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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2016 - Speakers

June 9, Convene Times Square, New York




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Gwen Marcus

Gwen Marcus

Executive vice president and general counsel
Showtime Networks

Gwen Marcus, Executive Vice President, General Counsel, is Showtime Networks Inc.’s chief legal officer, with responsibility for all of the company’s legal affairs, including its programming and distribution transactions, intellectual property, compliance, litigation and regulatory issues, and other legal policy matters. An integral member of Showtime Networks’ senior management team, she also has joint responsibility for the company’s business affairs department.

In 2010, Inside Counsel named Marcus the recipient of its first Annual Transformative Leadership Sharing the Power Award for advancing the economic empowerment of women in the law, and profiled her in its January 2011.
 
She is a frequent speaker on diversity issues, and has been recognized by numerous not-for-profit organizations over the years, including POWER UP (Professional Organization of Women in Entertainment Reaching Up), Cable Positive, the cable and telecommunications industry AIDS action organization, GMHC (for which she was the largest individual fundraiser for AIDS Walk New York for several years), and the YWCA of the City of New York (which named her a Woman Achiever).




Kim Youngberg

Kim Youngberg

SVP & General Counsel
Screenvision Media

Kim Youngberg is Screenvision Media’s General Counsel overseeing all legal matters for the company.  Throw anything at her and she’ll sort it out, but she geeks out the hardest when she works on deals that involve previously unknown technologies and platforms. 

Prior to joining Screenvision Media, Kim was SVP of Business and Legal Affairs for Wind-Up Records where she did deals with actual rock stars as well as wannabe rock stars.  Before working at Wind-Up, Kim was in private practice at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, a music law firm, enjoying the heady years at the apex of the music industry before Steve Jobs took it down.  Right after law school Kim was an associate at Bermans, a firm of English barristers and solicitors, practicing international litigation and working ungodly hours. 

Kim came to love New York City above all while studying at Fordham University School of Law, but had a ridiculous amount of fun in Ann Arbor while earning her BBA from the University of Michigan.



Kelly Williams

Kelly Williams

Senior Counsel, Trademarks
Under Armour, Inc.

Kelly Williams graduated from Marquette University in 1991 with a BA in History, and received my JD from Quinnipiac College School of Law cum laude in 1997.  Her trademark and IP experience dates back over 20 years.  Between undergrad and law school, Williams worked at Michael, Best & Friedrich in Milwaukee, Wisconsin as an IP legal secretary.  After law school, she moved to Maryland, and between 1998 and 2001, she was an examining attorney with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Williams joined the law firm of Cummings & Lockwood in Stamford, Connecticut in 2001, and in 2002, she followed the hiring partner to what was Edwards & Angell at the time, now Locke Lord Edwards.  

In 2004, Williams joined Jockey International, Inc., in Kenosha Wisconsin, managing its trademark, IP and marketing and advertising efforts until October 2014, when she returned to Baltimore, Maryland and joined the trademark team at Under Armour, Inc., as its lead trademark counsel.  



Molly Stech

Molly Stech

Attorney advisor, office of policy and international affairs
USPTO

Molly Stech's substantive expertise includes comparative copyright law and policy, focusing on the intellectual property nexus with contemporary art, digital media, and new technologies. Other skills and areas of focus include legal editing, legal writing, teaching intellectual property law, trademark law, international diplomacy, French translation (F>E), cultural property policy, and non-profit management.
  



Naomi Waltman

Naomi Waltman

Senior vice president and associate general counsel
CBS

Naomi Waltman is Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel for CBS Corporation. She serves as co-head of the Intellectual Property section of the CBS Law Department, where she helps develop and implement strategies to protect the company's intellectual property rights. She also represents CBS and its various business units in litigation matters covering a wide range of areas, including intellectual property, defamation, employment, and commercial disputes.

Previoiusly Waltman was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Viacom, Inc., where she provided strategic advice and counselling to Viacom's business units on a variety of legal issues. She also practiced law at Kaye Scholer LLP in New York, and was a Judicial Clerk to the Honorable Warren W. Eginton of the U.S. District Court for the District of Connecticut. Waltman earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and a B.A. with distinction from Stanford University.



Jessica Cardon

Jessica Cardon

Senior Vice President, General Counsel
Camuto Group

Jessica Cardon is senior vice president and general counsel for the Camuto Group, specialising in designing and sourcing manufacturing of high-end womens' fashion shoes, including such brands as Vince Camuto, BCBG, Jessica Simpson, and Tory Burch.

Cardon oversees and manages all legal matters for growing fashion-footwear and lifestyle brand company owned by Vince Camuto, former co-founder and owner of Nine West as well as closely advises all senior executive leadership, including the CEO, COO and CFO. Cardon also provides counsel on legal topics including intellectual property; labor and employment law; immigration law; E-commerce, social media and Internet law.

Cardon brought the domestic trademark portfolio in-house and now oversees all trademark clearance and prosecution efforts. She expanded the portfolio to include design marks and logos and handles trademark infringement and UDRP disputes in-house, saving significant outside counsel costs and fees.

 



Melissa Berger

Melissa Berger

IP Counsel
Coach

Melissa Berger is Intellectual Property Counsel at Coach, Inc., where she manages IP litigation for Coach and Stuart Weitzman, including all anti-counterfeiting efforts worldwide, among handling other responsibilities.  Most recently, prior to joining Coach, Melissa was an associate in the Intellectual Property department at Greenberg Traurig.  Melissa was also previously an associate in the IP Departments of Drinker Biddle & Reath and Willkie Farr & Gallagher.  She also served as a law clerk for The Honorable Cheryl L. Pollak in the Eastern District of New York. 

Melissa received a B.A. from Cornell University and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.  She is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey.



Sophia Lee

Sophia Lee

General counsel
IEX Group

Sophia Lee is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IEX Group, Inc., which was featured in Michael Lewis’ recent book “Flash Boys.”

Sophia oversees all legal, securities, and intellectual property matters of the business, including IEX’s patent portfolio. Sophia is also managing the national securities exchange application process for IEX. Sophia has 20 years of experience in the financial services industry and private law firm practice combined, advising technology and financial services firms on strategic partnerships, acquisitions, financings, and intellectual property matters.
 
Sophia was previously deputy general counsel of Liquidnet, where she established alternative trading systems in the US, Canada and various countries in Asia Pacific and served as liaison with global regulators regarding equity market structure issues. Between 2000 and 2004, Sophia served as associate general counsel at agency-only broker ITG. Sophia also spent 4 years as a mergers & acquisitions associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. 



Rubie Mages


director of strategic planning, compliance division 
Pfizer

Since joining Pfizer in 2002, Rubie Mages has devoted a significant portion of her time to Global Security’s pro-active anti-counterfeiting program, the goal of which is to detect and disrupt major manufacturers and distributors of counterfeit Pfizer products.  In that capacity, she has developed and delivered training programs and supports Pfizer’s efforts to educate policy-makers and patients to the threat that counterfeit medicines pose. 

Before joining Pfizer, she spent more than 29 years as an Assistant District Attorney in the New York County District Attorney’s Office.  Her last case was the successful prosecution of seven individuals and four corporations involved in the manufacture, importation and distribution of counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

Ms. Mages received a B.A. from Chatham College and a J.D. from Rutgers School of Law.   She is admitted to the practice of law in New York and Southern District of New York.



Judge Rama Elluru


Administrative Patent Judge 
United States Patent and Trademark Office

Rama Elluru is an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Judge Elluru has been handling post-grant proceedings since the AIA went into effect in September 2012. Before joining the Board, she practiced IP law in the Washington D.C. area, during which time, her main focus was patent litigation in district courts and the ITC. Prior to private practice, she had an extensive career as a law clerk, including at the ITC and the Federal Circuit, where she clerked for the Honorable Sharon Prost.

Judge Elluru graduated from Trinity University with a B.S. in Computer Science and obtained a J.D. from the Washington and Lee School of Law. After law school, she received a M.S. in Biochemistry / Molecular Biology from Georgetown University.



Anna-Lisa Gallo


Senior Intellectual Property Counsel
BASF Corporation 

Anna-Lisa Gallo is Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey. She practices patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and IP transactional law. She provides IP strategy to various businesses and has been involved in IP contentious matters including arbitrations, patent infringement litigation, invalidity proceedings, interferences and post grant proceedings both domestically and internationally.

Gallo is a member of the American Corporate Counsel and American Intellectual Property Law Association. Anna-lisa earned her J.D. from Seton Hall University with a Concentration in Intellectual Property, and her B.ChE at Villanova University. She is admitted to practice law in New York and New Jersey as well as the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 2nd Federal Circuit. She is a registered patent attorney before the USPTO.



Candice Hebden


Intellectual Property Attorney
High 5 Games

Candice Hebden Osnato is the Intellectual Property Counsel at High 5 Games, a company that creates game software for casino games, namely slot games.  At High 5 Games, Candice handles the procurement of intellectual property, advises on internal intellectual property matters, and assists the General Counsel on intellectual property litigations.  Candice received an engineering degree in computer science from Princeton and her law degree from Temple.  She is admitted to practice in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and before the USPTO.  She is registered in-house counsel in New York.



Lisa Meyerhoff


Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Lisa Meyerhoff is a partner in Baker & McKenzie’s Houston, Texas office, where she specializes in intellectual property law, with an emphasis on litigation and client counselling. Her primary focus is on international intellectual property disputes. She regularly handles IP enforcement matters (patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement; anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy). Meyerhoff has been involved in mediations, arbitrations, and bench and jury trials in federal court. She has also handled multiple trademark proceedings before the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeals Board.

Lisa leads Baker & McKenzie’s Houston IP practice and recently served as Managing Partner of the Houston Office. She is also a member of the firm’s global risk management committee. For many years, <I>Texas Lawyer has recognized Lisa as a Texas Super Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law. World Trademark Review recognized Lisa as one of the World's Leading Trademark Professionals in it’s 2014 WTR 1000 publication. She was editor-in-chief of the Computer Law Review & Technology Journal by the State Bar of Texas, and has authored many articles on current IP issues, including “Online Infringement of IPRs: A Growing Concern” for Cross-Border Quarterly.



Mackenzie Martin

Mackenzie Martin

Partner
Baker & McKenzie

Mackenzie Martin is based in the Dallas office of Baker & McKenzie and previously worked for the Taipei, Hong Kong, and Shanghai offices. Ms. Martin’s primary areas of practice are patent litigation, patent prosecution, intellectual property portfolio advising, technology agreements, and China-related intellectual property matters.

Martin’s practice includes litigating complex patent infringement and other intellectual property suits, including cross-border litigation. Martin represents clients at all stages of litigation, including emergency injunctive relief, default judgments, pleadings, discovery, motion practice, patent claim analysis and construction, patent infringement and validity analysis, claims and defenses preparation, hearings, appeals, and trials. Martin also handles administrative hearings and trials relating to post-grant review of US and foreign patents.

Martin prepares and prosecutes patents in the US and various foreign countries, and she has experience working with clients and inventors during all stages of patent prosecution. Martin advises clients regarding freedom-to-operate decisions and provides infringement and invalidity opinions and advice. Martin also handles and advises clients on China-related intellectual property matters.

 



Marianne Schaffner

Marianne Schaffner

Partner
Dechert

Marianne Schaffner is the National head of the Intellectual Property Group of Dechert in Paris as well as the National co-head of the Life Sciences Group of Dechert Paris. Marianne has extensive experience in strategic domestic, pan-European and international patent and trade secrets disputes for a diverse array of companies, in particular in the Life Sciences, Electronics and Telecoms sectors.  As lead counsel, she often coordinates cross-border patent disputes in Europe and in the United States. She has a very good knowledge of the US litigation system (discovery and estoppels notably) and such expertise is a pre-requisite for each client litigating in Europe and in the US. She is also very familiar with the UK and German litigation systems, as she worked in the UK and Germany as well as with the Belgian system as she appears, as co-counsel, before the Belgian Courts. Marianne also advises clients on intellectual property agreements, patent portfolio, patent validity and freedom to operate issues.

Marianne is co-chair of the Life Sciences Patents Committee of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), board member of the French Trademark and Design Association (APRAM), member of the Public Resources Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES).



Julia Anne Matheson

Julia Anne Matheson

Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Julia Anne Matheson is a partner in Finnegan Henderson Farabow,Garrett & Dunner’s Washington, DC office. She focuses her practice on trademark, unfair competition, and Internet-related issues including strategic international portfolio management, counselling and clearance, opposition and cancellation proceedings, licensing, due diligence, domain name disputes, and litigation and enforcement matters. She has practiced in this area for more than 25 years, and has worked with numerous Fortune 500 companies and multi-national organisations throughout the world.
 
Matheson publishes regularly on trademark-related topics. She is also a frequent speaker on trademark, Internet, and general intellectual property law issues at various international programs and conferences targeted to the U.S. and international business community, including the International Trademark Association (INTA), MARQUES, American Bar Association (ABA), European-American Chamber of Commerce, Practicing Law Institute (PLI), and Licensing Executive Society (LES).

Matheson is consistently recognized by her peers and in-house counsel as a leading U.S. trademark lawyer in various ranking publications.



Anna Naydonov

Anna Naydonov

Associate
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Anna Naydonov is an attorney in Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner's Washington, DC office. Her practice focuses on trademark and false advertising litigation. Naydonov routinely litigates high-stakes cases for some of the world’s most renown brands before federal trial and appellate courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Ms. Naydonov has worked on winning appellate briefs, requests for injunctive relief, class certification briefs, and represented clients in jury and TTAB trials. 
 
Additionally, strategic portfolio management and enforcement counseling is an important part of Ms. Naydonov’s practice. Naydonov is serving key roles in managing extensive trademark enforcement portfolios for well-known brands, including in the apparel and food/beverage industries. Naydonov has been recognized as a Washington, D.C. “Rising Star” in Intellectual Property Litigation, Super Lawyers, in 2014-2016. 



Anna Kurian Shaw

Anna Shaw

Partner
Hogan Lovells

Anna Shaw is a partner in our Intellectual Property, Media, and Technology practice, where she focuses on intellectual property litigation, enforcement, counseling, portfolio management, licensing and transactional matters. She has a wide range of experience with trademark and trade dress, Internet and domain name, copyright, false advertising and unfair competition matters.

Anna's intellectual property litigation experience includes federal court litigation, Section 337 investigations before the International Trade Commission, and cancellation and opposition proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board.



Kathleen McCarthy

Katie McCarthy

Partner
King & Spalding

Katie McCarthy, a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in King & Spalding’s New York office, has 27 years of experience in litigation and related counseling in domestic and international trademark, copyright, false advertising, right of publicity, unfair competition and Internet matters. She works with clients to find creative and practical solutions to their legal challenges, and helps them develop legal strategies to advance their business goals.

Ms. McCarthy has first-chaired numerous trials and preliminary injunction hearings and has practiced in the federal courts, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the International Trade Commission and ICANN domain name arbitrations.

In addition to litigation and contested matters, Ms. McCarthy directs international and domestic trademark clearance and prosecution programs. She is co-chair of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association’s Trademark Law and Practice Committee and sits on the editorial board of INTA’s scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter.



Ashley Moore

Ashley Moore

Principal
McKool Smith

Ashley Moore is a principal in McKool Smith's Dallas office focused on patent litigation for both plaintiffs and defendants.  She has taken witnesses on direct and cross-examination in courtroom victories before juries, judges, and arbitration panels.  She has also successfully briefed and argued numerous issues at Markman, pre-trial, and post-trial hearings.

Moore represents companies of all sizes with technologies ranging from the oil field to the operating room, including hydraulic fracturing, cardiac stent coatings, integrated circuitry, semiconductor manufacturing, over-the-air device provisioning, wireless push messaging, supply chain planning, MICR check processing, fiber optic networks, digital asset transfer, wireless networking, and cellular networking.

Moore also has significant experience prosecuting patents before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  Before joining McKool Smith, she counselled industry leaders in protecting and licensing their technology assets at a large, national law firm.



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.



Penny Gilbert

Penny Gilbert

Partner
Powell Gilbert

Penny Gilbert is a founding Partner of Powell Gilbert, a specialist IP Law firm based in London. She has an MA in Biochemistry and DPhil in Molecular Biology from Oxford University and is a solicitor advocate and qualified mediator.

Penny specialises in patent litigation, particularly in the life sciences, and represents clients before the UK Patents Courts, including acting in the first patent case to be heard by the UK Supreme Court (HGS v Eli Lilly), and in a recent referral to the European Court of Justice on the Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) Regulation (C-493/12).

She advises on European patent litigation strategy and has a wealth of experience in coordinating multi-national patent litigation, including involvement in European Patent Office Opposition and Appeal proceedings. She also represents clients in patent licence disputes before the UK courts, and in arbitration proceedings, and is experienced in providing freedom to operate opinions and due diligence advice.

Penny is a Vice President of the European Patent Lawyers Association (EPLAW) and a member of AIPPI and UKIPLA.



Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer

Partner
Ropes & Gray

Leslie Spencer, co-chair of the firm's diversity committee, is a registered patent attorney handling intellectual property litigation matters in federal district court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Leslie works with clients on complex patent litigation involving a range of technologies, including computer software, electronic devices, secure transactions, financial technology (“fintech”), digital media, healthcare information technology and consumer products. She has over 15 years of experience litigating intellectual property matters, including Markman hearings, trial, appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and before the International Trade Commission. Leslie’s practice also has included counseling and due diligence on intellectual property transactions, drafting freedom-to-operate opinions and prosecuting patent applications.

Prior to practicing law, Leslie worked for financial services and e-commerce companies, and developed a smart card-based secure transaction system.



Dalila Wendlandt

Dalila Wendlandt

Partner
Ropes & Gray

Dalila Argaez Wendlandt offers clients nearly 20 years of trial and litigation experience in patent, trade secret, and trademark matters. An MIT graduate and a former law clerk for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Dalila is a seasoned trial lawyer whose practice focuses on patents and trade secrets in technologies ranging in application from semiconductor fabrication to medical devices and pharmaceuticals, with particular emphasis on electro-mechanical devices and controls algorithms. She has successfully argued at the trial and appellate level, including appearing before the U.S. Supreme Court.



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 university of Montpellier, in addition to her speaking engagements for conferences.



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