Managing IP in Times of Crisis

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Tune in to the IP Chat Channel on Wednesday, April 8 at 2p.m. ET for a timely—and free—discussion about Managing IP in Times of Crisis. For those in our community running a corporate IP department or managing an IP practice, effective leadership is more important than ever during a crisis. How can  you continue supporting clients’ innovation when significant numbers of employees are teleworking and many are without childcare? How do strategies change in response to the disruption of regular research and development and effects on the supply chain? How can IP professionals continue to assist companies in extracting maximum value from their portfolios and continue to create new products and services? Are some industries at a comparative advantage or disadvantage?

Panelists Karen Cochran(Shell) and Henry Hadad (BMS) are chief IP counsels at multinational corporations and members of the IPO Board of Directors. Mike Ray (Sterne Kessler) is his firm’s managing partner, and Todd Walters (Buchanan Ingersoll) runs his firm’s patent office litigation practice. Drawing on their extensive experience as leaders in the field, they will discuss their perspectives on capable leadership during fraught times.


Karen Cochran (Shell Oil Company)

Henry Hadad (Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company)

Mike Ray (Sterne Kessler Goldstein Fox)

Todd Walters (Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC)

Karen Cochran

Shell Oil Company

Karen Cochran is the chief IP counsel at Shell, leading the company’s global IP department in support of IP strategies and related licensing activities. Karen began her career as a chemist at Rhône-Poulenc Rorer, and Merck Pharmaceuticals. Following law school, she reentered the pharmaceutical industry as a patent attorney and later joined AstraZeneca Pharmaceuticals. Karen assumed roles of increasing responsibility while with AstraZeneca, including head of Neuroscience IP, leading a global team from the company’s Swedish offices. Karen subsequently joined DuPont in 2012 where she led both IP and commercial legal teams prior to becoming DuPont’s chief IP counsel and head of IP Litigation. She is a member of IPO’s Board of Directors, serving as treasurer from 2017-2019, and currently as vice president. Karen has also served on the board of Association for Women in Science (AWIS), an organization committed to the advancement of women in STEM.

Henry Hadad

Bristol-Meyers Squibb Company

Henry Hadad is Senior Vice President and Deputy General Counsel at Bristol-Myers Squibb in Princeton, NJ, where he is Chief Intellectual Property Counsel.  He was also Chief IP Counsel at Schering-Plough Corporation, and held prior roles at Johnson & Johnson and in private practice. Henry is a member of numerous IP organizations, and is immediate past president of Intellectual Property Owners Association. He holds a B.S. in Biology from Haverford College and a J.D., cum laude, from the American University, Washington College of Law. 

Michael Ray

Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC

Michael B. Ray is managing director of Sterne Kessler. In addition to his executive responsibilities at the firm, Mike continues to practice in the firm’s Electronics Practice Group.  From a foundation that includes many years of preparation and prosecution of patent applications, patent analysis and opinions, he provides clients with strategic intellectual property counseling and risk assessment. This includes patent portfolio development, legal opinions, and litigation-related strategy and negotiations. Mike is also experienced in post-grant proceedings (such as reexamination and inter partes review) before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

Todd Walters

Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC

is the Chair of the firm’s Patent Office Litigation practice and Co-Chair of the Intellectual Property section. He is a current Vice-Chair of the Post-Grant Practice Committee of the Intellectual Property Owners Association (IPO), a past Chair of the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Trial Committee of the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) and a past Chair of the USPTO Post Grant and Inter Partes Practice Committee of the American Bar Association-Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL) section. Todd was named the Best Lawyers ® 2020 Patent Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Washington, D.C. 


Managing IP in Times of Crisis
04/08/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
04/08/2020 at 2:00 PM (EDT)   |  60 minutes
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