Lexis Practice Advisor® - IP & Technology

Contributing Authors & Firms

Our contributing authors are leading practitioners in their respective transactional practice area.

 

Oliver S. Bajracharya

Firm: Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP

Oliver S. Bajracharya is a Partner in Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie’s Intellectual Property practice group. Domestic and international companies turn to Oliver for counsel for managing their intellectual property portfolios, including strategy, maintenance and enforcement of patents, trademarks, and copyrights.

Education
  • Tulane Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie (legacy firm Christie Parker & Hale LLP), Partner, 2002-present
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and before U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, U.S. Patent & Trademark Office and U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit
Associations
  • Pasadena Bar Association, Board Member, (President, 2014), 2006-2015
  • Equitas Academy Charter School, (Board Chair, 2012-present), 2010-present
  • American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Section Committee, 2011-present
  • California Fashion Association, 2014-present
  • Federal Bar Association, Member, 2015-present
 

Eric E. Bensen

Firm: Eric E. Bensen, Attorney at Law

As an independent consultant, Eric Bensen advises clients ranging from Fortune 500® companies to individual inventors regarding intellectual property issues arising in litigation, licensing and transactional matters. He has assisted clients in the United States and abroad with patent litigations, trade secret protection programs, intellectual property license disputes and a variety of other intellectual property matters. In 2013, he became of counsel to Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP in New York City.

Eric coauthors Milgrim on Trade Secrets (Matthew Bender®), Milgrim on Licensing (Matthew Bender), Patent Licensing Transactions (Matthew Bender) and, since late 2013, Patent Law Perspectives (Matthew Bender)―four leading intellectual property treatises. He also is the author of Intellectual Property in Bankruptcy (LexisNexis 2012), which is reproduced as Chapter 10 of the Collier Guide to Chapter 11 Practice (Matthew Bender), and a coauthor of Bensen & Myers on Litigation Management (LexisNexis® 2009), which sets forth a sophisticated, but easy-to-implement methodology for effective and efficient litigation management.

Earlier in his career, Eric taught patent law, copyright law and intellectual property licensing classes as a visiting assistant professor of Law at Hofstra University School of Law. He also was in practice for more than 12 years with Dewey Ballantine LLP and, later, Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker LLP. During that time, he led attorney teams in successful litigations of highly complex patent and trade secret disputes before the International Trade Commission and a wide range of intellectual property cases in federal and state courts throughout the country. He also negotiated sophisticated copyright, patent and trademark licenses in the United States and abroad.

Education
  • Hofstra University School of Law, J.D.
  • Associate Editor, Hofstra Law Review
Experience
  • Independent Consultant
  • Vandenberg & Feliu, LLP, of counsel
  • Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP
  • Dewey Ballantine, LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to Practice in New York, the United States Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Southern District of New York and the Eastern District of New York

Associations
  • Nassau County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee
  • Suffolk County Bar Association, Intellectual Property Law Committee
 
Perkins Coie LLP

Matthew Bernstein

Firm: Perkins Coie LLP

Matthew Bernstein is the managing partner for the Perkins Coie San Diego office, co-managing partner for the Taipei office, and is a partner in the firm's Patent Litigation group. His practice focuses on patent litigation and patent trial work. He has represented both plaintiffs and defendants extensively, in district courts throughout the country and before the International Trade Commission. Matthew recently tried five patent jury cases in district court and a patent case at the ITC.

Some of Matthew’s recent patent litigation successes include successfully defending a software company in the second-largest patent infringement case in U.S. history and a Taiwanese handset manufacturer in ITC action, including obtaining a finding of no liability at hearing / trial and at the Federal Circuit.

Matthew obtained stipulated judgment of noninfringement for two streaming clients in the District of Delaware following a successful early Markman hearing, as well as zero dollar dismissals with prejudice for clients in the Eastern District of Texas, District of Delaware, Southern District of Texas, and Southern District of California.

He also won a jury verdict of infringement, willful infringement, significant damages and validity against a major semiconductor company, and then obtained a permanent injunction, enhanced damages, and attorneys’ fees from the district court.

Matthew is the author of Patent Litigation Strategies against NPEs (2016) from LexisNexis.

Education
  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1998
  • Tufts University, B.A., 1995
Experience
  • Perkins Coie, San Diego Office Managing Partner; Taipei Office Co-Managing Partner
  • Fish & Richardson P.C., San Diego, CA, Partner
  • DLA Piper (formally Gray Cary Ware & Freidenrich), San Diego, CA, Associate
  • United States Agency for International Development, Washington, D.C., Law Clerk
Accreditations
  • State Bar of California
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
Associations
  • San Diego County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Intellectual Property Owners Association
  • The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
 

Mark Brennan

Firm: Hogan Lovells

Mark Brennan is a partner at the Washington, D.C. office of Hogan Lovells. Clients across industry sectors seek Mark Brennan’s practical advice on cutting-edge communications and privacy issues. An experienced advisor, Mark is as comfortable assisting clients on FCC and FTC policy and enforcement as he is providing actionable compliance strategies to operations teams. He receives dozens of requests each year to share his insights on consumer protection issues at industry conferences and is most well-known for obtaining significant victories for clients on Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) issues.

Mark’s clients include leading online and e-commerce companies, wireless carriers, global telecommunications providers, “Internet of Things” pioneers and app developers, and other technology vendors, as well as a diverse set of international clients from the transportation, financial services, education, and healthcare sectors.

Education
  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center, 2005
  • B.S., summa cum laude, University of Florida, 2002
Experience
  • Hogan Lovells
Accreditations
  • Admitted in District of Columbia and Florida
Associations
  • Board Member, Sitar Arts Center
  • Board Member, Washington Area Lawyers for the Arts
  • Co-chair, Mobile Payments Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, International Association of Privacy Professionals
  • Past Board Member, National LGBT Bar Association
  • Past Chair, Charity Auction Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Social Media, Membership & Marketing Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Transactional Practice Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Co-chair, Young Lawyers Committee, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Past Executive Committee Member, Federal Communications Bar Association
 
Scott P. CeresiaCowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Scott P. Ceresia

Firm: Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Scott Ceresia is an associate at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C. His practice focuses on intellectual property litigation, including copyright, trademark, unfair competition, and false advertising. He has represented clients in a broad range of industries, including music, fashion, restaurants, telecommunications, cosmetics, hair and personal care and apparel.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • Dartmouth College, B.A., summa cum laude
Experience
  • Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
  • Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the United States District Court―Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 
David EhrlichFross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C

David Ehrlich

Firm: Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C

David Ehrlich is a member of the firm of Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C. in New York City. His practice includes trademark and copyright counseling; managing U.S. trademark portfolios for major companies in electronics, toys, video games, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, automobiles, apparel, beverages, banking and other fields; trademark clearance and searching; prosecuting U.S. trademark applications; litigation of trademark appeals, opposition and cancellation proceedings; due diligence; infringement claims involving trademarks, copyrights, trade dress and celebrity names and images; negotiating and drafting license agreements and security agreements; and recordation of trademarks and copyrights with U.S. Customs.

He has authored intellectual property articles published in Managing IP, The Journal of IP Law & Practice, Trademark Reporter, Trademark World, Intellectual Property Journal and National Law Journal. David co-authored (with Ronald Lehrman) the U.S. Law chapter in Treatise, Famous and Well-Known Marks: An International Analysis (INTA 2004).

David was recognized as one of “America’s top 25 pre-eminent trademark practitioners” in Euromoney’s 2009 Best of the Best USA guide. He has been included in Who’s Who Legal―Trademarks and was named one of the New York Metro “Super Lawyers.” David has also been listed in the World Trademark Review (WTR) 1000―The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.A. with distinction
Experience
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu P.C.
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Second and Federal Circuits, as well as the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York

 
Kristen FancherMargaritaville Enterprises, LLC.

Kristen Fancher

Firm: Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC.

Kristen Fancher is the Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel for Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC. In this role, she is responsible for the direction of all Margaritaville legal matters and serves as a legal and strategic advisor on the Senior Executive team. Prior to joining Margaritaville, Kristen was a shareholder in the Atlanta office of the law firm Greenberg Traurig. Kristen practiced with Greenberg Traurig for 11 years, focusing on intellectual property protection and transactions. She began her legal career as an associate at the IP boutique Fish & Neave in New York.

Kristen is ranked by World Trademark Review as one of the leading trademark lawyers in the world. In 2014 she was named as one of the “Top 250 Women” in Intellectual Property Law by Managing IP Magazine.

Education
  • University of Michigan
  • Vanderbilt University Law School
Experience
  • Margaritaville Enterprises, LLC
  • Greenberg Traurig
  • Fish & Neave
 
Joseph Fenske

Joseph Fenske

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Joseph Fenske, a registered patent attorney in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, has more than 15 years of experience in a variety of engineering disciplines. In the field of mechanical technology, Joe’s work includes engine performance modifications of various vehicles — from production cars, to streamlines that broke land speed records, to experimental aircraft. His electrical engineering experience also covers a broad spectrum, ranging from the development of remote monitoring for elevators, to the design and development of motor drives for products such as digital projectors and medical devices.

Education
  • Rutgers University School of Law - Newark (J.D., 2008)
  • New Jersey Institute of Technology (B.S.E.E., 2002)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi P.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association
 
DLA Piper

Darius Gambino

Firm: DLA Piper

Darius Gambino is a partner at DLA Piper. He focuses his practice primarily on patent prosecution and litigation, trademark registration and enforcement, copyright registration and enforcement, trade secrets, licensing, opinions and due diligence investigations.

Darius concentrates his patent practice in the fields of electrical and mechanical engineering, including telecommunications, conditional access technologies, piezoelectric filters and sensors, semiconductor manufacture, electrical circuits, computer memories, computer hardware and software, business methods and construction materials. His trademark practice centers on procuring trademark registrations, counseling clients on enforcement strategies, conducting proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and general litigation. Darius’s copyright practice centers on copyright protection and enforcement, particularly in the fields of software, art and entertainment.

Darius is the author of Trade Dress: Evolution, Strategy and Practice (2012) from LexisNexis.

Education
  • J.D., The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law 1998
  • B.S.E.E., Villanova University 1993
Experience
  • DLA Piper
Accreditations
  • Pennsylvania
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Philadelphia Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts
  • The Recording Academy
  • Philadelphia Arts & Business Counsel, Board Member
 
Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Jim Gatto is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton’s Washington, D.C., office. Jim leverages his unique combination of nearly 30 years of IP experience, business insights, and attention to technology trends to help companies develop IP and other legal strategies that are aligned with their business objectives. His practice focuses on intellectual property, Internet, and technology law, including patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, and open source. Jim advises clients of all sizes, from start-ups to Fortune 100 companies, on key legal and business issues relating to the use of social media, video games, social games and online gambling, virtual currency and goods, social networks, virtual worlds, mirror worlds, augmented reality, open source, user-generated content, location-based services, and gamification.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D.
  • Manhattan College, B.E. in Electrical Engineering
Experience
  • Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP
  • Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP
  • John Hopkins University, adjunct professor in MBA program
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia and the Commonwealth of Virginia and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology Law, Virtual Worlds and Multi-User Online Games, vice-chair; Patent, Trademark and Copyright Committee; Section of Intellectual Property Law—Special Committee on Computer Gaming; Young Lawyers Division’s Trademark & Copyright Section, chair
  • International Technology Law Association, Social Media & Games Committee, chair
  • Association of Virtual Worlds, advisory board member; chair of Legal Committee
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association, Open Source Subcommittee, chair; Electronic and Computer Law Committee; Patent Law Committee; Emerging Technology Committee
  • District of Columbia Bar, Arts, Entertainment, Media & Sports Law Section
  • Patent Lawyers Club of Washington, past president
  • Intellectual Property Owners, Open Source Committee
  • Software Patent Institute, member of the Board of Trustees and secretary
  • Patent and Trademark Office Society, member of the Board of Governors
 
Jeremy S. GoldmanFrankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Jeremy S. Goldman

Firm: Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC

Jeremy S. Goldman is a partner in Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz’s litigation group, focusing on commercial litigation, intellectual property, entertainment and privacy law. Jeremy was recently accredited by the International Association of Privacy Professionals as a Certified Information Privacy Professional with a focus in U.S. private-sector privacy law.

Jeremy represents businesses and individuals in the media, entertainment, advertising and technology spaces, with special expertise litigating complex cases involving copyright in the digital age, online service provider liability, disputes over television and motion picture rights and rights of publicity. He combines experience as an active litigator with a lifelong immersion in computers, the Internet, mobile technology and social media to advise clients and attorneys on a host of technology-related legal issues. Jeremy clerked for the Honorable Shira A. Scheindlin, author of the landmark Zubulake cases involving electronic discovery.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • Cardozo Law Review, member
  • Order of the Coif, member
  • University of Maryland, B.A., Government and Politics
Experience
  • Frankfurt Kurnit Klein & Selz PC
  • Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson LLP
  • Accentra
  • Cylynx Technologies
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
Associations
  • New York City Bar Association, Copyright & Literacy Committee
 

Ethan Horwitz

Firm: Carlton Fields Jorden Burt

Ethan Horwitz is a partner at Carlton Fields Jorden Burt with over 25 years of experience in intellectual property. He has advised clients and has litigated patent, trademark, trade dress, copyright and false advertising cases in the United States and internationally. Ethan is listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Patent Law and Guide to the World’s Leading Experts in Trademark Law. He is the author of the treatise Horwitz on Patent Litigation (3 volumes), the treatise Patent Office Rules and Practice (13 volumes) and the treatise World Trademark Law & Practice (5 volumes). Ethan is also the editor of Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation (7 volumes), and the author of numerous intellectual property articles and is a frequent lecturer around the world in intellectual property matters.

Education
  • St. John’s University School of Law, J.D.
  • New York University, M.S.
  • Polytechnic Institute, B.S.
Experience
  • Carlton Fields Jorden Burt
  • King & Spalding
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Darby & Darby, P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice before the United States Patent and Trademark Office, the Federal Circuit, the Second Circuit and the United States Supreme Court, and in New York
 
Vanessa IgnacioLowenstein Sandler

Vanessa Ignacio

Firm: Lowenstein Sandler LLP

Vanessa Ignacio is a partner and chair of the Trademark Prosecution and Enforcement Practice at Lowenstein Sandler LLP, New York, NY, and Roseland, NJ. Her practice focuses on the clearance, development, maintenance and enforcement of trademarks, primarily in the technology, pharmaceutical and consumer goods industries.

Skilled at crafting trademark applications and negotiating with examiners, Vanessa manages her clients’ entire trademark dockets. She spends much of her time enforcing trademarks and often fighting off “cyber squatters,” third parties that illegally use a mark in a website or domain name. Vanessa was recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2013 and in World Trademark Review, WTR 1000―The World’s Leading Trademark Professionals, 2012, 2013.

Her passion for intellectual property is a natural outgrowth of several years in the entertainment industry, including work at Capitol/EMI, the Diversified Entertainment Division of Polygram, Radioactive Records and the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP).

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, B.A., highest honors
  • Five Towns College, B.A.
Experience
  • Lowenstein Sandler LLP
  • PolyGram Records, diversified entertainment contract coordinator
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey and before the U.S. District Court of New Jersey and the United States Patent and Trademark Office

Associations
  • International Trademark Association, Internet Committee, Internet Governance Subcommittee;
  • Contributing Editorial Author, Publications
  • Copyright Society of the U.S.A
  • National Association of Women Lawyers
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
 
Michael J. KasdanWiggin and Dana LLP

Michael J. Kasdan

Firm: Wiggin and Dana LLP

Michael J. Kasdan is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice at Wiggin and Dana LLP. Michael has spent his career handling litigations, licensing matters, and transactional work, performing analyses and providing opinions, and advising companies on all aspects of intellectual property.  Trained in electrical engineering and with a business background as a technology consultant, Michael works with a broad range of technologies, including consumer electronics, mobile devices, computer architecture, semiconductor chips, Internet and e-commerce, and medical devices.

In addition to his diverse experience as outside counsel, Michael has served as in-house patent counsel to Panasonic Corporation in Japan while working on secondment in Panasonic’s licensing center.  In that role, he acted as lead counsel in numerous third-party patent assertions and license negotiations, negotiated complex agreements, including portfolio cross-license agreements, and worked with the company to identify high value patents and strengthen their protection.

Michael also teaches as an adjunct professor at his alma mater, NYU School of Law, and has served as an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University School of Law, addressing topics such as patent and trade secret law, IP Licensing, global patent litigation, patent exhaustion, and inequitable conduct.  He also frequently writes and speaks on a range of topics including IP litigation, patent monetization and licensing practices, strategic portfolio development, patent eligibility, patent exhaustion, willful infringement, patent misuse and standards estoppel, standards essential patents, damages and patent valuation, inequitable conduct, social media and privacy issues, and legal ethics.

Education
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of Pennsylvania, B.S.E, Electrical Engineering
Experience
  • Wiggin and Dana LLP
  • Amster Rothstein & Ebenstein LLP
  • Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York
 
Kandis KoustenisCloudigy Law PLLC

Kandis Koustenis

Firm: Cloudigy Law PLLC

Kandis Koustenis is an attorney with Cloudigy Law PLLC, an intellectual property and technology law firm in McLean, Virginia. Kandis has extensive experience in trademark litigation, prosecution and counseling, as well as litigation and counseling in the related areas of copyright, design patent and advertising law.

Before joining Cloudigy Law, Kandis served as in-house counsel in charge of the global intellectual property programs and portfolios for Toys “R” Us and Kenneth Cole. Prior to her in-house experience, Kandis was a senior IP litigator and counselor in the New York offices of Darby & Darby PC and Goodwin Procter LLP. With her diverse mix of private practice, in-house, and strategic consulting experience, Kandis brings a business and strategy-focused perspective to her litigation and counseling practice.

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center, JD, cum laude
  • The University of Virginia, BA
Experience
  • Cloudigy Law PLLC
  • Toys “R” Us, Inc.
  • Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc.
  • Goodwin Procter LLP
  • Darby & Darby PC
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • International Trademark Association
  • New York City Bar Association
 
Joshua M. Lee

Joshua M. Lee

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Joshua M. Lee is counsel at Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi and practices in the area of intellectual property law, with a focus on trademark prosecution, trademark enforcement and Internet domain name disputes. He is also involved in intellectual property aspects of various corporate transactions. Joshua counsels clients in a variety of industries, including music and entertainment, apparel, food and beverage, magazine publication, software and IT, and a variety of consumer products.

Joshua’s experience includes numerous successful enforcements and defenses of intellectual property rights both in federal court and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In several Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution proceedings (UDRP), he helped his clients acquire domain names that had been wrongfully registered by cybersquatters. His successes also include protecting a variety of clients’ trademark interests online, as well as clearing and prosecuting thousands of marks for clients.

Education
  • Emory University School of Law (J.D., 2000)
  • University of Rochester (B.A., 1996)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
 
Sandra LeeBaker Botts L.L.P.

Sandra Lee

Firm: Baker Botts L.L.P.

Sandra Lee is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice in Baker Bott’s New York office. She has a broad range of experience in domestic and foreign patent procurement, post-grant proceedings, client counseling and strategic portfolio management, freedom to operate and clearance investigations, validity/infringement opinion work and inventorship disputes. Sandra’s work is focused in the pharmaceutical, chemical, medical device and consumer products areas. She also counsels her clients in Orange Book and Hatch-Waxman related issues, and is involved in pharmaceutical litigation matters from pre-suit investigation and continuing through trial. Sandra has focused primarily on pharmaceutical litigation related to Hatch-Waxman. She also has vast experience with due diligence investigations on proposed transactions across a broad range of technologies, and assists her clients with IP-related agreements associated with technology transfers through acquisition or licensing opportunities.

Education
  • American University, Washington College of Law, J.D.
  • Harvard University, Biology, M.L.A.
  • University of Michigan, Biology, B.S.
Experience
  • Baker Botts L.L.P.
  • Darby & Darby P.C.
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and in front of the United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
 
Michelle J. LevinLeason Ellis LLP

Michelle J. Levin

Firm: Leason Ellis LLP

Michelle (Dorman) Levin focuses her practice on all aspects of domestic and foreign trademark prosecution. Her experience extends to a wide range of industries including luxury goods, publishing, electronics and food and beverages.

Michelle handles all phases of trademark prosecution, including clearance, maintenance and enforcement. Michelle manages international trademark portfolios and is well versed in using the Madrid System and filing documents with WIPO. She also handles copyright matters, UDRP disputes and matters before the TTAB.

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., 2007
  • University of Michigan, B.A., 2004
Experience
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • WolfBlock, LLP
  • Cozen O’Connor
 
Paul LlewellynKaye Scholer LLP

Paul Llewellyn

Firm: Kaye Scholer LLP

Paul Llewellyn is a Partner in Kaye Scholer’s Intellectual Property Department in New York and Co-Head of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright and False Advertising Practice. He has extensive experience in trademark litigation and prosecution matters, as well as related areas including copyright, design patent and right of publicity law. Among other matters, Paul regularly represents clients in trademark infringement litigations and in proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and advises clients on trademark clearance, registration and licensing issues. He also has an extensive experience litigating false advertising and consumer fraud disputes in state and federal courts throughout the country. Paul’s practice covers a wide variety of industries, including food and liquor products, pharmaceuticals, luxury goods, consumer products, retail services and industrial products.

Education
  • Columbia Law School, J.D., Harlan Fiske Scholar
  • State University of New York at New Paltz, B.A, summa cum laude
Experience
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York as well as in the District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and the District of Colorado

Associations
  • International Trademark Association, member
 

Ajay K. Mago

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

Ajay K. Mago is a partner in the Outsourcing practice group in Culhane Meadows’ Dallas office. Ajay has over 9 years of experience on outsourcing and technology transactions and related legal matters.

Mr. Mago has represented national and international firms in a broad range of business and technology sourcing transactions. He handles information systems and information technology implementation transactions (including large scale, multi-site ERP and CRM implementation transactions), IT development, technology services, professional services, help desk services and support, business processes and functions, facilities management services, procurement, large scale computer and telecommunications network services, equipment purchases, digital services (including cloud and data analytics), sales and maintenance deals. Ajay assists clients with all phases of the transaction lifecycle, ranging from strategic planning and RFPs to structuring and negotiating complex arrangements, including advising on service performance, governance, pricing strategies, and compliance issues.

He has also represented clients in cyber security issues related to business and technology sourcing transactions.

Mr. Mago has advised both domestic and international clients on outsourcing matters involving a wide range of jurisdictions, including the United States, India, the United Kingdom, Brazil, Mexico and Germany.

Prior to practicing law, Ajay was an information technology and outsourcing professional.

Education
  • The University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
  • The University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, M.S., Technology Commercialization
  • The University of Texas, McCombs School of Business, B.B.A, Management Information Systems
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Jones Day
  • Mayer Brown LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Illinois, Texas and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • American Bar Association Section of Science and Technology Law
  • State Bar of Texas Computer and Technology Section
  • International Technology Law Association
 

James E. Meadows

Firm: Culhane Meadows PLLC

James E. Meadows is a managing partner and Chair of the Outsourcing practice group in Culhane Meadows’ New York City office. Jim has over 30 years of experience focused almost exclusively on outsourcing and technology transactions and related legal matters, including counseling clients on structuring (or terminating) long-term or strategic information technology or business process outsourcing relationships. His clients are among the largest companies in the world, spanning a wide range of industries, including financial services and insurance, energy, transportation and logistics, travel, telecommunications, technology and related services, manufacturing and media services.

Mr. Meadows’ recent experience includes acting as lead counsel in the launch of technology operations (including a wide range of technology and outsourcing transactions) for a global business travel spin-off, resulting in one of the world’s largest travel agency networks with over 2,200 travel service locations in over 140 countries and territories worldwide, as well as serving as counsel to a Wall Street investment banking firm in several highly-regulated business process outsourcing transactions supporting various aspects of its global trading operations, both inter-affiliate and split among two offshore vendors.

Mr. Meadows has been ranked as one of America’s leading Outsourcing lawyers for both Chambers Global (since 2007) and Chambers USA (since 2006), as well as one of the “Best Lawyers in America” for Information Technology Law (since 2006), as published in Best Lawyers in America. Also notable is his recognition as the inaugural Best Lawyers’ Atlanta Information Technology Lawyer of the Year in 2011, and his AV Preeminent® Rating in the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory.

Education
  • Wake Forest University School of Law, J.D.
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, B.S., Mathematics
Experience
  • Culhane Meadows PLLC
  • Hunton & Williams LLP
  • Alston & Bird LLP
  • Duane Morris LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York, Georgia, Florida and the District of Columbia
Associations
  • Past Chair of the Technology Law Section of the State Bar of Georgia
  • Past Appointee and Secretary to the Information Technology Law Committee of the New York City Bar
  • International Technology Law Association
 
Heather MeekerO’Melveny & Myers

Heather Meeker

Firm: O’Melveny & Myers LLP

Heather Meeker is a partner in O’Melveny & Myers’ Silicon Valley office in the Mergers and Acquisitions practice group. Heather advises technology clients on intellectual property matters, including licensing and collaboration arrangements, software copyright and patent issues, technology procurement, open source licensing strategies, and intellectual property issues in investments, mergers, and acquisitions. She is an internationally-known specialist in open source software licensing. Her latest book, Open Source for Business (2015), is a definitive handbook for lawyers, engineers, and businesspeople on open source licensing in business. A previous book, Technology Licensing: A Practitioner’s Guide, ABA (2010), is a widely used handbook for technology licensing specialists.

Education
  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D.
  • Yale University, B.A., magna cum laude
Experience
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in California and before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
Associations
  • American Law Institute, member of advisory council for projects on Principle of the Law of Software Contracts (2010) and Restatement of Law, Copyright (ongoing).
 
Amy MudgeVenable

Amy Mudge

Firm: Venable LLP

Amy Mudge is a partner in Venable’s regulatory and advertising and marketing practice groups. She focuses her practice on assisting companies at every stage of distributing their products, reviewing labeling, advertising and marketing materials for all types of media, vetting pricing and “sales” claims, and addressing issues related intellectual property and privacy matters. She helps clients navigate antitrust issues in product distribution including resale price maintenance, vertical restraints, price discrimination, monopoly disparagement, and attempted monopolization.

Ms. Mudge’s clients span across a wide range of consumer products and services industries including agriculture, Internet services, pharmaceuticals, dietary supplements, retail, consumer appliances, educational toys and car rentals. She also has experience establishing effective compliance programs providing antitrust and marketing law training.

Ms. Mudge is the co-editor of a blog about issues critical to advertising and consumer law which can be accessed at www.allaboutadvertisinglaw.com.

Education
  • Cornell Law School, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • Smith College, B.A., 1990
Experience
  • Venable LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
Associations
  • Chair, Consumer Protection Committee, ABA Antitrust Section
 
Vandenberg

Rebecca Myers

Firm: Vandenberg & Feliu LLP

Rebecca Myers is of counsel in the Litigation Department of the New York firm Vandenberg & Feliu LLP, and focuses her practice on intellectual property. She advises companies and individual employees on the legal considerations of confidentiality, restrictive covenant and intellectual property ownership agreements and helps her company clients develop intellectual property protection programs that meet multiple jurisdictions’ legal requirements.

Rebecca has extensive litigation experience, particularly in seeking or opposing injunctive relief. She has successfully tried or resolved trade secrets, inevitable disclosure, intellectual property ownership, licensing, and other intellectual property and commercial disputes in state and federal courts throughout the United States, as well as before a variety of arbitration and mediation tribunals.

She is a co-author of Bensen & Myers on Litigation Management (LexisNexis, 2009).

Education
  • Syracuse University College of Law, J.D., cum laude
  • Syracuse University, B.S.
Experience
  • Vandenberg & Feliu LLP
  • Paul Hastings LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York; Massachusetts; the U.S. District Court, Southern, Eastern, Northern and Western Districts of New York; U.S. District Court, Massachusetts; Second Circuit Court of Appeals; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; U.S. Supreme Court
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • The Sedona Conference
  • Women in eDiscovery
 
Peter Nussbaum

Peter Nussbaum

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Peter Nussbaum, co-chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Group, provides advice on trademark, copyright, Internet and technology matters. His clients include entertainment companies, musical artists, clothing and footwear companies, publishing and educational companies, food, beverage and hospitality companies, non-profit organizations and others across a wide array of industries. Peter is involved in all aspects of trademark, copyright, domain name, Internet and technology law, including general counseling, clearance, registration practice, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He is also involved in the intellectual property aspects of corporate transactions. He litigates intellectual property disputes throughout the United States and before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

His accomplishments and experience have earned him several honors. Most recently, Peter is listed in the 2015 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Intellectual Property. He was selected as a ‘2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Intellectual Property Law and Technology’ based on his AV® rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest ranking of both ethical standards and legal ability that Martindale awards. Peter has also been ranked among the top 25 trademark attorneys in the United States, based upon filings with the USPTO. In 2007, the New Jersey Law Journal selected him for its “40 Under 40” annual listing of the top attorneys in the state under the age of 40. Peter was also named in 2007 by NJBIZ as one of the “40 Under 40” most dynamic young New Jersey business leaders. He was chosen by Law & Politics as a “2008 New Jersey Rising Star” and was featured on the magazine’s cover and profiled in a lengthy article.

Peter writes and speaks on a variety of trademark law topics, including lectures at New York University and Seton Hall Law School on trademark issues related to the music industry.

Education
  • University at Buffalo Law School, The State University of New York (J.D., 1993)
  • University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (B.A., 1990)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA)
 
Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael R. Overly

Firm: Foley & Lardner LLP

Michael R. Overly is a partner and technology lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP where he focuses on drafting and negotiating technology related agreements, software licenses, hardware acquisition, development, disaster recovery, outsourcing agreements, information security agreements, e-commerce agreements, and technology use policies. He counsels clients in the areas of technology acquisition, information security, electronic commerce, and on-line law. Mr. Overly is a member of the Technology Transactions & Outsourcing and Privacy, Security & Information Management Practices.

Mr. Overly is one of the few practicing lawyers who has satisfied the rigorous requirements necessary to obtain the Certified Information System Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP), Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP), Information Systems Security Management Professional (ISSMP), Certified Risk and Information System Controls (CRISC) and Certified Outsourcing Professional (COP) certifications.

Education
  • Loyola Law School (J.D., 1989)
  • Texas A&M University (M.S., electrical engineering, 1984; B.S., 1982)
Accreditations
  • California Bar
Associations
  • Chair, Legal Working Group for the Cloud Standards Customer Council
  • Computer Security Institute
  • Information Systems Security Association
  • Computer Law Association
  • International Technology Law Association.
 
Greenberg Traurig LLP

Elizabeth C. Rogers

Firm: Greenberg Traurig LLP

Elizabeth C. Rogers is a partner in the Austin office of Greenberg Traurig. She was appointed as the first Chief Privacy Officer in Texas state government prior to joining the firm. Elizabeth’s background places her in a very small percentage of law firm lawyers in the country who has first-hand experience providing practical legal services and solutions for cybersecurity and privacy requirements with a team of information security and technology professionals. Elizabeth’s in-house role involved collaborating with members of executive leadership and managers, the Office of General Counsel, Internal Audit, Human Resources and other stakeholders to develop the state’s first official Privacy Division. She also served on the breach response team and responded to numerous security incidents internally and assisted other agencies with breach response efforts. Her practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP draws from her extensive internal experience, but also includes supporting breach responses, privacy risk assessments and technology transactions across industry. Elizabeth frequently speaks and publishes on a variety of topics trending in the business community about privacy and cybersecurity.

Education
  • J.D., St. Mary’s University School of Law, 1988
  • B.A., The University of Texas at El Paso, 1983
Experience
  • Partner, Greenberg Traurig, LLP
  • Chief Privacy Officer, Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts
  • General Counsel, State Bar of Texas
  • Employment Law Advisor and Ethics Officer, Texas Office of the Attorney General
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Texas
Associations
  • National Advisory Board Member, Future Privacy Forum
  • Advisory Board Member, Texas CIO Academy
  • Co-Chair, International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP), Austin Knowledgenet
  • Co-Chair, IP and Technology Law Affinity Group, National Association of Women Lawyers
  • Council Member, State Bar of Texas, Computer & Technology Law Section
  • Member, Austin Bar Association
    • Co-Chair, Legislative Committee, 2015-2016
    • Co-Chair, Leadership Academy, Class of 2015
    • Co-Chair, Membership Committee 2013-2015
    • Member, Leadership Academy, Class of 2013
    • Volunteer, National Adoption Day
  • Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Board of Directors
    • President, 2015-2016
    • Vice President, 2014-2015
  • Board Member, St. Mary’s University School of Law Foundation
  • Past President, Law Alumni Association
  • Past Board Member, KLRU-TV (Houston)
  • Past Board Member, Houston Society of Performing Arts
  • Past President Elect, Texas General Counsel Forum
 
Rachel Santarlas

Rachel Santarlas

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Rachel Santarlas is counsel in the firm’s Intellectual Property and Media and Technology Groups. Rachel counsels both domestic and international clients in a variety of areas including those in the fashion, perfume, clothing, music, entertainment, media, internet, spice, food and beverage industries as well as non-profit organizations.

Rachel focuses on trademark clearance, prosecution, maintenance, enforcement, copyright registration and other intellectual property related matters. She routinely advises clients on strategies for building and protecting their brands. She is regularly involved in corporate transactions concerning intellectual property due diligence and drafts and negotiates various corporate and intellectual property agreements. Rachel is a registered patent attorney before the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) and counsels clients with patent matters.

Education
  • The University of New Hampshire School of Law (formerly Franklin Pierce Law Center) (J.D., 2003)
  • University at Albany, The State University of New York (B.S. in Biology, cum laude)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
  • New York Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • Essex County Bar Association
  • International Trademark Association (INTA) Geographical Indications Subcommittee Member and Related Rights Committee Member
  • Morris County Chamber of Commerce
  • New Jersey State Bar Association
  • New Jersey Women Lawyers Association
 
Karin SegallLeason Ellis LLP

Karin Segall

Firm: Leason Ellis LLP

Karin Segall is a partner at Leason Ellis LLP, where she regularly counsels clients, prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, and handles contested intellectual property disputes. She has opined on the availability and strength of thousands of trademarks, helping clients of all sizes to select and build valuable brands. With more than 20 years of experience in the field, she has represented clients in a wide range of industries including publishing, fashion, telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, consumer products and finance.

Karin steers clients through the complexities of building and protecting their brands with efficiency, attention to detail and genuine concern for achieving good results. She draws on a background in litigation to avoid conflict when possible while firmly staking out and protecting her clients’ assets. Karin also relies on experience as an adjunct professor of Trademark Practice and Procedure to guide clients as she does law students.

She is a frequent author and speaker on various topics related to trademark law and a regular contributor to the online publication World Trademark Review.

Education
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., summa cum laude
  • Williams College, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Foley & Lardner LLP
  • Darby & Darby PC
  • Ladas & Parry LLP
  • Kaye Scholer LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York, Connecticut and before the United States District Court –Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Federal Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations
  • International Trademark Association
  • Women Presidents’ Organization
  • Westchester Women’s Bar Association
 
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Randal Shaheen

Firm: Venable LLP

Randal Shaheen is a partner in Venable’s regulatory and advertising and marketing practice groups. He represents clients before numerous regulatory agencies including the Federal Trade Commission, state attorneys general, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and the National Advertising Division. He has significant experience handling multijurisdictional matters and advising clients in all areas of advertising and marketing. He has worked on numerous matters related to “green” claims, dietary supplements, “Made in USA,” privacy and data security, marketing to children, health and performance claims, weight loss, claims interpretation, comparative claims, and the use of surveys.

Mr. Shaheen served as Co-Editorial Chair for the 2011 Review of Consumer Protection Law Developments and is the co-editor of a blog about issues critical to advertising and consumer law entitled allaboutadvertisinglaw.com which can be accessed at www.allaboutadvertisinglaw.com.

Education
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1985
  • Bucknell University, B.A., 1982
Experience
  • Venable LLP, partner
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in the District of Columbia
 
Eric J. ShimanoffCowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Eric J. Shimanoff

Firm: Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.

Eric Shimanoff is a partner at Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C., where he advises on and litigates intellectual property matters and disputes, primarily involving copyright, trademark, unfair competition, counterfeiting, false advertising, right of publicity, trade secret, patent and licensing issues. A significant portion of Eric’s practice focuses on advising on and enforcing intellectual property rights as they relate to the Internet, including in connection with domain names, social media platforms and mobile applications.  Eric has counseled and litigated on behalf of clients in a wide range of industries, including music, fashion, cosmetics, product development, financial, weight loss, insurance, video game, publishing, theatre, entertainment and confectionery.

Eric has extensive experience in both state and federal courts, in contested proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, and in Uniform Domain-Name Dispute Resolution (UDRP) proceedings before the World Intellectual Property Organization and the National Arbitration Forum. Eric also conducts clearances, prosecutes applications and manages portfolios for trademarks, copyrights and domain names worldwide.

Eric has been recognized by The Legal 500 in the area of trademark litigation (2011, 2013) and copyright (2013). Eric has spoken on various intellectual property matters at conferences and seminars hosted by such groups as Law Seminars International, Practicing Law Institute and the Toronto Intellectual Property Group. Eric also has written articles on various intellectual property issues, which have been published in journals such as Media Law and Policy and NYSBA’s Bright Ideas.

Education
  • New York Law School, J.D., summa cum laude; Victor Herbert Copyright Scholarship; Notes and Comments Editor, New York Law School Law Review; ASCAP Nathan Burkan Memorial Writing Competition―First Place
  • New England Conservatory of Music, M.M.
  • State University of New York at Binghamton, B.A., cum laude
Experience
  • Cowan, Liebowitz & Latman, P.C.
  • Kramer Levin Naftalis & Frankel LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and before the U.S. District Court―Southern and Eastern Districts of New York, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second and Ninth Circuits
Associations
  • New York State Bar Association
  • New York Intellectual Property Law Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
 
Peter SloaneLeason Ellis LLP

Peter Sloane

Firm: Leason Ellis LLP

A partner at Leason Ellis LLP, Peter Sloane counsels clients, prosecutes trademark and copyright applications, and litigates intellectual property disputes. His clients span from major well-known companies to privately owned businesses to individuals. They operate in fields as diverse as consumer electronics, luxury goods, entertainment, pharmaceuticals and industrial products.

Peter counsels clients on all aspects of trademark adoption and protection including licensing. From advising clients on issues of inherent registrability to computer database and full searching, he is adept at taking the steps necessary to ensure that a mark is properly vetted prior to adoption. Peter is also familiar with the issues that arise in foreign trademark searching when a client has plans to use its mark abroad. Over the years, he has handled a number of global trademark portfolios.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D.
  • Cornell University, B.S.
Experience
  • Leason Ellis LLP
  • Ostrolenk, Faber, Gerb & Soffen, LLP
  • Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.
  • Nims, Howes, Collison, Hansen & Lackert LLP
Accreditations

Licensed to practice in New York and before the United States District Court –Southern and Eastern Districts of New York as well as the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Associations
  • International Trademark Association, Law Firm Committee, Project Team Leader, Programs Federal Bar Council
  • San Francisco Intellectual Property Law Association
 
David WanetickIncreMental Advantage LLC

David Wanetick

Firm: IncreMental Advantage LLC

David Wanetick is the Managing Director of IncreMental Advantage and an internationally renowned valuation professional with an expertise in valuing intangible assets (primarily patents) and emerging technologies. His clients include companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, technology transfer offices, incubators, law firms, venture capital firms and private equity players. He is the founder of Patent Fairness Opinions as well as the Certified Patent Valuation Analyst designation.

David lectures about the intricacies of Patent Valuation all over the United States, Canada, The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, Singapore, Kuwait, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India and Israel. His articles on Valuing Patents and Early-Stage Technologies as well as Negotiating Licensing Agreements have been published in Intellectual Asset Management, CEO Magazine, Licensing Journal, Willamette Insights, Valuation Strategies, IP Frontline, Technology Transfer Tactics, Inventor's Digest, The Canadian Institute of Chartered Business Valuators, and others.

David is the author of three books that have achieved world-wide acclaim, including the only two books that unveil Industry Analysis. He has been a guest on CNBC, Bloomberg and CNNfn and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Investor’s Business Daily, Boards & Directors, and many other newspapers, blogs and magazines throughout the world.

Education
  • Bucknell University, B.A., Economics and Political Science
Experience
  • IncreMental Advantage
Accreditations
  • Certified Patent Valuation Analyst
  • Certified Emerging Company Analyst
 
Jeffrey Weinick

Jeffrey Weinick

Firm: Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC

Jeffrey Weinick, co-managing director and co-chair of the firm's Intellectual Property Group, is a registered patent attorney whose practice focuses on the acquisition of patent rights and intellectual property licensing and enforcement. Jeff acquires patent rights for clients in a wide range of technologies, including computer systems and software, telecommunications and business methods. He has extensive experience in all aspects of practice before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

As an advisor to clients, Jeff assists in establishing worldwide patent portfolio development programs. He helps clients to focus on protecting those inventions that are most valuable to their businesses. His clients range from Fortune 500 companies to startup technology companies.

Jeff is experienced in negotiating and drafting a wide variety of domestic and international licensing agreements on behalf of his clients, including patent, technology, software and hybrid licensing agreements. He helps clients understand the various options for structuring licensing transactions. Jeff also assists his clients in identifying potential licensing opportunities and performs the legal analysis for licensing activities.

Education
  • New York University School of Law (J.D., 1991)
  • Binghamton University, The State University of New York (B.S., 1986)
Experience
  • Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi PC.
  • Wolff & Samson PC
Accreditations
  • New Jersey Bar
  • New York Bar
  • U.S. District Court, District of New Jersey
  • U.S. District Court, Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
  • United States Patent and Trademark Office
Associations
  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Law Association
 

Lawrence Weinstein

Firm: The Children’s Place Inc.

Lawrence Weinstein is corporate counsel at The Children’s Place, Inc. The Children’s Place is the largest pure-play children’s specialty apparel retailer in North America. The company designs, contracts to manufacture, sells and licenses to sell fashionable, high-quality merchandise at value prices, primarily under the proprietary “The Children’s Place,” “Place” and “Baby Place” brand names. As of August 2, 2014, the company operated 1,113 stores in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, an online store at www.childrensplace.com, and had 54 international stores open and operated by its franchise partners. Prior to joining The Children’s Place, Lawrence was in private practice, where he counseled clients on a wide range of intellectual property-related transactions and trademark law matters.

Education
  • University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D.
Experience
  • The Children’s Place, Inc.
  • Lowenstein Sandler, LLP
Accreditations
  • Licensed to practice in New York and New Jersey
Associations
  • International Trademark Association
 
Jones Day

Meredith Wilkes

Firm: Jones Day

Meredith Wilkes is a partner in the Cleveland office of Jones Day, and is co-leader of the Firm’s global Trademarks, Unfair Competition & Copyrights group. Ms. Wilkes is a trial lawyer whose practice centers around brand protection and enforcement. Her experience ranges from trademark, trade dress, trade secret, false advertising, and unfair competition litigation to design patent litigation as well as issues related to post-employment covenants, including covenants not to compete. In addition to litigating Lanham Act claims, she counsels clients on brand selection and clearance strategies worldwide, from searching, to filing, to enforcement in the TTAB or in federal courts throughout the United States. Meredith’s practice encompasses a broad spectrum of goods and services from health and wellness to cosmetics to consumer goods to apparel and luxury brands.

Meredith appears in courts throughout the United States and represents trademark owners and alleged infringers from the preliminary injunction stage through trial. Novel trade dress, counterfeiting, and internet-related infringement activity are among the types of cases she typically tries. With considerable experience in domain name and internet-related infringement activity, including a record-setting cyberpiracy judgment, Meredith has been involved in obtaining preliminary and permanent injunctive relief on behalf of global brandowners including Deckers Outdoor Corporation, The Hygenic Corporation, IBM, Media Arts Group, Re/Max International, The Riverside Company, The Scott Fetzer Company, The Sherwin-Williams Company, and Wendy’s. Other representative brand owners and alleged infringers for whom she provides intellectual property advice include AutoNation, Chevron, General Cable Corporation, ICANN, Nordic Naturals, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Saputo, and Victoria’s Secret Stores Brand Management.

Education
  • Creighton University (J.D. magna cum laude 1996; Assistant Editor, Law Review)
  • Colorado State University (B.A. in Journalism 1993)
Accreditations
  • Admitted to practice in Nebraska; Ohio; U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Federal, Eighth, and Ninth Circuits; and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio, Northern District of New York, Northern District of Illinois, and District of Colorado
 
Venable

Po Yi

Firm: Venable LLP

Po Yi is a partner in Venable LLP’s nationally recognized Advertising and Marketing Group with significant experience in private practice and as in-house counsel. Po’s practice focuses on advertising and marketing, digital media, branded entertainment, intellectual property licensing, and sponsorships in sports, music and film, both in transactional matters as well as regulatory, intellectual property and general counseling and compliance. Po’s clients include advertising and media agencies, banks, credit card companies, alternative financing providers and other financial service companies, automotive companies, consumer products companies, media companies, online networks, and digital media and technology companies.

Prior to joining Venable in 2013, Po was Vice President and Chief Advertising Counsel for American Express for over five years. In her role, she was responsible for negotiating and executing all major sponsorships, media partnerships and brand campaigns, as well as managing advertising and marketing review and competitor challenges.

Po started her legal career at Loeb & Loeb LLP and was a partner in its entertainment, media and advertising practice group.

Education
  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Cardozo Law Review, 1997
  • Carleton College, B.A., cum laude, 1993
  • Experience
    • Loeb & Loeb LLP, Partner
    • American Express, Vice President & Chief Advertising Counsel
    Accreditations
    • Licensed to practice in New York
    Associations
    • Member, Advisory Board for Digital Entertainment World
    • Member, American Bar Association, Antitrust Law Section
    • Editor, Venable’s Digital Media Link newsletter
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