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International Women's Leadership Forum - Agenda

9 December, 2014 - The Fairmont San Jose, California


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8.20 Breakfast and registration

8.50 Introduction and welcome

Emma Barraclough, Group Editor, Managing IP

9.00 Litigation and technology trends

  • Strategy-shifting developnets in IP law
  • Managing high impact IP cases in light of recent trends
  • Legislative reform issues

Mary Huser, general counsel, BlackBerry Technology Solutions
Naomi Waltman, senior vice president & associate general counsel, CBS Corporation
Alexis Garcha
, senior intellectual property litigation counsel, Nokia
Christa Anderson
, partner, Keker & Van Nest (moderator)

9.50 Licensing trends

  • Tips for writing and negotiating licenses
  • How to pre-empt and prevent post-licensing disputes
  • Utilising patent pools and standards setting

Jill McWhirter, partner, King & Spalding
Nicole Campbell, general counsel, SK Planet
Joyce L. Morrison,
director, intellectual property, Boehringer Ingelheim Vetmedica, Inc. 
Emma Maconick
, partner, King & Spalding (moderator)

10.40 Coffee break

11.00 Dealing with non-practicing entities

  • A summary of anti-NPE bills (The Innovation Act, The Patent Transparency and Improvements Act)
  • What will the impact be on the US patent system?
  • How do other countries and jurisdictions handle NPEs?

Kate Drakos, assistant general counsel, innovation & IP group, Microsoft
Christine L. Lofgren,
managing counsel, Toyota USA, Inc.
Lissi Mojica,
principal, Dentons (moderator)

11.30 Current topics in life sciences litigation

  • What is patent eligible subject matter?
  • How are patent invalidity standards changing?
  • Where is life sciences litigation heading?

Andrea Hutchison, Patent Litigation Counsel, Gilead Sciences
Michelle Rhyu
, partner, Cooley (moderator)

12.00 How to protect and avoid pitfalls relating to Copyrights, Trademarks, Advertising and Rights of Publicity

  • Protection - registration strategies and considerations for trademarks and copyrights
  • Enforcement - scoping and tailored approach - brick and mortar vs. online
  • Social Media Challenges & Avoiding Pitfalls - Ownership issues, enforcement & compliance
  • Advertising Challenges
  • Liability Issues

Lisa Rosaya , partner, Baker & McKenzie
Kat Johnston , associate general counsel, IP, and head of trademarks, Facebook
Giselle Huron,
associate trademark counsel, Google
Jessica Le Gros
, head of trade marks unit, Baker & McKenzie (moderator)

12.50 Networking lunch

1.40 Keynote address: Chief Magistrate Judge Elizabeth D. Laporte, Northern District of California

2.00 PTAB litigation

  • Perspectives from the front lines
  • What to expect from PTAB trials
  • How APJs are interpreting the law and PTO guidelines
  • Key issues in the discovery process
  • Key procedures in PTAB procedures
  • How patent owners' strategies will evolve

 Lori A. Gordon , director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox
Lisa McFall,
deputy general counsel, intellectual property, Workday, Inc.
Lisa Buccino,
senior IP counsel, SAP AG
Christine Lhulier, corporate counsel, DuPont Industrial Biosciences 
Deborah Sterling, Ph.D., director, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox (moderator)

2.50 Patent reform in Europe

  • Patent reform in Europe: Unitary Patent and Unified Patent Court (UPC)
  • Any country specific legal challenges
  • Application fees and monetary considerations
  • Overview of predominant in-house strategies to date

Catherine Lacavera , director of litigation, Google
Colette Vogele
, director of IP policy, EMEA, Microsoft
Rosie Hardy,
senior patent attorney, Withers & Rogers (moderator)

3.20 Canada: a round up of legislative changes

  • Canada's new trade mark law - what will change? Opportunities for companies arising from the change in legislation
  • Canada's Combating Counterfeit Products Act
  • CETA and other developments in pharmaceutical IP protection

Yoon Kang , partner, Smart & Biggar
Carolyn Tang,
director, legal affairs, InterMune, Inc 
Keltie Sim Luft
, partner, Smart & Biggar (moderator)

3.50 Coffee break

4.10 The importance of leadership in developing your career

  • What are the attributes of a good leader?
  • Is leadership innate or can it be learned?
  • What makes a good team? Team dynamics
  • How to practically map your career path
  • What if partnership or board isn't for you? - alternative career paths

Sandy Godsey, Senior Director, Patent Team, eBay
Marisa McGilliard, legal counsel, Twitter
Melissa Souza, 
Director & Associate General Counsel, Hewlett-Packard
Dori Hines,
partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner
Emma Barraclough
, group editor, Managing IP (moderator)

5.00 Close of forum and cocktail hour


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