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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2018

December 4 2018, Hotel Nia, Menlo Park


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8:30 Registration

9:00 Opening remarks by Michael Loney,
managing editor, Managing IP

9.05 Innovation and the IP attorney
  • IP advisors and new technologies
    • Product counseling for moonshots and other innovative tech
    • How to advise when the law is emerging or non-existent
    • Cultural shifts affecting IP law and practice
  • Innovation in IP practice
    • What does it mean to be an innovative IP practitioner?
    • AI and legal tech tools for in-house and firm attorneys
    • Near, medium, and long term views of developments to watch
    • What is legal design, and how can it be deployed?

Mackenzie Martin, partner, Baker McKenzie (moderator)
Angela Gandhi , senior legal counsel, Kitty Hawk
Kanda Ishihara , director, legal - IP, Veritas Technologies 
Morvarid Metanat
, associate GC, IP product, Facebook
Sara Rowe , product and litigation counsel, Pinterest
Danielle Benecke, senior associate, Baker McKenzie

9:55 From overwhelmed to adding value: lessons on leadership

  • Learn, protect and grow the business
  • Create legal department value
  • Building a high-performing team of problem solvers
  • Diversify talent pool – science, legal, gender, race
  • Importance of constructive feedback – “truth telling”
  • Use external roles to build your credibility, extend your network and increase business development opportunities
  • The importance of empathy and being a good listener, not just critical thinking, to untangle laws and regulations

Donna Tobin, partner, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein Selz (moderator)
Angela Murch, associate VP IP, InCube Labs
Sonya Sigler,
chief operating officer, Real Identities
Gillian Thackray,
VP, chief IP counsel, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Elizabeth Morris,
director of IP, KLA-Tencor Corporation

10:45 Refreshment break and networking

11.00 “Year in review” – how new case law affects your litigation strategy

  • PTAB vs District Court vs the Supreme Court?
  • Determining venue strategy
  • Other recent regulatory changes that are changing litigation decisions
  • Protecting privilege in a post-Halo environment
Leslie Spencer, partner, Ropes & Gray (moderator)
Tashica Amirgholizadeh , patent litigation counsel, Gilead Sciences
Xiao Chang
, senior corporate counsel, IP Litigation, Cisco
Deanna Kwong , IP litigation counsel, Hewlett Packard Enterprises
Charlotte Jacobsen , partner, Ropes & Gray

11.50 Privacy for IP practitioners

  • The new California Consumer Privacy Act
  • GDPR comparison and recap
  • Other key global privacy laws to watch
Karen Sebaski, senior associate, Holwell Shuster & Goldberg (moderator)
Laura Hamady, deputy general counsel and CPO, Chronicle
Christiana State,
senior director legal, Linden Labs

12.40 Lunch and networking

1.25 Developing an efficient, yet high-quality patent portfolio strategy

  • Standard Essential Patents and FRAND update
  • The increase in China’s patent filings – especially AI patents
  • Using IPRs and other post-issuance proceedings
  • Preparing a patent to hold up to challenges
  • Evolution of subject matter patentability in the US

Emily Collins , associate, Kilburn & Strode (moderator)       
Bing Hai,
senior IP counsel, Bristol-Myers Squibb
Kamrin MacKnight,
chief patent counsel & senior director of IP, Codexis
Megan McLoughlin
, product director for PatentAdvisor, LexisNexis

2.15 The effect of your trademark initiatives on your business image

  • Difficulty of brand clearance when the register is so cluttered
  • Educating business executives on the difference between advertising and trademarks
  • Anti-counterfeiting on social media and e-commerce sites
  • Role of customs and ITC remedial orders
  • Understanding IP systems in different countries well enough to make good decisions about where to seek trademarks

Jami Gekas , partner, Foley & Lardner (moderator)
Diane Gabl Kratz, senior IP counsel, Seagate Technology
Suchi Somasekar,
senior director, assistant general counsel, Western Digital
Katherine McGowan,
head of business development, RedMarlin (formerly director legal – brand and creative, LinkedIn )

3.05 Refreshment break and networking

3.20 Trade secrets protection strategies

  • Identifying internal trade secrets and protecting computer stored data
  • Are employment and non-compete agreements helping?
  • Effects of Supreme Court patent decisions to limit patentable subject matter
  • Strategies to manage the trade secret injunction and enforcing compliance with restraining orders and remedies
Amy VanZant, IP partner, Orrick (moderator)
Karna Nisewaner , associate general counsel, Cadence Design Systems 
Rimma Budnitskaya,
director, IP, Splunk
Rachael Vaughn,
product and commercial counsel, Google

4.10 Sharing wise ideas on career development

  • Know your value – build your brand – track and tout achievements
  • Seek opportunities, new roles/positions/projects
  • How to take advantage of the new California law regarding women on boards
  • Being a woman in Silicon Valley today

Katy Basile, partner, Reed Smith (moderator)
Delia Swan , president, Swan Legal Search
Sharon Segev, chief business affairs and legal officer, Smule
Olga Rodstein,
head of legal, Electric Imp

5:00 Cocktail reception and networking

6:00 Forum adjourns

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




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