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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2016 - Agenda

June 9, Convene Times Square, New York






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08.20 Breakfast and registration

08.50 Introduction

09.00 Trends in trademark protection

  • Trade mark dilution: recent cases from 2015
  • Strategic advantages: how to position your portfolio if a mark has issues
  • Enforcement: setting up a global footprint (e.g. Fortune 500 company will have to check standards in every country when it decides to rebrand)
  • Best practice for unconventional marks
  • Business considerations in disparaging trademarks (Washington Redskins)

Julia Anne Matheson, partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Kelly Williams
, senior counsel, trademarks, Under Armour
Anna Naydonov, associate, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

09.50 Protecting computer-related inventions in the aftermath of Alice
• The impact of the Alice decision; can patents still offer strong protection for computer-related inventions?
• Successful strategies for obtaining and enforcing software patents post-Alice;
    • trade-offs of other forms of IP protection
    • comparison of U.S., European and other international guidance on the patentability of software

Leslie Spencer, partner, Ropes & Gray
Sophia Lee, general counsel, IEX Group
Candice Hebden,
intellectual property attorney, High 5 Games
Dalila Wendlandt,
partner, Ropes & Gray

10.40 Coffee

11.00 Business card exchange

Take advantage of this networking opportunity to introduce yourself and exchange business cards with other conference delegates. Start with the people closest to you and then move around the room to learn more about other attendees and their companies and projects.

11.10 Anti-counterfeiting and brand protection

  • Anti-counterfeiting technologies
  • Maximising design protection and creating a safe trading environment
  • Strategies to avoid counterfeiting
  • Increasing infringement issues in developing markets
  • Protecting your brand as these technologies become more sophisticated

Anna Kurian Shaw, partner, Hogan Lovells (moderator)
Melissa Berger, IP counsel, Coach
Diana Arredondo Ramirez,
senior IP counsel, Televisa
Rubie Mages,
director of strategic planning, compliance division, Pfizer

12.00 PTAB litigation and inter-partes review

  • Recap of the new rules in the PTAB (including key issues in the discovery process)
  • Recent Federal Circuit decisions relating to the PTAB
  • PTAB and district court parallel litigations
  • 2015 was a record year for PTAB filing: what is driving success rates?

Lisa Meyerhoff, partner, Baker & McKenzie (moderator)
Anna Volftsun, associate counsel, Humanscale
Judge Rama Elluru,
administrative patent judge, USPTO
Mackenzie Martin,
partner, Baker & McKenzie

12.50 Lunch

13.50 The Unitary Patent and UPC: State of play

  • The state of the UPC: update on latest developments
  • Legal challenges in the transition period
  • Opting patents out ahead of te UP and UPC
  • Implications of the UPC for industries
  • Practical preparations to consider

Penny Gilbert, partner, Powell Gilbert (moderator)
Zoë Butler, partner, Powell Gilbert
Anna-Lisa Gallo,
senior counsel, global IP, BASF
Sabine Agé
, partner, Véron & Associés

14.40 Trending issues in traditional copyright arenas and emerging technologies

  • The post-Aereo fallout (Fox v. Dish Network)
  • Music copyright issues (the Flo & Eddie v. Sirius XM class action and related cases)
  • Novel attempts to use copyright law: monkey selfies; sports stars' tattoos; and individual performer’s performance
  • Continued development in the fair use arena (Authors Guild v. Google)
  • Copyright policy developments – is it time for a new Copyright Act?

Kathleen McCarthy, partner, King & Spalding (moderator)
Jessica Elliott, senior vice president & general counsel, Camuto Group
Molly Stech, 
attorney advisor, office of policy and international affairs, USPTO

15.30 Legal trends in the life science industry

  • Current concerns and challenges
  • EU life science industry: case studies from 2015/16
  • Determining what is eligible to be patented; technical contribution

Marianne Schaffner, partner, Dechert

16.00 Coffee

16.20 The importance of leadership in developing your career

  • Experiences that have best prepared you for your current leadership role
  • How did your career path come about
  • Advice for junior or senior lawyers who want to progress their careers
  • How did you go about building your network
  • What would you tell the younger you?

Ashley Moore, principal, McKool Smith (moderator)
Gwen Marcus, EVP & general counsel, Showtime Networks
Naomi Waltman, SVP & associate general counsel, CBS
Kim Youngberg, SVP & general counsel, Screenvision

17.10 Close of conference


Baker & McKenzie



King & Spalding

McKool Smith

Powell Gilbert
Veron & Associes

Association partner


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