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​The ​Honorable
Andrei Iancu

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

​The Honorable
David P. Ruschke

Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board​
United States Patent and Trademark Office

​The Honorable
Susan Illston

Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California​​

​Phyllis T.

Vice President and ​Assistant General Counsel IP and Technology
Starbucks, Inc. ​


From our fascinating, opening-day keynote speaker to the closing sessions, this year's Spring Meeting speakers are engaging, experienced leaders from business, law firms and government. Each will share his/her unique perspective, practical advice, and strategies you can use to advance your career​. ​


  • Aaron Abood, Google, Inc.
  • Purvi Patel Albers, Haynes & Boone, LLP
  • William P. Atkins, Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman, LLP
  • Ian C. Ballon, Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • Megan Bannigan, Debevoise & Plimpton
  • Cristian Bittel, Marval, O’Farrell & Mairal
  • P. Daniel Bond, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP
  • Juanita Brooks, Fish & Richardson
  • Tom Brown, Dell
  • Alex Brown, Venner Shipley LLP
  • Marla Butler, Robins Kaplan, LLP
  • Cindy L. Caditz, Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP
  • Valerie L. Calloway, Alltech, Inc.
  • Spring Chang, Chang Tsi & Partners
  • Neel Chatterjee, Goodwin Procter, LLP
  • Martin Chester, Faegre Baker Daniels, LLP
  • Greg Commins, Baker Hostetler
  • Ian Crosby, Susman Godffrey LLP
  • Theodore H. Davis, Jr., Kilpatrick Townsend
  • John F. Duffy, University of Virginia School of Law
  • Daralyn J. Durie, Durie Tangri
  • Jay A. Erstling, Patterson Thuente Pedersen, PA
  • The Hon. Ted Essex, Hogan Lovells US, LLP
  • Imogen Fowler, Hogan Lovells Alicante
  • Ray Freiwirth, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • William A. Garvin, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney, PC
  • Alison Gaul, Arent Fox LLP
  • Kandis C. Gibson, Foster Murphy Altman & Nickel, PC 
  • Micah Goldsmith, Microsoft Corporation
  • Ping Gu, Zhong Lun Law Firm
  • Laura Hammel, United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Weiwei Han, CCPIT Patent and Trademark Law Office
  • Bill Harmon, Uber Technologies, Inc.
  • Sally Harpole, Independent Arbitrator and Mediator
  • Michele Herman, JusTech Law, PLLC
  • Michael Hobbs, Troutman Sanders, LLP
  • Stephen Holzen, Stout Risius Ross, LLC
  • David Hricik, Mercer University School of Law
  • Jennifer K. Johnson, Blaze Bioscience, Inc.
  • Komal Kalha, United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Dominic Keating, United States Patent & Trademark Office

  • ​David Kluft, Foley Hoag
  • Leslie T. Krasny, Keller and Heckman, LLP
  • Daphne Lainson, Smart & Biggar
  • John P. Leonard, US Customs and Border Protection
  • James Malakowski, Ocean Tomo
  • Mike Mangelson, United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Alice O. Martin, Barnes & Thornburg
  • John Gary Maynard, Hunton & Williams, LLP
  • Stephen McGrath, T-Mobile
  • Jian Mia, Microsoft, Inc.
  • Elizabeth Ann Morgan, The Morgan Law Firm, PC
  • Colm Murphy, Cooley, LLP
  • Yehuda Neubauer, Ehrlich, Neubauer & Melzer
  • Susan Nycum, Technology Dispute Resolution Services
  • Colin O’Brien, Partridge Partners
  • Batur Oktay, Starbucks, Inc.
  • Hiroki Otsuka, Ohno & Partners
  • Lance Reich, Helsell F​etterman, LLP
  • Brian Roberts-Stanton, Stanton Consulting Services, LLC
  • Pamela Samuelson, Berkeley Law School
  • Beatriz San Martin, Fieldfisher
  • Jeremy Sanders, TerraPower, Inc.
  • Lena Shen, Beijing Sanyou Intellectual Property Agency
  • Michael Songer, Crowell & Moring
  • Francisco Sosa Vasquez, US Customs and Border Protection
  • Richard S. Stockton, Banner & Witcoff, LTD.
  • Paul Storm, Gardere Wynne Sewell
  • Sandy Swain, Microsoft, Inc.
  • Janice Ta, Vinson & Elkins
  • Richard Taffet, Morgan Lewis & Bockuis, LLP
  • Conor Tucker, Irell & Manella, LLP
  • Susan Y. Tull, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
  • Danielle Vanderzanden, Ogletree Deakins
  • Ida Wahlquist-Ortiz, TiVo, Inc.
  • Kai Westerwelle, Taylor Wessing, Inc.
  • Alex Wilson, Powell Gilbert, LLP
  • Susan Wilson, United States Patent & Trademark Office
  • Tyson Winarski, University of San Francisco
  • Mark Wittow, K&L Gates
  • Alison Wong & Sherry Salmons, Salmons Consulting
  • Koren Wong-Ervin, Qualcomm, Inc.
  • Kyle Wood, Perkins Coie
  • Rachel Wright, CultureTech
Speakers as of February 26, 2018. Subject to change.