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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2019

January 30, Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London


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08.30 Registration

09.00 Opening remarks by Sanjana Kapila,
commercial projects editor, Managing IP

09.10 Safeguarding your IP rights with a nimble IP strategy

  • Portfolio management and protection of your IP in a volatile market/landscape
  • Aligning your IP strategy with the shifting business strategy
  • Leveraging income from IP assets - are you getting the maximum value from your IP rights?
  • How to keep your secrets from leaving your organisation
Gillian McGuire , partner, Carpmaels & Ransford
Fiona Bor , head of intellectual property, Mereo BioPharma
Katherine Tsang , assistant general counsel, IP, Diageo
Sumati Parikh , global head of intellectual property, Smiths Detection
Clare Cornell , partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

10.00 Managing your IP litigation strategy across Europe

This case study will examine key decisions in different countries and how this may influence your approach. Practical advice will be given on how to manage an international budget whilst also identifying the pros and cons of litigating in jurisdictions pre and post-Brexit.

Judith Krens , partner, TaylorWessing
Karin Pomaizlova , partner, TaylorWessing

10.50 Coffee break and networking

11.20 Successfully managing and protecting your brand
  • Strategies for enforcement of online infringement
  • Adaptable anti-counterfeiting solution - a case study
  • Overcoming the difficulty of brand clearance when the register is cluttered
  • Design rights and the challenges in protection/enforcement in European jurisdictions
  • Adverse consequences of GDPR on domain ownership transparency
Rachel Alexander , partner, Wiggin (moderator)
Catrin Turner , IP counsel, Dr Martens
Diane Hamer , head of brand protection, BBC Worldwide
Lia Young , corporate counsel, Caterpillar
Helen Saunders , chief operations officer, INCOPRO

12.10 Innovation of the future: how technology could change the face of IP
  • Innovating disruptive technologies
  • Patent protection for AI and emerging technologies
  • Update on the SEP landscape
  • How do you provide strategic advice on IP related issues when the law is emerging or non-existent?

Anette Rasmussen, partner, AWA
Balbinder Bisram,
head of legal, Huawei
Ettie-Ann Alder,
senior patent attorney, Ericsson, 4iP Council

13.00 Lunch and networking

13.50 Interactive focus - breakout groups:

Delegates will join all the following facilitated workshops, which will last for 30 minutes each. During these interactive group discussions, the facilitator will put together a list of recommendations on how to improve your organisation's talent management and retention of women lawyers.

You will draw on advice, experiences and ongoing support from your peers to discuss:

  • Exploring the value of work-life management

Miriam Gundt, partner, Hogan Lovells
Sheila Henderson , chief intellectual property counsel, Richemont

  • The importance of an inclusive culture: progress on diversity, equality and inclusion

Marianne Schaffner, partner, Dentons
Adam Baldwin, head of approvals, BNP Paribas
Rubya Ramjahn,
legal director, EU transportation & logistics, eBay

  • Smashing the glass ceiling and helping others climb the ladder

Joanna Conway, of counsel, Norton Rose Fulbright
Lucy Wojcik, head of IP, Ocado

15.50 Coffee break and networking

16.20 Workshop feedback: recommendations for change

At the end of the breakout discussions, delegates will roundup the day by sharing key takeaways from the workshops. This session will be facilitated by the workshop leaders, who will then summarise the key findings from the roundtables which will also be collated by MIP to distribute post-event.

17.00 Close of forum



Carpmaels & Ransford



Hogan Lovells





Association partner

4iP Council  



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