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IP Issues in Business Transactions 2016

Speaker(s): Alfred R. Fabricant, Andrew Baum, Angela J. Grayson, CIPP/US, CLP, Audra A. Dial, Carolyn Edgar, Clark W. Lackert, Debra A. Dandeneau, Eleanor M. Lackman, Eric A. Prager, Eric Kurtycz, Esq., Gail H. Zarick, Holly K. Towle, Jeffrey D. Neuburger, Jonathan M. Seiden, Kenneth K. Cho, Kim Youngberg, Luis C Schmidt, Melvin C. Garner, Ricardo P. Fischer, Steven I. Weisburd
Recorded on: Feb. 25, 2016
PLI Program #: 148850

Alfred Fabricant (Fred) brings more than 30 years of litigation experience to Brown Rudnick, where he heads the intellectual property litigation practice in the United States. Fred is an experienced first chair trial lawyer and focuses his practice on patent, copyright, trademark, unfair competition, entertainment, antitrust, and other commercial litigation matters.

Fred has first chair experience in district courts throughout the United States  litigating patents including the most active courts in Delaware, E.D.Texas, California, Illinois and Florida. His cases have involved a large variety of technologies  including digital audio and video watermarking, electronic ratings systems,  consumer electronics, copy protection and anti-piracy technology, NFC and radio frequency identification systems, robotics and pneumatic systems, automated storage and retrieval systems, memory and storage devices, software, internet- related method and system patents, digital signal processing encoders and decoders, universal remote control devices, optical systems for cinematography lenses, methods and systems for the manufacture of flooring materials, and automotive parts. He has successfully handled dozens of high-stakes patent  litigation cases and resolved disputes across the gamut of contentious IP issues including copyright and trademark infringement, trade secret and unfair competition disputes. According to The World's Leading Patent Practitioners 2013 & 2014 published by iam 1000, "clients say they cannot imagine working with anyone better, hailing [Fabricant's] outstanding skills of presentation and persuasion in the courtroom." Fred has also tried many arbitration matters and represented clients in mediations

He has represented clients in matters before the International Trade Commission and the Board of Patent Appeals and Interferences in the United States Patent and Trademark Office. Fred has also argued numerous appeals before the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Federal, Second and Fourth Circuits where he has represented both appellants and appellees in a variety of matters, including patent, copyright, breach of contract, antitrust, entertainment, and First Amendment issues.

In addition to his litigation experience, Fred routinely acts a legal counselor and advisor in the negotiation and drafting of patent, trademark and copyright license agreements, joint venture and funding agreements, partnership agreements and other business contracts. Fred also specializes in IP due diligence; freedom to operate analyses and the management and monetization of IP portfolios, a topic on which he has lectured extensively over the past decade. He advises clients on portfolio development, licensing strategies and other intellectual property protection.

Audra Dial is the Assistant General Counsel - Litigation at Mercedes-Benz USA where she leads the company’s litigation efforts. Her team handles a wide range of litigation from intellectual property to product liability to labor and employment throughout the United States. Prior to joining Mercedes-Benz USA, Ms. Dial was a partner at Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton where she focused her practice on complex federal court litigation involving trade secrets, patent disputes, restrictive employment covenants, and complex business disputes involving intellectual property. Ms. Dial was recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in 2018 and 2019 for Technology Law and was recommended by Legal 500 US in the area of Trade Secrets Litigation.

Ms. Dial earned her J.D. from William and Mary School of Law and served as the Managing Editor of the William & Mary Law Review and a member of the Moot Court Team. She received her Bachelor of Arts from American University, where she graduated cum laude in Interdisciplinary Studies.

Debra A. Dandeneau is co-chair of Baker McKenzie's Global Restructuring and Insolvency Group and chair of its North America Restructuring and Insolvency Group. Her practice focuses on business reorganizations and debtor and creditors’ rights.

Ms. Dandeneau has been ranked by The Best Lawyers in America 2011-2018 in the practice areas of Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law, and Litigation-Bankruptcy. She has also been recognized by Legal 500 US for Municipal Bankruptcy and Super Lawyers 2006-2017 for Bankruptcy. Super Lawyers has also named Debra among the 2017 Top Women for Bankruptcy Business in New York.

Ms. Dandeneau has dealt with a variety of entities experiencing financial distress, as well as a range of industries. Over the course of her career, her work has included representations in the real estate, manufacturing, power generation, healthcare, municipal, retail, and service sectors.

Ms. Dandeneau's professional honors include:

  • "Top Women" for Bankruptcy: Business in New York, Super Lawyers, 2017
  • "Super Lawyer" in Bankruptcy, Super Lawyers, 2006-2017
  • Pro Bono Publico Award, The Legal Aid Society, 2008
  • Recommended Lawyer in Municipal Bankruptcy in the US, Legal 500 US, 2015
  • "Best Lawyer" in Bankruptcy and Creditor-Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law and Litigation, Best Lawyers in America, 2011-2018

Eleanor M. Lackman is a Partner at Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP, where she focuses on copyright and trademark litigation, licensing, and trademark prosecution and brand protection.  With a focus in the media, entertainment, sports, and technology industries, she splits her time between the firm’s New York and Los Angeles offices.

Eleanor graduated from Fordham University School of Law in 2003.  After graduation, she was affiliated with major international law firms and then spent eight years as partner at a recognized entertainment and IP boutique before joining MSK in 2019. 

Eleanor has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading copyright and trademark attorney every year for the past six years.  She also has been named by Managing IP as one of the top 250 women IP lawyers worldwide and one of “Hollywood’s New Leaders” by Variety Magazine.  Super Lawyers has repeatedly named her as one of the top 100 lawyers in the New York metro area. 



Eric A. Prager, a partner in the firm’s intellectual property practice group, assists clients with all types of intellectual property issues. His practice involves contentious and non-contentious work, including strategic counseling, due diligence of IP assets, sophisticated licensing and agreement work, and litigation. He has litigated copyright, false advertising, patent, trademark and trade secret cases in courts around the country.

 With significant experience in the area of digital content distribution and protection, Eric represents one of the Big Three record companies and a major online subscription music service in their digital content matters. 

 Eric assisted in drafting several “digital agenda” copyright treaties for the World Intellectual Property Organization, including the WIPO Copyright Treaty and the WIPO Performances and Phonograms Treaty.  He has also served on the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Public Advisory Committee for Trademark Affairs.

 Eric serves as an adjunct professor at Fordham Law School in New York co-chairs the New York version of this PLI program.

Luis C. Schmidt

Luis Schmidt joined OLIVARES in 1991 and became a partner in 1993. He possesses nearly 30 years of intellectual property experience in all areas of IP, with a specialization in the areas of copyrights entertainment. He has represented the world's leading companies in the industries of music, film, software, television, shows, publishing, fine art, design and the Internet.

Luis Schmidt’s work in drafting a new bill related to digital rights will change the entire ecosystem of digital rights management in Mexico, for both rights holders and day to day internet users. It can be argued he is the most important IP lawyer in Mexico working in the field of media and entertainment as he is directly influencing the future of Mexico’s copyright law. The law will bring Mexico in context with international efforts regarding enforcement of copyright in digital networks. Mr. Schmidt’s focus on achieving fair and just intellectual property protection for his clients fuels his passion for writing and transforming the law. In meticulously drafting the law, he hopes to extend and enforce the perimeters of intellectual property protection.

Luis has participated as a litigator or consultant on the most relevant copyright cases in recent times, including a Supreme Court case versed on remuneration rights and the case of Presunto Culpable.

The entertainment group that he heads manages services in copyright law and related rights, and in other areas of IP as well, including trademarks, patents and design law. The level of expertise extends to rights of privacy and publicity, domain names and other IT issues, advertising -including sweepstakes and related marketing activities- just to mention a few. In connection with the foregoing fields or areas, the group works in litigation -including on the one hand, civil, criminal and administrative actions for validity or IP rights, infringement and IP anti-counterfeiting and piracy, and on the other hand ADR, in particular arbitration-; contractual and transactional -copyright licenses, merchandizing agreements, and all sort of contracts dealing with entertainment or media, including film and TV production, distribution and funding, music publishing and sound recording, and shows and concerts- and regulatory work before the Copyright Office, Patent and Trademark Office and any other agencies of the federal and local governments.

Mr. Schmidt has participated as a litigator or consultant on the most relevant copyright cases in recent times, including a Supreme Court case versed on remuneration rights and the case of Presunto Culpable. Most recently, he drafted and executed a successful strategy to bring Spotify to market in Mexico. He has an unparalleled knowledge of digital media and related copyright law in Mexico.

Mr. Schmidt has authored over 100 articles focused on entertainment law and intellectual property and is widely regarded as a leading expert in these areas. In 2013 Mr. Schmidt published a book that is a collection of his many articles,

“Intellectual Property, Past & Future”.

In 2008 Luis Schmidt contributed with a Mexican chapter to the book “Copyright Throughout the World”, published by Thomson West and Slike Von Lewinsky, of the Max Planck Institute.

Melvin Garner is a Partner in the firm of Leason Ellis. His practice includes all phases of patent, trademark and copyright litigation. It also includes patent procurement involving various technologies, as well as infringement and validity opinions. He has appeared as an expert witness at several trials and has served as a mediator.

Mel is the author of numerous articles and of Chapter 13, “Intellectual Property Protection of E-Commerce” and Chapter 58, “Trade Secret Causes of Action and Defenses, Including Sample Pleadings,” Intellectual Property Counseling and Litigation, Matthew Bender (2010). In addition, he is a frequent lecturer at PLI events.

Mel is a Past President of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association and a Past President of the American Intellectual Property Law Association. He is on the Executive Committee and is a founding member of the Hon. William C. Conner Inn of Court. He is also a member of the Magistrate Judge Merit Selection Panel for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. He is listed in Euromoney’s Guide to the World’s Leading Patent Law Experts, Who’s Who Legal - Patents, and New York Super Lawyers.

J.D. Brooklyn Law School
M.S. Electrical Engineering, New York University
B.S. Electrical Engineering, Drexel University

New York
U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

Carolyn Edgar is Managing Counsel – Technology, Intellectual Property and Social Media at The Bank of New York Mellon Corporation. Carolyn works on technology and procurement transactions, including software licenses, application services, SaaS, Cloud, consulting services agreements, software development agreements, information services and business process outsourcing agreements. Prior to joining BNY Mellon, Carolyn was Vice President and Legal Counsel for The Estée Lauder Companies. Carolyn is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Clark joined Reed Smith in 2013 and is a partner in the firm's Intellectual Property Group. His primary focus is on trademark, copyright, domain name, licensing, and anti-counterfeiting, with particular experience in international matters, including litigation in the Supreme Courts of Iceland, Denmark, and South Korea, multiple enforcement actions in China, litigation in Australia, South Africa, Germany, and actions and projects in many other countries. He has worked on numerous U.S. and international conflicts and litigation cases, acquisitions and divestitures involving due diligence for intellectual property assets, and intellectual property portfolio management projects. Clark is consistently considered one of the world’s top trademark lawyers by various rankings.

Clark is a domain name arbitrator for WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), and a leading voice on ICANN issues (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers -- the international organization that governs domain names on the internet) and its roll-out of more than 1,000 new generic top level domains (gTLDs) and related Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). He has been a consultant to the U.S. Government on implementation of the World Trade Organization TRIPS Agreement concerning trademark, patent, and copyright issues, and counsels in IP areas as diverse as geographical indications, famous trademarks, international IP law and treaties, licensing, and right of publicity/personality.  

Clark has again been chosen by Expert Guides to be in the Top 30 trademark attorneys in the United States for 2015. He was in the last edition in 2013 as well. Clark has been selected by peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of: Litigation - Intellectual Property and Trademark Law. Clark is a New York Super Lawyer 2015 and is listed as one of the Global "Top 25" Trademark Lawyers in "Best of the Best 2015" in The International Who's Who of Trademark Lawyers (2015) and in the 2013 World's Leading Trade Mark Law Practitioners. He has also been included in the New York section of the 2015 edition of the Best Lawyers in America guide. Clark has been very active in professional organizations and has served as President of the U.S. Group of the world’s oldest IP law association, International Association for the Protection of Intellectual Property (AIPPI), founded in 1897. He is the former Chair of the ABA Copyright Division of the Intellectual Property Law Section and separately former Chair of the ABA Trademark Division as well. He is the current 2012-2013 Chair of the INTA Related Rights Committee (covering designs, right of publicity, geographical indications, and indigenous rights), has chaired other INTA committees, including the Amicus Brief Committee, External Affairs Committee, Issues and Policy Committee, Geographical Indications Committee, and the International Bulletin Committee, as well as the INTA Presidential Task Force on Online Liability. He was also a member of the Executive Committee of the INTA Board of Directors. In addition, Clark is a member of ASIS (American Society of Industrial Security) International, the preeminent security professional organization, due to his work in global brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting.

Clark is a frequent speaker on trademark and domain name topics, and has lectured on six continents to various professional groups including the China Trademark Association - CTA, the Brazilian Intellectual Property Association – ABPI, the Institute of Patent and Trademark Attorneys of Australia – IPTA, the AIPPI South Africa, the U.K. Institute of Trade Mark Attorneys (of which he is a long standing member), the Coalition of Intellectual Property Rights – CIPR (in both Moldova and Russian Federation), and many others. He had also presented IP programs to law schools from Yale and NYU on the East Coast of the U.S.A. to USC and University of San Francisco on the West Coast. Clark is also an author of an upcoming chapter on China in a treatise on international IP litigation, an editor of a treatise on trademark assignment and chain of title law and practice, and many other articles involving online liability for trademark infringers and counterfeiters, geographical indications, and famous trademarks, among other topics.

Representative Matters

  • Won an important appellate court decision in the United Arab Emirates concerning trade name and trademark use and registration of a client's corporate name
  • Won a trademark litigation case in the Supreme Court of South Korea
  • Handled many court actions and raids in China
  • Counseled on global requirements for an international trademark licensing initiative of a multinational client
  • Worked with a name generation firm to analyze trademark availability and suitability for a global rebranding project for a major U.S. corporation.


  • "Cybersecurity's Weapon of Choice - Companies are advised to use their IP rights to counter cyberthreats.," Corporate Counsel, May 2015
  • "Counterfeits and infringements online - a global overview of liability," World Trademark Review, January 2014
  • "Inside the Minds: Defending Intellectual Property Rights in China (Co-Author)," Thomson Reuters, September 2013
  • "Pharmaceutical Trademarks - U.S. (Co-Author)," World Trademark Review, Issue 21, October/November 2009
  • "Non-Traditional Trademarks - U.S. (Co-Author)," World Trademark Review, Issue 20, August/September 2009
  • "Trademark Enforcement - U.S. (Co-Author)," World Trademark Review, Issue 19, June/July 2009
  • "Advanced Trademark Prosecution Issues," World Trademark Review, Issue 18, April 2009
  • "Internet Issues for Trademarks - U.S. (Co-Author)," World Trademark Review, Issue 17, February/March 2009
  • "Protection for Unregistered Trademarks - U.S. (Co-Author)," World Trademark Review, Issue 16, November/December 2008
  • "Chinese Domain Names in the 21st Century," Asia Law, April 2007
  • "IP Rights May be Used to Combat Internet Fraud (Co-Author)," The National Law Journal, April 2004
  • "The Madrid Protocol: Mechanics, Strategies, and Beyond," National Legal Center for the Public Interest, August 2003
  • "Famous Marks Dilution - Does the U.S. Meet TRIPS Standards? (Co-Author)," NYLJ, May 2002
  • "Famous Marks," International Quarterly, Volume 10, April 1998
  • "Geographical Indications: What Does the WTO TRIPs Agreement Require?," Trademark World, 1998
  • "Worldwide Trademark Transfers (Editor)," International Trademark Association (INTA), 1998
  • "Intellectual Property Rights Reform in the Middle East," Middle East Commercial Law Review, 1996
  • "International Efforts Against Trademark Counterfeiting," Columbia Business Law Review, 1988

Speaking Engagements

  • "International Searching and Filing Strategies," Fundamentals of Trademark Law in the Global Marketplace 2015, New York, New York, 14 July 2015
  • "New Legal Issues Impacting IP Transactions: Copyrights, Trademarks, Domain Names, Patents and Trade Secrets," IP Issues in Business Transactions 2015, New York, New York, 12-13 January 2015
  • "International Searching and Filing Strategies," Fundamentals of Trademark Law in the Global Marketplace 2014, New York, New York, 15 July 2014
  • Reed Smith at INTA's Annual Meeting 2014, Hong Kong, 10 May 2014
  • "New Legal Issues Impacting IP Transactions: Trademarks, Domain Names, Patents, and Trade Secrets," IP Issues in Business Transactions 2014, New York, New York, 13-14 January 2014
  • "International Searching and Filing Strategies," PLI’s Understanding Trademark Law in the Global Marketplace 2013, New York, New York, 16 July 2013
  • "Global Protection for Famous Trademarks," INTA International Academy, Washington, D.C., 5 May 2013
  • "Special Issues in Copyright and Trademark Law," PLI IP Issues in Business Transactions 2013, New York, New York, 3 January 2013
  • "The Right Mechanics: Trademark Searching and Clearance in a Global Environment," INTA Trademark Administrators Conference, Charlotte, North Carolina, 14-16 October 2012
  • "International Searching and Filing Strategies," PLI’s Understanding Trademark Law in the Global Marketplace 2012, New York, New York, 17 July 2012
  • "Global Protection for Famous Trademarks," INTA International Academy, Washington, D.C., 6 May 2012
  • "IP Practitioner in Residence," Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 15 February 2012
  • "U.S. Trademark, Domain Name, and Internet Update," U.S. IP Law Forum, London, 16 November 2011
  • "U.S. Trademark, Domain Name, and Internet Update," U.S. IP Law Forum, Milan, 14-15 November 2011
  • "Online Trademark Infringements: U.S. and International Developments and Best Practices," New Jersey Trademark Counsel Luncheon Club, Basking Ridge, New Jersey, 3 November 2011
  • "International Searching and Filing Strategies," PLI Understanding Trademark Law, New York, New York, 19 July 2011
  • "Fighting Counterfeiting and Trademark Infringement in China," NYIPLA Half-Day Trademark CLE Program, New York, New York, 14 June 2011
  • "Global Protection for Famous Trademarks," INTA International Academy, San Francisco, California, 14 May 2011
  • "AdWords: A Comparative Analysis," Fordham Annual IP Conference, New York, New York, 29 April 2011
  • "EU & US Trademark Dilution," Fordham Annual IP Conference, New York, New York, 28 April 2011
  • "Handling Complex Prosecution Issues," INTA Roundtable, Irvine, California, 15 April 2011
  • "IP Practitioner in Residence," Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana, 29-30 March 2011
  • "The Intersection of Trademark and Copyright and the Right of Publicity," USC Gould School of Law 2011 IP Institute, Beverly Hills, California, 22 March 2011
  • "Global Brand Protection Against Online Infringements," Bird & Bird LLP, Milan, 16 February 2011
  • "Global Brand Protection Against Online Infringements," ITMA London Evening Meeting, London, 15 February 2011
  • "Legal Remedies Available for Brand Owners in the United States," INTA U.S.P.T.O. Study Tour on I.P. and Enforcement for Latin American Judges, New York, New York, 3 November 2010
  • "Global Brand Protection Against Online Infringements," ACC-NY CLE Program, New York, New York, 2 November 2010
  • "Trademarks," Korea Electric Association (KEA) IP Seminar, Seoul, 28 September 2010
  • "Trademark Law (US) Committee: Use and Abuse of Trademarks on the Internet," IPO Annual Meeting, Atlanta, Georgia, 13 September 2010
  • "Global and U.S. Trademark Enforcement and Anti-Counterfeiting Issues," USPTO Global Intellectual Property Academy and the Thai Central IP and International Trade Court Seminar on Enforcement of Intellectual Property Rights, Alexandria, Virginia, 16 August 2010
  • "International Searching and Filing Strategies," PLI’s Understanding Trademark Law 2010, New York, New York, 20 July 2010
  • "Famous Marks Doctrine from a Global Perspective," INTA Famous and Well Known Marks Committee, New York, New York, 20 July 2010
  • "Challenges in Protecting Foreign GIs in the U.S. as well as AOPs in Foreign Jurisdictions," ORIGIN Conference - American Origin Products (AOP) Economic and Legal Perspectives, Washington, D.C., 3 June 2010

Employment History

  • 2013 - Reed Smith
  • 2010 - Dickstein Shapiro
  • King & Spalding


New York University, LL.M., Trade Regulation
State University of New York at Buffalo, J.D.
Cornell University, A.B., cum laude

Professional Admissions / Qualifications

New York

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court - Eastern District of New York
U.S. District Court - Southern District of New York
U.S. Court of Appeals - Federal Circuit

Eric Kurtycz, Esq.
IP Counsel
Olympus Surgical Technologies America

As the IP Counsel for Olympus Surgical Technologies America, Eric Kurtycz is the sole Patent Attorney charged with establishing the OSTA IP Legal Department and primary patent expert for handling all intellectual property matters for the company.  Mr. Kurtycz’s activities include monitoring and assisting in the preparation & prosecution of patent applications; managing outside counsel; revising patent clearance studies; management of the company's IP portfolio; IP licensing; client counseling; patent litigation; and supervising staff. He Works with Research & Development, Patent Agents & Senior Management to define and implement the IP strategy for the company.


Juris Doctor, Michigan State University – College of Law                           

Master of Business Administration – Finance, Oakland University                                                               

Master of Science – Manufacturing Engineering, Wayne State University                                                       

Bachelor of Science – Management Information Systems, Oakland University                                                                     

Bar Admissions and Accomplishments:

Attorney - Admitted to Practice, State of Michigan; In-house exemption State of Massachusetts

Registered Patent Attorney - United States Patent and Trademark Office

Certified Six Sigma Black Belt – Dow Chemical

Co-inventor on 9 issued US patents

Author and Presenter -  API Polyurethanes Expo 2001 (non-fabric seating)

Author and Presenter -  SAE International 2001 (All Thermoplastic Lightweight Structural Rear-Seat-Back)

Angela J. Grayson, CIPP/US, CLP is an accomplished nationally recognized lawyer, speaker, and author.  She is Principal Member and Founder of Precipice IP PLLC.  PRECIPICE is an award-winning consultancy and technology law boutique with expertise in patent, trademark, copyright, and data law. PRECIPICE helps entrepreneurs and technology-focused businesses protect their products, brands, designs and data. 

Prior to founding PRECIPICE, Ms. Grayson was Associate General Counsel, Intellectual Property and Patent Operations Lead at Walmart Stores, Inc.  Before joining Walmart, Ms. Grayson served as in-house patent counsel for several Fortune® 100 companies, and she has prior experience as a Patent Examiner for the United States Patent and Trademark Office.

She is committed to advancing Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) in the legal profession, and is equally committed to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) initiatives that focus on better preparing our youth to compete. She is a past Board Chair of the Minority In-House Counsel Association (MIHCA), and previously served on the Board of Trustees for the American Intellectual Property Law Education Foundation (AIPLEF).

Ms. Grayson is a Director on the Board of the Patent Pro Bono Advisory Council, and is past Chair of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) Special Committee on Pro Bono. Ms. Grayson is the current Chair of AIPLA Diversity in IP Law Committee, and she serves Chair of the Intellectual Property and Sports Law Section of the Mississippi Bar.



Gail Zarick is a Counsel at IBM, where she currently supports the IBM Storage Division and advises on intellectual property issues for the IBM Corporate organizations.  She has previously supported the Research and Security Divisions and Regulatory Compliance and has managed diverse teams in the IP Law department.  She has extensive experience with all aspects of developing and creating value from an IP portfolio. 

In addition, Gail serves as a pro bono leader at IBM’s Armonk location, where she has expanded opportunities for IBM lawyers to provide pro bono representation to non-profits and underserved communities.  She is also an Education Leader for the IBM global law department.

Gail is a frequent speaker at PLI conferences.

Before joining IBM, Gail practiced intellectual property law at Pennie & Edmonds LLP in New York. 


JD, Pace University School of Law

MSE, University of Pennsylvania

BSE, Princeton University


Jonathan Seiden is an attorney and business affairs executive with over 20 years of experience sourcing, negotiating, and drafting industry-specific agreements in the fields of entertainment, sports, and media.

Since July 2016, Mr. Seiden serves as Senior Vice President, Associate General Counsel for Endeavor (formerly WME-IMG).  As a member of the Endeavor legal team, Mr. Seiden is currently serving as (i) global head of the Intellectual Property practice for Endeavor, responsible for Endeavor’s trademark, patent and copyright portfolio, content and brand protection program; (ii) the head of the global legal team for IMG Licensing (a subsidiary of Endeavor) and (iii) General Counsel of the Miss Universe Organization (a subsidiary of Endeavor).  Mr. Seiden is responsible for counseling IMG and its clients on legal matters, including intellectual property licensing, live events, sponsorship and endorsements, television distribution, and government relations.  

In addition, since September 2016, Mr. Seiden serves as a Lecturer in Law at the University of Pennsylvania Carey Law School, and teaches a course entitled Entertainment Law Transactions.

From November 2014 until June 2016, Mr. Seiden served as Senior Vice President, Business and Legal Affairs at SFX Entertainment, Inc. (“SFX”).  In his capacity as SVP for SFX, Mr. Seiden was responsible for counseling SFX and its live entertainment and media companies with respect to entertainment law matters, including, without limitation, live events, music artist agreements, brand integration and sponsorship deals, and new media rights.  In addition, Mr. Seiden was part of a small team that transformed SFX’s “Beatport” music download platform into a music streaming service, and led efforts to negotiate blanket music publishing and master recording agreements with content creators.

Prior to joining SFX in 2014, Mr. Seiden was Vice President, Intellectual Property and Legal Affairs for CORE Media Group Inc. (“CORE Media”) from 2006 – 2014. In his capacity as Vice President for CORE, Jonathan counseled CORE and its subsidiaries, namely 19 Entertainment and Sharp Entertainment (and previously Elvis Presley Enterprises and Muhammad Ali Enterprises), with respect to intellectual property and entertainment law matters, including, without limitation, the acquisition of intellectual property content, character and merchandise licensing, music publishing, master recording agreements, intellectual property maintenance, enforcement, and litigation.

Prior to joining CORE in 2006, Jonathan was a member of the Intellectual Property and Technology Group at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in New York primarily focusing on intellectual property acquisitions and licensing.



University of Pennsylvania Law School, J.D., 2001

Cornell University, Bachelor of Arts, 1998

Kenneth Cho is a partner in Wiggin and Dana’s Litigation Department and Intellectual Property Practice Group in New York specializing in cross border dispute resolution, intellectual property litigation and licensing, IP asset management and valuation, and counseling matters.

Ken has represented international clients in the fields of cryptocurrency, semiconductor and OLED manufacturing, telecommunications and mobile telephony, biomedical devices, optical disc storage technologies and the like.  Ken’s experience is international in scope and has also spanned Europe and the Far East.  Ken has worked overseas as a U.S. attorney at South Korea’s most prestigious law firm; spent about a decade working “in-house” in the Intellectual Property and Standards group of Philips Electronics and as a patent assertion attorney for AT&T Corp. specializing in offensive patent assertion and licensing matters.

Ken has served on the Board of Directors of a number for professional associations including the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) from 2013-2016, the International Association of Korean Lawyers (also past President), and the Korean American Lawyers’ Association of Greater New York.  Ken is a trained mediator through the New York State Office of Court Administration.

Ken earned his J.D. from Rutgers School of Law and his B.S.E.E. from Rutgers College of Engineering. Ken has been recognized by IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Professionals; Who’s Who Legal: Patents; Managing Intellectual Property: Named an “IP Star”; and IAM Licensing 250 as one of the world’s leading patent and technology licensing practitioners.

Kim Youngberg is the Chief Legal Officer of DJDTP, a film/TV music production house, and partner at The Davis Firm, a boutique entertainment law firm.  The firm concentrated in music for many years but is now expanding into film and TV.  Prior to DJDTP, Kim was the General Counsel of Screenvision Media, a cinema advertising company.  In addition to the normal blocking and tackling as a general counsel, at SVM Kim created deals for emerging technologies, digital and programmatic advertising, digital insights and audience analytics for advertisers and exhibitors.  She also developed deals for AR and VR in theater lobbies.  Before advertising, Kim spent 9 years as the SVP Business and Legal Affairs at Wind-Up Entertainment, an indie record label and music publisher.  Kim helped launch a merchandising company while at Wind-Up and lead the label through the transition from analog to digital music consumption.  With her new jobs, Kim has come full circle, she started her legal career working in the glory days of music at Davis Shapiro & Lewit, a music law firm with superstar clients such as Mary J. Blige, Black Eyed Peas and Cheap Trick.

Ricardo Fischer is the Trademark Practice Leader in the Washington, D.C. office of Arent Fox LLP specializing in international distribution and market entry counseling to companies operating in Europe, Latin America and the Caribbean, and to US companies entering those markets.

As the leader of the firm’s internationally recognized Trademark practice, and a dual civil and common law attorney who has practiced law in Latin America and the United States, Ricardo offers a unique perspective to help clients expand their businesses. 

Ricardo advises international brands on corporate, regulatory, and intellectual property matters including but not limited to negotiations of commercial and distribution agreements; analysis and settlement of distribution termination claims, license agreements, analysis, and risk assessment; product claims, labeling and advertisement restrictions; cases before national advertisement review boards; due diligence in the acquisition of tangible and intangible assets; an array of intellectual property issues including protection, enforcement, unfair competition, and regulatory licenses for research and development; and risk assessment on product claims, labeling, and advertisement restrictions.

Ricardo's diverse client base includes companies in the retail, fashion, food and beverage industries, such as Inditex, Zara, Massimo Dutti, Guru Denim, Mars and Juan Valdez Café.

Ricardo is admitted in New York and Venezuela. He is also admitted as a Special Legal Consultant by the District of Columbia Bar and is supervised by principals of the firm.

Ricardo is a member of the Executive Committee of the Interamerican Association of Intellectual Property (ASIPI) and previously chaired its Internet Committee. He has also served in various committees at the International Trademark Association (INTA).

Holly K. Towle is a partner with K&L Gates LLP, an international law firm. Ms. Towle's practice focuses on payment systems, privacy and data security, electronic business issues such as e-contracting structures for consumers customers and for business processes, and software licensing and other issues relating to information assets as distinguishable from “goods” or “services”. She is the author of two treatises, The Law of Electronic Commercial Transactions (2003-2015 LexisNexis), an information rich treatise explaining the legal landscape of commercial law when electronics or electronic settings are used, and also of Data Privacy, Protection, and Security Law (LexisNexis).

Jeffrey Neuburger is a partner, co-head of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group, a member of the Privacy & Cybersecurity Group and editor of the firm’s New Media and Technology Law blog.

Jeff’s practice focuses on technology, media and advertising-related business transactions and counseling, including the utilization of emerging technology and distribution methods in business. For example, Jeff represents clients in blockchain implementations, cryptocurrency-related issues and online strategies associated with advertising, products, services and content. He also represents many organizations in large infrastructure-related projects, such as outsourcing, technology acquisitions, cloud computing initiatives and related services agreements.

In addition, Jeff represents clients in a wide range of privacy and data security matters, including the implementation of policies, the management of information, and responding to situations of potential unauthorized access to personally identifiable information.

Jeff is an Adjunct Professor at Fordham University School of Law teaching E-Commerce Law, and lectures extensively on a range of issues, including computer and e-commerce law, emerging technology developments, intellectual property, outsourcing, privacy and data security. He also is co-author of two books, Doing Business on the Internet and Emerging Technologies and the Law. Founder of the monthly newsletter, New Media, Technology and the Law, Jeff is Editor of Proskauer’s Technology, Media and Telecommunications blog. He also has served on advisory panels to Congress, and is regularly quoted by mainstream general and trade publications.

Prior to practicing law, Jeff began his career working in the information technology field. He completed General Electric Company’s two-year Information Systems Management Program and spent an additional four years in Information Systems Management at GE Capital. His undergraduate degree is in computer science and applied mathematics. Jeff has been recognized as a leading technology lawyer in various publications and directories. Jeff is currently a Trustee on the Board of the Educational Alliance.

Steven Weisburd is a partner in Arent Fox’s Intellectual Property group, where he concentrates his practice in the areas of patent, trademark, copyright and computer law.

Steven represents a diverse roster of clients in technology, in areas including computers, image processing, communications, piezoelectrics, finance, surveillance, and musical instruments.

He has advised some of the largest international companies in negotiating licensing agreements involving hundreds of millions of dollars; litigating patent, trademark and copyright cases before the federal courts; and structuring and carrying out major licensing programs that resulted in the licensing of an entire industry. He also has extensive experience in patent and trademark prosecution matters.

Steven is an active lecturer on IP issues. He is currently the national chair for PLI’s nationally presented program
“Handling Intellectual Property Issues in Business Transactions” and was previously an instructor at the PLI Patent Bar Review course. He has presented lectures on topics such as litigation, intellectual property management and prosecution matters to national and international audiences.

A retired partner and intellectual property lawyer with Foley & Lardner LLP, Andrew Baum focused his practice on trademark, unfair competition, false advertising and copyright litigation, counseling, licensing and enforcement work on Internet domain names. Mr. Baum represented a broad cross-section of clients from the publishing, luxury goods, interactive entertainment, personnel staffing and home furnishings industries. He was a member of the firm’s Trademark, Copyright & Advertising and IP Litigation Practices and the Technology Industry Team.

Prior to joining Foley, Mr. Baum was a partner and managing principal with Darby & Darby P.C., where he represented major clients in trademark and copyright litigation, oversaw the management of international trademark portfolios, and supervised the intellectual property aspects of significant corporate transactions.

Representative Experience

Major cases include one in which he helped lead a team which defeated a $150 million damage claim for false advertising in a three-week jury trial, and successfully defended the verdict on appeal to the Eleventh Circuit. In 2013, Mr. Baum secured summary judgment dismissing a trademark infringement case brought against Foley’s client the New York Jets. In 2014, he argued and won the appeal before the Fifth Circuit.