Speakers list in alphabetical order. More speakers are added every day, check back often!
  • Ryan Abbott -200 Abbott, Ryan

    University of Surrey School of Law | Professor of Law and Health Sciences

    Ryan Abbott is Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, Partner at Brown, Neri, Smith & Khan, LLP, and a mediator and arbitrator with JAMS.
  • Abramson, Brian 200 Abramson, Brian Dean

    Treatise Author and Lecturer

    BRIAN DEAN ABRAMSON is the primary author of Vaccine, Vaccination, and Immunization Law, the most comprehensive treatise written with respect to this field of law, published by Bloomberg Law in cooperation with the American Health Law Association in November 2018. Brian previously worked for Bloomberg Law, for whom he authored the vaccine injury claims chapter of Court of Federal Claims: Jurisdiction, Practice, and Procedure, and for whom he wrote extensively in the fields of health and international privacy law.
  • adamo-kenneth-r 200 Adamo, Kenneth

    Law Offices of Kenneth R. Adamo | Founder

    Ken has extensive trial experience as lead counsel in jury and nonjury cases before state and federal courts and before the United States International Trade Commission, as well as ex parte and post-grant PTAB experience in the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. He has had substantial experience as lead counsel in arbitrations and other alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and actively practices before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, having appeared in over 45 appeals to date.
  • Armitage 200 Armitage, Robert A.

    AIPLA Past President

    Bob Armitage is a consultant on IP strategy and policy. Mr. Armitage served for a decade as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for Eli Lilly & Co. Prior to assuming his general counsel role at Lilly, he had been Lilly’s Vice President and General Patent Counsel and a Partner with Vinson & Elkins, LLP.
  • Fiacco_Barbara200 Barbara A. Fiacco

    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
  • Barone, Monica Barone, Monica

    Qualcomm | Senior Legal Counsel

    Ms. Monica Barone is Sr. Director, Legal Counsel for Qualcomm, where she focuses on Technical Standards Policy and Intellectual Property Rights policies, laws, rules and regulations both domestically and internationally. Prior to joining Qualcomm, Ms. Barone’s experience included over 15 years in the Telecommunications industry where she represented her clients in various settings including state and federal regulatory bodies, courts, contract negotiations and associations.
  • Birss, Colin-sq-photo200 Birss, Sir Colin

    High Court of England and Wales | Judge of the Patents Court

    Sir Colin Birss is a judge of the High Court of England and Wales. He was called to the English Bar in 1990 and practiced in intellectual property law. He was appointed Standing Counsel for the Comptroller 2003-2008 and took silk in 2008. In 2010 he left the Bar to become the new judge of the Patents County Court and Chairman of the UK Copyright Tribunal. His appointment to the Patents County Court (now Intellectual Property Enterprise Court (IPEC)) coincided with the introduction of major procedural reforms. In 2013 Colin Birss was appointed to the High Court. He sits in the Chancery Division and is one of the judges nominated to sit in the Patents Court. He is also General Editor of Terrell on the Law of Patents.
  • Bleicher-Esther-headshot 200 Bleicher, Esther W.B.

    Valo Health | Executive Director of Regulatory Policy and Counsel

    Esther W.B. Bleicher is the lead legal business partner supporting Valo's research and development programs, including Valo's use of real-world data, to combine human and machine intelligence to accelerate drug development. She is a Digital Ethics Board Member at Syntropy (Merck/Palantir) and Co-Chair of the Federal Engagement and Regulatory Affairs Committee at the Alliance for Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare. Ms. Bleicher’s prior experience includes serving as Senior Policy Advisor in the Office of the Center Director in the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and as Deputy Chief of Staff for the FDA Commissioner.
  • chisum, d 200 Chisum, Donald Shelby

    Chisum Patent Academy | Co-Founder

    Donald S. Chisum is co-founder of the Chisum Patent Academy, established in 2009. He is the sole author of Chisum on Patents, a multiple volume treatise, which was first published in October 1978. He regularly revises the treatise to account for developments in United States patent law. He is also the sole author of the Patent Law Digest (annually since 1991 and as the 25th Federal Circuit Anniversary Edition, LexisNexis Matthew Bender, 2008.) He is also author of the Chisum Patent Law Reference GuidesTM.
  • Cho, K - square200 Cho, Ken

    Wiggin and Dana | Partner

    Ken is a Partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has more than 25 years of experience in cross border dispute resolution, intellectual property litigation and licensing, IP asset management and valuation, and counseling matters.
  • Crowne, Jim 200 Crowne, James

    AIPLA | Legal Affairs Consultant

    James D. Crowne served as the Deputy Executive Director for Legal Affairs of the American Intellectual Property Law Association until his retirement in 2017 and now serves as a legal consultant. Mr. Crowne was primarily responsible for all intellectual property (IP) issues involving the judiciary. He advised the Board of Directors, the Executive Director and senior staff of the AIPLA on substantive and procedural legal issues. In that capacity, he participated in the preparation of nearly 100 AIPLA amicus briefs filed at the Federal Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court. He was also responsible for communicating AIPLA policy positions to the government, to members, and to the public.
  • deruyter 200 de Ruyter, Matthew

    SABIC | Sr. Counsel, Intellectual Property

    Matt is Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property at SABIC, handling all types of intellectual property matters for SABIC’s Specialties business.
  • Drake-Gillian200 Drake, Gillian

    Acting for Lawyers | Founder & President

    Gillian Drake is a nationally recognized expert on the courtroom behavior of witnesses, lawyers, and juries. She has consulted on hundreds of cases since 1985—many of them high-profile and diverse: from spies to priests accused of sexual abuse, from high-level government officials accused of corruption to financial and tax-services executives prosecuted by the federal government, from custody battles to malpractice suits. Ms. Drake is a member in good standing of the American Society for Trial Consultants.
  • Fischer, Ury 200 Fischer, Ury

    Lott & Fischer, PL | Founding Partner

    Ury Fischer is a founding partner of Lott & Fischer. Mr. Fischer dedicates his practice to patent and trademark procurement and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Fischer’s patent procurement practice concentrates in the areas of mechanical and electrical arts, software and business methods. Mr. Fischer has represented a diverse group of U.S. and foreign-based clients in patent, trademark, copyright and computer law litigation matters.
  • Garlock, Vince Square200 Garlock, Vincent

    AIPLA | Executive Director

    Vince Garlock is the Executive Director of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA), a national bar association dedicated to improving the domestic and international IP laws and providing the highest quality of services and programs to its members. Vince is involved in various aspects AIPLA management, and is particularly involved in the shaping, development and communication of policy initiatives.
  • Garner, Melvin Garner, Melvin

    Leason Ellis | Partner

    Melvin Garner’s practice includes all phases of patent, trademark and copyright litigation and procurement involving various technologies. The technologies include laser applications, video circuits, telecommunications (particularly cellular phones), optics (including lenses for photolithographic equipment), sintered materials, office products, medical devices, and computer hardware and software (including gaming systems).
  • good, Ed 200 Good, Ed

    Trainer, Author, Editor

    Ed Good provides on-site training programs in effective writing to corporations, law firms, and governmental agencies. More than 10,000 professionals have attended Ed's programs in the U.S., Europe, China, and Taiwan. He served as Counsel and Writer-in-Residence at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, in Washington, D.C. At Finnegan, he wrote proposals that resulted in significant legal work at Fortune 50 corporations.
  • Hollingsworth, Mark Headshotsquare200 Hollingsworth, Mark

    Mueting Raasch Group | Shareholder

    Mark is a registered patent attorney and shareholder at Mueting Raasch Group in Minneapolis. Mark practices in the areas of domestic and international patent procurement and related opinion work in the electrical, electronics, and electromechanical arts. Mark was a Research Engineer at ARCO Solar and a Senior Electrical Engineer at Litton Aero Products Division in Southern California. Mark co-founded the Intellectual Property law firm of Hollingsworth Davis, LLC (2005-2019), and was listed in IAM 1000 World's Leading Patent Professionals 2012-2018 and 2020.
  • 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.
  • Irving, Tom 200 Irving, Thomas L.

    Finnegan | Partner

    Tom Irving has more than 40 years of experience in the field of intellectual property law. His practice includes America Invents Act (AIA) post-grant proceedings, due diligence, counseling, patent prosecution, and reissue and reexamination.
  • Johnson, John headshot 200 Johnson, John T.

    Fish & Richardson | Principal

    John T. Johnson is a Principal in the New York office of Fish & Richardson and he works out of both its New York and Southern California offices. His practice focuses on utility patent, design patent, trademark, and copyright litigation. Mr. Johnson has tried patent cases before both judges and juries, as well as having argued Markman hearings in various district courts, including the Eastern District of Texas, the Southern District of New York, the Southern District of California, the District of Maryland, and the Western District of Texas.
  • Johnson_Steven_headshot_200 Johnson, Stephen

    Bristol Myers Squibb | Senior Director, Molecular Structure and Design

    Stephen leads a team of scientists focused on computational chemistry, cheminformatics, and structural biology within Small Molecule Drug Discovery at Bristol Myers Squibb. His research focuses on the combination of physics-based modeling methods with machine learning algorithms to advance the identification and design of drug candidates.
  • 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.
  • Knight, Sarah 200 Knight, Sarah

    Talem IP Law | Partner

    Sarah Knight is a founding partner of Talem IP Law, managing their patent practice group. She was the chair of AIPLA’s Patent Law Committee from 2017 to 2019. Sarah has a Bachelors and Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Florida (go Gators!). She is a guest lecturer in their Electrical and Computer Engineering Department with the selfish purpose to inspire and identify future IP practitioners (that she can hire).
  • LaFuze, Bill 200 LaFuze, William

    McKool Smith | Principal

    William "Bill" LaFuze is a principal in McKool Smith’s Houston office. Bill’s practice has been directed to a broad range of intellectual property law issues, with a particular focus on patent and other intellectual property litigation and transaction work in the oilfield equipment, telecommunications, smartphone, computer, healthcare, electronics, internet, and a broad range of technical fields. He has represented clients in many district courts throughout the United States and in cases appealed to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington D.C.
  • Placeholder Image Female Lewis, Stacy

    Finnegan Henderson | Law Clerk

    Co-authored dozens of articles about U.S. patent law including extensive writing on U.S. patent law, planning and executing effective patent prosecution, conducting due diligence assessments; Skilled Law Clerk at intellectual property law firm Finnegan in chemical practice group for over 25 years;
  • Lieberman, Rocky 200 Lieberman, Rochelle "Rocky"

    Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC | Founding Member

    Rochelle Lieberman, also known as Rocky, is a founding member of the law firm of Lieberman & Brandsdorfer, LLC. Rocky is a registered patent attorney with 30 years of experience in the field, including both private practice and as a patent examiner with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Rocky’s practice is directed at patent searching, opinions, preparation, and prosecution, representing clients in the technical areas of mechanical, electrical, and computer engineering, and computer science, including artificial intelligence and machine learning.
  • McKown, Jeremy square200 McKown, Jeremy K.

    Janssen R&D at Johnson & Johnson | Vice President of Law

    Jeremy is a Vice-President at Janssen R&D, a Johnson & Johnson affiliate (J&J), where he manages a global team of attorneys and professionals focused on drafting and negotiating complex agreements related to J&J's pharmaceutical business.
  • Morgan, Betty Morgan, Elizabeth Ann

    The Morgan Law Firm | Founder

    Elizabeth Ann “Betty” Morgan is board certified by the Florida Bar as a specialist in in intellectual property law through 2023 and was certified in business litigation from 1997 to 2007. Ms. Morgan is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association (AAA) on the Complex Case, Commercial Employment and Consumer panels. With the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) she serves on the technology, entertainment, employment, trademark and Philadelphia area panels. She also arbitrates with FINRA and NAM.
  • Norwood, Kim200 Norwood, Kimberly

    Washington University in St. Louis School of Law | Henry H. Oberschelp Professor of Law

    Professor Norwood’s research focuses on blackthink, colorism, implicit bias, and the intersection of race, class, and public education in America. She lectures around the world on colorism, various social justice/civil rights issues, implicit (and explicit) bias issues and was part of the national team of experts consulted to advise Starbucks on its national implicit bias training agenda.
  • KathleenO_Malley-square O'Malley, Kathleen

    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit | Judge

    Judge Kathleen O’Malley has served on the bench for over 26 years, first as a United States District Court Judge for the Northern District of Ohio, and then as a United States Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. In addition to her judicial service, Judge O’Malley worked in private practice and served as chief counsel and chief of staff in the Ohio Attorney General’s Office.
  • perlmutter 200 Perlmutter, Shira

    U.S. Copyright Office | Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office

    Shira Perlmutter is the Register of Copyrights and Director of the U.S. Copyright Office. She was appointed to the position effective October 25, 2020. Perlmutter leads a workforce of over 400 employees, advises Congress on copyright policy, and directs the administration of important provisions of the United States Copyright Act, Title 17.
  • Philip-Petti-square 200 Petti, Phillip T.

    USG Corporation | Chief Intellectual Property Counsel

    Phil Petti is the Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the USG Corporation, a member of the Knauf Group, an international leader in residential and commercial building systems. Based at USG's headquarters in Chicago, Illinois, Phil is responsible for USG’s worldwide intellectual property portfolio, licensing, IP litigation, and trade secret protection. This includes protection of USG’s well known SHEETROCK,® DUROCK® and other leading building products and technologies. Before joining USG, Phil was a Senior Partner with Fitch, Even, Tabin and Flannery, in Chicago and was in private practice for 23 years. Phil has been an active leader in AIPLA, including serving on the Board Of Directors, and currently is the Chair of the AIPLA Fellows.
  • Pirkey, Lou 200 Pirkey, Lou

    Pirkey Barber

    Lou Pirkey is a founding member of trademark specialty firm Pirkey Barber. He has specialized in trademark law, primarily trademark infringement litigation and counseling, for well over 40 years, and is one of America’s most highly recognized authorities in the field.
  • Pooley, James 200x200 Pooley, James

    James Pooley PLC | Founder

    James Pooley is one of the world’s foremost experts in trade secret law and management. His legal treatise, “Trade Secrets,” updated semi-annually, is the leading lawyer’s desk reference on the subject. His latest business book is “Secrets: Managing Information Assets in the Age of Cyberespionage” (Verus Press, 2015).
  • Puknys_Erik_200 Puknys, Erik

    Finnegan | Partner

    Erik Puknys is a seasoned litigator, representing clients across industries in intellectual property disputes filed in state and federal district courts and government agencies. His career in intellectual property began more than 25 years ago, when he joined the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office as a patent examiner. Erik lectures on patent and trade secret law at conferences hosted by industry, government, and academic organizations. He has been recognized as a leading patent litigator in California by Intellectual Asset Management, an “IP Star” in Palo Alto by Managing Intellectual Property, and for “superior client service” in The 2015 BTI Client Service All-Stars.
  • Re, Joe 200 Re, Joseph

    AIPLA | President

    Mr. Re, a Partner at Knobbe Martens is a nationally recognized trial and appellate attorney, having handled high-stakes technology cases in federal courts throughout the country for over thirty years. He is the President of AIPLA.
  • Rea-James-200 Rea, James

    ExpertsClearly | Communications Coach

    James has spent more than twenty years helping scientists, engineers, policymakers, attorneys and other experts communicate their work to the world. Through his work with ExpertsClearly, and in five years as a lead workshop instructor with the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, James has coached staff and leadership at institutions such as Toyota, Pfizer, the Mayo Clinic, the US Environmental Protection Agency, NASA, the US Department of Energy, and many of the nation’s leading research universities and medical centers.
  • Rein1 200 Rein, Ilene

    Marketing and Sales Resources, Inc. | Executive Recruiter

    Ilene Rein is a Partner and an Executive Recruiter at Marketing & Sales Resources, Inc. After hearing many stories of difficulties in finding employment, Ilene developed the program Pounding Pavement 101 sharing the inside secrets from the view of the Recruiter on how to get hired rapidly! Job seekers in taking Ilene's advice and learning recruiting inside secrets, calls from companies started coming in, interviews scheduled and they became employed!
  • 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.
  • robertstoll 200 Robert L. Stoll

    Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP | Partner

    Robert L. Stoll has more than 30 years of experience in intellectual property prosecution and a thorough understanding of both foreign and domestic intellectual property laws thanks to his prior experience with the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He is co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group.
  • Salsberg, Corey200 Salsberg, Corey

    Novartis | Vice President and Global Head of IP Affairs

    Corey Salsberg is Vice President and Global Head of IP Affairs for Novartis, a global healthcare company that is one of the world’s leading biopharmaceutical innovators. He also serves on the Boards of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association, and California Lawyers for the Arts. A graduate of Stanford Law School and Yale University, Corey is an experienced practitioner with over 20 years of legal, policy and advocacy experience.
  • Shumaker, Cordula 200 Schumacher, Cordula

    Arnold Ruess | Partner

    Cordula Schumacher is partner of the German IP boutique ARNOLD RUESS. She has a broad experience in patent litigation. She has been involved in various landmark cases in the pharma sector as well as in the context of standard essential patents. In particular, she has represented Sisvel in the Sisvel v Haier decision of the German Federal Court of Justice and she has obtained the first German Anti-anti suit injunction in the matter Nokia v Daimler.
  • Stewart Michael 200 Stewart, Michael

    Fishman Stewart | Partner

    Michael Stewart is a founding member of the firm. He has worked in a wide range of technical areas including information technology, e-commerce, telecommunications, and mechanical, aerospace, computer, and nuclear engineering. His practice includes domestic and foreign patent prosecution, e -commerce and information technology, patent opinions, intellectual property litigation (including domain name arbitration proceedings, Inter Partes Review and Post Grant Review proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office, and both state and federal court actions), domestic and foreign trademark prosecution, trademark opinions, copyrights, trade secrets, rights of publicity, intellectual property evaluations/due diligence and drafting and negotiating technology and intellectual property agreements. His litigation experience includes both trials and oral arguments before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Michael is also admitted before the United States Supreme Court.
  • 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.
  • Whitehead, Andrew headshot200 Whitehead, Andrew

    Genentech | Assistant General Counsel, Informatics & Personalized Health Care IP

    Andrew Whitehead manages a small team of IP attorneys at Genentech supporting informatics and personalized healthcare initiatives. This includes spearheading patent portfolio development, supporting external partnering, and developing internal open source and data protection best practices.
2021 Virtual Mid-Winter Institute Navigation

In This Section