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Day 1 - Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Virtual Login
A Word from WIN: The Women in IP Law Network

Lisa Jakob
Managing Counsel, Trademarks & Copyrights
Merck & Co., Inc.
Co-founder, WIN: The Women in IP Law Network (Kenilworth, NJ)

Lisa Pensabene
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Co-founder, WIN: the Women in IP Law Network (Los Angeles, CA)

Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks and Audience Ice Breakers

Gail H. Zarick
IP Counsel
IBM Corporation (Armonk, NY)

Flora W. Feng
Senior Legal Director, Global Intellectual Property
PepsiCo (Purchase, NY)

Honoring the Top Accomplishments of Women in IP in 2019

Honorable Jacqueline Wright Bonilla
Deputy Chief Administrative Patent Judge
USPTO Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Alexandria, VA)

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Anne Davis Barry
Cantor Colburn LLP


Gail H. Zarick
IP Counsel
IBM Corporation (Armonk, NY)

This session will showcase the groundbreaking accomplishments of women in the IP sphere.

  • Uncovering the role of women facilitating these accomplishments, i.e., winning cases, novel inventions, etc.
  • Identifying “the right stuff” for achieving IP leader status and reaching positions of IP power
  • Making your mark and leaving an IP legacy for the next generation of IP leaders

Keynote Address, TBA
Morning Break
Working Group on Fostering a Versatile and Diverse IP Team

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

Ching-Lee Fukuda
Sidley Austin LLP (New York, NY)

Eleanor M. Yost
Carlton Fields (Tampa, FL)

This panel will focus on developing programs and protocols for companies looking to enhance gender diversity in innovation as well as broadening the participation of women and underrepresented minorities in the IP sector.

  • Learning how corporations are tackling diversity in IP and what techniques they’re using
  • Understanding the evolution of the #metoo movement and how it is influencing diversity and inclusion in the IP sector

Fostering Inventorship in Women and the Search for Equality in Innovation

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

Linda D. Kennedy
IP Business & Technology Law Partner
Panagos Kennedy PLLC (Troy, MI)

Fang (Florence) Lu
Senior Solutions Architect
IBM Research (Cambridge, MA)


Lauren Degnan
Managing Principal – DC Office
Fish & Richardson P.C. (Washington, DC)

This panel will explore gender imbalance and discover why women in IP remain underrepresented in innovation by:

  • Identifying ways to empower women to pursue the disciplines of IP and STEM subjects
  • Exploring programs aiming to increase the number of women studying STEM and IP

1:1 Networking

Be camera-ready! “1:1 Networking” is where you will have an opportunity to connect with other attendees and speakers at the conference.

The Art of Communicating: Getting Your Point Across by Finding and Mastering the Power of Your Voice

Brittany Amadi
WilmerHale (Washington, DC)

Jill Goldman
Vice President & Senior Counsel II, Intellectual Property and Contracts
American Bankers Association (Washington, DC)

Find your inner confidence. In this panel, we will explore the ‘ins and outs’ of communication and discover how to effectively lead, Influence, manage and establish credibility. We will uncover the tools and skills to effectively:

  • Speak to your male colleagues with confidence
  • Master impromptu speaking
  • Negotiate a raise both firmly and respectfully
  • Say “no”
  • Overcome and a difficult conversation in the workplace
  • Funnel performance feedback and constructive criticism into something more productive
  • Organically strike a conversation

Future Forecast: Appreciating the Symbiosis Between IP and Emerging Technologies

Janna Lewis
Corporate Counsel, Intellectual Property
Northrop Grumman Corporation (Falls Church, VA)

Kecia J Reynolds
Partner, Intellectual Property
Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP (Washington, DC)

Bridget Smith
Lowenstein & Weatherwax LLP (Los Angeles, CA)

This panel will consider how intellectual Property is adapting to the rapid change of technologies which just a few short years ago were the stuff of dreams. We will focus on how IP associated with Artificial Intelligence, Quantum Computing and Blockchain technologies is impacting:

  • Legal and business concerns in a variety of industry sectors
  • Data and functionality
  • Patent property and ownership

Afternoon Break
Inspiring Advice from a Lineup of Influential Senior Level Women in Intellectual Property

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

Vaishali Udupa
VP, AGC IP Litigation and Policy for VP AGC Litigation
Hewlett Packard Enterprise (Reston, VA)

Ariana Woods

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

Don’t miss the opportunity to network with and learn from an unparalleled panel driving change and delivering results in the intellectual property world.

  • Harness the skills necessary to thrive at the executive level
  • Provide insights for what to look for in relationships with outside counsel and internal teams
  • Share their experiences for balancing the management of a successful department with a robust and full personal life

End of Day Wrap Up – Thoughts from the Advisory Board and Co-Chairs
Conference Ends

Special International Women’s Day IP Career Focus Group

Mar 8, 2021 3:30pm – 5:00pm

Lisa Jakob
Managing Counsel, Trademarks & Copyrights
Merck & Co., Inc.
Co-founder, WIN: The Women in IP Law Network (Kenilworth, NJ)

Lisa Pensabene
O'Melveny & Myers LLP
Co-founder, WIN: the Women in IP Law Network (Los Angeles, CA)

What is it about?

The session will explore the opportunities open to women in the intellectual property field. In this working group, we will promote a unique dialogue through sharing experiences and open participation.

  • Hear from accomplished women attorneys on getting ahead in your IP career
  • Overcome stereotypes and biases associated with being a woman in the IP field
  • Learn how to speak up in the face of implicit bias
  • Expand your network and search for the right mentor
  • Create a successful and thriving IP community for women of all generations
  • Uncover your “superpower” by making gender an advantage rather than an obstacle