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Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement 2017


Speaker(s): Angelo E.P. Mazza, Brian W. Brokate, Bruce W. Baber, Claudia Ray, John H. Zacharia, John Maltbie, Justin E. Pierce, Kathleen E. McCarthy, Lesley Fair, Leslie M. Spencer, Siegrun D. Kane, Sophia Lee
Recorded on: Jan. 20, 2017
PLI Program #: 185469

Bruce W. Baber is a senior partner and founding member of King & Spalding’s global Intellectual Property Practice. Mr. Baber is active in all aspects of the firm’s IP practice, with an emphasis on litigation and other contested matters.

Mr. Baber participates actively on behalf of a wide variety of clients in both jury and bench trials of patent, trademark, trade dress and copyright infringement litigation matters, as well as adversarial patent, trademark and false advertising proceedings before the U.S. International Trade Commission, the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, and the National Advertising Division of the Council of Better Business Bureaus. Since he began practice in 1979, Mr. Baber has represented many global and nationally-known companies in dozens of patent infringement, copyright infringement and trademark infringement, dilution and counterfeiting matters, as well as in a wide variety of false advertising disputes.

Mr. Baber has substantial experience in the protection of trademarks, copyrights and other forms of intellectual property, the prosecution of applications for registration of such properties, and the development and implementation of worldwide protection strategies. He has been involved in numerous major licensing and other intellectual property related corporate transactions, joint venture agreements and marketing agreements.


Angelo Mazza is a Partner  in the Intellectual Property area at the firm of Gibney Anthony & Flaherty LLP in New York.

At the firm, he counsels clients on Customs enforcement issues such as recordation, abandonment and trade facilitation. He also works extensively on matters covering online channels used by counterfeiters and methods to diminish sales and target those sellers. He advises clients in developing and implementing enforcement programs.

Mr. Mazza has organized and conducted training sessions for CBP, ICE, FBI and state and local law enforcement.  Over the course of over 25 years involved in training programs, he has trained over 60,000 enforcement personnel. He works closely with law enforcement at all levels to organize and carry out training related to counterfeit products and applicable laws. He serves as the IACC’s Director of US Trainin and he created the IACC’s well regarded training programs and materials for law enforcement which are updated annually and on their 17th edition.  

Mr.  Mazza is a graduate of Fordham University and Fordham University School Law. 


Brian Brokate is the head of Gibney, Anthony & Flaherty’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. He has extensive experience assisting brandowners in enforcement procedures to combat trademark and copyright infringement. Mr. Brokate focuses on anti-counterfeiting and anti-piracy and handles all stages of civil anti-counterfeiting and infringement litigation.

Mr. Brokate is an Advisory Board Member of the International Anti-Counterfeiting Coalition, Inc. (IACC). He is the Treasurer of the New York Task Force, a coalition of brand owners affected by counterfeiting. He also serves on the Tariff & Embargo Committee of the International Trademark Association (INTA). 

Recognized as an industry leader, Mr. Brokate is frequently quoted on trends in intellectual property law. He has also authored and co-authored numerous articles and publications and speaks before industry and trade associations on intellectual property law issues including infringement, anticounterfeiting, enforcement strategies and trade dress.


John Maltbie has served as the Director of Intellectual Property, Civil Enforcement for Louis Vuitton North America, Inc. since October 2012.  In that role, he oversees the intellectual property civil litigation and enforcement activities for some of the world’s most famous luxury brands, including, Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, Givenchy, Céline, Marc Jacobs, Emilio Pucci, Kenzo, Berluti, and Loewe.  Prior to joining Louis Vuitton, John was an intellectual property associate at the law firm of Arnold & Porter LLP, among others, where he represented clients, including, Gucci, Alexander McQueen, Bottega Veneta, Nike, adidas, Paramount Pictures, and Pernod Ricard, with respect to intellectual property issues ranging from trademark prosecution and licensing to brand enforcement and anti-counterfeiting.  John has written a number of articles and chapters concerning intellectual property and was recognized by the Chambers USA Awards for Excellence 2012 as an “Associate to Watch” for Intellectual Property.

John received a Bachelor of Arts degree from New York University and a Juris Doctor degree from Brooklyn Law School.


Justin Pierce's practice covers a wide range of intellectual property matters, including patent litigation, trademarks and brand protection, anti-counterfeiting, copyrights, design rights, trade secrets, licensing, rights of publicity, domain name and social media disputes, and international government affairs work relating to intellectual property matters.

Mr. Pierce has significant experience advising companies and their executives on how best to acquire, develop and use intellectual property to achieve business objectives. Mr. Pierce has served as an in-house counsel for a major multinational corporation for a number years, and has substantial knowledge of the business and strategy issues that challenge executives and their in-house legal teams. Mr. Pierce regularly speaks and writes on a number of cutting-edge intellectual property, brand and content protection issues.

Beyond his experience as an attorney, Mr. Pierce is also an inventor, with a patent and published applications dealing with mobile applications, augmented and virtual reality, gaming and anti-counterfeiting technology. Mr. Pierce is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, served as an infantry officer in the U.S. Army, and attained the rank of Captain prior to attending George Washington University Law School.

Mr. Pierce has represented a number of clients in litigation involving patents, trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights and advertising claims in a variety of industries, including apparel, consumer goods, electronics, food and beverage, footwear, media, mobile device, pharmaceutical, software and telecommunications. He has handled cases in U.S. federal courts and the U.S. International Trade Commission.

Education:

  • J.D., George Washington University Law School, 2000
  • B.S., United States Military Academy at West Point, 1992

 Professional Memberships:

  • American Bar Association
  • American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
  • International Trademark Association


Lesley Fair is a Senior Attorney with the Federal Trade Commission’s Bureau of Consumer Protection, where she has represented the FTC in numerous investigations of false advertising. She was a litigator with the FTC’s Division of Advertising Practices for more than 20 years and now specializes in industry education as the agency’s business blogger, business.ftc.gov. Lesley is among the few attorneys to have received the FTC’s Robert Pitofsky Lifetime Achievement Award. 

She is the author of FTC Regulation of Advertising in Food and Drug Law and Regulation (3d ed. 2015) and The FTC & Social Media in Social Media and FDA: The Essential Guide (2010). From 2000 to 2015, Lesley served as Vice-Chair of the American Bar Association’s Consumer Protection Committee. 

On the faculty of the Catholic University School of Law since 1984, Lesley holds the title of Distinguished Lecturer. She also teaches Consumer Protection Law at The George Washington University Law School. 

Lesley graduated from the University of Notre Dame and received a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law. She clerked for United States District Judge Fred Shannon and served as staff counsel to the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit in New Orleans.


Leslie Spencer, co-chair of the firm's diversity committee, is a partner in the IP litigation practice. She works with clients on intellectual property matters involving software, networking, security, financial technology (“FinTech”) and other emerging technologies. She has over 15 years of experience litigating patent disputes in district courts, including through Markman hearing, trial and appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. She is a registered patent attorney, and appears before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board. Leslie also counsels clients regarding IP asset protection, IP transactions and freedom-to-operate opinions.

Prior to practicing law, Leslie worked for financial services and e-commerce companies, and supervised the development of a smart card-based secure transaction system.


Primary Areas of Practice: Copyright, trademark and internet-related licensing, counseling, litigation, administrative proceedings and arbitration.

 

Law School/Graduate School: NYU

 

Work History: O’Melveny & Myers LLP (1992-2009); Kirkland & Ellis LLP (2009-present)

 

Professional Memberships:  ABA; INTA; NY State Bar Association; NY City Bar Association; AIPLA


Siegrun D. Kane is a partner in Kane Advisors, LLP. She received her J.D. from Harvard Law School and specializes in litigating trademarks in the federal courts and the USPTO.

Siegrun is the author of Kane on Trademark Law published by PLI now in its 6th Edition’ and updated bi-annually.

Siegrun also acts as a consulting and testifying expert. She has been repeatedly listed in The Best Lawyers in America, New York Super Lawyers and other “Who’s Who” publications.  The Wall Street Journal has reported her views on trademark issues.

Siegrun lectures frequently for PLI, and other CLE organizations. 


Katie McCarthy is a partner in the New York office of King & Spalding’s IP practice group with 31 years of experience in trademark, design, internet, advertising and copyright matters. 

Katie advises clients on global IP issues and litigates IP cases in the federal courts and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. 

Katie is active on the Board of Directors of the New York Intellectual Property Law Association (NYIPLA) and is currently President-Elect of that organization, slated to take over as President in May. 

Katie recently finished a two-year term as the Editor-In-Chief of the International Trademark Association’s scholarly journal The Trademark Reporter, having written, solicited and edited articles for the journal for more than 20 years. 

Katie speaks frequently for the NYIPLA, INTA and PLI, and serves as one of the editors for the PLI book, Kane on Trademark Law.  Katie also actively promotes diversity in the profession through her involvement in King & Spalding’s Women in IP initiatives.

Katie lives in Astoria, New York where she, her husband and two sons can be found frequently hosting assorted siblings, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.


John H. Zacharia is the former Assistant Deputy Chief for Litigation with the Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section (CCIPS) of the United States Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he supervised all the intellectual property (IP) and cybercrime prosecutions by the section’s attorneys.  In his 12 years at CCIPS, John became one of the most experienced federal prosecutors of IP crimes in the United States.  John prosecuted and obtained jury verdicts in one of the largest counterfeit goods prosecutions in U.S. history, and he successfully obtained the first-ever conviction and sentencing of a cyberlocker operator. John has prosecuted organized copyright piracy groups in which defendants have received the maximum sentence for committing criminal copyright infringement. John successfully handled federal appeals brought by defendants convicted of trademark and copyright crimes.  John has also participated extensively in domestic and international IP enforcement training and outreach and developed and drafted legislative and policy initiatives addressing all facets of IP crime. 

Currently, John is an Attorney Advisor to the head of the Justice Department’s Drug Enforcement Administration. Before joining CCIPS, John was a Trial Attorney with the Federal Programs Branch of the Justice Department’s Civil Division, where he specialized in IP enforcement issues as well as constitutional and administrative law litigation on behalf of the United States.  Prior to joining the Justice Department, John was a Senior Associate at the law firm of Howrey & Simon.  John began his legal career as an associate at the law firm of Carlton Fields. 


As General Counsel, Sophia oversees all legal and intellectual property matters for IEX.   Sophia has a combination of 20 years of legal experience in the financial services industry and private law firm practice, advising technology and financial services firms on corporate governance, strategic partnerships, acquisitions, financings and intellectual property matters. Sophia was previously deputy general counsel of block trading venue Liquidnet, where she served as liaison with global regulators regarding equity market structure issues, set up an ATS in each of the US, Canada and various countries in Asia Pacific. Between 2000 and 2004, Sophia served as associate general counsel at agency-only broker ITG. Sophia also spent 4 years as a mergers & acquisitions associate at Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison and is a CFA charterholder. She received her J.D. from NYU School of Law and her B.S. from M.I.T.