Hybrid, Remote and Post-Pandemic (Eventually!) Return to In-Person Work Arrangements: A Panel Discussion on Key Topics for Those with Disabilities (RECORDING)

With the pandemic, remote and hybrid work arrangements, including for IP lawyers, has proliferated.  As we look ahead to re-entry after the pandemic – even if delayed – it appears that such arrangements will continue, at least to some degree, alongside in-person arrangements. This virtual panel discussion will cover topics relating to the various work arrangements, with a focus on those with disabilities.

*Please note that there will be no CLE offered for this program.*

Rebecca Dobbs Bush



Rebecca Dobbs Bush, a former human resources consultant that worked with a variety of businesses in different industries, has a unique understanding of the legal landmines her clients face every day. Rebecca thoughtfully and skillfully provides management with advice and counsel in human resource matters, wage and hour issues, employee benefit compliance and employment litigation. When Rebecca advises on difficult matters relating to compliance with ERISA and the tax code, she is able to consolidate the complexities of compliance into understandable and practical advice and guidance.

Deborah Foster

Professor of Employment Relations and Diversity

Cardiff Business School

With a disciplinary background in Sociology (B.A Lancaster; PhD Bath) Professor Foster's research encompasses employment relations and workplace equality and diversity.  Past projects examined the impact of marketisation on public service trade unions and industrial relations; gender and management in China and Taiwan and the negotiation of disability adjustments in the workplace by disabled people and trade union representatives.

Mercedes Meyer


Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP

Mercedes K. Meyer, Ph.D., is a partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath, LLP’s Washington, DC office. She earned her bachelor's degree in chemistry from Bryn Mawr College (1988), her Ph.D. in virology from the University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston and The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center (1994), and her J.D. from the University of Houston Law Center (1996). Mercedes is co-author with Professor David Hricik of Patent Ethics: Prosecution (4th ed., 2016-2017). She has lectured in the past on bioethics, ethics, and patents especially in the areas of biotechnology, due diligence, prosecution, and inter partes matters. Mercedes is an active member of IPO and a member of IPO's Education Foundation board of directors.

Thomas J. Pienkos



Tom Pienkos counsels clients on the strategic protection, licensing and enforcement of intellectual property rights both domestically and abroad. His experience includes preparing and prosecuting many U.S. and international patent applications and securing patent rights for clients in relation to a wide variety of technologies, including engine, construction, printing, commercial and residential heating and cooling, and computer-related technologies. Tom has supervised and conducted intellectual property due diligence investigations for corporate mergers, acquisitions and re-financings. He also drafts and negotiates patent license, nondisclosure and joint development agreements.

As a member of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice Group, Tom represents clients in a range of industries, including transportation, commercial and residential kitchen and washroom, technologies, and industrial manufacturing. Tom leads and enjoys participating in patent review committees charged with strategically evaluating inventions for possible patent prosecution.  He advises clients on policing and protecting copyright, trade dress, trade secret and trademark rights. 


Hybrid, Remote and Post-Pandemic (Eventually!) Return to In-Person Work Arrangements: A Panel Discussion on Key Topics for Those with Disabilities (RECORDING)
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