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IP Department of the Future – Advice from Your Peers

Monday, October 8, 2018 12:30pm - 1:30pm EDT  
Host: ALA Legal Marketplace
By: Sharon Shofner-Meyer, Managing Director, Delegate; Cindi Schermerhorn, IP Manager, Astellas; Kristin Blais, National Account Executive, Delegate; and Abigail Pierce, Senior Paralegal, Neal & McDevitt

Did you know that 73% of IP leaders are concerned that their team is NOT ready for the future? This panel discussion will be a frank conversation about what your peers are saying – and doing - to make their team stronger for their firm or company. Learn how to build for the future without adding cost or risk.

Learning Objectives:

  • Share market research study across the US and Canada on the challenges facing IP leaders
  • Share advice from peers on how they are facing those challenges
  • Panel discussion with real-world examples


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Sharon Shofner-Meyer
Sharon Shofner-Meyer

Managing Director, Delegate

Sharon has 22 years of experience in legal services and market insights. She has developed strategic business and resource plans for corporations and law firms throughout the US, Canada and in other key markets.

Cindi Schermerhorn
Cindi Schermerhorn

IP Manager, Astellas

Cindi has 25+ years of IP experience which has mainly been in patent prosecution. She has experience in both US and International patent law. Her work experience includes law firms and corporations.

Kristin Blais
Kristin Blais

National Account Executive, Delegate

Kristin has 25+ years of experience helping businesses and law firms find their perfect combination of resources and technologies to build cutting edge, effective and cost-saving IP practices.

Abigail Pierce
Abigail Pierce

Senior Paralegal, Neal & McDevitt

Abby has 8 years of experience in trademarks, copyrights and domain names and she is experienced in clearance, prosecution, enforcement and litigation. She also focuses on global trademark portfolio management as she assists many clients with large international trademark portfolios.


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