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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

June 7, Convene 810 Seventh Ave, New York


Speakers who attended the MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

Faith Hochberg

Honorable Faith Hochberg

federal judge & former US attorney 

Judge Faith S. Hochberg served over 15 years as a United States District Judge.  In 2015, she founded Hochberg ADR, based in New York, to provide Mediation, Arbitra-tion and strategic Advisory services to counsel in the U.S. and internationally.  Judge Hochberg also serves as a Court-Appointed Monitor in an international cybersecurity case, and as a court-appointed Special Master in both a Trade Secrets/Patent case and an Antitrust MDL.

Judge Hochberg previously served as the US Attorney for the District of New Jersey and was Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury Department.  Judge Hochberg also spent many years in the private practice of law, was Legal Assistant to the Chair-man of the SEC and was a top official in a bank regulatory agency.

Judge Hochberg is known for her broad expertise in complex class actions, insurance, banking, securities, antitrust, pharmaceutical, and patent litigation.  She is listed on the rosters of AAA, ICDR, Federal Arbitration, CPR, WIPO, ITC and ICC and is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

Judge Hochberg graduated from Harvard Law School, magna cum laude, where she was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review, and earned a B.A., summa cum laude, from Tufts University. She also attended the London School of Economics.

Maria de Cesare

IH_Maria de Cesare - AMC Networks

head of business affairs and legal
AMC Networks

Maria de Cesare is the Head of Business Affairs and Legal, New Digital Business at AMC Networks in New York City. She began her legal practice in the corporate department of the law firm of Latham & Watkins in both Los Angeles and New York, followed by an in-house counsel position at Sony Music Entertainment. She has been a frequent on-air contributor to the Huffington Post Live, speaking as an expert on various legal, entertainment, women's and pop culture matters. Her essays and other writing have appeared in the Huffington Post, Above the Law, Jezebel, California Lawyer Magazine and the Southern California Law Review. Prior to becoming a lawyer, Maria was a theater producer and actress in New York City.

Cathy Lueders

IH_Cathy Lueders - Mastercard

in-house counsel

Cathy Lueders has been in house counsel at Mastercard since 2006. She is currently Assistant General Counsel for the US Region, the company's largest region responsible for 40% of the revenue. She supports all legal issues within the US, including providing timely, concise and business-focused legal advice on various areas of the law, negotiating various agreements and engagements with financial institutions, merchants, non-traditional and digital partners as well as regulatory and policy issues.

Prior to MasterCard, Cathy was Chief IP Counsel and Senior Associate General Counsel for Instinet Incorporated. Cathy was responsible for all intellectual property, transaction, technology and contractual matters as well as providing legal input on intellectual property and technology strategies. Cathy began her career as an associate in the Advertising and Marketing group at Hall Dickler Kent Friedman and Wood in New York.

Cathy is a graduate from Franklin Pierce Law Center (now known as the University of New Hampshire School of Law) where she earned both her Juris Doctorate and LL.M in Intellectual Property. She received her B.A. in Administration of Criminal Justice in 1991 from the Pennsylvania State University.

Cathy has been involved with the International Trademark Association since 1995, serving on and leading the Saul Lefkowitz Moot Court Competition Committee and recently finished a 3 year term on INTA's Board of Directors.

Anna-Lisa Gallo

Anna-Lisa Gallo

assistant general counsel, IP
Lixil Americas

Anna-lisa Gallo is currently Assistant General Counsel of Intellectual Property for Lixil Americas, the world's largest global leader in sanitaryware. She is responsible for all aspects of IP including patents, trademarks, copyrights, confidential information, and trade secrets. She is responsible for global IP, strategy, transactional, contentious and prosecution matters.

Prior to LWTA, Anna-lisa was Senior Intellectual Property Counsel for BASF Corporation. She was responsible for all aspects of IP for various business divisions including chemical intermediates, cosmetics, catalysts, coatings, colorants, Innovation Team, and US Trademark head. Prior to in-house positions, she was with the law firm of Hoffman & Baron for over 11 years, where she focused on all areas of IP. Anna-lisa holds a degree in Chemical Engineering from Villanova University and a JD from Seton Hall University School of Law. She is admitted to practice in New Jersey, New York, District of Columbia and the Federal District Court and Court of Appeals of New Jersey and United States Trademark and Patent Office.

Kim Youngberg

kim youngberg

SVP and general counsel

Kim Youngberg is Screenvision Media's General Counsel overseeing all legal matters for the company. Throw anything at her and she'll sort it out, but she geeks out the hardest when she works on deals that involve previously unknown technologies and platforms.

Prior to joining Screenvision Media, Kim was SVP of Business and Legal Affairs for Wind-Up Records where she did deals with actual rock stars as well as wannabe rock stars. Before working at Wind-Up, Kim was in private practice at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, a music law firm, enjoying the heady years at the apex of the music industry before Steve Jobs took it down. Right after law school Kim was an associate at Bermans, a firm of English barristers and solicitors, practicing international litigation and working ungodly hours.

Kim came to love New York City above all while studying at Fordham University School of Law, but had a ridiculous amount of fun in Ann Arbor while earning her BBA from the University of Michigan.

Kristan Lansbery

Kristan Lansbery

director, patent attorney

Kristan Lansbery, Ph.D. is an attorney with corporate and law firm leadership experience. As a Director within the legal department at Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, she oversees a team responsible for global patent protection of bioprocessing technologies, trade secret protection, and freedom to operate.

Prior to Regeneron, Dr. Lansbery was a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP, where she managed teams responsible for the worldwide prosecution of life science patent portfolios and litigated disputes related to biotechnology. She also was lead counsel on several contentious matters before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board and has successfully argued ex parte appeals.

Dr. Lansbery's practice is recognized by multiple publications, including IAM Patent 1000, and she has taught Biotechnology and Patent Law at Georgetown University. She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Cell Biology from Washington University in St. Louis and attended law school at George Washington University.

Lisa Keith

Lisa Keith.

head of IP
Steve Madden

Lisa Keith is the Vice President/Associate General Counsel of Steven Madden, Ltd., where she oversees all intellectual property and marketing matters for Steve Madden and its portfolio of brands, including Betsey Johnson, Dolce Vita, and Brian Atwood. Prior to joining Steve Madden, Lisa was a senior associate at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, where she represented clients in the fashion, technology, food and beverage and luxury goods industries. Lisa has represented clients in litigation and TTAB proceedings. She is also well versed in international trademark issues.

Lisa began her legal career at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP, where she practiced in the litigation department. Lisa has written and spoken on legal topics related to marketing and intellectual property.

Lisa earned her J.D. in 2009 from New York University School of Law and her B.A., summa cum laude, in 2006 from Brandeis University, where she was Phi Beta Kappa.

Lucinda Longcroft

Lucinda Longcroft

head of WIPO New York

Lucinda Longcroft is Head of the New York Office of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland. An Australian national, Lucinda joined WIPO in 1998, where she served as Deputy Director in the Development Sector, and as a Senior Attorney in the Copyright and Electronic Commerce Divisions of WIPO. Lucinda's work focuses on the management and use of intellectual property for economic, social and cultural development. In managing WIPO's New York Office, she is responsible for WIPO's liaison with the United Nations in New York, with the broader IP community in New York, and with the Washington-based institutions. She is a qualified attorney in Australia and New York.

Lucinda holds a Bachelor of Law degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Sydney, Australia, and a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge, England. She has practiced as an attorney with the Office of Legal Affairs of the United Nations Headquarters in New York.

Sophie Anger

Sophie Anger

associate general counsel, marketing properties, global petcare

Sophie Anger joined Mars, Incorporated in 2013 and is now Associate General Counsel, Marketing Properties, Global Petcare. In that role, she is responsible for the development and execution of global business and marketing brand strategies and the coordination and oversight of the day-to-day TM petcare portfolio. The Petcare business segment of Mars includes such iconic brands as PEDIGREE, CESAR, SHEBA and WHISKAS. Prior to Mars, Sophie was in-house counsel at Merck where she oversaw the development, clearance, prosecution and enforcement of a large portfolio of pharmaceutical trademarks. Sophie began her legal career as a corporate associate working in various NYC law firms. She received a LLM from Cornell Law School along with several law school degrees from the Sorbonne University in Paris, France.

Rashmi Raj

Rashmi Raj

VP IP, corporate & legal affairs

Ms. Rashmi S. Raj is Vice President of the Intellectual Property Legal Department for Nielsen. She is actively engaged in reviewing and advising on the global IP landscape for the company. Her areas of focus include patent assertions, licensing, open source, M&A, trademarks & patent prosecution.

Prior to Nielsen, Ms. Raj worked in the intellectual property departments of multinational technology companies Tyco & Siemens.

During her free time, Ms. Raj is dedicated to advancing females in engineering and science. For the last 20 years, she has offered a yearly scholarship at her local high school for a young woman who has demonstrated academic excellence and an interest in pursuing science or engineering in honor of her mother: Dr. Swadesh Sharma Raj.

She was also a recipient of the City College Grove School of Engineering's Annual Women in Engineering Appreciation Award.

Ms. Raj earned her J.D. from Seton Hall School of Law, & a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University. She is registered to practice law in NY & NJ and before the United States Patent and Trademark Office & is an active member of several legal organizations.

Cheryl Wang

Cheryl Wang

counsel, IP and brand enforcement
David Yurman

Cheryl Wang has been in-house counsel at David Yurman since 2014. While her main practice area is intellectual property, her responsibilities cover a wide range of practice areas. As the sole intellectual property and brand enforcement counsel at the company, she is responsible for managing all of the company’s copyrights, trademarks, and patents worldwide, which includes liaising frequently with outside and/or foreign counsel but with much more involvement in the drafting and filing process in the United States.

Her work further includes litigation, sweepstakes rules & administration and licensing agreements, as well as compliance related matters covering a broad spectrum of commercial and business regulations, ranging from privacy and data protection, OSHA, to FTC advertising disclosures for jewelry specific industries and social media.

Cheryl started at David Yurman as part of Brooklyn Law School’s externship program during her 2L year where she first began to develop techniques and procedures that helped expand and strengthen the company’s brand enforcement program.

Christine Streatfeild

senior associate
Baker McKenzie

Christine Streatfeild is a senior associate in Baker McKenzie's Washington, DC office, where she handles international trade and intellectual property disputes. Her practice focuses on all aspects of trade remedies, including counseling, administrative proceedings before federal agencies, and litigation.  She advises multinational corporations on IP and unfair competition claims, such as investigations under Section 337 of the Trade Act of 1974 and proceedings involving antidumping, countervailing duties, and safeguard measures.

Prior to joining Baker McKenzie, Ms. Streatfeild served as the acting deputy director of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) and in the Environment and Natural Resources division of the Office of the United States Trade Representative. She has been an adjunct professor at the Krieger School, Johns Hopkins University, teaching a course on Global Trade, Policy and Competition.

Shima Roy

PP_Shima Roy - Baker McKenzie

Baker McKenzie

Shima Roy is a partner in Baker McKenzie's Chicago office, Her principal areas of practice are intellectual property and complex business disputes.  Shima represents clients in federal and state courts, arbitration, before the International Trade Commission and TTAB. Her clients include high-tech manufacturers, hedge funds, pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, and commodity exchanges. She also has extensive experience developing strategies for clients involved in disputes in several international jurisdictions.

Jennifer Tempesta

PP_Jennifer Tempesta - Baker Botts

Baker Botts

Jennifer Tempesta, partner at Baker Botts, focuses her practice on patent litigation in both district courts and the International Trade Commission. Clients rely on Jennifer's significant experience with all phases of district court litigation in various jurisdictions, including discovery, Markman hearings, summary judgment, trial and appeals. Jennifer is well-versed in appellate practice and has argued at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Jennifer also handles post-grant proceedings, patent prosecution, opinions and client counseling. Clients seek Jennifer's advice in a number of technology fields. While attending the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, Jennifer served as an Alexander Judicial Fellow to former Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

Anna Naydonov

PP_Anna Naydonov - Finnegan

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Anna Naydonov is an attorney in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP's Washington, DC office. Anna's practice focuses on trademark and false advertising litigation. She routinely litigates high-stakes cases for some of the world's most renowned brands before federal trial and appellate courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.  Anna also manages extensive trademark enforcement portfolios for well-known brands, including in the apparel, food/beverage, and music industries.  Anna has been recognized as a "Rising Star" by Legal Media Group consistently since 2015.

Clare Cornell

PP_Clare Cornell - Finnegan

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Clare Cornell leads Finnegan's London trade mark group and has 20 years' experience in the IP industry. Her practice focusses on all aspects of trade mark portfolio management. Clare also specialises in trade mark enforcement and seeking settlement of complex IP disputes.

Clare is a both a Chartered and European trade mark and patent attorney having qualified to practice in the UK and in Europe in both disciplines. Her practice comprises trade mark prosecution; maintenance; enforcement and opposition; clearance searching; portfolio management; IP due diligence; and IP licensing and assignment. Clare assists large multinational businesses in the management of their IP portfolios, working with in-house decision makers to ensure the smooth day to day running of their registration and enforcement matters and keeping portfolios up-to-date. Her technical experience includes advising clients in the alcoholic beverage, packaging, and nutraceutical industries.

Christina Schwarz

PP_Christina Schwarz - Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Christina Schwarz's practice at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto focuses on complex patent litigation under the Hatch-Waxman Act and contested proceedings before the United States Patent Office, including inter partes review proceedings and patent interference proceedings. She also frequently counsels clients on litigation and non-litigation matters, and conducts pre-suit investigations.  Her work covers a wide range of pharmaceutical and biotechnology products and technologies, including drugs or treatments for numerous different cancers and non-malignant tumors, immunosuppression, HCV, renal disease, Pompe disease, schizophrenia, drug formulations, drug delivery devices and polymers.

Aimee Fagan

PP_Aimee Fagan - McKool Smith

McKool Smith

Aimee Fagan is a Principal in McKool Smith's Dallas office. Aimee focuses on intellectual property disputes and complex commercial litigation in addition to pre-litigation and contract consulting matters. Her experience also includes trademark litigation, securities class actions, business torts, partnership disputes, theft of trade secrets, and breach of contract actions. Aimee's clients include leading companies from the energy, investment/financial services, banking, medical, and pharmaceutical industries, among others.

Aimee has been recognized as a top lawyer under 40 by D Magazine and one of the top "40 Under 40" leading professionals by the Dallas Business Journal. She is the former chair of the Dallas Bar Association Business Litigation Section and the Dallas Bar Association Trial Skills Section.

Filko Prugo

PP_Filko Prugo - Ropes and Grayy

Ropes & Gray

Filko Prugo, M.S., J.D., is head of Ropes & Gray's Life Sciences IP Litigation group, a first-chair litigator and a USPTO-registered patent attorney. Over the past 20 years, Filko has been extensively involved in all aspects of contested patent matters, bolstered by his solid foundation in chemistry and biotechnology. He is one of only a handful of attorneys who has argued before the PTAB in IPR trial proceedings, tried federal district court Hatch-Waxman cases, and argued before the Federal Circuit. His experience spans a broad range of technologies including pharmaceuticals and biologics for the treatment of cancer, immunological disorders and cardiovascular disease, as well as drug delivery systems and research tools. Filko is a frequent speaker on developments in patent law, specifically as they concern Hatch-Waxman and BPCIA matters. He has been repeatedly recognized for his excellence in patent litigation by Legal 500, and as a leading life sciences lawyer by LMG Life Sciences.

Patti Flanagan

SPONSOR-Patti Flanagan - Akerman


Patti Flanagan is a partner in Akerman's West Palm Beach, Florida office. She has spent over 10 years at Akerman, working with emerging and industry-leading companies to protect and enforce their U.S. and international intellectual property rights. Patti focuses on representing clients in the strategic management and utilization of their trademark portfolios, including procurement, maintenance, licensing, and asserting and defending trademark and unfair competition litigation.

From startups to established global companies, Patti's clients span a diverse range of sectors, including retail, fashion, and hospitality brands; international music festivals; production companies and entertainment professionals; technology and software companies; private equity firms; and real estate owners and developers. Patti's IP team was named "Litigation Department of the Year for Intellectual Property" 3 years in a row by Daily Business Review.

Susan Tull

SPONSOR-Susan Tull - Finnegan

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Susan Tull is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, Washington, DC office. With years of particular focus on patent litigation, Susan has been involved in all phases and forums of litigation. Her patent litigation, appeals, and post-grant proceedings practices focus on technologies related to consumer products, medical devices, automotive, and other mechanical and electrical systems.

Susan focuses her practice on patent litigation and client counseling in the mechanical, industrial, electrical, and medical device fields. She represents clients before U.S. district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.

In addition to litigation matters, Susan also participates in contentious patent proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She received her J.D. from Temple University School of Law and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.

Whitney Meier

SPONSOR-Whitney Meier - Fitzpatrick

Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto

Whitney Meier's practice at Fitzpatrick, Cella, Harper & Scinto focuses on complex patent litigation and contested proceedings before the United States Patent Office with an emphasis in pharmaceuticals and biotechnology. Her litigation and counseling experience cover a range of technologies, including chemotherapies, bisphosphonates, antipsychotics, small molecule formulation, genetically modified mice, and antibody manufacturing. Whitney's practice also includes many aspects of trademark law, including clearing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign trademarks.

Lauren Fornarotto

SPONSOR-Lauren Fornarotto - McKool Smith

McKool Smith

Lauren Fornarotto is a Principal in the New York office of McKool Smith. She focuses on intellectual property and complex commercial litigation, including actions in District Court, the Federal Circuit, and the International Trade Commission. She has handled matters that include patent litigation relating to chemical, pharmaceutical, biological, software, and mobile device patents; Hatch-Waxman ANDA litigation; and pharmaceutical and medical device antitrust litigation. Lauren is also registered to practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and represents clients in inter partes review proceedings.

Lauren was an Alexander Fellow during law school, serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Colleen McMahon at the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York, where she researched and drafted opinions on patent and copyright infringement.

Before law school, Lauren worked as a chemical process engineer at ABB Lummus Global Inc., designing chemical conversion processes for oil refineries and ethylene plants.

Bethan Hopewell

SPONSOR-Bethan Hopewell - Powell Gilbertt

Powell Gilbert

Zoe Butler

SPONSOR-Zoe Butler - Powell Gilbert

Powell Gilbert

Zoe Butler is a partner at Powell Gilbert. Zoe is an experienced IP litigator with a strong technical background. She has acted for clients from a broad range of industries, including pharmaceutical and biotech companies and mobile phone, electronics and software companies. Zoe is particularly known for her expertise in advising clients in complex, multijurisdictional patent disputes, with a wealth of experience in advising on, and often coordinating, European litigation strategies. She regularly advises on related issues arising from, for example, international technology standards, such as patent pools, licensing, competition law and FRAND, as well as regulatory issues and SPCs in the life sciences sector. In addition to representing clients before the UK courts, Zoe has experience of European Patent Office opposition proceedings, and has represented clients in arbitration proceedings and mediations relating to technology contract disputes.

Zoe teaches on the Oxford University Diploma in Intellectual Property Law and Practice, and is a contributor to the Chartered Institute of Patent Attorney's Guide to the Patents Act. Zoe won Best in Patents in 2017 and Best in technology, media & telecommunications in 2016 and 2014 at the Euromoney LMG Europe Women in Business Law Awards. Zoe is a member of AIPPI, EPLAW and ChIPs.




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