IP Portfolio & Counseling Manager Royal Philips, N.V.
Mark Beloborodov is IP Portfolio & Counseling Manager at Royal Philips, N.V., based in Cambridge, MA. In this role, Mark is responsible for the intellectual property strategy, counseling and portfolio management of several business units of Philips in the domain of connected care & health informatics, and leads a global team of in-house patent attorneys. Prior to joining Philips in 2007, Mark was in private practice at two major Boston law firms, drafting and prosecuting patent applications for various technology companies, and then served as Deputy General Counsel for Intellectual Property at Color Kinetics, a pioneer in LED lighting, through its acquisition by Philips. Mark is a graduate of National Technical University of Ukraine and Boston University School of Law.
Michael J. Bonella
Partner Condo Roccia Koptiw LLP
Michael J. Bonella has extensive experience as a litigator, as well as a patent prosecutor. Michael has argued cases before the Federal Circuit Court of Appeals. For example, Michael successfully represented Biosig Instruments against Nautilus at the Federal Circuit, where the appellate Court reversed the District Court’s invalidity finding. Michael further developed Biosig’s strategy for the Supreme Court proceedings in which the Supreme Court essentially adopted the indefiniteness standard proposed by Biosig in the landmark case decided last year.
In addition, Michael has been the lead lawyer on a number of district court litigations, representing both plaintiffs and defendants and is well-versed in all aspects of district court litigation. For instance, he was the primary force behind a settlement valued at $45 million for TruePosition. He is also well-versed in post-grant proceedings (e.g., reexamination, opposition, and Inter Parties Review (IPR)) before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Michael is one of the few attorneys who has an LLM in Trial Advocacy and is also a registered patent attorney. In complex litigation, Michael’s strategy is to focus on trial from the onset of litigation and to maintain that focus throughout the case. By focusing on trial from the outset, Michael states that the “entire case can be managed strategically and with specific purposes and goals.”
Michael also has experience managing patent portfolios and counseling clients on intellectual property issues. He emphasizes strategies aimed at protecting the client’s core business with an eye towards client’s competitors. Michael focuses on understanding the client’s business, the client’s products, and the competition the client faces in the market place to develop patent strategies that are tailored to each individual client.
When asked about his formative technological experiences, Michael mentioned the flexibility he showed in the U.S. Naval Submarine program. Although Michael’s undergraduate degree was in mechanical engineering, Michael was certified as a nuclear engineering by the U.S. Navy and received advanced training in electrical engineering from the U.S. Navy. Basically, he notes, this background helps in learning each clients’ technology, whether it is medical device, telecommunications, software, or electrical hardware technology. He has extensive experience in all of these areas.
Executive Corporate IP, Monetization Leader General Electric Company
Christy Bonner is Executive Corporate IP Monetization Leader at General Electric Company. Christy joined GE in 2016 and is based in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Christy started her career in intellectual property at Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. During her 13 years at Dolby she launched and supervised global audio and video technology licensing programs in consumer, pc, mobile, game, and automotive products. Christy led the AAC patent licensing program from its inception and subsequently set up the Dolby subsidiary, Via Licensing, a patent pool licensing administrator.
Subsequently, Christy joined RPX as the Director of Client Relations supporting software and e-commerce clients. In this role Christy assisted clients with navigating the open patent market and NPE patent litigation.
Prior to joining GE Christy held a key role at Harman International as Director, Business Development and Technology Licensing. In this role Christy launched several global technology and brand licensing programs targeting mobile phones and tablets, conducted general business development activities for all of Harman’s businesses, and led business planning activities and negotiations with Harman’s strategic partners.
Since joining GE in October of 2016, Christy has added a level of discipline and rigor around the technical and financial evaluation of GE technologies and IP for potential monetization, worked closely with the GE IP team and GPO to increase the potential value of the IP portfolio, and worked with various businesses to monetize specific assets in their portfolios.
Christy received her BA in Political Science from the University of Arizona. She received her JD and an Intellectual Property Certificate from Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology. She also received a High Technology Certificate from Santa Clara University, School of Law. Additionally, Christy earned her MBA in International Management from the Thunderbird School of Global Management.
Director of Silicon Valley Office USPTO
As the Regional Director of the West Coast United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), John Cabeca carries out the strategic direction of the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO, and is responsible for establishing and leading the USPTO's west coast regional office located in Silicon Valley. Focusing on the region and actively engaging with the community, Mr. Cabeca ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region's unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.
A veteran of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for over 28 years, Mr. Cabeca previously served as the Senior Advisor to the Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the USPTO. In this role, he worked closely across the Agency's leadership to implement the policies and priorities for the USPTO. He began his career at the USPTO as a patent examiner after graduating from Widener University with a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering. Mr. Cabeca became a Supervisory Patent Examiner in 1997 and joined the Senior Executive Service in 2008 serving as a Patent Technology Center Director over the semiconductor and electrical systems technologies.
Mr. Cabeca has dedicated much of his career to the USPTO's outreach and education programs focusing on small businesses, startups and entrepreneurs. Over the years, he served in the Office of Petitions, the Office of Patent Legal Administration, the Office of Governmental Affairs and the Office of the Under Secretary. In 2006, Mr. Cabeca was appointed a Department of Commerce Science and Technology Fellow and served on special assignment to the Executive Office of the President in the United States Trade Representative's Office. At USTR, he worked with multiple agencies on a variety of international intellectual property rights issues and played an integral role in the Free Trade Agreement negotiations with the Republic of Korea.
Senior IP Counsel Philips Lighting
Ms. Chakravorty is Senior IP Counsel at Philips Lighting. She manages their worldwide patent portfolios in several technological areas, including smart connected lighting and services, intelligent lighting controls, and large area-wide energy and resource management solutions for energy-efficient buildings and cities. As part of her counseling practice, she regularly conducts IP due diligence investigations to identify potential acquisition targets, and provides opinions on patent infringement and validity. Prior to joining Philips, Ms. Chakravorty worked for several years as an associate at a large IP law firm in the Boston area. She received her JD from the Boston University School of Law, an MS in Computer Science from Stanford University (with Distinction in Research), and a BS in Computer Science from the University of Colorado at Boulder.
Associate General Counsel, Law & Policy Group Intel
Tina M. Chappell is Associate General Counsel and Global Director of Intellectual Property Policy for Intel Corporation, where she develops and drives Intel’s worldwide policy for patents, copyrights, and trade secrets. Prior to her current role, Tina was Senior Litigation Counsel for Intel, handling patent litigations. She has served on the Board of Directors for the Intellectual Property Owners (IPO) Association and on the Advisory Council of the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Circuit Bar Association. She received dual Bachelor degrees in Computer Science and in Mathematics, with a Physics minor, and a Masters degree in Mathematics. She received her JD, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University. She is a former recipient of the Jan Jancin Award for excellence in the study of intellectual property law. She clerked for the Honorable Randall R. Rader of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Before joining Intel in 2005, she worked with Fish & Richardson and with Knobbe, Martens, Olson & Bear, where she litigated various technologies, including semiconductors, cellular communications, graphics, consumer devices, and medical devices. She has received an Intel Achievement Award, Intel’s highest award given annually to less than 1% of Intel employees who make a substantial contribution to Intel’s business.
Assistant General Counsel Time Inc.
Jennifer Chung is Assistant General Counsel at Time Inc., where she manages the company’s global trademark, patent, and domain name portfolios, and assists with other intellectual property-related issues. Prior to joining Time Inc., Ms. Chung was Assistant General Counsel at the New York State Department of Economic Development, providing counsel on state-wide agency matters concerning intellectual property issues, including licensing and enforcement of the “I Love NY” family of service marks and trademarks. She was an associate at several local law firms, including Kaye Scholer LLP, where she handled a wide range of high level intellectual property litigations. Ms. Chung served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Gabriel W. Gorenstein of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Ms. Chung attended Albany Law School and Cornell University.
Chief Patent Counsel Conair Corporation
Lawrence Cruz has been Chief Patent Counsel at Conair Corporation for the past fourteen years. Conair is a global company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut that produces and sells a variety of consumer and industry appliances and products. He started his career as a Patent Examiner at the United States Patent and Trademark Office in 1987, and he has held in-house patent counsel positions at two Fortune 500 companies and associate positions at two intellectual property law firms. He earned a Juris Doctor degree from George Washington University Law School in 1992, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Southern Illinois University in 1987.
General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights United States Copyright Office
Sarang (Sy) Damle is the General Counsel and Associate Register of Copyrights for the U.S. Copyright Office. As general counsel, Mr. Damle provides legal guidance to the various divisions and programs of the Office, and he is frequently called upon by congressional offices, the U.S. Department of Justice, and other federal agencies for advice and assistance on copyright and other intellectual property laws. He was previously an appellate litigator at the Department of Justice, focused on intellectual property and administrative law matters. Mr. Damle has been recognized by National Law Journal for his work, both as one of the top "40 under 40" minority lawyers in the United States, and as one of Washington, D.C.’s “Rising Stars.” He received his JD from the University of Virginia, where he graduated first in his class.
Mary Boney Denison is the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Commissioner for Trademarks. Ms. Denison oversees all aspects of the USPTO’s Trademarks organization including policy, operations and budget relating to trademark examination, registration, and maintenance.
Ms. Denison joined the USPTO in 2011 as Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Operations where she was responsible for USPTO trademark application, legal examination, and registration processes. She has led outreach to the trademark legal community, small businesses and applicants without legal counsel, and has been an active participant in meetings with the world’s largest trademark offices, promoting projects aimed at harmonization of trademark practices and procedures. While at the USPTO she has initiated several projects to enhance and expand internal and external communications as well as employee career development.
Before joining the USPTO, Denison practiced law in the area of trademark prosecution and litigation, as a founding partner of Manelli Denison & Selter PLLC in Washington, D.C. from 1996 to 2011, and as a partner of Graham & James LLP, where she practiced for 10 years. She served as a member of the Board of Directors of the International Trademark Association (INTA) for three years, and also served a three-year term on the USPTO’s Trademark Public Advisory Committee (TPAC).
Ms. Denison holds degrees from Duke University and the University of North Carolina School of Law from which she received the UNC School of Law Distinguished Alumni Award in 2016.
Rachel Emsley focuses on patent prosecution, client counseling, district court litigation, and appeals, with an emphasis on patents related to electronic technology, computer software, business methods, Internet applications, robotics, medical devices and healthcare software systems. Ms. Emsley also has experience in cases involving copyrights, trade secrets, and breach of contract claims. Her patent office practice includes strategic advice; opinions; drafting and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications; and representing clients in post-grant review (PGR) proceedings, including reexamination, inter partes review (IPR), and the transitional program for covered business method (CBM) patents.
Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation - WARF
Michael Falk is the Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation, the patent management and licensing organization of the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Mr. Falk is responsible for staff in Legal, Intellectual Property, Human Resources, Facility Services, and Programming who oversee WARF’s patent program and manage its legal affairs. Before joining WARF in 2000, Mr. Falk practiced as a patent litigator with Foley & Lardner’s Madison office.
Mr. Falk completed his undergraduate degree at Columbia University and earned a J.D., M.B.A. and an M.S. in bacteriology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He graduated cum laude from the law school where he served as articles editor for the Wisconsin Law Review and is a member of Order of the Coif. Mr. Falk serves on numerous University of Wisconsin-Madison affiliated boards, including, the Waisman Board of Visitors, the Office of Industrial Partnerships Advisory Board, and serves as Chair of the Wisconsin Center for Education Products and Services Board. He additionally serves as Chair of the WiCell Research Institute Board and has been active in serving on boards of WARF portfolio companies, including Cellular Dynamics International as that company went public; FluGen, which is focused on the development of more effective vaccines; and Tissue Regenerative Systems, a start-up medical device company commercializing a breakthrough skeletal reconstruction and bone regeneration technology platform licensed from the Universities of Michigan and Wisconsin.
Mr. Falk additionally serves as adjunct professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Medicine and Public Health and as lead instructor in the intellectual property component of the Master of Science in Biotechnology Program and as lead and founding instructor for the intellectual property law section of the Morgridge Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (MEB) (previously the Wisconsin Entrepreneurial Bootcamp (WEB)) at the Wisconsin School of Business, a one-week intensive workshop in technology entrepreneurship for STEM graduate students started by John Morgridge.
IP and European Innovation Manager DS Smith
Maximin Gourcy is the Innovation and IP Manager for DS Smith’s Plastics Division, a 30-year manufacturer of flexible packaging, filling equipment, dispensing solutions, and rigid packaging returnables in Europe. He manages the IP Portfolio including patents, designs and trademarks and supervises the group’s IP strategy.
Before joining DS Smith in 2016, Mr. Gourcy was an IP Lawyer at FCP Avocats, a french law firm, and he launched his own start-up in 2010 in digital reading. He then joined the Eram Group, a leading European fashion retailer, in 2013 as IP Manager.
Maximin Gourcy holds a specialized Intellectual Property Master’s Law degree.
Michael deLeon Hawthorne
Partner Dickinson Wright, PLLC
Michael Hawthorne is a Member and Chair of the Washington D.C. Corporate Practice at Dickinson Wright. He is nationally recognized in the areas of corporate law, mergers and acquisitions (M&A), and securities law, Michael has extensive experience working on securities matters and helps his clients comply with related laws and regulations.
Michael assists public and private companies to successfully implement corporate structures that allow them to grow their business through capital formation, M&A, and joint venturing with potential business partners. He advises startups and companies preparing for a public or private offering, ensuring these companies are structured properly in all stages of their development. He has represented seed, venture, and private equity investment funds worth more than $6 billion. He also regularly represents private investment firms seeking investment opportunities and companies raising capital. On either side of these transactions, he taps his extensive knowledge of complex securities and financial instruments to discover, document, and close deals that achieve, and frequently exceed, his client's goals. Michael has handled more than 50 private placements, more than 25 public offerings, and hundreds of M&A deals and has restructured numerous domestic and international companies.
With the regulatory environment getting increasingly more complicated, Michael understands that his clients want straightforward advice so that they can make informed and sometimes difficult decisions. He gets to know his clients and related industries in depth so he can provide traditional as well as non-traditional options that allow them to balance risk and return on investment.
Michael's clients are involved in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, telecommunications, distribution, natural resources, health care, energy, restaurant, and technology. He represents many family-owned businesses and works collaboratively with their advisors to provide cross-disciplinary approaches that address issues that are unique to these clients, such as succession planning, trusts and estate preparation, and balancing the needs of multiple generations and other family members. Michael is a long-term member of the International Association of Attorneys for Family-Held Enterprises, Inc. (afhe), and was the President and Chair for afhe for seven years.
Bill Hayden is a Senior Attorney for Microsoft Corporation. He has 15+ years of experience successfully launching enterprise and consumer technology products, closing complex multi-national transactions, and advising on new media services and technology related matters. In his current role he practices technology law, supporting Microsoft’s Public Sector Enterprise/Office 365 Offerings to the US Government and the Exchange Advanced Security Group. Previously, he was responsible for legal compliance of Microsoft’s data centers worldwide, FUSE/Live incubation Labs, Bing Paid Search Advertising, Outlook.com and Microsoft Account. Prior to Microsoft, he was in-house with General Electric Company’s Industrial Systems Division focusing his practice on software licensing and commercial transactions involving electrical transmission equipment and devices.
A Veteran of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Desert Storm, he served in the U.S. Navy as a Surface Warfare Officer on active duty and reserves for over 20 years. He graduated from Suffolk University Law School, and holds an MBA in Management from the University of Rhode Island, and he received his undergraduate degree from Norwich University, the Military College of Vermont.
Bill is frequent lecturer on intellectual property issues and ethics, speaking to the ABA, law schools and conferences. He currently serves as the Association of the United States Navy Legislative Liaison for Washington State; he is a past Vice President, Board of Directors for LifeWire, a domestic violence prevention non-profit serving East King County and past Trustee of the Eastside Legal Assistance Program. In 2016, he was designated a Fellow of Information Privacy (FIP) by the IAPP.
Vice President, Associate General Counsel, The Clearing House Payment Company LLC;Associate General Counsel, Askeladden LLC
Jim is Vice President and Associate General Counsel of The Clearing House Payments Company and Associate General Counsel of Askeladden L.L.C., where he supports all of Askeladden’s Patent Quality Initiative efforts. Before joining The Clearing House and Askeladden, Jim was in private practice where he represented a variety of defendants, including technology and financial services companies, in patent litigation matters.
Vice President and General Counsel Black Duck Software, Inc
Matthew Jacobs is Vice President and General Counsel at Black Duck Software, Inc., recently acquired by Synopsys, Inc. Organizations worldwide use Black Duck Software’s industry-leading products to secure and manage open source software, eliminating the pain related to security vulnerabilities, compliance, and operational risk. Matt oversees the worldwide legal affairs of Black Duck including managing licensing and contract negotiation, managing the company’s intellectual property portfolio and advising senior management on day-to-day legal affairs. In addition to a frequent speaker on open source related topics, Matt routinely advises Black Duck’s customers with respect to leading edge open source adoption, use and compliance matters.
Prior to joining Black Duck in 2009, Matt was with Bernstein Shur where he counseled companies on a variety of intellectual property matters, including open source compliance. Before that, he held in-house positions with Cabletron Systems and Standex International.
Matt earned his law degree from the University of New Hampshire School of Law and holds a master’s degree in business from Plymouth State University.
Vice President and Assistant General Counsel JP MorganChase
Milan is a registered U.S. patent attorney and responsible for managing the JPMorgan Chase patent and trademark portfolios. He also counsels clients on intellectual property strategy, transactions, M&A due diligence, and strategic investments. Before joining JPMorgan Chase, Milan served as intellectual property counsel to Abbott Laboratories' nutrition division based in Columbus, Ohio. Prior to his position with Abbott Laboratories, Milan was in private practice where he counseled large corporations, hospital systems, and universities on all aspects of intellectual property law. Milan earned his B.S. and Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Ohio State University and his law degree from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.
Vice President, Legal Partner Coty, Inc.
David Joyal serves as Coty's first-ever patent attorney, building a function focusing on patentability, due diligence, competitive intelligence, patent prosecution, and leveraging in- and out-licensing opportunities to drive consumer product innovation. Prior to this role, he was Director and Senior Patent Counsel at Avon Products, Inc. with primary responsibility for Avon’s patent preparation and prosecution, freedom to operate, open innovation and other patent-related work. Previously, he spent almost 9 years as a patent prosecutor and litigator at Day Pitney and Greenberg Traurig.
Associate General Counsel, Director of Legal MobileIron, Inc
Meg Kammerud is Associate General Counsel, Director of Legal at MobileIron, Inc., a global leader in mobile device management and enterprise mobility services. Ms. Kammerud manages all pre-litigation disputes and global litigation for the company. She also is responsible for addressing U.S. and international employment law issues, advising on privacy compliance, and drafting and negotiating broad-ranging commercial agreements. Ms. Kammerud previously was in private practice in the Bay Area offices of international law firms Steptoe & Johnson and Quinn Emanuel Urquhart & Sullivan. She there represented clients in courts throughout the United States in complex patent, copyright, and trade secret cases. Ms. Kammerud clerked for the Honorable Gene Pratter of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.
Ms. Kammerud earned her law degree cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, where she was elected to the Order of the Coif. She earned her B.A and M.A. degrees in English from Stanford University. Prior to law school, Ms. Kammerud was a journalist.
Jeffrey R. Kaufman
Open Source IP Counsel Red Hat, Inc.
Jeffrey R. Kaufman is an Open Source IP Counsel for Red Hat, Inc., the world’s leading provider of open source software solutions. Jeffrey also serves as an adjunct professor at the Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Previous to Red Hat, Jeffrey served as Patent Counsel at Qualcomm Incorporated providing open source counsel to the Office of the Chief Scientist and Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. Jeffrey holds multiple patents in RFID, barcoding, image processing, and printing technologies.
Attaché to the United States European Patent Office
Albert Keyack is the EPO Attaché to the United States. He previously served for four years as the United States Attaché to Latin America, based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Mr. Keyack began his career in at a boutique patent law firm in Philadelphia where his practice included both patent prosecution and litigation. He has also practiced in general practice law firms and served as in house counsel for both large companies and start-ups in Silicon Valley. He has counseled clients in all types of matters involving patents across a broad array of technologies as well as in a variety of transactional matters, including mergers and acquisitions, financings and patent licensing. Mr. Keyack earned a degree in Engineering from Villanova University and a law degree from the Rutgers University School of Law. He resides in Washington, DC.
Naresh Kilaru is a partner in Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Washington, DC office. He focuses his practice on trademark, unfair competition, copyright, trade secret, and right-of-publicity law. He counsels clients on brand protection and enforcement strategies in the United States and around the world. Naresh has extensive experience in all aspects of trademark, copyright, trade secret, and unfair competition litigation, including cases involving computer source code, traditional trademarks, product packaging and product configuration trade dress, false advertising, counterfeiting, gray-market goods, and domain names. He is also involved in domestic and international trademark prosecution.
Naresh previously served as in-house counsel at Turner Broadcasting System and advised internal business clients on all aspects of copyright and entertainment law, including clearances of rights, content agreements, production agreements, distribution agreements, transactional issues, and due diligence.
Naresh’s pro bono activities include representing political asylum seekers through Human Rights First and giving regular presentations on trademark and copyright law to local small business owners and artists for the Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.
Vice President, Legal Affairs TCL North America
Jonathan King is TCL North America’s Vice President of Legal Affairs and has been with the consumer electronics conglomerate’s television business for 12 years. The third largest producer of televisions in the world, TCL is a vertically integrated manufacturer and continues to be America’s fastest growing TV brand, earning the number three market position in 2017. With 19 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, Mr. King oversees TCL North America’s legal department including the daily management of corporate problem-solving and compliance matters, patent, trademark, and other intellectual property matters, and the company’s environmental sustainability programs. Prior to joining TCL, Mr. King developed and managed the IP licensing program for GoVideo before its acquisition by TCL in 2003. Mr. King began his career as a financial journalist with Dow Jones Newswires covering M&A, leading to his co-founding an internet-based newswire service during the internet heyday of the 1990s. Mr. King earned a seat on the Consumer Technology Association’s Environmental Policy Committee and Recycling Subcommittee in 2017, where he represents TCL and assists with formulating industry positions and solutions on sustainability and electronics recycling legislation.
Steven P. Klocinski
Senior Intellectual Property Counsel Mastercard Worldwide
Mr. Klocinski is Senior Managing Counsel and Senior Intellectual Property Counsel at MasterCard Worldwide, a global technology company and payments industry leader.
As an intellectual property professional with more than 25 years of experience cutting across the private and public sectors, Mr. Klocinski has successfully worked with a broad range of technologies including computer software, electronics, advanced business processes, telecommunications, semiconductors and acoustics. Mr. Klocinski's specialties include intellectual property strategy (with an emphasis on patent portfolio building and management), intellectual property risk mitigation and dispute resolution and treatment of intellectual property in commercial agreements.
Prior to joining MasterCard in March 2012, Mr. Klocinski was a Vice-President and Assistant General Counsel at CA, Inc. for six years. As Assistant General Counsel, he designed and implemented the company's patent program, directed the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, managed intellectual property risk mitigation, supported IP issues in mergers and acquisitions and litigation, managed trademark clearance, filing, prosecution and dispute resolution and managed CA’s copyright program.
For three years, starting in 2001, Mr. Klocinski was Assistant General Counsel at Capital One Financial. His responsibilities included, managing invention intake, preparing and prosecuting of patent applications, designing and implementing patent strategy, managing patent risk mitigation, and consulting on patent issues in mergers and acquisitions.
In addition to his corporate experience, Mr. Klocinski has also practiced with the Washington D.C. offices of Baker Botts, Hunton & Williams, and Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner. Mr. Klocinski's private practice experience focused on patent prosecution, patent portfolio management, patent litigation and risk mitigation and general intellectual property client counseling.
Prior to and while enrolled in Law School at Georgetown University Law Center, Mr. Klocinski worked as an Examiner at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office where he researched and prepared official actions and appeal briefs for United States patent applications and PCT applications related to image analysis.
Mr. Klocinski holds a J.D. from Georgetown Law School and a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Ohio State University.
Director, FAME Program, Professor of Practice Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law
Barbara Kolsun is a leading fashion industry attorney, a Professor of Practice of Fashion Law at Cardozo Law School in New York City where she teaches Fashion Law and related courses, and the co-editor of both Fashion Law- A Guide for Designers, Fashion Executives and Attorneys (Bloomsbury), now in its second edition, as well as Fashion Law (Carolina Press, 2016), the first casebook covering the emerging issues in fashion law. She is Director of Cardozo's FAME Center (fashion, arts, media and entertainment), the first law school program providing training and development opportunities relating to the representation of businesses driven by the creative process. She developed the first joint JD/MBA course in Fashion Law and Business at New York University and has also taught at Fordham Law School and guest lectured at dozens of law schools and fashion schools. She started the legal departments at three "startups" - Kate Spade, Seven for All Mankind and Stuart Weitzman and was the first General Counsel at all three companies. She was Assistant GC at Calvin Klein Jeans and Westpoint Stevens and has probably been through more mergers than most lawyers in the fashion business. While in private practice, her clients included Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren. Barbara currently consults with fashion companies on various issues, and was honored with lifetime achievement awards in 2015 by the Luxury Summit and the World Trademark Forum, and another lifetime achievement award from the Women in Law Empowerment Forum. This past year she received the Alumni Association Award from Cardozo Law School and the Honoring Women in Entertainment Award from Brooklyn Law School. She has served as Chairman of the Board of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition and has spoken and published widely on fashion law around the world.
Sophia Lee is General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of IEX Group, Inc., whose founding story was the subject of Michael Lewis’ recent best-selling book Flash Boys. Sophia oversees all legal, securities, compliance and intellectual property matters of the business. Sophia managed IEX’s national securities exchange application process, which began with a draft submission to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) in September 2014 and culminated in an historic approval order from the SEC on June 17, 2016. Sophia has 20 years of experience in the financial services and legal services industries combined, advising technology and financial services firms on strategic partnerships, acquisitions, financings, and intellectual property matters. Sophia was previously Deputy General Counsel of the global buy-side electronic trading firm Liquidnet (and General Counsel for Liquidnet Canada), where she established alternative trading systems in the US, Canada and various countries in Asia Pacific, and served as liaison with global regulators regarding equity market structure issues. Between 2000 and 2004, Sophia served as Associate General Counsel at Investment Technology Group, an agency-only broker, where she was responsible for corporate strategy transactions and public company reporting. Sophia also spent 4 years as a Mergers & Acquisitions Associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison. Sophia holds a J.D. from New York University School of Law and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Sophia is also admitted to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office and holds a CFA charter.
Senior Managing Counsel for J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., is responsible for all patent litigation involving the company. Since joining JCPenney, Diane has handled more than 50 patent disputes. Diane joined JCPenney in 2010 after more than 25 years in private practice focused on intellectual property litigation and portfolio management. While in private practice, Diane represented clients that were patent owners asserting patents against competitors, as well as clients accused of infringement.
Peter C. Leung is a legal editor with Bloomberg Law covering news in patent law. He was previously based in Hong Kong writing about IP issues around the Asia-Pacific region. Before becoming a journalist, he was a labor and employment lawyer in California. He received his bachelors’ degree from the University of California – San Diego and law degree from UC Davis.
Howard Levy is a partner at Cantor Colburn, one of the largest full service IP law firms in the country, where he concentrates his practice on patent prosecution, appeals and patent strategy counseling for clients in all mechanical, electrical, and computer science fields.
Howard is experienced in both domestic and foreign prosecution of patent applications relating to power generation technologies, materials science, controls, automotive and aerodynamic fields, rotary electric machines, electro-mechanical devices and circuits, micro-electrical mechanical systems (MEMS), packaging technologies, signal generation, transmission, reception and processing, semi-conductor manufacturing, computer storage and handling systems, e-commerce and business methods, error correction coding, cryptology, digital media, missile and weapons systems, radomes, spacecraft design, mining technologies, fasteners, and apparel. He has drafted and prosecuted thousands of patents.
Throughout his career, Howard has filed several dozen patent applications using the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s Accelerated Examination (AE) option since it was introduced in 2006. From this experience, Howard developed an expertise in navigating the intricacies of AE processing. His expertise has allowed him to successfully and efficiently navigate AE processing in a number of cases so that his clients can realize profits from their IP faster than they otherwise would have through traditional application processing. Perhaps more importantly, Howard’s expertise has demonstrated that patents obtained through AE can be as broad or broader than any other and that they can be obtained in many cases with decreased costs.
Howard has a BSME from Duke University and a JD from Temple University. He is a member of the American Bar Association, American Intellectual Property Law Association, and the Intellectual Property Owners Association. In his spare time, Howard enjoys spending time with his wife and three kids, coaching youth soccer and baseball and wrestling teams, traveling, cooking and studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
Senior Counsel Space Exploration Technologies
Rachel Lovejoy is currently Senior Counsel at SpaceX, and among other things is responsible for managing SpaceX’s intellectual property strategy, including patents, trademarks, trade secrets and copyrights. Her past experience includes advising technology companies, including small high-tech start-ups and large multi-national corporations, on complex technology transactions, and issues of IP ownership and licensing, confidentiality, data security, export compliance, real estate, and venture financing. She has worked in, and supervised teams in the US, Latin America and the Middle East.
Charles R. Macedo
Partner Amster, Rothstein & Ebenstein, LLP
Charles R. Macedo, a physicist by training, litigates in all areas of intellectual property law, including patent, trademark and copyright law, with a special emphasis in complex litigation and appellate work. Companies and individuals from a wide range of industries turn to him to develop offensive and defensive strategies for the development and enforcement of their patent and trademark portfolios.
Fluent in technical jargon spoken by inventors and clients, patentese spoken at the PTO, legalese spoken by courts and attorneys, business jargon spoken by management, and plain English, he seeks to translate complex subject matter into terms all can understand.
The author of The Corporate Insider's Guide to U.S. Patent Practice, Mr. Macedo has been cited as an authority on intellectual property issues by the Wall Street Journal, Dow Jones, BNA, Bloomberg, Inside Counsel, Managing Intellectual Property, Technology Transfer Tactics, IP Law 360, JIPLP and other media.
His patent experience encompasses a broad range of industries and products including Internet, e-commerce, content delivery and computer-enabled inventions; financial services, transaction processing, electronic wallets and virtual or synthetic currency, including Bitcoins and all other Alt-coins; Software-As-A-Service; social media; semiconductor and photomasks; green energy and power, including wind generators and batteries; construction materials and structures; life sciences; and apparel, to name a few. Mr. Macedo also has enforced and defended against trademark assertions and/or opposition proceedings for financial service providers, casinos and resorts, non-profit organizations, celebrities; cosmetic companies, luxury retailers of designer handbags and retail chains. He also advises clients on IP contracts, licensing, confidentiality agreements, terms of services and IP acquisitions and transfers.
By identifying vulnerabilities and considering variations on design concepts, Mr. Macedo helps clients develop strategies to maximize protection and prevent infringement challenges. He frequently serves as special counsel to companies seeking an IP strategy, not just a patent; to IP holders in anticipation of litigation and as coordinating counsel for multiple law firms.
He is consistently at the forefront of complex and emerging patent issues in the financial services and transaction processing industries. Clients ranging from international banks, broker dealers and new business ventures call on Mr. Macedo to develop patent strategies, prepare patents, assert rights and defend against infringement claims. His work includes developing and implementing patent strategies associated with such cutting edge financial innovations like bitcoins and other synthetic currency or math-based assets. His experience includes successfully defending the Discover Card division of Morgan Stanley from one of the earliest business method patent assertions, and leading the team to implement and enforce the deposit sweep patent portfolio for Island Intellectual Property LLC. He has also helped clients implementing insurance related products seek patent and other intellectual property protection.
His experience before the Patent Trial and Appeals Board and its predecessor Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, including acting as leading counsel in inter partes review and covered business method proceedings, as well as advising and analyzing in the background. He also has represented patent owners in ex parte appeals, including reversals of obviousness rejections in Ex parte Buarque de Macedo.
Mr. Macedo writes prolifically and lectures regularly as he tracks and analyzes in real time the most important developments affecting IP strategy and litigation. As Co-Chair of the Amicus Committee of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association, Mr. Macedo has been principal counsel or additional counsel on amicus briefs in some of the leading patent cases of recent years, including Cuozzo (at Federal Circuit en banc petition, Supreme Court petition for certiorari and merits brief stage), Highmark and Octane (at the Supreme Court), Kimble v. Marvel (at the Supreme Court), Mayo v. Prometheus (at the Supreme Court), Association of Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics Inc. (at the Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit), CLS Bank Int’l v. Alice (at the Federal Circuit en banc and at the Supreme Court in the petition and merits brief stage), and Akamai (at the Federal Circuit on remand). His appellate experience also includes petitions for mandamus, for rehearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and for certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of various clients.
He holds bachelors and masters degrees in physics from The Catholic University of America and a law degree from Columbia Law School, all with honors. He was the sole law clerk to Hon. Daniel M. Friedman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, 1989–1990. The recipient of the prestigious AIPLA Robert C. Watson Award, Mr. Macedo is included in Super Lawyers, IP Stars and Million Dollar Verdict. He also was a member of the Editorial Board for the American Intellectual Property Law Association Quarterly Journal and currently serves on the Editorial Board for Journal of Intellectual Property Law and Practice published by Oxford University Press.
Anandashankar Mazumdar is a legal editor with Bloomberg Law and has specialized in covering copyright and trademark law since 2003. He has a degree in mass communication from Wright State University and earned a law degree from Georgetown University. He has worked as a newspaper editor and as a regulatory lawyer.
Joe McNamara is Senior Associate General Counsel (Intellectual Property) at Nasdaq, Inc. in Washington, DC. Nasdaq is a diversified worldwide financial technology, trading, and information services provider, serving businesses and investors from over 50 offices in 26 countries across six continents. At Nasdaq, Joe handles all facets of intellectual property practice, including patent and trademark portfolio management, open source, brand protection, litigation, and intellectual property and technology licensing.
Joe joined Nasdaq after practicing in the intellectual property department at Apple in Cupertino, CA and as an associate at Volpe & Koenig in Philadelphia, PA.
Joe serves as chair of the ACC National Capital Region Technology & IP Forum, and as a volunteer attorney for Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts.
Christian C. Michel specializes in litigation and the preparation and prosecution of patents, specifically in the electrical and mechanical arts. He has written and prosecuted hundreds of patent applications in a range of technologies including 3G and 4G cellular telecommunications; networking, ground fault and arc fault circuit interrupters; satellite communications; consumer electronics software and business methods; ink-jet and laser printing; biomedical devices; and election systems. His clients include many of the world’s leading telecommunications and electronics companies.
Mr. Michel has extensive knowledge and experience in counseling clients and providing opinions ranging from patent novelty to complex infringement and validity opinions. He is adept at getting to know his client’s business as well as their competitors’, devising IP strategies, and performing product clearance and even product redesigns when necessary.
MIT v. Lockheed Martin – patent infringement - Successfully defended Lockheed Martin against an allegation of patent infringement by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Obtained a favorable Markman ruling followed by summary judgment in our client's favor. This case was reported to be the first time MIT was defeated in a patent infringement case.
Managed the filing and prosecution of over 2,500 patents for one of the leading consumer electronics companies in the world.
Member, American Bar Association
Member, American Intellectual Property Law Association
Judge Paul R Michel (Ret.)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
Chief Judge, 2005-2010; Circuit Judge, 1988-2010
Judge Michel served for more than 22 years on the Federal Circuit, retiring on May 31, 2010. From December 25, 2004 until his retirement, he also discharged the duties of Chief Judge of this national court, serving simultaneously on the U.S. Judicial Conference -- the Judiciary's governing body -- and by appointment of the Chief Justice on its seven-judge Executive Committee.
He judged several thousand appeals and authored more than 800 opinions, one third concerning intellectual property law. Intellectual Asset Management magazine inducted him into its Hall of Fame and he was designated one of the 50 most influential leaders in intellectual property law in the world. His contributions were also recognized by lifetime achievement and similar awards by the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA); Intellectual Property Owners Education Foundation (IPO); the American Bar Association's Intellectual Property Section; Managing Intellectual Property magazine; the Sedona Conference; the Patent and Trademark Office Society (PTOS); the New York, Chicago, Philadelphia, and Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Associations; and the William C. Connor, the Giles S. Rich, and the Richard Linn Intellectual Property American Inns of Court. In 2010 the Los Angeles IP Inn was renamed in his honor as the Paul R. Michel IP Inn.
Judge Michel received the Jefferson Medal, the Eli Whitney Award, and the Katz-Kiley Prize as well as Honorary Doctor of Law degrees from the Catholic University of America and the John Marshall Law School. He is a lifetime Member of Honore of FICPI, the international association of private practitioners of intellectual property law. Williams College granted him the Kellogg Award for "outstanding leadership in law and public service."
Judge Michel has written numerous articles on patent law and advocacy, taught related courses and master classes at George Washington University, the University of Akron, and John Marshall law schools, serving as well on their IP advisory boards and on counterpart boards at the universities of California (Berkley), Washington, and Maryland. He co-authored a casebook, Patent Litigation and Strategy (West, 1999) and an August 2010 editorial in the New York Times on strengthening the patent system to promote prosperity and create new jobs.
A frequent speaker at conferences and law schools during his judicial tenure and since, he retired from a lifetime appointment to be free to speak out on the national need for better patent policy and protection of intellectual property and the vital, unmet resource needs of the courts, the PTO, the International Trade Commission, and other IP-related agencies. He was appointed Distinguished Scholar in Residence by IPO, following his retirement. Judge Michel also consults for law firms and their clients in intellectual property litigations, conducting moot courts, mock trials, case evaluations, editing briefs, advising on strategy and providing mediation and arbitration services.
Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation USPTO
Mark Powell is the Deputy Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation for the United States Patent and Trademark Office. In this recently created, senior position, Mr. Powell leads international cooperative efforts with an aim to improve the international patent system in terms of certainty and cost reduction for intellectual property stakeholders, work-sharing, improvements to the PCT system, and other harmonization matters. Prior to holding this position, Mr. Powell served as Special Advisor to the Commissioner for International Patent Cooperation Matters.
Mr. Powell began work at the USPTO in 1986 as a patent examiner in the area of highenergy physics, and became a senior examiner in high-definition television technology. In 1994, he became a supervisory examiner in what is now the main IT examining sector at the USPTO overseeing user-interface, artificial intelligence, source-code management, and computer graphics examination units. Mr. Powell served as a Technology Center Director from 2003-2011 in the telecommunications area, managing some 1,200 patent examiners, all while participating in international patent matters on behalf of the agency.
Mr. Powell holds a B.S.E.E from Clemson University and a Certificate in Advanced Public Administration from the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University.
Clients with cybersecurity and information privacy concerns and challenges hire Justin for his experienced, tenacious, and thorough approach to data privacy and navigating an incident response. Justin’s breadth of experience, which includes service as a Special Deputy United States Marshal on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cybercrime Task Force, is ever-present in his calming and clear analysis and strategic assessments of and approaches to cybersecurity and data privacy issues. As a result, Justin’s solutions-oriented approach reflects an appreciation for and is tailored to a client’s industry, segment, risk and dynamic needs.
With 17 years of law enforcement experience, Justin brings a unique and rare mix of legal and technical knowledge and depth to his proactive approach to cybersecurity risk assessments, mitigation and remediation, and to policy development and implementation. Justin has technical credentials unique among attorneys. He is a GIAC Certified Forensic Examiner and has received training from the SANS Institute, the National White Collar Crime Center, X-Ways Software Technology, and the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission. He also is a member of the Ohio Attorney General’s Legal Cybersecurity Subcommittee. Justin possesses an ideal knowledge set and perspective to design a company’s cybersecurity policy, written information security program, and incident response plan, and to formulate and execute data security incident, regulatory investigation, or ransomware attack response. Justin is also a seasoned litigator who anticipates and helps clients avoid risk exposure arising from information privacy and cybersecurity incidents.
Justin designs compliance solutions for clients’ data privacy mandates to reduce exposure to regulatory scrutiny. He has handled cybersecurity matters including network intrusions, unauthorized computer use, and data exfiltration across a broad range of industries. He has represented clients during post-breach investigations and has helped clients navigate the national patchwork of data breach notification laws. Justin’s efficiency, knowledge and results-oriented approach flexes to accommodate and addresses a broad range of industry-specific expectations and practical implementation considerations and requirements.
Drawing on years of experience as a data privacy attorney and as a cyber investigator for federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies, Justin is uniquely situated to help clients anticipate and respond to data security events. Justin’s 17 years of law enforcement experience includes service as a Special Agent for the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Cyber Crime Unit, a Special Deputy United States Marshal on the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Cybercrime Task Force, and as a police detective handling computer-related and white collar criminal investigations. Justin previously served as a techno-legal subject matter expert for the Association of State Criminal Investigative Agencies’ Technology Committee, assisted the Ohio Peace Officer Training Commission develop a new electronic evidence lesson plan for the Ohio basic peace officer training curriculum, and testified as an expert witness on the topic of computer forensics.
Justin lectures frequently on cybercrime, cybersecurity risks, and incident prevention and response. Justin leverages his vast experience to help clients recognize, understand, and respond to cybersecurity and data privacy obligations and incidents.
Sharon Shofner-Meyer, JD, MBA
Managing Director, Americas Delegate
Sharon Shofner-Meyer is the Managing Director, Americas for Delegate IP. With both a law degree (JD) and an MBA, Ms. Shofner-Meyer brings a wealth of experience to understanding workflow and change management. Ms. Shofner-Meyer held a series of increasingly senior leadership positions in Legal Services as President of LookingGlass Jury Research and with the Legal business unit of Thomson Reuters Corporation as Managing Director of Publishing and eCommerce.
Leslie Spencer, co-chair of the firm's diversity committee, is a partner in the IP litigation practice. She works with clients on intellectual property matters involving software, networking, security, financial technology (“FinTech”) and other emerging technologies. She has over 15 years of experience litigating patent disputes in district courts, including through Markman hearing, trial and appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a registered patent attorney, and appears before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Leslie also counsels clients regarding IP asset protection, IP transactions and freedom-to-operate opinions.
Prior to practicing law, Leslie worked for financial services and e-commerce companies, and supervised the development of a smart card-based secure transaction system.
Stan, a partner at Dickinson Wright, PLLC, is a patent attorney experienced in negotiations, licensing and litigation. Stan counsels clients on patent enforcement and portfolio management, prepares and prosecutes patent applications, performs infringement, validity, due diligence and freedom to operate studies in electronic and electrical matters, software, business methods and mechanical arts, and represents clients in appellate proceedings before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
Stan’s areas of expertise include semiconductor circuit design and manufacturing, telecommunications, wired and wireless network systems, communication and components, global positioning systems, optics, laser physics, signal processing, electronic displays, computer hardware/software, Internet applications, and data encoding and processing.
Stan has B.A. degrees in Physics and Electrical Engineering from The George Washington University and before getting his law degree, also from GWU, Stan worked as an engineer and physicist for nine year at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center on satellite communication, trajectory design, and propulsion systems modeling.
Richard (“Rich”) Weiss
Chief IP Counsel and Chief Counsel to the CTO NCR Corporation
Richard (“Rich”) Weiss is the Chief IP Counsel and Chief Counsel to the CTO for NCR Corporation. Mr. Weiss’s practice areas involve all aspects of IP, including IP transactions (including IP M&A, IP Licensing, IP Joint Development/Collaboration, and IP Indemnification); IP defense, assertion, and litigation; IP preparation and prosecution; trademarks; copyrights; trade secrets; and IP Strategy.
Over his 25 plus years of practice, Mr. Weiss has practice both in house at White & Case LLP, and with multiple technology companies, including Nortel Networks and Philips Electronics, along with NCR.
Mr. Weiss received his J.D. from the Columbia University School of Law (1990), where he graduated as a Harlan Fisk Stone Scholar and was the recipient of the Carroll G. Harper Prize for IP. He received a BSEE from Duke University (1987), where he graduated magna cum laude with distinction.
Chief Operations Officer Neurovation Labs, Inc.
Richard is the COO of Neurovation Labs, where he is also in charge of IP strategy. He previously worked as an intellectual property attorney, focusing on patent law. His current IP responsibilities are centered on life sciences patent protection and license negotiations. He also has significant prior experience with software patent prosecution.