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Internet of Things 2020: Everything is Connected NY


Speaker(s): Anna Haapanen, Cheryl A. Falvey, Dr. Catharina Maracke, Gorana Neskovic, Leonard T. Nuara, Pamela Clark-Meister, Peter F. McLaughlin, Thomas Snyder, William A. Tanenbaum
Recorded on: May. 20, 2020
PLI Program #: 277801

Anna Haapanen is recognized as one of the leading international technology lawyers with international education and work experience both cross border and overseas and has practiced law in Finland, Sweden and the United States. She is dual-licensed attorney admitted to both the Finnish Bar and the New York Bar. She has earned Doctor of Laws degree in intellectual property law and advises clients with both non-contentious and contentious assignments.

Anna Haapanen is President of the International Federation of Computer Law Associations (IFCLA), representative of Finland at International Technology Law Association (ITechLaw) and former Chairman of the Finnish IT Law Association. She is a member of the Delegation of the Finnish Bar Association, the highest decision-making body of the Finnish Bar Association.

Prior to joining D&I, Anna Haapanen worked at Roschier Attorneys in Helsinki and Stockholm, at Software Freedom Law Center in New York and as in-house counsel at Nokia and Hantro as well as held visiting lawyer positions at Supercell, Accenture, Nokia and Comptel.


Cheryl A. Falvey is a partner in the firm’s Mass Tort, Product and Consumer Litigation Group, a member of the firm's Management Board, and the former general counsel of the Consumer Product Safety Commission. An experienced trial lawyer, she defends class actions, product liability and mass tort claims with a science or technology focus.

Using her knowledge from the courtroom, she helps clients avoid liability by building safety and security into their products with science-based risk assessment so that they can launch innovative new products, particularly wireless consumer products on the Internet of Things, while protecting their brand and reputation.  She has helped several clients successfully navigate product safety challenges in IoT products with rapid response to meet US and global regulatory requirements. 

She represents clients on litigation and counseling matters regarding statutes and regulations enforced by the CPSC, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and the Federal Trade Commission (FTC). She handles product recalls conducted in cooperation with NHTSA, CPSC, and FDA, and defends clients in agency enforcement actions.


Dr. Catharina Maracke is an associate professor at the Graduate School for Media and Governance, Shonan Fujisawa Campus, at Keio University. Her current work and research interests include copyright law and policy, the intersection between law and technology and with a particular focus on Open Source governance. She is also the founder of the Software Compliance Academy, a boutique training and consulting firm to support clients in Open Source compliance and strategies.

Catharina graduated from the University of Kiel and the Hamburg Court of Appeal, Germany, with the first and second state examination. While studying, she obtained a scholarship from the Max-Planck-Institute for Intellectual Property, Competition and Tax Law in Munich to write her PhD thesis on the history of the German Copyright Act of 1965. As international Director at Creative Commons she has overseen the international license porting projects for more than 3 years. Catharina has served as a board member for iCommons and the OpenCourseWare Consortium. She is admitted to the bar in Germany.


Gorana Neskovic is an attorney in the Division of Privacy and Identity Protection at the Federal Trade Commission, where she works on enforcement matters involving consumer privacy and data security.  Ms. Neskovic joined the FTC from Willkie Farr & Gallagher LLP’s Washington office, where her practice focused on government investigations and complex commercial litigation.  Ms. Neskovic is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. 


Pamela Clark-Meister is an in-house attorney with over 20 years of experience shaping business and legal strategy, managing complex technology transactions, and advising on intellectual property, commercial and M&A transactions. With Intel since 1999, she is currently serving as a Group Counsel to Intel’s Internet of Things Group (IOTG) in Visual Markets.  IOTG is leading the industry in transforming businesses and the way we live by making it simple, smart and connected IOT solutions.


Lennie is a nationally recognized authority on technology and internet law and co-author of Drafting Internet Agreements, a practical legal treatise with annotated forms on internet and computer law published by the Aspen Publishers division of Wolters Kluwer Law & Business. Lennie formerly was a partner at several prominent law firms and served as the Chair of the Technology & Intellectual Property Practice of Thacher Proffitt & Wood, LLP, and was a partner in the Intellectual Property and Technology Practice at Greenberg Traurig, LLP.

Known for his high energy and unique blend of practice-legal knowledge, technology expertise and skills, Lennie serves as trusted advisor to dozens of multinationals and smaller corporates, hospitals and healthcare providers, financial institutions, startups and venture firms across industries including, E-business, retail, hardware and software, communications and energy, frequently involving the development and deployment of breakthrough and best-of-show technologies. His recognized technology law expertise coupled with his IT education and experience gained while operating technology companies provide unique insights that benefit clients who engage Lennie for strategic guidance and counseling.

Lennie also advises clients on privacy, cyber security and compliance. He offers specialized expertise in the creation of dynamic workflows and incident recovery solutions to manage and mitigate risk exposures. Clients engage Lennie regularly as a special counsel or to manage complex litigation in areas requiring his unique skill set and knowledge.

Lennie gained recognition as a “go to” technology expert and problem solver following the tragic destruction of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, home to Thacher Proffitt & Wood’s main office. Miraculously, no employees of the firm perished, but the destruction of the Twin Towers resulted in a complete loss of all of the firm's technology infrastructure and backup systems. On that day, Lennie interrupted his practice of law and became the CIO of the firm for the following six months. He was responsible for all decisions for the interim survival and ultimate rebuilding of the firm's technology infrastructure, including: equipment specification and acquisition, conversion of the firm's applications palette; extensive outsourcing of such IT functions as help desk and infrastructure management. The experience of losing everything, rebuilding everything from scratch, being the buyer instead of “representing the buyer” has given Lennie valuable insights that inform his practice even today. He has published and spoken on the lessons that he learned from this experience at seminars throughout the U.S. and Europe.

Prior to joining Flatiron, Lennie was Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel for ICF Mercantile, a technical textile distributor of medical, aerospace and construction yarn where he managed the transformation from a distribution to manufacturing business in a new state of the art manufacturing, research and development center. While at ICF he was responsible for all aspects of business operations, legal and IT, including creating the financial and production models to support the financing for transition; negotiations of the lease, construction, engineering, and architectural services agreements; and on-site management of construction resulting in an on-time and on budget startup.

Before ICF, he was the co-founder, President and Chief Operating Officer of Tera Group and TeraExchange. Lennie and his co-founder developed and managed the strategic evolution of the first and only multi-asset, Central Limit Order Book and RFQ based Swap Execution Facility and multi-asset execution management system from inception into a Dodd Frank Act - CFTC regulated institutional exchange for cleared derivatives, equities, futures, fixed income and options markets. Derivatives assets include IRS, CDS, NDF, and the first regulated Bitcoin derivative based on the TeraBit Bitcoin Price Index. While at Tera he managed the firm's operation including fundraising, client/investor presentations and relationships, operations, legal, regulatory, financial, marketing, business development and technology development and implementation.

An experienced commercial litigator, Lennie has handled high-stakes disputes in involving IP infringement, engineering and construction, IT systems and Internet businesses, including the successful resolution of several multi-hundred million dollar matters.

With over 250 articles and presentations, Lennie is one of the most sought-after lecturers in the country on Technology, Internet Law, Cybersecurity, Privacy, Cloud Computing, Social Media, Intellectual Property, Licensing, Techno-Entertainment, Negotiations, Identity Theft, Technology and Intellectual Property Litigation, E-Discovery, Online Child Safety and Law Practice Management.


Tom is Executive Director of RIoT, supporting Internet of Things and disruptive technology industry growth. By day he runs RIoT Labs at HQ Raleigh. In his spare time, Tom co-instructs Product Innovation Lab, a Forbes award winning multi-disciplinary course in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at NC State.

Prior to joining RIoT, Tom held an executive leadership role at the ASSIST Center, a National Science Foundation sponsored effort to create wearable electronics for healthcare monitoring. Previously, he spent two decades in product development and technology incubation in NC.

He’s passionate about creating and fostering collaborations across disciplines, markets and cultures. He enjoys the outdoors, woodworking, boardgames, big crowds, craft beer and ideas that are just crazy enough to work.


Peter McLaughlin is a partner in the Boston office of Womble Bond Dickinson and a member of the firm’s Privacy & Data Security practice. He has nearly 20 years of experience advising U.S. and international clients on their handling of corporate and personal information and complying with cybersecurity, privacy, and data protection standards.

After having been Assistant GC (Privacy & Security) and global privacy officer for Cardinal Health as far back as 2005, with a total 7 years of in-house experience, McLaughlin appreciates the importance of practical guidance to clients. McLaughlin advises clients with respect to a broad range of technology transactions, privacy and security issues. These predominantly touch: 1) the domestic and global handling of personal data, including the CCPA, EU GDPR preparedness, and Privacy Shield compliance; 2) information security programs (across industries), Internet of Things, US and multinational security reviews, and post-incident responses with management of forensic teams; and 3) innovative uses of information and technology, such as digital health and life sciences, advertising and consumer marketing, Internet of Things, autonomous vehicles, facial recognition, and analytics.

Mr. McLaughlin is a regular contributor to blogs, magazines, and journals, and he has presented at events by: PLI; Privacy Xchange Forum; RSA Conference; mHIMSS; IAPP; HIPAA Summit; World IP Forum; and others.

McLaughlin received his J.D. from Georgetown Law in 1993 and his B.A. from Columbia in 1986.


William A. Tanenbaum is ranked in top tiers by Chambers: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business and in its Global Edition, Who's Who Legal, and Best Lawyers in America in technology, outsourcing, IP, AI and Data Law and recognized for his strength in healthcare technology.  He works closely with clients to bring actionable, industry-informed solutions to their business needs.

Bill has “expertise in technology transactions that puts him at the very top of the market” (Who's Who Legal) and "his technology approach and understanding of healthcare - his domain expertise - is a winning combination.” (Chambers)  According to Chambers, Bill “brings extremely high integrity, a deep intellect, fearlessness and a practical, real-world mindset to every problem.”  Bill is recognized as one of the “leading names” in AI and as a “go-to expert [on] data.” (Who's Who Legal/Global Data Review)  He was named as the “Lawyer of the Year” in IT in New York in 2013 by US News & World Report and one of the Top 30 IT lawyers in the U.S. (Best of the Best/Expert Legal Guide), and as one of the “IAM Strategy 300 - The World's Leading IP Strategists,” as an “IP Star” and as a “Life Sciences Star.” (Managing IP; LMG Life Sciences) Bill was President of the International Technology Association and is the Contributing Editor of the International Comparative Legal Guide to Digital Health 2020

Chambers also finds that Bill has a “solid national reputation,” “is a “prominent figure in technology and outsourcing,” “provides savvy representation,” and “uses his expertise to help [clients] successfully navigate negotiations.”  Bill also “has strong litigation experience” with patent victories in the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (Who's Who Legal).  He was appointed by peer review to the “List of the World’s Leading Neutrals [Arbitrators]” and is Board Member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center.  He is also a past Vice President of the Society for Information Management, an  industry CIO association (New York Chapter). 

Prior to joining Moses & Singer, Bill was the Chair of IP and Technology Transactions at a Wall Street firm, a partner in an international IP firm, and the Practice Co-Chair of Healthcare Technology Transactions at an Am Law 100 firm.