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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2019

January 30, Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London


Speakers at the MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2019 included:

Rachel Alexander 


Rachel Alexander is a partner at Wiggin - she 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.

Bal Bisram 

head of legal

Bal Bisram is head of legal for Huawei Technologies R&D UK and is responsible for supporting Huawei R&D UK  research centres in Cambridge, Ipswich, London, Bristol and Edinburgh.
She has significant experience in negotiating and closing complex high profile multi party corporate and commercial arrangements in domestic and cross border collaboration projects with academia and industrial partners , UK and EU projects  on research and developments initiatives across a variety of   technology  fields -  spanning from Artificial Intelligence, MB-IoT, Computing Technology, Optical Technology, Engineering Technology, emerging technology platforms.

With extensive experience in advising global companies and taking effective decisions on the acquisition and mergers activities including a variety of other business development and partnership arrangement, licensing and intellectual property  and cross –jurisdictional regulatory advice (including GDPR and information security), Bisram is an accomplished lawyer providing strategic thinking and integrated commercial advice in evolving business and regulatory environments.

Fiona Bor 

head of IP 
Mereo BioPharma Group 

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.

Ettie-Ann Alder 

senior partner attorney

Ettie-Ann Alder is a senior patent attorney at Ericsson.  She has substantial experience of drafting, prosecuting and claim charting telecommunications inventions, in particular in relation to LTE and 5G.  She has defended Ericsson's patents at oppositions before the European Patent Office, and co-ordinated preparation of cases for litigation within Europe.  Alder is responsible for IP policy in the UK within Ericsson.  She represents Ericsson in IP Federation and TECH UK.

Prior to joining Ericsson in 2013, Alder worked at a private practice firm in London.  She is a chartered and European patent attorney.  Alder holds a MSci in Physics (with German) from Imperial College, London. 

Miriam Gundt 

Miriam Gundt

Hogan Lovells

Miriam Gundt is well connected in Hogan Lovells’ global network. She is an ideal "go-to" lawyer for the coordination of international patent disputes, including both patent infringement proceedings and parallel nullity proceedings, and the enforcement of intellectual property rights in various jurisdictions. Miriam is an expert in the area of interim legal protection, including preliminary injunctions and evidence seizures. She has successfully obtained and enforced or defended against preliminary injunctions for various clients. Clients especially like Miriam's pragmatic and solution-orientated approach.
Miriam’s experience comprises both litigation and contractual IP matters, including licence agreements and R&D Agreements. Miriam possesses outstanding knowledge in the area of SPCs. She focuses on the pharma and biotech industry, life science and medical engineering, and has broad experience in the areas of telecommunication, chemistry and mechanics.

Miriam is very committed to diversity & inclusion and has been appointed as Head of Diversity & Inclusion in Europe at the beginning of 2018.

Diane Hamer 

head of brand protection
BBC Worldwide 

Diane qualified as a solicitor in Australia and practiced media and IP litigation at one of Australia’s top three firms, Allen Allen & Hemsley, before moving to London in 1998 to join Lovells. At Lovells she practised contentious and non contentious IP law before moving inhouse to become the BBC’s in house trade mark lawyer in 2004.  In 2014 she moved to the BBC’s commercial subsidiary, BBC Worldwide Limited, to head up its global brand protection team. In this role Diane is responsible for all IP-related matters for BBC Worldwide’s global business including trade mark portfolio management, anti counterfeiting and anti piracy.

Prior to qualifying as a lawyer, Diane worked in television as a freelance researcher.

Sharon Harrison  

senior legal analyst and brand protection 
Mondelez International 

Judith Krens 

Taylor Wessing

Judith Krens is a partner in the IP/IT practise group. She is based in the Amsterdam office and specialises primarily in life sciences with a particular focus on (international) patent litigation, but is also familiar with and has significant experience in other areas of IP law such as trademark law, copyright law and IT law.

Judith has tremendous experience with cross-border / multi-jurisdictional patent litigation and is well-known for her experience in the field of pharmaceuticals, biotech and medical devices, but she also frequently handles cases in other technical fields such as mechanics and electronics.

In addition, Judith has worked in the M&A/PE department of Debevoise & Plimpton (New York) where she gained significant experience in negotiating IP licenses, transfer agreements and IT-contracts.
Furthermore, Judith worked as Corporate Counsel - Europe for the global IT-company Cognizant Technology Solutions where she was responsible for client contracts in Benelux, France, Austria and Scandinavia

Gillian McGuire 

Carpmaels & Ransford

Gill has a multi-discipline practice which includes the fields of nanomaterials, graphene, polymer chemistry, industrial process chemistry, organometallic chemistry, materials and pharmaceutical chemistry. These competitive fields are, along with her pharmaceutical work, highly contentious in nature and a large part of Gill's portfolio involves handling opposition cases, in both attack and defence. Gill therefore has extensive experience in representing her clients in both ex- and inter-partes hearings before the European Patent Office. She has also supported a number of pan-European patent litigations on commercial pharmaceutical formulations with lead responsibility for technical arguments.

In the field of pharmaceutical chemistry, she has particular expertise in drafting, prosecuting and defending small molecule pharmaceutical cases, primarily for pharmaceutical originators. She has wide experience in the sector, advising the largest multi-national pharmaceutical companies, mid-caps and start-ups, including Janssen, Novartis, Vertex, Memorial Sloan Kettering, KalVista Pharmaceuticals Limited, Vantia Limited, Modern Biosciences, Aragon Pharmaceuticals, Inc., ITI Scotland Limited, Dart Neuroscience and Pain Therapeutics Inc.

Sumati Parikh 

global head of IP
Smiths Detection 

Karin Pomaizlova 

Taylor Wessing

Karin Pomaizlova is a partner and specialises in all areas of IP/IT with a focus on the legal aspects of new technologies (the Internet of Things, Industry 4.0, Big Data, Artificial Intelligence). She has particular expertise in trade marks & designs, patents, the management of trademark portfolios as well as regulation of advertisements. Karin also advises national and international clients in all areas of Healthcare and Life Sciences and has particular know how in the regulation of pharmaceuticals and medical devices as well as compliance issues, data protection and IP infringement in the pharmaceutical and food industry. In addition, she has an industry focus on Consumer & Retail and Technology, Media & Communications and advises clients regarding the transfer of technology.

Rubya Ramjahn 

legal director and head of legal

Rubya Ramjahn is an experienced e-commerce and tech lawyer.  She joined eBay as head of legal for APAC CBT countries (covering Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Southeast Asia and Israel) and was also the Head of APAC Intellectual Property of eBay before she relocated from Hong Kong to London 4 years ago.
She is currently a legal director at eBay being the principal counsel for its EMEA Delivery Experience Division as well as the Head of Legal of Shutl, a UK subsidiary of eBay which focuses on online logistics services. 
Ramjahn sits in the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of eBay UK and chairs the Black Asian and Minority Ethnic Group.  She is also in the Diversity & Inclusion Committee of the eBay Global Legal Team and leads the Workplace Committee.
Prior to joining eBay, Ramjahn has more than 10 years of experience practising intellectual property and information technology laws at major international law firms in Asia and has handled high profile litigations, commercial acquisitions and joint ventures, large-scale enforcement programs and multiple compliance and regulatory advices for numerous multi-national clients. 

Anette Rasmussen

Anette Rasmussen

partner, attorney-at-law

Anette has worked with intellectual property law since starting as an examiner with the Norwegian Patent Office in 1998. Her experience with IP rights focuses on trademarks, domain names and marketing practices.

Anette advises clients from a diverse range of industries including pharmaceuticals, food and beverage and consumer goods in relation to strategy, prosecution and enforcement of IP rights, infringements, ownership and validity disputes.

Anette continues to be ranked as a leading IP lawyer by major industry publications and legal directories including: Managing Intellectual Property, The Legal 500 and The World Trademark Review. She has also been recognised as one of "The Top 250 Women in IP" by Managing Intellectual Property.

Anette is currently serving as elected First Vice-President of the European Communities Trademark Association (ECTA), in addition to being a Council Member and Member of Management. She has also been active in various committees under the ECTA and the International Trademark Association (INTA) including Vice-Chair of the ECTA's EUIPO-Link Committee.

Helen Saunders

chief operating officer

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".

Marianne Schaffner 


Marianne Schaffner is partner and co-head of the intellectual property group of Dentons in Paris.

She is recognised for coordinating complex national and transnational patent disputes in the healthcare, chemistry, technology and telecommunications sectors. She assists clients in negotiating intellectual property agreements and in evaluating their IP portfolios to strengthen their position in mergers and acquisitions, LBOs, financing transactions and initial public offerings.

Having studied and worked in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands and the United States, she has extensive knowledge of both the European and American judicial systems which is a great asset for our clients.

Schaffner is chairwoman of the regulated sectors committee of APRAM, member of the International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), member of the Licensing Executive Society (LES) and member of Association of Practitioners of European Patents (APEB) and Pharmaceutical Trade Marks Group (PTMG).

She is also a lecturer in the advanced post master, research and valorisation of IP program at the University of Poitiers. She is fluent in French, English and German and understands Dutch.

Katherine Tsang

assistant general counsel, IP

Katherine Tsang is a senior solicitor admitted to practise in the UK and Hong Kong. She graduated from Durham University with a BSc Hons in Chemistry. She started her career in private practice with Linklaters in their IP and Technology team. In 2004, she joined Diageo as a senior IP counsel to oversee their global gins and Baileys categories, and Europe business. Tsang is currently the assistant general counsel - IP, based in London. She has responsibility for Diageo's IP protection, exploitation and enforcement in all markets other than the Americas. She also leads the general legal support for Diageo's Scotch, gins, beers and Baileys global brand teams and for Diageo's global innovation and R&D team.

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.

Lucy Wojcik 

head of IP  

Lia Young 

corporate counsel



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