Pre-Conference Workshops

Workshop A: Shattering the Glass Ceiling Discussion Group: Women Helping Women in the IP Space

May 4, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm

Speakers

Rachael L. Rodman
Partner
Ulmer & Berne LLP (Columbus, OH)

Workshop B: The IP Lynchpin Focus Group: Harnessing the Power of IP to Your Advantage

May 4, 2020 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Speakers

Lisa M. Kattan
Partner
Baker Botts L.L.P. (Washington, DC)

Noel Egnatios
General Counsel
DivX, LLC (San Diego, CA)

Day 1 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020

7:00
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00
Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks and Audience Ice Breakers
8:30
Honoring the Top Accomplishments of Women in IP in 2019
9:30
Keynote Address by: Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.D.J.
10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
Analyzing Key IP Cases for 2019 and Understanding How They will Affect Your Industry in 2020
12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Future Forecast: Appreciating the Symbiosis between IP and Emerging Technologies
2:15
How to Succeed in the Business of IP: Putting Your Best Foot Forward and Crafting a Successful IP Pitch
3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30
Working Group on Fostering A Versatile and Diverse IP Team
4:30
End of Day Wrap Up – Thoughts from The Advisory Board and Co-Chairs
5:30
Conference Adjourns to Networking Cocktail Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

7:15
Continental Breakfast
8:15
Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks and Recap of Day One
8:45
Harness the Power of IP by Mastering the Coexistence between Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks
9:45
Fostering Inventorship in Women and The Search for Equality in Innovation
10:45
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
The Art of Communicating: Getting Your Point Across by Finding and Mastering the Power of Your Voice
12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Life Happens: Addressing the Impact of Key Life Events on Your IP Career
2:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
2:30
Staying Innovative and Protecting IP When Doing Business with the U.S Government
3:30
Inspiring Advice from A Lineup of Influential Senior Level Women in Intellectual Property
4:30
Closing Remarks from Co-Chairs

Day 1 - Tuesday, May 5, 2020

7:00
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00
Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks and Audience Ice Breakers

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

8:30
Honoring the Top Accomplishments of Women in IP in 2019

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

9:30
Keynote Address by: Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.D.J.

Honorable Esther Salas, U.S.D.J.
U.S. District Court Judge
District of New Jersey (Newark, NJ)

10:30
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
Analyzing Key IP Cases for 2019 and Understanding How They will Affect Your Industry in 2020

Bonnie E. Eskenazi
Partner
Greenberg Glusker Fields Claman & Machtinger LLP

Alison Aubry Richards
Partner
GLOBAL IP LAW GROUP, LLC

Megan F. Raymond
Counsel
Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP (Washington, DC)

2019 unveiled some critical IP decisions impacting business and legal decisions across a variety of industries. Join us for an in-depth and critical analysis of these cases as well as a discussion on their impact across the Tech, Aerospace, Financial Services and Media sectors:

  • Fourth Estate Public Benefit Corp. v. Wall-Street.com
  • USAA vs Wells Fargo
  • Mission Product Holdings, Inc. v. Tempnology, LLC
  • SAS Institute Inc. v. Iancu
  • AVX Corp. v. Presidio Components Inc.
  • Google v. Oracle America

12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Future Forecast: Appreciating the Symbiosis between IP and Emerging Technologies

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

Bridget Smith
Partner
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

2:15
How to Succeed in the Business of IP: Putting Your Best Foot Forward and Crafting a Successful IP Pitch

Janice Jabido
Intellectual Property Counsel
Pratt & Whitney (Eastford, CT)

Elizabeth DiMarco
Associate, Litigation
Wolf Greenfield Intellectual Property Law (Boston, MA)

  • Identifying the specific strength that distinguishes your firm’s IP capabilities from the others that are also pitching
  • Understanding how being a woman can positively set your pitch apart from others
  • Understanding the importance of diversity and inclusion programs in pitching and business development overall
  • Appreciating how the promotion of women in the technological and IP spaces help successful pitching today
  • Identifying what strength and knowledge law firms and businesses are looking for relative to women in STEM and other technological disciplines
  • Turning a pitch into a partnership between in-house counsel and law firm members built upon a common belief in the advancement of women and other elements of diversity and inclusion

 

3:15
Networking Refreshment Break
3:30
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)

Jennifer Yokoyama
Deputy General Counsel, IP Group and Chief IP Counsel
Microsoft (Redmond, WA)

Eleanor M. Yost
Shareholder
Carlton Fields (Tampa, FL)

Moderator:

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

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

4:30
End of Day Wrap Up – Thoughts from The Advisory Board and Co-Chairs

Join us for interactive conversation with the advisory board and co- chairs highlighting key takeaways and learnings from day one and start you list of action points to take back to the office.

5:30
Conference Adjourns to Networking Cocktail Reception

Day 2 - Wednesday, May 6, 2020

7:15
Continental Breakfast
8:15
Co-Chair’s Opening Remarks and Recap of Day One
8:45
Harness the Power of IP by Mastering the Coexistence between Patents, Copyrights, and Trademarks

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

Heather J. Kliebenstein
Partner
Merchant & Gould (Minneapolis, MN)

Patents, Copyrights and Trademarks are the cornerstone disciplines of Intellectual Property. Understanding how these disciplines interconnect is vital to the success of any business or industry.
This session will focus on how these three IP disciplines interconnect to foster company interests and how women play a vital part in these disciplines.

  • Examining the linkage between patents, copyrights, and trademarks at the corporate level
  • Understanding the critical importance of positioning each of these disciplines to the success of your company
  • Appreciating the role of women in these disciplines

9:45
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)

Moderator:

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
  • Recognizing women inventors

10:45
Networking Coffee Break
11:00
The Art of Communicating: Getting Your Point Across by Finding and Mastering the Power of Your Voice

Brittany Amadi
Partner
WilmerHale (Washington, DC)

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

Sandra A. Sellers
President
Technology Mediation Services, LLC (McLean, VA)

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 with your coworker and client

12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:15
Life Happens: Addressing the Impact of Key Life Events on Your IP Career

Maribeth Case
Marketing and Intellectual Property Counsel
Nationwide (Columbus, OH)

Barbara Fisher
Assistant General Counsel Intellectual Property
Lockheed Martin Corporation (Washington, DC)

Gretchen Testerman
Associate General Counsel
CenturyLink (Denver, CO)

Moderator:

Charlene A. Azema
Partner
Knobbe Martens (Irvine, CA)

Participate in discussion with brave, senior level women IP counsel  and executives as they share insights on personal and professional challenges. Hear first-hand stories on how they handled challenges and achieved work life balance, all while touching on matters such as:

  • Relationships
  • Pregnancy
  • Childcare
  • Aging parents

2:15
Afternoon Refreshment Break
2:30
Staying Innovative and Protecting IP When Doing Business with the U.S Government

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

Adriana Suringa Luedke
Director and Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Technology Law
Lockheed Martin Corporation (Washington, DC)

Sarah Graves
Senior Director, Managing Counsel, Broadband Communications Systems Sector
L3Harris Technologies, Inc. (Salt Lake City, UT)

This session will explore how staying compliant with applicable law and regulation can work hand and glove with fostering competition and innovation. Uncovering Intellectual Property initiatives currently driving innovation among companies

  • Identifying how to preserve your ideas in the face of public disclosure
  • Creating and delivering cutting edge technological results within the bounds of the law
  • Navigating commercial innovation in a constrained environment
  • Devising novel approaches to managing and protecting IP

3:30
Inspiring Advice from A Lineup of Influential Senior Level Women in Intellectual Property

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

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

4:30
Closing Remarks from Co-Chairs

Workshop A: Shattering the Glass Ceiling Discussion Group: Women Helping Women in the IP Space

May 4, 2020 9:00am – 12:00pm

Rachael L. Rodman
Partner
Ulmer & Berne LLP (Columbus, OH)

What is it about?

This interactive 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.
Together, we will:

  • Learn from accomplished women attorneys on getting ahead in your IP career
  • Overcome stereotypes and biased 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
  • Learn how to create a successful and thriving IP community for women of all generations
  • Uncover your greatness by making gender an advantage rather than an obstacle
  • Examine how universities are developing programs to generate and groom women to branch into the IP field

Workshop B: The IP Lynchpin Focus Group: Harnessing the Power of IP to Your Advantage

May 4, 2020 1:30pm – 4:30pm

Lisa M. Kattan
Partner
Baker Botts L.L.P. (Washington, DC)

Noel Egnatios
General Counsel
DivX, LLC (San Diego, CA)

What is it about?

This workshop will focus on the critical role IP plays in the epicenter of myriad industries. Our leaders will discuss opportunities to harness the power of IP in vital deals and various other facets of practice and industry. They will also  help devise strategies for when IP becomes the proverbial deal breaker as opposed to deal maker.
Points of discussion will include:

  • Understanding the make or break role of IP in deal making as well as other key facets of daily practice
  • Ensuring clearances for new inventions and technologies
  • Devising a strategies playbook for solutions to unforeseen legal and operational hurdles brought about through IP mishaps
  • Ensuring the success of your IP strategies through developing the tools to anticipate and act before a critical matter arises
  • Developing a resiliency strategy for IP disruption – how to react when the deal or invention cannot be salvaged