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Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2015


Speaker(s): Andy Abrams, Angelo E.P. Mazza, Brian W. Brokate, Bruce W. Baber, Craig E.. Stone, Jennifer S. Bisk, John Zacharia, Kathleen E. McCarthy, Lesley Fair, Nancy Rue, Raymond L. Sweigart, Siegrun D. Kane, Steven M. Gruskin
Recorded on: Jan. 23, 2015
PLI Program #: 58672

Position/Title:  Partner
Firm or Place of Business: Sughrue Mion, PLLC
Address: 2100 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Wash. D.C. 20037
Phone: 202 663.7372
Fax: 202.293.7860
E-Mail: sgruskin@sughrue.com

Primary Areas of Practice: Intellectual Property pertaining to Electrical/Mechanical patents, including IP Litigation, Inter-Partes and Post Grant Review (IPR/PGR) proceedings under the AIA, ITC Section 337, Patent Counseling and Patent Prosecution

Law School/ George Washington University School of Law
Under Graduate School: University of Miami

Work History:  Steve has more than 20 years of experience in all aspects of intellectual property law, including district court jury trials, appeals to the CAFC, bench trials at the ITC, IPR/PGR proceedings under the AIA, patent prosecution, reissue, re-examination, opinions relating to validity/infringement/enforceability, client counseling and strategic management and enforcement of large domestic and international patent portfolios.

Professional Memberships:
American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA)
International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI)

American Bar Association (ABA)
Tau Beta Pi
Pi Tau Sigma
International Intellectual Property Law Association
American Society of Mechanical Engineers
District of Columbia Bar Association - Patent, Trademark and Copyright Law Section


Siegrun is a Partner in Kane Advisors. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School. 

Siegrun specializes in trademark litigation, PTO proceedings and acts as a consulting and testifying expert.

Siegrun is the author of Kane on Trademark Law: A Practitioner’s Guide published by PLI, now in its Sixth Edition. The text covers social media, false advertising, surveys— just about every issue likely to come up in trademark practice.

You will find Siegrun repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers in America, The International Who’s Who of Trademark Lawyers, New York Metro Super Lawyers and quoted in The Wall Street Journal.


Jennifer S. Bisk is currently an Administrative Patent Judge on the Patent Trial and Appeal Board at the United States Patent and Trademark Office.  She joined the Board in March 2012 after practicing IP law in the Washington D.C. area during which she was a member of both technology transaction and IP litigation practices.  She is currently a member of the trial section of the Board and has been assigned to manage a number of AIA proceedings. 

Judge Bisk served as a law clerk to the Honorable George W. Miller at the United States Court of Federal Claims and the Honorable Richard Linn at the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit.  She graduated from Vanderbilt University with a B.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science.  She also holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a J.D., summa cum laude, from the George Mason University School of Law.  Prior to law school, she spent several years working as a software developer at small software companies in the Silicon Valley and the Washington D.C. area.  During law school, she served as a judicial intern for the Honorable Randall R. Rader at the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit as well as for the Honorable Stephen S. Mitchell at the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Virginia.


John H. Zacharia is the Assistant Deputy Chief for Litigation with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division.  In this position, John prosecutes and helps to manage the section’s prosecution of large-scale, multi-jurisdictional intellectual property (IP) crimes and computer crimes.  John has also participated in domestic and international IP enforcement training and outreach as well as in developing and drafting legislative and policy initiatives addressing all facets of IP crime.  John has prosecuted with co-counsel and obtained jury verdicts in one of the largest counterfeit goods prosecutions in U.S. history and in large-scale copyright disc piracy cases, and obtained convictions in high-impact online copyright piracy cases. John has also successfully handled federal appeals brought by defendants convicted of IP crimes.  Before joining CCIPS, John was a Trial Attorney with the Federal Programs Branch of the United States Department of Justice’s Civil Division, where he specialized in copyright enforcement issues as well as constitutional and administrative law litigation on behalf of the United States and various executive federal agencies.  Prior to joining the Department of Justice, John was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Howrey & Simon where he specialized in complex domestic and international commercial litigation.  John began his legal career as an associate in the general litigation department at the law firm of Carlton Fields.  John received his law degree from the University of Virginia in 1995. 


Lesley Fair is a Senior Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she has represented the FTC in numerous investigations of false advertising and fraud.  She spent almost two decades as a litigator with the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices and now specializes in education and compliance as the agency’s business blogger, business.ftc.gov.  In 2015, Lesley received the FTC’s Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award.

In addition to writing a monthly column in Electronic Retailer magazine, Lesley is the author of FTC Regulation of Advertising in Food and Drug Law and Regulation (3d ed. 2015) and The FTC & Social Media in Social Media and FDA: The Essential Guide (2010). From 2000 to 2015, Lesley served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Protection Committee.

On the faculty of the Catholic University School of Law since 1984, Lesley holds the title of Distinguished Lecturer and has twice been named Outstanding Adjunct Professor.  She also teaches Consumer Protection Law at The George Washington University Law School.

Lesley graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law.  She clerked for United States District Judge Fred Shannon and served as staff counsel to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.


Name: Andy Abrams

Position/Title: Senior Trademark Counsel
Firm or Place of Business: Google Inc.

Address:
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View, CA 94043
Phone: 650-669-8752
E-Mail: abrams@google.com

Primary Areas of Practice: Andy Abrams is a Senior Trademark Counsel in the Mountain View office of Google. His responsibilities include managing the company's trademark portfolio, developing policies, negotiating licenses, handling disputes, and advising clients on various branding and marketing issues. He is also actively involved in developing Google’s domain name policy and strategy with respect to ICANN's new gTLD program. 

Law School/Graduate School: University of Virginia School of Law

Work History:
Principal, Trademark and Copyright Group
Fish & Richardson P.C. (San Diego)
January 2011 – May 2011

 Associate, Trademark and Copyright Group
Fish & Richardson P.C. (San Diego)
April 2006 – December 2010

Associate, Intellectual Property and Business Practice Groups 
Luce, Forward, Hamilton & Scripps LLP
September 2003 – April 2006 

Professional Memberships:
INTA Internet Committee
INTA Domain Disputes Ownership & Whois Subcommittee
ICANN GNSO Business Constituency


Position/Title: Senior Counsel, Intellectual Property
Firm or Place of Business: Phillips 66 Company
Primary Areas of Practice: Trademarks, Copyrights, Infringement, Licensing, Domain Names, Social Media, Privacy

Law School/Graduate School: Baylor University School of Law

Work History: ConocoPhillips, King & Spalding LLP

Professional Memberships: INTA, ACC

Description:
Craig has been practicing in the area of intellectual property for more than 10 years. Prior to joining ConocoPhillips, and later Phillips 66, he practiced with the Atlanta-based law firm King & Spalding. His practice focuses on all aspects of trademark law and other related areas of intellectual property, licensing, enforcement, and litigation. In 2014, World Trademark Review recognized the Phillips 66 Legal Brand team as one of five finalists for best brand team in its respective industry category and Craig, individually, was “short-listed” as one of five nominees for global in-house trademark counsel of the year. The Houston Business Journal named Craig a finalist as an ‘Up and Comer’ for its Corporate Counsel Awards and a “40 Under 40” award recipient in 2014 recognizing him as a top professional in the Houston business community.


Position/Title: Assistant United States Attorney
Firm or Place of Business:    United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania

Address:         615 Chestnut Street, Suite 1250 Philadelphia, PA 19106

Phone:          215-861-8200
Fax:                215-861-8218

E-Mail:           Nancy.Rue@usdoj.gov        

Primary Area of Practice:    Criminal Prosecution


Primary Areas of Practice: IP

Work History: At Gibney since 1988

Professional Memberships: IACC, INTA, ABA, NYSBA

Mr. Mazza has organized and conducted training sessions for CBP, ICE, FBI and state and local law enforcement in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.  Over the course of almost 24 years involved in training programs, he has trained over 55,000 law enforcement personnel.

Mr. Mazza has organized and conducted training sessions for CBP, ICE, FBI and state and local law enforcement in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.  Over the course of almost 24 years involved in training programs, he has trained over 55,000 law enforcement personnel.

He has been the National Law Enforcement Training Coordinator for the IACC for over 20 years.  During that time he has worked closely with law enforcement at the federal, state and local levels to organize and carry out training related to counterfeit products and applicable laws.  Since 2001 he has been President of the IACC Foundation, a 501 (c) (3) corporation dedicated to providing educational programs and materials for law enforcement and the public. He created the IACC Foundation's well regarded training CD-ROM for law enforcement which is updated annually and on its 9th edition.

Mr.  Mazza is a graduate of Fordham University and Fordham University School Law.  He practices in the Intellectual Property area at Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty, LLP in New York City where he is a Partner.


Primary Areas of Practice:        Trademark, design rights, copyright and false advertising litigation and counseling

 

Law School/Graduate School:        Columbia University

 

Work History:        Katie McCarthy is a partner in King & Spalding’s New York office.  Katie is a Columbia University School of Law graduate with 30 years of experience.  Katie stays on top of IP issues through work for clients and as a member of the Board of Directors of the NYIPLA and the Trademark Committee for the New York City Bar, speaking frequently at PLI, and as Editor-in-Chief of INTA’s scholarly journal, The Trademark Reporter.  Katie also assists Siegrun Kane with editing Siegrun’s PLI treatise, Kane on Trademark Law.  In her spare time, Katie enjoys rediscovering all of the patent jokes in “Calvin & Hobbes” while reading the old books with her younger son and trying to teach her aspiring rapper older son about the risks of extensive sampling.

 

Professional Memberships:        INTA (Editor in Chief The Trademark Reporter®); NYIPLA (Board Member); NYC Bar (Member, Trademark Committee)


Ray Sweigart's primary area of practice is dispute avoidance, management, resolution and trial work, including jury trials as well as domestic and international arbitration and mediation. Educated at law schools in both the U.S. and England, Mr. Sweigart easily moves between the American and English legal systems. He has assisted both plaintiffs and defendants in various contested matters such as patent, copyright and trademark disputes, anti-corruption compliance and regulatory reviews, creditors' claims in bankruptcy, product liability and personal injury defense, labor and employment disputes, unfair competition, and other corporate and commercial matters. Mr. Sweigart also advises clients on general business matters, intellectual property portfolio development and management, and licensing and strategic planning, internal audits and analysis, as well as tactical strategic and use of litigation, mediation, arbitration and other alternative dispute resolution techniques. Most recently, Mr. Sweigart has successfully defended a number of retail and electronics clients in patent infringement litigation as well as enforced international patents on medical devises.  He has also dealt with a dispute over a charter party for Moroccan wood pulp, arrest of land based fuel depots in maritime bunkering dispute, compliance with the SEC Conflicts Minerals Rules, the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act both standing alone and in conjunction with the new U.K. Bribery Act, and Anti-Money Laundering policies and procedures audits. In addition, Mr. Sweigart counsels lawyers, law firms and corporations on business and legal ethics issues, including identification, management and resolution of conflicts of interest, duties of confidentiality, anti-money laundering, anti-bribery, ethical compliance programs and standards, as well as records retention and destruction protocols. He serves as a member of the firm's Professional Responsibility Committee and Claims Committee, and also participates in and manages pro bono projects and indigent client representations.

Education
LL.M., International and Comparative Law, King's College London, 1973
J.D., University of Cincinnati College of Law, 1972,

Admissions:
New York, District of Columbia, Virginia, Connecticut, Ohio, various U.S. federal trial and appellate courts, and the courts of England and Wales.

Affiliations
American Bar Association, Intellectual Property Owners Association, Bar Association of the District of Columbia, Virginia Bar, American Intellectual Property Law Association, Federal Circuit Bar Association, Law Society of England and Wales


Brian Brokate is head of Gibney’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has extensive experience in the application of intellectual property law, and in investigation and enforcement procedures to combat the infringement and counterfeiting of trademarks and copyrights. Mr. Brokate focuses on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy and handles all stages of civil anti-counterfeiting and infringement litigation.  He also has had extensive involvement in state and federal criminal actions.

In addition to his practice, which also includes commercial litigation, Mr. Brokate is the Treasurer, a Member of the Board of Directors and on the Executive Committee of the International Anticounterfeiting Coalition, Inc. (IACC). He is also the Treasurer of the New York Task Force (NYTF), a coalition of brand owners affected by counterfeiting. Mr. Brokate is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) where he serves as a Board Member and is on the Anticounterfeiting Committee.

An oft-quoted source for industry pieces on trends in IP law, he has also authored and co-authored numerous articles and publications and speaks before industry and trade associations on intellectual property law matters.


Bruce W. Baber is a senior partner and founding member of King & Spalding’s global Intellectual Property Practice.  Mr. Baber is active in all aspects of the firm’s IP practice, with an emphasis on litigation and other contested matters.

Mr. Baber participates actively on behalf of a wide variety of clients in both jury and bench trials of patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement litigation matters, as well as adversarial patent, trademark and false advertising proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus.  Since he began practice in 1979, Mr. Baber has represented many global and nationally-known companies in dozens of patent infringement, copyright infringement and trademark infringement, dilution and counterfeiting matters, as well as in a wide variety of false advertising disputes.

Mr. Baber has substantial experience in the protection of trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property, the prosecution of applications for registration of such properties, and the development and implementation of worldwide protection strategies.  He has been  involved in numerous major licensing and other intellectual property related corporate transactions, joint venture agreements and marketing agreements.