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International Women's Leadership Forum - Agenda

24 February, 2015 - Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, London



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8.30 Breakfast

9.00 Introduction to day

9.10 The Unified Patent Court

  • Main features of the UPC as it stands
  • Who benefits most from the UPC: plaintiffs or defendants?
  • Application fees and monetary considerations
  • Litigation strategies for the UPC
  • Should you opt your patents into the system?

Nicola Searle, Economic Advisor, Intellectual Property Office
Arty Rajendra,
Partner, Rouse
Rebecca Baines,
Partner, Rouse

10.00 Strategies for IP litigation

  • How to avoid patent litigation
  • Avoiding litigation issues as social media grows

Alexandra Brodie, Partner & Co-chair, Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co
Julie Dunnett, Director of Intellectual Property, GKN plc
Liliane Roriz,
Former appellate IP judge at the Federal Court of Appeals and Partner, Licks Attorneys

10.50 Coffee break

11.15 Challenges in the life science industry

  • Recent developments in the EU life science industry
  • Determining what is eligible to be patented
  • Case studies from the courts

Kymne Hehmann, Senior Patent Attorney, Boehringer Ingelheim
Penny Gilbert,
Partner, Powell Gilbert
Zoe Butler,
Partner, Powell Gilbert
Sabine Agé,
Partner, Véron & Associés

12.05 Trade mark and copyright issues

  • International registration and management of trademarks: The Madrid system
  • Trade mark dilution: Recent cases
  • Latest thoughts on what constitutes a trade mark
  • Digital and third party liability
  • Will copyright legislation be updated?
  • Branding and social media
  • Always being precise – from idea to asset

Sarah Webber, Counsel, BP
Helen Stanwell-Smith
, Senior Legal Counsel, Orange Brand Services
Sally Britton, Partner, Mishcon de Reya
Mary Guinness,
Solicitor, Mishcon de Reya

12.55 Networking lunch

13.45 Anti-counterfeiting strategies

  • Best practices to avoid counterfeiting
  • Border detentions and court proceedings
  • Changes of the EU legislation
  • How to identify and enforce infringing goods

Geraldina Mattsson, European IP Counsel, Honda
Francesca Re Manning,
IP Manager, ICARDA
Anna-Marie Norman,
Head of Commercial Policing & Brand Protection, Sky
Wiebke Baars
, Partner, Taylor Wessing

14.25 Latest developments in the USA

  • PTAB litigation and trials
  • Key procedures in PTAB procedures
  • Post-grant strategy
  • When, how and why to file patent office petitions and challenges
  • How procedures in PTAB and the district court differ

Lori Gordon, Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox
Mark Evens,
Director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

15.15 IP in Asia

  • Patent enforcement and monetisation in China
  • Litigation in China and the role of SIPO
  • China’s trade mark amendments
  • Analysing trends and cases in Asia
  • How to approach patents in Asia compared to EU

Catriona Hammer, CIPA president and senior IP counsel, GE
Diana Sternfeld,
Partner, Rouse

15.45 Coffee break

16.10 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
  • Practical tips for mapping your career path
  • What if partnership or the board isn’t for you? Alternative career paths

Veena Marr, Legal Director and Global Head of IP, eBay
Susan Fletcher-Watts,
Head of Intellectual Property, Element Six
Manuela Macchi,
Partner, Keltie 
Nicola Dagg,
Partner, Allen & Overy

17.00 Close of forum


Allen & Overy    Keltie

Mishcon de Reya     Powell Gilbert  


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