IP+ The National Non-IP IP Conference: Innovation Law, Intellectual Property, Emerging Tech, and Business

Friday, October 29, 2021 - 9:30am - 4:30pm
Location: Zoom Webinar

The Cleveland State Law Review and  C|M|LAW IPTA's First Annual Symposium, presented virtually at CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law in Cleveland, Ohio 

Keynote speaker: 
Judge Kathleen O’Malley of the Federal Circuit 

Featuring panels on why innovation keeps general counsels up at night, how intellectual property and innovation law can respond to emerging tech like blockchain, artificial intelligence, and medical innovation, academics presenting new theories and proposed changes to innovation law, and financial experts on the valuation and market for innovation assets.

It will be an event you won't want to miss! 




Those seeking CLE credit - $99:  Register Here

Those not seeking CLE credit - Free:  Register Here



9:30am - 9:45am: Welcoming Remarks – Dean Lee Fisher, John Cipolla, Chair, C|M|LAW IP Advisory Council, Professor Christa Laser, Nathan Hill, CSLR

9:45am - 10:30am: Intellectual Property Strategy, Monetization and Liquidity: An Update on How Companies are Analyzing, Managing and Leveraging their Intellectual Property.

This session will start with an overview of the patent market including data on who is buying IP, who is selling IP, the size of the transactions and the price that companies can expect in any patent deal.  Next, the panel will transition into a discussion of IP strategy and what companies are doing to manage and right-size portfolios, steps on how to ensure that the IP a company generates is strategic and cost-effective.  Finally, the panel will discuss how litigation finance is a tool that can be used to monetize patent assets and how the litigation finance market has evolved over the last few years.

  • Russ Binns, CEO, Allied Security Trust
  • Katharine Wolanyk, Managing Director, Burford Capital
  • Karl Maersch, CEO, West Four IP

10:30am- 11:45am: What Keeps General Counsels Up at Night?

The scope and responsibilities of the General Counsel have increased in importance during the past year, and GCs have more reasons than ever to be up at night—they are expected to assess and mitigate risk, ensure compliance with emerging regulatory regimes, and manage a budget while advancing the organization’s strategic objectives.  Our esteemed panel of GCs from around the country will provide insight into significant areas of concern facing corporate law departments today on topics ranging from privacy and data security, legal risk across multiple jurisdictions, protection of intellectual property assets, and crisis management.

  • Ann Aber, Joann Stores
  • Ed Gecovich, Surgical Theatre
  • Lisa Kunkle, Avient
  • Nona Lee, Arizona Diamondbacks 
  • Jonathan Leiken, Diebold Nixdorf
  • Georgia Yanchar, MRI Software 
  • Moderated by Ari Sherwin - Senior Legal Counsel, The Sherwin-Williams Company


11:45am-12:10pm: Lunch Break

12:10-12:15pm: Introduction of Federal Circuit Court Judge Kathleen O’Malley by Dean Lee Fisher

12:15-1:00pm: Keynote: U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley

Federal Circuit Judge Kathleen O’Malley will discuss the relationship between intellectual property law and innovation, including how patents incentivize innovation and how innovation laws and policies affect competition.

1:00 pm- 1:15pm: BREAK 

1:15pm- 2:15pm: Emerging Tech

This panel will feature lawyers and industry leaders in emerging technology including blockchain, artificial intelligence, mRNA vaccines, and healthcare.  The panel will discuss how changes in technology affect the law and how intellectual property law and society should adjust to address innovation.

  • Moderated by Christa Laser, Assistant Professor at Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • Tanveer Kathawalla, founder of Pioneer 1890, former COO of Hedron (formerly Analytical Space)
  • Mike Stovsky, Partner and Leader of Firmwide Technology Transactions, Intellectual Property, and Global Data Protection Group at Benesch
  • Ahmed Mousa, SVP Corporate Operations & General Counsel at Pieris Pharmaceuticals
  • G.I. Zaratsian, founder and CEO of Fandem
  • Laura Montoya, Partner at Accel Impact Organizations
  • Chris Nalevanko, General Counsel of Zoox

2:15pm- 3:30pm:  The Academic Perspective

This panel will include academic experts in the fields of innovation and emerging technology including artificial technology, blockchain, and medical technology. Each academic expert will present research on a topic related to one of the included areas and discuss how their research will affect innovation and emerging technology in the future. 


  • Carys J. Craig, Associate Professor at the Osgoode Hall School of Law
  • Camilla Hrdy, Associate Professor, Akron Law
  • Ryan Abbott, Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Surrey School of Law and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
  • Charlotte Tschider, Assistant Professor of Law at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law


3:30-4:30pm: Happy Networking

Bring your beverage of choice for afternoon entertainment and networking, including pub trivia and prizes.

Thank you to our sponsors: Benesch, Renner Otto, and John Cipolla.

CLE credit: 5.0 hours pending

Category: CLE Programs, Public Lectures

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