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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

February 6, Waldorf Hilton, London


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Speakers at the MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

Emily O’Neill


IP and litigation counsel, Spectris

Emily O’Neill is the group intellectual property & litigation counsel for Spectris, a FTSE 250 technology company headquartered in the UK and is general counsel of Servomex Group, one of Spectris’ operating divisions. O’Neill develops strategy and manages global litigation for the Spectris group as well as advising the businesses in their strategies to safeguard and exploit their intellectual property and confidential information.

O’Neill sits on the In-House Division Committee of The Law Society as a representative of the corporate sector and is a Board member of the Windsor Forest Colleges Group.

Emma Graham


partner, Mewburn Ellis

Emma Graham handles patent work in Mewburn Ellis’ engineering & electronics team and computing & physics team. Her work covers drafting, prosecution, and oppositions over a range of sectors including: telecommunications, consumer products, electronics & electrical engineering, nanotech, computer software, medtech and semiconductors. Graham is also an authorised Representative before EUIPO and handles a variety of design work. She is the author of a chapter on Unregistered Community Designs in the Community Design Handbook.

Graham is recognised in the 2017 edition of The Legal 500 and has also been named a ‘rising star to watch‘ by Managing Intellectual Property: IP Stars 2017.

Graham has a MSci degree from the University of Birmingham and a PhD from the Nanoscale Physics Research Laboratory, University of Birmingham on the use of femtosecond and attosecond duration laser pulses to measure electron dynamics at surfaces in real-time. Her PhD included a period spent working as a research assistant in the Quantum Optics and Laser Science group at Imperial College London as part of the UK Attosecond project.

Graham joined Mewburn Ellis in 2009, qualifying as a Chartered Patent Attorney and European Patent Attorney in 2013. She joined the partnership in 2017. 

Helen Saunders


chief operating officer, INCOPRO 

Helen Saunders joined INCOPRO in July 2013 and brings a unique skill-set combining law, intelligence and technology. After studying law at university, Saunders worked in both law enforcement and the private sector, analysing and investigating a spectrum of online illegal activity. In the last 9 years, she has specialised in online content protection, having worked in the music industry for both IFPI and BPI. During this time Saunders 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. Saunders 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”.

Lara Elder


senior associate, Carpmaels & Ransford

Lara Elder is a senior associate in the trade mark group at Carpmaels & Ransford in London. She is experienced in all aspects of brand protection, enforcement and management, with a particular interest in online infringement and anti-counterfeiting measures. She is also a qualified trade mark attorney litigator. She manages multi-jurisdictional litigation and advises on complex strategies in trade mark oppositions and cancellations.

Elder works with diverse clients, from start-ups to established and multinational businesses, across a wide range of sectors. She looks after the UK interests of such household names as Botox, John Deere, Polaroid, Total and Tabasco. Elder is also a member of the “Cyberspace” committee at MARQUES.

Petra Simoncic


IP manager, AMS (austriamicrosystems)  

Petra Simoncic is the IP manager at AMS, a global leader in the design and manufacture of advanced sensor solutions. She oversees the company wide patent activities of 1000+ patent families. Her tasks also include building up and maximizing the value of the IP portfolio, organising and streamlining corporate IP administration, implementing IP strategy and alignment with overall business strategies of the company, managing IP-related risks and overseeing third party IP monitoring and FTO activities. Prior to AMS, she has been the IP manager at Heptagon Advanced Micro Optics (acquired by AMS in 2017). Furthermore, she has held various research positions in academia and industry. Simoncic holds a PhD in Sciences from University of Bern and a Master of Applied Sciences in intellectual property rights from Zurich University of Applied Sciences.

Rachel Alexander


partner, Wiggin

Rachel Alexander leads on many IP cases and advises on enforcement strategies, in particular in the online context. She advises clients on a range of contentious trade mark and domain name issues, including in IPEC and High Court proceedings; and UDRP, URS and Nominet domain disputes.

Alexander was heavily involved in the Newzbin litigation in 2010, which established key precedents in relation to online copyright infringement. She has acted for the major film studios and publishing clients in establishing the site blocking jurisdiction in the United Kingdom; and acted for the Richemont companies in Cartier, which established an equivalent remedy for trademark owners.

Alexander is a member of INTA, TIPLO and the Luxury Law Alliance. She has authored various IP-focused articles published by Entertainment Law Review, European Intellectual Property Review, Lexis Nexis and Intellectual Property Magazine, and speaks on IP and anti-counterfeiting issues.

Wiggin's IP practice, of which Alexander is a leading member, has won the most significant online IP rights protection cases in the UK in this field by focusing on using technology as a means of informing and enabling enforcement. The team's work has been widely recognised in legal industry awards.

Ruth Stone


general counsel, SCB Group

Ruth Stone is general counsel at SCB Group, the world’s largest biofuel brokerage. SCB promotes the adoption of a low carbon future and is a market leader in many carbon reduction credit markets such as RINS and LCFS in the United States. Prior to joining SCB, Stone worked at the Financial Conduct Authority where she acquired first-hand regulatory understanding and worked in both the enforcement and markets divisions with a particular focus on market abuse and manipulation issues.  Stone started her career at Slaughter and May where she worked in the dispute resolution practice.

Sofia Arenal


partner, Mewburn Ellis

Sofia Arenal is a member of the trade mark and dispute resolution teams at Mewburn Ellis. She has extensive experience of oppositions, revocation and invalidity actions in the UK as well as EUTM oppositions, including complex families of cases. This includes representing clients at hearings before the UK-IPO and in appeals before the Appointed Person.

Arenal has experience working in a wide range of industry sectors including biotechnology, consumer products (such as watches and computer games), industrial chemistry, pharmaceuticals, retail and security and has a particular interest in the food & beverage sector.

Arenal is once again recognised in the 2017 edition of the Legal 500. She is recommended for complex opposition and other contentious work as well as handling large trade mark portfolios.

Arenal has a degree in law (with French) from the University of Birmingham and a diploma in French Legal Studies from the Université de Limoges, France.

Arenal joined Mewburn Ellis in 1996. She qualified as a UK Registered Trade Mark Attorney in 2003 and is a Representative authorised to act before EUIPO. She joined the partnership in 2004.

Susan Chiappinelli


vice president, patents pharma, GlaxoSmithKline

Susan Chiappinelli began her career at GSK as a trainee patent attorney in September 1998 having done a first degree in biochemistry and then started (but not completed) a PhD in influenza virology.
Chiappinelli has been at GSK now for nearly twenty years, and in that time she has worked on patent strategy and support for small molecules, antibodies and vaccines.  She is currently responsible for the team looking after the IP considerations for our platform group which includes screening, manufacturing, Cell and Gene Therapy and various other things including robots and AI.

From a leadership perspective Chiappinelli has been through several transitions, moving from managing a small team to a larger one, and now a team that includes other managers.  She also sits on the leadership team for our department which has oversight for the attorneys and strategy across all of GSK’s business areas – Pharma, Consumer Healthcare and Vaccines.  

Catrin Turner


IP counsel, head of global IP, Dr Martens

Catrin Turner is head of intellectual property for Airwair International Limited (Dr. Martens). Dr Martens is the manufacturer and retailer of iconic footwear and accessories sold all over the world through Dr Martens own stores and online and third party retail. Dr Martens uses trade marks, designs and copyright to protect its products, particularly footwear. It polices its trade dress globally with online watching, take down and litigation.

Turner was previously a private practice IP lawyer working in the city in London. She left the city and her position as head of IP at Pinsent Masons to work in industry. In Turner's last year at Pinsent Masons, the team were the Managing IP Trade Mark Litigation Team of the Year and The Lawyer IP Team of the Year in 2014.

Helen Wallis


partner, CMS

Helen Wallis is an IP partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and UK and European patent attorney. Wallis has over 15 years’ experience in advising companies on how to protect their inventions, specialising in computer-related inventions (both software and hardware) and telecommunications.

Wallis has extensive experience of patent drafting and prosecution and represents a range of clients from single inventors through to multi-nationals.  She works closely with teams of inventors to identify commercially valuable patentable ideas and then to draft patent applications which are suited to both European and US filing.  Helen's clients include leaders in the software, silicon chip and wireless communications fields.
Wallis handles all stages of the Patent process, including drafting, prosecution, opposition and litigation.  In addition, she advises clients on the strategic aspects of patents, including portfolio management, filing programs, enforcement, and licensing. Having initially worked in R&D for a multi-national telecommunications company, before moving to the in-house patent team, Helen understands the needs of in-house counsel and seeks to understand clients in order to provide strategic and pragmatic advice.

Sarah Wright


partner, CMS

Sarah Wright is an IP partner at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang and head of trade marks. Wright has over 15 years’ experience in advising companies on how to protect, monetise and enforce their brands and designs.

Wright advises clients in the technology and media, fashion retail, and consumer products sectors, handling a broad range of IP work. This includes devising trade mark filing strategies, conducting clearances searches and managing international portfolios, as well as advising on all types of contentious matters before UKIPO, EUIPO and UK Courts.
In addition, Wright has experience of non-contentious matters including drafting and negotiating all types of licensing and franchising arrangements and co-existence agreements. Having spent her first 5 years at a very large city firm, she is equally adept advising on the IP aspects of corporate acquisitions and disposals. Sarah also routinely advises agencies and brands on advertising issues including pre-clearance advice and assists clients with ASA complaints.

Wright’s approach is focused on providing strategic and pragmatic advice which delivers the client’s commercial objectives. Legal 500 describes her as “‘efficient and practical' in her approach”. 

Joanna Conway


of Counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright

Joey is an IP lawyer specialising in IP disputes from brand, copyright, design through to patents and trade secrets.  She leads the practice’s reputation management team, combining brand enforcement with defamation, advertising/ media law and related matters.
She also specialises in disputes with a technology/scientific focus, including relating to technology collaboration, licensing and service provision. Joey acts for clients in financial services, life sciences, media and technology sectors.
Joey has acted in numerous trade secrets claims for misappropriation and misuse of trade secrets and across a range of sectors. Cases are often multi-jurisdictional requiring injunctive or other actions in other jurisdictions – playing to the strengths of the firm’s global IP practice.

Joey obtained a Natural Sciences degree and Biochemistry Masters from Cambridge University before taking a training contract with Norton Rose Fulbright and converting to law. She is Of Counsel in the firm’s London IP team.
Joey co-leads the “Women in IP” committee which runs the Women in IP support group, a core component of the IP Inclusive initiative, a pan-professional nation-wide initiative raising awareness of and increasing diversity across the IP profession.

Wright’s approach is focused on providing strategic and pragmatic advice which delivers the client’s commercial objectives. Legal 500 describes her as “‘efficient and practical' in her approach”. 

Lorna Brazell


partner, Osborne Clarke

Lorna Brazell has 24 years’ experience in the enforcement and defence of intellectual property rights through mediation, arbitration and litigation in the English High Court and IP Enterprise Court, across a range of industries including copyright in artistic works and websites as well as more industrial materials such as operating manuals.  She has also acted in proceedings and appeals before the Opposition Division of the European Patent Office, and has managed parallel litigation across multiple European jurisdictions and the USA. She has acted for some of the world’s leading companies including BP Chemicals, Ineos, Oxford Gene Technology, Celltrion, Fujitsu, Ericsson, Intel, Reckitt-Benckiser and Oakley. Her practice also covers transactional aspects of intellectual property and the due diligence required for major investments in high technology companies.

After acquiring a BSc in geophysics from Edinburgh University, Brazell spent some time in computational research at the University of Cambridge before changing to a career in law.  She joined Bird & Bird on qualifying as a solicitor in 1994, and became a partner in 2001 before moving to head the international IP practice at Osborne Clarke in 2013.  She is listed as a leading lawyer in the International Who’s Who of Patent Lawyers 2009-18.

Alexia Willetts


chief operating officer, Wistla

Trained and qualified as a UK & EU TM Attorney at Marks & Clerk LLP working on global trade mark and brand development projects, Lexi moved to Zurich to become Head of IP at FIFA in 2009. After leading IP protection, licensing and sponsorship programmes with host country governments and FIFA partners (Louis Vuitton, Hublot), she developed out hundreds of global brand assets with creative marketing agencies.

Lexi returned to London in 2013 to be listed as one of The Lawyer’s “Hot 100” UK lawyers whilst undertaking an MA in Luxury Brand Management and supporting a surgeon to develop pioneering orthopaedic tech. Upon securing a first-class MA, she was spotted by London-based tech investors to join their Wistla exec team.  As COO, Lexi runs the day-to-day ops of Wistla, plus brand development, partnerships and corporate governance projects.

Coreena Brinck


senior associate, CMS

Coreena Brinck is a UK and European Patent Attorney working in the Patent Group at CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang, one of the leading full service practices in Europe. She has over 15 years of in-house IP experience including leadership roles with large multi-nationals and has extensive experience with communications and computer-related technology (software and hardware).

Brinck offers the full spectrum of patent services from drafting and prosecution through to post-grant activities including licensing and enforcement and represents a range from clients from small start-ups to large conglomerates.

Her academic and professional experience allows her to handle a broad range of subject-matter although she specialises in computer-implemented technology which is maths, physics or communications related.

Cordula Schumacher


partner, Arnold Ruess

Cordula Schumacher specialises in intellectual property law and, in particular, patent litigation. Several of these cases include anti-trust issues. In particular, she is leading the first cases pending at the German Federal Supreme Court relating to FRAND licensing after the Huawei/ZTE decision of the CJEU.
The JUVE Handbook German Commercial Law Firms has her as one of nationwide 13 "Leading Part-ners under 50 years" in patent law.
Legal 500 praises the "excellent communicator" and "vigorous specialist" Cordula Schumacher as a "top patent litigator" whose performance amazes clients".  As a "strategic thinker identifying the key issues" and as "accessible, expert in her field", she offers a "prompt and reliable service".

She is continuously praised by listings as an expert in her field in IAM Patent 1000 as "an impressive lawyer with a sharp mind and excellent technical understanding" ("polyglot and pharma ace" whose "star continues to rise") and Chambers and is highly recommended by Leaders League. Chambers reports about client appraisal: "She is great at coordinating cases and actions. She is prudent and really sees the essential where others get lost in the woods." The JUVE Handbook German Com-mercial Law Firms highly recommends Cordula Schumacher for patent litigation ("very good trial preparation") and she was voted by her peers into the Best Lawyers Ranking.



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