IP Summit Speakers for 2019

Friday, February 22nd

Keynote Speakers

Judge Kara F. Stoll – Circuit Judge, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

Judge Kara Farnandez Stoll was appointed by President Barack H. Obama in July 2015. Prior to her appointment, Judge Stoll practiced law for seventeen years with the firm of Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett and Dunner, LLP, where she specialized in patent litigation, with an emphasis on appeals. Judge Stoll served as an adjunct professor at George Mason University School of Law from 2008 to 2015 and at Howard University School of Law from 2004 to 2008. From 1997 to 1998, she clerked for the Honorable Alvin A. Schall of the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. Judge Stoll worked at the United States Patent and Trademark Office from 1991 to 1997 as a patent examiner, at the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences, and in the Solicitor’s Office. She received a J.D. from Georgetown University School of Law in 1997 and a B.S.E.E. from Michigan State University in 1991.

Director | Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office

As the Director of the Rocky Mountain Regional United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), since January 2016, Mollybeth (Molly) Kocialski 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 Rocky Mountain regional office. Focusing on the nine states within this region and actively engaging with the community, Ms. Kocialski ensures the USPTO’s initiatives and programs are tailored to the region’s unique ecosystem of industries and stakeholders.

A recognized leader in the Rocky Mountain Region, Ms. Kocialski currently serves on the Colorado Federal Executive Board’s Executive Committee, as the President of the Colorado Intellectual Property Inn of Court, and as a member of the Planning Committee for the annual Rocky Mountain Intellectual Property Institute.

Featured Speakers (listed generally in order of presentation)

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.

James C. Watson – TraskBritt – Chair of the Intellectual Property Section of the Utah State Bar

John Wynn

John Wynn joined Integro as a result of Lemme Insurance Group Inc.’s acquisition in 2015.  John is a Managing Principal and leads the lawyers’ professional liability services group.  Prior to similar service at Lemme, John was a Vice President at Axis Capital where he served as Product Manager of the Accountants Professional Liability Program and underwrote large and midsize law firm professional liability.  John has authored articles on exposures facing law firms in today’s environment.  Prior to joining Axis, John was a Practice Leader at Chubb. John earned his J.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago-Kent College of Law and practiced law for nine years with a law firm in Chicago.

Darrell Stark

Darrell Stark is Senior IP Counsel for GE Aviation in Cincinnati, Ohio, where he leads the IP strategy development and execution for several aircraft engine technology areas and the company’s Business & General Aviation and Integrated Systems business units.  Darrell works closely with the engineering and business leadership to protect and enforce GE Aviation’s IP rights and defend against third party claims, including leading freedom to practice efforts, resolving & litigating disputes, pursuing assertion & licensing opportunities, drafting IP agreements & transactions, and collaborating on IP asset development.  Darrell also manages GE Aviation’s IPR proceedings before the PTAB and oppositions before the EPO.  In addition, Darrell supports GE Aviation global sites and deals frequently with international IP issues affecting the business.

Prior to joining GE Aviation, Darrell was an IP Litigator at Ropes & Gray in Washington, D.C., focusing on patent and trade secret disputes.  At Ropes & Gray, Darrell represented clients before Federal District Courts, the International Trade Commission, the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and in PTAB post-grant proceedings.  And in 2013-2014, Darrell clerked at the Federal Circuit for former Chief Judge Randall R. Rader.

Jeremy K. McKown – Johnson & Johnson

Jeremy is an Associate Patent Counsel at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) where he manages a global team of attorneys and patent professionals dedicated to identifying, protecting and monetizing the intellectual property of J&J’s Consumer business.  Prior to J&J, he worked as a Senior Counsel – Patents for Schering Plough, and in private practice in Washington, DC.   Jeremy has a B.S. in Chemistry from Ithaca College, a M.S. in Chemistry from Bucknell University and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law.

Michael A. Grow
Washington, DC

Practice Teams
Intellectual Property
Media and Entertainment
Areas of Focus
Trademark & Copyright
Unfair Competition
Advertising & E-Commerce
Right of Publicity
Technology Transfer & Licensing

Practice Areas
Michael Grow is a partner in the Washington DC office of Arent Fox LLP and is the former chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. His practice extends to foreign and domestic litigation and transactional work in the fields of trademark, copyright, patent, unfair competition, right of publicity, advertising, technology transfer, and licensing law.

Client Work
Mike has represented clients in intellectual property lawsuits and appeals in state and federal courts throughout the United States and has assisted with litigation in several foreign countries.

In addition to representing clients in the courts and before federal agencies, Mike has assisted in securing legislation directed at enhancing their intellectual property rights. He has testified before congressional committees in both the Senate and House of Representatives on intellectual property matters. He was instrumental in securing amendments to Sections 14 and 39 of the Lanham Act, which clarify the grounds on which a registered mark may be held generic and which prohibit the states from interfering with federally registered marks.

Professional Activities
As a member of the International Trademark Association, Mike has served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee, and as chair of the Federal Legislation Committee.  He also has served as co-chair of the Intellectual Property Law Section of the District of Columbia Bar Association and as a member of its steering committee.

Mike is a former member of the editorial board of the Trademark Reporter. He has written several articles relating to intellectual property law and has given numerous presentations at conferences sponsored by AIPLA, INTA, the FBI Academy, and various other organizations in the United States and abroad on intellectual property topics.

Mike is listed among the leading trademark lawyers in the US by Chambers, the Legal 500, and the International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers,

Bar and Court Admissions
District of Columbia and Virginia Bar
Supreme Court of the United States

George Washington University, JD, 1975
Weber State College, BA, 1972

Life Beyond the Law
Mike and his wife are actively involved in helping low income high school students to obtain financing for their college education.  He has coached youth basketball teams for many years.  He is also fluent in Italian and Spanish.

Gene Quinn Founder, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc.

Gene Quinn is a patent attorney and a leading commentator on patent law and innovation policy. Mr. Quinn is the Founder, President & CEO of IPWatchdog, Inc. IPWatchdog.com has been continuously online since 1999, and has been recognized multiple times by the American Bar Association as a top 100 legal blog, multiple times as the top IP blog, and in 2013 was inducted into the ABA Blawg Hall of Fame. In 2014, Mr. Quinn was named one of the top 50 most influential people in IP by Managing IP Magazine. In 2017 and 2018 Mr. Quinn was recognized by IAM Magazine as one of the top IP strategists in the world.

Regarded as an expert on software patentability and patent procedure, Mr. Quinn’s particular specialty is in the area of strategic patent consultancy, portfolio building and patent prosecution strategy. He also regularly advises attorneys and clients on litigation strategy and appeals.

Judge Clark Waddoups

The Honorable Clark Waddoups was confirmed in 2008 to serve as a federal judge with the U.S. District Court for the District of Utah.

Prior to that time, Judge Waddoups was a named partner at the law firm now known as Parr Brown Gee & Loveless.  He joined Parr Brown in 1981 after having practiced for seven years at O=Melveny & Myers in California.  As a trial lawyer, Judge Waddoups specialized in complex commercial litigation and represented clients in industries such as heavy manufacturing, broadcasting, banking and finance, automotive, oil, and real estate.

Currently, he a counselor in the Alden J. Anderson Inn of Court and a member of the Federal Rules Committee.

Chief Judge Robert J. Shelby

Nominated by President Barack Obama, Judge Shelby was confirmed by the United States Senate with unanimous consent on September 22, 2012. Since October 1, 2018, he has served as Chief United States District Judge for the District of Utah. Before his appointment to the bench, Chief 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. He 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, Chief 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. Chief Judge Shelby served on active duty with the Utah Army National Guard during Operation Desert Storm before receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1994.

Former Chief Judge Randall R. Rader 

For over 25 years, Judge Rader has been a leading thought leader in the field of intellectual property law and jurisprudence. His work as Chief Judge, his publications and his work teaching patent law globally to students, judges and government officials has left an indelible mark on the field of IP law and the protection of IP rights throughout the world.

Judge Rader has authored approximately 1000 patent decisions and decided over 3000 patent cases as well as approximately 4000 IP cases in total.

Judge Rader was appointed to the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit by President George H. W. Bush in 1990 and assumed the duties of Chief Judge on June 1, 2010. He was appointed to the United States Claims Court (now the U. S. Court of Federal Claims) by President Ronald W. Reagan in 1988. Before appointment to the Court of Federal Claims, former Chief Judge Rader served as Minority and Majority Chief Counsel to Subcommittees of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary. From 1975 to 1980, he served as Counsel in the House of Representatives for representatives serving on the Interior, Appropriations, and Ways and Means Committees. Judge Rader stepped down from Chief Judge position on May 30, 2014 and retired from the bench on June 30, 2014.

Since leaving the bench, Judge Rader has founded the Rader Group, focusing on arbitration, mediation, and legal consulting and legal education services. Since 2014, Judge Rader has presided over major arbitration under UCC rules in Paris; conducted mediations to settle ongoing litigation; joined law faculty at Tsinghua University; conducted full-credit course at leading law schools in D.C., Seattle, Santa Clara, Bangkok, Seoul, Tokyo, Munich, consulted with major corporations and law firms on IP policy and litigation, and advised foreign governments on international IP standards. He continues to advocate improvements in innovation policy through speaking engagements worldwide.

Judge Rader’s most prized title may well be “Professor Rader.” As Professor, Judge Rader has taught courses on patent law and other advanced intellectual property courses at The George Washington University Law School, University of Virginia School of Law, Georgetown University Law Center, the Munich Intellectual Property Law Center, and other university programs in Tokyo, Taipei, New Delhi, and Beijing. He received a B.A. in English from Brigham Young University in 1974 and a J.D. from George Washington University Law School in 1978. Judge Rader has received the Gold Medal of LES International in 2014 and has been inducted into the IAM IP Hall of Fame in 2011.

Dan Morath – Patent Law Works

Dr. Morath has represented biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and chemical companies for more than 10 years with clients ranging from small startups to major research institutions and multinational pharmaceutical companies. He advises on a wide variety of complex IP-related matters, including international portfolio strategy and development, patent preparation and prosecution, due diligence, and general patent counseling.

Dr. Morath is experienced in biochemistry; next generation sequencing; cell biology; recombinant cells and cell-based therapies; immunology; vaccines; diagnostics; pharmaceuticals; nutrition, cosmetics, and other related areas.

Prior to joining Patent Law Works, Dr. Morath was a partner with the intellectual property boutique TraskBritt, PC.

Dr. Morath completed his undergraduate education at the University of Michigan, graduating with a B.Sc. in molecular and cellular biology. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Utah in Molecular Biology with his thesis focusing on metal requirements for early brain development and fate choices of neural stem cells. He spent a nearly a year as a Postdoctoral fellow before pursuing a law degree from Brigham Young University.

Professor David Hricik

Professor Hricik recieved his undergraduate degree magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Arizona, where he majored in English.  He received his law degree with honors from Northwestern University School of Law.  He practiced with Baker Botts and small litigation boutiques from 1988 to 2002, litigating cases primarily involving patent infringement, legal malpractice, and general complex commercial matters.

In 2002, he joined Mercer University School of Law, where he teaches legal ethics, patent law and litigation, federal civil procedure, and other courses.  In 2012-13, he served as law clerk to Chief Judge Randall R. Rader at the Federal Circuit.  He rejoined Mercer and also became Of Counsel to Taylor English Duma, LLP, where he continues to represent clients in patent and complex litigation.

He was elected to the American Law Institute in 2016.  He has authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent litigation, and co-authored the only treatise on ethical issues in patent prosecution.  In addition to serving leadership positions on ethics committees with the AIPLA and ABA and serving as an expert witness, he has written dozens of articles and given well over 100 presentations on issues at the intersection of ethics and patents.  His articles and testimony have been adopted by both state and federal courts.

Richard Rainey

Richard Rainey has substantial experience representing clients in district court and ITC patent trials, and appeals of patent cases. He has notable experience advising clients in the technology sector, and has handled cases involving a range of complex technologies. His ability to provide holistic and practical solutions in patent disputes is enhanced by his in-house experience, having served as GE’s Global Chief IP Litigator and head of GE’s Intellectual Property Litigation Center of Excellence. Mr. Rainey also devotes considerable time to bar associations, and teaching and writing in the intellectual property field.

Mr. Rainey has led multiple IP litigation teams in a variety of forums around the U.S., and has been recognized as a leading IP litigator in numerous publications. IAM 1000 reports that Mr. Rainey is “unafraid of shouldering the greatest of responsibilities and is another natural choice for big-ticket cases in which business resolutions are urgently required.” According to Chambers, Mr. Rainey is “laud[ed] as ‘an exceptional orator’ who ‘has both deep technical knowledge and the ability to boil an issue down to a layman’s understanding.”

Mr. Rainey has also been recognized as a leading appellate litigator in patent matters. Over the course of his career, he has been involved in more than 75 appeals in patent cases before the Federal Circuit. One notable success includes his appellate win for Thomson Reuters in MuniAuction, Inc. v. Thomson Corp., 532 F.3d 1318 (Fed. Cir. 2008), where the Covington team obtained reversal of an $85 million jury verdict, earning him recognition in AmLaw. And, most recently, Mr. Rainey led the Covington team in Return Mail v. U.S. Postal Service, where the Supreme Court on October 26, 2018, granted a writ of certiorari on the question of whether the U.S. government is a “person” entitled to file post-issuance review proceedings under the America Invents Act.

Mr. Rainey, as a registered patent attorney, has also had substantial experience before the PTAB in various post-grant proceedings.

In addition to his work as a litigator, Mr. Rainey has for many years been an officer in the Giles S. Rich Inn of Court, served in the leadership of the ABA-IPL Section, and chaired the committee of the year for IPO. He is a co-author on the leading treatise on practice and procedure before the Federal Circuit – “Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit: Practice and Procedure” and a co-author on the chapter on appellate practice in BNA’s “Patent Litigation Strategies Handbook.” Mr. Rainey also teaches patent enforcement at George Washington Law School.

Mitch Stoltz

Mitch Stoltz is a Senior Staff Attorney at the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Mitch works on cases where free speech and innovation collide with copyright, trademark, and antitrust law. His current projects include fighting the use of copyright as a tool for censorship, impact litigation on Internet television and video, and studying trends in antitrust enforcement in Internet industries. Mitch also counsels clients on open source software licensing.

Before joining EFF, Mitch was an associate at Constantine Cannon LLP in Washington DC, where he worked on antitrust and copyright litigation and technology policy. Long ago, in an Internet far far away, Mitch was a security engineer at Netscape Communications, where he worked to secure Web browsers against malware and coordinated the security research efforts of hackers on three continents. Mitch has a JD from Boston University and a BA in Public Policy and Computer Science from Pomona College.

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