Intellectual Property June 2016 Newsletter
Message from the Chair, John Bates  
Current 2015–2016 IP Committee Accomplishments  
Upcoming 2016 IP Committee Upcoming Events & Quick-Hits  
ACC IP Committee eGroups – Over 6,600 Members & Growing!  
Your Intellectual Property Committee Leadership Team (2016-2017)  
Sponsor’s Corner – Kilpatrick Townsend  
Aspiring Writers Welcome  
Job Listings  
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Message from the Chair, John Bates

Hello and welcome to our IP Committee Newsletter.  I want to take a moment and thank everyone who has contributed to our 2015 – 2016 past and continuing successes.  Our eGroup membership is now over 6,600, and our monthly meetings continue to be well-attended and to have substantive discussions that enable us to continuously improve our knowledge and skill.  

We invite everyone to attend our monthly committee calls, and our Webcasts where we present and discuss our What’s Hot / Legal Quick Hit presentations.  We urge you to reach out and join us in improving and creating new and useful materials, events, and presentations.  The 2016 season is well-underway, but we still need more help, even if you can only make time to offer your ideas and wish list.  Please consider building your professional network and investing time with us, and email me at or our communications co-chairs Sean Casey ( Margo Lynn Hablutzel ( We have opportunities in the following areas if you would like to join our leadership and programming team:  Advocacy, Local Chapter liaisons, Webcast, Top Ten, and What’s Hot.

The IP Committee has had the privilege of many years of excellent leadership and member commitment, and we continue to enjoy the fruits of our work.  Your participation and effort have resulted in amazing attendance numbers for our monthly meetings, and give us the ability to create meaningful content for our members, and to organize unique opportunities for our members at ACC national meetings and local ACC chapter events.  

Thank you to everyone who participates and to the large ACC and IP Committee team that organizes and produces our meetings and new content each month.  We have amazing and skilled practitioners active in every facet of IP and they never hesitate to share their knowledge and time with all of us.  

In addition to the privilege of working with our leadership team and each of you, we all realize that none of our success is possible without the great support from our sponsor Kilpatrick Townsend and their team of experts who continuously donate their time and considerable resources for our collective benefit.

In closing, your leadership team and I are committed to providing you with high-quality, substantive, and helpful materials and information to help you succeed with in your in-house duties.  Please help us improve and offer us your feedback and suggestions.  I again invite you to invest your time to become more involved in leadership, and to contribute articles, infopaks, presentations, and resources for publication.  Please reach out to me, any other member of the leadership team, or by e-mailing us at

Best regards,

John Bates

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Current 2015–2016 IP Committee Accomplishments

• Preparing many topics for Annual Meeting 2016

• Created InfoPack “Best Practices for Developing & Protecting Strong Brands”

• Completed nominations for ACC Board of Directors & ACC Advocacy Award.

• Monthly Upcoming Legal Quick Hit Presentations & Past Meetings

• Created and Recorded ACC Webinar for “Negotiating the Cloud” 

• Moderated ACC IP-related and crossover webinars

• Preparing ACC Docket Article for September, 2016 issue. entitled “Getting Defensive: New Tools to Fight Patent Infringement Suits”. Engaging with local ACC IP chapters to establish joint programming
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Upcoming 2016 IP Committee Upcoming Events & Quick-Hits

MONTHLY IP COMMITTEE EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP MEETINGS: 6/7/2016, No July Meeting, 8/2/2015, 9/6/2016, 10/4/2016, 11/1/2016, 12/6/2016:  Join your colleagues and IP committee leaders and participate in a brief 30-minute teleconference with your fellow IP Committee members every month to help us plan new content and events.  You may join by calling 877-647-3411, ID# 755 433 7375 at 12pm ET, 11am CT, 9am PT.

US PATENT OFFICE, DENVER, 6/1/2016:  Please join us at the US Patent and Trademark office in Denver, Colorado, on Wednesday, June 01, 2016 to meet with our past IPC member and the new USPTO Denver Center Director, Molly Kocialski and her team.

IP SPECIAL REPORT WEBCAST, 6/2/2016:  We invite you to participate in our IP Committee Special Event Webcast on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 1pm EST, discussing the newly enacted DTSA – Defend Trade Secrets Act, sponsored by Kilpatrick & Stockton.  Please watch your email for the detailed announcement.  You may visit our recent ACC IP Committee Webcast update in April, where we discuss the likely provisions of the DTSA.

IP Committee membership Meeting Wednesday, June 8th - 12pm ET, 11am CT, 9am PT:   What’s Hot:  Patents & Trademarks (12:15pm – 12:25pm ET), LHQ – Legal Quick Hit:  Tax Implications of Intellectual Property Assets (12:25pm – 12:55pm).  Login to the ACC Website, & navigate to the IP Committee webpage or click this June 8th meeting link to join and add to your calendar.  

Upcoming meeting telephone and webcast information:  

IP Committee Monthly Membership Call & 30-minute What’s Hot & LQH – Legal Quick Hits:  The IP Committee full membership meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month except July, for a roundtable presentation of What’s Hot Topics that rotate between Patents, Trademarks, Copyrights, Trade Secrets, and IP Transactional Issues.  Login to the ACC Website, and navigate to the IP Committee webpage or click the links that follow for upcoming meeting telephone and webcast information:  June 8th, August 10th, September 14th.

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ACC IP Committee eGroups – Over 6,600 Members & Growing!

The Intellectual Property Law Committee annually experiences participation by many hundreds of our global members in monthly events, presentations, meetings, and ACC Annual and interim meetings, forums, and presentations happening daily around the world.  Among our many online resources, our best resources are each other, and we leverage our collectively knowledge, skill, and abilities in many ways using the ACC website. Login to the ACC website now and visit our IP Committee eGroups forum.

The ACC IP Committee eGroup postings are a forum for members to present general and tactical questions, exchange ideas, share best practices, offer template forms, reach out to international membership for information and advice on issues in non-familiar jurisdictions, and many other resources.  Members may submit eGroup inquiries, and every member may respond. 

Anyone can post questions and answers anonymously. DISCLAIMER:  eGroup responses are informational only, and are not considered legal advice or counsel.  A client – attorney relationship is not formed from such communications.  

We strongly encourage our membership to take advantage of this invaluable resource. Postings may be found here. If you have questions or need assistance, contact Communications Chair Sean Casey 

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Your Intellectual Property Committee Leadership Team (2016-2017)





 John Bates, General Counsel,
Clarity Solution Group, LLC
(312) 388-7588 


Alisa Key
Counsel - IP
Pearson Education, Inc.
(703) 727-9460


Casey Mangan
Allstate Insurance Company
(847) 402-8799 

 Chapter Relations Chair

William Calore
General Counsel & Secretary,
Axle Tech International, LLC
(248) 822-7511 

 Chapter Relations Chair

Karna Nisewaner
Associate General Counsel - Intellectual Property
Cadence Design Systems Inc.
(408) 944-7035 

 Communications Co-Chair

Sean Casey
Patent Portfolio Manager
The Boeing Company
(714) 896-4764 

 Communications Co-Chair

Margo Lynn Hablutzel
Assistant General Counsel
Lands End, Inc.
(608) 935-4077  

 Program Chair

Sarah Beisheim
Senior IP Counsel,
Xerox Corporation
(585) 231-2555 

Program Chair

William Eipert
Senior Managing Counsel,
Xerox Corporation
(585) 422-4037

 Strategy Chair

Carol Brani
Senior Director & Associate General Counsel, LexisNexis Legal & Professional
(919) 378-2705 

 Forms & Policies Chair

Kim Jessum
Chief IP Counsel U.S. & Associate General Counsel
Heraeus Incorporated
Langhorne , PA , USA
(215) 944-9983

 Infopak Lead

Casey Mangan
Counsel, Allstate Insurance Company
(847) 402-8799

 Legal Quick Hits Co-Chair

Lynne Kane-Van Reenan
Senior Contracts Attorney
Rockwell Collins, Inc.
Annapolis , MD
(410) 266-4543

 Legal Quick Hits Co-Chair

Thomas Feix
Senior Corporate Counsel - Patent
The Clorox Company
(510) 271-7416 

 ACC Docket Article Co-Lead

Rebecca Hanovice
Calloway Golf
Senior Intellectual Property & Litigation Counsel
Callaway Golf Company
Carlsbad , CA , USA
(760) 930-8482

 ACC Docket Article Co-Lead

 Lauren Bruzzone
Senior IP Counsel, GS and SDG,
IBM Corporation
(914) 766-4835

 Immediate Past Chair

Karna Nisewaner
Associate General Counsel - Intellectual Property, Cadence Design Systems Inc.
(408) 944-7035 

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Sponsor’s Corner – Kilpatrick Townsend

Recent Publications:  Visit the Kilpatrick Townsend Knowledge Center

& Kilpatrick’s “Well-Read” Publications Resources.

Please look for the new ACC Docket Article in the September, 2016 issue. entitled “Getting Defensive:  New Tools to Fight Patent Infringement Suits”.

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Aspiring Writers Welcome

Intellectual Property Law Committee members who are interested in authoring a blog post, an online article or an ACC Docket article are more than welcome.  If you are interested, refer to the above list and please contact anyone in our executive leadership, including our President, Secretary, and Communications Chairs.
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Job Listings

For current career opportunities in the in-house intellectual property field, please click here and visit the ACC Careers Website.

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