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MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2020

January 30, Waldorf Hilton Hotel, London 


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Speakers at the MIP International Women's Leadership Forum 2020 included: 

Rachel Alexander


Rachel is a partner in the IP litigation group at Wiggin, advising clients on a wide range of contentious IP and commercial matters. Rachel was heavily involved in the Newzbin litigation in 2010, which established key precedents in relation to online copyright infringement.  Most recently, Rachel successfully led on the Warner Music UK Ltd v TuneIn Inc case which was one of its first to make judgement on the relationship between copyright and the internet. She has also 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 site blocking as a remedy for trademark owners. Rachel has also worked on a number of further key cases for rights holders, such as Ministry of Sound v Spotify (concerning database rights) and PRS v SoundCloud (concerning the hosting defence).

Natasha Aziz 

group counsel - IP, brand & digital 
The Body Shop  

Natasha Aziz is General Counsel (IP, Brand and Customer) for The Body Shop. She leads on all intellectual property matters for The Body Shop and is lead counsel for the UK business and the global Brand and Customer teams. Apart from IP, her work also covers commercial and data protection matters, amongst others. Prior to joining The Body Shop, she worked in-house at the Royal Mail Group and, before that, she spent 7 years in private practice at Berwin Leighton Paisner in the City. Her time there included a number of long-term secondments to Tesco and The Financial Times.

Michele Bosch


Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner 

Michele Bosch is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, D.C. office. She leads the firm’s Chemical and Metallurgical practice group. Her practice includes many areas of intellectual property law with an emphasis on post-grant proceedings, including inter partes review (IPR), post-grant review (PGR) and patent interference proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO); portfolio management and analysis; due diligence investigations; pre-litigation analysis; and comprehensive strategic client counseling in the life sciences, consumer product, petrochemical and organic chemical areas.

Michele is a registered patent attorney with more than 25 years of experience representing domestic and international clients in inter partes and ex parte matters before the USPTO. She has significant experience in patent interference proceedings, serving as lead and back-up lead counsel for over 20 years. She advises clients in a wide range of industries, including pharmaceuticals; consumer products; life sciences; skin care and cosmetics; nutraceuticals; and chemicals, including agrichemicals, polymers, and petrochemicals; minerals and metals; and biotechnology.

Michele is currently lead counsel for clients in the life sciences, pharmaceutical, and chemical industries in a variety of pending or early-stage PTAB proceedings, including IPR and interference proceedings challenging competitor patents and/or defending high-value portfolios/patents covering commercial products.

Michele holds a J.D. from College of William and Mary.

Claire Cornell


Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner

Clare Cornell leads Finnegan's London trade mark group and has 20 years experience in the IP industry. Her practice focusses on all aspects of trade mark portfolio management. Clare also specialises in trade mark enforcement and seeking settlement of complex IP disputes.
Clare is a both a Chartered and European trade mark and patent attorney having qualified to practice in the UK and in Europe in both disciplines. Skilled in coordinating national and international trade mark filing strategies, Clare serves an international client base, including through the European Union Intellectual Property Office and the World Intellectual Property Organizatio's (WIPO) Madrid International trade mark registration system. She has particular experience working with attorneys in China on the opposition and cancellation of bad faith trade mark applications and registrations.
Recognized as an “IP Star” in the United Kingdom by Managing Intellectual Property, Clare provides a broad range of advice in high-level IP due diligence programs, advising on all aspects of IP as well as the preparation of agreements for the transfer of IP portfolios.

Chloe Flower 


senior associate
Carpmaels & Ransford  

Chloe’s work covers a diverse range of subject matter. She has particular experience in laundry technology, contact lenses, oil and gas extraction, ceramic materials, corrosion protection, polymer manufacture and applications, and medical devices including diagnostics instruments, surgical tools, medical alloys and implantable materials. Chloe handles all stages of prosecution and contentious work including defending and attacking patents in EPO opposition and appeal proceedings.

Sharon Harrison 

senior legal analyst brand protection - global IP 
Mondelez International 

Sharon Harrison is a Senior Legal Analyst at Mondelez International, responsible for Brand Enforcement for iconic snack food brands including CADBURY, OREO, MILKA and TOBLERONE. She graduated from University of London with a LLB Law Hons in 1997 and has worked in the Intellectual Property sector for the past 20 years. Starting her career in private practice in London, before undertaking in house roles at Diageo, Boots and Allergan. In 2015, she joined the Mdlz Global Brand Protection Team, based in Bournville, Birmingham, UK, responsible for brand enforcement throughout  Europe and North America. 

Sheila Henderson


chief IP counsel 
Richemont International SA 

Sheila joined Richemont in 2006.  She is a UK qualified solicitor who has spent time working for Unilever in the UK and Netherlands, Mars, Reckitt Benckiser and is currently Chief Intellectual Property Counsel for the Richemont Group. Sheila’s role involves management, prosecution, enforcement and litigation work for the Company’s leading maisons; Cartier, MontBlanc, Van Cleef & Arpels, Chloe and IWC, on a global basis. This includes the development of IP portfolios, IP licensing, IP risk mitigation, industry standards development strategy, offensive & defensive IP assertion projects and other IP related projects.   Sheila is also responsible for the group’s digital legal team. 

Ruby Kakati

senior counsel 
Lucozade Ribena Suntory

Anna Leathley 

senior associate
Carpmaels & Ransford

Anna is a Chartered and European patent attorney and is a Senior Associate in the firm’s Life Sciences group. She built on her Biochemistry degree from the University of Oxford with a PhD from the University of London, focussing on intracellular protein targeting and signalling in development. She now works with clients who operate in diverse technology areas; extending broadly from immunology to microbiology to diagnostic techniques.
Anna is an active member of the IPO Women in IP committee, where she is co-chair of the "Mentoring Across Borders" subcommittee, and regularly participates in IP Inclusive events.

Charlotta Ljungdahl 

vice president, IP 
Air Liquide

Lizzie Morters 

patent counsel 
British American Tobacco

Amira Mukhtar 

counsel Europe - IP, patents & technology 
Mars Wrigley 

Amira Mukhtar is Counsel Europe for Mars Wrigley, with over 10 years’ in-house IP experience.

She graduated from the University of Liverpool with a First-Class honour's degree in Chemistry with Pharmacology and a Doctorate in Medicinal Chemistry. During her undergraduate studies she was awarded several prizes including the British Petroleum Practical prize, the Edith Kearton prize and the Chemistry with Pharmacology award for best performance. Her interest in IP was sparked during her PhD studies when developing a new class of aminoquinoline based antimalarial drugs and being exposed to the process for drawing up a patent application.

Ever since then she has had a broad range of roles in the field of IP more recently working extensively in the FMCG sector, specialising in the confectionery industry with some of the world's largest multinational companies as a Patent Attorney and IP Manager. She has experience in developing business aligned IP protection strategies, partnering with global R&D, commercial and marketing teams as well senior business stakeholders including board members, developing and prosecuting global patent portfolios including design rights, managing patent budgets, drafting patent applications, providing Freedom-to-operate clearances, managing EPO oppositions, IP due diligences and negotiating ownership of IP for a wide range of agreements.
In 2019, Amira joined Mars Inc. a family owned business with more than a century of history making diverse products and offering services for people and the pets people love. With almost $35 billion in sales, the company is a global business that produces some of the world's best-loved brands: M&M, SNICKERS TWIX, MILKY WAY, DOVE, PEDIGREE, WHISKAS, EXTRA, ORBIT, SKITTLES, UNCLE BEN, MARS DRINKS and COCOAVIA

Maeve O'Flynn


Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner 

Maeve O'Flynn is a European and UK patent attorney in Finnegan's London office. With more than a decade of in-house experience, having worked at some of the world's largest multinational corporations in the oil and chemical industries, she has worked for a range of clients, from startups to multinationals, covering diverse technologies such as cosmetics, sustainable chemistry, and catalysis.
Maeve has helped clients develop commercially relevant intellectual property strategies. This includes developing and managing global patent portfolios, provisioning advice regarding trade secrets and defensive publications, and negotiating collaboration and licensing agreements. Maeve has extensive experience preparing and prosecuting patent applications, from the initial invention harvesting sessions through to achieving allowance. She represents clients at oral proceedings before the European Patent Office, representing both patentee and opponent.

Emily O'Neill  

chief counsel - IP & litigation  

Claudia Pappas 

head of trademark department 

Dr .Claudia Pappas graduated in law from University of Freiburg, Germany, wrote her thesis at the Max Planck Institute in Freiburg and spent her legal clerkship in Berlin. She was a partner with the IP law firm of Weber & Sauberschwarz in Dusseldorf from 1997 since 2015. She joined ThyssenKrupp in 2016 and is heading the Trademark Department. She is specialized in Intellectual Property Law.

Anette Rasmussen


managing partner
AWA Law 

Anette began her career in intellectual property law in 1998 as an examiner at the Norwegian Patent Office. Her experience encompasses all aspects of IP law including copyright, utility model disputes and patents, but with a strong focus on trademarks, domain names and marketing practices.

She assists clients in enforcing their IP rights through settlement negotiations and litigation, including before national IP offices and the courts.

Anette works closely with two of the top 10 most valuable Danish brands and has assisted with their expansion and establishment throughout the world.

She is currently serving as elected First Vice-President of ECTA, in addition to being a Council Member and Member of Management.

Irene Roberts 

director, corporate counsel 
Getty Images

Irene Roberts, director, corporate counsel EMEA works across the entire Getty Images business operation in EMEA, providing legal support and addressing legal issues across the spectrum.  Roberts has been with the company for 13 years, joining the Getty Images team in 2006, before being promoted to senior manager position, then to her current Director role. Bilingual in both French and English, Roberts is qualified in France. Roberts follows closely the developments in copyright legislation, and also intervenes in other areas of law (employment law, data protection, merger and acquisition, corporate law) and is a key member of the Getty Images legal team.

Helen Saunders 


chief product and customer solution officer  

Helen Saunders is the Chief Product and Customer Solutions Officer at Incopro, helping to successfully develop the business over the past five years. With an academic background in law and experience in law enforcement and the private sector, Helen holds extensive knowledge of IP protection technology and practice.  She has investigated a number of high-profile complex online cases during her career and acted as an expert witness on the effectiveness of site blocking including the 2014 Richemont case on the effectiveness of site blocking.

Kimiya Shams 


legal counsel

Kimiya Shams is an attorney with several years of work 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. 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 been enrolled at Harvard University and Oxford University where she has specialized in intellectual property law and economics. Kimiya has wide experience in advising on intellectual property matters and corporate transactions, having counseled leading international companies, including legacy and new businesses as well as 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 in parallel to her academic and professional life worked as a writer reporting on the challenges of protecting intellectual property rights in the digital age. She has published numerous articles related to intellectual property law in various leading international magazines, among them Forbes Magazine, The Independent, The Business of Fashion etc. 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.

Diana Sternfeld 

head of IP 

Since 2018 Diana has been Head of Intellectual Property at LifeArc, a leading UK medical research charity. Before joining LifeArc she was a patent litigator with particular expertise in biotechnology patents.  As well as acting in all UK courts, she advised on international disputes and coordinated and assisted with actions in other jurisdictions and patent offices.  Her patent career began with the landmark case of Biogen against Medeva which was the first case involving a biotechnology patent considered by the House of Lords. Since that case she has acted in many significant cases, especially, in the life sciences sector.  She is an active participant in the BioIndustry Association (BIA) and has been a member of its Board since 2011. She is also a member of the Executive Committee of the Board assisting in the operational oversight of the Association. 

Katherine Tsang

general counsel, global IP

Katherine is the General Counsel, Global IP at Diageo. She heads up a team of 25 IP professionals based in Asia, Europe and the Americas. Katherine has global responsibility for Diageo's trade mark, design and patent portfolio, from product ideation through to IP registration, commercialisation and enforcement. The IP team looks after over 200 brands, including for example Johnnie Walker, Smirnoff and Guinness, in 180 territories. Katherine also leads the legal support for Diageo's global innovation and marketing strategy. Prior to joining Diageo, Katherine spent ten years in private practice at Linklaters where she advised on a broad range of IP issues, with a particular focus on IP ownership structures and M&A transactions. She is admitted to practise in the UK and Hong Kong and has a BSc Hons in Chemistry.

Catrin Turner

global IP counsel
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.

Maaike van Velzen


head of IP connected care

Maaike van Velzen has worked in intellectual property at Philips Intellectual Property and Standards (IP&S) since 2005. She is responsible for IP matters for the Connected Care businesses in Philips. In addition, as head of IP portfolio management she oversees the IP&S portfolio activities and process of patent creation and patent acquisition.

Before joining Philips in 2005, Maaike van Velzen worked for nine years as IP counsel at Unilever (fast-moving consumer goods) and was responsible for a variety of patent portfolios and business-related activities, such as IP risk assessments.

At Philips, Maaike van Velzen was responsible for the healthcare IP portfolio for several years and has been involved in licensing, acquiring intellectual property and setting up IP regulations for public-private partnerships. In her role for the Philips businesses she was involved in developing a strong portfolio of trademarks, designs and patents and using this IP in cross-jurisdictional litigation against parties infringing Philips’ IPR. She has a particular interest in building IP portfolio related to trends and future technologies/solutions in the Healthtech domain. She introduced several advanced technologies/services on IP into Philips IP&S to enhance IP portfolio management.

Maaike van Velzen has a master’s degree in Chemistry and is a European patent attorney since 2000.


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