Speakers for 2015

Friday, February 27th

Keynote Speakers

Andy I. Faile                 “Update on Patent Operations and Current Initiatives”

As the Deputy Commissioner for Patent Operations, Andrew Faile is responsible for all
patent examining functions in the nine Patent Technology Centers, the Office of Patent
Training and the Central Reexamination Unit. Andy was the Assistant Deputy
Commissioner for Patent Operations for the Electrical Discipline and has over 25 years of
experience in patent examining and operations management.  Read More…

Gene Quinn                        “Patent Erosion:  Will the Pendulum Swing Back”

Gene Quinn is a Patent Attorney and the founder of IPWAtchdog.com.  He is also a principal lecturer in the top patent bar review course in the nation, which helps aspiring patent attorneys and patent agents prepare themselves to pass the patent bar exam.  His blog IPwatchdog.com is one of the top 100 blogs for lawyers by lawyers in the nation.


Featured Speakers

Brian E. Haan                In-house panel “Non-Practicing Entities”

Brian Haan is a member of Niro, Haller & Niro firm and a monthly contributor to the Chicago Lawyer. Before becoming an lawyer Brian worked for 5 years as an automotive engineer. Brian holds dual degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and Engineering Science from Benedictine University.

Brian joined the Niro firm after earning a Juris Doctor degree from the Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he completed its Certificate Program in Intellectual Property Law.  Read more…

David Schramm                                                          In-house panel

David Schramm, a practicing intellectual property attorney for over 16 years, is adjunct faculty co-teaching an introductory course on Intellectual Property to paralegals for over 10 years.  He currently works as the Head of Patents and Licensing, Medical Care at Bayer HealthCare LLC. Dave has also co-taught an advanced Intellectual Property course to law students at Duquesne for over 10 years as well.  Mr. Schramm is a graduate of Washington & Jefferson College, majoring in chemistry and received his J.D. from Duquesne.  Read More…

 

Conrad Wong             “The PTO in China:  Advancing and Protecting Rights Holders’ Interests”

Mr. Wong is an Attorney-Advisor with the China and Enforcement Units of the Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) at the headquarters of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) in Alexandria, Virginia. He handles intellectual-property enforcement issues concerning China and Taiwan, as well as countries forming the ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) and APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) economies.  Read More…

Paul Marchegiani          “Garcia vs Google and the Intersection Between Hollywood and Silicon Valley”

Paul serves as Vice President, Business Affairs for Miramax in Los Angeles, where he is in charge of negotiating talent and rights deals for Miramax’s film, television, and stage productions worldwide.  From 2008 to 2014, Paul was Director, Business Affairs and Senior Counsel, Legal Affairs for NBCUniversal, where he advised on scripted and unscripted television shows for nearly all of NBCUniversal’s television networks and studios, including NBC, USA, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, E!, and Esquire. Read More…

Karen Hazzah                  “Top 10 Mistakes in Arguing Obviousness”

Karen Hazzah represents Cantor Colburn clients on all aspects of patent application preparation, prosecution, and patent portfolio development. In particular, Karen has experience in a variety of electrical and computer-related technologies, including computer architecture, computer networking, wireless communications, mobile devices, Voice over IP, GPS, cloud computing, and e-commerce. Prior to becoming a patent attorney, Karen was a software developer for more than ten years at companies such as Hayes Microcomputer Products, National Semiconductor, and Arris Interactive, where she worked on device drivers and embedded systems.  Read More…

Esther H. Lim          “IP Litigation in China”

Esther H. Lim is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, and served as the founding managing partner of its Shanghai office. She represents clients with a wide range of patent issues, including litigation, counseling, licensing, due diligence, and prosecution. She is the editor-in-chief of the firm’s Last Month at the Federal Circuit newsletter distributed worldwide. She taught as an adjunct professor at Howard University School of Law, Renmin University School of Law, and Shanghai Jiao Tong University Law School.  Read More…

Scott A. McKeown     “Surviving PTAB Review & Insulating Your Patent Portfolio”

Scott A. McKeown is a member Olbon Spivak Law firm. He is a member of the firm’s Management Committee, and co-chairs the Post-Grant Patent practice group focusing on post-grant counseling, litigation and related prosecution issues. He leads the Post-Grant Patent team responsible for electronics, wireless communications, software and computer-related inventions and business methods. Read more…

Rhett Barney

Rhett Barney        “Customs as an Additional Tool in Trademark and Copyright Litigation”

Rhett primarily advises clients on trademark and copyright matters. Specifically, he counsels on IP development, enforcement, acquisition, and licensing matters across multiple industries including, medical, high-tech, consumer goods, and sports and entertainment. He is heavily involved in brand protection counseling and strategic advising, and he has experience developing company-wide intellectual property policies and procedures. In addition to IP, Rhett works with clients on general corporate and business matters, including filings for the state, and drafting and reviewing contracts and employment agreements.  Read More…

Whitney J. Stowe      “Current Developments In False Advertising Law”

Whitney J. Stowe is an attorney in K & L Gates Spokane office.  She is an intellectual property litigator practicing in a variety of intellectual property matters, including copyright and trademark procurement, enforcement, litigation, and appellate work as well as patent litigation and false advertising litigation.  Ms. Stowe has litigated in a variety of venues, including various federal District Courts across the country, state and federal appellate courts, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, the World Intellectual Property Organization Arbitration and Mediation Center, and the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau. Read More…

 Eric Raciti      “Protecting Your Product Design: Enforcement Strategies for the Modern Age”

Eric Raciti focuses his practice on intellectual property counseling, particularly in the fields of alternative energy, medical devices, consumer products, and electromechanical engineering including robotics and control systems. He has worked with such diverse technologies as cardiac rhythm management and cardiology, electrochemical diagnostics, biomechanics and orthopedics, neuroscience, neuroradiology, biofuels, and smart grid management. Mr. Raciti chairs Finnegan’s alternative energy practice and was a resident partner in Finnegan’s European office in Brussels for two years. Mr. Raciti also serves as editor-in-chief of Full Disclosure, Finnegan’s patent prosecution newsletter, as well as the French language version, Le Feu Vert.   Read More…

Mary M. Squyres        “Around the Digital World of Trademarks in 50 Minutes”

Protecting trademarks in international jurisdictions is a complex and nuanced area of legal practice. Leading trademark holders have come to rely on Mary Squyres for precisely her awareness of those complexities and nuances, for her intimate knowledge of the legal process in different countries, and her appreciation for the different strategies and practices that need to be considered in order to succeed. Read more…

David Todd                                 “IP Cases: The Year in Review”

Mr. Todd has participated as counsel in over 25 patent appeals at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit and in a number of patent actions in federal trial courts on behalf of the firm’s clients. His practice focuses primarily on the summary judgment and appellate phases of patent litigation, and on client counseling matters requiring an analysis of patent infringement and validity. Read more…

David Hricik                                           “Ethics and Money: From Fee Agreements to Sanctions”

David Hricik is Of Counsel with Taylor English Duma LLP in Atlanta, a professor at Mercer Law School and an Expert witness in legal malpractice cases. In the past he was serves as Clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader. Read More…

W. David Westergard                                                 In-house panel “Non-practicing entities”

W. David Westergard is the Director of Patent Licensing and European Litigation at Micron Technology, Inc. in Boise, Idaho. He has been a frequent speaker on patent law and policy topics and an active participant in the debate over patent reform legislation pending in Congress. He was appointed by Commerce Secretary Gutierrez in 2006 for a three-year term as a member of the Patent Public Advisory Committee (Dudas administration).  Read More…

Cara Baldwin                                                            In-house panel

Cara Baldwin is Senior Legal Counsel at eBay Inc., where she is a member of the Global Intellectual Property team, with responsibility for eBay’s Verified Rights Owner (VeRO) program, as well as management of the trademark and domain portfolios for all eBay companies. Prior to joining the Global IP team, she was on the litigation team, with responsibility for all small and mid-level exposure civil litigation matters in North America, while advising on the development of risk mitigation and litigation processes globally.  Read More…

Kai Larson                                                                             In-house panel

Mr. Larson currently serves as Vice President and Associate General Counsel at The Sun Products Corporation, North America’s second largest detergent company, with brands such as Wisk, all, Snuggle, and a large market presence in the private label detergent segment.

In his positions as in-house counsel, he has been responsible for directing patent and trademark litigation in the United States, the UK, and the EPO, managing patent patent and trademark portfolios, licensing transactions, mergers and acquisitions work, and other intellectual property related activities.  Read More…

Mat Gordon, Ph.D, J.D

Mat Gordon serves as the Senior Director of Legal Affairs at Myriad Genetics.  His primary responsibilities include global management of patent, trademark and copyright portfolios, as well as licensing and commercial contracts, relating to established and developing Myriad products.  During his time at Myriad, Mat has also provided support for Myriad litigation activities.  Prior to joining Myriad, Mat was a patent practitioner at Stoel Rives, LLP. Read More…

Moderators

Brent P. Lorimer

Brent is a shareholder at Workman Nydegger. His practice focuses on patent, trademark, copyright, licensing and trade secret litigation and related counseling. He has led litigation teams in a wide variety of technologies, including embolic microspheres for use in treatment of uterine fibroids and other benign and malignant tumors, nano fibers used in stents and other devices, devices and methods for thromboembolectomy, devices and methods for angiography, hemostasis methods and devices employing chitosan, endoluminal graft and stent design and placement, blood pressure transducers, acute and chronic dialysis catheters, dental bleaching compositions, ecommerce, radar applications in complex traffic management, GPS technology, bridge and router hardware, thin film optics, exercise equipment, nutritional supplements and industrial wastewater treatment, among others.  Read more…

Sally J. Brown

Sally Brown is an Intellectual Property Attorney currently serving as General Counsel for CSD, a rapidly growing App development studio. She and her team are responsible for a broad range of legal issues relating primarily to software development. She is experienced in patent preparation and prosecution before the USPTO as well as drafting and negotiating licenses, cross licenses, technology agreements, and complex transactional agreements relating to Intellectual Property. Read More…