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MIP Global Trademark Forum 2019

March 14, Convene 810 Seventh Avenue, New York


Speakers who attended the MIP Global Trademark Forum 2019:

Paul Anderson

IH_Paul Anderson - Forbes Media

associate general counsel, IP and commercial counsel

Paul Anderson is Associate General Counsel, IP and Commercial Counsel at Forbes Media LLC.  Paul manages the legal aspects of Forbes' day-to-day business affairs worldwide.  His typical week involves negotiating a wide variety of agreements concerning Forbes commercial and editorial matters (ranging from sales and advertising to licensing and technology, from events and live performances to PR, social media, and influencers, from website and privacy terms to sweepstakes and contest rules), providing best practice advice to executive teams on strategic, business, and operational items, and resolving third party adversarial matters relating to the protection of Forbes brands (e.g., IP infringement; breach of contract; fake news/brand impersonation).

Before Forbes, Paul was an Associate at Ritholz Levy LLP, where he counseled clients on legal matters facing the media, entertainment, fashion, music, technology, video games, and sports industries.

Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law (JD)
Washington University in St. Louis (BA) 

Danny Awdeh

Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner

Danny Awdeh leads Finnegan's trademark and copyright practice, and is consistently recognized by his peers and in-house counsel as being among the top attorneys for contentious and non-contentious trademark work. Danny represents clients in high-stakes litigation in forums throughout the country and manages numerous high-profile global trademark portfolios. He is sought after as an “exceptional advocate who gives candid, practical advice backed by an impressive understanding of the legal complexities,” which was noted in World Trademark Review WTR 1000, and his proven track record across trademark disciplines, including high-stakes litigations, billion-dollar transactions, global brand launches, and strategic counseling. Recognized as one of the top attorneys in Washington, DC with a gift for tactical thinking and a truly talented lawyer and the go-to guy for high-profile trademark and trade dress litigation. He supports his clients around the globe and has a valuable presence in China.

Marci Ballard

first-chair Lanham Act and copyright litigator
United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO)

Marci Ballard is a seasoned first-chair Lanham Act and copyright litigator who represents clients before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB), and in bench and jury trials. Marci also represents clients in arbitration hearings throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom. Several well-known global brands rely on her sophisticated litigation skills and sage counsel in global trademark matters and brand management functions. She also manages global IP portfolios, and counsels clients on brand protection, trademark, copyright, trade secret, privacy rights, licensing, unfair competition, contracts, and business tort claims.

Daniel Block

Sterne Kessler

Daniel S. Block is a director in Sterne Kessler's Electronics Practice Group. Dan's practice primarily focuses on patent and anti-counterfeiting litigation at the International Trade Commission and in Federal district court. Dan has been integral in designing and implementing anti-counterfeiting measures for numerous international brands, with a focus on cost-neutral enforcement strategies. He has also served as counsel in over 50 post-grant proceedings at the USPTO's Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Dan's brand enforcement work includes obtaining judgements against hundreds of defendants selling counterfeit products of major consumer brands. He has obtained judgments totaling over 50 million dollars, and seized or stopped the sales of tens of thousands of counterfeit items over the Internet. His technical expertise covers many areas of computing including: computer graphics, networking communications, web services, complex computer architectures, and storage systems.

Dan has his B.S. Computer Science from Rochester Institute of Technology and his J.D. magna cum laude from University of Minnesota Law School.

David Cohen

assistant general counsel & chief trademark counsel

David A. Cohen is Assistant General Counsel & Chief Trademark Counsel at Honeywell. In this role, David is responsible for all trademark, copyright, internet/domain name and related work for all of Honeywell's businesses on a worldwide basis. His duties include trademark searching and clearance, enforcement of Honeywell's rights, counseling about use and trademark licensing. In addition, David handles copyright protection, enforcement and licensing and leads the company's worldwide anti-counterfeiting efforts. David also handles maintenance of Honeywell's domain names and many internet-related issues, including take-downs and challenges to improper online activities. David also is involved in Honeywell's many mergers and acquisitions and transitioning of brands and has lead Honeywell's legal review of and resolving issues related to the use of open source software. David also provides general legal and contractual advice to Honeywell Hometown Solutions, Honeywell's award-winning organization dedicated to providing resources and support to communities all over the world,

Christa Cole

managing counsel IP
Nestle USA

Christa Cole, a member of the global Nestle Legal IP team, is Head of Trademarks for Nestle USA.  Ms. Cole, based in the Arlington, Virginia Headquarters, oversees the trademark protection and enforcement for well-known brands such as NESPRESSO, STARBUCKS for the Nestlé Starbucks Alliance, CHAMELEON COLD BREW, NESCAFE, NESQUIK, COFFEE MATE, TOLL HOUSE, HAAGEN-DAZS, EDY'S/DRYER'S, DRUMSTICK, STOUFFER'S, BUITONI, DIGIORNO, HOT POCKETS, SWEET EARTH and many more.

She manages all aspects of the U.S. trademark portfolio, including, trademark selection and prosecution, counseling marketing teams on the adoption of new brands, brand licensing, trade dress protection and enforcement, and U.S. trademark litigation.  Prior to joining Nestlé, Ms. Cole was General Counsel to California Tan in Los Angeles where she directed global legal affairs for this market leader of indoor tanning lotions.

Ms. Cole received an International LLM from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles and a J.D. from Western State University in Irvine, California.  She received a BA in Psychology from USC.  Ms. Cole is a member of the State Bar of California.

Micheal Crane

senior director/senior counsel, advertising & trademarks
Choice Hotels International

Michael Crane is the Senior Director/Senior Counsel for Advertising & Trademarks at Choice Hotels International in Rockville, MD, which has over 6,800 franchised hotels in over 40 countries, representing over 500,000 total rooms.  He previously led the trademark and soft IP teams at two international companies, Capital One ("what's in your wallet?") and the pioneering Internet bank ING DIRECT.  Mr. Crane is a past president of the Greater Philadelphia chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel and has spoken at numerous companies and conferences on trademarks, branding, advertising and social media.

Lauren Dienes-Middlen

senior vice president, assistant general counsel - intellectual property
World Wrestling Entertainment

As the Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel - Intellectual Property, Lauren. Dienes-Middlen is the Head of the Intellectual Property Group of the Business & Legal Affairs Department of World Wrestling Entertainment, Inc. (WWE), where she has worked for the past 18 years.

Lauren is responsible for counseling the business groups regarding the best branding strategy for enhancing and developing strong trademark rights worldwide, including proper selection and use of marks. She is responsible for all trademark availability analyses as well as the prosecution of trademark applications and registrations in the United States and in more than 80 countries, including managing all trademark opposition and cancellation proceedings worldwide.

She also manages WWE's Anti-Piracy Program, overseeing the enforcement of WWE's rights with respect to online video piracy, counterfeit physical goods, domain name arbitrations, seizures, and litigation worldwide. In addition to assisting with litigation, she has valuable experience in achieving amicable resolutions of trademark disputes through negotiating coexistence arrangements and settlement agreements. She is responsible for procuring and maintaining the company's domain name portfolio of approximately 2,000 URLs worldwide.

Lauren received her BA in Political Science from Vassar College, and her J.D. from Western New England University School of Law.

Margaret Esquenet

Finnegan, Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Margaret Esquenet focuses on contemporary issues in U.S. and global copyright, advertising, and trademark law. She leads litigation teams defining the scope of copyright protection, trademark infringement, and advertising substantiation on traditional and emerging platforms. She provides legal counsel across all media, in all facets of branding, advertising, and marketing. As a leader of Finnegan's copyright practice, Margaret is responsible for creating, maintaining, and enforcing all aspects of various copyright portfolios. Recently, she helped secure a victory on summary judgment for Dean Guitars and the Estate of Dimebag Darrell Abbott in a hotly-contested copyright infringement and unfair competition case. The case involved one of the world's most popular heavy metal guitarists ”Darrell Abbott of the band Pantera" and a lightning bolt graphic on his "Dean from Hell guitar", which for decades has been an inseparable part of Abbott's persona and likeness.

Brian Friedman

director, litigation & regulatory counsel

Brian Friedman joined JetBlue in 2009 and serves as Director, Litigation & Regulatory Counsel in JetBlue’s Long Island City, New York headquarters. Brian handles JetBlue’s commercial, marketing, trademark, intellectual property and advertising legal portfolio. Additionally, Brian manages JetBlue litigation work, inclusive of commercial disputes, international claims, administrative agency proceedings and escalated customer issues. In the regulatory sphere, Brian focuses particularly on U.S. DOT regulatory compliance, including Air Carrier Access Act disability issues and DOT consumer protection mandates, and provides regulatory enforcement and compliance advice to the Safety and Security teams.

Prior to JetBlue, Brian worked for a combined six years in the New York City offices of two global law firms practicing general commercial litigation.

A native of Seattle, Brian received his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, and a B.A. in History from Columbia University. Brian currently serves as Budget Officer of the ABA Forum on Air & Space Law. Brian lives in Manhattan, and serves on the board of a New York City non-profit for anti-violence advocacy and community outreach.

Jenny Greisman

intellectual property attorney

Jenny L. Greisman joined the IBM Corporate Headquarters Trademark Department in 2015 after studying IP law extensively throughout her 8-year legal and academic career in both China and the U.S. Reporting directly to the Chief Trademark Counsel, Jenny handles many aspects of trademark matters such as IBM global trademark portfolio management, trademark procurement and prosecution, brand protection, and trademark licensing.  As the Chair of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO) US Trademark Office Practice Committee, Jenny closely follows trademark policy and law developments.

Oliver Herzfeld

Oliver Herzfeld - Beanstalk


Oliver Herzfeld oversees all aspects of the Legal department of Beanstalk, a leading brand licensing consultancy. Prior to joining Beanstalk, Oliver was chief legal officer of w-Technologies, a leading wireless software firm, and general counsel of The Capital Markets Company, a technology solutions firm focused on financial services. His responsibilities included commercial, intellectual property and employment law, as well as dispute resolution. Previously, Oliver served as functional general counsel of intellectual property, technology, and licensing at J.P. Morgan & Co. Incorporated. Oliver began his legal career as an associate at Sullivan & Cromwell where he worked on a broad range of corporate and securities matters.

Oliver earned a bachelor of arts, cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from New York University. He earned a JD with honors from Columbia University School of Law.

Oliver is deeply involved in several social service organizations in his community, mediator for the MediateArt program of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, and performs pro bono legal work for not-for-profit organizations.

Jonathan Jung

general counsel
Innovative Cosmetic Concepts

Jonathan Jung is General Counsel for Innovative Cosmetic Concepts where he is responsible for global legal affairs including corporate, litigation, intellectual property, labor & employment, regulatory, international trade, advertising, and privacy in the Americas, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. He provides senior management with effective advice on company strategies and business development, manages daily operation of legal department and oversee s the work of outside counsels.

Naresh Kilaru

Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Naresh Kilaru, a partner in Finnegan's Washington, DC office, focuses his practice on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, and right-of-publicity law. He counsels clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies in the United States and around the world. Naresh also has extensive experience in all aspects of trademark, copyright, and unfair competition litigation, including cases involving traditional trademarks, product packaging and product configuration trade dress, false advertising, counterfeiting, gray-market goods, and domain names. Naresh has litigated numerous cases in both district court and at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Mary Leheny

associate general counsel and global head of trademarks & domain names
Verizon Media

Mary F. Leheny is Associate General Counsel and Global Head of Trademarks & Domain Names for Verizon Media, the company that includes such media and tech brands as HuffPost, TechCrunch, AOL, Engadget, Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, and MAKERS. In addition to advising on brand licensing, M&A transactions and promotional activities, she leads the management and enforcement of the global trademark and domain name portfolios.

Prior to joining Verizon Media, Mary was Global Head of Trademarks, Copyrights & Domain Names for Novartis Consumer Health working in the OTC, Eyecare, Animal Health and Nutritional businesses, and before that was Senior Staff Attorney at Joseph E. Seagrams & Sons, Inc.

In 2015, Mary was recognized by Managing IP as a Corporate IP Star, and in 2013 was selected as a member of the inaugural Corporate Counsel 100: United States.

Brian Looney

vice president

Brian Looney is Vice President, The Americas at Incopro. He joined the company in 2016 to help lead its expansion into the North America market after the company’s successful launch in Europe. At Incopro Brian has successfully led intellectual property monitoring and enforcement programs on behalf of several major brands, related to a wide array of challenges. He leads a team of experts that manage anti-counterfeiting efforts across the internet, including marketplace platforms, ecommerce websites, social media, and more. Brian also works with Incopro’s product development team to adapt its technology solutions to the ever-evolving online infringement ecosystem. Prior to Incopro he helped start CitizenHawk, a leading provider of domain name enforcement and recovery solutions that was acquired by Corsearch, leading its efforts post acquisition until joining Incopro.

 Leslie Nettleford


associate general counsel

As an Associate General Counsel for AARP, Leslie provides counsel to editors of AARP The Magazine, on matters of copyright, trademark, and media law.  She negotiates celebrity agreements and book publishing contracts, handles brand protection issues, and manages IP litigation. She created a cross-departmental Brand Protection Strategy Group and worked to coordinate her organization's application for the generic top-level domain name "AARP" and she chairs the team in prioritizing and managing cease and desist actions including UDRPs and litigation. Leslie's internal clients appreciate her creativity and fresh approach to problem-solving.  She is known for creating "yes opportunities."

Leslie received her J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center and a B.A. in English from Washington Adventist University.  She is admitted to practice law in Maryland and the District of Columbia. Prior to joining AARP, Leslie handled real estate matters for a boutique DC real estate litigation firm.  She has served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown University's School of Continuing Studies teaching contracts and corporate law.

Julianna Orgel-Eaton

IH_Julianna Orgel-Eaton - Ziff Davis

senior corporate counsel
Ziff Davis

Julianna Orgel-Eaton is Senior Corporate Counsel at Ziff Davis. She is an experienced intellectual property attorney who regularly provides strategic advice regarding the availability, validity and enforceability of trademarks. She also has significant experience preventing the unauthorized use of trademarks through litigation, arbitration and negotiation. Ms. Orgel-Eaton has worked extensively in the advertising, fashion, firearms, and media industries. Currently her practice focuses on trademark infringement and brand protection as well as commercial contracts, licensing, advertising and media law issues.

Prior to working at Ziff Davis, Ms. Orgel-Eaton was an associate at Renzulli Law, LLP where her practice focused solely on trademark and trade dress protection for her clients. She worked extensively on anti-counterfeiting efforts and closely with Customs and Border Protection in order to prevent counterfeit goods from entering U.S. markets. Ms. Orgel-Eaton is a member of the Association of Corporate Counsel and the New York State Bar Association and is admitted to practice in New York.

Anthony Palumbo

associate general counsel

Anthony J. Palumbo, Associate General Counsel at Chobani, has over 15 years of domestic and international legal experience.  He began as a litigator at a firm in New York City and is now an in-house attorney, helping guide the commercialization of concepts and ideas   At Chobani, he focuses on intellectual property development and enforcement, while also providing various types of legal support to Chobani's marketing, sales, research and development and procurement teams.  Anthony was previously Senior Counsel at Mars, Inc. where he was responsible for its global Petcare trademark portfolio, including international brands such as Pedigree, Nutro and Whiskas.  Anthony has practiced in New York, Virginia and Washington, D.C., and represented a diverse set of clients in domestic and international intellectual property enforcement efforts and commercial litigation in state and federal courts.

Anthony has a BA in History & Government from Cornell University and received his J.D., with a concentration in Intellectual Property, from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law.

Justin Pierce

co-chair, intellectual property division

Justin Pierce is co-chair of Venable's Intellectual Property Division. Justin has significant experience advising companies and their executives on how best to acquire, develop, and apply their intellectual property to achieve their business objectives. He has guided clients through a wide range of matters involving patent litigation, trademark and brand protection, anti-counterfeiting initiatives, copyright, design rights, trade secrets, and licensing. Justin is also well versed in strategies for handling rights of publicity, domain name, and social media disputes, and he routinely engages in international government affairs work involving intellectual property.

Linda Quigley

attorney advisor
Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA)

Linda Quigley is an Attorney Advisor with the Copyright Team in the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) where she works on a variety of policy and legal matters. Linda serves on OPIA's Canada, Russia, and European Union teams and, among other things, she has worked on the recently negotiated USMCA and followed the EU's Proposal for a Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market. Prior to joining OPIA, Linda was a trademark examining attorney with the USPTO. Before that, Linda worked in private practice specializing in intellectual property. Additionally, Linda taught as an adjunct professor of law at William & Mary Law School and worked in the law school’s Center for Legal and Court Technology and Institute of Bill of Rights Law. She received her J.D. from William & Mary Law School and her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Notre Dame.

Ryan Raichilson

director, business & legal affairs
Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Ryan Raichilson serves as Director, Business & Legal Affairs at Sony/ATV Music Publishing, where he negotiates, drafts, and finalizes various types of music publishing agreements with the entertainment industry's most prominent attorneys, including multi-million dollar songwriting deals with world-renowned artists. He also handles complex copyright-related issues, such as infringements, dispute resolutions, U.S. copyright termination rights, and purchases.

Upon graduating from Syracuse University in 2007, Ryan began his career at Sony/ATV as executive assistant to the Chairman and CEO, Martin Bandier. In 2011, while continuing to work full-time for Sony/ATV, he began the evening law program at Rutgers School of Law – Newark. While in law school, Ryan transitioned to Sony/ATV's Business & Legal Affairs department as a contract administrator, and after graduating from Rutgers in 2015, became in-house counsel.

Rashmi Raj

vice president of the intellectual property legal department

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 and commercial transactions. Prior to Nielsen, Rashmi worked in the intellectual property departments of Pentair/Tyco & Siemens.

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 and is an active member of several legal organizations. She is a recipient of the City College Grove School of Engineering's Annual Women in Engineering Appreciation Award.

Tom Rowland

VP International
Meredith Corporation

Tom Rowland is Vice President, International at Meredith Corporation, a position he's held since Meredith acquired Time Inc.  Prior to that, Tom served for 10 years as Director of Legal & Business Affairs at Time Inc. International and became Vice President of Time Inc. International in 2017.

Tom oversees Meredith's international licensing of its 40+ iconic brands, including PEOPLE, SHAPE, INSTYLE, FOOD & WINE, TRAVEL + LEISURE, BETTER HOMES & GARDENS, and LIFE. Meredith brands reach consumers in more than sixty countries across print, digital, social, television, events and merchandise.

Tom has 14 years of experience working in media and continues his responsibility for legal matters of Meredith International. Tom started his legal career at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson after receiving his JD, magna cum laude, from Seton Hall University School of Law, and his BA from Wittenberg University.

Ainslee Schreiber

associate general counsel, principal counsel IP

Ainslee A. Schreiber is Associate General Counsel/Principal Counsel, IP at WeWork where she leads the team responsible for global trademark, patent, copyright, trade secret, related software, and regulatory marketing matters. Prior to WeWork, Ainslee led the IP team at Starwood Hotels & Resorts and was former Counsel, Trademarks at Altria. Ainslee is Chair of the Trademarks & Unfair Competition Committee at the NYC Bar Association and part of the Council on IP. She has an MIP and JD from UNH law.

Kimiya Shams

senior legal counsel

Kimiya Shams is an attorney with experience in international intellectual property law and corporate transactions. Having previously practiced at international law firms and companies in Sweden, France and the U.S., she is currently working in-house at Devialet, a leading audio technology company based in Paris.

Kimiya has counseled leading international companies, including legacy and new businesses and acquired public companies and start-ups, on intellectual property strategy and technology transactions. Interested in the intersection of law, technology, fashion and business, Kimiya has written on the challenges of protecting intellectual property rights in the digital age. She is also the founder of Young Intellectual Property Practitioners (YIPP), an informal group that endeavors to bring together young intellectual property practitioners and to promote a global exchange on the development and administration of intellectual property regulation.

Originally from Sweden, Kimiya earned a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Stockholm University and a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from Stanford Law School where she specialized in Law, Science and Technology. She has also attended Harvard University and Oxford University where she has specialized in intellectual property law and economics.

Joe Sherinsky

senior counsel for litigation and intellectual property
Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America

Joe Sherinsky is the Senior Counsel for Litigation and Intellectual Property at Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings America, where he advises his clients about handling disputes and litigation, compliance, and intellectual property law. Before joining Mitsubishi Chemical, Joe was a senior associate in Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP's Intellectual Property Group, where he focused his practice on patent and trademark litigation. Prior to joining Orrick, Joe worked for a boutique firm prosecuting pharmaceutical patents. Joe is a 2006 graduate of the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, where he was the executive editor of the Arts and Entertainment Law Journal, and a 2000 graduate of Columbia College, where he graduated with a degree in biochemistry.

Francesca Silverman

VP, senior counsel, IP

Francesca Silverman is Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property at Mastercard. Francesca is responsible for all aspects of Mastercard's global trademark portfolio, including strategic planning, clearance, prosecution, enforcement, and licensing. She advises business teams on IP-related issues concerning brand development and protection, marketing, sponsorships, technology and commercial transactions. Francesca also has extensive experience in structuring, drafting and negotiating licensing and other commercial agreements related to intellectual property rights.

Prior to her position at Mastercard, Francesca was an attorney in the Intellectual Property Department of Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP. Francesca received her B.A., cum laude, from Columbia University, and her J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Dan Smith

director and head of advertising law
Gowling WLG

Dan Smith exclusively practises in advertising law and is a recognised expert in the field with over 15 years' experience.

Dan uses this experience of working with media owners, rights-holders, agencies and some of the world's biggest brands to help smooth the legal process, shaping deals and clearing materials so that they meet creative and commercial objectives, while minimising risk.

Notable specialisms include digital media, multinational promotions, influencers and native advertising, ASA complaints, sponsorship and ambush marketing. He is active in sectors including food and drink, technology, retail and automotive. His key clients include Volkswagen Group, Weetabix, Nomad Foods (Birds Eye), Unilever and Carlsberg.
Dan speaks and writes regularly on the hottest topics in advertising and marketing, including native advertising, influencer marketing, brand safety and digital and social media.

He is a member of the Advertising Law Group - an invitation-only group restricted to a small group of pre-eminent advertising law specialists.

James Steele

senior counsel

James Steele is Senior Counsel supporting the Timberland brand owned by VF Corporation. This is his second round with Timberland and his primary focus is on marketing, advertising, and intellectual property. He works closely with and supports Timberland's global marketing and creative teams and all related outside agencies; product design, development, and production; and general support for other business units within the brand.

Prior to rejoining Timberland, he was Counsel at Digitas, a Publicis Groupe digital marketing agency and, before that, Associate General Counsel of NIKE, Inc., focusing on marketing and advertising for NIKE and its subsidiaries. James earned a BA from the University of New Hampshire and a JD from the University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly, Franklin Pierce Law Center).

Monica Talley

Sterne Kessler

Monica Talley is a director and heads Sterne Kessler's Trademark & Brand Protection Practice. For more than 20 years she has specialized in strategic trademark counseling and portfolio enhancement, developing anti-counterfeiting solutions and strategies, and resolving trademark disputes. Monica is particularly sought after for her expertise in enforcing brand rights against infringers and counterfeiters seeking to profit from her clients' well-known brands.

Considered one of the leading trademark attorneys in Washington, DC, Monica has been consecutively ranked in the prestigious WTR 1000 since 2012. In addition, Monica has been named an "IP Star" by Managing IP magazine since 2013 and is recognized as one of the magazine's "Top 250 Women in IP." Monica is also ranked among the "leading IP practitioners in the world" by the World Intellectual Property Review (WIPR) in their 2017 and 2018 "WIPR Leaders" publication.

Monica has her B.S.B.A. in Marketing and Management, University of Richmond and her J.D., Dean's Scholar from George Mason University School of Law.

Donna Tobin

Donna Tobin - Frankfurt Kurnit

Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz

Donna A. Tobin is co-chair of the Trademark & Brand Management Group and a member of the Litigation Group at Frankfurt Kurnit. Ms. Tobin represents established and emerging companies worldwide in a variety of consumer products and services industries -- including fashion, jewelry, specialty foods, beverages, and home furnishings. She also represents well-known media, entertainment and sports entities.

A trusted advisor for more than 30 years, Ms. Tobin regularly counsels on business strategy and on the acquisition, protection, and monetization of trademarks and other IP. She has an extensive licensing practice, and advises clients on international as well as domestic filing strategies. She is an experienced IP litigator.

In January 2018, Ms. Tobin was appointed to the Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office which advises the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property regarding the trademark operations of the U.S. Trademark Office. She also is an active member of the International Trademark Association, the Federal Bar Council, Intellectual Property Section, and the New York State Bar Association, Section on Women in IP. She is recognized as a leading trademark lawyer by Best Lawyers in America, Super Lawyers and Euromoney Legal Media Group.

Jane Ungaro

chief counsel, global trademarks

Jane Ungaro has enjoyed working in the trademark world for over 25 years -  first, as a trademark researcher at Corsearch, then as a paralegal turned associate at Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein.  She left the firm for a global trademark portfolio role at Pfizer Inc., and helped manage the Pfizer trademark group through several restructurings, acquisitions, and divestitures.  Beginning in 2012, Jane helped Pfizer reorganize its animal health business into a standalone company called Zoetis which spun-off completely from Pfizer in 2013.  Jane is now Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks at Zoetis Inc. in Parsippany, NJ, with a small but awesome team.

Jennifer Wilen

vice president of legal
Bombas LLC

Jennifer Wilen is the Vice President of Legal at Bombas LLC. Since starting at Bombas in October 2018, she has overseen the company’s inaugural legal department, touching on all aspects of the business.

Jen graduated with Great Distinction from McGill University with a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations and received her law degree at Cardozo School of Law where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. After graduating from law school, she worked in the corporate department at Kramer Levin Naftalis and Frankel LLP, focusing on general corporate matters, mergers and acquisitions and securities. Prior to joining to Bombas, Jen served as a Vice President in the Legal and Compliance Division of Morgan Stanley where she honed her expertise in governance matters in the Company Law Group.

Jen is the former Corporate Chair of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation (“CCFA”) Take Steps New York Walk and Founder of the Morgan Stanley employee CCFA Take Steps New York and national teams.

Amy Span Wergeles

senior trademark counsel

Amy Span Wergeles joined Henkel in 2008 as Senior Trademark Counsel, leading an in-house team responsible for the company's North American trademark function. With over $20 billion in sales and 80,000 trademark registrations globally, Henkel's US brands include Dial soap, Right Guard antiperspirant, got2b, Sexy Hair, and Schwarzkop hair products, Purex all, Snuggle and Persil laundry detergents, Soft Scrub cleanser, Renuzit air care products, and Loctite and LePage adhesives.

Amy has more than 25 years of experience in trademark, copyright, domain name, and unfair competition law, including licensing, litigation, transactional work, advertising, and strategy. She has worked in private practice in both Washington, DC and Connecticut, chaired the IP and Technology Law sections of the Connecticut Bar Association, and served on the Board of Directors of INTA. She graduated Rutgers University/Douglass College, and received her law degree from the University of Virginia.



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