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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2015 - Agenda

December 11, Fairmont San Jose Hotel




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08.30 Breakfast and registration

09.00 Introduction to day

09.10 The Alice Corp v CLS Bank decision
  • Is it still impacting decision-making over one year later
  • Is protecting your patent still as valuable
  • How has patent drafting/prosecution practice evolved
  • Litigation strategies for 101 challenges

Lily Lim, partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Judy Yee,
assistant general counsel, Microsoft
Eve Saltman,
deputy general counsel, GoPro
Karna Nisewaner, associate general counsel, Cadence Design Systems
Dori Hines, partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

10.00 Practical advice for handling post-grant challenges: Lessons learned from PTAB
  • Perspectives from the front line
  • What to expect from PTAB trials
  • How APJs are interpreting the law and PTO guidelines
  • Key issues in the discovery process
  • Key procedures in PTAB procedures
  • How patent owners' strategies will evolve

Lori Gordon, director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox (moderator)
Tina Hulse, administrative patent judge, USPTO
Kimberley Schmitt, managing counsel, Intel
Xiao Chang,
senior corporate counsel, Cisco
Michelle Holoubek, director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

10.50 Coffee break

11.10 IP in arbitration

  • What is arbitration?
  • The pros and cons of arbitration versus litigation, particularly in the context of IP disputes
  • An overview of the different contexts in which an IP arbitration might arise, including contractually or pursuant to international investment agreements
  • Drafting and negotiating arbitration clauses
  • A discussion of various institutional rules, including rules governing IP disputes
  • Available arbitral remedies and enforcing the arbitral award

Natasha Moffitt, partner, King & Spalding (moderator)
Timur Engin,
patent litigation counsel, Google
Suzanne Montgomery
, associate general counsel - specialized litigation, AT&T
Nicky Espinosa, general counsel, Heartflow, Inc.
Silvia Marchili, partner, King & Spalding

12.00 Challenges to online enforcement and potential pitfalls
  • Challenges and considerations for wearable tech and 3D Printing
  • Practical tips for policing and enforcing your trademarks and copyrights online
  • Update on online advertising, marketing and disclosures
  • Branding strategies as part of developing a retailer's culture: eco-issues, personalising products, etc.

Pamela Church, partner, Baker & McKenzie (moderator)
Emily Burns,
senior trademark counsel, Google
Cara Baldwin
, associate general counsel,
Lisa Rosaya, partner, Baker & McKenzie

12.50 Networking lunch

13.40 Trends in licensing

  • Important considerations for writing and negotiating licenses
  • Cross boarder and cross-licenses
  • How to pre-empt and prevent post-licensing disputes

Jennifer Bennett, partner, Dentons (moderator)
Jill Bowman, associate general counsel, Intel
Katherine Chu,
associate corporate counsel, Glu Mobile

14.20 From pay-for-delay to SEPs - Where does Canada stand on IP and competition law

  • Review of IP and competition policy in Canada
  • Proposed changes to competition policy: Draft IP Enforcement Guidelines
  • Other measures to address competition and IP: Patented Medicine Prices Review Board

Thuy Nguyen, partner, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh (moderator)
Monica Barone,
senior legal counsel, Qualcomm
Daphne Lainson, partner, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

14.50 Patent reform in Europe

  • Patent reform in Europe: Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC)
  • Legal challenges in the transition period
  • Application fees and financial considerations
  • Risks and opportunities - evolving in-house strategies

Penny Gilbert, partner, Powell Gilbert (moderator)
Sonia Cooper, senior patent attorney, Skype Division, Microsoft
Michelle Wales,
principal, InHouse Patent Counsel
Amandine Métier,
partner, Véron & Associés
Sabine Agé, partner, Véron & Associés

15.40 Coffee break

16.00 Recent developments in copyright and trademark law
  • Trade mark dilution
  • The impact of recent cases: Nestlé v Cadbury
  • Rights of publicity - how to handle each state and its different rules
Tania Clark, partner, Withers & Rogers (moderator)
Jennifer Draffen
, associate general counsel, Facebook

16.30 The importance of leadership in developing your career
  • Experiences that have best prepared you for your current leadership role
  • How did your career path come about
  • Advice for junior or senior lawyers who want to progress their careers
  • How did you go about building your network
  • Balancing work-life commitments

Susan L. Heller, partner, Greenberg Traurig (moderator)
Danielle Johnston Holmes
, assistant general counsel, Microsoft
Cynthia Tregillis,
senior director, brand protection & trademark law, Western Digital
Eileen Evans
, vice president, deputy general counsel, Hewlett-Packard
Maureen Beacom Gorman, partner, Marshall Gerstein & Borun

17.20 Close of Forum and cocktail reception



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