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IP Year In Review Conference

About the Event

Thursday, March 21, 2024
1:00PM – 4:30PM

Boston Bar Association
16 Beacon Street, Boston MA

The 2024 conference featured in-house speakers alongside expert practitioners from top firms covering the most pivotal court decisions, legislative reforms, and rule changes in the ever-shifting landscape of IP law.

Panelists explored government drug pricing initiatives; the recent decisions issued in landmark cases; issues of inventorship, authorship, and infringement controversies surrounding AI and ChatGPT, and much more.

IP Year in Review Agenda

1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

IP in Life Science: Developments and Notable Topics from 2023

Join a panel of in-house and outside IP counsel as we discuss notable court decisions, considerations around government drug pricing initiatives, and other topics of interest to IP practitioners in the life sciences industry in 2023.

  • Alexandra Lu, Partner, Goodwin Procter (Moderator)
  • Emily Miller, Senior Associate, Choate (Moderator)
  • Marina Pullerits, Senior Associate, Choate, Hall & Stewart  
  • Karen Martin, SVP, Chief IP Counsel at Ipsen
  • Timothy Long, Senior Legal Director, Intellectual Property at Alnylam Pharmaceuticals

2:00 PM – 2:15 PM


2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

2023 Recent cases in Copyright and Trademark Law

Join us for a discussion with prominent attorneys in the field of trademark and copyright law as we examine the recent decisions issued in the Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc., v. VIP Products LLC case, Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. v. Goldsmith case, and Hanagmi v. Epic Games case and the impact that these cases will have on trademark and copyright law moving forward.

  • Odette Martins, Attorney, Sunstein Law LLP (Moderator)
  • Sharona Sternberg, Partner, Sunstein LLP
  • Sarah Kelleher, Principal, Fish & Richardson 
  • Quincy Kayton, Senior Associate, Day Pitney LLP

3:15 PM – 3:30 PM


3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

IP in the Digital Age: Trends and Transformations

As AI systems such as ChatGPT capture the world’s imagination, the intersection with IP continues to be both fluid and debated. Our panelist will discuss developments including inventorship, authorship, and infringement controversies surrounding AI, the pending LKQ en banc appeal concerning obviousness of design patents, and strategies for leveraging pending patent applications, emerging litigation venues, and trade secrets.

  • Brian Landry, Partner, Saul Ewing (Moderator)  
  • Courtney Herndon, Associate, Mintz (Moderator)  
  • Adam Samansky, Member, Mintz  
  • Giovanna Fessenden-Fairbank, Counsel and Digital IP Specialist, Hamilton Brook Smith, Reynolds  
  • John Gutkoski, Partner, Sunstein LLP
  • Amanda Varrichione, Associate, Wolf Greenfield

4:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Networking Reception 

Steering Committee

Chair: Brian Landry
Partner, Saul Ewing

Courtney Herndon
Associate, Mintz

Alexandra Lu
Partner, Goodwin Law

Odette Martins
Attorney, Sunstein Law

Emily Miller
Senior Associate, Choate

Laura Najemy
Partner, Orrick



For more information on sponsoring this conference contact Mariah Hanlon at mhanlon@bostonbar.org.