, Paul was an intellectual property attorney at Morrison & Foerster, where he conducted intellectual property due diligence investigations used by venture capital firms for investment decisions and developed IP strategy for startup medical device companies.
  • Leonard, Mandy

    Triathlon Coach

    Mandy is a USAT Level 1 Triathlon Coach, Certified IRONMAN Coach and Certified McMillan running coach. She has completed half Ironmans, full Ironmans, several marathons, and over 30 half marathons. She is very active in the triathlon and open water swimming communities in San Diego, and prides herself on being a lifetime learner. She is passionate about helping all levels of athletes reach their goals in sport. Originally from Indiana, she now lives in San Diego with her husband, two daughters and 3 dogs. She is also a licensed psychotherapist and this skill set lends itself well to coaching athletes. She stays on top of the latest research in the field and pushes her athletes outside their comfort zones, while remembering they have lives outside of their sports. Sport should ultimately enhance our lives and wellbeing.
  • Linck, Nancy J.

    NJ Linck Consulting | Founder

    I serve as a patent practice consultant and expert witness, with an emphasis on pharmaceuticals and Hatch-Waxman litigation and, more recently, antitrust litigation brought against pharmaceutical companies.
  • McCormack, Myra McCormack, Myra H.

    Johnson & Johnson | Associate Patent Counsel

    Myra manages the patent group for the Consumer Sector for Johnson & Johnson. Until recently, she managed a group of patent lawyers who support the Immunology, Infectious Disease and Vaccine Therapeutic Areas for Johnson & Johnson's Pharmaceutical sector where she oversaw the patent portfolios, products, licensing, M&A and diligence activities for J&J's pharm sector particularly in these therapeutic areas.
  • Meyer, Abby

    Sheppard Mullin | Partner

    Abby Meyer is a partner in the Business Trial Practice Group at Sheppard Mullin and the co-lead for the firm's Food and Beverage team. A seasoned litigator, she specializes in defending against consumer class actions targeting the food industry and in litigating complex civil business disputes. Ms. Meyer specializes in defending companies against consumer class actions targeting product information found on the labels of packaged goods or associated advertising materials. For instance, she has defended claims such as "natural," "vanilla," "Made in USA," "flushable," and sustainability claims. She has also defended against alleged slack fill, underfill, Proposition 65, and health halo class actions.
  • Meyer, Mercedes K.

    Banner Witcoff | Attorney

    Mercedes Meyer, Ph.D., represents leading life science and technology companies maintaining an extensive biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent management, prosecution, opinion and due diligence practice. With a doctorate in virology and degree in chemistry, Mercedes has a deep understanding of complex biotechnology and scientific research, which is key for advising life science clients on commercializing and protecting product innovations as well as performing diligence for investing in new technologies, particularly in corporate joint development projects. Mercedes advises on developing patent strategies, managing the intellectual property rights, and making associated investments and acquisitions. Mercedes also handles patent reexaminations and inter partes matters.
  • Meyer, Michelle

    NIL Network | Founder

    Michelle Meyer has worked in and around college sports for the past 15+ years. She is a former collegiate and professional athlete, coached volleyball at multiple D1 universities, and managed the Olympic pipeline program for USA Beach Volleyball, including the development of the Collegiate Beach National Team. Michelle is deeply passionate about empowering young people to embrace their entrepreneurial side and believes that NIL reform now allows college athletes to explore the same creative opportunities as their peers. She founded NIL Network in November of 2020 as a resource to support athletes, coaches and administrators in navigating the NIL changes coming to college sports. Today, it is recognized as the premier hub of name, image, and likeness industry data and resources.
  • Newton, Andrew

    Qualcomm, Inc. | Senior Patent Counsel

    Andrew Newton is Senior Patent Counsel for Qualcomm, Inc., where he leads the local area connectivity (LAC) patent portfolio team, and manages a team of 5G and LAC attorneys. Andrew has extensive experience in foreign and domestic patent preparation and prosecution, as well as patentability, infringement and invalidity analyses. His practice experience includes district court litigation, ITC § 337 investigations, and supporting Qualcomm’s patent licensing business. Prior to working at Qualcomm, Andrew practiced patent prosecution and patent litigation at Fish & Richardson in San Diego, California. Andrew earned his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Bioengineering from Kansas State University, his Juris Doctor from the University of Kansas School of Law, and his Master in Business Administration from the University of San Diego School of Business.
  • Noble, Nick

    Kilburn & Strode LLP | Partner

    Nick specialises in high-tech patent work and handles large volumes of high value work in the fields of healthcare technology, telecoms & standards, and electronics. His academic background and 20 years’ experience has led to him being recognised as a leading expert in healthcare technology. He advises his clients on all aspects of patent protection, including the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, opposition proceedings, freedom to operate, and infringement and validity opinions and he has particular experience of standards-related patent matters.
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    Polson Intellectual Property Law | Founder and Senior Partner

    Margaret Polson, Founder and Senior Partner for Polson Intellectual Property Law, leads the firm in authority and expert knowledge of intellectual property law. Overseeing the preparation and prosecution of utility and design patent applications, trademarks, and copyrights, she also assists clients with licensing and intellectual property strategy and management.
  • Rainey, Richard

    Covington and Burling, LLP | Partner

    Richard Rainey is a trial and appellate IP litigator at Covington & Burling, LLC who has been lead counsel in numerous high-profile cases in district courts, before the ITC, and at the Federal Circuit. Law360 named Richard a 2019 MVP for his “extraordinary” trial and appellate wins and contribution to IP litigation. His ability to provide holistic and practical solutions in patent disputes is enhanced by his in-house experience, having served as GE’s Global Chief IP Litigator. Richard also devotes considerable time to bar associations and teaching and writing in the intellectual property field.
  • Ram, Jocelyn

    Fountainhead Law Group P.C. | Senior IP Counsel

    With over two decades of intellectual property experience, in both private practice and at USPTO, Ms. Ram brings a unique perspective to clients. Ms. Ram utilizes unique USPTO insider knowledge in strategizing with her clients on how to quickly acquire valid patents and build a comprehensive IP portfolio. Her technology background focuses on biomedical, mechanical, electromechanical, and software technologies, with specialization in the medical device field. Her biomedical engineering degree from Cornell University, and communications & technology master’s from Georgetown University provide a strong foundation for both understanding the technical and legal aspects of patent law and for expertly communicating this subject matter to diverse audiences.
  • Singer, Neil

    ZeroWheel, LLC | CEO, CTO, and Founder

    Neil Singer, PhD is the CEO, CTO, and founder of ZeroWheel, LLC, based in Armonk, NY. ZeroWheel is a high-end, motorized, fitness product, focused on making core development efficient, and accessible for users of all levels. Dr. Singer is an optimization expert specializing in dynamic systems and motor control technology. He received his BS in 1983, SM in 1985 and PhD in 1989, all from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Mechanical Engineering department. Dr. Singer’s research focuses on machine design, dynamics, control and optimization of dynamic systems. He has published 39 technical papers, holds 19 patents, and his Input Shaping® technology for machine vibration reduction is taught in dozens of universities and used in millions of machines worldwide. He has also taught several courses at MIT.
  • Spraggins, Barrett

    Kennedy Lenart Spraggins LLP | Founding Partner

    Barrett Spraggins is a U.S. patent attorney and founding partner of the IP boutique Kennedy Lenart Spraggins LLP. As a seasoned attorney with over 15 years in the IP profession, Barrett provides a variety of IP services including patent portfolio creation, strategic counselling, IP portfolio evaluations, technology transactions, patent licensing and litigation support. As a trusted advisor for organizations of all sizes, Barrett has considerable experience in managing global IP portfolios for international companies, as well as creating new portfolios for startups. With a background in electrical engineering, Barrett practices in a wide range of industries and technologies, including software applications, electrical power and battery systems, autonomous vehicles, sensor design, distributed computing environments, medical devices, circuit design and fabrication, and all types of computer hardware.
  • Thomae, Christian

    Dumont | Partner

    Christian is an Attorney at Law specialized in Intellectual Property since 1998. He is currently Partner and Head of Trademarks at Dumont, firm he joined in 2016. With a very strong focus on trademarks and geographical indications, but also fluent in cultural misappropriation, copyright and other fields of IP and associated litigation, he has assisted IP holders throughout the years with the protection of their rights globally, acquiring vast experience in developing protection strategies according to the needs of each client to achieve their secure entry into and permanence in different markets. He also has experience in e-commerce, domain names, UDRP and LDRP proceedings and matters related to the protection of rights on the Internet.
  • Williams, Adi

    Fish & Richardson P.C. | Associate

    Adi Williams is an associate in the litigation group in the Washington, D.C., office of Fish & Richardson P.C. His practice focuses on all aspects of intellectual property litigation and advising, both at the trial and appellate level. He possesses technical expertise in the mechanical and aerospace engineering fields, including in the area of computational fluid dynamics. In addition, he is experienced in patent prosecution, having conducted prior art searches, drafted patent applications, and responded to office actions.