This year's conference features an incredible lineup of topics that you won’t find at other IP conferences around the country: a keynote from Laura Quatela, Senior Vice President and Chief Legal Officer of Lenovo; panels including intellectual property finance and venture funding; a view from in-house intellectual property counsels; the law of emerging medical technology; the independent inventor perspective; and an update of changes in intellectual property law. Speakers will include Chris Storm (Uber), Greg Kolocouris (Eaton), Todd Federman (North Coast Ventures), and Todd Schwarzinger (Cleveland Clinic Innovations), and many others in the field.
We will also hear from three inventors, Charu Ramanathan, Charlie Lougheed, and Kip Azzoni Doyle, who made successful business exits using intellectual property, including to Medtronic and IBM. And get your substance abuse and ethics credit from a panel featuring Olympic medalists Butch Reynolds, Diana Munz DePetro, Matt Ghaffari, and Tara Nott-Cunningham discussing the IP and social impact of performance-enhancing drugs. Autographed Olympic memorabilia will be given away as prizes!
The Conference is designed for a broad audience. 6.0 hours of CLE has been approved, including 1 hour of substance abuse and ethics credit. Registration is required. The cost is $99 for lawyers at firms, $49 for corporations, government, or non-profit, and free for students.
Law Firm or Private Practice - $99
Government/Non-Profit/In-House - $49
CSU Students, Faculty and Staff- Free
9:00am - 9:15am
Lee Fisher, Dean, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
- Christa Laser, Assistant Professor, CSU Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
9:15am - 10:15am
Investing and Financing Across the Intellectual 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, North Coast Ventures (early venture perspective)
Jennifer Boyce, Riverside (private equity and mature company perspective)
Russ Genet, Director, Longford Capital Management (end of the innovation lifecycle and litigation)
Moderator: Prof. Christa Laser
10:15am - 11:15am
What Keeps In-House IP Counsel 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.
Greg Kolocouris, Business & IP Counsel, Eaton Corporation
Chris Storm, Director of IP at Uber
Mehul Shah, Head of Patents and Standards Legal, Juniper Networks
Jason Strobel, Senior Intellectual Property Counsel, Materion Corporation
Moderator: Karl Maersch, Senior Vice President, Hilco Global
Sponsored by Hilco Steambank
11:15am - 11:30am
11:30am - 12:30pm
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. Autographed Olympic memorabilia will be given away as prizes!
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.
Terry Billups, former NFL player and Chief General Counsel of Legal Affairs and Risk/Safety Management for the Cuyahoga County Metropolitan Housing Authority
Candice Capoziello, Senior Legal Counsel at Equity Trust Company
Diana Munz DePetro, Olympic Gold Medalist in swimming
Sponsored by SporTech
12:30pm - 1:15pm
1:15pm - 2:00pm
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 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
2:00pm - 2:15pm
2:15pm - 3:15pm
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
Mary Kander, Senior Consultant, Wave Strategy
Sponsored by Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP
3:15pm - 4:30pm
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.
Kip Azzoni Doyle, Independent Inventor
John Cipolla, Calfee, Halter & Griswold
Patrick Norton, Jones Day
Steven Auvil, Squire Patton Boggs
Moderators – Christa Laser and Karl Maersch, Senior Vice President, Hilco Global
Sponsored by John Cipolla (Calfee)
4:30pm - 5:30pm
Happy Hour and Networking
Come meet and support our students and C|M|LAW’s IP program.
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 at 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.
CLE credit is available, including one hour of substance abuse and professional ethics credit.
View the 2021 Virtual Conference
Thank you to our sponsors!
- Tarolli, Sundheim, Covell & Tummino LLP
- John Cipolla (Calfee)
- Hilco Streambank
- Tucker Ellis LLP Intellectual Property
CLE credit: 6.0 hours
Category: CLE Programs, Public Lectures