Heather N. Bowen, Esq. is a results-driven, solutions-oriented, problem-solving attorney who focuses her practice on domestic and international trademark, copyright, licensing, technology, new media, data privacy, and business law matters. She has experience serving as corporate counsel to global companies in both the media & entertainment and healthcare technology spaces. Heather has also helped over 125 startup businesses in New York avoid pitfalls as they navigated from newly-commenced startups to established and successful corporate entities. She continues to be a thought leader in the intellectual property and technology fields through frequent publications in the legal press as well as her effective involvement in multiple bar association committees.
Ann is responsible for managing USAA’s growing patent portfolio, supporting Innovation and licensing efforts, and facilitating the integration of intellectual property across the enterprise.
Denise is Director of IP at Boston Scientific. Previously she held IP Counsel responsibilities at Velcro and Partner at Preti Flaherty.
She's charismatic, dedicated, and occasionally witty intellectual property counsel and first-chair patent and trademark litigator. Experienced with a wide range of patented technologies, including medical devices, software, chemical, plastics, and biochemical materials.
Specialties: Intellectual property portfolio strategy and prosecution management; complex patent, trademark, and trade secret litigation; IP transactions and licensing; and, mergers and acquisitions.
Natasha Walwyn-Robinson is Senior Counsel for Progress Software Corporation, where she handles intellectual property, procurement, commercial litigation and general corporate matters for internal business clients across the globe.
Natasha started her legal career in public television before transitioning into the technology sector, where she has worked for the past 8 years. Prior to joining Progress, Natasha cultivated her software licensing and transactional expertise in various positions at Oracle, Morgan Stanley and General Dynamics. Outside of the office, Natasha serves on several non-profit boards and has received awards from the American Bar Association and Boston Bar Association for her commitment to diversifying the legal profession.
Natasha graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in Biology and received her J.D. from Suffolk University Law School. Natasha currently resides in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and 2 daughters.
Michelle is a patent attorney with 13 years’ experience in patent prosecution, portfolio management, patent analysis, licensing and monetization. She currently works as patent counsel for nLIGHT Inc. and has held past positions at Craig Patent Law PLLC and Stolowitz ford Cowger LLP. Michelle earned a BS in Chemistry from Eastern Washington University and received her JD from Willamette University College of Law. She belongs to the Oregon Patent Law Association.
Perving Taleyarkhan is Legal Counsel at Whirlpool. Her experience includes IP strategy, contract negotiation, as well as litigation. Prior to Whirlpool she served as Legal Associate in the IP legal team at Purdue University. She earned her BSChE in Chemical Engineering from Purdue University and her J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney, School of Law. Pervin is actively involved in the American Bar Association, where she serves on the Editorial Board of the ABA Journal, and is also Editor-in-Chief of the Young Lawyer Division (ABA YLD)'s flagship The Young Lawyer. She is currently Vice Chair of the IP Law Section of the ABA YLD. In addition, Pervin is active in the ABA IP Law Section in various capacities, including work on the Editorial Board of the ABA IPL Section's Landslide magazine and chairing the Section's In-house IP Committee. She is also serving on the IP Counsel at the State Bar of Michigan and the Board of Directors for the Michigan Chapter of the Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC). At the regional level, Pervin co-chairs the ACC's Southwest Michigan Committee.
Ana Nicacio is a Senior Attorney at Microsoft Corporation, working at the Cloud and Artificial Intelligence Group and primarily responsible for providing legal support to the Azure Media Services business. Ana also supports the Microsoft Dynamics 365 business with acquisitions, integrations, and strategic licensing and alliances. At Microsoft, Ana is also heavily involved with Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. Prior to Microsoft, Ana worked as in-house counsel at Sage Software, KinderCare Education, and InFocus Corporation. Ana started her legal career in São Paulo, Brazil, and worked as an associate at Mattos Filho Advogados, where she focused on intellectual property transactions, foreign investments, and advised international clients on all aspects of doing business in Brazil. Ana has worked and lived in three continents, being educated in the civil law and common law systems and licensed to practice law in the United States and in Brazil. Passionate about empowering women and girls, Ana also serves on the Board of a Seattle non-profit that promotes STEM education and careers for girls.
Dr. Kelly Morgan leads Arbor's legal team to safeguard the company's research activities and drive the IP strategy for short and long term growth. Prior to joining Arbor, Dr. Morgan worked with multiple start-up companies at a premier venture firm to guide development of initial IP, as well as educate and train early team members. Originally trained as a cancer immunologist, Dr. Morgan brings over a decade of post-graduate experiences, both from her research bench and law firm training, aiding in opportunistic research design with proven impact on corporate development.
As an Assistant General Counsel at Microsoft, Ondrea manages a team providing legal and regulatory guidance to the engineering organization building the Windows operating system. Prior to her work with Windows, Ondrea supported the Windows Phone engineering organization. She began her career at Hill, Farrer & Burrill in Los Angeles, eventually transitioning to inhouse counsel at GTE (acquired by Verizon). Ondrea earned her J.D. from Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, and a B.A. in Economics from University of Redlands. She is a member of the Washington Bar, and is also an inactive member of the California and Texas Bars.
Diane is Senior Managing Counsel for J. C. Penney Corporation, Inc., responsible for all patent litigation matters. Prior to joining J. C. Penney Corporation, Diane was a shareholder as Winstead PC in Dallas, Texas and a member of its Intellectual Property and Commercial Litigation Practice Groups. She practiced at Winstead for more than 25 years before leaving private practice to join JCPenney. During her tenure at Winstead, Diane represented clients that were patent owners, defendants accused of infringement by competitors, as well as clients accused of infringement by NPEs.
Ms. Chowdhury is an experienced Seasoned Senior IP Counsel with years of a complete spectrum of strategic global IP experience prosecuting, litigating, licensing, conducting due diligence, & assessing patentability/freedom to operate to support business objectives. She developed and supervised strategic global IP portfolio of companies in line with business objectives considering competitor presence, legal enforceability, and detectability in cost effective manner by saving over $500,000 per year. As first and only in-house patent attorney for last 8 years, established and implemented international trade secret protection plan and managed global IP portfolio of companies. Advised CEO, R&D leaders, and upper management on freedom-to-operate, due diligence investigations, collaboration agreements, in- and out-license deals, joint ventures, and MA matters to assist with business needs.