The IP Leadership Executive Agenda

Monday, 24 Apr, 2023
08:00-09:00
Registration and networking
09:20-09:30
Welcome address
09:30-10:30

Protecting a company’s IP is critical to the success of the business. But with the role of the GC being so integral to business decisions company wide, IP is but one piece of the puzzle. A group of GCs will discuss how IP fits into their mindset, where IP is on their radar and more importantly, its positioning at a time of crisis. 

Author:

Karna Nisewaner

Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Cadence Design Systems

Karna Nisewaner is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. She is responsible for Cadence worldwide legal operations, covering matters such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, commercial transactions, employment, export compliance, government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and stock administration. Prior to this role, she was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cadence where she led many key functions in the legal department.  Prior to joining Cadence in 2011, Nisewaner held in-house counsel roles at Intuit and IBM and was in private practice at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner, LLP focused on intellectual property.  Nisewaner received her BSE in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University and her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School.

 

Karna Nisewaner

Corporate Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary
Cadence Design Systems

Karna Nisewaner is the General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Cadence Design Systems, Inc. She is responsible for Cadence worldwide legal operations, covering matters such as corporate governance, corporate social responsibility, commercial transactions, employment, export compliance, government affairs, intellectual property, litigation, mergers and acquisitions, and stock administration. Prior to this role, she was Corporate Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Cadence where she led many key functions in the legal department.  Prior to joining Cadence in 2011, Nisewaner held in-house counsel roles at Intuit and IBM and was in private practice at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett, and Dunner, LLP focused on intellectual property.  Nisewaner received her BSE in civil engineering and operations research from Princeton University and her Juris Doctor degree from UCLA Law School.

 

Author:

David Shofi

General Counsel
Univercells Technologies

David Shofi

General Counsel
Univercells Technologies

Author:

Brian Walters

EVP and General Counsel
Matthews International

Brian D. Walters serves as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Matthews International Corporation, Pittsburgh’s oldest company in continuous operation since 1850 and operating in over 25 countries with over 12,000 employees.  During his 18-year tenure at Matthews, the Company has more than tripled in annual revenue, now producing approximately $1.8 billion in sales.   Brian has directed all legal matters for this publicly-traded corporation both nationally and internationally, as well as serving as a member of Matthews’ executive leadership team.  Mr. Walters has led over 75 domestic and foreign acquisition initiatives at Matthews, including extensive experience coordinating strategies to secure transaction approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, managing HSR filings, as well as filings with the competition authority of the European Union.

Brian Walters

EVP and General Counsel
Matthews International

Brian D. Walters serves as Executive Vice-President and General Counsel for Matthews International Corporation, Pittsburgh’s oldest company in continuous operation since 1850 and operating in over 25 countries with over 12,000 employees.  During his 18-year tenure at Matthews, the Company has more than tripled in annual revenue, now producing approximately $1.8 billion in sales.   Brian has directed all legal matters for this publicly-traded corporation both nationally and internationally, as well as serving as a member of Matthews’ executive leadership team.  Mr. Walters has led over 75 domestic and foreign acquisition initiatives at Matthews, including extensive experience coordinating strategies to secure transaction approval from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, managing HSR filings, as well as filings with the competition authority of the European Union.

10:30-11:15
Networking break
11:15-12:15

Corporate heads of IP need a wide range of skills that go far beyond being a talented patent attorney. Proving their value and demonstrating how they support the larger purpose of the business is critical.

Author:

Lorie Goins

Head of IP Strategy
Kyndryl

Lorie Goins

Head of IP Strategy
Kyndryl

Author:

Jason Laberteaux

AVP and Assistant General Counsel, Global IP and Technology
MetLife

Jason LaBerteaux joined MetLife in 2019 and serves as AVP & Assistant General Counsel with the Global IP/Technology Unit. In his counseling, he primarily focuses on the protection of enterprise intellectual property and on the legal issues related to technology, including outsourcing and the implementation of global platforms. Jason is also responsible for negotiating IT transaction agreements, enabling roll out of the enterprise digital strategy. He also provides intellectual property and information technology legal support to M&A transactions, including due diligence reviews of intellectual property assets and drafting and negotiating transitional services agreements.

Jason is a member of the ACLI Innovation Subcommittee and Federal Quick Reaction Team that focuses on industry regulatory initiatives. Prior to MetLife, Mr. LaBerteaux worked at a number of law firms in the New York area with a focus on software procurement agreements (SaaS, IaaS, outsourcing, and music licensing), IP litigation, Inter Partes Reviews, IP licensing, M&A, and patent prosecution. Jason received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008, and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2011.

Jason Laberteaux

AVP and Assistant General Counsel, Global IP and Technology
MetLife

Jason LaBerteaux joined MetLife in 2019 and serves as AVP & Assistant General Counsel with the Global IP/Technology Unit. In his counseling, he primarily focuses on the protection of enterprise intellectual property and on the legal issues related to technology, including outsourcing and the implementation of global platforms. Jason is also responsible for negotiating IT transaction agreements, enabling roll out of the enterprise digital strategy. He also provides intellectual property and information technology legal support to M&A transactions, including due diligence reviews of intellectual property assets and drafting and negotiating transitional services agreements.

Jason is a member of the ACLI Innovation Subcommittee and Federal Quick Reaction Team that focuses on industry regulatory initiatives. Prior to MetLife, Mr. LaBerteaux worked at a number of law firms in the New York area with a focus on software procurement agreements (SaaS, IaaS, outsourcing, and music licensing), IP litigation, Inter Partes Reviews, IP licensing, M&A, and patent prosecution. Jason received his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2008, and his JD from the University of Connecticut School of Law in 2011.

Author:

Sharon Lai

Director, IP Legal, Americas
Volvo

Sharon Lai

Director, IP Legal, Americas
Volvo

Author:

John Mulgrew

Chief Patent Counsel and Global Head of IP
Lenovo

John Mulgrew

Chief Patent Counsel and Global Head of IP
Lenovo

Author:

Kristin Lamb

Associate General Counsel, Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance
ŌURA

Kristin Lamb is Associate General Counsel, Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance for ŌURA, a late-stage health and wellness wearable startup based in Finland and San Francisco that makes the Oura Ring. Kristin leads all aspects of IP development, protection, and enforcement for the company. 

 

Prior to working at ŌURA, Kristin was in private practice with Hogan Lovells in Houston, Texas. She is a former biochemist and patented inventor, studied biochemistry at the University of Colorado, and received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to the California, Colorado, District of Columbia, and Texas bars, and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO. 

Kristin Lamb

Associate General Counsel, Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance
ŌURA

Kristin Lamb is Associate General Counsel, Senior Director of Intellectual Property and Regulatory Compliance for ŌURA, a late-stage health and wellness wearable startup based in Finland and San Francisco that makes the Oura Ring. Kristin leads all aspects of IP development, protection, and enforcement for the company. 

 

Prior to working at ŌURA, Kristin was in private practice with Hogan Lovells in Houston, Texas. She is a former biochemist and patented inventor, studied biochemistry at the University of Colorado, and received her J.D. from American University Washington College of Law in Washington, D.C. She is admitted to the California, Colorado, District of Columbia, and Texas bars, and is a registered patent attorney with the USPTO. 

These closed-door discussions are strictly limited and attendance must be pre-approved. They will run in parallel with the CIPO Scenarios but behind closed-doors to allow exclusive and uninterrupted discussion. There, IP heads will confabulate on topics such as:

  • Building the IP value proposition in tough times
  • Laying off staff without cutting back work
  • Making the trade-off: cutting cost without cutting staff
  • Dropping foreign protection options
  • Is the next Nortel on the horizon?
  • Managing IP risk in a time of crisis

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12:15-14:00
Lunch and networking
14:00-15:00

IP leaders should be conveying a baseline understanding of IP across the organisation, building a culture where everyone understands that there is an IP process and how they can and should actively engage with it.

This session will explore how IP leaders successfully decentralise IP knowledge across their businesses, the successes they’ve had with building IP cultures and the struggles they’ve faced with both receptive and non-receptive internal audiences.

Author:

Paul Liu

Global Head of Intellectual Property
TuSimple

Paul is the Global Head of Intellectual Property at TuSimple, a self-driving truck company based out of San Diego, California.  At TuSimple, Paul oversees the intellectual property function with a team of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals to align the company’s intellectual property with the business to obtain proactive, high impact, and creative protections via patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.  He is a subject matter expert for intellectual property assets associated with mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science technologies.  He has been recognized by leading industry publications such as Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) as one of “The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Paul Liu

Global Head of Intellectual Property
TuSimple

Paul is the Global Head of Intellectual Property at TuSimple, a self-driving truck company based out of San Diego, California.  At TuSimple, Paul oversees the intellectual property function with a team of attorneys, patent agents, and paralegals to align the company’s intellectual property with the business to obtain proactive, high impact, and creative protections via patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights.  He is a subject matter expert for intellectual property assets associated with mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science technologies.  He has been recognized by leading industry publications such as Intellectual Asset Management (IAM) as one of “The World’s Leading IP Strategists.

Author:

Olivia Tsai

Assistant General Counsel, Head of IP
Cruise

Olivia Tsai

Assistant General Counsel, Head of IP
Cruise

Author:

Tara Stuart

Associate General Counsel, IP
Gilead Sciences

Tara Stuart is Assistant General Counsel, IP at Gilead Sciences, Inc., where she is the IP lead for the Inflammation and Fibrosis Therapeutic Areas.  She and her team focus on patent strategy, prosecution, and portfolio management in all stages of pharmaceutical development.   As a registered patent attorney, Tara was previously in private practice where she specialized in patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling with an emphasis in pharmaceuticals.  Tara received her JD from University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall, an MS in Chemistry from Indiana University, and formerly worked an oncology research scientist at Loyola University Medical School.

 

Tara Stuart

Associate General Counsel, IP
Gilead Sciences

Tara Stuart is Assistant General Counsel, IP at Gilead Sciences, Inc., where she is the IP lead for the Inflammation and Fibrosis Therapeutic Areas.  She and her team focus on patent strategy, prosecution, and portfolio management in all stages of pharmaceutical development.   As a registered patent attorney, Tara was previously in private practice where she specialized in patent prosecution, litigation, and counseling with an emphasis in pharmaceuticals.  Tara received her JD from University of Illinois Chicago John Marshall, an MS in Chemistry from Indiana University, and formerly worked an oncology research scientist at Loyola University Medical School.

 

Author:

Shival Virmani

Head of Mobile Licensing
InterDigital

Shival Virmani

Head of Mobile Licensing
InterDigital

Author:

Helen Li

Managing Patent Counsel Patent Portfolio Manager - AI Compute
Intel Corporation

Helen Liis an associate director of patents and patent portfolio manager of AI innovations at the Intel Corporation.  She also serves as the Patent Group Counsel to Office of the Intel CTO & Software and Advanced Technology Group.  Prior to joining the Intel, she was a patent attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, where she advised clients on IP strategy and prosecuted patents in computer engineering technologies such as AI.  She has a PhD in computer engineering and JD both from Santa Clara University. 

Helen Li

Managing Patent Counsel Patent Portfolio Manager - AI Compute
Intel Corporation

Helen Liis an associate director of patents and patent portfolio manager of AI innovations at the Intel Corporation.  She also serves as the Patent Group Counsel to Office of the Intel CTO & Software and Advanced Technology Group.  Prior to joining the Intel, she was a patent attorney at Fenwick & West LLP, where she advised clients on IP strategy and prosecuted patents in computer engineering technologies such as AI.  She has a PhD in computer engineering and JD both from Santa Clara University. 

These closed-door discussions are strictly limited and attendance must be pre-approved. They will run in parallel with the CIPO Scenarios but behind closed-doors to allow exclusive and uninterrupted discussion. There, IP heads will confabulate on topics such as:

  • Building the IP value proposition in tough times
  • Laying off staff without cutting back work
  • Making the trade-off: cutting cost without cutting staff
  • Dropping foreign protection options
  • Is the next Nortel on the horizon?
  • Managing IP risk in a time of crisis

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15:00-15:45
Networking break
15:45-16:45

Truly brilliant IP leaders make the right calls time and time again, even through tough times. Together, our distinct IP leaders will traverse a series of theoretical scenarios, demonstrating their thought-process, the action they would take and why.

Author:

Laura Gisler

Director of IP
Bang & Olufson

Laura Gisler

Director of IP
Bang & Olufson

Author:

Lily Lim

Asisstant General Counsel, IP and Software
Fortive

Lily Lim leads worldwide intellectual property, software, and info-security legal strategies at Fortive, a $20B conglomerate of software, instrumentation, and medical device companies.  Lily also provides legal strategies for the Fort, the artificial intelligence center at Fortive.  She is a strategic partner to business, product, engineering, and security leaders at Fortive and its operating companies. 

Before joining Fortive, Lily was at ServiceNow, where she served as the Legal Director for Intellectual Property, Strategic Initiatives, and New Products, partnering with cross-functional teams to drive innovation and new product releases to new levels and speeds.  Prior to that role, Lily was a partner at Finnegan, Henderson LLP in Palo Alto, California, successfully representing clients in intellectual property, privacy, and cybersecurity matters.  Lily also dedicated time to government service, serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and serving as a spacecraft navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

Lily’s JD is from Yale Law School.  Her MS in Mechanical Engineering is from MIT, and she earned a BS in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Lily has proficiency in Mandarin and counts a number of privacy, cybersecurity, and IP certifications and registrations among her credentials.

 

Lily Lim

Asisstant General Counsel, IP and Software
Fortive

Lily Lim leads worldwide intellectual property, software, and info-security legal strategies at Fortive, a $20B conglomerate of software, instrumentation, and medical device companies.  Lily also provides legal strategies for the Fort, the artificial intelligence center at Fortive.  She is a strategic partner to business, product, engineering, and security leaders at Fortive and its operating companies. 

Before joining Fortive, Lily was at ServiceNow, where she served as the Legal Director for Intellectual Property, Strategic Initiatives, and New Products, partnering with cross-functional teams to drive innovation and new product releases to new levels and speeds.  Prior to that role, Lily was a partner at Finnegan, Henderson LLP in Palo Alto, California, successfully representing clients in intellectual property, privacy, and cybersecurity matters.  Lily also dedicated time to government service, serving as a judicial law clerk to the Honorable S. Jay Plager at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and serving as a spacecraft navigation engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. 

Lily’s JD is from Yale Law School.  Her MS in Mechanical Engineering is from MIT, and she earned a BS in Aeronautical & Astronautical Engineering from the University of Illinois.  Lily has proficiency in Mandarin and counts a number of privacy, cybersecurity, and IP certifications and registrations among her credentials.

 

Author:

Stephen Lee

Chief IP Counsel
Target

Stephen Lee is Chief I.P. Counsel at Target and has been with the company for the past 19 years. His practice has covered the entire spectrum of I.P. matters, as he has been responsible for all trademark, copyright and patent work. Particularly rewarding is the fact that his team provides legal services and advice to practically every business team within Target and has touched almost every one of Target’s key strategic initiatives. He manages a team of 24 high-functioning I.P. professionals, and he has first-hand experience leading his team through the ups and downs of the retail landscape transformation.

For the eight years prior to joining Target, Stephen practiced law as a partner at Fish & Richardson and as an associate at Faegre & Benson both in Minneapolis. In private practice, Stephen’s practice was equally diverse as it covered all aspects of I.P.: portfolio maintenance, litigation, contract drafting and negotiation, and strategy and counseling.

Stephen is a proud graduate of the University of Texas where he received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees. Stephen is married and has three children, ages 17, 15 and 6.

 

Stephen Lee

Chief IP Counsel
Target

Stephen Lee is Chief I.P. Counsel at Target and has been with the company for the past 19 years. His practice has covered the entire spectrum of I.P. matters, as he has been responsible for all trademark, copyright and patent work. Particularly rewarding is the fact that his team provides legal services and advice to practically every business team within Target and has touched almost every one of Target’s key strategic initiatives. He manages a team of 24 high-functioning I.P. professionals, and he has first-hand experience leading his team through the ups and downs of the retail landscape transformation.

For the eight years prior to joining Target, Stephen practiced law as a partner at Fish & Richardson and as an associate at Faegre & Benson both in Minneapolis. In private practice, Stephen’s practice was equally diverse as it covered all aspects of I.P.: portfolio maintenance, litigation, contract drafting and negotiation, and strategy and counseling.

Stephen is a proud graduate of the University of Texas where he received both his B.A. and J.D. degrees. Stephen is married and has three children, ages 17, 15 and 6.

 

16:45-18:00
Drinks reception and networking
Tuesday, 25 Apr, 2023
09:00-09:30
Registration and networking
09:30-10:30

People are critical to the success of an IP department and few tasks are more important than recruiting and retaining talent. This session will explore how world-class IP teams are built - from hiring the right talent to mentoring high performers and putting in place effective succession plans.

Author:

Patrick Flaherty

Senior Managing Associate General Counsel
Verizon

Patrick Flaherty is an experienced corporate lawyer with a proven history leading a global IP law and policy group, working with a wide range of business clients, and managing a diverse and inclusive team of legal professionals. Patrick advises Verizon’s business units worldwide on intellectual property and digital media law and policy issues and is charged with managing and protecting Verizon’s intellectual property rights. He received a Bachelor of Corporate Law and LL.B from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and LL.M in intellectual property law from the George Washington University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a Solicitor in England and Wales.

 

Patrick Flaherty

Senior Managing Associate General Counsel
Verizon

Patrick Flaherty is an experienced corporate lawyer with a proven history leading a global IP law and policy group, working with a wide range of business clients, and managing a diverse and inclusive team of legal professionals. Patrick advises Verizon’s business units worldwide on intellectual property and digital media law and policy issues and is charged with managing and protecting Verizon’s intellectual property rights. He received a Bachelor of Corporate Law and LL.B from the National University of Ireland, Galway, and LL.M in intellectual property law from the George Washington University School of Law, and is admitted to practice in the State of New York and is a Solicitor in England and Wales.

 

Author:

Sivon Kalminov

Director of IP
Canon

Mr. Kalminov is the Director of the Canon U.S.A. Inc., Intellectual Property Division.  He is responsible for managing the Division’s day-to-day patent prosecution work, which includes overseeing both the patent prosecution and administration departments.  M. Kalminov also provides support on patent litigation matters, contract matters, and general U.S. patent law related advice to various domestic and international Canon companies and subsidiaries.  Mr. Kalminov is a current member of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section, and a past Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, general Executive Committee Member, and Patent Group Chair of the Section.  In addition to his J.D., Mr. Kalminov has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

 

 

Sivon Kalminov

Director of IP
Canon

Mr. Kalminov is the Director of the Canon U.S.A. Inc., Intellectual Property Division.  He is responsible for managing the Division’s day-to-day patent prosecution work, which includes overseeing both the patent prosecution and administration departments.  M. Kalminov also provides support on patent litigation matters, contract matters, and general U.S. patent law related advice to various domestic and international Canon companies and subsidiaries.  Mr. Kalminov is a current member of the California State Bar Intellectual Property Section, and a past Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, general Executive Committee Member, and Patent Group Chair of the Section.  In addition to his J.D., Mr. Kalminov has a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering.

 

 

Author:

Deepak Parashar

Chief IP Counsel
Faraday Future

Deepak Parashar

Chief IP Counsel
Faraday Future

Author:

Bridget Smith

Assistant General Counsel, IP
Space Relativity

Bridget Smith

Assistant General Counsel, IP
Space Relativity

Author:

Catherine Tornabene

Deputy General Counsel, IP
Aurora Innovation

Catherine Tornabene

Deputy General Counsel, IP
Aurora Innovation
10:30-11:00
Networking break
11:00-12:00

Just 22% of registered patent attorneys and patent agents are women, and only 6.5% are racially diverse according to data from the ABA. And just 1.7% of registered patent attorneys and patent agents are racially diverse women.

Great talent and people exist everywhere but too often opportunity does not. Experts will explore the DEI initiatives and programs making a difference – and the results they are bringing.

Author:

Jeremiah Chan

Director and Associate General Counsel, Head of Patents, Licensing and Open Source
Meta

Jeremiah Chan

Director and Associate General Counsel, Head of Patents, Licensing and Open Source
Meta

Author:

Jason Friday

Managing Director, IP Counsel
Morning Consult

Jason Friday

Managing Director, IP Counsel
Morning Consult

Author:

Steven Gong

Head of Data Science, PMO and Operations, Global Patents
Google

Steven Gong

Head of Data Science, PMO and Operations, Global Patents
Google

Author:

Tao Zhang

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, IP and Product
Juniper Networks

Tao Zhang

Vice President, Deputy General Counsel, IP and Product
Juniper Networks

Author:

Ceyda Azakli Maisami

Director, IP
HP

Ceyda Azakli Maisami

Director, IP
HP
12:00-12:30
Networking break
12:30-13:30

Following the shut-down of all non-essential travel in 2020 and 2021, there is an opportunity for a major reset in how deal-making and IP transactions are done. While many companies are enjoying the benefits of reduced travel budgets and easier conversation, getting deals across the line remains challenging without face-to-face rapport and negotiation. So, how are those making the deals achieving success using the multiple tools and options now at their disposal?

Author:

Kurt Brasch

Director of Patent Transactions
Uber

Kurt Brasch

Director of Patent Transactions
Uber

Author:

Kim Jessum

Chief IP Counsel
Heraeus

Kim Jessum

Chief IP Counsel
Heraeus

Author:

Changhae Park

SVP and Chief IP Officer
NXP Semiconductors

Changhae Park

SVP and Chief IP Officer
NXP Semiconductors
13:30-14:30
Closing lunch and networking

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