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June 6, 2014 - Essex House, New York

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8.50 Breakfast and introduction: Emma Barraclough, Group Editor, Managing IP

9.00 Keynote address: Mindy Bickel, Innovation and Outreach Co-ordinator (New York Region, USPTO)

9.15 Technology and litigation trends

  • Best practice for IP litigation
  • The importance of the ITC as litigation increases
  • Injunctive relief in standard-essential patents litigation
  • Trends in technology
Laurie Fitzgerald, Principal, McKool Smith
Dina Kallay, Director, IP & Competition, Ericsson
Joan McGillycuddy, Chief IP Counsel, Avon
Melissa Scanlan, Director, Legal, T-Mobile
Lisa Kattan, Investigative Attorney, International Trade Commission (ITC)
Louise Pentland, Former Nokia CLO

10.05 Dealing with non-practising entities

  • A summary of anti-patent troll bills (The Innovation Act, The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act)
  • What will the impact be on the US patent system?
  • What are other jurisdictions doing to prevent patent trolls? Will US trolls move their focus to Europe and Asia?
Jeanne M. Gills, Esq, Partner and Vice Chair, IP Department, Foley & Lardner  (moderator)
Cheryl Milone, Chairman and Founder, Article One Partners
Laura Sheridan, Patent Counsel, Google

10.45 Coffee

11.10 Challenges in life sciences

  • The ramifications of US Supreme Court decisions on patent law
  • How biotech/pharmaceutical companies are dealing with uncertainty
  • What is and what is not eligible to be patented?
Dr Penny Gilbert, Partner, Powell Gilbert (moderator)
Mindy Bickel, Innovation and Outreach Coordinator (New York Region), USPTO
Dr Michele Wales, Principal, In-house Patent Counsel
Wendy Plotkin, Associate General Counsel, Biogen Idec Inc.
Zoe Butler, Partner, Powell Gilbert

12.00 Trade mark and copyright issues

  • Practical tips and considerations for managing an international trade mark portfolio
  • Recent decisions regarding rights in nontraditional trade marks
  • Social media and e-mail:  practical lessons from trade mark litigation
  • Challenges in internet enforcement
  • Recent developments in copyright law and legislation
Lisa T Simpson, Partner, Orrick (moderator)
Susan Crane, Group Vice President, Legal, IP, Wyndham Worldwide Corporation
Geri Mankoff-Elias,
VP & IP Counsel, Kate Spade & Company
Kat Johnston,
Associate General Counsel, IP, Facebook, Inc.
Diana Szego, Senior Associate, IP, Orrick

12.40 Networking lunch

13.40 Patent reform in Europe

  • Patent reform in Europe: Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC)
  • Application fees and monetary considerations
  • Overview of predominant in-house strategies to date
Morag Macdonald, Partner, Bird & Bird UK (moderator)
Patricia A Martone, Law Office of Patricia A Martone
Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan, Partner, Bird & Bird France

14.30 Post-grant proceedings in the US

  • Early post-grant proceedings – trends so far
  • Lessons learned from the first outcomes
  • What does the future hold? Preparing for amendments or new legislation
Sangeeta G. Shah, Co-Chair – Post Grant Proceedings, & Chief Diversity Officer, Brooks Kushman

15.00 IP in China

  • IP litigation in China – outline of the relevant law and procedure
  • Practical steps to take when asserting or defending patent infringement claims
  • Trends and recent cases
Christine Yiu, Partner, Bird & Bird China

15.15 Coffee

15.40 The importance of leadership in developing your career

  • What are the attributes of a good leader? Is leadership innate or can it be learned?
  • What makes a good team? Team dynamics
  • How to practically map your career path
  • Will succession planning influence opportunities for women working up through the ranks?
  • What if partnership or the board isn’t for you? – alternative career paths
Leslie A. McDonell, Partner, Finnegan (moderator)
Amy Hamilton, Deputy General Patent Counsel, Eli Lilly & Company
Alisa D. Hurlburt,
Assistant General Counsel, Elizabeth Arden Inc
Christine Lee,
Senior IP Counsel, GE Healthcare
Barbara McCurdy, Chairman, Finnegan

16.30 Smashing the glass ceiling

Hear from leading women lawyers about how they progressed their careers, the challenges they faced along the way and what advice they would share with women rising through the ranks today

Emma Barraclough, Group Editor, Managing IP (moderator)
Lisa Meyerhoff,
Partner, Baker & McKenzie
Sherry Knowles,
Principal, Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies
Kristen L. Fancher, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig
Dale Cendali, Partner, Kirkland & Ellis

17.20 Close of forum

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