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Can You Really Use That Data? Potential IP and Data Privacy Pitfalls in Big Data Agreements


Speaker(s): Jennifer M. Mikulina, Mark E. Schreiber, Ryan S. Higgins
Recorded on: Apr. 12, 2017
PLI Program #: 213087

Mark E. Schreiber focuses his practice on cybersecurity, data breach response and global privacy coordination. He advises entities facing cross-border data protection, Privacy Shield and related issues, strategic decisions, and investigations. Mark has led numerous multi-national and cross-border matters, including those involving data breaches, and has advised senior management, boards, and special board committees on a variety of investigations, including data breach prevention and response. Mark is a leader of the Firm’s Global Privacy and Cybersecurity practice.

Mark has spoken around the world on topics related to data breaches and related defense litigation strategy, overlapping international data protection compliance, and other privacy topics. He helped found and was chair for over a decade of the Privacy and Data Protection Group of the World Law Group, an international affiliation of 54 large law firms in some 65 countries, and received the “2012 World Law Group Practice/Industry Group Leader of the Year Award” in recognition of his privacy and data protection work. In addition, Mark helped found and was co-chair of the Boston Bar Association's Privacy Law Committee.

Mark has also practiced, written and lectured widely on topics related to employment law. Prior to entering private practice, he was chief trial lawyer for the Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination from 1975-1979.

Core Capabilities

Regional Markets


Ryan S. Higgins focuses his practice on representing hospitals, health systems, private equity firms and platform companies, and other health care organizations in corporate and transactional matters, including mergers, acquisitions, joint ventures and management arrangements. He also devotes a significant portion of his practice to representing health care organizations in matters involving health information privacy and security and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance. Ryan serves on the Chicago's office Pro Bono Committee and is heavily involved in pro bono matters.

While in law school, Ryan was the editor in chief of the Duke Journal of Gender Law & Policy. He was also the president of the Duke Health Law Society, vice president of the Duke Federalist Society and a member of the Moot Court Board. In 2010, Ryan was a candidate for Illinois State Representative and was endorsed by the Chicago Tribune, the Daily Herald and the Chicago Sun-Times.

Core Capabilities

Regional Markets


As head of the Firm's global Trademark Prosecution Practice, Jennifer M. Mikulina focuses her practice on trademark and copyright counseling, prosecution, licensing and litigation. She counsels companies in a wide variety of industries, including consumer goods, food products, health care services, hospitality/restaurant services and software/online services.

Jennifer works with domestic and international companies to register, maintain, protect and license trademarks, service marks, domain names and other source identifiers, and she assists clients with the development and implementation of international brand management and enforcement programs. She also advises clients on copyright matters related to various works of authorship, including print publications, software, online content and online databases.

Jennifer works closely with members of the Firm's corporate advisory and tax practice groups on the intellectual property aspects of transactions, including strategic alliances, joint ventures, mergers and acquisitions, and license arrangements for public and privately held companies.

Jennifer's litigation experience includes cases in the areas of trademark, trade dress, unfair competition, copyright and patent law. She has represented clients in disputes involving computer software, consumer services, consumer products, electronics, medical devices, transaction cards and apparel construction.

Jennifer is the co-chair of McDermott's Gender Diversity Committee and is a member, and past chair, of the Firm's Chicago Pro Bono and Community Service Committee. She provides pro bono services to a variety of clients.

While in law school, Jennifer was an intern for the Honorable Barbara B. Crabb, Chief US District Court Judge for the Western District of Wisconsin.

Core Capabilities

Regional Markets