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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2017 - San Jose

November 7, Fairmont San Jose


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09.00 Registration

09.30 Opening remarks by Managing IP

09.40 Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016: preventing misappropriation

  • Overview of the Defend Trade Secrets Act 2016
  • How has the DTSA changed trade secrets litigation?
  • Protecting trade secrets from internal and external threats
  • Detecting and responding to misappropriation

Amy Van Zant, partner, Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe (moderator)
Meg Kammerud, associate general counsel, director of legal, MobileIron
Sonya Sigler,
principal, Just Resolve

10.30 Embracing pro bono beyond IP in a brave new world

  • Explore a universe of pro bono, including direct representation, community service and education outreach
  • Discuss ways of getting involved in pro bono
  • Consider benefits of pro bono beyond satisfying a moral imperative—recruiting and retention, business development, refining advocacy skills and mentoring
  • Overcoming the fear of wading into unfamiliar subject matter and finding the right resources

Christine Lehman, partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Corynne McSherry , legal director, Electronic Frontier Foundation
Joyce Song, deputy director, Community Legal Services in East Palo Alto
Patricia Svilik,
senior counsel, global IP group, eBay
Morgan Smith,
associate, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

11.20 Coffee break and networking

11.50 Recent developments in multi-jurisdictional, European patent law

  • Update on the Unitary Patent and Unified Patents Court – with the project in limbo, what will happen next?
  • Use of declaratory relief to weed out pharma patent thickets
  • Developments in worldwide discretionary telecoms declarations - how are the courts in Europe dealing with the issue of FRAND licensing?
  • Convergence of approach to claim construction - what this means for assessing FTO

Penny Gilbert, partner, Powell Gilbert
Zoë Butler,
partner, Powell Gilbert

12.40 Protecting your software innovation in Europe and USA

  • Current state and future of Section 101 post-Alice
  • Strategies for patent survival
  • Structuring software licensing agreements
  • New opportunities for protecting and managing your data

Leslie Spencer, partner, Ropes & Gray (moderator)
Barbara Rogan, vice president & associate general counsel, Cadence Design Systems
Cindy Rosser,
director of IP, Symantec
Olga Rodstein,
head of legal, Electric Imp
Karen Fraser,
senior associate, Kilburn & Strode

13.30 Lunch sponsored by King & Spalding

14.20 Patent Trial and Appeal Board and the role of the Courts

  • Determining the impact of the Federal Circuit decisions
  • PTAB and the Supreme Court
  • Is patent litigation still increasing before the PTAB versus the district court?
  • The effect on in-house counsel and firms; strategies in place
  • District court litigation and inter parte reviews in post grant proceedings

Susan Pan, partner, Sughrue Mion
Deanna Kwong,
IP litigation counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

15.10 Developing a comprehensive strategy to handle anti-counterfeiting & brand protection

  • Anti-counterfeiting technologies; what to look for
  • Knowing how to reduce online counterfeiting activities and illicit sites
  • Increasing infringement issues in developing markets and how to take down these products
  • The effect of your initiatives on the business image

Helen Saunders, head of intelligence and operations, Incopro (moderator)
Cynthia Lock Tregillis,  vice president, global brand protection & trademarks, Western Digital
Patricia Svilik,
senior counsel, global IP group, eBay

16.00 Coffee break and networking

16.20 Canada: a round-up of legislative changes

  • Canada’s new trade mark law: timing and transitional provisions
  • Status on Canada’s anti-counterfeiting regime
  • Anti-spam law in Canada (CASL)
  • Quebec: trademarks & advertising in relation to the French language laws
  • What are the opportunities/implications for businesses arising from the changes?

LuAnne Morrow, counsel, Borden Ladner Gervais

16.50 Leadership: through the keyhole

  • Developing a leadership style that your peers thrive and succeed from
  • Adapting your style as your career grows
  • How did you go about building your network?
  • Advice for junior lawyers who want to progress their careers
  • Alternatives to the board or partnership track – succeeding without leading

Danielle Benecke, associate, Baker McKenzie (moderator)
Kathleen Heffernan, managing counsel, Oracle
Meera Nair, senior litigation counsel, Dolby Laboratories
Nicole Campbell,
general counsel, Inside View
Mackenzie Martin,
partner, Baker McKenzie

17.40 Close of conference & drinks reception



Baker McKenzie
Borden Ladner Gervais

Kilburn & Strode

Powell Gilbert
Ropes & Gray
Sughrue Mion


Lunch sponsor

King & Spalding


Advisory board partner

Bar Association of San Francisco


Association partners

Minority Bar Coalition



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