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International Women's Leadership Forum - Speakers

24 February, 2015 - Hilton Tower Bridge Hotel, London






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Catriona Hammer
Catriona Hammer
CIPA President and Senior IP Counsel
GE

Catriona Hammer joined GE in April 2004 through the acquisition of Amersham and now manages the Intellectual Property department for GE Healthcare. The department is a global team based in 7 countries providing full IP support for GE Healthcare’s businesses, covering technologies from research tools to medical equipment and software. The department works on all aspects of IP from idea generation through to exploitation of IP.

Before joining GE, Catriona worked in the pharmaceutical industry, in the Intellectual Property departments of GlaxoWellcome and The Wellcome Foundation. Prior to that, she worked in a firm of patent attorneys.

Catriona holds a degree in Biochemistry from Oxford University and professional qualifications as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney. She is currently President of the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys. She is also a Council member for the IP Federation.

Nicola Searle
Nicola Searle
Economic Advisor
UK Intellectual Property Office

Dr. Nicola Searle is an economist who specialises the economics of Intellectual Property.  She joined the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) economics team in 2013 as an Economic Advisor and is responsible for the economic analysis of trademarks, designs and the Unitary Patent. 

Prior to her role at the IPO, Dr. Searle worked as a university researcher at the University of St Andrews and the School of Arts, Media and Computer Games at the University of Abertay. Dr. Searle started her analytical career as a financial analyst at the Dallas and Milan offices of Archon Group, a Goldman Sachs subsidiary. She is an Honorary Research Fellow at the Institute for Capitalising on Creativity at the School of Management at the University of St Andrews.

Dr. Searle holds a degree in International Economics from Georgetown University and both a MSc in International Strategy & Economics and a PhD on the Economics of Trade Secrets at the University of St Andrews.

Veena Marr
Veena Marr
Legal Director and Global Head of IP
eBay

Veena leads eBay Inc's Global IP team, with lawyers and paralegals in the US, Europe and Asia.  The businesses she supports include PayPal, Marketplaces, eBay Enterprise, StubHub, eBay Classifieds Group (including Gumtree) and eBay Commerce Network.  She and her team advise the business, legal and government relations colleagues on a range of cutting-edge, non-patent IP issues and strategies in eBay Inc's fast paced environment and are responsible for the management of eBay's brand, through its trademark and domain portfolio.  Veena also sits on eBay's Global Brand Council.  

Veena joined eBay in 2007 and, before joining the IP team in 2012, been responsible for advice spanning various areas of the law, including, e-commerce, consumer protection, competition, data privacy, marketing and advertising, and structuring key site initiatives and products, including eBay Buyer Protection. 

Prior to joining eBay, Veena spent time working in UKTV and with Osborne Clarke's London Media team.

Julie Dunnett
Julie Dunnett
Director of Intellectual Property
GKN

Julie has been in the patent profession for over 30 years initially in private practice, both in firms of Patent Attorneys and in the IP department of a UK general law firm. 

In 1995 she transferred to an in-house role in Ford Motor Company where she worked in the European IP Department based in Brentwood. The Ford role involved drafting and negotiating numerous agreements relating to R & D and to trade marks. She was also responsible for the IP aspects of a number of acquisitions, notably the acquisition of Volvo Cars from AB Volvo. As a result of this acquisition Julie moved to Sweden for 6 months to help to set up a Volvo Cars IP Department and to develop with AB Volvo the management processes for the VOLVO trade mark.

Julie has been with GKN since 2003 working within the Corporate Centre for the group as a whole and for each of its 4 divisions. Her key responsibility is the Groups IP Strategy, its development and implementation throughout the business and communicating what this means to each of the divisions.

Anna-Marie Norman
Anna-Marie Norman
Head of Commercial Policing & Brand Protection
Sky

Anna-Marie Norman is Head of Commercial Policing and Brand Protection at Sky but has experience in both the public and commercial sectors. Having spent 5 years with Thames Valley Police developing her investigative and operational skills, Anna joined Sky in 2007 as Head of Commercial Policing Operations and took on Brand Protection in 2011.

Responsible for operations across the UK and Ireland ensuring compliance in the commercial sector, she has been involved in 1000's of cases against those infringing Sky's copyright using both criminal and civil legislation.

In 2011 Anna introduced a proactive Brand Protection operation.  Responsible for the development and implementation of the Brand Protection strategy and operations across the  Sky Group. Identifying key risks against the portfolio and developing and implementing effective controls,  monitoring, disruption, enforcement and litigation activity in line with appropriate legal remedies across all  territories.

The operations are now well established and support business areas across the Sky group. This has resulted in 1000's of organizations, websites and marketplace listings being identified and reviewed for brand infringement alongside a host of other support services that the Brand Protection team to provide both in the UK, Ireland and internationally.


Sarah Webber
Sarah Webber
Counsel
BP 

Sarah is a Trade Mark Attorney and Counsel within the Group Trade Marks team at BP. Sarah’s role involves advising clients across the BP Group including Upstream Technology, Castrol and BP Lubricants, Fuels and Petrochemicals, as well as providing advice to colleagues in the wider legal function. Sarah’s practice includes extensive IP licensing as well as trade mark searching, filing and enforcement work. Sarah joined the trade mark profession in 2002, working in private practice for several years before joining BP in 2009. She recently qualified as a Trade Mark Litigator.

Sarah is passionate about Diversity and Inclusion and chairs the D&I Committee within BP Legal.


Francesca Re Manning

IP Manager
ICARDA

Francesca is an English qualified lawyer specialized in Intellectual Property. She has been working for the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) for almost ten years advising on the strategic uses of intellectual property rights to create and disseminate agricultural research results as international public goods among poor farmers in developing countries and to assist with the protection of genetic material and biodiversity. She is currently working with the Research Centre for Dryland Areas (ICARDA) based in Jordan and operating in North and East Africa, Middle East, and Central Asia.

Her background includes human rights and immigration law and has worked for the Council of Europe, UNHCR, and UNIFEM. Prior to working in international development Francesca practiced law with some of the leading UK law firms including Eversheds.


Kymne Hehmann
Kymne Hehmann
Senior Patent Attorney
Boehringer Ingelheim

Kymne is a qualified U.S. Patent and Trademark Attorney and working with the Patents Biosimilar Group at  Boehringer-Ingelheim since May 2014.

She started her career, in 1995, as a  qualified Patent Attorney in the patent department of Gambro, a global medical technology firm. During her tenure at Gambro she also worked and travelled extensively in Europe, providing IP outreach and training to Gambro’s European scientists and engineers. In 1997, she transferred to the in-house Patent Department of Novartis, located in Basel, Switzerland, focusing on the biologic/pharmaceutical as well as on agricultural businesses.  In 2000, she had the opportunity to become the first attorney at 200 person biotechnology company, V.I. Technologies, in Boston, Massachussetts.  As the Director of Patents and Licensing, at V.I. technologies, she had the opportunity to build the patent department from the ground up as well as to lead the company through numerous varied legal issues including licensing and due diligences.

After stepping out of the work force for a few years to start a family, she joined Archemix, Inc. in 2004, as a Senior Patent Attorney where she focused on patent work related to the company’s proprietary aptamer technology as well as numerous transactional matters. 7 years later, in 2007, she joined Amgen, as Senior Counsel. Her tenure at Amgen, gave her the opportunity to lead IP work for a marketed product, provide IP support for novel molecules from inception through to the clinic and to work on numerous transactional matters, including asset purchase agreements, license agreements, co-development agreements and the like. At Amgen, she also had the opportunity to provide leadership through co-leading numerous legal strategy teams, including the Large Molecule Team, the America Invents Act Team and a team dedicated to development of innovative manufacturing technology. 

Lastly she joined  the Patents Biosimilar Group at Boehringer-Ingelheim, in Germany, in 2014, where she is responsible for all domestic and global IP issues related to a number of molecules in Boehringer-Ingelheim’s biosimilar portfolio.


Helen Stanwell-Smith
Helen Standwell-Smith
Senior Legal Counsel
Orange Group

Helen is Senior Legal Counsel at Orange Group, the global telecommunications group. She has been a senior lawyer in the Group Brand Legal Affairs team since 2006 advising the international business on IP licensing and brand protection issues. For the past 3 years she has led the Brand Portfolio team, responsible for managing the Orange brand global trade mark portfolio and for global brand enforcement strategy. She also continues to manage brand licensing matters for the global B2B division of the Orange Group.

Prior to joining Orange, Helen was a lawyer in the BBC litigation department, advising the BBC on intellectual property and media issues. She qualified into the Media and IP Litigation team at Richards Butler LLP (now Reed Smith LLP) and also spent time in the Commercial Litigation team at Nabarro LLP.


Susan Fletcher-Watts
Susan Fletcher Watts
Head of Intellectual Property
Element Six, part of the De Beers Group

Susan qualified as a UK Patent Attorney aged 24 and subsequently as a European Patent Attorney, and has over 30 years’ experience in the IP world.  She has worked for some 6 multinational companies in the industrial chemistry sector including Tyco Electronics, Akzo Nobel, ExxonMobil, BAE Systems, a Shell/Exxon JV Infineum, and now with Element Six, a part of the De Beers Group, that synthesises diamond for tooling and technical device applications.

Susan first glimpsed senior management in assisting the Director of IP at BAE Systems.  She then went on to manage the IP Group at Infineum, and subsequently with Element Six where she created the IP function from scratch, bringing in-house what had been a completely out-sourced activity.  During her 7 years to date with E6 she has seen the patent filing rate more than double and the  IP team grow to 4.2 fully qualified Patent Attorneys, 1 trainee, 1 IP solicitor, and 3 support staff, all helped by working with the exciting technology of diamonds.


Geraldina Mattsson

European IP Counsel
Honda

Diana Sternfeld
Diana Sternfeld
Partner
Rouse

Diana is a well-known patent litigator, working particularly in life sciences with an international practice in that area. As well as acting in patent disputes in all UK courts, she advises on international disputes and coordinates and assists with actions in other jurisdictions and patent offices.

Diana graduated from the University of Sussex with a degree in mathematics, statistics and economics. After a period with the civil service, she retrained as a solicitor. On qualification, Diana joined the central London commercial firm of Stringer Saul. She managed that practice for three years until 2001 when she joined Rouse.

She is an active participant in the UK BioIndustry Association; she is a member of the Board and the Executive Committee and represented the BIA on the Department of Health's Emerging Science and Biotechnology Advisory Committee.  She is also an accredited mediator.  She lectures regularly and has published articles on various aspects of patent law and disputes.


Wiebke Baars
Wiebke Baars
Partner
Taylor Wessing

Wiebke Baars advises national and international clients on both contentious and non-contentious issues with a particular emphasis on intellectual property and unfair competition law. She deals with national, European and international trademark applications and represents clients in proceedings at the GPTO as well as at OHIM. In the field of trademark law she has extensive experience with license and cooperation agreements. Her main clients include companies from the media, fashion, toys and food industry.

Wiebke Baars studied law and journalism in Hamburg and completed both legal state exams in Hamburg in 1994 and 2000. In 1997 she gained a Masters of Laws degree from University College, London and in 1999 she completed her doctorate on a topic relating to broadcasting regulation.

Wiebke Baars regularly publishes articles on trademark issues, unfair competition and media law. Her list of publications includes a book on broadcasting regulation (Nomos 1999). She teaches design law at the German Lawyers Academy.

Wiebke Baars is listed in the annual JUVE Handbook as a highly recommended lawyer in trademark and unfair competition law matters.

She is a member of the German Association for the protection of intellectual property and copyrights (GRUR) and of the International Trademark Association (INTA), where she was a member of the Anticounterfitting Committee and now co-chairs the Adjunct Professors Special Interest Group.


Nicola Dagg
Nicola Dagg
Partner
Allen & Overy

Nicola leads magic circle law firm Allen & Overy's IP litigation practice and is also chair of our global life sciences group. Nicola has been a partner since 2003 and joined Allen & Overy in 2006. Whilst a significant proportion of her work involves the litigation and licensing of patents, she has also acted on numerous disputes involving trade marks, copyright, designs, breach of confidence and regulatory issues in the life sciences sector. Nicola has deep experience in the legal and commercial aspects of pharmaceutical and bio-tech matters.

Nicola is recognised as a key individual in IP litigation by the major UK legal directories. Chambers UK 2015 comments that "Nicola Dagg is one of the most respected patent litigators in the UK and is much sought after for technically complex matters across a broad range of technologies".

Nicola led the team that was awarded 'IP Law Firm of the Year' and 'Patent Law firm of the Year' at the 2011 Intellectual Property Magazine Awards and was awarded the 'Women in Business Law Best in Patent' award at the Euromoney Awards 2011. Nicola has also been selected to the 2014 London Super Lawyers list and named as one of the top 50 women lawyers in London.


Penny Gilbert
Penny Gilbert
Partner
Powell Gilbert

Penny's strong scientific background in the life sciences has led to her specialisation in advising clients in the bio pharma sector. She represents clients before the UK patent courts, Court of Appeal and Supreme Court and has a wealth of experience in co-ordinating multi-jurisdictional patent litigation. She has represented clients in European Patent Office opposition and appeal proceedings and also represents clients in patent licence disputes before the UK courts and in arbitration. She is a qualified mediator and a solicitor advocate.

Penny also counsels on patent litigation strategy, including pharmaceutical lifecycle management, and is experienced in providing freedom to operate and due diligence advice.

Prior to founding Powell Gilbert, Penny was a partner at Bristows. She is a member of the Editorial Board of BioScience Law Review and frequently lectures on aspects of IP law affecting the life sciences sector. She is a Board Member of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and a member of AIPPI. She is a tutor on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice course, teaching patent litigation.

Zoë Butler
Zoe Butler
Partner
Powell Gilbert

Zoë Butler is a founding Partner of Powell Gilbert LLP, a specialist IP law firm based in London.  Zoë has an MA in Natural Sciences and Law from Cambridge University.  She is an experienced IP litigator with a strong technical background and has advised clients on IP disputes relating to a broad range of technological areas and industry sectors.  Zoë is particularly known for her expertise in advising clients in complex patent disputes, often in the context of multi-jurisdictional disputes. Recently, Zoë has acted for a range of clients, from pharmaceutical and biotech companies to electronics and software companies in matters relating to patents, copyright, trade marks and design rights as well as contract and competition law. 

Zoë is a member of AIPPI, EPLAW and IPLA. She frequently lectures on IP law, is a tutor on the Oxford University post-graduate diploma in IP law and practice, and a contributor to the CIPA Guide to the Patents Act. 

In 2014 Zoë was the winner of best in TMT at the Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards. She has also been listed in the SuperLawyers London for Advocacy and for IP.


Rebecca Baines
Rebecca Baines
Partner
Rouse

Rebecca is an Executive at International IP firm Rouse and a partner of Rouse Legal. She has an impressive litigation practice covering all forms of intellectual property right. She is particularly well regarded for her work on cross-border patent disputes in the life sciences and electrical engineering fields involving technologies as diverse as childhood vaccines, single domain antibodies, medical devices, LED lighting and electro-static cleaning equipment. As well as acting for clients before the UK courts and the European Patent Office, Rebecca is experienced in conducting high value arbitration and mediation proceedings.

Rebecca is leading Rouse's unitary patent strategy. She has spoken to a wide range of multinational, innovative companies in Europe, the US and China about European patent reform and litigation strategies in the new Unified Patent Court.

Rebecca has also spent time working in Rouse's Dubai office, and has been seconded to several major rights holders, where she worked on a wide range of commercial IP and global enforcement issues.

Rebecca read law at the University of East Anglia and Keble College, Oxford.  Prior to joining Rouse in 2005, she trained and practised as a qualified solicitor at a Magic circle law firm.


Arty Rajendra
Arty Rajendra
Partner
Rouse

Arty is an Executive of international IP firm Rouse and Partner in Rouse Legal. She has worked at Rouse for 18 years and was made partner in 2003. She heads up the UK's tech and media practice, supporting innovative businesses in protecting and enforcing their IP, and addressing IP claims from third parties.  Most recently she acted for Nintendo in High Court patent infringement and validity proceedings.

Arty advises on the full range of IP rights and has extensive experience in high value patent litigation involving technologies such as signal processing, electronics, computer graphics, user interfaces, ergonomics, image processing, software, GPS tracking, mechanical home and vehicle security systems, monoclonal antibodies and capsular polysaccharides.

When not working or fire-fighting at home, Arty is studying Mathematics & Physics part-time at Birkbeck, the University of London.

Manuela Macchi
Manuela Macchi
Partner
Keltie 

Manuela's substantial trade mark practice ranges from clearance searches and prosecution, to due diligence projects, oppositions and other contentious matters, negotiations and IP focussed contracts. She manages a number of worldwide trade mark portfolios being responsible for their overall strategy.

Her client base and experience cover a broad spectrum of industries, but in particular, pharmaceuticals, fashion and sport. In 2013 Manuela founded Keltie's Sports Trade Mark Practice, which she heads. Moreover, Manuela co-heads the Keltie design team responsible for design clearance for prominent jewellery brands.

Manuela is also experienced in domain name, copyright and design matters.

Manuela edits Keltie's case commentaries published in the ITMA Review and writes and edits blog pieces for IPCopy. She is involved in professional development as the curator, speaker and moderator of workshops for In-house Trade Mark Counsel held at Keltie every quarter. 


Mary Guinness
Mary Guinness
Solicitor
Mishcon de Reya

Mary is an intellectual property specialist in the life sciences and retail sectors. The non-contentious side of her work deals with the exploitation of IP and related rights, such as licensing, franchising and distribution agreements; corporate acquisitions; and advice on the regulatory aspects of launching pharmaceutical and biotech medicines in the EU and UK. Her contentious work covers patents, trade marks, design rights and copyright disputes.

Mary joined the Firm in 2007. She has a Masters in Biochemistry from Oxford University.


Sally Britton
Sally Britton
Partner
Mishcon de Reya

Sally is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Department.
 
She specialises in advising clients on IP protection and exploitation, with a focus on trade mark and design filing, portfolio maintenance and management on a local and international basis and in relation to emerging and established markets. She also has significant experience of advising clients in relation to licensing, sponsorship and infringement matters.
 
Sally helps clients across a variety of sectors, but has particular expertise in advising clients across the fashion, entertainment, sports and automotive sectors.
 
Prior to qualifying as a lawyer Sally worked in brand management for Benckiser (Reckitt Benckiser), Heinz and Budweiser where her responsibilities included new product development, advertising, promotion, PR, packaging and sponsorship.

Lori Gordon
Lori Gordon
Partner
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Lori Gordon is a director in both the Litigation and Electronics practice groups at the intellectual property law firm Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox. Her practice focuses on inter partes matters, including district court litigation and contested case proceedings at the United States Patent & Trademark Office. 

She has been involved in over a dozen district court patent litigations since joining the firm, acting as lead counsel for the claim construction, infringement and validity aspects of these cases.  In addition, she is currently acting as lead counsel in more than 50 AIA contested case proceedings at the USPTO. Ms. Gordon also has extensive experience handling reexamination proceedings, acting as counsel in over 40 inter partes and ex parte reexaminations.

Ms. Gordon has handled contentious matters in a wide variety of technical fields, including telecommunications systems, software, radio frequency identification (RFID) systems, Voice over IP, security, cryptography, Internet applications, databases, and backup and replication technologies.

Mark Evens
Mark Evens
Partner
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

Mr. Evens chairs the Litigation Group, focusing his practice on IP litigation.  With over thirty years of trial and appellate experience, he has developed the requisite skills to persuade both judges and juries by distilling the case to a simple, but compelling story.  He has successfully represented clients in patent infringement cases across a broad spectrum of technologies including medical devices, biotechnology, electronics, software, engineering, food technology and footwear technology.  Mr. Evens has litigated domain name cases, copyright issues, trademark issues, Lanham Act issues, false advertising matters, licensing and contract disputes, including government contract issues, and trade secret cases.

Mr. Evens has litigated sophisticated patent infringement, copyright and trademark issues, Anti-Cyber Squatting cases as well as Lanham Act false advertising cases and antitrust claims.  He has a broad range of trial experience at both the federal and state trial levels.  He also is an experienced appellate lawyer having appeared before the Federal Circuit, District of Columbia Circuit, the Fourth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, and the North Carolina Supreme Court.

His patent litigation experience covers a wide spectrum.  Mr. Evens currently represents biotech companies in cases involving gene synthesis technology and microchip electrophoresis technology.  Mr. Evens recently settled matters for a major electronics company that involved data transformation technology.


Sabine Agé
Sabine Age
Partner
Véron & Associés

Admitted to the Paris Bar in 1994, Sabine Agé has been dedicating herself exclusively to patent litigation since she became a partner of Véron & Associés at the creation of the firm in 2001.

Sabine handles standard related cases in the multimedia systems and telecommunications fields and has acted in particular on behalf of an international telecommunications manufacturer for the French part of worldwide cross-border patent litigations. She is also active in cases relating to pharmaceuticals, chemicals and medical instruments as well as household appliances and consumer goods, for international and domestic industry-based clients as well as research organisations. She deals with legal issues extending from contractual disputes, patent ownership (and co-ownership) to validity and infringement. 

Sabine lectures on patent litigation at the International Centre of Intellectual Property Studies (CEIPI) in Strasbourg and at the universities of Lyon and Montpellier, in addition to her speaking engagements for conferences.

Sabine is an active member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI) and secretary to the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW). She is also a member of IPO and AIPLA through Véron & Associés.

Liliane Roriz
Liliane Roriz
Former appellate IP judge at the Federal Court of Appeals and Partner
Licks Attorneys 

Liliane Roriz, partner at Licks Attorneys, has more than 30 years of experience. She began her career in public service, among other occupations, as Public Attorney at the Brazilian Patent’s Office and law clerk of the Regional Federal Court of Second Region’s President. Later, she joined the Judiciary (where she would act for 20 years), as Federal Judge of the 21st Federal Court of Rio de Janeiro and Federal Appellate Judge of the Court of Appeals for the Second Region, having presided the Second Panel Specialized in Industrial Property for four years, and the Federal Judges’ School – EMARF, during the 2011/2012 biennium.

During her career, she took part in a number of high-complexity IP trials, related to different areas of technology. Judge Roriz is a published author and frequent speaker at events concerning her expertise areas.

Alexandra Brodie

Partner and Co-chair
Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co

Alexandra is a partner in Wragge Lawrence Graham & Co's UK intellectual property team and co-chair of its tech sector team.

She advises clients on managing their intellectual property portfolios to deliver value and market edge by way of audit, clearance, strategic litigation (both offensive and defensive) and licensing programs.

Alexandra works across a number of sectors including fashion, retail services, manufacturing, toys and games, telecommunications and financial services. She manages strategy on a multi-jurisdictional level, be that across Europe, the USA, China or further afield. Alexandra has taken clients through litigation before the IPEC, High Court, Court of Appeal, CJEU and EPO and assisted in parallel strategies at the ITC. She recently successfully acted for ASSIA in its patent infringement action against British Telecommunications before the UK courts.

Alexandra is widely praised for her commitment to achieving her clients' goals while creating an energised and supportive team environment with her client's personnel and her team. She focuses on the strategic and financial benefits to her clients by getting to know them, their business and their industry.



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