Hector Agdeppa, Partner, Sheppard Mullin
Hector Agdeppa is a partner in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office. Hector specializes in patent application drafting and prosecution in the electrical, mechanical and computer software arts, as well as in the medical device field, and he is well-versed in the management and monetization of patent portfolios. He is also experienced in inter partes review proceedings, tech transfer and licensing, IP due diligence and opinion/freedom to operate assessments, and he provides patent litigation support for a variety of clients, large and small, covering a broad range of industries.
Michelle Armond, Founding Partner, Armond Wilson LLP
Michelle Armond is a founding partner of the IP litigation boutique Armond Wilson LLP. An award-winning litigation attorney focusing on intellectual property disputes, litigation, IPRs, and appeals, Michelle focuses on patent, trademark, and trade secret matters. She has handled disputes covering a wide array of industries and technologies including electronics, telecommunications, software, gaming, mechanical, electro-mechanical, energy, automotive, medical devices, consumer, and household goods.
Scott Boalick, Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, USPTO
Scott R. Boalick is the Chief Judge for the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB). In this role, he leads the PTAB as it conducts post-grant trials, including inter partes reviews, post-grant reviews, covered business method patent reviews and derivation proceedings, and as it hears appeals from adverse examiner decisions in patent applications and reexamination proceedings.
Chief Judge Boalick was appointed to the Board in 2007. Prior to becoming the Chief Judge, he served as the acting Chief Judge, and before that as an Administrative Patent Judge, Lead Judge, Vice Chief Judge, and Deputy Chief Judge.
Kyrie Cameron, Associate, Patterson + Sheridan LLP.
Kyrie Cameron joined the firm in 2015 and has since developed a diverse range of technical expertise, with special emphasis on energy, oil and gas, and electronics and semiconductor technologies. Inspired by a love for science and strong family ties to the legal industry, Kyrie obtained her undergraduate degree in biology from Baylor University and immediately began carving out a reputation for herself as a valued contributor at South Texas College of Law.
Arka Chatterjee, Senior IP Counsel, Natera
As an in-house counsel at a nimble and expanding life-sciences company, Arka advises on litigation and risk management while helping to develop intellectual property strategies that expand the company’s innovation and business options. His work covers a wide gamut of IP activities including patent prosecution and litigation, trademark registration and enforcement, deal support, and day-to-day advising of both R&D and executive leadership.
Jay Choi, Director, IP, Uber Technologies, Inc.
Jay Choi is a director of intellectual property at Uber Technologies, Inc. His responsibilities include patent portfolio development, patent acquisition and licensing strategy, and patent dispute resolution. He also advises the company on M&A, IP-related transactions, and open source licensing. Prior to joining Uber, Mr. Choi worked in private practice specializing in portfolio development and patent strategy, advising various software and tech companies. Mr. Choi joined Uber in 2014 as Uber’s first IP attorney and over the years, has helped build Uber’s IP legal practice.
Amy Cotton, Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy, USPTO
Amy Cotton is the acting Deputy Commissioner for Trademark Examination Policy. In this role, Ms. Cotton oversees the Offices of Trademark Policy, Petitions, and ID-Class, as well as the Trademark Assistance Center, the Office of Trademark Quality Review and Training, the Trademark Law Library, Customer Experience, and Trademark Outreach.
Puja Detjen, Partner, Patterson + Sheridan LLP
Puja is a partner at Patterson + Sheridan, LLP, a national intellectual property and complex litigation law firm headquartered in Houston, Texas. Her prior work as a former member of GE’s Operations Management Leadership Program allowed her to support corporate strategy objectives across a variety of business units. Today, she leverages her diverse business experience to lead the way for clients seeking to align their IP efforts with a strategic plan.
Chris DiLeo, Assistant General Counsel – IP, Becton Dickinson
Technology transactions and IP attorney experienced in software and networked systems. As a technically savvy technical lead with excellent communication skills I can leverage my strengths, interests, and experiences working with both people and technology along with law degree to practice intellectual property and technology law. My practice also includes advising clients on data privacy, GDPR, big data, and terms of service.
Alesha M. Dominique
Alesha Dominique is Chair of Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp’s Trademark Prosecution Practice Group, and represents clients in intellectual property litigation, with an emphasis on patent, trademark, false advertising, and unfair competition matters. Alesha’s experience includes representing clients before federal district courts, the U.S. International Trade Commission, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She also counsels clients on trademark clearance, prosecution, and enforcement matters. Alesha’s experience cuts across multiple industries, including the entertainment, music, fashion, beauty, food and beverage, software and e-commerce industries.
Brittany Estell, Director and Senior Counsel of Trademarks
Brittany Estell is Director and Senior Counsel of Trademarks at Western Digital Corporation. Her role includes management of the company’s global trademark portfolio, supporting marketing and branding efforts across the organization, and maintaining and developing usage guidelines to protect the company’s IP assets.
Sui Duong, Senior Counsel for Intellectual Property, Thrasio LLC
Sui Duong is Senior Counsel at Thrasio LLC, where he provides comprehensive trademark support for newly acquired consumer brands. Thrasio is a next-generation consumer goods company focused on making the world’s most-loved products accessible to everyone. To date, it has raised $3.4 billion in funding and owns a portfolio of nearly 200 brands.
Sharmini Green, Director, Intel Patent Group
Sharmini has 22 years experience as a patent attorney specializing in computer software, the past 17.5 years as an in-house attorney with Intel. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from MIT and received her J.D. from Santa Clara University. Sharmini is currently one of the Deputy Directors of Patents in the Intel Patent Group. In this role, she defines and executes patent filing strategies for Intel’s new and cutting edge technologies such as Internet of Things, autonomous driving, drones, augmented reality and artificial intelligence. She also oversees various aspects of Intel’s global patent portfolio management including cost management and law firm management.
Tom Hamer, Kilburn Strode
Tom Hamer is based in our San Francisco Liaison Office, helping advise our US-based clients and contacts in a convenient time zone. Tom has a first class master’s degree in Physics, and has built his career drafting and prosecuting inventions with a basis in physics and mathematics. He is an expert when it comes to the EPO’s approach to medical devices, mathematical methods, video games, and AI/ML. Tom regularly talks in the Bay Area and beyond, advising some of the biggest tech companies in the world on how to patent borderline technology in Europe, how to make reliable filing decisions which are guided by the latest EPO case law, and how to draft patent applications to optimise their chances of success in Europe.
Diane Gabl Kratz, Senior IP Counsel, Manager, Dolby Laboratories
Diane is an IAM Strategy 300 World’s Leading IP Strategist and 2021 World IP Forum “Powerful Woman in IP”. A USPTO-registered patent attorney, she leads a global team of 16, developing and executing U.S. and international patent filing strategy and heading Dolby’s worldwide trademark portfolio.
Jordan Keglovits, Legal Manager, Taylor Guitars
Ms. Keglovits is the Legal Manager at Taylor Guitars, the market leading brand in the global acoustic guitar industry headquartered in San Diego, California.
Jordan manages company legal functions, including management of the company’s IP portfolio with the mission of protecting proprietary innovations and brand rights, and defending against infringements and counterfeits. She additionally manages corporate governance, contracts, and compliance functions.
She has a Bachelor’s in Political Science from the University of Kansas, and a Juris Doctorate from Thomas Jefferson School of Law.
Kristin Lamb, Head of IP, Oura
Intellectual Property Law practitioner with experience in patent, trademark, and copyright preparation and prosecution, and IP licensing and litigation across various technological fields, with an emphasis on consumer products, automation, medical device, health and fitness monitoring, software, energy, and natural resource technologies.
Paul Liu, Global Head of IP, TuSimple
Paul Liu is the Global Head of Intellectual Property at TuSimple, a global self-driving truck (e.g., autonomous vehicle) company based out of San Diego. At TuSimple, he oversees a global team of practitioners to align the company’s intellectual property with the business to obtain proactive, high impact, and creative protection via patents, trademarks, trade secrets, and copyrights. He has over a decade of experience as a subject matter expert for intellectual property assets associated with mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, and computer science technologies.
Erin Greenfield Mehta, Principal Counsel, Litigation & Patents, Hulu
Erin Greenfield Mehta is an experienced patent attorney at The Walt Disney Company where she is in the Litigation Group. Her current role involves managing patent litigation for Disney’s Streaming Services, including Disney+ and Hulu, and supporting patent initiatives in the IP Group. Before moving in-house, Erin worked at WilmerHale and before that at Ropes and Gray (formerly Fish & Neave). She studied Electrical Engineering at Clemson University and received her J.D. from Tulane Law School. Erin lives in Manhattan Beach with her husband, also a patent lawyer, and their two kids.
Donald Min, VP of IP, Virgin Hyperloop
Specialties: Intellectual Property including patent preparation, patent prosecution, client counseling, and trademarks.
Jean Nguyen, Associate, Morrison Foerster
Jean Nguyen, a former lead engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dr. Nguyen focuses her practice on domestic and international patent prosecution. She is a founder and co-leader of the firm’s Life Sciences Data Analytics patent group. She applies her experience also from her doctoral studies and her work as a former research scholar to provide portfolio management and counseling, IP due diligence, and freedom-to-operate analyses. Dr. Nguyen also has experience drafting briefs and inter partes reviews (IPRs), analyzing prior art and patent infringement, working with experts, and handling disputes before the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) and the federal courts. Her clients include large domestic and international companies, early-stage startups, and universities.
Jordan Nafekh, Associate, Irell and Manella
Jordan Nafekh is an attorney at Irell & Manella, LLP. Jordan’s practice includes a broad range of intellectual property disputes with a focus on high-stakes patent infringement litigation. He earned his J.D. at UCLA School of Law where he was elected to Order of the Coif. Among other honors, he earned Masin Family Academic Excellence Awards for top grades in multiple classes, including Evidence and Copyright Law. Jordan also held leadership positions on the board of the Journal of Law and Technology and the Intellectual Property Law Association. Prior to law school, Jordan earned a B.S. in Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
Melissa Patterson, Senior Associate, Sheppard Mullin
Melissa Patterson is an associate in the Intellectual Property Practice Group in the firm’s San Diego (Del Mar) office. Melissa focuses her practice on the preparation and prosecution of patent applications, particularly in the areas of software, computer hardware, mobile communications, AI, robotics and financial networks. She has prosecuted more than 500 U.S. and foreign patent matters. Melissa has also assisted with over 100 trademark matters, conducted non-infringement and invalidity analyses for numerous IP litigation matters and assisted with patent licensing matters.
Christina Pham, IP Counsel Snap Inc.
Michael T. Rose, Homeland Security Investigations Special Agent at IP Rights Coordination Center
Michael Rose is a supervisory special agent with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) and joined the Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center in November 2020. Mr. Rose leads the intellectual property and outreach and training sections, with operational oversight of all HSI intellectual property investigative programs. Mr. Rose manages Operation Stolen Promise, the IPR Center’s effort in the fight against COVID-19 related fraud, focusing on the threat posed by counterfeit personal protective equipment.
Shirin Tefagh – Director, IP Legal Counsel, Dexcom
Shirin Tefagh is currently Director of IP at Dexcom, where she leverages her technical background and experience in computer software and hardware to manage several key IP portfolios for the company. Prior to this role, she served as Patent Counsel, Senior Director for Qualcomm in San Diego. Her experience in various fields of intellectual property law include patent procurement, client counseling, IP litigation, and licensing and transactions. Shirin holds a bachelor’s in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine and a J.D. from the University of San Diego School of Law.
Nicole R. Townes, Partner, Knobbe Martens
Nicole Townes represents a wide range of clients in trademark, trade dress, copyright and licensing counseling and litigation, and false advertising, unfair competition, trade secret and patent litigation. Her practice includes domestic and international trademark selection and clearance, prosecution, and procurement. She is also responsible for managing worldwide trademark portfolios and enforcement for a number of large clients. Nicole’s practice includes representing clients in opposition and cancellation proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. In addition, Nicole has experience assisting clients in combatting counterfeit and gray market goods and working with customs. She also has experience with domain name disputes and notice and takedown procedures for social media sites and domestic and foreign ecommerce websites.
Nick Transier, Partner, Patterson + Sheridan LLP
Nick Transier is an accomplished patent attorney with nearly a decade of experience in both prosecution and litigation. He currently focuses on building international patent portfolios for clients, especially in the areas of data science, including artificial intelligence and machine learning, software, telecommunications, automotive technologies, and consumer electronics. He has also defended mechanical and electrical innovations including consumer electronic devices, computer software systems, display technologies, and medical devices.
John Tsai, Head of Patents, Stripe
In-house attorney with a focus on solving hard problems with a business-centric mindset. Second IP attorney at Stripe, leading patent strategy, trade secrets, M&A IP diligence, IP licensing, and open source. Previously, worked at Facebook on IP licensing, open source, patent acquisitions, and standards, and at PayPal on open source/patent strategy. As outside counsel did strategic patent counseling and licensing, including assisting in the building and purchasing of patent portfolios, and am a former litigator, having significant experience litigating complex patent matters in both the Federal district courts and the International Trade Commission, including second-chair trial experience.
Richard Yoon, Cepheid, Business Development Dir. Licensing and New Ventures
I am business lawyer with an intellectual property and business development emphasis. My career has taken me from a big law firm to start-up to a Fortune 500 company. Through that time I have evolved my skill sets to cover a broad range of business and legal skills. My early experience was focused particularly on patent law, including prosecution, litigation, and client counseling. In the past 10 years, I have evolved my legal expertise towards business development, licensing, and other agreements where intellectual property is a key driver of the deal. I take pride as a problem solver and someone able to bridge gaps between parties.
Keynote speaker: Andrew I. Faile, Acting Commissioner for Patents, USPTO
Andrew I. Faile is Acting Commissioner for Patents, where he manages and leads the Patents organization as its chief operating officer.
Mr. Faile’s permanent role is Deputy Commissioner for Patents, where he is responsible for managing and leading the Patent Business Unit’s Workforce Management, Financial Management, and Planning and Data Analysis divisions, providing business unit executive leadership for workforce management matters, financial management oversight and planning, as well as data analytics. Mr. Faile also oversees patent examining functions in technology centers that examine computer architecture and software, and network, multiplexing cable and security technologies, as well as the Project Management Office.