2013 Annual Meeting

The AIPF 2013 Annual Meeting took place from September 29 to October 1 at the Washington Plaza Hotel in Washington, D.C. The conference, entitled “World Class IP: A Global Perspective,” provided attendees with a well-rounded conference focused on the latest legal and business management topics.

Topics included:

General Electric’s View on Patent Protection 

    • Catherine Toppin, General Electric Company, United States
IP Issues and Strategies in South America
    • Santiago O'Conor, O'Conor Power, Argentina
Comparing Enforcement of Patent Rights in the U.S. and Europe
    • Chandran Iyer, Sughrue Mion, United States
I Need this Granted Quickly: Strategies for Expediting Patent Prosecution
    • Siho Chang, KBK & Associates, Korea
    • Korbinian Kopf, Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH, Germany
    • Stuart Levy, Sughrue Mion, United States
    • Adrian Zahl, Ridout & Maybee, Canada
    • Moderator: Brett Lunn, FB Rice, Australia
Software Development Agreements
    • Jennifer Bailey, Erise IPUnited States
National Patents - Same but Different
    • Brian Ainsworth, Price Heneveld, United States
    • Siho Chang, KBK & Associates, Korea
    • Brett Lunn, FB Rice, Australia
    • Korbinian Kopf, Maiwald Patentanwalts GmbH, Germany
    • Tatsuya Sawada, Sugimura, Japan
    • Stephen Yang, Peksung Intellectual Property, China
    • Adrian Zahl, Ridout & Maybee, Canada
Practicing in Front of the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB)
    • Judge Michael Adlin, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, United States
    • Judge Thomas Wellington, Trademark Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, United States
Comprehensive International Patent Surveillance
    • Vincent Egolf, Perrigo Company, United States
The Erosion of Patent Rights: Is It Property Any More?
    • Gene Quinn, IPWatchdog, United States
Trademark Global Strategy
    • Cecilia Dempsey, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, United States
Practicing in Front of the U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB)
    • Chief Judge James Smith, U.S. Patent Trial and Appeal Board, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, United States
    • Stuart Levy, Sughrue Mion, United States
Injunctions in the Post E-bay Era
    • Andrew Crain, Thomas / Horstemeyer, United States
Patent Infringement by Importation of a Finished Product
    • Michael Dzwonczyk, Sughrue Mion, United States


This year’s schedule also included several presentations that are part of the AIPF’s Brand of Excellence program. These topics addressed a broad range relating to the management, development and marketing of specialized IP law firms.

Brand of Excellence

The Legal Ethics Of Lawyers And Social Media
    • Samantha Collier, MBM Intellectual Property Law, Canada
From Clutter To Clarity
    • Phyllis Sisenwine, The Lawyers Coach, United States
Market The Firm Like You Mean It – Which Marketing Tools And Activities Make IP Lawyers Money
    • Phil Cox, Global Law Marketing, United States
    • Tammy Mangan, Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, United States
3 P’s to Increase Productivity
    • Phyllis Sisenwine, The Lawyers Coach, United States
Can Quality Survive?
    • Mehdrad Assadi, Patrix, United States
    • Ann McCrackin, Black Hills IP, United States

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