Consero 2017 Global IP Management Forum


Fish attorneys Gwilym Attwell, Chris Bowley, and Christina McDonough will moderate three panels and Gwilym Attwell will serve as conference chair during Consero’s Global IP Management Forum, June 11-13, in Newport Beach, CA. Fish is also a proud sponsor of the event. Panel details are listed below.

Sunday, June 11, 3:30 - 4:30PM
KnowledgeBridge: A View From The Trenches Of The Most-Active Forum For Patent Validity Challenges - The PTAB

In 2016, the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) was the most active forum for patent validity challenges in the U.S. With inter partes review (IPR) and post-grant review (PGR) proceedings rising since the America Invents Act, what has changed in post-grant practice, and how do those changes impact your IP strategy globally? This interactive session will include discussion about post-grant practice and will attempt to answer your questions - including, for example, whether post-grant is an appropriate tool for you, and what to do if one of your patents is the subject of a post-grant petition. The session will also address recent developments that impact the scope and frequency of institution, recent decisions, treatment of PTAB decisions by the Federal Circuit, and what the future is likely to hold.


Gwilym Attwell, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Monday, June 12, 8:00 - 9:00AM
Aligning & Nurturing Top IP Talent for Business Success

What are some specific examples of talent management practices (e.g. policies, processes, and programs) that have helped you foster high levels of performance and retention across your IP department?
Where do you look to recruit top IP talent? Do you recruit directly from law schools, law firms, or from competitors?
How are you aligning your IP department with R&D to fuel the company’s innovations? What incentive programs have you instituted?
What strategies have you put in place to identify and groom your potential successor?
As a top in-house counsel, how are you continuing your own professional development?

Sreekar Gadde, Assistant Chief IP Counsel, Dynamics Inc.
Jennifer Hall, General Counsel, IP, Mars, Inc.
Scott Hauser, Associate General Counsel, IP, Fitbit, Inc.
Ann LaFeir, Senior IP Counsel, USAA


Chris Bowley, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Tuesday, June 13, 8:30 - 9:30AM
Monetizing IP: Leveraging The Value of Your Portfolio

How have you worked with your management team to ensure that your IP strategy complements the overall business strategy?
What priorities do you consider when evaluating patent sales and enforcement opportunities?
How has increased regulatory scrutiny affected your IP monetization efforts and where do you see things heading?
Have you considered creating a centralized LLC for your IP department? If so, what were the main factors contributing to the decision?

Jon Fallon, General Counsel and Sr. Vice President, Legal Affairs, High 5 Games
Patrick Kim, Executive Counsel, IP, GE Lightning and Current, Powered by GE
Ray Strimaitis, Vice President and Deputy General Counsel, Yahoo
Noah Webster, Division Counsel, BlackBerry Limited


Christina McDonough, Principal, Fish & Richardson