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The USF School of Law McCarthy Institute, INTA and Microsoft Corporation Symposium: Trademark Law and Its Challenges 2015


 Janice Bereskin

Janice Bereskin, Partner, Bereskin & Parr

Janice’s practice focuses on Canadian and international trademarks. She has indepth experience in search analysis, filing applications, oppositions, cancellation proceedings and portfolio management. Janice offers clients strategic advice for protecting and managing their trademarks in Canada and abroad.

Janice was a recipient of the Intellectual Property Institute of Canada (IPIC) Education Foundation Prize for achieving the highest mark overall in the Canadian Trade-mark Agent Examination. Janice also successfully completed the Intellectual Property Summer Institute (IPSI) program at the Franklin Pierce Law Centre.

Janice is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA). She recently served on INTA’s Board of Directors. Currently, Janice is co-chair of an INTA Presidential Task Force, co-chair of the 2014 Leadership Meeting and member of the Leadership Development Committee.

 James Cady

James Cady, Counsel, Hogan Lovells

As counsel in our San Francisco and Silicon Valley offices, Jim Cady focuses on global and domestic trademark and copyright counseling, clearance, protection, and enforcement for companies ranging from small local start-ups to Fortune 100 companies.

His background includes experience at the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, as in-house trademark counsel for the leading manufacturer of energy drinks in Austria, and in private practice. Jim delivers sharp, keen insight and commercially focused advice to his clients on the best, most cost-effective ways to develop, protect, defend, and enforce their brands in the United States and around the world.

Jim has a wealth of experience in counseling and managing the development, protection, enforcement, and maintenance of his clients' worldwide trademark portfolios, including portfolios spanning more than 210 trademark jurisdictions. Located strategically in the Bay Area, Jim naturally services clients in a wide variety of industries ranging from ecommerce, computers, computer components, software, consumer electronics, and biotech medical devices. However, he also services clients in more traditional industries such as food and beverage, retail, publishing, clothing and fashion, banking and finance, athletic equipment and apparel, pharmaceuticals, and healthcare. Jim conducts intellectual property audits and reviews to help clients identify, assess, prioritize, and plan the further development, protection, and enforcement of their IP portfolios. His peers commend his commercial insight and "encyclopedic" knowledge of U.S. and global trademark laws in aiding clients to develop creative, results-driven strategies to strengthen their IP rights.

 Danny Chen

Danny Chen, Partner, Unitalen

Ms. Chen is a senior partner of Unitalen Attorneys Law. She has over 20 years’ experiences in counseling clients on Chinese trademark law, anti-unfair competition law and copyright law. She has helped many business from Fortune 500 to startups tackle the issues of trademark search, registration, opposition, investigation, customs protection, AIC raid action and litigation, She has also counseled clients in the field of intellectual property licensing and acquisition. WTR1000 acknowledges her value to clients by enlisting her in “The world’s leading trademark professionals” directory, and describes her as “meticulous, thorough and trustworthy… always the top choice for large portfolios”. Ms. Chen was invited to lecture at many regional or international conferences and workshops, including ABA spring conference in 2013; She was also the first Chinese lawyer who has ever served at anti-counterfeit committee of ECTA and provided annual report input on China IP status to the association. She is now member of various IP associations such as INTA, AIPPI, AIPLA and ABA.

Currently Ms. Chen is chairing Unitalen IP Consulting, LLC, which is a US-based affiliate company of the Chinese law firm, to provide real time consulting services to American clients.

 Stephen Coates

Stephen Coates, Senior Counsel, Amazon

Steve is Senior Counsel at where he manages the trademark practice for Amazon's digital devices and services, as well as its domain name portfolio team. He has experience in and advises on issues in intellectual property, marketing, branding, licensing, advertising, and social media.

Active in intellectual property and Internet governance policy, Steve is a member of the International Trademark Association's Internet Committee and leads the subcommittee on New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. He is also a contributor to the ICANN Working Group for New gTLD Subsequent Procedures. Steve was an active member of the ICANN Business Constituency for several years, and served on the 2016 ICANN Nominating Committee to select members of the Board of Directors and key leadership positions.

Prior to rejoining Amazon in 2016, Steve worked at Twitter as its first trademark counsel in San Francisco where he managed the trademark, marketing and domain name practices. He was also an Associate at the New York City office of Kilpatrick Townsend and Stockton LLP. Follow Steve on Twitter @trademarkninja.

 Ronald Coleman

Ronald Coleman, Partner, Archer & Greiner

Ron Coleman has shaped the law relating to the use and abuse of intellectual property as a tool of competition. A leader in social media for lawyers, his blog about copyright, trademark and free speech, LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION®, has since its inception in 2005 become one of the most influential publications in IP law. Recent representations include: vindicating the rights of review websites threatened with IP infringement claims to intimidate them into removing legally protected information or commentary; coordinating the investigation of and legal response to fraudulent websites impersonating the website of a commercial client; defending a national figure against IP claims arising out of her brief use of a famous photograph on Facebook; and leading the appellate effort to overturn the PTO's refusal to register trademarks that the PTO finds "may disparage" ethnic or racial constituencies.Ron has represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, bench and jury trials, the TTAB and in arbitrations and mediations throughout the country.

Author of the first article on Internet law in the ABA Journal(1995), Ron was co- author of the chapter on "Responses to Complaints" in Business and Commercial Litigation in the Federal Courts (ABA / West Group 1998). More recently, his chapter on the interplay of rights of publicity and trademark was included in In the Arena: A Sports Law Handbook. Other publications include the Computer and Internet Law Journal, the NYSBA Journaland the NJ Law Journal. Ron has been a featured speaker at a host of legal conferences. These include the International Trademark Association (INTA), the New Jersey, New York City and New York County Bar Associations, the Copyright Society of the USA, the American Intellectual Property Law Association, the Intellectual Property Owners Association, the Ohio Intellectual Property Law Society, Minnesota CLE and the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard. He was recently reappointed to the Internet Committee of INTA. Ron has represented clients of every size in state and federal courts, bench and jury trials, the TTAB and in arbitrations and mediations throughout the country. He has also been retained as an expert on trademark law and practice in professional liability litigation. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his JD from Northwestern University School of Law.

 J. Scott Evans

J.Scott Evans, Associate General Counsel, Trademarks, Copyright, Domains & Marketing, Adobe

Mr. Evans received his undergraduate degree from Baylor University and his Juris Doctor cum laude in 1992 from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at The University of Louisville. He first served as Corporate Counsel for Fruit of the Loom where he was responsible for managing the international intellectual property portfolios for Fruit of the Loom and its associate companies The B.V.D. Licensing Corporation, Gitano, Pro Player and Salem Sportswear, Inc. In November 1996, Mr. Evans joined Adams Evans P.A. where he continued to concentrate his practice in the areas of trademark, copyright, unfair competition and Internet law. In November 2007, he joined the legal team at Yahoo! Inc. where he served as a Senior Legal Director – Global Brands and Trademarks. Mr. Evans joined Adobe Systems Incorporated in October 2013 as Associate General Counsel - Trademarks, Copyright, Domains & Marketing.

Mr. Evans is President and Chair of the Board of Directors and Executive Committee. He was Chair of the Planning Committee and the Treasurer and Chair of the Finance Committee of the Board. Mr. Evans served on the five-member drafting committee that assisted the staff at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Number (ICANN) with the drafting of the Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) and the Rules of Procedure for the UDRP. He also served as a member of the Implementation Recommendation Team charged with proposing possible solutions for brand protection in new gTLDs. He is a past president of the Intellectual Property Constituency (“IPC”), the body that participates on behalf of trademark and copyright owners in the ICANN policy process. Mr. Evans has twice been voted as one of the 50 Most Influential People in IP by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. He frequently lectures on trademark and Internet policy issues as well as domain name dispute resolution.

 Joe Ferretti

Joe Ferretti, VP & Chief Counsel Global Trademarks, PepsiCo

Joe Ferretti is Vice-President & Chief Counsel, Global Trademarks for PepsiCo, Inc. In this role, he leads a team of experienced professionals who are responsible for all trademark, copyright and domain name work for PepsiCo globally. In addition, Joe oversees legal marketing issues for PepsiCo’s global snacks group.

Joe joined PepsiCo after spending 13 years at the Oklahoma law firm of Crowe & Dunlevy, where he was a partner and chair of the firm’s IP group. Joe holds an LL.M. in Intellectual Property from the University of New Hampshire, Franklin Pierce Center for Intellectual Property.

Joe also serves as President of the International Trademark Association (INTA). In this role, Joe is Chair of INTA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee.

 Imogen Fowler

Imogen Fowler, Partner, Hogan Lovells

Imogen Fowler works with brand owners to proactively protect and enforce their trademarks and designs across Europe and globally, from brand inception and strategy through to searching, filing, enforcement, anti-counterfeiting and commercialization. Based in Alicante, Spain, the home of the European Union Intellectual Property Office, Imogen advises clients in multiple European languages and has extensive experience of the similarities and differences in intellectual property laws across the Europe region.

Having managed the prosecution and enforcement of more than 25,000 trademarks and 5,000 designs across the Europe region for Mars, one of the world's largest FMCG companies, in an outsourced role, Imogen understands how to work alongside business teams to develop new brands, manage risks and drive brand recognition. She also manages the European and global portfolios of many other well-known and innovative brand owners in the FMCG, food and beverage, fashion and luxury goods, life sciences, TMT and media and entertainment industries.

She has extensive experience in handling European Union trademark and design matters, including achieving registration of non-traditional trade marks such as position marks and colour marks and advising on complex strategies in European Union trademark oppositions and cancellations. She also regularly handles appeals from decisions of the European Union Intellectual Property Office to the General Court in Luxembourg. Dual qualified as a solicitor in both England and Wales and New Zealand, clients describe Imogen as 'a truly engaged business partner' and say that “Her ability to navigate complex IP matters and disseminate them into practical, understandable advice is impeccable.”

 David Franklyn

David Franklyn, Professor, USF School of Law

Professor David Franklyn has been building the University of San Francisco's IP/Cyberlaw program since he joined the faculty. Professor Franklyn received his B.A. from Evangel College and his J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School. Upon graduation, he clerked for the Hon. John Feikens of the U.S. District Court in Eastern Michigan, and practiced law for 5 years in the Chicago office of Mayer, Brown & Platt. He is Editor-in-Chief of the 3rd Edition of McCarthy's Desk Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property. Professor Franklyn serves as Executive Director of both the McCarthy Institute and the LL.M. Program in Intellectual Property and Technology Law.

 Jeanne Fromer

Jeanne Fromer, Professor of Law, NYU School of Law

Professor Jeanne Fromer teaches in the areas of intellectual property and contracts. She specializes in intellectual property and information law, with particular emphasis on unified theories of copyright and patent law. She is faculty co-director of the Engelberg Center on Innovation Law & Policy.

In 2011, Professor Fromer was awarded the American Law Institute's inaugural Young Scholars Medal for her scholarship in intellectual property. Her work has also been selected for presentation twice (in 2009 and 2011) at the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum and for inclusion twice (in 2009 and 2012) in West/Thomson's annual Intellectual Property Law Review.

Before coming to NYU, Professor Fromer served as a law clerk to Justice David H. Souter of the U.S. Supreme Court and to Judge Robert D. Sack of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked at Hale and Dorr LLP (now WilmerHale) in the area of intellectual property. In addition, she was an Alexander Fellow with the New York University School of Law and a Resident Fellow with Yale Law School’s Information Society Project. Professor Fromer was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and she also previously taught at Fordham Law School.

Professor Fromer earned her B.A., summa cum laude, in Computer Science from Barnard College, Columbia University. She received her S.M. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research work in artificial intelligence and computational linguistics and worked at AT&T (Bell) Laboratories in those same areas. As a graduate student, Professor Fromer was both a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow and an AT&T Laboratories Graduate Research Fellow. Professor Fromer received her J.D., magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School, serving as Articles and Commentaries Editor of the Harvard Law Review and as Editor of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.

 Michael Graham

Michael Graham, Senior Counselor, Global Director, Intellectual Property, Expedia, Inc.

Michael is Senior Corporate Counsel and Global Director of Intellectual Property with Expedia, Inc., and has over 28 years of experience in all areas of trademark, copyright, Internet and related Intellectual Property law. He joined Expedia in 2014 after spending years as a partner at the Chicago IP Law Firm of Marshall, Gerstein & Borun, LLP, where he founded the trademark practice group and established one of the earliest Internet trademark and domain name specialty legal practices, and founding his own firm, Gnosis IP Law, P.C. He previously practiced at Brinks Hofer Gilson & Lione. His areas of practice include IP litigation, trademark clearance selection and protection, domain names and copyright licensing and registration. He is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA) and the Intellectual Property Constituency of ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers which oversees the domain name system of the Internet. He has written and spoken widely on a range of trademark, copyright, and Internet IP topics before Intellectual property organizations, business groups and companies. In addition, he was recently Co-Director of DePaul University College of Law’s Technology & Intellectual Property Clinic.

Outside of his legal career, Michael is a serial musician, national ski patroller, voracious reader and has a passion for travel, stories, the outdoors, and family.

 Elena Grimme

Elena Grimme, Assistant General Counsel, Trademarks, Microsoft

Elena M. Grimme is Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft and Head of the Trademarks Group, which is responsible for clearing, protecting and enforcing all the Microsoft brands worldwide. Prior to moving to Seattle for this role, Elena was based in Milan, Italy and responsible for Microsoft’s Anti-Piracy and Anti-Counterfeiting programs in Europe. Before joining Microsoft in 2007, Elena worked in both in-house departments of multinationals and in boutique intellectual property law firms. Admitted to the New York State Bar, Elena has an LL.B. degree (Hons) in English and European Law from Queen Mary University of London in the U.K., and an LL.M. in Intellectual Property and Antitrust Law from the University of New Hampshire School of Law, Concord, N.H..

 Gordon Humphreys

Gordon Humphreys, Chairperson, Fifth Board of Appeal, EUIPO

Gordon Humphreys took up his duties as Chairperson of the Fifth Board of Appeal at the European Union Intellectual Property Office (‘EUIPO’) in 2014. He joined the Boards of Appeal as a Member in 2005, deciding cases on appeal in both trade mark and design matters. Prior to starting at the Boards, he was Head of the EUIPO’s Register Service, having joined EUIPO’s Legal Department in 1997. Before EUIPO, he worked in private practice in Luxembourg, Brussels and London. Dually qualified as an English barrister and a Belgian avocat, he was educated at the universities of Buckingham, Cardiff, Liège and Alicante. He regularly contributes articles on trade mark and design matters to IP journals and frequently speaks at conferences on these subjects.

 Marc Levy

Marc Levy, Partner, Seed IP Law Group

Marc Levy specializes in intellectual property litigation and enforcement with an emphasis on trademark, advertising and unfair competition matters. Marc also applies his extensive litigation and trial experience to provide strategic brand management counseling to help his clients protect and enforce their brands. Marc received his A.B. in Philosophy from the University of California–Berkeley in 1986, and he received his J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School in 1989.

Marc brings more than 20 years of experience in intellectual property litigation and trial work with a concentration in trademark, false advertising and unfair competition cases. In the trademark area, he has extensive national experience in preliminary injunction hearings, trials and appeals in federal courts, as well as inter partes proceedings at the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. He has represented clients in these matters, including preliminary injunction hearings and trials, in federal trial and appellate courts across the country. In the advertising arena, Marc has not only represented clients in the federal courts, but also at the National Advertising Division of the Better Business Bureau. Marc is Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Colorado Law School where he teaches Trademark and Unfair Competition Law. Prior to joining Seed IP, Marc was a partner with K&L Gates LLP in Seattle and Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Denver.

Marc is admitted to the state bars of Washington and Colorado. Marc is also a member of the International Trademark Association (INTA).

 Erik Maurer

Erik Maurer, Attorney, Banner & Witcoff, Ltd

Erik Maurer focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation and counseling. He represents clients in matters involving utility patent, design patent, trade secret, trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, antitrust, and copyright issues, from both plaintiffs’ and defendants’ perspectives. In every instance, Erik strives to understand clients’ goals and then to efficiently achieve those goals using appropriate advocacy and dispute resolution skills reinforced by modern technological resources.

With this approach Erik has successfully served as appellate advocate; handled temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction hearings; secured and executed seizure orders; examined witnesses, presented evidence, and argued to judge, jury, and arbitrator; efficiently conducted complex ESI discovery; drafted winning motions through every phase of litigation; and briefed successful appellate and amicus curiae submissions.

He enjoys teaching and serves as an adjunct professor at Northwestern University School of Law in Chicago teaching Patent Trial Practice. He taught Patent Trial Practice at the Georgetown University Law Center in DC, where he also taught Trial Practice in the High Technology Courtroom, a course he wrote based on experiences simplifying complex patent issues for expert examinations at trial and for pre-trial Markman hearings.Erik is also a contributing author to the Patent Trial Advocacy Casebook, Second Edition published by the American Bar Association.

Erik graduated Order of the Coif and earned his Juris Doctor, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law. He was an associate editor of Northwestern’s Law Review, and published his article, “An Economic Justification for a Broad Interpretation of Patentable Subject Matter” in the Law Review’s Spring 2001 volume. Prior to law school, Erik worked in the environmental engineering field and in policy development at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. He earned a Bachelors of Science in Biology from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in 1996.

He has earned an AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He was listed as an “Illinois Super Lawyer” in the field of intellectual property litigation in 2016. He was also listed as one of Legal Leaders’ “Chicago’s Top Rated Lawyers of 2015.”

Erik practices in the Chicago office of Banner & Witcoff, Ltd.

 Tom McCarthy

Tom McCarthy, Senior Professor, USF

J. Thomas McCarthy is a Senior Professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law, where he has been on the faculty for over forty years. He is the Founding Director of the McCarthy Institute of Intellectual Property and Technology Law.

Professor McCarthy is the author of the seven-volume treatise "Trademarks and Unfair Competition," published by Thomson-Reuters-West. This book is in its Fourth Edition and has been in print for forty years. This treatise has been cited as authority in over 4000 judicial decisions. He is also the author of the two volume treatise, "The Rights of Publicity and Privacy," and the reference book, "McCarthy's Desk Encyclopedia of Intellectual Property."

In 2012 McCarthy was named to the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame by Intellectual Asset Management magazine. He received the 2011 Distinguished Service Award of the International Trademark Association and the Centennial Award in Trademark Law from the American Intellectual Property Law Association in 1997.

He is a consultant “Of Counsel” with the firm of Morrison & Foerster in San Francisco. He is an avid watercolor painter.

 Makalika Naholowaa

Makalika Naholowaa, Attorney, Corporate, External, and Legal Affairs, Microsoft

Makalika Destarte Naholowaa is an attorney at Microsoft Corporation. She does trademark legal work for the Cloud and Enterprise division of the company. Before joining Microsoft, Makalika worked on trademark and copyright matters in private practice at Perkins Coie LLP in Seattle. Makalika deeply engages in bar work. She is the Secretary for the National Native American Bar Association, serves on the Washington State Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Section’s Executive Committee, and works on INTA’s US Amicus Subcommittee. Previously Makalika has taught as an adjunct at Seattle University; served on the board for Washington Lawyers for the Arts; and served as a council member to the ABA Young Lawyers Division. Makalika holds a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was a Stone Scholar and an editor for the Science and Technology Law Review. She also holds a B.S. in Mathematics with a Concentration in Computer Science from Arizona State University.

 Dana Northcott

Dana Northcott, Associate General Counsel for IP, Amazon

Dana Brown Northcott is an Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property, at In this role, she heads the global trademark, domain, and top-level domain (gTLD) team for Amazon and its subsidiaries, and advises on a wide variety of IP issues from branding, copyright, unfair competition, marketing, internet, entertainment, counterfeit, piracy, public policy and internet governance. Dana is an active member of the International Trademark Association (INTA), has served on INTA’s Board of Directors, and is Co-Chair of INTA's 2018 Annual Meeting. Dana is also active at ICANN where she is a member of the Intellectual Property Constituency.

Prior to Amazon, Dana was an intellectual property attorney in the London and San Francisco offices of Howrey LLP. Dana obtained her undergraduate degree from Stanford University, her law degree from the University of San Francisco, a certificate in Intellectual Property Law and Practice from the University of Bristol, England, and is a Solicitor for England and Wales.

 Russ Pangborn

Russ Pangborn, Partner, Seed IP Law Group

Russ specializes in trademark and technology law, including strategic trademark and copyright counseling, internet policy, unfair competition, domain name strategy and disputes, trademark prosecution and maintenance, licensing, enforcement and litigation. He received his AB in Psychology from Stanford University and his JD from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law.

Russ has been an intellectual property attorney for over 20 years with 14 years of in-house experience at global technology leaders Microsoft and Intel. Russ served as the global head of trademarks at Microsoft, where he led a team of experienced trademark professionals in the strategic counseling of Microsoft’s global businesses on all aspects of trademarks and internet policy development. Russ also served as the manager of Microsoft’s Copyright and Trade Secret group. Prior to Microsoft, Russ was a senior trademark attorney at Intel Corporation, where he managed a team responsible for the global policing of the Intel corporate brand. He also previously worked in private practice at a boutique IP law firm in Southern California. Russ is a frequent speaker at various IP association and CLE events and is the Co-Founder of the annual McCarthy Institute - Microsoft Symposium,“Trademark Law and Its Challenges.”

Russ is admitted to the California State Bar and the U.S. District Courts for the Central and Northern Districts of California. He is active with the International Trademark Association (INTA), having served multiple terms on the Board of Directors for INTA and as a member of INTA’s Executive Committee. He previously served in officer ranks with the organization through Vice President, and has served on numerous committees. Russ is also active with ICANN. He has served as a member on the Intellectual Property Constituency and was a founding member of the Brand Registry Group. He also participated on the Implementation Recommendation Team (IRT) for ICANN.

 Mark Puzella

Mark Puzella, Principal, Fish & Richardson

Mark is a Principal and trial lawyer in the Boston office of Fish & Richardson, where he specializes in trademark, copyright and media litigation. He has spent his career helping safeguard some of the most recognizable brands in the world as well as assisting start-up and established technology companies develop comprehensive strategies to avoid litigation where possible, and to succeed in litigation when necessary. Mark is also highly skilled and experienced in conducting accelerated cases. His exceptional record of success has earned him praise as a problem solver from client and peer surveys. WTR 1000 has called him “intelligent, thoughtful and client-oriented,” and noted that he has a singular ability to “parse through substantial volumes of information to quickly identify the crux of the matter.” Legal 500 has described him as a “smart, creative” trial lawyer who “anticipates everything.” Mark earned his J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law and his B.A. from Wesleyan University.

 Maria Renz

Maria Renz, Vice President at Amazon and currently serves as Technical Advisor to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos

Maria has held a variety of leadership positions since joining Amazon in 1999. She built several multi-billion dollar retail categories such as Health & Personal Care, Beauty, Grocery, Shoes, and Jewelry & Watches. She led Amazon’s established Physical Media business – Books, Movies & Music and Canada. Her talent for pioneering on behalf of customers led her to invent Subscribe & Save, a first-of-its-kind digital subscription program. In addition to her leadership roles at Amazon, she has led subsidiaries such as Woot, Abe Books,, and was the CEO of

Maria holds an MBA from Vanderbilt University and a B.S. from Drexel University. A native of New Jersey, Maria lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

 Lorelei Ritchie

Lorelei Ritchie, Trademark Judge, TTAB

In 2008, Judge Ritchie was appointed to her current position on the U.S. Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Previously, she taught intellectual property and business law at various law schools around the country, and worked as an attorney for international law firms in New York and Los Angeles. She has published several major law review articles, and is frequently invited to speak at conferences. Judge Ritchie has also served as an arbitrator for national and international disputes and as a judge pro tem in state court. She has served on the leadership of various state bar and American Bar Association committees, including the State Bar of California Intellectual Property Section and the Trademark Public Advisory Committee to the USPTO, and she continues to be active in the national intellectual property community.

B.A. Stanford; J.D. Columbia.

 John Trasviña

John Trasviña, Dean, USF School of Law

John Trasviña is the dean of the University of San Francisco School of Law. Most recently, he was the assistant secretary for fair housing and equal opportunity in the US Department of Housing and Urban Development. Dean Trasviña was appointed by President Obama in 2009, and was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. Previously, he was president and general counsel of the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) and served in the Clinton administration as special counsel for immigration-related unfair employment practices at the US Department of Justice. A native San Francisco and a graduate of Harvard University and Stanford Law School, Dean Trasviña also taught immigration law at Stanford Law School and was director of the Discrimination Research Center in Berkeley.

 Fabricio Vayra

Fabricio Vayra, Partner, Perkins Coie

Fabricio Vayra concentrates his practice on intellectual property and Internet policy issues. He counsels corporate clients on comprehensive trademark and IP enforcement programs, domain name matters, and Internet governance policy strategies and related regulatory advocacy. He has been closely involved in the policy debates and stakeholder negotiations related to expanding the Internet through additional top-level domains and has also managed expansive IP enforcement programs and large corporate restructuring issues pertaining to trademarks and related license, acquisition and divestiture negotiations and agreements.

After nearly 11 years as in-house counsel, Fab has built a reputation among his peers and within IP–related industry groups as a trusted source with sound business approaches to intellectual property and Internet policy issues as applied to emerging business models, new technologies, digital media and enforcement strategies.

Fab has represented clients and the brand-owner community before numerous government agencies, constituency groups, and industry trade associations, including through his prominent leadership positions in IP–related industry groups.

 Mary Wong

Mary Wong, Senior Policy Director, ICANN

Mary Wong joined ICANN as a Senior Policy Director in 2013. Mary is a member of the Policy Team performing global policy development work and her responsibilities encompass managerial, analytical and research related duties. She also supports the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) with legal and policy advice and research. Prior to joining ICANN, Mary was a tenured professor of law in the United States and she has also been associated with the technology transactions practice group of a major international law firm. She holds a Bachelor of Laws degree from the National University of Singapore and a Master of Laws degree from Cambridge University in the United Kingdom.

 Nick Wood

Nick Wood, Managing Director, Valideus

As Managing Director of Valideus, Nick spends considerable time immersed in the ICANN environment. This involvement enables him to report back to clients, whose views he represents in important policy discussions (the glamour of travelling to three continents a year faded long ago). He particularly enjoys debating with industry leaders, including ICANN directors and general counsel of fortune 500 companies, at our client seminars. Nick has decades of experience in the domain name world, since founding Net Searchers with Lorna Gradden, the first registrar in the world dedicated to working with brand owners, in 1995.


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