IP Summit Speakers for 2018

Friday, February 23rd



Keynote Speakers


Judge Kimberly Moore, Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

KIMBERLY A. MOORE was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2006.  Prior to her appointment, Judge Moore was a Professor of Law from 2004-2006 and Associate Professor of Law from 2000-2004 at the George Mason University School of Law.  She was an Assistant Professor of Law at the University of Maryland School of Law from 1999-2000.  She served both as an Assistant Professor of Law from 1997-1999 and the Associate Director of the Intellectual Property Law Program from 1998-1999 at the Chicago-Kent College of Law.  Judge Moore clerked from 1995-1997 for the Hon. Glenn L. Archer, Jr., Chief Judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She was an Associate at Kirkland & Ellis from 1994-1995.  From 1988-1992, Judge Moore was employed in electrical engineering with the Naval Surface Warfare Center.  Judge Moore received her B.S.E.E. in 1990, M.S. in 1991, both from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and her J.D. (cum laude) from the Georgetown University Law Center in 1994.  Judge Moore has written and presented widely on patent litigation.  She co-authored a legal casebook entitled Patent Litigation and Strategy and served as the Editor of The Federal Circuit Bar Journal from 1998-2006.

Paul Grewal, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Facebook, Inc.

Before joining Facebook in 2016 to lead its global litigation team, Paul Grewal served as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Northern District of California.  Judge Grewal tried over 25 cases to jury verdict, including many suits over patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets.  He served as a member of the court’s Technology Practice and Patent Rules Committee and was appointed by Chief Justice Roberts to the Federal Judicial Center’s Magistrate Judges Education Committee. Mr. Grewal received his undergraduate degree from MIT and his law degree from the University of Chicago.  After graduation, he served as a law clerk to the United States District Judge Sam H. Bell and the Honorable Arthur J. Gajarsa of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  Before his appointment to the bench, Mr. Grewal was in private practice with a focus on technology litigation as an equity partner at Howrey LLP. He has tried patent cases from Wilmington, Delaware to Marshall, Texas, is a former President of the South Asian Bar Association of Northern America, and is the proud owner of USPTO Registration Number 43,645.




Featured Speakers (listed generally in order of presentation)

Scott Boalick, Deputy Chief Judge, U.S. Patent Trials and Appeals Board (PTAB)

Deputy Chief Judge Boalick was appointed as an Administrative Patent Judge in April 2007.  Prior to his appointment to the Board, Deputy Chief Judge Boalick served as a patent attorney with the Department of the Navy at two different laboratories.  Before that, he served as an associate at the law firm of Fish & Richardson and as a Judicial Law Clerk to the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  In addition, Deputy Chief Judge Boalick worked as a radar systems engineer at Technology Service Corporation and served on active duty as an officer in the U.S. Navy.  Deputy Chief Judge Boalick earned a J.D., magna cum laude, from the Georgetown University Law Center where he was a Notes and Comments Editor of The Georgetown Law Journal and received the Leon Robbin Patent Award.  He earned both a M.S.E. in Systems Engineering and a B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.  Deputy Chief Judge Boalick is a member of the Virginia and District of Columbia Bars, and is registered to practice before the USPTO.

Kevin Laurence, Partner, Laurence & Phillips (Washington, D.C.)

Kevin Laurence is a partner at Laurence & Phillips.  He has 26 years of experience in patent law and has represented patent owners and petitioners in more than 50 inter partes review proceedings at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  He teaches a course as an adjunct professor at the George Washington University Law School on USPTO post-grant proceedings.  He has also served as an instructor for Patent Resources Group since 2009 in courses on post-grant proceedings and co-authors a two-volume treatise titled Post-Grant Patent Practice provided in conjunction with the courses.  He served on the Interim Board of Directors for the PTAB Bar Association during 2016–17.  He also served as vice chair of Intellectual Property Owners Association’s U.S. Post-Grant Patent Office Practice committee during 2012–15.  Best Lawyers in America named him their 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” in Patent Law for Washington, D.C.  Intellectual Asset Management has identified him as one of the leading practitioners in the United States for post-grant proceedings each year since 2012.

Jonathan Stroud, Chief Intellectual Property Counsel, Unified Patents Inc.

A former medical devices patent examiner and litigator for Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP, Jonathan has examined, prosecuted, counseled, litigated, and handled patent, trademark, and licensing disputes, focusing on PTAB litigation and appeals. Involved in some of the earliest America Invents Act (AIA) patent challenges, Jonathan has drafted, filed, and argued more than 125 IPRs and appeals, representing clients such as LG, Eli Lilly & Co., BMW, Bausch & Lomb, and Freedom Innovations on covered business method (CBM) and inter partes reviews (IPRs) for both patent owners and petitioners. He enjoys teaching and writing in this area. He earned his J.D. with honors from the American University Washington College of Law; his B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University; and his M.A. in Print Journalism from the University of Southern California.

Katherine Cappaert, Steptoe & Johnson LLP (Washington, DC)

Katherine (Kate) Cappaert is an Associate in the Washington, D.C. office of Steptoe & Johnson LLP.  Kate handles patent validity challenges before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, patent litigation in district courts, and Section 337 Investigations before the US International Trade Commission.  Kate has worked on numerous inter partes review (IPR) and covered business method (CBM) proceedings before the PTAB and represents clients in cases involving a wide range of technologies, including consumer electronics, cloud and distributed computing systems, pharmaceuticals, and electrical, mechanical, and geo-physical technologies.  Kate earned her J.D. with honors from American University Washington College of Law and her B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT.  Prior to law school, Kate worked as a mechanical design engineer at a global document solutions and technology company.

H. Dickson Burton, Shareholder, TraskBritt, P.C. (Salt Lake City, UT) – Moderator

Dickson Burton is the Managing Shareholder of the Intellectual Property Law firm of TraskBritt, where he is a trial attorney and litigator handling patent infringement and other intellectual property disputes. He represents clients in courts around the country and before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board.  Dickson has been recognized, among other things, for his successes in obtaining preliminary injunctions in hotly-contested patent infringement cases. Dickson is Chair of the Local Rules Committee for the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah and is President-Elect of the Utah State Bar.


Chief Judge David Nuffer, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Judge David Nuffer was appointed as a United States District Judge in the District of Utah on March 23, 2012 and became Chief Judge on September 1, 2014. From 1995 – 2003, he was a part time United States Magistrate Judge, part time lawyer and was appointed as a full time magistrate judge January 17, 2003. He serves on the Federal Judicial Center Executive Education Advisory Committee and for fifteen years taught at Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Clark Law School. After graduating from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University he practiced law 25 years in St. George Utah. While in private practice, he was a managing partner with a law firm that grew from 2 lawyers to 25 and taught law office management at the law school. During his years as a lawyer, he was a member and Chair of the Utah Judicial Conduct Commission and a commissioner and president of the Utah State Bar. He is a frequent lecturer on technology and legal issues; for several years taught an automation orientation course to all new federal magistrate judges two times a year in San Antonio, Texas; and developed national technology related curriculum for magistrate judges.

Judge Robert J. Shelby, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Nominated by President Barack Obama on November 30, 2011, and confirmed by the United States Senate with unanimous consent on September 22, 2012, Judge Shelby serves as a United States District Judge for the District of Utah. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Shelby enjoyed a diverse and varied private practice with an emphasis on complex commercial litigation. Following law school, he served as a law clerk for United States District Judge J. Thomas Greene in the District of Utah. Judge Shelby then practiced law in Salt Lake City until his appointment to the bench. A graduate of Utah State University and the University of Virginia School of Law, Judge Shelby is a former President of the Salt Lake County Bar Association and the David K. Watkiss – Sutherland Inn of Court. He served by appointment on the Utah Supreme Court’s Advisory Committee on the Utah Rules of Civil Procedure, and the Utah Supreme Court’s Ethics and Discipline Committee. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Judge Shelby served on active duty with the Utah Army National Guard during Operation Desert Storm before receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1994.

Judge Clark Waddoups, U.S. District Court for the District of Utah

Judge Clark Waddoups was appointed by President Bush and sworn in and took the bench on October 23, 2008. Prior to his appointment, Judge Waddoups was a senior shareholder with the firm now known as Parr Brown Gee & Loveless from 1981 until he took the bench in 2008. He was an experienced trial lawyer specializing in complex commercial litigation, involving anti-trust, securities, labor and employment, banking, construction, environmental, and insurance claims. He has represented clients in banking and finance, heavy manufacturing, broadcasting, automotive, oil, and real estate. Judge Waddoups practiced at O’Melveney & Myers in California for seven years before joining Parr Brown in 1981.  Judge Waddoups was admitted to practice in California and before all state and federal courts in Utah.  He was an active member of the Utah Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Evidence for almost 20 years and past President of the A. Sherman Christensen American Inn of Court I.  Presently counselor to Aldon J. Anderson Inn of Court. Former member of U.S. District Court Committee on Rules of Civil Procedure, Mentor Training and Resource Committee, and Historical Society of the Tenth Judicial Circuit. Chair of U.S. District Court Jail Medication Committee.

John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (Dallas, TX)

As the Director of the Silicon Valley 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 leading the USPTO’s west coast regional office 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 26 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.

Mark Radtke, Assistant Regional Director, Rocky Mountain Regional U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Mark Radtke joined the USPTO in 2005 after graduating from Boston University with a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering and an M.S. in Electrical Engineering. He examined patent applications related to databases, file management and data structures until 2012, when he was promoted to Quality Assurance Specialist for Technology Center 2400 (networking, multiplexing, cable TV and computer security). In 2011, he led a team that built a new intranet web server system for the office. He spent the winter of 2015 detailed as a Resource Supervisory Patent Examiner in the Midwest Regional Office in Detroit, and then moved to Denver where he trained two classes of new examiners before accepting a permanent position. He briefly supervised Art Unit 2145 (graphical user interfaces) and was promoted to Assistant Regional Director in early 2017.

Ryan Crockett, Primary Patent Examiner, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

Ryan Crockett is a Primary Patent Examiner at the USPTO.  He graduated with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Utah State University and a J.D. from DePaul University College of Law, where his Note analyzing the Federal Circuit’s In re Seagate decision was published in the DePaul Law Review.  He worked as a patent attorney in the Washington, D.C. area before joining the USPTO in 2012.  He examines patent applications related to liquid crystal displays, cells, elements, and systems, and provides technical and search assistance to junior examiners.  While at the USPTO, he has served on temporary work assignment at the PTAB on two different occasions, first assisting Administrative Patent Judges (APJs) reviewing ex parte appeals and drafting decisions, and second assisting APJs with Inter Partes Reviews during both the petition and trial phases.

David R. Todd, Workman Nydegger (Salt Lake City, UT)

David R. Todd’s practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including patent, trademark, copyright, and trade secret litigation, and on client counseling matters requiring expertise in intellectual property law, including analyses of patent infringement and validity. He 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 intellectual property actions in federal trial courts and at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Mr. Todd served from 1997-1998 as a law clerk to the Honorable Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, which resolves patent appeals from all U.S. district courts as well as all appeals from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Mr. Todd has participated in authoring a number of publications on patent law issues, has lectured on intellectual property issues, and currently serves as an adjunct professor of law at Brigham Young University where he has taught courses in patent law and intellectual property litigation. He has also served as the principal author in amicus briefs filed on behalf of the American Intellectual Property Law Association in cases pending before the United States Supreme Court and the Federal Circuit.



Dan Farr, Co-Founder, FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention

Dan Farr is an entrepreneur, known for co-founding DAZ 3D, a 3D content and software company, and for founding FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention. DAZ 3D is a company that develops and publishes 3D digital content and software for creative professionals and hobbyists. Two of the products Farr helped create while at DAZ were DAZ Studio and Genesis Platform. In 2005 Farr, authored and created (along with his partners at DAZ 3D), an illustrated Christmas book entitled Mr. Finnegan’s Giving Chest using DAZ 3D’s products and featured actor Dick Van Dyke. Shortly after leaving DAZ 3D in the spring of 2012, Farr began planning FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention, a biannual comic book convention. FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention is produced by Dan Farr Productions in partnership with Utah Media Group and has been able to bring the radically successful, world-class pop culture event to the Intermountain West twice per year since 2013. The tenth event, FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention 2018, will take place on September 6-8, 2018. Dan Farr lives in Draper, Utah with his family.

Bryan Brandenburg, Co-Founder, FanX® Salt Lake Comic-Convention

Bryan Brandenburg is a serial entrepreneur, technology executive, marketing expert, artist and research scientist specializing in games, high-performance graphics, 3D simulations, physics and consumer product companies. His areas of research are primarily focused on 3D visualization, consumer products, social media, relativity, energy and the wellness of the human race. He has published 7 books as well has been a contributor to almost 30 software programs both for consumers and business. He is the co-founder of FanX® Salt Lake Comic Convention, co-founded two of the largest independent game companies in the country and executive produced games for Disney, Hasbro, and Dreamworks. http://www.saltlakecomicconvention.com, www.BryanMBrandenburg.com, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bryan_Brandenburg

Rex Sears, Ph.D., Shareholder, Maschoff Brennan

Rex Sears primarily represents clients in complex business and intellectual property disputes, including patent, trade secret, trademark, trade dress, and copyright, as well as securities, antitrust, real estate, false advertising, unfair business practice, tortious interference, and contract disputes. Many of his clients are companies in technology-intensive fields, including computer hardware and software, payment system security, and pharmaceuticals, or exercise equipment designers and manufacturers, among others. He received his J.D. from the University of Chicago. He also holds a Ph.D. and A.M. from Harvard University. He also received his M.S. and B.S. from the University of Utah.

C.J. Veverka, Shareholder, Maschoff Brennan

C.J. Veverka focuses his practice on intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, and copyright enforcement and defense, domestically and internationally. He has extensive experience developing and coordinating global IP enforcement strategies for his clients throughout Europe and Asia. C.J. has litigated and counseled clients on cases related to a variety of technologies, including fitness and recreation equipment, electrical and electromechanical systems, computer software and hardware, biodegradable polymers, pharmaceutical compounds, high-content cell analysis instruments for drug discovery, and medical and dental devices. He has also handled infringement litigation cases involving patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade dress. He holds a J.D. and B.S. from the University of Utah.

Joshua Randall, Partner, Holland & Hart (Salt Lake City) – Moderator

Josh provides strategic intellectual property advice and services to companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies. He focuses on global patent prosecution across the mechanical, electro-mechanical, and biomedical arts. He focuses primarily on utility and design patent applications, due diligence investigations, patentability and freedom to operate opinions, and inter partes reviews (IPRs). He also helps clients protect, defend, and monetize their IP assets by leveraging his technical background and IP experience to develop effective licensing and litigation strategies. Josh has worked closely with IP counsel in every significant international jurisdiction during his career to either obtain IP protection for his clients in those jurisdictions, or to assist foreign counsel in obtaining IP protection in the U.S. for their international clients.

Ningling Wang, Partner, Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP (Shanghai, China)

Ningling Wang is the Managing Partner of Finnegan Henderson Farabow Garrett & Dunner, LLP’s Shanghai Office, which is a leading IP law firm in the US. She joined Finnegan’s DC office in 2001 and opened Finnegan’s Shanghai office in 2008. Ningling has over 17 years of experience assisting multinational and Chinese companies on patent prosecution, opinions, due diligence, licensing, and patent litigation. She has also been involved in various cases before the U.S. International Trade Commission and federal district courts in the US and helped clients in IP enforcement actions in China. Ningling has received various awards and recognitions. For example, she was recognized as a leader in the field of intellectual property law in China by Chambers Asia-Pacific in 2014-2017, a leader in patent transactions in China by Intellectual Asset Management in 2016 and 2017, and listed as a top IP strategist in the Strategy 300, 2017, and a WIPR leader for patents in China by World IP Reviews in 2016 and 2017.

Jennifer Atkinson, Partner, Barker Brettell (UK)

Jenny is a qualified European and Chartered UK patent attorney with almost 20 years of experience drafting and prosecuting patent applications for inventions from across the life sciences arena, with a particular emphasis on biotechnology and medical sciences. Jenny’s practice is predominantly a mix of European and US clients. She handles multi-jurisdictional patent portfolios and advises clients on filing strategies, routine prosecution and contentious matters. She is experienced in representing client at the EPO in oral hearings from the Examination Division as well as in opposition and appeal proceedings.  She also advises on matters relating to patent infringement, patent validity, and freedom to operate. As head of Barker Brettell’s specialist university sector group, Jenny has a strong reputation in the higher education sector. Jenny also works with large corporate businesses, spin-out companies and SMEs, bringing a commercial, strategic and pragmatic approach to all of her client work. Prior to joining the patent profession Jenny spent a number of years in research, including undertaking a post doc at the University of Washington in Seattle. She loves to return to the US when she can, and enjoys working with US clients to help them protect their IP in Europe. Jenny is a partner at UK IP firm Barker Brettell LLP where she leads the biotech practice.  She is an active member of the Life Sciences Committee of the UK Chartered Institute of Patent Attorneys, and is “recommended” in Legal 500 and IAM 1000.

Randall S. Wood, Legal Counsel, Pluralsight, Inc. – Moderator

Randall S. Wood works as Legal Counsel for Pluralsight, the world’s premier leader in online technology learning. Randy received a B.S. in Economics, B.S. in International Studies, and B.A. in German from the University of Utah. After graduating, Randy worked for a number of years in Utah’s real estate industry, working for a commercial real estate appraiser, a real estate capital group, and later as a licensed real estate agent and project manager for Ivory Homes. Randy then attended George Washington University Law School, where he was a Thurgood Marshall Scholar and graduated with his J.D., with Honors. After law school, Randy joined the law firm Parr Brown Gee & Loveless in Salt Lake City, Utah. While there, he worked as an Associate Attorney focusing on corporate transactions, corporate financing and lending issues, and real estate and construction matters. During private practice, a firm client, Pluralsight, approached him to begin practicing in-house for the company as Associate Legal Counsel (the second legal hire) and now as Legal Counsel. Randy and his wife Annalee live in Kaysville, Utah with their son and daughter. He enjoys running, hiking, camping, and playing the piano. Randy freelances as a website and graphic designer in his free time, and he enjoys serving as the family and neighborhood go-to tech guru.

Dean Sapp, Braintrace (Salt Lake City, UT)

Dean Sapp is an experienced security executive with 24 years of Information Security and IT experience—including 18 years working with AM 100 law firms, and Fortune 50 organizations. He has significant experience in developing, evangelizing, and implementing cost-effective and robust security programs.  Dean has spoken at dozens of security conferences and has published security papers on next-generation endpoint protection, hacking and securing Oracle and other enterprise databases, and adopting the CIS critical 20 controls to protect businesses from data breach.  Recently he contributed several chapters to the newly published SANS MGT 514 course: IT Security Planning, Policy, and Leadership. Dean has a Bachelor’s degree from BYU, and is wrapping up his Master’s degree in Information Security Management from the SANS Institute.  He also holds 16 information security, privacy and auditing certifications such as the CISSP, CISA, CIPP/US, etc.  In his free time, Dean enjoys Spartan races, CrossFit, other activities that are physically and mentally challenging.


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Elaina Maragakis, Shareholder, Ray Quinney & Nebeker (Salt Lake City, UT)

Ms. Maragakis is a shareholder and director and practices in Ray Quinney & Nebeker’s litigation section. Her practice focuses on complex commercial litigation. She has tried a significant number of cases, and has experience managing complex disputes through trial. Ms. Maragakis has represented numerous companies in connection with contract and business disputes, including class actions. Ms. Maragakis has also represented a number of health care entities, including nursing homes and hospitals, in both litigation, HIPAA analysis, and medical staffing issues. Ms. Maragakis is also co-Chair of RQN’s Cybersecurity and Privacy practice group. Ms. Maragakis has obtained her designation as a Certified Information Privacy Professional/US (CIPP/US), a certification offered by the International Association of Privacy Professionals. She assists clients in all aspects of legal compliance with data security laws, including helping companies minimize their risks by preparing Information Security Policies, including Data Breach Response Plans and Employee Data Security Policies. In the event of a breach, she assists with managing a company’s compliance with breach notification laws. She has given presentations to various groups on the issue of data security across the State of Utah, and has written extensively on the subject.

Jennifer Rothschild, ProBoPat Program Director, Rocky Mountain Regional Patent Office (Denver)

Jennifer has worked as a paralegal in the Denver area for over 30 years.  She has experience in intellectual property and commercial litigation. The firms she has worked for include O’Connor & Hannan, Otten, Johnson, Robinson, Neff & Ragonetti, Sherman & Howard, Liza Meyers LLC and Izbiky & Associates PLLC.  Most recently, she was in house at IHS Global Inc. managing the company’s trademark and patent portfolio.  Jennifer became the program administrator of the ProBoPat program in May 2015. Jennifer has a BFA in Journalism from Southern Methodist University

Andrew Berger, Tannenbaum Helpern Syracuse & Hirschtritt LLP

Andrew Berger is an intellectual property litigator who uses his breadth of experience and creativity to protect his clients’ copyrights and trademarks from infringement. He has resolved multiple copyright infringement litigations on behalf of his clients whose works have been used without their authorization, collecting substantial sums on their behalf. Andrew also helps his clients monetize and distribute their intellectual property through licensing, joint ventures, sales and related transactions. Many of his cases are at the cutting edge of the Internet and new technologies. Andrew is also an adjunct professor of law at Cornell Law School, teaching a seminar in copyright litigation. Andrew has for more than twenty years served as a mediator in IP cases on behalf of the Southern District Mediation Office and in private mediations. Further, Andrew has successfully litigated many complex commercial matters, including on behalf of the Government of Ecuador, the Women’s Professional Tennis Association and a Channel Islands investment company based in Europe. He graduated from Cornell University and Cornell Law School and served as president of the Cornell Law Association, the alumni body representing the graduates of that school.

Courtenay C. Brinkerhoff, Foley & Lardner (Washington, D.C.) – Moderator

Courtenay Brinckerhoff is a partner with Foley & Lardner LLP. She is chair of the firm’s IP Law and Practice committee, immediate past vice chair of the firm’s Chemical, Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Practice, and editor of Foley’s PharmaPatentsBlog. Ms. Brinckerhoff’s practice focuses on client counseling in all aspects of obtaining, licensing and enforcing patents and conducting freedom-to-operate and due diligence investigations, primarily in the life sciences space. Ms. Brinckerhoff works with clients in diverse industries, including pharmaceuticals (chemical and biotechnological), human and animal food products, nutraceuticals, and medical devices. Ms. Brinckerhoff joined Foley as an associate in the fall of 2001, after clerking for the Honorable Judge Schall on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Prior to her clerkship, she worked at Foley as a patent agent and law clerk. Ms. Brinckerhoff graduated from George Mason University School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 1999) as valedictorian of her class, and she served as a member of the George Mason University Law Review. Ms. Brinckerhoff graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.S. in chemistry, with distinction, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In her senior year, Ms. Brinckerhoff received an award for outstanding achievement in chemistry from the Virginia Section of the American Chemical Society.

Jorge L. Contreras, Associate Professor, S.J. Quinney College of Law, University of Utah

Professor Contreras teaches in the areas of intellectual property, law and science, and property law. He serves on the Scientific Advisory Board of the Utah Genome Project, and was previously a partner at Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr LLP. Professor Contreras serves as Co-Chair of the Interdisciplinary Division of the ABA’s Section of Science & Technology Law, a member of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Council of Councils, and the Intellectual Property Rights Policy Committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).  He has recently served as Co-Chair of the National Conference of Lawyers and Scientists, a member of the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Committee on Intellectual Property Management in Standard-Setting Processes, the Advisory Council of NIH’s National Center for the Advancement of Translational Sciences (NCATS), the Cures Acceleration Network (CAN) Board and the National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research. He is a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School (JD) and Rice University (BA, BSEE) and clerked for Chief Justice Thomas R. Philips of the Texas Supreme Court.

Benjamin G. Jackson, Myriad Genetics

Ben Jackson has been with Myriad his entire legal career, from a student law clerk to his current position as Vice President of Legal Affairs.  Ben oversees Myriad’s intellectual property portfolio as well as a significant portion of Myriad’s commercial legal matters.  He was integrally involved in Myriad’s litigation surrounding the BRCA genes, including the AMP case that went to the Supreme Court in 2013.  He is also active in broader IP policy, including life science industry think tanks and roundtables, amicus brief advocacy at the Supreme Court and Federal Circuit, published articles analyzing emergent issues, and frequent speaking engagements.  Ben received a bachelor’s degree from UCLA in molecular genetics and his J.D. from the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.



Brandon Roper, Patent Attorney, Microsoft (Redmond, WA)

Brandon Roper is a patent attorney for Microsoft. He currently supports the Cloud and Enterprise division at Microsoft where he handles lots of Section 101 rejections. He previously supported devices at Microsoft, where 101 was really not that big of a deal. Brandon is also the chair of the OC Committee at Microsoft, where he manages all of the patent outside counsel used by Microsoft. Prior to Microsoft, Brandon was an attorney at Austin Rapp & Hardman. Brandon received a degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Utah and a J.D. from Brigham Young University. He currently resides in Duvall, Washington with his wife and their two kids. He hopes to someday write a best-selling post-apocalyptic novel and also to spend $1 million dollars in cash in one day.

Mike Erickson, Shareholder, Ray Quinney & Nebekker (Salt Lake City, UT) – Moderator

Mike Erickson is an intellectual property litigator who represents a wide variety of technology-focused clients in the software, computer, and internet industries. Mr. Erickson’s practice encompasses all areas of IP litigation, including patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and trade secret matters. He has represented hi-tech startups, university technology offices, and market leaders in complex IP lawsuits across the country. Prior to practicing law, Mr. Erickson developed software for Sandia National Laboratories, a national security laboratory in the Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration. He maintains an AV Preeminent (5.0) rating with Martindale-Hubbell, which is the highest rating awarded to attorneys for professional competence and ethics. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin, and a J.D. from BYU, where he was Executive Editor of the BYU Law Review.

Amber Leavitt, eBay, Inc.

Amber Leavitt is Senior Director, Global Intellectual Property for eBay Inc. and its subsidiaries, managing a worldwide portfolio of trademarks, overseeing enforcement of the company’s brands globally through administrative proceedings and litigation, and advising on brand strategy and best practices.  Amber also oversees the company’s domain name portfolio management and acquisition programs, and manages a global team responsible for oversight of eBay’s Verified Right Owner (VeRO) program and its equivalent notice-and-takedown programs across eBay Inc. subsidiaries worldwide.  Amber frequently advises the business on risk mitigation strategies relating to secondary liability issues, counsels on IP licensing issues, supports eBay’s government and external relations programs by participating in various outreach efforts with key stakeholders, rights owners and industry groups on critical issues, as well as providing input on newly proposed domestic and international IP legislation. Amber supports on IP due diligence and related agreements for M&A activity, and also serves as a Business Ethics Officer responsible for evaluating and resolving internal corporate compliance and ethics issues.  Prior to eBay, Amber worked as an intellectual property litigation associate at Workman Nydegger.  Amber received a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Pepperdine University and J.D. from Pepperdine University School of Law.


David T. Dutcher, Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property, Western Digital Corporation

David Dutcher currently serves as Assistant General Counsel, Intellectual Property at Western Digital Corporation, where he leads a patent team of 19 professionals and is responsible for WD’s portfolio of 17,000+ patent assets. David is also an Adjunct Professor at the J. Reuben Clark Law School at Brigham Young University.  Prior to WD’s acquisition of SanDisk, David served as Senior Director, IP at SanDisk, and prior to SanDisk’s acquisition of Fusion-io, David served as Associate General Counsel and Vice President, Intellectual Property, at Fusion-io.  David joined Fusion-io from Intellectual Ventures, where he served as Head of Prosecution and Asset Management.  Prior to Intellectual Ventures, David was an attorney at Perkins Coie in Seattle.  David received his J.D. degree from Harvard Law School and his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University.

Tim Schade, General Counsel, Lifetime Products

Tim Schade is General Counsel for Lifetime Products, a privately-held manufacturer of consumer goods that employs over 2,000 people worldwide. Founded in 1986, Lifetime Products is a leader of innovation in the market for consumer products including basketball systems, tables and chairs, outdoor sheds, lawn and garden products, kayaks, and more. Tim focuses on protecting Lifetime’s innovation by seeking extensive patent protection and by monitoring the markets in a variety of countries for infringing products to protect Lifetime’s intellectual property rights throughout the world. Tim also addresses and coordinates the defense of product liability claims against Lifetime and takes care of a number of other novel and scintillating legal issues that arise on a daily basis. Before joining Lifetime in 2007, Tim worked in the commercial litigation area at Snell & Wilmer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Prior to that, he practiced in Chicago, Illinois for 2 years in the business litigation section at Locke Lord Bissel & Liddell (formerly known as Lord Bissell & Brook). Tim graduated from J. Ruben Clark law school at Brigham Young University in 1999. He currently resides in Layton, Utah with his wife and four children where he coaches soccer and enjoys spending time with his family.

Michael E. McCabe, Jr., Partner, McCabe Law LLC (Washington, D.C.)

Michael E. McCabe, Jr. is a patent attorney with twenty years of IP litigation, counseling, and law firm risk management experience. Mr. McCabe’s practice focuses on advising and defending patent attorneys and agents, trademark attorneys, and IP law firms in matters relating to ethics, professional responsibility, and attorney suspension and disbarment proceedings before the Office of Enrollment and Discipline (OED) of the USPTO.  Mr. McCabe also advises law firms and corporate IP departments on risk management and best practices for avoiding legal malpractice and ethics claims. He is also the creator of IPethics & INsights™, a law blog that covers ethics issues of concern for the IP practitioner. Mr. McCabe is a frequent speaker on topics relating to ethics and malpractice, particularly in the field of patent and trademark law and in matters involving practice before the USPTO. Mr. McCabe is a graduate of the University of Maryland where he earned a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering, and he received his J.D. from the University of Baltimore School of Law. Mr. McCabe presently serves as a guest lecturer on Patent Law at The Johns Hopkins University.