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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2017 - San Jose

November 7, Fairmont San Jose


Speakers



Speakers for this year's Forum include:

Barbara Rogan

Barbara Rogan
vice president & associate general counsel
Cadence Design Systems

Barbara Rogan currently serves as vice president and associate general counsel for Cadence Design Systems.  In her role, Rogan is responsible for Cadence's commercial business practices worldwide, including leading the North America commercial legal team.   Prior to Cadence, Rogan was vice-president of legal affairs at LogLogic, Inc., (acquired by TIBCO) which was a venture-backed start up in Silicon Valley.  Rogan has held senior legal roles at Brocade Communications, Surfcontrol, and FICO.  In 2012, Rogan was profiled in "Legally Mom" an ABA sponsored book that profiled who leading women lawyers balanced work and motherhood.  For many years, Rogan also served on the board of directors for Los Gatos Education Foundation, an educational fund for her daughters' school.  Rogan received her Bachelors of Arts in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Claremont McKenna College.  Rogan holds two law degrees, a JD from UC Hastings College of the Law and a LLM in intellectual property law from Santa Clara University School of Law.


Kathleen Heffernan

Kathleen Heffernan

managing counsel
Oracle

Kathleen Heffernan is managing counsel at Oracle Corporation’s HQ located in Redwood Shores, CA.  She has practiced in all areas of intellectual property, international and transactional law and at Oracle, focuses on the evaluation of critical IP and business analysis for M&A Oracle acquisitions.  Heffernan is a member of the Women’s General Counsel Network and the Association of Corporate Counsel – IP Section.  Heffernan earned her LLM in International and Comparative Law from the Institute for European Studies, Vrije Universiteit in Brussels, Belgium and her JD from DePaul University in Chicago, IL.  She is admitted to practice in New York, California and Illinois, as well as the US Circuit Court of Appeals for the 2nd, 9th and 7th, and Federal and DC Circuits and the US Supreme Court.



Cynthia Rosser


director of IP
Symantec

Cynthia Rosser is a director of IP at Symantec Corporation, the global leader in cybersecurity, headquartered in Mountain View, California.  She is responsible for managing a team which develops and executes on the global IP strategy for the company, including handling the company’s domestic and foreign IP portfolio, complex IP licensing, IP litigation matters, IP enforcement, and IP due diligence in M&A transactions.  Prior to joining Symantec, Rosser spent almost a decade with NetApp, Inc., an enterprise information technology company in the data storage industry, where she held much of same responsibilities for managing corporate IP.  Rosser received her law degree from George Mason’s Antonin Scalia Law School in Arlington, Virginia, and her B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.  She is admitted to the California bar and is registered to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office.



Nicole Campbell


general counsel
Inside View

Nicole Campbell has a varied background spanning 25 years working for San Francisco and Silicon Valley law firms and companies.  She began her legal career as a commercial and IP litigator, transitioned to corporate and tech transactions in the late ‘90s, and for the past decade has been general counsel for privately held, venture-backed software companies.  She currently serves as general counsel and corporate secretary to a business intelligence cloud platform company headquartered in San Francisco.



Deanna Kwong

Deanna Kwong

Patent attorney
Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Deanna Kwong is IP Litigation Counsel within the Office of the General Counsel at Hewlett Packard Enterprise. She and the rest of the IP Litigation team are responsible for managing all IP lawsuits that are filed against or by HPE in the U.S., and supporting all IP disputes worldwide. Prior to joining HPE, Deanna was a patent litigator for over a decade in private practice at Covington & Burling LLP. She received her law degree and undergraduate degrees from the University of California, Berkeley. Deanna is a regular speaker on patent law issues.



Priya Venkat

Priya Venkat

General counsel
Edgewater Networks

Priya is the Senior Director and Head of Legal Affairs & Compliance at Edgewater Networks, a market leader in enabling real time communication services for service providers. Priya has over 15 years of counsel experience in both private practice and in-house for various organizations including Capgemini, Nextel, and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Her practice areas span structuring and executing high-revenue deals, information governance, IP portfolio management, open source compliance and strategic technology licensing.

Priya received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University School of Law, and her B.A. Honors in Political Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Priya is also an LL.M Honors Candidate in Information Technology and Privacy Law at the John Marshall Law School.



Patricia Svilik

Patricia Svilik

Senior counsel, global IP group
eBay

As Senior Counsel for the Global Intellectual Property Group at eBay, Patricia Svilik advises the eBay businesses on copyright, trademark, intermediary liability and other non-patent IP issues. She provides counselling on these issues in the development of eBay products and services; mergers and acquisitions; and in the context of contractual, litigation, and policy support.

Before joining eBay, Patricia litigated intellectual property and complex commercial disputes with the law firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. Prior to that, she was a judicial clerk for the U.S. District Court in Miami and a professional dancer. Patricia is a certified mediator and regularly donates her time mediating for the California Superior Court and serving on the Board for the non-profit arts organisation, Dancers' Group.



LuAnne Morrow

LuAnne Morrow
Counsel
Borden Ladner Gervais

LuAnne Morrow is counsel and regional leader of the Calgary IP group at Borden Ladner Gervais, a commercial media and branding lawyer, and registered Canadian trademark agent. She manages the trademark practice in Calgary, including prosecution, opposition and licensing of trademarks for clients in the energy sector and numerous other industries.

Morrow is particularly experienced in the areas of trademarks, copyright, patent and trademark licensing, and trade secret protection, and assists clients with brand acquisition, protection and management, Internet and social media law, entertainment, gaming, advertising and sponsorship.

She has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 2018 edition (and every year since 2010) of The Best Lawyers in Canada for Intellectual Property Law as well as Advertising and Marketing Law.  She has also been recognizsed in World Trademark Review 's WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, and the Managing IP Handbook.  She is a fellow of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada and IPIC representative on the ICANN Intellectual Property Committee.


Christine Lehman

Christine Lehman
Partner
Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

 



Helen Saunders

Helen Saunders
head of intelligence and operations
Incopro

Helen joined Incopro in July 2013 and brings a unique skillset combining law, media and technology. After studying law at university, Helen worked in both law enforcement and the private sector, analysing and investigating a spectrum of online illegal activity. In the last five years, she has specialised in online content protection, having worked in the music industry for both IFPI and BPI. During this time Helen developed her technical skills giving her an excellent understanding of internet technologies, and the opportunities created for both illegal and legal uses. She also holds a Masters in Computer and Communications Law from Queen Mary University of London, which has proved invaluable in the area of IP protection online. Helen provided two expert reports in the 2014 Richemont case on the efficacy of site blocking. Her evidence was accepted by the Court in concluding that site blocking orders directed at streaming websites "have resulted in a decrease in the overall level of infringement in this sector in the UK”. 



Karen Fraser

Karen Fraser
senior associate
Kilburn & Strode

Karen Fraser specialises in patent matters relating to computer software, computer hardware, and business methods. Much of her work is in at the cutting edge of computer implemented inventions, where inventions lie close to the border of patentability in Europe and the UK. She works closely with clients to identify aspects of their inventions that are eligible for patent protection.
 
Fraser is experienced in drafting and prosecuting applications across a broad range of technologies in the IT and electronics sectors, and advises clients on infringement and validity matters. Particular subject matter she works with includes data processing and retrieval, telecommunications, protection of sensitive data in compliance with data security standards, user interfaces, data storage devices, geographic mapping applications and OTT media streaming protocols, among many others.
 
Fraser provides strategic, commercially focused advice to her clients, to enable them to align their IP strategy with their business objectives. Her technical as well as business educational background has helped her to build a diverse network of business contacts, colleagues and friends, and enables her to service her clients with both, IP and business focussed advice.



Denise Mingrone

Denise Mingrone
Partner
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe

As chair of Orrick’s award-winning Intellectual Property Business Unit, Denise Mingrone leads the charge to enforce and protect clients’ technology rights.

She approaches each challenge on multiple fronts so as to achieve success whether it be in or out of court. No stranger to the courtroom and having handled complex litigations for technology giants including Synopsys, Brocade, Applied Materials and Oracle, Denise seamlessly and efficiently manages large teams to secure victory. Clients appreciate her transparent collaboration and instinct for developing a strategy that ensures that only the “right” evidence is presented to the trier of fact.

The jury verdict Mingrone’s team obtained in the Netgear v Ruckus Wireless patent trial, for example, surprised most because the team took over the case just weeks before jury selection, earning the number one place on that week’s “Top Jury Verdicts.” Prior to the Ruckus trial, Mingrone’s team similarly received accolades as “Top Verdict of the Year” for its jury win on behalf of Brocade against A10 Networks. These victories were preceded by a win for MGA in the “Barbie v Bratz” epic battle against Mattel, which earned Mingrone the “California Lawyer of the Year” award for her contributions.

As a former career law clerk to several federal judges, Mingrone appreciates that cases do not turn on facts alone. She has waged and won numerous battles both obtaining and defending pre-trial injunction motions involving trade secrets and software piracy. As one opponent noted, “she’s a fierce advocate who will go to the mat for her client’s position.”



Susan Pan

Susan Pan
partner
Sughrue Mion

Susan Pan is a partner of the intellectual property firm Sughrue Mion, in Washington, DC.  She specialises in patent practice in the electrical and mechanical arts before the USPTO.  Her practice includes appeals and trials before the USPTO and IP portfolio building for large and small companies, including patent preparation.   Pan’s legal expertise also extends to multi-party complex patent litigation before several US federal district courts, the US International Trade Commission, and the US Federal Trade Commission. She counsels clients in patent licensing and valuation. She lectures internationally on USPTO practice and is widely published on patent strategy relating to substantive law and procedure.  She is a co-author of the Essential Case Law Guide to PTAB Trials (release 1st Quarter 2018).




Leslie Spencer

Leslie Spencer
Partner
Ropes & Gray

Leslie Spencer, co-chair of Ropes & Gray’s diversity committee and partner in the Intellectual Property Litigation practice, handles patent litigation matters in federal district court and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  She has over 15 years of experience litigating intellectual property matters, including at Markman hearings, trial, and on appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Leslie represents clients involved in a range of technologies, including computer software, financial technology (“FinTech”), electronic devices, secure transactions, digital media, healthcare information technology and consumer products. Her practice has also included advising on intellectual property transactions, drafting freedom-to-operate opinions and prosecuting patent applications. Leslie has been selected to New York Metro Super Lawyers (2013-2016).


 

Sponsors

Baker McKenzie
Borden Ladner Gervais
Finnegan

Incopro
Kilburn & Strode
Orrick

Powell Gilbert
Ropes & Gray
Sughrue Mion





 

Lunch sponsor

King & Spalding







 

Advisory board partner

Bar Association of San Francisco







 

Association partners

Minority Bar Coalition
PAABA



 

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