17 Jan
2019

World-class speaking line-up revealed for upcoming WTR conferences in Chicago

WTR is pleased to announce the first set of speakers for the upcoming Brand Protection Online and Managing Trademark Assets USA events, which take place on consecutive days in March. Across the two events, experts from companies including GROUPON, Mars, Microsoft, Starbucks and Velcro Group Corporation will share critical insights into online enforcement and the cost-effective management of trademark portfolios.

Taking place in Chicago on March 5, our inaugural Brand Protection Online event will take a deep dive into practical strategies for fighting infringement on ecommerce sites, navigating the changing domain landscape and managing reputation online. Taking place at the same venue the next day, the fourth annual Managing Trademark Assets USA will again focus on the cost-effective management of international portfolios, and comes at a time when it is more important than ever for brand owners to ensure they are integrating innovative and disruptive strategies into their trademark operations.

While additional names may be added in the coming weeks, the current speaker line-up for Brand Protection Online 2019 is as follows:

  • Relani Belous, formerly general counsel at Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment
  • Jessica Cassidy Katz, privacy counsel at Whole Foods Market
  • Ron DiCerbo, shareholder at McAndrews Held & Malloy
  • Jeffrey Fridman, global legal lead, trademark and brand operations at Accenture
  • Cam Gatta, attorney, trademarks, at Microsoft
  • Deborah A Hampton, corporate trademark specialist, trademark team lead at The Chemours Company
  • Michael J McCue, partner at Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie
  • Signe Naeve, director, corporate counsel – IP at Starbucks Coffee Company
  • Maureen Ninneman, deputy general counsel at Rotary International
  • Renee Reuter, IP counsel at Enterprise Holdings
  • Beth Seals, general counsel and corporate secretary at Zippo Manufacturing Company
  • Brian Scarpelli, senior global policy counsel at ACT
  • Daniel Shapiro, director of global strategic partnerships at Red Points

The speaking roster for Managing Trademark Assets USA features:

  • Patrick J Arnold Jr, shareholder at McAndrews Held & Malloy
  • Sophie Anger, associate general counsel, marketing properties, global petcare, at Mars, Incorporated
  • Relani Belous, formerly general counsel at Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment
  • Alexandra DeNeve, senior counsel, trademarks, at Velcro Group Corporation
  • Roxanne Elings, partner at Davis Wright Tremaine
  • Jomarie Fredericks, deputy general counsel and chief IP counsel at Rotary International
  • Jeffrey Fridman, global legal lead, trademark and brand operations at Accenture
  • David Gooder, former chief trademark counsel, Jack Daniel's Properties
  • Deborah A Hampton, corporate trademark specialist, trademark team lead at The Chemours Company
  • Cynthia Johnson Walden, principal at Fish & Richardson
  • Matthew Kelly, chief intellectual property counsel, CME Group
  • Erin W. Lothson, assistant general counsel, IP, at GROUPON
  • William Mansfield, attorney and director, IP, ABRO Industries, Inc.
  • Beth Seals, general counsel and corporate secretary at Zippo Manufacturing Company
  • Sharon  Sorkin, senior counsel, marketing properties, Mars Wrigley Confectionery
  • Aaron Weinzierl, counsel, IP at United Airlines   

Full details on Brand Protection Online 2019 are available here, while more information on Managing Trademark Assets USA is available here. A number of delegate places remain for each day, with a discounted combined ticket option also available – plus, quote WTRBLOG when registering to save an additional $200 before close of business tomorrow (January 18).

As a reminder, Managing Trademark Assets Europe 2019 is taking place later this month. Held in London on 28 January, the event features sessions on the cost-effective strategic management of trademarks, fighting counterfeits with limited budgets, online enforcement in light of GDPR, ethical enforcement on social media, and much more. For details on the programme and speakers, click here.

Trevor Little

Editor

tlittle@GlobeBMG.com