2/2 - AM Plenary: Participation Sports & Interactive Training

February 2, 2023 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM


Aragon ll


Protecting Pro Sports: IP Challenges and Opportunities for Pro Athletes, Teams

This program will provide an overview of the IP issues confronted in pro sports from the perspective of a professional athlete and a professional sports team. Topics include branding, marketing, licensing, trademark protection, and more.

Moderator: Adi Williams, Fish & Richardson, Washington, DC


Deborah Dixon, Los Angeles Chargers NFL Football Team, Costa Mesa, CA
Lynn Jordan, Kelly IP, Washington, DC


10:15 - 10:30 AM - Coffee Break


Revolutionizing Participation: Challenges for the Everyday Athlete and the Innovation that “Drives” the Community

This program will address the technology that has revolutionized participation sports such as running, cycling, swimming, and triathlon. You will hear a discussion of devices, sensors, and software, including data, which drive these sports. You will then hear a discussion of the IP issues which surround protection and enforcement including patent, trademark, trade secret, and copyright issues. You will also hear a discussion of some of the data privacy/data protection issues associated with all of the data being collected, transmitted, and stored during these sports.

Moderator: Adi Williams, Fish & Richardson, Washington, DC


Richard Rainey, Covington & Burling LLP, Washington, DC
Nancy Linck, NJ Linck Consulting, La Jolla, CA
Anthony Fuga, Holland & Knight, Chicago, IL
Mandy Leonard, Tri Club, San Diego, CA
Bret Hrivnak, Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP, Cleveland, OH


  • 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.
  • Jordan, Lynn M.

    Kelly IP | Founding Partner

    For the past 30 years, Lynn Jordan has devoted herself to representing clients in all aspects of trademark law, from selection of marks through federal court appeals. She is particularly adept at helping clients understand the business and legal risks associated with the adoption, use, and registration of trademarks. Lynn has handled countless clearance, prosecution, and enforcement matters, and regularly speaks and writes on a variety of trademark topics.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.