ACC Intellectual Property Committee September Newsletter
Message from the Chair  
Current 2015-2016 IP Committee Accomplishments  
Upcoming IP Committee Events and Quick-Hits  
ACC IP Committee eGroup - Over 7,100 Members & Growing!  
Your Intellectual Property Committee Leadership Team  
Sponsor’s Corner – Kilpatrick Townsend  
Aspiring Writers Welcome!  
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Message from the Chair

Hello and welcome to our latest IP Committee Newsletter. Thanks very to each of you that continue to participate and contribute to our continuing successes. Our eGroup membership has grown by another 500 members, and is now over 7,100 worldwide members. As most of you know, our monthly meetings continue to be well-attended, and in response to your suggestions and ideas, have addressed hot issues of current concern and interest to many members.

As always, I invite each of you to attend our monthly committee calls, and our Webcasts. We always appreciate your participation in our Webinars and “What’s Hot / Legal Quick Hit” presentations. Our 2016 IP Committee and members continue to prepare for the upcoming annual meeting, and have published many new materials that are available on our website: .  

We encourage you to use our eGroup to expand your professional network by posting and answering questions here: IP Committee eGroups. Please do not hesitate to contact us with questions, issues, and ideas, you may email me at or our communications co-chairs Sean Casey ( or Margo Lynn Hablutzel (  We have and will find opportunities for you to participate in the following leadership and programming team areas: Advocacy, Local Chapter liaisons, Webcast, Top Ten, and What’s Hot.

The IP Committee and I thank all of you whose participation and contributions have continued to increase our meeting attendance numbers, and which have enabled us as a group to generate new IP--centric articles, InfoPaks, webinars, and other materials for our members during monthly meetings, and at ACC national meetings and local ACC chapter events.  

We would be remiss if we did not also mention that our ACC IP Committee is due in large part to our sponsors, including especially Kilpatrick Townsend and their team of experts who are always available to bring their impressive expertise and resources to bear in creating new materials for publication and for use in our Webinars.

As the summer of 2016 draws to a close, please know that your IP Committee leadership team remains devoted to bringing timely, substantive, practical, and valuable information to all of our members, in hopes of assisting you in your daily in-house responsibilities. Thank you for you many suggestions and ideas that help us improve;  please continue to reach out to us as we value your contributions of time, talent, and resources for the benefit of our membership.  You may also reach out to me and our committee leadership by e-mailing us at


Best regards,

John Bates

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Current 2015-2016 IP Committee Accomplishments

  Finalizing preparations to each of the IP topics at 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

•  Finalizing 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

•  Assisted ACC HQ in participating in July, 2016 TM5 Meeting in Beijing

•  Prepared an August, 2016 InfoPak with Kilpatrick Stockton directed to Patent Best Practices in a Post-Alice and Post-AIA World

•  Prepared an August, 2016 ACC article discussing the intricate trademark and copyright issues surrounding Stephen Colbert’s departure from Viacom, and comedic adoption of an identical twin character

•  Responded to BNA Bloomberg requests for August, 2016 article addressing federal judicial vacancies & impacts on IP litigation

•  Preparing 2016 “Patent Taxation” Quick Counsel presentation

•  Preparing upcoming OSS - Open Source Software presentation that addresses the Google/Oracle considerations

•  ANNUAL MEETING:  Watch for our soon-to-be-scheduled Fireside Chat during the ACC 2016 Annual IP Committee Business Meeting
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Upcoming IP Committee Events and Quick-Hits

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 (summer break) & October (annual meeting).  We hold 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:  September 14th, September 27th, November 3rd.

SIGN-UP NOW! – ACC Annual Meeting – CLICK HERE!

October 16-19, 2016 San Francisco Annual Meeting Info
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ACC IP Committee eGroup - Over 7,100 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. 

All can anonymously post questions and answers. 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





 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
General Counsel - Chief IP Counsel

 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 Townsend’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 on-line 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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