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Mindy Bickel

Innovation and Outreach Coordinator (New York Region)

Mindy Bickel is the Innovation and Outreach Coordinator for the New York City Region. With an office located at Cornell NYC Tech in Manhattan, Mindy works with innovators, entrepreneurs and local educators in and around New York City, providing them with appropriate information and resources offered by the USPTO and the Department of Commerce.

Prior to her current role, Ms. Bickel managed the Patents Ombudsman Program that serves as a resource for patent applicants, agents and attorneys and served as the program administrator since 2010. During 2012, Ms. Bickel served on a three-month detail to SelectUSA, a White House jobs creation initiative. Ms. Bickel has also coordinated and conducted university outreach and partnership efforts for the United States Patent and Trademark Office since 2007. She served as Chief of Staff to the Commissioner for Patents from March 2006 through June 2007. Prior to being named the Chief of Staff, Ms. Bickel was part of a team responsible for developing and implementing the USPTO Patent Training Academy. Ms. Bickel began her career at the USPTO in 1989 as a patent examiner in the biotechnology area and became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1995. Throughout her career, Ms. Bickel has received numerous awards including the Department of Commerce Bronze Medal, Silver Medal, and a Hammer Award from Vice President Gore in 1999. Ms. Bickel received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College. She also received an M.A., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in biophysical inorganic chemistry from Columbia University.

Louise Pentland

Former Nokia CLO

As of May 1, Louise Pentland is the former Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, responsible for Nokia's legal matters, privacy compliance, government relations and protecting and enforcing the company's industry leading portfolio of patents and other intellectual property. She was appointed to her position in September 2007 as acting and permanently in 2008. She currently serves as an advisor to Nokia and CLO.

Louise managed a global team of lawyers, IP experts, government relations professionals, paralegals and assistants, located in over 30 countries. Louise had responsibility for legal governance, ethics and compliance, privacy, litigation, global government relations, business security and continuity as well as Intellectual Property, which was operated as a P&L. Louise also served on the Nokia Solutions and Networks board from September 2012 to May 2014.

Louise is an active supporter of diversity in law, leadership development and mentoring and has strong passions for the legal and IP arena for developing markets and pro-bono initiatives. In 2011 Louise’s team was awarded the Financial Times Most Innovative In-House Legal Team of the year and her team regularly wins awards for their IP excellence.

Louise is a qualified and active Solicitor in England and Wales and is also a US Attorney, being a licensed and active member of the New York Bar.

Wendy Plotkin

Associate General Counsel
Biogen Idec Inc.

Wendy Plotkin is Associate General Counsel at Biogen Idec, a leading global biotechnology company based in Cambridge, Massachusetts. At Biogen Idec, Ms. Plotkin is responsible for, among other things, managing the company’s intellectual property litigation. Prior to Biogen Idec, she was an Assistant General Counsel and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt and a partner in the intellectual property litigation department of Choate, Hall & Stewart.

Laura Sheridan

Patent Counsel

Laura Sheridan is Patent Counsel at Google, where she works on patent policy and manages a team focused on patent strategy. As a registered patent attorney, Laura was previously in private practice, where she specialised in patent prosecution, litigation, IP due diligence, and post-grant practice before the Patent Office. She speaks regularly on patent challenges under the AIA, the patent reform landscape, and defensive strategies against non-practicing entities. Laura studied engineering at Cornell University and received her J.D. from Fordham Law School.

Sherry Knowles

Knowles Intellectual Property Strategies

Morag Macdonald

Bird & Bird

Morag is the Joint Head of Bird & Bird’s International Intellectual Property Group and is regularly named as a leader in the IP litigation field. She has more than 30 years of experience in IP and her expertise includes all forms of IP disputes and strategic advice, especially in regards to international cross-border IP strategy. In recent years she has been particularly involved in the coordination and running of various pan-European patent actions involving several jurisdictions in Europe, not always including the UK.

Most recently her work has included leading the team on Kuros Biosurgery AG –v- Baxter Healthcare, Schlumberger Holdings Limited -v-Electromagnetic Geoservices AS, Danisco A/S v Novozymes A/S, Smith & Nephew Plc –v- Convatec Technologies Inc and Virgin Atlantic Airways Ltd -v- Air Canada.

As well as IP litigation she has recently been the lead advocate in major cross border biotech arbitration, provided freedom to operate advice in the field of carbon capture and advised a financial services company on its patent strategy in over 40 jurisdictions.

Prior to studying law, Morag studied mathematics and physics at the University of Cambridge.

Lisa Kattan

Investigative Attorney
International Trade Commission (ITC)

Melissa Scanlan

Director, Legal (Intellectual Property/Antitrust/Commercial Disputes)

Melissa Scanlan is a Director on the T-Mobile Legal Affairs team, responsible for managing intellectual property, antitrust, and complex commercial litigation. She also advises on antitrust issues generally for the company, including antitrust aspects of corporate transactions.

Prior to joining T-Mobile, she was Assistant General Counsel at InfoSpace, Inc., responsible for management of litigation and general legal issues. She began her legal career as an associate at Arnold & Porter in Washington, D.C., practicing litigation and antitrust law. She earned her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1991, where she served as an editor on the Yale Law Journal.

Laurie Fitzgerald

McKool Smith

Laurie Fitzgerald is a trial lawyer based in McKool Smith’s Austin office. She represents clients in all aspects of intellectual property litigation, including patent infringement litigation, ITC/Section 337 disputes and investigations, trade secret matters, and licensing disputes. Her clients span a broad range of industries, including telecommunications, software, hardware, financial services, and drilling technology. In recent years, Laurie’s practice has focused largely on issues related to FRAND licensing and standard-essential patents.

Laurie has tried four patent cases in the past five years, two of which resulted in nine-figure verdicts for her client. Her success in the courtroom led to her selection as one of the top 25 “Legal Leaders on the Rise” in Texas by the editors of Texas Lawyer magazine in 2013. She has also been profiled in a Chambers USA special feature on leading “Women in Law.”

Laurie is the hiring partner for McKool Smith. Additionally, she oversees the firm’s associate training program and associate recruiting efforts. She is also a co-organiser of the McKool Smith symposium for women lawyers—a two day gathering that brings together the firm’s female lawyers, clients, and speakers to discuss issues unique to women in the courtroom.

Prior to entering private practice, Laurie served as law clerk to a federal judge in the Southern District of Texas. She devotes a portion of her practice to pro bono work in family law and immigration matters, and sits on the Board of Directors for the Texas Fair Defense Project, a non-profit organisation dedicated to protecting the rights of indigent criminal defendants in Texas.

Dr Penny Gilbert

Powell Gilbert

Dr 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. She frequently lectures on IP law and is a tutor on the Oxford University post-graduate diploma in IP law and practice.

Zoe Butler

Powell Gilbert

Zoë Butler is a founding Partner of Powell Gilbert, a specialist IP law firm based in London. Zoe 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. Zoe 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.

Zoe is a member of AIPPI, EPLAW and UKIPLA. 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.

Dr Michele Wales

Principal and Founder
In-house Patent Counsel

Dr Michele Wales was the former head of Litigation and Intellectual Property at Human Genome Sciences. Under her direction, HGS’ extensive IP portfolio was repeatedly recognised 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 the recent acquisition of HGS by GSK, Michele has established her own law firm, InHouse Patent Counsel, LLC, where she focuses on providing exceptional biotech legal advice on financial terms that are flexible and more affordable for the small biotech company.

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, which is associated with the development of many cancers. It was during this process of preparing and filing patent applications that Michele knew she wanted to protect and help commercialise biotech inventions for others.

Leslie McDonell


Leslie McDonell is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP's Boston office. She provides strategic counseling to both start-ups and larger companies on the procurement and protection of intellectual property in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Ms. McDonell coordinates worldwide patent portfolio strategies, evaluates and analyzes competitors' patent positions around the world, and advises and renders opinions on issues of patentability, inventorship, validity, claim scope, infringement, and freedom to operate. She has extensive experience in conducting due diligence investigations and preparing companies to be the target of a due diligence, pre-litigation analyses, and offensive and defensive post-grant proceedings. In addition, Ms. McDonell has prepared and prosecuted patent applications throughout the world and has been involved in opposition and appeal proceedings in numerous countries and at the European Patent Office (EPO).

In 2013, Ms. McDonell was recognized as an "IP Stars -Top 250 Women in IP" in Massachusetts and as an "IP Star" in Boston, MA, by Managing Intellectual Property.

Joan McGillycuddy

Chief IP Counsel

Joan McGillycuddy is an attorney with 20+ years’ diverse experience, in both private practice and in-house. She is presently with Avon Products, Inc. supporting the R&D facility in all legal matters, including hiring, general contracts, employee matters, lay-offs, as well as an array of sophisticated domestic and international projects in both the Patents and Trademark Area. Her main focus is as a key team contributor to IP litigation management, mergers and acquisition or licensing opportunities, developing agreement strategies and looking for portfolio opportunities.

Joan is responsible for the day to day legal matters for R&D as well as developing a growing expertise with the new AIA rules for patents.

Joan is a creative negotiator with a track record of dependability, strong interpersonal skills, and ethical practices. She is pragmatic, business focused, priority driven and has the ability to work calmly under pressure. She has a BChE from Manhattan College and a JD from Albany Law School.

Dina Kallay

Director, IP & Competition

Dina Kallay is Director of Intellectual Property and Competition at Ericsson, a world-leading provider of telecommunications equipment and services.

Prior to joining Ericsson in 2013, Dina served over six years as Counsel for Intellectual Property and International Antitrust at the Federal Trade Commission. During her time at the FTC, Dina focused on worldwide antitrust-intellectual property matters, as well as on Asian and multilateral competition matters. She also spent a year with the FTC Bureau of Competition, working on antitrust and merger enforcement matters in high-tech industries.

Prior to joining the FTC, Dina practiced antitrust and intellectual property law at a couple of law firms, most recently with the Washington DC office of Howrey LLP. She also worked as an in-house antitrust counsel for Microelectrónica Española.

Before that she clerked at the European Commission Directorate General for Competition (DG COMP) unit for Information Industries and Consumer Electronics, where she worked on antitrust investigations and policy matters involving intellectual property.

Ms. Kallay holds a doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where her doctoral dissertation focused on antitrust-IP interface issues, and was later published as a book. Dina has written and spoken extensively on antitrust and intellectual property, and has also taught both subjects as an adjunct professor.

Lisa Simpson


Lisa T. Simpson is a partner in the Intellectual Property and Litigation groups of Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe. She served as counsel to Supap Kirtsaeng on his appeal the U.S. Supreme Court, securing a 6-3 decision in Mr. Kirtsaeng’s favour on the issue of the first sale doctrine’s applicability to goods manufactured abroad.

Ms. Simpson’s practice focuses on representing retail, technology and entertainment companies in various matters involving copyright, trademark, false advertising, right of publicity, defamation and licensing disputes. Ms. Simpson currently represents Dish Networks, LLC in its ongoing copyright litigation with the broadcast networks over various features offered by DISH’s Hopper DVR, including AutoHop and also was on the trial team that secured a jury verdict for MGA Entertainment, Inc. in its copyright and trade secrets dispute over the Bratz dolls.

Ms. Simpson received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University and obtained her J.D. with high honours from Duke Law, where she served as Editor of the Duke Journal of Law & Contemporary Problems and as a member of the Moot Court Board.

Patricia A Martone

Law Office of Patricia A Martone

Patricia’s practice is consultation and strategic advice about every stage of prospective and pending patent disputes and patent licensing issues, including settlement, mediation and trial as well as Inter Partes Review in the USPTO. In cases where a client already has trial counsel, she can provide an objective and cost effective “second look’ at litigation strategy. Patricia also advises on the monetization of patent portfolios.

Patricia brings to clients the benefit of her experience gained in a long career as a trial lawyer representing technology leaders in high stakes, complex and global patent litigation and patent licensing. For thirty years she was a partner in prestigious law firms with market- leading patent and IP trial practices. She was lead trial counsel in more than 45 patent cases. Patricia tried twelve cases to verdict or judgment, including playing a leading role for Polaroid in its landmark patent infringement liability and damages trials against Eastman Kodak which resulted in an injunction and a record setting $900 million damages award. She led the licensing and enforcement campaigns of major patent holders. Patricia is also an effective and experienced negotiator. She has personally negotiated settlements that have yielded over $180 million in licensing fees for her clients. Her litigation clients in the United States, Japan and Europe have included Aisin AW, British Telecommunications plc, Metabolon, Otto Bock Health Care GmbH, Plasma Physics, Ricoh Co. Ltd., and Sanyo Electric Co. Ltd. The technology at issue in these litigations included electronics, telecommunications, semiconductors, global positioning systems, printers, digital cameras, solar cells, flat panel TV screens, small molecules, and orthopedic devices.

Patricia is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, a trial lawyer honorary society, and has been perennially ranked as a leader in the field of intellectual property law by publications such as Chambers Global, Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who Legal, Legal 500, Managing IP and Euromoney's Expert Guides. Chambers Global has ranked Patricia as a Foreign Expert on Japan since 2011.

Jeanne M. Gills, Esq

Partner and Vice Chair, IP Department
Foley & Lardner

Jeanne M. Gills is an intellectual property partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is vice-chair of the firm's national Intellectual Property Department and is a member and former vice-chair of the Intellectual Property Litigation Practice. Her trial experience includes a 2013 trial involving an IP technology license dispute wherein $150 MM was at stake and "bet the company" patent cases such as DeKalb v. Pioneer, which concerned genetically engineered corn where over $500 MM was at stake. With her electronics background, Ms. Gills has litigated many patent and technology cases involving semiconductors, plasma displays, and wireless devices and communication systems, but she likewise has experience representing clients in many diverse industries (from electronics to biotechnology) in complex patent, trade secret, trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation and appeals, including arguments before the Federal Circuit and post-grant proceedings before the Patent Trial & Appeal Board (wherein she is counsel in 14 proceedings). Her broad-based intellectual property experience resulted in her being recognized in many publications, including as one of Managing Intellectual Property’s Top 250 Women in IP (2013).

Sangeeta G. Shah

Co-Chair – Post Grant Proceedings, & Chief Diversity Officer
Brooks Kushman

With over 20 years of experience, Sangeeta’s practice includes all aspects of intellectual property litigation, prosecution and counseling, with a special focus on patent opinion practice. She represents several Fortune 500 clients for whom she provides strategic counseling and guidance on their global intellectual property portfolios.

Ms. Shah has handled numerous patent, trade secret, trademark and unfair competition cases involving parties in the chemical, software, automotive and metallurgical industries on such matters as injection molded polyethylene terephthalate bottles, polymer reinforcements, magnetic storage devices, emission testing equipment, touch controlled switching circuits, compression molded doors, chemical vapor deposition processes and cutting tools. She has also litigated design patent and copyright infringement cases in such diverse areas as architectural building designs, automotive parts and consumer products.

Sangeeta is also the Co-Chair of Brooks Kushman’s Post Grant Proceeding practice and is actively involved in post-grant proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Such involvement includes coordinating strategies across post-grant proceedings, co-pending litigation, product engineering, licensing, and patent prosecution. She actively counsels clients regarding reexaminations, Inter Partes Review proceedings and Covered Business Method proceedings.

A growing component of Ms. Shah’s work revolves around India. She has represented U.S. companies going into India, and Indian companies doing business in the U.S. to help obtain and protect global intellectual property assets. In addition to her legal practice, Ms. Shah is the Chief Diversity Officer for Brooks Kushman and as such serves on the management committee to help shape a culture of diversity and inclusiveness within the firm and extend the firm’s reach through pipeline initiatives and outreach efforts. Prior to this position, she also managed human resources for Brooks Kushman for over 10 years.

Christine Yiu

Bird & Bird China

Christine is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group based in Shanghai. She specialises in all areas of IP, with a focus on litigation in mainland China and Hong Kong. Christine has a broad range of experience in handling patent, utility model, trade secret, trade mark, unfair competition, copyright and design infringement and invalidation disputes.

Christine has worked with a broad range of clients, including industries such as semiconductor, software, consumer electronics, telecommunications, construction, pharmaceuticals and medical devices.

Prior to Shanghai, Christine was based in Bird & Bird's London office and during her time she handled a number of high value, complex patent litigations across Europe. Since relocating back to China, she has handled many high profile IP cases before courts and administrative authorities in Beijing, Shanghai and numerous other cities in mainland China. Building upon her international litigation experience, Christine has also coordinated and managed many cross-border disputes by working alongside lawyers from Europe and US.

Christine studied natural science and later electronics and information science at the University of Cambridge. She is an active member of the European Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai and also the China Intellectual Property Society.

Anne-Charlotte Le Bihan

Bird & Bird France

Anne-Charlotte is a partner in Bird & Bird’s Intellectual Property Group and is based in the Paris office. She has significant experience in both contentious and non-contentious intellectual property matters which she has developed over the past 12 years.

While her major forte is patent litigation, notably in the pharmaceutical, electronics and telecommunications sectors, she regularly advises clients in soft IP matters, notably advising major luxury brands on high-profile trademark related matters as well as well-known celebrities on the enforcement of their personality rights. She also advises clients in drafting and negotiating IP related contracts and frequently carries out IP due diligence.

Anne-Charlotte has also contributed to several leading publications, most recently The Unitary Patent and the Unified Patent Court System – Filing and litigation strategies of (the 2013 International Comparative Legal Guide).

Anne-Charlotte teaches Intellectual Property Law to LLM and Master II students at the University of Cergy-Pontoise. She speaks French, English and Spanish.

Susan L. Crane

Group Vice President, Legal
Wyndham Worldwide Corporation

Susan L. Crane is Group Vice President, Legal at Wyndham Worldwide Corporation, where she heads the Intellectual Property practice. Wyndham is one of the world’s largest hospitality companies, operating in the hotel, timeshare and vacation rental and exchange industries, and is the owner of such well-known brands as WYNDHAM, RAMADA, HOWARD JOHNSON, DAYS INN, SUPER 8, LANDAL GREENPARKS, NOVASOL, HOSEASONS and RCI. Susan advises the company on all aspects of trademark, copyright, domain name, social media and patent issues. Susan has been with Wyndham, and its predecessor, Cendant Corporation, since 2000.

Ms. Crane was previously Director of Intellectual Property at Golden Books Family Entertainment, Inc. (1998) and was an associate in the New York offices of Brown Raysman Millstein Felder & Steiner (1999) and Fish & Neave (1992-98).

Ms. Crane is an active member of the International Trademark Association, where she is a member of the Board of Directors and the U.S. Subcommittee of the Legislation & Regulation Committee.

Ms. Crane received her J.D. from Columbia University School of Law and a B.A. (Comparative Literature) from Columbia College.

Diana Szego

Senior Associate, IP

Diana M. Szego is a Senior Associate in the Intellectual Property group of Orrick, Herrington, & Sutcliffe LLP. Ms. Szego regularly litigates multi-defendant, multi-patent infringement actions, representing international clients in the e-commerce, technology, semiconductor, Internet media, consumer electronics, and life sciences industries. Ms. Szego also has represented clients in the banking, technology, fashion, food and beverage, music, entertainment, and sports industries in matters involving trademark, copyright, unfair competition, defamation, and contract disputes in federal and state trial courts. She routinely represents clients in trademark matters, including trademark infringement cases, domain name arbitrations under the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy, international trademark prosecution and branding strategies, and the drafting and advising of trademark license agreements. Ms. Szego also works on intellectual property issues surrounding the Internet, such as pursuing actions under the AntiCybersquatting Consumer Protection Act, and counseling clients on issues relating to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act. Ms. Szego received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Communications from Virginia Tech, and received her law degree from Emory University School of Law where she received the Dean’s Award for Outstanding Achievement in Intellectual Property.

Lisa Meyerhoff

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 counseling. 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). Ms. 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, 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. Ms. Meyerhoff is a frequent speaker at domestic and international conferences, including the International Congress of Associação Paulista de Propriedade Intelectual. She is a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the International Trademark Association, among others.

Cheryl Milone

Chairman and Founder
Article One Partners

Geri Mankoff-Elias

Intellectual Property Counsel
Kate Spade & Company

Dr. Christine Lee

Senior IP Counsel
GE Healthcare

Dr. Christine Lee currently serves as Senior IP Counsel for GE Healthcare in Princeton, NJ with primary responsibility for the Life Sciences Core Imaging business. Her practice includes all aspects of patent preparation and prosecution throughout the world as well as strategic counseling. During her nearly 20 year career, Dr. Lee has worked as in-house counsel for Pfizer and as Patent Attorney for the firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius in Washington, DC.

Amy Hamilton

Deputy General Patent Counsel
Eli Lilly & Company

Amy Hamilton is Vice President and Deputy General Patent Counsel at Eli Lilly and Company. She has been a leader in Lilly’s Patent Division for many years, having started her legal practice there in 1988 subsequent to several years as a molecular biologist in the Lilly Research Laboratories. Ms. Hamilton’s practice has been highlighted by significant litigation experience, including the foundational written description cases of the Regents of the University of California v. Lilly and Ariad v. Lilly. Ms. Hamilton is currently a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, and previously served on its Board of Directors as well as served as the Chair and Vice-Chair of the AIPLA’s Biotechnology Committee.

Alisa Hurlburt

Assistant General Counsel
Elizabeth Arden

Alisa D. Hurlburt is Assistant General Counsel at Elizabeth Arden, Inc., in New York, New York, where she serves as chief IP, Marketing, and Advertising counsel. Elizabeth Arden is a global prestige beauty products company with an extensive portfolio of skin care and cosmetics brands, including ELIZABETH ARDEN, PREVAGE, EIGHT HOUR CREAM, 5TH AVENUE, and RED DOOR, as well as owned and licensed fragrance brands including TAYLOR SWIFT, BRITNEY SPEARS, ELIZABETH TAYLOR, MARIAH CAREY, JUSTIN BIEBER, NICKI MINAJ, JUICY COUTURE, BCBGMAXAZRIA, ED HARDY, and HALSTON. Alisa has primary global responsibility for trademark, copyright, and patent clearance, prosecution, and enforcement, anti-counterfeiting, IP litigation, licensing, marketing & advertising, promotions & sweepstakes, information technology, IP/IT/Marketing/Advertising compliance, and consumer privacy.

Alisa began her career at the International Trademark Association, followed by nearly eight years with White & Case – first at the firm’s headquarters in New York, followed by establishing and serving as head of W&C’s IP & IT Practice in Hong Kong - with co-lead IP & IT responsibility for the greater Asia Pacific region, and finally serving in the firm’s Washington, DC office where she expanded her practice to include corporate management and financial compliance. Alisa then served as Assistant General Counsel – Products & Intellectual Property at Altria (Philip Morris) in Richmond, Virginia, where she was chief trademark and copyright counsel, before joining Elizabeth Arden.

Dale Cendali

Kirkland & Ellis

Dale Cendali is a nationally recognized leader in the field of intellectual property litigation, having successfully litigated and tried numerous high-profile cases, and having argued before the U.S. Supreme Court. Her practice encompasses copyright, trademark, Internet, false advertising, patent and trade secrets law, as well as defamation, the right of publicity, privacy, complex contract disputes and similar areas, including electronic discovery.

Dale is also an adjunct professor at Harvard Law School, teaching copyright and trademark litigation. She is also a prolific writer and has long been active in the bar. For example, the International Trademark Association elected Dale to serve as Counsel, the highest ranking position in the organization for an outside counsel. Dale was also the Vice Chair of the Copyright Division and chair of the IP Special Issues Division for the IP Section of the American Bar Association, and currently serves as Council for the ABA IP Section.

Kat Johnston

Associate General Counsel, IP, and head of trademarks
Facebook, Inc

Kat Johnston is Associate General Counsel, IP, and head of trademarks for Facebook, Inc., owner of two of the world’s most popular social networks, Facebook and Instagram, and numerous other brands. Ms. Johnston is responsible for worldwide trademark clearance, prosecution, licensing, and disputes for Facebook’s brands and products, as well as IP matters related to marketing. Prior to Facebook, she was an associate in the litigation department and the trademark, copyright, and advertising practice group at Cooley LLP. Ms. Johnston is an active member of the International Trademark Association where she currently serves on the Famous and Well Known Marks Committee.

Kristen L. Fancher

Greenberg Traurig

Kristen Fancher focuses her practice on intellectual property protection and licensing. Her experience includes trademark clearance and prosecution, licensing and merchandising, and counseling in the areas of copyright, right of publicity, Internet and intellectual property enforcement issues. As part of Kristen’s transactional experience, she has frequently advised on intellectual property issues in connection with entertainment and corporate transactions, including entertainment productions, sponsorships, mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and financings. In addition, she regularly advises clients regarding promotions, marketing and social media issues.

Barbara McCurdy

Chairman and Partner
Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP

Barbara McCurdy, chairman of Finnegan and former managing partner of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, has more than 25 years of experience creating, enforcing, and defending patent rights, with a particular focus on patent litigation, patent counseling, and contested patent proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She has been lead trial counsel in patent cases in the U.S. district courts, appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, Section 337 investigations at the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and contested proceedings at the USPTO. Her cases have involved a wide range of technologies, including computers, software, semiconductors, medical devices, chemicals, and pharmaceuticals.

Ms. McCurdy has taught patent law to hundreds of law school students and USPTO contested proceedings practice to hundreds of patent attorneys.

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