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02/04: IP During a Pandemic

February 4, 2021 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM


Virtual - all times are eastern standard time


90 minutes including 60 minutes of ethics.

IP During a Pandemic: Business Agility and Ethics


Top in-house counsel discuss unique challenges presented by a pandemic to generating and protecting IP and closing IP transactions, ethical implications of distributed and remote working, including contract execution and privilege, and strategies utilized by business to thrive in these new conditions.  

Moderator:  Randi Karpinia, Sagacity Legal, PLLC  

Part I (3:00 - 3:30 PM): Creative use of trademark law to combat price gouging of N95 personal protective equipment during the pandemic.

Kevin Rhodes, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, 3M, St. Paul, MN

Part II (3:30 - 4:30 PM - Ethics CLEs): Ethical implications of distributed and remote working, including contract execution and privilege, and strategies utilized by business to thrive in these new conditions.

Phyllis Turner Brim, Deputy General Counsel, HP,  Seattle, WA
David Hricik, Professor, Mercer Law School, Macon, GA


  • Karpinia, Randi square 200 Karpinia, Randi L.

    Sagacity Legal, PLLC | Founder

    Randi Karpinia, founder of Sagacity Legal PLLC, helps small business and entrepreneurs minimize their legal risks. With over twenty years of experience, Ms. Karpinia is a recognized expert in all aspects of business legal management with a focus on intellectual property, legal operations, and online legal protection. Ms. Karpinia’s credentials include a B.E.E, with honors, from Georgia Institute of Technology; a M.E.E. from Florida Atlantic University; and a J.D. Magna Cum Laude from Nova Southeastern University. Ms. Karpinia is admitted to practice law in Florida and before the USPTO and is a Florida Bar Board Certified Intellectual Property Lawyer.
  • hricik_d 200 Hricik, David

    Mercer University School of Law

    Professor David Hricik received his undergraduate degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona, where he majored in English. He received his law degree with honors from Northwestern University School of Law. He practiced with Baker Botts and small litigation boutiques from 1988 to 2002, litigating cases primarily involving patent infringement, legal malpractice, and general complex commercial matters. In 2002, he joined Mercer University School of Law, where he has taught legal ethics, patent law and litigation, federal civil procedure, and other courses. He has authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent litigation, and co-authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent prosecution.
  • Phyllis Turner Brim 200 Turner-Brim, Phyllis

    HP | Deputy General Counsel and Chief of IP

    Phyllis T. Turner-Brim is Deputy General Counsel and Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at HP Inc. In this role Phyllis has global responsibility for HP’s IP strategies, enforcement, acquisition and monetization. Along with leading HP’s global IP team, Phyllis regularly advises HP’s C-suite and is a member of HP’s Global Legal Affairs leadership team. Immediately prior to HP, Phyllis was VP and Assistant General Counsel at Starbucks Coffee Company, where she led the legal teams supporting intellectual property, technology, marketing, global supply chain, food safety and quality.
  • kevin rhodes Rhodes, Kevin

    3M | Vice President and Deputy General Counsel

    Kevin Rhodes is Deputy General Counsel and Vice President at 3M, a Minnesota-based technology company with over $30 billion in annual revenue and operations in over 65 countries. Before joining in 2001, Rhodes was an IP litigation partner at Kirkland & Ellis in Chicago. He is also the former president of the Intellectual Property Owners Association.