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June 4, 2015 - Convene Times Square, New York


Attracting leading in-house and IP counsel, this year's speakers include:

Judge Rama Elluru
Rama Elluru
administrative patent judge, Patent Trial and Appeal Board

Rama G. 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.  

Bita Goldman

General Counsel and Vice President of Operations
Quantum Networks, LLC

Bita Goldman is general counsel and VP of Operations for Quantum Networks, a niche technology e-commerce company and one of’s lead sellers.  Under her executive leadership, Quantum increased revenue to over $25 million dollars, garnering it a place on the Inc. 500 list as one of the fastest growing companies in the United States.   

In addition to negotiating complex exclusive distribution agreements at Quantum, Ms. Goldman directly oversees a robust internship program with more than 30 students each year.  She also sits as the Board Chair woman for the Domestic Violence Project, a division of the Urban Justice Center, where she litigates in Family Court on behalf of victims of domestic violence.

Cooper Jackson

SVP, business affairs
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

As head of Business Affairs for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, Cooper is responsible for evaluating, structuring and negotiating home entertainment agreements worldwide, including licenses, distribution partnerships, content acquisitions and other initiatives across digital and physical media. She plays an instrumental role in shaping complex deals for SPHE's digital products, including electronic sell-through, video-on-demand and pay-per-view, as well as digital and physical media distribution strategies across SPHE groups and territories. 

Prior to joining Sony in 2008, Jackson served as SVP, Business Affairs, and Associate General Counsel at Genius Products and VP, Business and Legal Affairs at Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. She started her legal career as an intellectual property and antitrust litigator at firms in New York and Los Angeles. She is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center and Williams College. 

Irene Kosturakis

area vice president – intellectual property
BMC Software, Inc.

Irene Kosturakis is Area Vice President – Intellectual Property at BMC Software, Inc., where she is responsible for all intellectual property matters, including patent acquisition, development, and maintenance of the patent and trademark portfolios, patent litigation, copyrights, intellectual property transactions, and intellectual property due diligence for the Company’s mergers and acquisitions.  Irene Kosturakis came to BMC in 2006 with over 16 years of experience handling intellectual property issues at Hewlett-Packard Company and Compaq Computer Corporation. 

At HP, she supported the Industry Standard Servers business unit on intellectual property legal issues. While at Compaq, Irene managed the development of the Company’s patent portfolio into a robust and assertable patent portfolio, and during the Compaq-Digital merger, Irene successfully merged the patent portfolios of the two companies and helped create an IP holding company for Compaq.Irene is a registered patent attorney and is licensed to practice law in the State of Texas. 

Irene has a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property from the University of Houston, a J.D. from South Texas College of Law, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Houston, and a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Texas at El Paso. Outside of BMC, Irene is an adjunct professor at South Texas College of Law for its International Business Transactions course. 

Cathy Lueders

SVP, managing counsel

Cathy is currently Senior Vice President, Managing Counsel at MasterCard International Incorporated located in Purchase, New York where she is lead counsel for the US Region, providing transactional expertise and other general support of strategic initiatives in the US Markets as well as advice on trademark matters.

Prior to MasterCard, Cathy was Chief IP Counsel and Senior Associate General Counsel for Instinet Incorporated, an electronic broker dealer in New York which is now a part of Nomura Securities.  Cathy was responsible for all intellectual property, transaction, technology and contractual matters for Instinet as well as responsible for providing legal input on intellectual property and technology strategies across the company.  Prior to her in house career, Cathy was an associate in the Advertising and Marketing group at Hall Dickler Kent Friedman and Wood in New York.

Cathy is a graduate from The University of New Hampshire School of Law (f/k/a Franklin Pierce Law Center) where she earned both her Juris Doctorate and LL.M in Intellectual Property law.  She received her B.A. in Administration of Criminal Justice from The Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania.

Cathy has been a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) since 1995, has served on the Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee since 1996 and was the past Chair of the 2010-2011 Competition.  She led the committee to expand the Competition to a 5th region in Dallas, Texas for the 2013-14 Competition year.  Cathy also began a 3 year term on the INTA Board of Directors beginning January 1, 2014.

Katie Blakley

global patent counsel
Bayer HealthCare LLC

Katie Blakley is Global Patent Counsel for Bayer HealthCare LLC, where she is responsible for managing and developing the global patent portfolio for Bayer’s Diabetes Care business.  Katie counsels the business on all aspects of intellectual property, including patent prosecution, patentability and freedom-to-operate assessments, and trademark and branding issues. She drafts and negotiates various commercial contracts, including license agreements, product development agreements, supply and manufacturing agreements, consulting services agreements, and confidential disclosure agreements. 

Prior to joining Bayer, Katie worked in-house at an international ergonomics company and in IP boutique firms in Florida and Michigan, where her practice focused primarily on patent preparation and prosecution for medical device clients. 

Katie received a Bachelor of Science degree in Biomechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and a Juris Doctor degree from Wayne State University School of Law.  

Caroline McCaffery

general counsel 

Caroline McCaffery is an expert in Corporate Law, with more than 13 years of corporate transactional experience with scaling technology companies ranging from early-stage to large, multi-national corporations.

She also brings over 3 years experience of navigating in the new and emerging Big Data Privacy and Security Law industry for early-stage clients. Caroline leads all aspects of the Sailthru legal team in the US and globally as Sailthru continues its international expansion.

Prior to Sailthru, Caroline formed her own startup counsel practice where she advised and represented high growth technology companies on privacy, security, M&A, financing and various other corporate governance and transactional work. She was also a Corporate Associate at Gunderson Dettmer LLP where she worked on a variety of corporate transactional work for technology and biotechnology companies and venture capital firms, specializing in complex pre-IPO financing.

Caroline received her BA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania and her JD from New York University Law. Caroline is a member of the Bar in both New York and California, and a Certified Information Privacy Professional/United States (CIPP/US).

Joan McGillycuddy

chief intellectual property counsel
Avon Products Inc.

Joan McGillycuddy is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel at Avon Products Inc. Joan is a registered patent attorney with over 20 years of diverse intellectual property experience encompassing patent litigation, prosecution and transactional practice, as well as trademark and copyright matters. During her in-house career, Joan has had responsibility for all aspects of intellectual property and is also involved with Licensing, Mergers, Divestitures and Acquisitions in house.

Before joining Avon, she held the positions of Senior Counsel – Patents at Akzo Nobel, Global IP Attorney at N.V. Organon and Global IP Lawyer at Organon (Ortho Pharmaceuticals), where she had the opportunity to work in the pharmaceutical patent group in the Netherlands. She began her legal career with the New York intellectual property litigation boutique, Hopgood Calimafde, which later merged with Morgan Lewis. Joan received her J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University and her undergraduate degree in Chemical Engineering from Manhattan College.

Marian Underweiser

counsel - intellectual property law strategy & policy
IBM Corporation

Marian Underweiser is IBM's Counsel for IP Law Strategy and Policy.  Dr. Underweiser develops IBM's policy on a broad spectrum of IP matters, including legislative, PTO, and judicial reform.  She worked extensively representing IBM's position on the America Invents Act throughout the legislative process, and continues to do so through current implementation efforts.  Her amicus work includes IBM's briefs to the Supreme Court in Alice v. CLS, Microsoft v. i4i, eBay v. Mercexchange, KSR v. Teleflex, Bilski v. Kappos, and Quanta v. LG. 

Dr. Underweiser has held several prior positions at IBM with responsibilities including the management and oversight of IBM's worldwide patent portfolio and management of the IP department at IBM's T.J. Watson Research Center. 

As a member of IBM's Corporate IP licensing team, Dr. Underweiser negotiated major IP transactions including patent and technology licenses, litigation settlements, and business line divestitures. She is also a member of the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the American Bar Association, the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, and the American Physical Society, and is an adjunct professor at the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law where she teaches an advanced course in Technology Licensing.  

Caren Khoo

associate general counsel

Caren K. Khoo is Associate General Counsel for Product and New Business at Verizon. Caren provides transactional, intellectual property, and strategic legal support for technology and business partners leading Verizon's product development organization. 

Prior to her current role, Caren handled offensive and defensive intellectual property litigation for Verizon across a wide range of technologies and services.  She joined Verizon from Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP, where she was Counsel in the firm's New York office and served on its hiring and diversity committees. 

Caren was a key member of the WilmerHale trial team that obtained the first jury verdict of non-infringement and invalidity in the Eastern District of Texas.  She began as an associate at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto after earning a law degree at Franklin Pierce Law Center (now the University of New Hampshire Law School) and an Industrial Engineering degree from Rutgers University. 

Caren supports the hiring, retention and promotion of women and diversity in the law and STEM education through participation in industry and pro bono efforts, including the Verizon-founded Engage Excellence initiative.   

Naomi Waltman

SVP & associate general counsel
CBS Corporation

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.

Previously, Ms. Waltman was Vice President, Senior Counsel at Viacom, Inc., where she provided strategic advice and counseling 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. Ms. Waltman earned a J.D. from Stanford Law School, and a B.A. with distinction from Stanford University.

Gillian Lusins

Senior Vice President, Intellectual Property, Law Department
NBCUniversal Media, LLC

Advise on all IP related aspects of television and new media production, including development, production, distribution, licensing, marketing rights and clearance for NBCUniversal’s fictional and reality prime time and late night television properties.  Provide advice to clients across NBCUniversal television properties on copyright, trademark and music related matters.

Michelle Fleming
Michelle Fleming
general counsel

Michelle Fleming is General Counsel for Digium, Inc. and its wholly owned subsidiary. Digium is a communications company in the VoIP industry headquartered in Alabama. Michelle focuses on technology transactions, managing a worldwide trademark and patent portfolio, and compliance work. Michelle's patent responsibilities include negotiating patent licenses and coordinating defense against NPE litigation. Michelle received her J.D. from Cumberland School of Law in 2004 and is admitted to practice in NY, CT (revocably retired), and Alabama.  Michelle works in New York.

Heidi Garfield

assistant general counsel

As Assistant General Counsel for Intellectual Property and Litigation at Shutterstock, Inc., Heidi Garfield is responsible for prosecuting and enforcing Shutterstock's worldwide IP rights, overseeing litigation, advising on content acquisition, and managing offensive and defensive license and infringement matters.

Heidi is regularly involved in the development and implementation of intellectual property protection strategies to best address Shutterstock's role as a licensing intermediary. Prior to joining Shutterstock, Heidi was an IP litigator at the New York offices of two global law firms.

Kim Youngberg

SVP & general counsel
US International Trade Commission (ITC) 

Kim Youngberg is a transactional attorney in entertainment and advertising.  As SVP and General Counsel at Screenvision, the second largest cinema advertising company in the US, she is in charge of all legal matters including negotiating deals with movie theaters and advertisers, structuring business development, marketing and promotions agreements, securing and drafting independent film distribution agreements, and expanding the company’s reach into new social media, gaming and other digital platforms.

Prior to joining Screenvision, Ms. Youngberg served as the SVP of Business and Legal Affairs for Wind-Up Records, one of the largest independent record labels in the US, where she oversaw all legal matters for the company’s record label, several publishing companies, and a full-service merchandising company.  Before joining Wind-Up, Ms. Youngberg was in private practice at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, a boutique music law firm, where she represented many superstar recording artists, producers and writers, as well as major and independent record labels and publishers.  Right after law school she was an associate at Bermans, a firm of English barristers and solicitors, where she practiced in international litigation.  

Ms. Youngberg graduated from Fordham University School of Law, and received her BBA from the University of Michigan.

Holly Engelmann

McKool Smith

Holly Engelmann is a principal at McKool Smith who’s primary practice is complex intellectual property litigation.  She currently manages over fifty attorneys, technical advisors, experts, and staff working on several patent infringement cases pending in the Eastern District of Texas.  She is responsible for case strategy, discovery efforts, coordination amongst teams and defendants, managing relationships, managing budgets, mentoring, and staffing. 

Recently, Holly represented a large international company in two back-to-back trials in front of the ITC battling over base station and mobile technology.  She is currently preparing for five trials this Fall in the Eastern District of Texas on behalf of a client who invented fundamental digital rights management technology and has sued some of the largest digital media distribution companies in the world.  At the same time, Holly manages a large patent case between two head-to-head competitors in the software industry.

During law school, Holly interned for Justice Craig T. Enoch of the Texas Supreme Court, for Justice David W. Chew of the Eight Court of Appeals of Texas, and was Ticketmaster’s first summer legal intern.  Prior to law school, Holly taught high school mathematics in the Los Angeles area.  Holly earned a J.D. from Southern Methodist University and a B.A. from Whittier College.

Monisha Deka

Investigative Attorney
US International Trade Commission (ITC)

Monisha Deka (Mo) is an Investigative Attorney at the US International Trade Commission (ITC) in Washington DC. Investigative attorneys advocate on behalf of the public interest in intellectual property investigations initiated under 19 U.S.C. 1337, commonly referred to as Section 337 litigations.

Natalie Moritz

senior counsel, litigation
PNC Financial Services Group

Natalie is currently Senior Counsel's Litigation for The PNC Financial Services Group. 

Natalie oversees complex commercial litigation at PNC, including class actions, intellectual property litigation, securities litigation, mergers and acquisition litigation, and restrictive covenant litigation.  Natalie is also responsible for the structuring, implementation and management of the litigation group's alternative fee arrangements. 

Prior to working at PNC, Natalie was a partner at Reed Smith, LLP in the commercial litigation and regulatory litigation groups.  Natalie graduated from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law in 1990, and earned a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987.

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. Lisa's primary focus is on intellectual property disputes. She regularly handles IP enforcement matters (patent, trademark, trade dress, and copyright infringement; anti-counterfeiting/anti-piracy).  She has significant experience representing clients' interests in mediations, arbitrations, bench and jury trials in federal court, and with 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 and the North America representative on 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 its 2014 and 2015 WTR 1000 publications.  She has authored many articles on current IP issues and is a frequent speaker at domestic and international IP-related conferences. Lisa is a registered patent attorney.

Shima Roy

Baker & McKenzie

Shima Roy is a partner in Baker & McKenzie's Chicago office. Ms. Roy focuses her practice on the resolution of commercial and intellectual property disputes before international arbitral institutions, and federal and administrative courts, including the ITC and TTAB.  In particular, she has extensive experience developing strategies for clients involved in disputes in several international jurisdictions. 

Ms. Roy graduated from the University of Michigan Law School and obtained her A.B. at Bryn Mawr College.  She was named as a "Minority 40 under 40" by the National Law Journal and is an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at Northwestern University Law School.

Kamleh Nicola
Kamleh Nicola
Baker & McKenzie

Kamleh Nicola is a litigator whose practice is primarily in intellectual property and dispute resolution. Ms. Nicola has successfully navigated cases through to resolution in a manner that maximizes benefits to her clients. She can efficiently manage the complexities of litigation without losing sight of the overall case strategy, especially where the case is litigated in multiple jurisdictions. In those instances, Ms. Nicola works collaboratively with counsel and client contacts in those jurisdictions to ensure consistency in strategic approach.

Ms. Nicola’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on all aspects of patent, trademark and copyright disputes, especially in the field of pharmaceuticals. Ms. Nicola also advises clients on the regulatory aspects of pharmaceuticals and medical devices, including strategic advice relating to product approval and launch, marketing, labelling and pricing. Ms. Nicola works with her clients to minimize risk and navigate the often complex Canadian regulatory regime.

Ms. Nicola also advises corporate directors and senior management on various aspects of governance and compliance.

Stephanie Vaccari
Stephanie Vaccari
Baker & McKenzie

Stephanie Vaccari serves as co-chair of Baker & McKenzie’s Toronto Women’s Networking Group and is spearheading the Toronto office's Luxury and Fashion Group. In addition, she is an active member of Baker & McKenzie’s global Intellectual Property Webinar Series and the Toronto office’s Social Media Initiative. She mainly practices in the areas of intellectual property law — including trade marks, copyright, patents and industrial designs — IP litigation, as well as related commercial litigation.

Ms. Vaccari advises industry clients on a broad range of IP-related matters. She has extensive trade mark-related experience, has assisted global clients with worldwide trade mark portfolios, and represented them in opposition and cancellation proceedings. She has also participated in a variety of complex lawsuits dealing with, among others, trade mark and copyright infringement, patent infringement and validity, Internet issues, licensing issues, unfair competition and passing off.

Katherine Minarik
Katherine Minarik

Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott

Katherine Minarik is a Partner at Bartlit Beck Herman Palenchar & Scott, one of the nation's top trial firms.
Katherine represents multinational companies in high-stakes intellectual property litigation and commercial disputes involving a broad range of technologies, including pharmaceutical compositions, antibodies, antibiotic treatments, elevator lifting systems, truck axles, RFID cards, and financial software. Katherine represents clients through every stage of litigation, from initial pleadings through trial and appeal.

Katherine's professional accolades include being named one of the Law Bulletin’s top "40 Under 40" Illinois attorneys in 2014 and one of SuperLawyers' Illinois "Rising Stars". She serves as Vice President of the Coalition for Women's Initiatives in Law and is a frequent speaker on issues related to patent litigation, alternative fee arrangements, and women in litigation.

Katherine is a former McKinsey consultant and received her J.D. magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. After law school, Katherine clerked for the Honorable Diane P. Wood on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Laura Collada
Laura Collada
managing partner
Dumont Bergman Bider & Co

Laura has law specializations in Intellectual Property, Corporate, Civil, Constitutional and Environmental Law from the Universidad Panamericana and a Legal Specialization in Contracts from the ITAM. 

She has taught Copyright and Intellectual Property Law at different universities in Mexico City and Veracruz. She has over 24 years of experience in Intellectual Property and was Director of the Sub-office for the Prevention of Unfair Competition at the Mexican Industrial Property Institute (IMPI). Her practice includes the complete lifecycle of Intellectual Property rights, from consultancy to application, to resolving disputes involving these rights. She has written several articles for a national newspaper on issues related with Intellectual Property and is a speaker at conferences on this subject. She has worked at this firm since 2001 and is currently Managing Partner.

She is an active member of national and international professional organizations, including: AMPPI (Chair of the Trademarks Committee), Barra Mexicana Colegio de Abogados, INTA, AIPPI, Marques, APLF,ASIPI, AIPLA and PTMG.

Jill MacAlpine

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Jill MacAlpine's practice includes patent litigation, counseling, and prosecution, primarily in the chemical and pharmaceutical areas. Dr. MacAlpine spends a significant portion of her time involved in pre-litigation analyses, due diligence investigations, opinion preparation, and strategic client counseling, including patent portfolio management, Orange Book listings of patents covering FDA-approved drugs, and patent term extensions.

As a registered patent attorney, Dr. MacAlpine has extensive experience in handling a wide variety of patent matters before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), including post-grant proceedings specifically IPRs, appeals, and oral hearings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB); drafting and prosecution of patent applications; reissue and reexamination proceedings; and interferences.

In addition to counseling and prosecution, Dr. MacAlpine's practice includes patent litigation, in particular Abbreviated New Drug Application (ANDA) cases arising under the Hatch-Waxman Act. Dr. MacAlpine has handled matters involving a wide range of technologies, many having complex issues concerning solid state forms (polymorphs), including pharmaceuticals, small molecule chemistry, cosmetics, food science, bone substitutes, polymers, and drug delivery systems. Dr. MacAlpine also has significant experience in organic chemistry. She earned her Ph.D. in organic chemistry at the University of British Columbia, where she studied porphyrins and porphyrin derivatives for use as pharmaceutical products in photodynamic therapy.

Linda Thayer

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Linda Thayer focuses her practice on patent litigation and administrative trial procedures before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) to request review of the patentability of issued patents outside of litigation, including post-grant review (PGR), inter partes review (IPR), and review of covered business method (CBM) patents. Ms. Thayer serves as lead counsel in patent litigations, interferences, and PTAB proceedings. She conducts due diligence investigations in connection with investments and mergers and acquisitions, and advises clients on worldwide patent portfolio development, management, licensing, and sales.

Ms. Thayer's technical experience includes computer hardware and software, ERP and cloud-based systems, computer security, encryption, watermarking, digital signatures, SSL, ePayments and mobile transactions, smart cards, wireless communication devices and systems, digital video, video games, MPEG, data compression and storage, digital rights management (DRM), signals analysis, display devices, voice recognition, and robotics. From her prior industry experience, she is uniquely qualified in the areas of cryptography and cybersecurity.

Ms. Thayer regularly engages in pro bono representation of veterans before the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and the Federal Circuit. She also represents domestic abuse victims for the Family Law Project of the Women's Bar Foundation.

Khue Hoang
Khue Hoang
Ropes & Gray

Khue offers clients 15 years of experience with patent infringement, patent prosecution and licensing proceedings. A former process and product engineer for Rockwell Semiconductor Systems, Khue brings an understanding of industrial and corporate knowledge that leads to effective and efficient legal solutions for high-stakes litigation and patent enforcement work. LGE, EMC, Hewlett-Packard and other well-known companies in diverse technology areas have relied upon Khue to conduct complex litigation and implement effective licensing strategies in numerous marketplaces.

Penny Gilbert

Powell Gilbert

Dr Penny Gilbert is a founding Partner of Powell Gilbert LLP, 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 referrals on the Supplementary Protection Certificate (SPC) Regulation to the European Court of Justice (C-493/12) and to the EFTA Court (E 16/14).

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.

Zoë Butler

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. 

Zoëis 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. 


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