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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

June 7, Convene 810 Seventh Ave, New York


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8:30 Registration 

8:55 Opening remarks

9:00 International trademark disputes: challenges and strategies

  • A general view of online trademark disputes
  • Launching a brand into new markets
  • Leveraging rights in cross border disputes
  • Brand protection where rights are uncertain
  • Partnering with the business and managing expectations

Clare Cornell , partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Anna Naydonov , associate, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner
Cheryl Wang , counsel, IP and brand enforcement, David Yurman
Sophie Anger
, Marketing properties - associate GC & TM systems, global petcare, Mars

9:50 China – US IP Trade Wars: Policy and business concerns

  • Violations of American-owned IP, trade secrets and technology transfers
  • Can the WTO protect US IP in China
  • Actions to pursue

Rashmi Raj, VP IP, corporate & legal affairs, Nielsen (moderator)
Shima Roy, partner, Baker McKenzie
Christine Streatfeild, associate, Baker McKenzie 
Anna Volftsun, associate counsel, Humanscale

10:40 Coffee break and networking

11.00 Giving women in law their "voice"

  • Speaking roles for women litigators in court
  • In-house counsel becoming "trusted advisors" for business units
  • Building your presence/influence

Whitney Meier , associate, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto (moderator)
Christina Schwarz , partner, Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto
Lisa Keith , VP and associate general counsel, Steve Madden
Hon. Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Judge (ret.)
Rachael Vaughn
, product and commercial counsel, Google

11:50 IP in arbitration

  • IP disputes: pros and cons of arbitration versus litigation
  • Framework for arbitration clauses
  • How do IP arbitration clauses work internationally?
  • Issues to expect
Aimee Fagan , principal, McKool Smith ( moderator )
Hon. Faith S. Hochberg, United States District Judge (ret.)
Anna-lisa Gallo, assistant general counsel, IP, Lixil Water Technology Americas
Susan Tull
, partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

12:40 Lunch and networking

1:25 European Focus – recent developments

  • Update on Brexit and the short-to-medium implications for your IP portfolio, including the Unitary Patent and Unified Patents Court
  • Use of declaratory relief to weed out pharma patent thickets
  • Developments in worldwide discretionary telecoms declarations - how are the courts in Europe dealing with the issue of FRAND licensing?
  • Convergence of approach to claim construction - what this means for assessing FTO

Zoe Butler , partner, Powell Gilbert 
Bethan Hopewell
, partner, Powell Gilbert

2:15 PTAB updates

  • How will your strategies change with the recent Oil States and SAS decisions?
  • Latest numbers and insights on post-grant proceedings, inter partes review, post-grant review, covered business method review, and appeals
  • Bogged down by eligibility appeals

Jennifer Tempesta , partner, Baker Botts  ( moderator )
Kristan Lansbery , director, patent attorney, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals
Stephanie Monaco
, assistant general counsel, patents, Pfizer
Filko Prugo
, partner, Ropes & Gray

3:05 Coffee break and networking

3:20 Social media, brands and trademark infringement

  • Threats and opportunities for brand owners
  • Responsibilities of online social media platforms
  • Emerging challenges with social media: liability, remedies and new approaches
  • Practical approaches to protect your brand
  • Social value and influence, IP-strategies, #verified

Patti Flanagan, partner, Akerman (moderator)
Kim Youngberg, SVP and general counsel, Screenvision Media
Lydia Cheuk
, deputy general counsel, Away
Jodi Sarowitz
, VP, legal counsel, G-III Apparel Group

4:10 The importance of leadership in developing your career

  • Experiences that have best prepared you for your current leadership role
  • How did you go about building your network?
  • Work-life balance and career management
  • What would you tell the younger you?
  • Developing your career: how can you network and promote yourself

Lauren Fornarotto, principal, McKool Smith (moderator)
Maria de Cesare, head of business and legal - new digital business, AMC Networks
Lucinda Longroft, head of NY office, WIPO
Cathy Lueders, SVP lead US counsel & trademark counsel, MasterCard
Rhonda Powell, chief legal officer, Complex Networks

5:00 Forum adjourns

We will be applying for CLE credits for New York after the Forum concludes.  You can earn up to 8 credits.  Any questions, please contact Anne de Franca:




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