Intellectual Property Institute

2015 IP Institute Program and Schedule

Friday, August 7, 2015 | 2:00pm – 5:30pm

Only experienced IP attorneys may apply to this institute; please apply here.

All descriptions and speakers subject to change.


Featuring John Cabeca, Regional Director, Silicon Valley United States Patent and Trademark Office


2:00pm  2:05pm     Opening Remarks

Presented by: D’Arcy Kemnitz, Executive Director, LGBT Bar, and Brian Winterfeldt, Head of Internet Practice, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP and Chairperson of the IP Institute


2:05pm  2:35pm     Keynote Address: Update from the USPTO 

Presented by: Mary Denison, Commissioner for Trademarks, United States Patent and Trademark Office 


2:35pm – 3:25pm      Session 1: Global Trademark Portfolio Management in 2015

  • Review the important place of trademarks in a global intellectual property portfolio that also includes copyrights, patents, domain names, trade dress, social media presence, and more
  • Explore how trademarks are a cornerstone of building your brand identity, generating goodwill and customer loyalty, and increasing revenue
  • Discuss ideas for utilizing internal and external resources to ensure all key elements of your brands are protected in an efficient, coordinated manner across key global markets
  • Analyze the impact of the Internet and social media on best practices for trademark portfolio management

Speakers: Julius Towers, Chief Personal Care, UAP and Licensing/Transactions Trademark Counsel, Colgate-Palmolive Company; Joshua L. Simmons, IP Litigator, Kirkland & Ellis LLP


3:25pm – 4:15pm     Session 2: The State of Patent Practice in 2015

  • Hear from prominent members of the patent community on the latest updates in patent law and their impact on patent practice

Speakers: Jon Pierce, Assistant General Counsel, Sam’s Club; Erick Palmer, Associate, Mayer Brown


4:15pm – 4:20pm      Break


4:20pm – 5:10pm     Session 3: The Changing Face of the Internet Domain Name System 

  • Review the progress, status and direction of ICANN’s New Generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD) Program, including a survey of new gTLDs added to the Internet thus far
  • Discuss the impact of the new gTLD program on brand owners, including rights protection and domain name portfolio management strategies
  • Explore ideas for how .BRAND new gTLDs may be utilized in the coming years, as well as how brand owners can begin thinking ahead to subsequent new gTLD application rounds
  • Analyze other key Internet policy issues for 2015, particularly the planned transition of oversight of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority’s functions from the U.S. National Telecommunications and Information Administration to a global stakeholder group, and how this may affect brand owners and other Internet users

Speakers: Brian Winterfeldt, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP; Lori Schulman, Senior Director, Internet Policy, International Trademark Association



5:10pm – 5:30pm     Roundtable Discussion: The Critical Nature of Intellectual Property

  • In an era of increased attention to budgets, securing adequate resources for intellectual property protection can be challenging. In this wrap-up discussion, facilitators and other attendees will engage in a dialogue regarding how to ensure IP is given the priority it deserves in their organizations.


5:30pm     Closing Remarks

Presented by: Brian Winterfeldt, Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP