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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2020

January 30, Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London 


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Free registration for in-house IP counsel, general counsel and heads of legal

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09.40 OPENING REMARKS:  Charlotte Kilpatrick , reporter, Managing IP

09:45 Holistic view/debate: in-house management of IP in a volatile landscape
  • How do you demonstrate the value of IP to your C-suite
  • Cost drives and how this affects quality and training
  • International IP strategy: overcoming cultural differences
  • Operational efficiency: pros & cons of insourcing/outsourcing/off-shoring

Amira Mukhtar , counsel Europe - intellectual property, patents & technology, Mars
Sheila Henderson , chief intellectual property counsel, Richemont 
Emily O’Neill
, chief counsel – IP & litigation, Spectris
Lizzie Morters
, patent counsel, British American Tobacco

15 minutes post-panel discussion and networking on tables


Interactive Breakout Groups

These smaller group workshops are designed to provide in-depth discussions where you will draw on advice, experiences and ongoing support of your peers. The sessions will last for 45 minutes and delegates will choose stream A or B to discuss:


11:15 Inclusivity and working together to create a more diverse culture: five key reasons that diversity is important and applying diversity target 
Ronak Kalhor-Witzel , senior manager corporate patent, Infineon Technologies

12:00 Through the lens: life in private practice versus inhouse:
balancing personal life and professional life? 
Anna Leathley , senior associate, Carpmaels & Ransford
Catrin Turner
, IP counsel, head of global IP team, Dr Martens


11:15 Work-life conflict: juggling home responsibilities and obligations with those in the workplace; how to show the necessary level of commitment and manage stress
Irène Roberts , director corporate counsel, Getty Images
Ruby Kakati
, senior IP counsel, Suntory Beverage & Food

12:00 Mentoring and building your network: how to find a mentor and role model; how to be a good mentor and the importance of mentoring
Katherine Tsang , general counsel, global IP, Diageo
Gillian McGuire
, partner, Carpmaels & Ransford


13:50 Managing, navigating and protecting your IP in the global digital marketplace

  • Strategies to target more sophisticated counterfeiters
  • Social media enforcement
  • Applying smart technology for effective takedown on online platforms
  • Effective consumer engagement with brands

Rachel Alexander , partner, Wiggin (moderator)
Sharon Harrison, senior legal analyst brand protection – global intellectual property, Mondelez International  
Kimiya Shams
, legal counsel, Devialet
Natasha Aziz
, general counsel, The Body Shop 
Helen Saunders,
chief product & customer solutions officer, INCOPRO


15:10 Future proofing your business: AI and IP

  • Overcoming practical issues with patent eligibility of AI related subject matter
  • Using AI within a data driven business: case study
  • AI implications on the role of the lawyer
  • Building a fully integrated IP protection strategy in the data era

Anette Rasmussen, partner, AWA (moderator)
Lexi Willetts, founder, Little Black Door
Maaike van Velzen
, head of IP portfolio management, Philips

16:00 Leaders and emerging leaders: directing and defining your career

  • How can lawyers better support each other?
  • Appropriately and confidently owning your presence in the room
  • Challenging the status quo, unconscious bias and speaking your mind
  • How do we start to be more aware of our language and how it can be self-limiting?
  • How to get yourself known, and effectively network

Maeve O’ Flynn , partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner (moderator)
Charlotta Ljungdahl , vice president, IP, Air Liquide
Claudia Pappas
, head of trademark department, Thyssenkrupp
Clare Cornell
, partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner 
Marina Pengilly
, co-founder, Little Black Door





















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