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2017 Annual Meeting

The AIPF 2017 Annual Meeting took place from September 13 to September 15 at the Marriott Fisherman's Wharf Hotel in San Francisco, CA. The conference, entitled "An Age of Uncertainty: How do Boutique IP Firms Respond?" provided attendees with a well-rounded conference focused on the latest legal and business management topics.

Topics Included:

The Challenges for In-House Counsel in a Changing IP Landscape

    • Jason Rogers, Ford Motor Company, United States
    • Jonathan Stroud, Unified Patents Inc., United States
    • Gabriel Kleiman, Pfizer Inc., United States
    • Moderator: Carlos Olarte, Olarte Moure, Colombia

Monetizing Intellectual Property: Perspectives from Patent Brokers

    • Robert Aronoff, Pluritas, United States
    • Steven Horowitz, Ovidian Group, United States
    • Moderator: Jennifer Bailey, Erise IP, United States

Global Trademark Update

    • Isabelle Jomphe, Goudreau Gage Dubuc, Canada
    • Martin Viefhues, Jonas Rechtsanwaltsegesellschaft mbG, Germany
    • Laura WInston, Kim Winston, United States
    • Moderator: Cheryl Burbach, Hovey Williams, United States

Brand Owners in ICANN-land: The REAL Virtual Reality of Domain Name Expansion

    • J. Scott Evans, Adobe Systems Inc., United States
    • Moderator: Brett Lunn, FB Rice, Australia

The Intersection of Legal Ethics with Data Security

    • Rebecca Stroder, Fire-Eye Inc., United States
    • Moderator: Jennifer Bailey, Erise IP, United States

Inventorship Issues Across Jurisdictions

    • Victor Garrido, Dumont, Mexico
    • Felix Klopmeier, Lang & Rahmann Rechtsanwalte, Germany
    • Timothy Letters, Letters & Thoo, Hong Kong
    • Moderator: Andrew Ritter, Sughrue Mion, United States

This year's schedule also included an afternoon, interactive workshop and presentation that are part of the AIPF's Brand of Excellence program. These topics focused on the management, development and marketing of specialized IP law firms.


Social Media and Personal Branding Essentials

    • Susan Kostal, Legal Marketing & Content Strategist, United States
    • Moderator: Christopher Agrawal, Bookoff McAndrews, United States

Law Firm Leadership: Responding to Uncertainty

    • Lynn Jordan, Kelly IP, United States
    • Brett Lunn, FB Rice, Australia
    • Carlos Olarte, OlarteMoure, Colombia
    • Robert Watson, Mewburn Ellis, United Kingdom
    • Moderator: Christopher Agrawal, Bookoff McAndrews, United States

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