JIPEL Annual Symposium
The Careers in IP Symposium will be held on February 7th from 6:00pm to 9:00pm in Greenberg Lounge.
Schedule of Events
Litigation Panel – Moderated by Anne Hassett, Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
Transaction Panel – Moderated by Christopher Jon Sprigman, Professor at NYU Law
Cocktail Reception will follow
Additional Symposium materials may be posted as necessary and when made available.
Directions and Contact Information
The purpose of this Symposium is to provide students with a firsthand opportunity to meet practitioners who are respected in their field and to discuss potential career paths in intellectual property. By having one panel with partners and a second with associates, we hope to provide a broad perspective on the opportunities available to students within the field of intellectual property law at various stages of their legal career. This event is geared towards first and second year law students looking for guidance as they begin their career in law, and third year students seeking mentorship in their career trajectory.
The associate panel will explore the experience of associates in a law firm. Topics will involve discussion around choosing a firm and practice area, the associates’ experiences, and interesting IP matters they have worked on. This is a great opportunity to showcase the various options a firm can offer associates who are just getting started in their careers from the perspective of attorneys who have already accumulated a few years of experience in the IP field.
The partner panel will feature more established attorneys who will discuss their career trajectory and the most compelling matters they have participated in recently and during their career. Panelists will discuss Careers in IP from the perspective of those who have been in the practice the longest and will offer complex insight into the demands of an ever-changing legal field like IP. The panel will explore the unique challenges the most senior attorneys face as they manage, oversee, mentor, and train attorneys in their practice, while also remaining in the forefront of developing IP matters.
Panel 1: Associates in IP
Moderator: Katherine Strandburg; Alfred B. Engelberg Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
- Alexandra Awai; Associate at Willkie Farr & Gallagher
- Dash Cole; Associate at Cadwalader, Wickersham & Taft
- Alyssa Monsen; Associate at Sidley Austin
- Joshua Simmons; Associate at Kirkland & Ellis
- Nao Takada; Associate at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
Panel 2: Partners in IP
Moderator: Annemarie Hassett; Executive Director of the New York University School of Law Engelberg Center on Innovation Law and Policy
- Arlene Hahn; Partner at White & Case
- Stuart Levi; Partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom
- Christopher Noyes; Partner at WilmerHale
- Tamir Packin; Partner at Desmarais
- Claudia Ray; Partner at Kirkland & Ellis
The purpose of the symposium was to address the underlying policy concerns supporting intellectual property regulation in light of varying industry norms and market forces suggesting that such regulation may not be the only source of protection. By establishing a wide-ranging board of presenters, we hoped to provide varying perspectives on the application of intellectual property theories in various creative fields. Our panelists included academics, active practitioners, and creative professionals. The symposium specifically focused on fields either attempting to gain protection under Intellectual Property regulation or operate outside of regulatory protection.
Panel 1: Creative Fields Resisting IP
Moderator: Christopher Sprigman; Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
- Orin Snyder; Partner at Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher
- Jim Mendrinos; Comedian and Writer
- Daniel Dardani; Technology Licensing Officer at M.I.T.’s Technology Licensing Office
- Jason Schultz; Professor of Clinical Law at New York University School of Law
Panel 2: Industries Seeking the Expansion of IP
Moderator: Barbara Kolsun; General Counsel at Stuart Weitzman
- Lee Sporn; General Counsel at Michael Kors
- Brandon Sun; Fashion Designer and Founder of Brandon Sun
- Charles C. Valauskas; Founding Partner of Valauskas Corder LLC
- Rebecca Charles; Owner and Head Chef at Pearl Oyster Bar
Presenter: Jessica Silbey; Professor of Law at Suffolk University Law School
Moderator: Amy Adler; Emily Kempin Professor of Law at New York University School of Law
In addition to these two documents, an excerpt from Jessica Silbey’s upcoming book, The Eureka Myth, was made available in hard copy at the event.