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Upcoming Events




Up to 360 Minutes of CLE


Fee: See Registration Rates Below

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Join the AIPLA Corporate Practice Committee on January 9th and 16th for the Virtual AIPLA Corporate Practice Institute!

This online, CLE-program spans two half-days, from Noon – 5:00 pm Eastern and include 3 one-hour CLE sessions and a one-hour networking session each day.

The Corporate Practice Institute is not a bootcamp. The programming has been designed to appeal to corporate practitioners of all experience levels and all corporate sizes, including practitioners in any technology field from small/mid-size and large companies. Private practitioners who are interested in learning more about the issues and challenges faced by their corporate clients are also welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Institute is designed for Corporate in-house counsel, including attorneys and patent agents. 


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Program Agenda:

Tuesday, January 9

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Attorney-Client Privilege and Confidentiality
1:30 - 2:30 pm: Working with universities, including contracts and working with non-attorney managers
3:00 - 4:00 pm:  Trade Secrets & Contractual Protection of Confidential Information
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Networking

Tuesday, January 16

12:00 - 1:00 pm: Data Privacy & Emerging Technologies
1:30 - 2:30 pm: In-House and Product Counsel
3:00 - 4:00 pm: Capturing Diversity in Innovation
4:00 - 5:00 pm: Networking

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Registration Rates:

We offer a special discounted rate for Corporate Counsel, $99.  To register at this rate, please use the SPECIAL REGISTRATION FORM found HERE

In-House Corporate Counsel: $99
Non-Corporate Counsel - AIPLA Member: $295
Non-Corporate Counsel - Non-Member: $695

Registration includes access to all sessions on-demand after the live event!



  • Millican, Sarani

    Dorsey & Whitney | Associate

    Sarani Rangarajan Millican is an intellectual property litigation associate with Dorsey & Whitney LLP. Sarani has represented her clients in both litigation (from state court to the International Court of Justice) and advocacy contexts (from negotiating housing court disputes to presenting at the United Nations). Sarani’s strengths include translating complex technical information into layman’s terms, finding solutions to messy problems, and effective cross-cultural communication. At Dorsey, Sarani primarily works on trade secret matters and patent infringement disputes.
  • Ergmann200 Ergmann, Jessica

    Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard's Office of Strategic Alliances | Associate Director

    Jess Ergmann is an experienced patent and transactional attorney who is passionate about supporting the development of life saving medical technologies. She has spent the last 12 years developing business focused IP strategies for early stage and large, global companies and VCs in the life sciences field. Jess is currently the Associate Director of Legal at the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, a research organization dedicated to understanding the root cause of disease, where she focuses on negotiating strategic collaboration and license agreements, developing IP strategies, and managing legal operations. She is also passionate about mentoring and currently serves as the Chair of the Mentoring Committee of AIPLA. Jess is also the past Chair of AIPLA's Corporate Practice Committee.
  • Nowak, Sandra

    3M innovative Properties Company | Associate Chief IP Counsel, Health Care Business Group

    Ms. Nowak is Associate Chief IP Counsel of 3M’s Health Care Business Group, which connects people, insights, science, and technology to solve problems and make better health possible. Since joining 3M in 2005, Ms. Nowak held positions of increasing responsibility within the 3M Legal Affairs Department. In her various roles, Ms. Nowak has worked on various patent, trademark, domain name, and trade secret litigation matters; negotiated numerous global IP agreements; and has filed and/or prosecuted over a hundred patent applications.
  • Fiacco_Barbara200 Fiacco, Barbara A.

    Foley Hoag, LLP | Co-Chair, Patent Litigation Practice

    Barbara Fiacco is Co-Chair of the Patent Litigation Practice and represents clients in complex intellectual property and patent litigation matters. Her technology-related practice focuses on the biomedical field, including counsel to companies with activities focusing on recombinant DNA, monoclonal antibodies, small molecule compounds, drug delivery, molecular diagnostics, and medical devices. She has defended pharmaceutical and life sciences clients in significant patent infringement lawsuits that have resulted in summary judgment or other favorable outcomes for her clients. Barbara is also the Immediate Past President of AIPLA
  • Eller, Brian

    North Carolina State University | Assistant Director of Licensing, Physical Sciences

    Brian leads a team of licensing professionals focused on commercializing innovations in the physical sciences. Brian has been with ORC since 2011 and has negotiated and had responsibility for the entire technology transfer life cycle, including drafted a wide variety of contractual agreements with licensees. He also personally manages a select portfolio of inventions arising from the Wilson College of Textiles, the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, the Nonwovens Institute, and the College of Natural Resources. He also manages a portfolio of traditional copyrights.
  • Duong, Vi

    Adswerve | VP of Legal

    Vi currently VP of Legal at Adswerve, a data, analytics, and media consultancy. She began her legal career at Invention Law Group and Intellectual Ventures, where she focused on negotiating research and development contracts, intellectual property licenses, and joint venture agreements. Vi describes herself as a startup attorney with a diverse background that ranges from negotiating complex transactions to IP to advising executives on legal operations and strategies.
  • Sherman, Audrey

    3M | Division Scientist

    Ms. Sherman has over 30 years of experience with all aspects of R&D Laboratory Operations, organic synthesis, and addition/condensation polymerizations. Her experience covers the synthesis and characterization, to large scale manufacturing polymerization processes including Reactive extrusion/coating/Solventless extrusion processing and release liner technologies. She holds over 160+ US Patents and is the first and only woman at 3M to hold 100 patents.
  • Carlson, Sonja

    Microsoft | Senior Corporate Counsel

    onja Carlson is Senior Corporate Counsel supporting Microsoft’s Cloud + AI engineering groups, and Co-Chair of the Women’s Employee Resource Group (400+ membership) for Microsoft’s legal group. She is lead counsel for the Dynamics 365 Customer Service group and the Project “Sophia” engineering group (focused on generative AI innovation), advising on a range of cutting-edge technologies and issues, including Artificial Intelligence, data use and privacy, Intellectual Property, and Competition Law.
  • Parker Dupree, Lynn

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

    Lynn Parker Dupree, leader of Finnegan’s privacy practice, focuses on privacy compliance, governance, and counseling for clients navigating the dynamic legal and regulatory privacy landscape. Her years of privacy experience in government and the private sector provide her with the sharp ability to provide actionable privacy advice and guidance, and a keen understanding of the ways technology can be used to protect individual privacy. Prior to joining the firm, she served as chief privacy officer of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). In that role, Lynn was responsible for advising the secretary of homeland security on matters involving privacy for the department and ensuring the department complied with privacy laws, regulations, and federal guidance.
  • Noonan, Kevin

    McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP | Partner

    Kevin E. Noonan is co-Chair of MBHB’s Biotechnology and Pharmaceuticals Practice Group. Dr. Noonan is an experienced patent lawyer, molecular biologist and renowned thought leader in biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent law. Over the past 30 years, he has counseled some of the largest biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies in the world on intellectual property issues.
  • Salomon, Louisa

    Johns Hopkins Technology Ventures | Patent Counsel

    Louisa has been providing IP counsel to JHTV since 2012. Much of her practice includes preparation and prosecution of new technologies for inventors from the JHU School of Engineering. She is an accomplished patent attorney with over 15 years of in-house and law firm experience in building and protecting high-value patent portfolios. She is a graduate of Washington University’s School of Engineering with a degree in Biomedical Engineering and University of Miami School of Law.
  • Go, Adrienne

    eBay, Inc.

    Adrienne Go leads a team of smart customer-obsessed product lawyers at eBay. Her team advises on core user experiences offered to eBay users around the world, including buying, selling, shipping, AI, focused categories, mobile, and trust. Adrienne and team analyze and advise on a wide range of disciplines, including regulatory, consumer protection, intellectual property, privacy, and contract.
  • Kappelman, Ben

    Dorsey & Whitney | Partner

    Ben D. Kappelman is a partner in Dorsey & Whitney LLP’s national litigation practice. Ben routinely serves clients in the health care, manufacturing, construction, and energy industries, as well as Native American tribes. His expertise includes environmental law disputes, patent, trade secret, and trademark infringement litigation, contract interpretation matters, employment disputes, and health litigation. He has represented plaintiffs and defendants in trade secrets litigation and advises businesses on protecting their intellectual property, including through non-disclosure agreements.
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