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International Women's Leadership Forum 2015 - Speakers

December 11, Fairmont San Jose Hotel





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This year's speakers included: 


Judge Tina Hulse

Tina Hulse
Administrative Patent Judge
Silicon Valley US Patent and Trademark Office

Judge Hulse earned her law degree from UC Berkeley School of Law; she also earned a medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Molecular Biology from Pomona College.  Before her appointment at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, Judge Hulse practiced with the law firm Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP.


Eileen Evans

Eileen Evans

VP, Deputy General Counsel
Hewlett-Packard

Eileen Evans is the Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Software, Cloud and Open Source for Hewlett Packard Enterprise.  In her role, Eileen leads and manages legal support for HP Software and HP Cloud and legal and program management support for open source at HP.  Eileen also leads and manages senior technology attorneys, engineers and program managers responsible for driving the implementation of HP’s open source strategy and open source community engagement.  Eileen represents HP on the Linux Foundation Board of Directors and the OpenStack Foundation Board of Directors, and she actively participated as a Founding Member of the OpenStack Foundation Drafting and Formation Committee.

In 2014, Inside Counsel named Eileen to its "R3-100 roundup", a list of 100 women who will likely be ready to become General Counsel in the Fortune 500 in the next three years.  Eileen was also recognized in 2014 as one of Silicon Valley Business Journal's top 100 Women of Influence.



Danielle Johnston Holmes

Danielle Johnston Holmes

Assistant General Counsel
Microsoft

Danielle Johnston Holmes is Associate General Counsel for the Patent Portfolio Development Team in the Intellectual Property Group at Microsoft.  Danielle leads the team of patent attorneys and paralegals responsible for harvesting inventions from Microsoft's R&D groups, filing and prosecuting patents worldwide and determining the strategic value of Microsoft's patent portfolio. 

Danielle joined Microsoft in 1998, initially providing patent support for the Windows group and later leading teams of attorneys and engineers responsible for identifying and analyzing patents to support Microsoft's licensing and enforcement efforts and other strategic business initiatives.  Prior to joining Microsoft, Danielle worked for the law firm of Marshall, Gerstein in Chicago, where she concentrated on patent litigation, patent prosecution and client counseling matters in the electrical, mechanical and computer science arts.

Danielle received an electrical engineering degree from Loyola Marymount University and her law degree from the University of Notre Dame and is a registered patent attorney.  



Judy Yee

Judy Yee

Assistant General Counsel
Microsoft

Judy is an Assistant General Counsel within Microsoft's Intellectual Property Group.  She leads a team of patent attorneys responsible for worldwide patent portfolio development and strategy of the Windows and Devices Group, creator of some of the world's most popular devices and platforms.  Additionally, she counsels the Windows and Devices business on patent risk mitigation, licensing and standards activities. 

Prior to joining Microsoft, Judy was an associate in the patent practice group at Perkins Coie LLP and, before entering into patent practice, Judy was an engineer at Intel Corporation. 



Eve Saltman

Eve Saltman
Deputy General Counsel
GoPro

Eve Saltman is the Deputy General Counsel and Assistant Corporate Secretary at GoPro, Inc., where she works on corporate securities and corporate governance matters with the General Counsel, and manages a team that supports intellectual property, disputes, hardware and software product development, and supply chain/operations. 

She was recently awarded The Recorder 2015  In-house Impact Award for her legal product counseling leadership at GoPro. Eve previously held in-house positions at Autodesk, Siebel Systems, LiveOps, OnLive, and started her career at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe.  She received her B.A from Cornell University where she graduated magna cum laude and phi beta kappa, and her J.D. from Georgetown University where she graduated cum laude. 


Emily Burns

Emily Burns
Senior Trademark Counsel
Google

Emily Burns is Senior Trademark Counsel at Google Inc., where she handles brand protection, enforcement, strategy and intermediary liability matters for YouTube and Chrome. She also serves as an Adjunct Professor at the University of California, Hastings School of Law.


Jill Hubbard Bowman

Jill Hubbard Bowman

Assistant General Counsel, IP
Intel

Jill Hubbard Bowman is an Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property for Intel Corporation. Jill supports Intel's worldwide manufacturing operations and Internet of Things Group. She specializes in complex technology transactions, collaborations, and acquisitions. Jill leads Intel's Technology Licensing Practice group and teaches workshops on complex IP issues.
 
Prior to joining Intel, Jill worked for major US law firms and litigated complex IP cases in federal and state courts, AAA and ICC arbitrations, and before the International Trade Commission. Jill is a registered patent attorney.

Jill earned her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was an Associate Editor of The Journal of Gender and Law. Jill also did joint graduate work in women's studies and taught undergraduate classes on women and the law. 



Cara Baldwin

Cara Baldwin
Associate General Counsel
Overstock.com

Cara Baldwin handles compliance, privacy, and intellectual property matters at the online retailer Overstock.com, Inc.  Prior to Overstock, Cara was employed at eBay, Inc., first on the litigation team and then on the intellectual property team.  While on the intellectual property team at eBay, she oversaw the trademark and domain portfolios for all eBay properties, as well as advising on eBay's secondary liability issues, trademark and copyright strategy, and M&A matters.  Prior to that, Cara was in private practice at an intellectual property boutique firm, focusing on litigation and client counseling.  She began her legal career as a term clerk for the Honorable Judge Ted Stewart in the United States District Court, District of Utah.
 
When Cara is not noodling over legal issues facing e-commerce businesses, she spends time with her large family, figuring out creative ways to convince her children that college is better when paid for on scholarship.


Sonia Cooper

Sonia Cooper

Senior Patent Attorney
Skype Division, Microsoft

Sonia Cooper (European Patent Attorney, Chartered Patent Attorney, B.Sc. Hons. (Bristol), M.Sc.(QMW)) is a Senior Patent Attorney at Microsoft, based in London. Now part of the Application and Services Division, Sonia is the Patent Counselling Team Lead for the Skype group. Sonia was previously Head of Patents at Skype, prior to the acquisition of Skype by Microsoft in 2012.

Before joining Skype, Sonia worked as a patent attorney at Page White and Farrer in London. Sonia has a Bachelor's degree in Physics from Bristol University (UK) and a Master's Degree in Management of Intellectual Property from Queen Mary Westfield University in London.



Karna Nisewaner

Karna Nisewaner
Associate General Counsel
Cadence Design Systems

Karna Nisewaner is the Associate General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Cadence Design Systems, Inc. and legal business partner to the Verification business unit. Karna leads a team of patent attorneys and paralegals responsible for all of Cadence's patent portfolio, including building a strategic portfolio plan for the executive team. She also manages the legal end of Cadence's open source registration system and anti-piracy program. 

In her career, she has created open source processes and systems, created IP Due Diligence processes for M&A, advised on complex IP agreements, drafted IP asset agreements, along with drafting and prosecuting many patent applications. Karna was chair of the ACC's National Intellectual Property Committee from 2013-2015.
 
Karna received an engineering degree from Princeton University and her law degree from UCLA School of Law and is a registered patent attorney.


Cynthia Tregillis

Cynthia Tregillis
Senior Director, Brand Protection & Trademark Law
Western Digital

Cynthia Tregillis is the Senior Director of Global Brand Protection & Trademark Law for Western Digital Corporation.  Ms. Tregillis established the trademark and brand protection group for Western Digital in October 2012.  Under Ms. Tregillis' leadership, the World Trademark Review recently named Western Digital Corporation the Consumer Electronics and Technology Industry Team of the Year. 

Ms. Tregillis has global responsibility for Western Digital's brand protection and customs recordal program as well as the company's trademark portfolio.  She works closely with outside counsel, private investigators, law enforcement and customs officials on anti-counterfeiting measures, including civil, administrative and criminal actions. 

Prior to joining Western Digital, Ms. Tregillis was an attorney Of Counsel working in the Orange County and Los Angeles offices of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP, and a Partner at McDermott Will & Emery LLP and Oppenheimer, Wolff & Donnelly LLP.  Ms. Tregillis' private practice focused on trademark infringement and patent infringement cases in federal court and before the International Trade Commission.  Ms. Tregillis developed a specialty in the quantification of damages in intellectual property litigation, including calculation of lost profits and the analysis of reasonable royalties to reflect the value of patents, copyrights, trademarks, and trade secrets.



Katherine Chu

Katherine Chu
Associate Corporate Counsel
Glu

Katherine is a commercial transactions and corporate attorney who has significant experience in both inbound and outbound licensing. Katherine started her career in-house at Appcelerator, a late stage start-up that provides an ecosystem for app development and management. Customers included several of the Fortune 500 companies, and negotiations were often heated and included debates on issues concerning the SaaS model, such as data privacy and representations and warranties. Katherine then moved onto Franklin Templeton Investments, one of the largest financial services companies in the US, and provided her expertise in commercial contracts by supporting all inbound procurements, ranging from Google data analytics services to API management software.

Katherine is now at Glu Mobile Inc., the mobile game developer most famous for the game: "Kim Kardashian: Hollywood", and has since been working on a wide range of commercial deals, including but not limited to entertainment and technology license agreements with other A-list celebrities, designers (such as Karl Lagerfeld), and production and distribution companies.



Suzanne Montgomery

Suzanne Montgomery
Associate General Counsel - Specialised Litigation
AT&T

Suzanne Montgomery is a General Attorney & Associate General Counsel at AT&T based in Dallas, Texas.  She leads a team of attorneys, paralegals, and legal assistants that handle specialized litigation, including patent litigation, class actions, arbitrations, and appeals.  Suzanne has been with AT&T for more than 11 years.  During her tenure with the company, she has handled a variety of legal matters including commercial litigation, international arbitrations, and regulatory matters, among others.  She has tried jury trials, bench trials, arbitrations and regulatory commission hearings and has argued several appeals.

Suzanne received her JD from Washington University School of Law in 1999, and has an undergraduate degree from Drew University in Applied Mathematics, History, and Political Science.  Suzanne is a member of the 2015-16 Campaign Cabinet of the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas, and she coaches a mock trial team of low income high school students.



Timur Engin

Timur Engin
Patent Litigation Counsel
Google

Timur Engin is a patent litigator at Google, where he focuses on Android litigation.  Before joining Google, he worked on patent litigation at Genentech and was a partner at McDermott Will & Emery.
 
Timur graduated from the University of South Carolina Honors College with a B.S. in Biology and from the University of Virginia Law School.
 
When not fighting the good fight, Timur enjoys spending time with his two energetic sons (who keep Timur and his wife on their toes).  

 

Michelle Wales

Michelle Wales
Principal
In-house Patent Counsel

Michele is the founder and principal of InHouse Patent Counsel, LLC.  Before starting her firm, Michele was the head of Litigation and Intellectual Property at Human Genome Sciences (HGS).  Under her direction, HGS' extensive IP portfolio was repeatedly recognized by the Wall Street Journal as one of the "Top 10 Biotech Portfolios" in the industry and covered over 10,000 human genes, proteins and antibodies.  She also successfully managed the team that established the Utility Standard for gene based patents at the United Kingdom's Supreme Court and the European Patent Office.  Her team was nominated in 2012 by the International Law Office as "In-House Litigation Team of the Year".

With experience running one of the most complex portfolios in the biotech industry, Michele and her team focuses on providing exceptional biotech and software legal advice on financial terms that are flexible and more affordable for the biotech, bioinformatics, health IT, and software companies.

Michele received her J.D. from George Washington National Law Center and her Ph.D. in Human Genetics and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins Medical School, where she also co-discovered and patented a novel tumor suppressor gene, HIC-1.


Xiao Chang

Xiao Li
Senior Corporate Counsel
Cisco

Xiao Chang is senior corporate counsel in the IP litigation group at Cisco Systems, Inc.  She manages a part of Cisco's busy patent litigation docket, which mostly involves defending lawsuits by NPEs.  Before joining Cisco, Xiao was an attorney in New York City at Desmarais LLP and Kirkland & Ellis LLP before that. 
 
Xiao received a Masters degree in Biochemistry from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from Stanford Law School.          


Jennifer Draffen

Jennifer Draffen
Associate General Counsel
Facebook

Jennifer Draffen is Associate General Counsel for IP, Product at Facebook, where she supports cross-functional teams with creative solutions to intellectual property issues related to new and existing products and features.  She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Leading Women in Technology, a non-profit dedicated to unleashing the potential of professionals who advise technology businesses and executives. 

Before joining Facebook, Jennifer was a legal Director at Apple, where she supported the Internet Services teams including iTunes and the international prepaid card business, and launched iCloud and the App Store.  Prior to that, she was an attorney with Intel's Trademarks and Brands team, and practiced with Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, & Dunner. She received her B.A. from Mississippi State University, and her J.D. from Duke University School of Law.



Kimberly Schmitt

Kimberly Schmitt
Senor Litigation Attorney
Intel

Kimberly Schmitt is Managing Counsel in the Litigation Group at Intel Corporation.  Kim has over 15 years of experience in patent litigation. As part of her litigation practice at Intel, Kim has been involved in over 30 petitions for Intel Partes review. Kim has litigated patent cases in California, Texas, Delaware, Massachusetts, and the International Trade Commission and has lead all aspects of litigation, including claim construction, depositions, summary judgment, trial, and appeal.  Kim is a registered member of the patent bar. Before joining Intel in 2012, Kim was a partner at Kirkland & Ellis LLP and a prior to that, an associate at Weil Gotshal and Manges LLP, both in the San Francisco Bay Area. 


Nicky Espinosa

Nicky Espinosa
General Counsel
Heartflow, Inc.

Nicky is currently the General Counsel for HeartFlow, Inc., where she is responsible for global legal matters including commercial transactions, cyber security and data privacy, employment and intellectual property issues.  HeartFlow is a privately held medical device company that has recently commercialized a diagnostic SaaS tool used for the assessment of coronary artery disease.  She has also served as VP of Legal Operations and Assistant General Counsel for Intuitive Surgical, Inc., makers of the da Vinci Surgical System, where she was responsible for a variety of issues, including products liability litigation matters.  Nicky also served as the first in-house counsel and VP of Intellectual Property of Illumina, Inc., a leading biomedical genomics company.   She gained extensive experience in IP strategy and protection, licensing, dispute resolution and litigation while in private practice at several major law firms, representing a wide range of private and public life science and technology companies.

Nicky has an undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering  from San Jose State University, earned her JD degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and is a registered patent attorney.



Monica Barone

Monica Barone
Senior Legal Counsel
Qualcomm

Monica Barone is Senior Legal Counsel for Qualcomm focusing on standards and intellectual property rights policy.  She is a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee.   She is active in the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) Standards and IPR Policy Committee, the Information Technology Industry Council Standards Policy Committee, the Intellectual Property Owner's Association and several other organizations.  Barone serves as a Co-Chair for the American Intellectual Property Law Association's (AIPLA) Special Committee on Standards and Open Source.   She also serves as Co-Chair of the Telecom and Mass Media Committee in the Science and Technology Law section of the American Bar Association.

Prior to joining Qualcomm, Barone's experience included over 10 years in the Telecommunications industry where she represented her clients in various settings including regulatory bodies, courts, contract negotiations and associations. 



Lisa Rosaya

Lisa Rosaya
Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Lisa Rosaya advises and represents clients on intellectual property matters. She worked at Coudert Brothers LLP prior to joining the Firm, and was a trademark examining attorney in the US Patent and Trademark Office where she examined and ruled upon trademark applications for registration, advised applicants and represented the office in ex parte appeals before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.

Ms. Rosaya is currently the Treasurer of the New York State Bar Association's IP Section and was formerly the co-chair of the Section's Trademark Committee for five years. She served on the International Trademark Association's (INTA's) Internet Committee and Dilution and Well Known Marks Committee, respectively, for four year terms and currently serves on INTA's Rights of Publicity Subcommittee. She also served on ICANN's GNSO-chartered Registration Abuse Policies Implementation Drafting Team.

Ms. Rosaya routinely counsels clients on global trademark portfolio and brand management matters, including trademark selection, trademark prosecution, trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings, copyright and trademark licensing, enforcement and infringement matters, domain name issues and disputes and labeling and advertising issues. She also assists clients in addressing IP issues in the context of corporate and financing transactions, including drafting and analyzing IP-related provisions and agreements, due diligence and perfection of security interests domestically and internationally.



Pamela Church

Pamela Church
Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Pamela Church is a member of the firm's North American Intellectual Property and Corporate and Mergers & Acquisitions practice groups. She serves as the head of the Intellectual Property Practice Group in New York and as a member of the North America Intellectual Property Steering Committee. Ms. Church is also a sub-committee member of the Luxury & Fashion Industry Group. Ms. Church routinely handles intellectual property matters in transactions involving the development, exploitation and transfer of IP rights, including licensing, research and development, print and electronic publishing, e-commerce, outsourcing, finance and securitization transactions.

Ms. Church has counseled major media, publishing, entertainment, motion picture, financial services, luxury goods and technology companies in the establishment and implementation of comprehensive IP protection, licensing, merchandising, enforcement and anti-piracy programs. Her practice includes corporate counseling in M&A, joint ventures, business reorganizations and finance transactions in fields in which IP rights are key. Ms. Church also represents media and advertising companies in sponsorship and endorsement contracts, clearing advertising for use in online and off-line media, advertising agency, product placement and media production agreements and compliance with federal and state regulations governing contests and sweepstakes.



Jennifer Bennett

Jennifer Bennett
Partner
Dentons 

Jennifer Bennett is an experienced, technically trained patent litigation partner in the firm's Patent Litigation and Intellectual Property and Technology practice. Jennifer has a significant track record as the managing lawyer in complex patent infringement cases in the US district courts in Delaware, Texas and California, as well as in cases before the International Trade Commission. Her patent litigation, including jury trial experience, has focused on various complex technologies, with a particular emphasis on biopharmaceuticals, medical devices, molding, electronics, wireless radio and wire line transmission networks, data transmission, and software applications.

Jennifer received a Bachelor of Science at the University of Southern California and JD at Santa Clara Law School, where she was an editor of the Santa Clara Computer and High Technology Law Journal. A registered patent attorney in the US Patent and Trademark Office, Jennifer focuses on representation of global electronics, telecommunications, wireless and wire line networking companies in high stakes, fast-paced patent infringement litigations.



Dori Hines

Dori Hines
Partner 
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Dori Hines is a partner in Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner LLP's Washington, DC office.  She focuses her practice on patent litigation and has led teams in U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and before arbitration panels. She has argued a number of cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Ms. Hines' experience spans a wide range of technologies, but has focused primarily in the electrical area on semiconductor, Internet, electronics, smartphone, and telecommunications technologies.
 
Ms. Hines also regularly represents clients in mediations and assists in licensing negotiations. She also advises clients on strategic patent prosecution, monetization strategies for issued patents, and patent damages, including issues relating to standard essential patents and FRAND. Ms. Hines has on-going experience in reissue, reexamination, and inter partes review (IPR) proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Ms. Hines began her career as an Examiner at the PTO and clerked at the Federal Circuit for Judge Giles S. Rich.



Lily Lim

Lily Lim
Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Lily Lim is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP's Palo Alto, California office.  She practices intellectual property law, focusing on trial litigation in federal district court and before the U.S. International Trade Commission, representing U.S. and international clients whose technologies include integrated circuits, satellite technologies, wireless devices, software, and medical devices.
 
Ms. Lim has prevailed at trial and on appeal in cases involving patent, copyright, and trade secret disputes. She has also provided strategic pre-litigation counseling regarding negotiating patent and software licenses and international manufacturing and marketing agreements.
 
Prior to joining private practice, Ms. Lim served as a law clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She also worked as a spacecraft navigation engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, where she worked on the Magellan Project, which successfully mapped the surface of Venus.



Susan Heller

Susan Heller
Partner
Greenberg Traurig

Chair of the firm's global Trademarks and Brand Management Group, and Co-Chair of the firm's global Women's Initiative, Susan L. Heller is consistently recognized as having a preeminent and internationally recognized trademark practice. When the stakes are high and critical brands are at risk, Fortune 500 companies, world champion athletes, high-net-worth individuals and A-list celebrities rely on Susan for her strategic thought leadership and counsel, honed by her decades of experience.

At the forefront of the strategic management and monetization of big name brands on a worldwide level, she is known for developing cutting-edge branding strategies and solutions, most notably in "bet-the brand," high stakes trademark cases. Susan has received numerous prestigious honors and awards from highly respected organizations/publications, as well as her clients and peers, naming her a leading California, US and international attorney.

Susan is known for partnering with her clients' legal, marketing and business teams to ensure that marketing strategies and business sensitivities are integrated into her advice. She works directly with senior management teams, in and out of corporate boardrooms, and manages major international roll-outs of critical brands.
Susan's practice has spanned over 30 years across virtually every industry and in most jurisdictions throughout the world. 



Silvia Marchili

Silvia Marchili
Partner
King & Spalding 

Silvia Marchili, International Arbitration Partner at King & Spalding, has more than 10 years of experience focusing on complex international arbitration cases involving both investment and commercial claims. Silvia regularly appears before international tribunals under the World Bank's International Centre for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID) Convention and other arbitration rules.  She has represented parties in twenty investment arbitration cases, including some of the largest ICSID BIT awards ever obtained by foreign investors.  She also advises multinational companies on how to maximize treaty protection of their investments. 

Oxford University Press recently published Annulment Under the ICSID Convention, a treatise that she co-authored.

Silvia was ranked by Chambers Global in its 2014 Guide as an expert in dispute resolution.  Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Silvia speaks Spanish and English fluently, and has working knowledge of Italian and French. 



Natasha Moffitt

Natasha Moffitt

Partner
King & Spalding 

Natasha Moffitt is a Partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group of King & Spalding.  She also co-chairs the firm's Atlanta office Women's Initiative, which focuses on the development of women attorneys at the firm. 

She is a seasoned patent litigator and trial lawyer, having successfully tried multiple cases to verdict in recent years. She focuses her practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling, with a particular emphasis on patent litigation.  Over her nearly fifteen year-career, she has successfully argued numerous Markman and summary judgment hearings, presented opening arguments and conducted direct and cross-examinations of fact and expert witnesses at trial, and served as lead counsel for clients in U.S. litigation and in discovery proceedings conducted in Germany under the Hague Convention. 

Armed with a computer engineering degree, Natasha has technical and legal expertise across a wide range of technologies and industries, including complex computer systems and software, wireless communications and optics, data and network security, and energy.  Prior to practicing law, Natasha worked several years for Schlumberger Industries, where she gained extensive experience in the energy industry. 

Natasha was raised in Wiesbaden, Germany and is fluent in German.



Maureen Beacom Gorman

Maureen Beacom Gorman
partner
Marshall Gerstein & Borun

From 2000 to 2002, Maureen Gorman worked as a trademark examining attorney at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), examining food and electronic products and all service classes.
 
After her departure from the USPTO, Ms. Gorman continued to build her proficiency in the IP field by founding her own trademark and copyright law practice. Her successful practice incorporated alternative fee arrangements and focused on value and highly attentive personal service. Her private practice began in insurance and commercial litigation.
 
Ms. Gorman has been litigation counsel or a consultant in numerous Trademark Trial and Appeal Board actions, as well as cybersquatting, trademark and copyright infringement, counterfeiting and unfair competition actions in various district courts throughout the United States, including New Jersey, Michigan, Washington, New York and Illinois. She provides strategies for global brand portfolio management and advises on advertising and marketing legal issues.
 
Ms. Gorman was recognized by the World Trademark Review in the 2014-2015 WTR 1000 rankings. She was also the exclusive winner in the 2015 International Law Office  Client Choice Awards "Intellectual Property – Trademarks” category for Illinois.



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.


Dr. Thuy Nguyen


Partner
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Dr. Thuy Nguyen's practice has focussed on drafting and prosecuting biotechnology and pharmaceutical patents since 1999. Her practice involves all aspects of patent procurement in Canada, including: preparing
patentability infringement and validity opinions; developing and managing patent portfolios; conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence evaluations; strategic planning; and general client counselling on patent
matters.

Thuy has worked with clients ranging from small biotechnology start-ups and universities to major biochemical, biopharmaceutical and bioagricultural
companies. Her technical expertise lies in the areas of biochemistry including carbohydrate biochemistry, histocytochemistry, immunochemistry,
cell biology especially in intracellular trafficking and chaperone activity, immunogenetics, molecular biology, agricultural biotechnology, stem cell technology and personalized medicine.

In her practice, Thuy is mindful of her clients’ business objectives and strives to obtain results that meet those objectives within the clients’ global strategy. She is knowledgeable about the patent-related regulatory requirements that apply to biopharmaceuticals being marketed in Canada, and works with clients to help protect not only their innovations but their position in the marketplace.



Daphne Lainson

Daphne Lainson

Partner
Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh

Daphne Lainson specializes in securing patent protection for chemical, pharmaceutical and biotechnology related inventions. She is a lawyer, a qualified patent and trademark agent, and holds an advanced degree in chemistry. She has been assisting clients with securing patent protection for their innovations for over a decade.

Daphne champions and safeguards the intellectual property rights of her clients, protecting their inventions in new drugs, biologics, medical devices, consumer products, agrochemicals, specialty chemicals, industrial chemical processes, oil, gas and petrochemicals.
She also provides advice to clients on pharmaceutical regulatory law. This includes providing strategic advice during patent prosecution and following patent grant for both pharmaceuticals and biologics. She is called upon to advise innovative pharmaceutical and biopharmaceutical companies in matters relating to the Patented Medicines (Notice of Compliance) Regulations and the Patented Medicine Prices Review Board.

She is actively involved in the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA). She is currently the co-chair of the IP Practice in Japan Committee, immediate past chair of the AIPLA Mentoring Committee, and past chair of the AIPLA Women in Intellectual Property Law Committee. She plays a leading role in client relations management within the firm, particularly in key industrial markets, such as the U.S., Japan and Germany.



Lori Gordon


Director
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.


Michelle Holoubek

Michelle Holoubek
Director
Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox 

Michelle Holoubek is a director in Sterne Kessler's Electronics Group. With a background in relativistic physics, she specializes in software, digital healthcare, and optical technologies. Having handled hundreds of software and business method applications at the PTO, patent-eligible subject matter (aka "101") is her special area of expertise.

In addition to the preparation and prosecution of patents, she has been lead counsel in IPRs, CBMs, and reexams for both patent owners and challengers. She is the Chapter Chief for the CBM chapter in the book Patent Office Litigation. She has also provided infringement and invalidity analysis in opinions for a variety of technologies.
She works with clients in a number of technical fields, including: web interfaces, Internet communications systems, software development, telecommunications systems, lasers, photolithography, cryptographic messaging, biometric devices, implantable medical devices, catheter location systems, sensor communication systems, financial products, and various other electrical, optical, and software/business method inventions.


Sabine Agé

Sabine Age

partner
Véron & Associés

Admitted to the Bar in 1994, Sabine Agé gained experience in the various intellectual property fields (patents, trademarks, designs), before dedicating herself exclusively to patent litigation in 2001.

Véron & Associés is a law firm of 14 lawyers, assisted by two scientific consultants, an economic litigation consultant, a graphic designer and translators, dealing exclusively with patent litigation for French and international clients. Sabine handles standard related cases in the multimedia systems and telecommunications fields and has acted on behalf of an international telecommunications manufacturer for the French part of world-wide crossborder patent litigations. She is also active in cases relating to pharmaceuticals, chemicals, medical instruments and household devices for international and domestic industry based clients.

Sabine lectures on patent litigation at the CEIPI (International centre of intellectual property studies) in Strasbourg, and at the University of Montpellier in addition to speaking engagements for conferences.
She is the secretary to EPLAW, European Patent Lawyers Association, and an active member of AIPPI, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property. She is also a member of IPO through Véron &
Associés.



Tania Clark

Tania Clark
Partner
Withers & Rogers 

Tania Clark is an attorney Withers & Rogers' Trade Mark group. She is also a member of the Contentious Practice and Designs groups.

Tania has handled multinational trade mark and design applications and is a keen advocate of the Madrid Protocol and Hague systems.

Tania has worked with clients in most sectors but her present portfolio includes companies across a wide range, including finance, internet gambling, prepared foods, electronics, prostheses and jewellery.

Tania has strong communication skills and is adept at negotiating settlements of conflicts. She has had considerable experience in managing worldwide filing programmes.

Tania is a Fellow and Vice President of ITMA (Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys - a professional membership organisation representing the interests of the trade mark and design profession). She is also a Trustee for the employees of the Hurlingham Club.


Amandine Métier


Partner
Véron & Associés

Amandine Métier joined Véron & Associés in 2006 as soon as she was admitted to the Paris Bar. She had specialized in intellectual property even before law school, through the Industrial Property Law Master 2 of the University Pantheon-Assas Paris II. She became a partner with Véron & Associés in 2013.

Thanks to its multidisciplinary team, consisting of 33 people based in Paris and Lyon, including 12 lawyers, one economic litigation consultant and a professor of physics and chemistry, Véron & Associés is able to simultaneously address the legal, financial and technical aspects of a case. With the help of its graphic designer, Véron & Associés elaborates visuals and animations in support of its demonstrations. International strategies are developed in coordination with an open network of foreign colleagues. The team works in French and in English, with 3 in-house translators for the translation of pleadings and exhibits.

Like all the 12 lawyers of the firm, Amandine Métier works in all technical fields. However, she is very active in the pharmaceutical field, in chemistry and mechanics. She has also gained special expertise in the field of telecoms through some of the highest profile cases disputed in France involving FRAND issues.

Amandine Métier is also involved in the works of AIPPI (International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property) and of EPLAW (European Patent Lawyers Association); she is also a member of APEB (Association of the European patent practitioners).
She lectures about patent litigation in the Intellectual Property Master 2 at the University of Lyon III as well as in various conferences and seminars.



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