American Conference Institute (ACI) Together with the Women in IP Law Network (WIN), Invite You to Join Us at Our Inaugural Women Leaders in IP Law Conference.

The role of women in the IP arena is evolving with many women leading the charge for critical legal developments, impacting the various facets and disciplines of intellectual property – from patents to copyrights to trademarks. This conference will not only highlight the accomplishments of women in IP, but will also offer advice for women to help other women thrive and excel in the workplace. In addition, we will offer insights on the unique challenges women face in trying to find a work life balance, including addressing the impact of key life events on your IP career.

Attend the ACI’s Women Leaders in IP Law Summit and learn how to promote diversity and inclusion to increase the prominence of women in the IP legal community. Together, we will discover where the IP community is falling short for women and how to correct this failing. Come and network with women industry leaders to uncover the keys to establishing the credibility and confidence to move up in the ranks to a position of power.

Join us and make valuable connections and new friends – and embrace the spirit of women helping women in the IP field.

Meet the Co-Chairs

Gail H. Zarick

Gail H. Zarick

IP Counsel
IBM Corporation (Armonk, NY)

Flora W. Feng

Flora W. Feng

Senior Legal Director, Global Intellectual Property
PepsiCo (Purchase, NY)

Speaker Name

Ariana Woods

Senior Director & Associate General Counsel, Head of Intellectual Property
Capital One (McLean, VA)

Speaker Name

Suzanne Flaton-Origenes

Vice President & Deputy General Counsel Intellectual Property Legal Department, NA Global Services, Intellectual Property
BASF Corporation (Florham Park, NJ)

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Honorable Melissa Haapala

Lead Administrative, Patent Judge
USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Denver, CO)

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Sarah L. Hooson

Counsel, Patents
Merck & Co., Inc. (Rahway, NJ)

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Fang (Florence) Lu

Senior Solutions Architect
IBM Research (Cambridge, MA)

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Honorable Jacqueline Wright Bonilla

Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge
USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Alexandria, VA)

In-house counsel and business executives: Vice Presidents, Chiefs IP Counsel, Senior Counsel, Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks in the following sectors:
  • Technology
  • Banking
  • Life Sciences
  • Aerospace and Defense
  • Media and Entertainment
Law Firm Attorneys whose Practices focus on Intellectual Property Law, including:
  • Patents
  • Trademarks
  • Copyrights

Accreditation will be sought in those jurisdictions requested by the registrants which have continuing education requirements. This course is identified as no transitional for the purposes of CLE accreditation. Learn More


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