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2018 Annual Meeting

The AIPF 2018 Annual Meeting took place from September 26 to September 28 at the Swissotel in Chicago, IL. The conference, entitled " Everything Feels Different: How should Boutique IP Firms Respond to Disruption," provided attendees with a well-rounded conference focused on the latest legal and business management topics.

Topics INcluded:

What's New @ TTABVUE?

  • Hon. Linda Kuczma, United States Patent and Trademark Office, United States
  • Moderator: James Kayden, McClure, Qualey & Rodack, United States
Lessons Learned From Malpractice Claims Against IP Firms
  • David Kramer, Gemini Risk Partners, United States
  • Theodore Nittis, Gemini Risk Partners, United States
Management of a Trademark Practice in Times of Technological Change
  • Diego Cervieri, Cervieri Monsuarez & Asociados, Uruguay
  • David Moorhead, Hyatt Hotels Corporation, United States
  • Dario Pietrantonio, ROBIC, Canada
  • Moderator: Lynn Jordan, Kelly IP, United States
Beyond the European Trademark and Design 2.0
  • Stefano Di Natale, European Union Intellectual Property Office, Spain
  • Moderator: Alberto Giordano, Martegani & Partners, Italy
Discovery in Patent Litigation
  • Lisa Phillips, Rothwell Figg, United States
  • Megan Redmond, Erise IP, United States
Incorporating Pro Bono Work Into Your IP Practice
  • Peter Brewer, Thrive IP, United States
  • Erik Pelton, Erik M. Pelton & Associates, United States
  • Mary-Anne Smith, Chicago-Kent College of Law, United States
Taking the Long View on Patents - A Roundtable Perspective on Navigating Patent Protection
  • Kimberly Chotkowski, Licensing Executives Society, United States
  • Christopher Clancy, Panduit, United States
  • James Kellerman, Astellas Pharma US Inc., United States

This year's schedule also included an afternoon, interactive workshop and presentation that are part of the AIPF's mission to supporting the unique needs of the IP Boutique. These topics focused on the management, development and marketing of specialized IP law firms.


Legal Project Management Essentials: Learn How to Align Client Expectations with Practice Efficiencies and Profitability

  • Dan Safran, LegalShift, United States
  • Scott Rosenberg, LegalShift, United States
  • Carey Lambert, LegalShift, United States
  • Moderator: Eric Marzluf, Caesar Rivise, United States
Today's Legal Marketing Trends: How Boutique Firms Can Take Advantage
  • Holly Barocio, GrowthPlay, United States





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