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MIP International Women's Leadership Chicago Forum 2019

September 12, The Westin Chicago River North


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8:30 Registration and networking breakfast

9:00 Opening remarks by Managing IP

9:10 Safeguarding your IP rights with a nimble strategy

  • Releasing the value of innovation, mitigating risk and managing your budget
  • Aligning your IP strategy with the shifting business strategy
  • How to keep your secrets from leaving your organisation
Susan Russell, of counsel, Baker Donelson (moderator)
Amy Garber, chief intellectual property officer, Hazel Technologies
Emily Sherrer, general counsel, Hanweck
Hanna Yoon, associate general counsel intellectual property, Fresenius Kabi

09:50 Licensing: monetizing the value of your IP assets

  • Strategizing and leveraging value through your assets 
  • Effectively monetising your assets through licenses 
  • Terms of license and strategies around licensing for patents/ trademark/copyright
Kim Maynard, attorney, Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz (moderator)
Susan Hallen, intellectual property management solutions and IP portfolio manager, IBM
Megan Rimovsky , director of intellectual property, Cannabistry Labs
Alison Richards, Partner, Global IP Law Group
Katie Becker, senior shareholder, Banner Witcoff

10:40 Networking coffee break 

11:10 Successfully managing and protecting your brand

  • Social media enforcement strategies
  • Strategies for protecting brands in agreements
  • Brand expansion strategies

Virginia Marino, shareholder, Brinks Gilson & Lione (moderator)
Catherine Smith
, senior counsel, Wolters Kluwer
Heidi Schmid Whiting, vice president & general counsel, Graham Media Group
Jasmine Davis, counsel-intellectual property, Conagra Brands
Farah Bhatti, shareholder, Buchalter

12:00 Smashing the glass ceiling and helping others up the ladder

  • Excelling with effective negotiating, influencing and communication 
  • Navigating difficult conversations: effective salary negotiation strategies 
  • How can women secure first-chair responsibility? 
  • Identifying and seizing all opportunities for advancement - what constitutes a successful career?

Claudia Stangle, partner, Leydig Voit & Mayer (moderator)
Rekha Hanu,
chief IP counsel, Akorn Pharmaceuticals
Sara Dastgheib-Vinarov,
global IP counsel, Tate & Lyle
Mary-Olga Lovett, senior vice president, Greenberg Traurig
Kimberly Beis, partner, Freeborn & Peters

13:00 Networking lunch

14:00 Interactive breakout group
Delegates will join all the following facilitated workshops, which will last for 40 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:

  • Empowerment through mentoring & sponsorship; how to be a good mentor and understanding the value 
    Sylvia Chen, patent counsel, head of patent operations, Google
    Leah Christoforidis, general counsel, Red Chalk Group


  • Embracing change and bringing your workplace up to date: How far have we come and where are we going?
    Tracy Durkin, director, Sterne Kessler Goldstein & Fox

15:20 Networking coffee break

15:45 Strategic considerations when coordinating your patent litigation

  • Understanding the application and impact of the Philips standard 
  • Key areas to consider when challenging the validity of patents at PTAB 
  • Navigating the changes in patent litigation post-TC Heartland 
  • Tips to handle unpredictability and overcome venue challenges

Emer Simic, partner, Green Griffith & Borg-Breen (moderator)
Linda Friedlieb, senior counsel, AbbVie
Rekha Hanu
, chief IP counsel, Akorn Pharmaceuticals

16.30 How technology could change the face of IP

  • How do you provide strategic advice on IP related issues when the law is emerging or non-existent?
  • Patent protection for emerging technologies
  • Managing the anticipated opportunities and challenges with the 5G revolution 
  • Building a fully integrated IP protection strategy in the data era 
  • Brand protection with emerging technologies
Catherine Kilma, intellectual property counsel, Continental Automotive Systems (moderator)
Helen Odom, senior counsel, intellectual property, TD Ameritrade
Maria Maras,
senior legal counsel, IP litigation, Accenture

17:10 Forum adjourns




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