Two McAndrews Shareholders to Present in Shanghai at Managing IP’s 2013 Global IP & Innovation Summit


McAndrews, Held & Malloy Shareholders Christopher V. Carani and Wil Rao will be among the featured speakers from the United States, China and Europe at Managing Intellectual Property’s (MIP) second annual Global IP & Innovation Summit, September 4-5, 2013, in Shanghai. During the two-day, fully bilingual event, Teresa Stanek Rea, Acting Undersecretary of the USPTO and Guoqiang Lv, Head of Shanghai IP Administration, as well as representatives from companies such as UNILEVER, HTC, GE and Qualcomm, will also be on hand to share their insights on the most pressing and relevant developments in IP law. McAndrews, Held & Malloy is one of the event sponsors.

According to the program’s brochure, the Summit will focus on the ever-growing value placed upon IP monetization and how best to maximize the profit-generating potential of an IP portfolio. With the purpose of crossing jurisdictional divides to enhance economic performance, attendees will hear comprehensive coverage of IP issues from multicultural perspectives and from experienced professionals around the world.  Last year’s inaugural event drew more than 500 attendees.

Further, Wil Rao has been invited to participate in a session entitled, “Cultivating a Culture of Trade Secret Protection to Promote Innovation in China,” on September 4. The session will address trade secret and IP leakage prevention, current barriers to overcome in trade secret protection, tips to outsource safely, securely and efficiently, and externalized R&D and technology transfer. Other featured speakers in this session include:

  • Jo Xu, General Counsel, Johnson Matthey PLC
  • Jeff Lindsay, Head of IP, Asia Pulp & Paper
  • Esther Lim, Partner, Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner LLP

Chris Carani will participate in the roundtable discussion entitled, “U.S. Round Table: Best Practice Post America Invents Act, the Myriad and Prometheus Rulings,” scheduled for September 4. Attendees will hear from patent litigators about the significant implications of recent landmark court cases, how the AIA has addressed pendency issues and the cost of enforcement, and reflections about filing patents in the United States today. Others participating in the roundtable include:

  • Campbell Chiang, Patent Counsel, Qualcomm
  • Andrew Thomases, Partner, Skadden Arps

For more information or to register for the Global IP & Innovation Summit, click here.

Christopher V. Carani, Esq., is frequently invited to share his insights with clients, associations and other national audiences. His practice focuses on securing and enforcing intellectual property rights for companies that range from Fortune 500 corporations, including one of the world’s largest beverage companies, to non-profit organizations and small businesses. Carani is a leading authority in the field of design law and currently chairs the American Bar Association’s Committee on Design Rights. He has litigated numerous disputes regarding design rights and has served as a legal consultant and expert witness in design law cases. Additionally, his insights on the implications of theApple v. Samsung patent litigation trial were featured in major news outlets, including the Wall Street Journal and New York Times, and on national TV networks such as CNN and BBC, among others.

Wil Rao, Esq., has significant experience in litigating, procuring and developing intellectual property rights across a wide range of technologies. He represents Fortune 50 corporations, small businesses and individuals in areas ranging from all facets of patent prosecution to written opinions to reexaminations to licensing to the successful multi-venue multi-patent, multi-part patent litigation all across the United States, both at the trial and appellate levels.  Rao is widely published in the field of intellectual property law and has provided commentary in numerous legal, business and scientific publications.