Stellar speaker line-ups revealed for upcoming WTR events in Europe and the US

WTR is pleased to unveil the speaker line-up for its upcoming series of one-day events in London, San Francisco, Chicago and New York this December – with brand professionals from companies including Diageo NBC Universal, Superdry, Tapestry and WWE leading the discussions.

Taking place in London (3 December), San Francisco (6 December), Chicago (8 December) and New York (10 December), WTR Live: The Future of Trademark Management and Brand Protection will facilitate discussion, benchmarking and the sharing of best practice around key topic areas. Crucially, it will offer a glimpse into what industry leaders expect the future of trademark practice to look like. The programme for each day explores:

  • Navigating a changing regulatory landscape
  • Improving for tomorrow: what the future trademark function will look like
  • Future-proofing your online brand protection strategy: new approaches to an old problem
  • Staying ahead of the curve: cost effectively targeting online infringement
  • Beyond cease and desist: taking a case from online to offline
  • Litigation best practice

In the coming weeks we will be adding names to the speaker roster, but our current panel of experts includes:


  • Louise Butler, Head, Global Brand Protection at Diageo
  • Alessandro Cimaschi, Senior Legal Counsel at Orange
  • Jak Cluness, Head, Global Brand Protection, at New Era Cap
  • Paul Dicken, Director, Brand Protection at Liverpool Football Club
  • Antony  Douglass, Legal Director, IP, Data Protection, Marketing and Digital Strategy, at Specsavers
  • James Graham, Associate General Counsel at Coty
  • Marilyn Krige, Senior Global Anti-Counterfeiting Counsel at RB
  • Lorenzo Litta, CBO and Legal Counsel at Brandit
  • David Llewellyn, Head, Trademarks at Arm
  • Ben Mark, Partner at RPC
  • Julius Stobbs, Founder of Stobbs IP
  • James Sweeting, Head, Legal, at Superdry
  • Harpreet Thandi, Regional Counsel at Ferrero
  • Marc Trachtenberg, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig
  • Martha Vanin, Global IP Counsel at Focusrite Audio Engineering
  • Sheena Yonker, Brand Protection Manager at Lipsy

San Francisco

  • Laura Altieri, Deputy General Counsel at Del Monte Foods
  • Britt Anderson, Partner at Perkins Coie 
  • Sharon Armstrong, Senior Global Trademark Counsel at Align Technology
  • Christina Atalaris, Associate General Counsel, IP at Western Digital
  • Maral Behnam-Garcia, Director, Brand Protection & IP at Wish
  • Kevin Blum, Senior Counsel, Brands and Content IP, at NBC Universal
  • Deborah Davis, Director, Legal, at The Clorox Company
  • J Scott Evans, Director, IP and Advertising, at Adobe
  • Fred Felman, Chief Marketing Officer at Appdetex
  • Anita Kalra, Director, Regulatory and Legal at Dropbox
  • Shannon King, Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Chief IP Counsel, at Williams-Sonoma
  • Mark Leonard, General Counsel at Jelly Belly Candy Company
  • Aimee Mahan, Senior Manager, Trademarks, at Amazon
  • Scott Minden, Associate General Counsel at Facebook
  • Francesca Silverman, Vice President and Senior Managing Counsel, IP at Mastercard
  • Julius Stobbs, Founder of Stobbs IP
  • Marc Trachtenberg, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig
  • Kristen Wong, Customs Enforcement Manager at JUUL Labs


  • Patrick Arnold, Shareholder and Partner at McAndrews, Held & Malloy
  • Ron Dicerbo, Shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy
  • Fred Felman, Chief Marketing Officer at Appdetex
  • Curtis Franks, Associate General Counsel, IP at NCAA
  • Jomarie Fredericks, Deputy General Counsel, Chief IP and Brand Counsel, at Rotary
  • Justin Gaudio, Shareholder and IP Attorney at Greer, Burns and Crain
  • Ann Palma, Senior Corporate Counsel, IP at Groupon
  • Melissa Rotunno, Deputy General Counsel at Brand, BlueCross BlueShield Association
  • Sanjana Sharma, Associate General Counsel, IP, at UL
  • Mengru Song, Manager, IP and Strategy, at Garrett Brands
  • Sharon Sorkin, Chief Trademark Counsel at Ford Motor Company
  • Julius Stobbs, Founder at Stobbs IP
  • Marc Trachtenberg, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig

New York

  • Karla Aspiras, Director, Senior Counsel, at Tapestry
  • Susan Crane, Group Vice President, Legal Brands and Marketing, at Wyndham Hotels & Resorts
  • Lauren Dienes-Middlen, Senior Vice President, Assistant General Counsel, IP, at WWE
  • Fred Felman, Chief Marketing Officer at Appdetex
  • Stacey Foltz Stark, Director, IP, at WeWork
  • Tom Holt, Partner at Perkins Coie 
  • Christina Mitropoulos, Director, Brand Protection & Manufacturing Initiatives, at American Apparel & Footwear Association
  • David Modzeleski, Senior Vice President, IP and Litigation, at Discovery
  • Signe Naeve, Director and Corporate Counsel, IP, at Starbucks
  • Sudipta Rao, Head, Legal Brand Protection, Global Oncology at Novartis
  • Larry Rickles, Chief Trademark Counsel at Teva
  • Lena Saltos, Associate General Counsel, Global Director, IP at URBN
  • Beth Seals, General Counsel at Zippo Manufacturing Company
  • Andrew Stern, Counsel, Trademarks and Copyrights, at HPE
  • Julius Stobbs, Founder at Stobbs IP
  • Marc Trachtenberg, Shareholder at Greenberg Traurig
  • Gary Wengrovsky, Senior Director, IP at Charter Communications

Registration is free to in-house brand professionals, with tier-one pricing currently available for law firm practitioners. Spaces are limited and should we be unable to host the event, registration fees will be fully refundable. While on site, we will be adopting the All Secure Standard to ensure that all attendees can continue to do business effectively and network with their peers safely.

For full details, and to reserve a place at one of the events, click here.

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