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LES New York Presents: World Intellectual Property Day 2018

April 25, 2018
Katherine Strandburg, Berit Virtanen-Thewlis, Johanna Wahlrros, Matthew D'Amore
Fox Rothschild LLP
101 Park Avenue 17 Floor
New York, NY

Overview: The New York City chapter of the Licensing Executives Society invites you to celebrate World IP Day with a panel discussion on this year’s global topic, “Powering Change: Women in Innovation and Creativity”. This year’s World Intellectual Property Day is dedicated to the women who shape our common future with their brilliance, ingenuity, curiosity and courage. A panel of world-class experts will share their views and experiences on championing positive change that transcends tradition and inspires countless women and men around the globe to strive for a more creative and innovative world.


Katherine Strandburg, PhD, JD
Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law, 
An expert in patent law, innovation policy, and information privacy law, Katherine Strandburg began her career as a theoretical physicist at Argonne National Laboratory. Her research considers the implications of user and collaborative innovation for patent law and of “big data” for privacy law. Her recent book, Governing Medical Commons, (co-edited with B. Frischmann and M. Madison, 2016), continues her investigation of commons-based innovation. Based on research reflected in publications such as “Membership Lists, Metadata, and Freedom of Association’s Specificity Requirement,” (2014), Strandburg was an invited panelist at the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board’s 2015 Public Meeting on Executive Order 12333. Strandburg’s brief on behalf of several medical associations was cited in a 2012 Supreme Court opinion involving the patent eligibility of medical diagnostic procedures. Strandburg received her BS from Stanford University, her PhD from Cornell University, and her JD with high honors from the University of Chicago. She clerked for the late Judge Richard Cudahy of the US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Berit Virtanen-Thewlis
Chief Marketing Officer and Partner
Claned Group
Berit Virtanen-Thewlis has decades of experience as an executive and board member in global corporations, and but also in groundbreaking new technology growth companies. Currently, she is the Chief Marketing Officer and Partner in Claned Group, a blazingly-fast-growing company behind disruptive online personalized learning solution, and is based in New York. 
Johanna Wahlrros
Account Executive, Global Automotive Team
Google Inc.
Johanna Wahlroos is an Account Executive at Google, Inc. in New York. Her responsibilities include implementing digital strategies for automobile brands in Latin America. She also advises Google clients on delivering holistic and innovative online brand-building solutions to help marketers tame the web. In her previous positions at Google, Johanna managed Google's data and insights initiatives. Having lived in 5 countries and speaking 4 languages fluently, Johanna is passionate about cultural diversity and equality and she is an active participant in Google’s diversity programs.
Matthew D'Amore, JD
Professor of Practice
Cornell Tech
Matthew D’Amore is a Professor of Practice in the LLM program at Cornell Tech. D’Amore comes to Cornell after a 20-year career at the international law firm of Morrison & Foerster, where he represented high technology and life-sciences clients in the resolution of complex intellectual property disputes and in licensing matters.Now at Cornell Tech, D’Amore brings his legal industry experience to the Cornell Tech community, teaching Technology Transactions and Trade Secret Law and Practice. Mr. D”Amore received his B.S., with distinction, from the Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, in biology and society, and his J.D. from Yale Law School.