IP+ Conference

Friday, September 16, 2022 - 9:00am - 4:30pm
Location: Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

In this annual IP+ Conference at CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, we will discuss intellectual property law, the business of innovation and assertion of IP rights, what keeps IP directors up at night, medical technology innovations and how patents helped them succeed.


Law Firm or Private Practice - $99

Government/Non-Profit/In-House - $49


CSU Students and Faculty - Free 

 Register (CSU Students & Faculty Only)



9:00-9:15 am


  • Lee Fisher, Dean, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

  • Christa Laser, Assistant Professor, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

9:15-10:15 am

Investing and Financing Across the Intellectural Property Life Cycle

Leaders in intellectual property litigation finance, startup funding, and private equity discuss IP funding and investment across the life cycle, including considerations when deciding whether to invest in and litigate intellectual property-protected inventions.

  • Todd Federman, Managing Partner, Northcoast Ventures (early venture perspective)
  • Jennifer Boyce, Riverside (private equity and mature company perspective)
  • Russ Genat, Director, Longford Capital Management (end of the innovation lifecycle and litigation)

Moderator: Prof. Christa Laser

10:15-11:15 am

What Keeps In-House IP Counsels Up at Night?

Intellectual property attorneys in in-house roles have increasing importance to a company's bottom line. 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 panel of in-house  intellectual property directors from around the country will provide insight into significant areas of concern facing intellectual property law departments today on topics ranging from innovation strategy, legal risk across multiple jurisdictions, protection of intellectual property assets, and crisis management, as well as the career path of becoming an in-house lawyer.

  • Nancy Berardinelli-Krantz, Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Digital, Innovation and Technology at Eaton
  • Chris Storm, Director of IP at Uber

Moderator: Karl Maersch, CEO, West Four IP
Sponsor: Hilco

11:15-11:30 am



Anabolic Abuse: The Societal Impact and IP(ee) of Performance-Enhancing Drugs

This presentation will help you understand why performance-enhancing drugs are being abused, how prevalent the problem is, the dangerous medical effects, prevention and alternatives, the impact of innovation on drug testing, detection, treatment, and how you can educate others about the dangers of these insidious substances.

  • Ari Sherwin, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, The Sherwin-Williams Company and consultant to the United States Anti-Doping Agency tasked with drug testing of Olympic athletes. A former drug-free weightlifter, he is a national collegiate gold medalist and American record holder.
  • Butch Reynolds, Olympic Gold Medalist and World Record Holder in track & field; Diana Munz DePetro, Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming; Matt Ghaffari, Olympic Silver Medalist in Greco-Roman Wrestling; and Tara Nott-Cunningham, Olympic Gold Medalist in weightlifting

12:30-1:15 pm



Keynote Speaker

Laura G. Quatela has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Lenovo for six years. In 2021, Financial Times named Quatela to their list of the Top 20 General Counsel, highlighting her work transforming Lenovo’s approach to intellectual property. Prior to her role at Lenovo, she served as Executive Vice President - Intellectual Property at Alcatel-Lucent and as President, Personalized Imaging &; President for the Eastman Kodak Company. She is a graduate of Dennison University and received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University. Laura will discuss the role of intellectual property in innovation and development for intellectual property attorneys, including the role of women in intellectual property.

  • Laura Quatela, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Lenovo

2:00-2:15 pm


2:15-3:15 pm

MedTech Innovations

This panel will feature lawyers and industry leaders in emerging medical technology including cardiovascular medical devices, healthcare software, and medical services. The panel will discuss how intellectual property assets affect commercialization and sale of medical technology and how changes in intellectual property eligibility have changed the business of medical innovation.

  • Charu Ramanathan, CEO at Vitalxchange, Inventor with Successful Exit to Medtronic
  • Charlie Lougheed, CEO at Axuall, Inc., Inventor with Successful Exit selling Explorys to IBM, now called IBM Watson Health
  • Todd Schwarzinger, GM of Business Development and Licensing at Cleveland Clinic Innovations
  • Rich Wesorick, Managing Partner, Tarolli

3:15-4:30 pm

Changes in IP Law That Changed Everything And Where We Are Going: Inventor Perspective and Lawyer Retrospective

Speakers will discuss the independent inventor perspective and the lawyer retrospective: how IP law has changed and where we are going.

  • Kipp Doyle, Independent Inventor

  • John Cipolla, Calfee, Halter & Griswold

  • Cal Griffith, Jones Day

  • Steven Auvil, Squire Patton Boggs

  • Moderators – Christa Laser and Karl Maersch

4:30-5:30 pm

Happy Hour and Networking

Come meet and support our students and CMLaw’s IP program.



Keynote speaker: 

Laura G. Quatela

Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer, Lenovo

Laura G. Quatela has served as Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer for Lenovo for six years. In 2021, Financial Times named Quatela to their list of the Top 20 General Counsel, highlighting her work transforming Lenovo’s approach to intellectual property. Prior to her role at Lenovo, she served as Executive Vice President - Intellectual Property at Alcatel-Lucent and as President, Personalized Imaging & President for the Eastman Kodak Company. She is a graduate of Dennison University and received her J.D. from Case Western Reserve University.

Last year's event was attended by over 100 practitioners, students and leaders at companies nationwide.  This year’s speakers include innovators who built and sold companies based on patented technology, in-house attorneys at leading companies, top lawyers skilled in intellectual property law, and experts in venture finance and IP litigation funding.
Agenda forthcoming.

CLE credit is available, including one hour of substance abuse and professional ethics credit. 


View the 2021 Virtual Conference


Thank you to our sponsors!

  • John Cipolla (Calfee)

CLE credit: 5.0 hours pending

Category: CLE Programs, Public Lectures

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