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10/29: Diversity/Elimination of Bias - Your Bias is Showing

October 29, 2020 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM


Virtual - all times are eastern daylight time


90 Minutes Diversity/Elimination of Bias CLE


Diversity/Elimination of Bias - Your Bias is Showing; Diversity in AI;
Lack of Diversity a Bigger Problem for IP In-House Practitioners;
How to Recruit, Retain, and Win with a Diverse Legal Team



Dara Kendall, Procter & Gamble, Cincinnati, OH


Excuse Me But Your Bias Is Showing:
A thought-provoking look at how implicit bias impacts how we see others, and strategies for identifying and interrupting it. -- Mercedes Meyer, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, Washington, DC

Diversity in AI: Navigating your client through the implicit biases that may impact AI.  -- Yeen C. Tham, IBM Corporation, Armonk, NY

Is Lack of Diversity a Bigger Problem for IP In-House Practitioners? A discussion about the challenges in-house legal departments face.  --  Robert Deberardine, Johnson & Johnson, Bridgewater Township, NJ. 

How to Recruit and Retain and Win with a Diverse Legal Team:
Practical tips for law firms on how to build and mentor your team -- Tara D. Elliott, Latham & Watkins, LLP, Washington, DC



  • Elliott, Tara200 Elliott, Tara D.

    Latham & Watkins | Partner

    Tara Elliott is a first-chair trial lawyer whose practice focuses on high-profile intellectual property proceedings and commercial litigation. Ms. Elliott has a unique combination of private practice and government experience that enables her to navigate clients' most complex legal issues.
  • Deberardine, Robert200 DeBerardine, Robert

    Johnson & Johnson | Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

    Robert DeBerardine is Worldwide Vice President, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel of Johnson & Johnson where he manages a group of about 270 IP professionals, of whom about 110 are patent and trademark attorneys. Before joining Johnson & Johnson, Robert was Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Sanofi. Prior to Sanofi, Robert served as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for Abbott Laboratories.
  • Tham, Yeen 200 Tham, Yeen


    Yeen Tham is an intellectual property and patent attorney at IBM, based in New York. As the Watson Research Site Counsel for IBM, she facilitates IBM’s legal strategy for artificial intelligence, supporting IBM’s accomplishment as a cutting-edge industry innovator with sixteen hundred IBM AI patents granted in 2018. Her career at IBM has included legal support of IBM’s Watson Research Lab as Site Counsel and Manager as well as analytics software and solutions as Senior Attorney under the Cross Brand team. Yeen has handled joint development and research collaboration transactions, source code licensing, acquisitions and divestitures, procurement of high-value patents, and patent docket management.
  • Meyer, Mercedes200 Meyer, Mercedes K.

    Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath | Partner

    Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D. collaborates with her life sciences clients from start-up to Fortune 500 companies on their patent portfolio strategy and manages an extensive biotechnology and pharmaceutical patent prosecution practice.
  • Kendall, Dara Square200 Kendall, Dara

    Proctor & Gamble Company | Vice President and Associate General Counsel, Global Fabric & Home Care

    Dara Kendall leads the legal team supporting P&G’s global Fabric & Home Care businesses. Her work spans advertising, safety, trademarks, and patents. She spent six years in Asia, where she led the patent teams in China, Japan, and Singapore that handled P&G’s businesses in Greater China and APAC. Over the span of her P&G career, Dara has worked in the majority of P&G’s businesses.