Intellectual Property Institute

2016 IP Institute Program and Schedule

Saturday, August 6, 2016 | 9:00am – 12:30pm

Only experienced IP attorneys may apply to this institute. Apply here.


9:00 am – 9:05 am – Opening Remarks 
Speakers: D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director, LGBT Bar

9:05 am – 9:30 am – Keynote Address
Updates on U.S. Government IP Enforcement Priorities and Discussion of Strategic Plan
Speakers: Daniel Marti, U.S. Intellectual Property Enforcement Coordinator (invited)

9:30 am – 10:00 am – Updates from the USPTO
Speakers: John Cabeca, Director of the Silicon Valley USPTO (invited); Deborah Cohn, Senior Director of Government Relations, International Trademark Association and former Commissioner for Trademarks of the USPTO (invited)

10:00 am – 10:40 am – ICANN Toolkit for IP Professionals
This panel will provide a review of key ICANN principles for IP practitioners, including ICANN basics, the IANA transition, and the new gTLD program. We will discuss why knowledge of and engagement in ICANN is important, and learn about how changes to the Internet landscape in recent years are affecting organizations’ online brand presence and brand enforcement strategies.
Speakers: Brian J. Winterfeldt, Co-Head of Global Brand Management and Internet Practice, Mayer Brown LLP (Moderator); Sara Blotner, Associate General Counsel, Citigroup; Bryce Coughlin, Fox Entertainment Group; Scott Evans, Adobe

10:40 am – 11:20 am: Engagement in IP Policy Matters
IP practitioners are constantly advocating for their clients’ interests in the course of their work – but also frequently have opportunities to participate in formal policy processes. This panel will discuss how IP practitioners can become involved in advocacy initiatives with governmental, non-governmental and other industry organizations to support the development and implementation of strong IP rights.
Speakers: Sarah Deutsch, Counsel, Mayer Brown LLP; Lori Schulman, Senior Director of Internet Policy, INTA; Patrick Flaherty, Assistant General Counsel, Verizon; Hibah Hussain, Public Policy Analyst, Google

11:20 – 11:25 am: Break

11:25 am – 12:05 pm: Cutting Edge Issues in IP Practice: 3D Printing, the Internet of Things, and More
3D printing has opened up new possibilities for the manufacture and distribution of all types of products across a wide range of industries. This panel will include an exploration of the implications that this emerging technology will have on IP practice, spanning trademark, trade dress and patent concerns.
The Internet of Things – the increased connectivity of everyday objects – provides significant potential efficiencies in work and communication, but also poses securing, privacy and IP risks. This panel will include a discussion of what IP practitioners need to know about these emerging technologies.
Speakers: Angela Vicari, Kaye Scholer LLP; Ann Marie Duffy, Mayer Brown LLP; Spencer Jones, eBay; Chester Day, Google; Chris Walsh, Denali Therapeutics; Scott Griffin, Aflac

12:05 pm – 12:25 pm: Wrap-Up Roundtable Discussion
Discuss key takeaways from today’s panels, as well as predictions on future trends in IP practice. Attendees are welcome to ask questions, provide comments, and participate actively in the discussion.
Speakers: David Tsai, Vinson & Elkins; Julius Towers, Colgate-Palmolive; Jack Albers, Paypal; Hilary Ware, Netflix

12:25 pm – 12:30 pm: Closing Remarks
Speakers: Brian Winterfeldt