A Live CLE Opportunity IP Philly

in Partnership with Temple University Beasley School of Law

March 13, 2024
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Temple University Center City Campus
1515 Market Street, Philadelphia PA 19102, Room 222

About the Event

IP Philly, in partnership with Temple University Beasley School of Law, is delighted to announce its first ever Intellectual Property Institute.  This full day, in-person program is a “must-attend” event for any attorney who faces IP issues. We will provide a comprehensive overview of recent trends, developments, and cutting-edge issues in today’s intellectual property practice. Earn 5 substantive credits and 1 ethics credit through this all-day CLE event (while enjoying breakfast and lunch with fellow attendees).

What you will learn:

  • Federal District Judge John Murphy will moderate a panel of intellectual property lawyers addressing the past year’s most interesting and potentially influential patent law developments
  • Significant state and federal trade secret developments
  • Recent developments in copyright law, with an AI update
  • Updates on the latest trademark cases, including the Supreme Court’s 2023 decisions in Jack Daniel’s Properties, Inc v. VIP Products LLC and Abitron Austria GmbH v. Hetronic International, Inc. 
  • Ethical issues in IP: Year in Review
  • Ethical considerations in communications, using technology and issues involving AI

During lunch, listen in as the Honorable Gregory M. Sleet (currently serving as a Neutral with JAMS) shares insights and best practices for a successful mediation. After serving 20 years on the bench of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, including seven years as Chief Judge, he gained deep experience in a number of areas especially IP litigation involving pharmaceuticals, medical devices and a wide variety of other technologies.

The inaugural IP Philly event, held at Temple’s Center City Campus, 1515 Market Street, will end with a cocktail reception, sponsored by Corsearch, where all attendees are encouraged to network and socialize. 


Please join this IP Philly event by registering below before March 11, 2024.

Date: March 13, 2024
Location: Temple University Center City Campus
Registration and Breakfast: 8:30 am – 9:00 am
Program: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Cocktail Hour: 5:00 pm

Registration Fee: $150

Thank you to our generous cocktail hour sponsor for their support!

Trademark Clearance for Registration


Barry L. Cohen

Partner, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC

Barry L. Cohen focuses his practice on intellectual property litigation, unfair competition, business and commercial disputes, trade secret litigation, technology and internet law, and IP licensing. He proudly represents clients across many industries, including technology, food and beverage, software, media, retail, footwear and apparel, manufacturing, distribution, and transportation. Barry is currently the chair of the Trademark Legislation Committee and vice chair of the Trademark Litigation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Intellectual Property Law (ABA-IPL). He is also the current vice-chair of the Law Firm Committee of the International Trademark Association. Barry has been ranked by Chambers USA as a leading Intellectual Property attorney and is listed as AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell. Additionally, he is recognized by WTR1000 for enforcement and litigation, Best Lawyers in America, and Pennsylvania Super Lawyers.

Nancy Rubner Frandsen

Senior Counsel, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC

For more than 38 years, Nancy Rubner Frandsen has guided clients not only through the core areas of trademark and copyright strategic counseling and portfolio management but also through the more complex areas of the practice, including enforcement before the federal courts and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board (TTAB). Nancy’s in-depth knowledge of her clients’ businesses, from individual entrepreneurs to major corporations, enables her to support and advance their unique objectives and goals and has made her their trusted trademark lawyer. She is a founding member of the Philadelphia Chapter of ChIPs and serves on the Pro Bono Committee for the International Trademark Association (INTA).  She is also a past chair of the Philadelphia Chapter of the Copyright Society of the USA and served on the Pennsylvania Bar Institute’s Advisory Committee, where she co-chaired PBI’s IP Institute since its founding. She is recognized by numerous publishers, including Chambers USA, Best Lawyers in America, Pennsylvania Super Lawyers, WTR1000, WIPR, The Legal 500, and is designated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell.


The Honorable John F. Murphy

United States District Court Judge, Eastern District of Pennsylvania

John F. Murphy is a Judge for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania.  Before being appointed to the court in 2022, Judge Murphy was an IP litigation partner at BakerHostetler in Philadelphia, where he focused on patent, copyright, trademark, trade secret and other intellectual property disputes.  He teaches patent litigation and strategy as an adjunct professor at Villanova Law School and Rutgers Law School.  Judge Murphy is co-author of the fifth edition of Patent Litigation and Strategy (West 2017) along with Federal Circuit Chief Judge Kimberly A. Moore and Professor Timothy Holbrook.  Judge Murphy also clerked for Chief Judge Moore.  He attended Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law and Technology.  Before that, he obtained a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering at Caltech and a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from Cornell University.

The Honorable Gregory M. Sleet (Ret)

Neutral, JAMS

Hon. Gregory M. Sleet (Ret.) joined JAMS after serving 20 years on the bench of the United States District Court for the District of Delaware, including seven years as Chief Judge. During Judge Sleet’s tenure on the District Court bench, he gained deep experience in a number of areas of complex commercial litigation, especially patent litigation involving pharmaceutical patents and a wide variety of other technologies. Judge Sleet presided over and resolved by pretrial ruling, trial, or settlement thousands of cases involving a wide variety of subject matter, including: intellectual property, antitrust, bankruptcy, class actions, business/commercial, pharmaceuticals and medical devices, products liability, and securities and tax. Before taking the federal bench in 1998, Judge Sleet served as the United States Attorney for the District of Delaware, as in-house counsel in the legal department of Hercules Incorporated, and as deputy attorney general handling major civil cases for the State of Delaware. Prior to that, he practiced law in Philadelphia for 14 years, six of those as an assistant public defender with the Defender Association of Philadelphia. He has served as an adjunct professor, teaching patent litigation, at Rutgers Law School, Delaware Law School and, Duke University School of Law. Judge Sleet focuses his national ADR practice on mediations, arbitrations, and neutral analysis (case evaluation, mock trial).

Diane Siegel Danoff

Partner, Dechert LLP

Diane Siegel Danoff is a nationally recognized litigation partner in the Intellectual Property Group of Dechert LLP, based in Philadelphia. She chairs Dechert’s award-winning, global Trade Secret Litigation Practice. She has extensive litigation experience, developed during her 35 years of practice, with trade secret, non-compete, trademark, patent, copyright, unfair advertising, and invasion of privacy matters. Diane has been named ten times as a leading litigator by Chambers USA, a referral guide to leading lawyers in the United States. Chambers has called her “superb, thorough and decisive” and “recommended for her courtroom skills.”  She is listed in The Legal 500 US, is recognized by Best Lawyers in America, and in 2017, earned the “Lawyer of the Year” distinction for Trade Secrets law. Diane is also recognized by the World Trademark Review in its “WTR 1000 – The World’s Leading Trademark Practitioners.” In 2015, Diane was named a BTI Client Services All-Star, recognized as one of 25 IP lawyers nationwide for excellence in client service and “having a deep awareness of the interplay between the complicated technical, legal and business issues facing IP clients.” Since 2020, she has been named an “IP Star” for both trademark and copyright by Managing Intellectual Property.  Diane has successfully represented Microsoft, WebMD, Sheetz, Bank of New York Mellon, Kellogg’s, and many other companies in intellectual property litigation across the country.

She received her A.B. from Harvard University and her J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.

Laura A. Genovese

Principal, K & G Law LLC

Laura A. Genovese founded K & G Law LLC over ten years ago to focus her experience in copyright and trademark law. She is a trusted counselor and advocate for the firm’s clients, which range from small businesses to Fortune 500 companies. In those roles, she develops and helps implement and manage strategic IP protection plans, counsels clients in adversarial matters, and represents them when necessary in litigation before the courts and in inter partes proceedings before the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board and domain name panels. Laura is also an adjunct professor of copyright law at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law and annually speaks at CLE events on copyright issues.

Lesley McCall Grossberg

Partner, Ice Miller LLP

Lesley McCall Grossberg is a partner in Ice Miller’s Philadelphia office, where she practices trademark, copyright and patent litigation, and trademark counseling and prosecution. She represents clients in intellectual property disputes in the U.S. International Trade Commission, federal trial and appellate courts, and the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. She is a past president of the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association and serves as senior editor of the International Trademark Association’s peer-reviewed journal The Trademark Reporter. Lesley is a frequent speaker on intellectual property topics including online enforcement strategies, postmortem IP rights, fair use, trademark searching, bad faith filings, litigation of fraud claims in trademark cases, and defenses to trademark infringement. She is an adjunct professor of law at Temple University Beasley School of Law, where she teaches Trademarks and Unfair Competition. Lesley began her career as a judicial law clerk in the U.S. District Courts for the Eastern District of Virginia and the District of New Jersey. She received her J.D., cum laude, from the University of Richmond and her B.A., magna cum laude, in political science and history from Tulane University.

John Hillman

Associate, BakerHostetler LLP

John Hillman is a first-year associate at BakerHostelter, focusing his practice on patent litigation.  Prior to joining BakerHostetler, John attended Emory Law School where he was an Executive Managing Editor for the Emory International Law Review and interned for Judge Andrews in the District of Delaware and Judge Shwartz in the Third Circuit.  Before attending law school, John worked as a patent litigation paralegal at Kirkland & Ellis in New York City.  John holds a M.S. in Applied Physics from NYU and a B.S. in Physics and Engineering from Washington and Lee University.

Julie Latsko

Partner, Royer Cooper Cohen Braunfeld LLC

Julie Latsko focuses her practice on intellectual property and complex commercial disputes. In addition to litigation, Julie regularly provides trademark clearance and counseling, as well as general guidance regarding intellectual property portfolio management. She has represented clients across many industries, including technology, health care and life sciences, fashion and design, finance, hospitality, food and beverage, and cannabis. Julie was recognized by Best Lawyers “Ones to Watch,” in 2024.

Benjamin E. Leace

Shareholder and Co-Leader, IP Litigation Group, Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney

Benjamin E. Leace has over 30 years experience in intellectual property law and is a shareholder and co-leader of the IP Litigation Group at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney. He has represented clients in a wide range of intellectual property areas, including litigation, licensing, opinions/counseling, and patent and trademark procurement. Benjamin focuses his practice in litigating intellectual property disputes in federal courts and before the Patent and Trademark Trial and Appeal Boards of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. He has been active in a number of professional organizations over the years, including the Benjamin Franklin American Inn of Court (past president); the Philadelphia Intellectual Property Law Association (past president); the Licensing Executive Society (past chair of the Philadelphia Chapter); and the International Trademark Association. Benjamin has taught seminars and been a panelist and presenter on various programs involving intellectual property and litigation. He has been honored each year as a Pennsylvania Super Lawyer by Philadelphia Magazine in the area of Intellectual Property Litigation and has been recognized in Chambers and Best Lawyers in America. He holds a J.D. from the Temple University School of Law and a B.S. in Computer Engineering (with a minor in International Relations) from Lehigh University.

Alison Patitucci

Asociate, Morgan Lewis & Bockius

Alison Patitucci is an IP litigation associate at Morgan Lewis & Bockius where she focuses on patent, trade secret, and other intellectual property disputes. Before joining Morgan Lewis, Alison clerked for Judge Paul S. Diamond in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and was a patent agent at a boutique IP law firm in the Philadelphia area. Alison attended Temple Law School where she was the lead articles editor of the Temple Law Review. Before law school, she obtained a Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics and Pharmaceutical Chemistry from the Ohio State University.

Luke Reilly

Associate, Dechert LLP

Luke Reilly is an associate in the Intellectual Property Litigation Group at Dechert LLP, based in Philadelphia.  He has litigated cases across all areas of intellectual property, including matters involving trade secret misappropriation, covenants not to compete, patent, trademark, and copyright infringement, and false advertising.  Luke’s work covers a wide range of technologies.  He has litigated cases involving pharmaceutical products, digital payments, software licensing, materials science and manufacturing, digital security, telecommunications, advertising, and more.

Luke received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his J.D. from Columbia Law School.

Steve Rocci

Advisor, Counselor, Strategist, Steven J. Rocci P.C.

Steve Rocci, an experienced intellectual property lawyer with over 40 years of technology and technology law expertise, transitioned to solo practice in 2020. He represents clients across various technological fields, including computer software, hardware, internet, telecommunications, semiconductor manufacturing, e-commerce, medical devices, and mechanical technologies. With a focus on patent and trade secret litigation, procurement, counseling, dispute resolution, and licensing, Steve has served major national and international technology companies, as well as start-ups. For nearly 25 years, he taught law school courses in intellectual property law and patent litigation, serving as Distinguished Practice Professor at Drexel University. Additionally, he acted as a neutral for the American Arbitration Association. Recognized as a Fellow Emeritus of the Litigation Counsel of America, Steve holds AV-rating in Martindale Hubbell and is honored as one of Pennsylvania’s “Super Lawyers” in intellectual property. He is also listed in Chambers USA and The Best Lawyers in America.

Leigha R. Santoro

Associate, K & G Law LLC

Leigha R. Santoro is an associate attorney at K & G Law, focusing her practice on trademark and copyright law. Leigha understands business, coming from a retail background with her family’s flower shop in her native Connecticut. She relocated to Philadelphia to attend the Thomas R. Kline School of Law at Drexel University, where she served as Staff Editor of the Drexel Law Review. After two judicial clerkships, she joined K & G Law in 2021.

Anthony Sierra

Associate, Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Anthony Sierra is an associate at Akin in Philadelphia, where he practices intellectual property law with an emphasis on patent litigation. He attended law school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he served as a senior editor of the University of Pennsylvania Law Review. During law school, Anthony also obtained a master’s degree in Bioethics from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. Anthony received his undergraduate degree from Brown University where he majored in Biology.

Brianna Vinci

Associate, Duane Morris LLP

Brianna Vinci practices in the area of intellectual property law with a focus on litigation. She has experience with litigating intellectual property disputes, including patent, trademark, trade secret and copyright matters. Brianna has litigated cases involving various technologies and industries, including software, telecommunications, medical devices, and lighting. She is skilled in assisting clients at all stages of litigation, from the initial stages through trial and appeal. Brianna has handled cases in various federal district courts, appellate courts, and at agencies such as the Trademark Trial & Appeal Board and the International Trade Commission. She is also experienced in enforcing and defending client rights in intellectual property through pre-litigation efforts, including drafting cease and desist letters.

Anthony S. Volpe

Shareholder, Volpe Koenig

Anthony S. Volpe has worked in all phases of intellectual property throughout his more than 45 year career in the IP field. He has helped clients develop strategies that enhance their IP portfolios, monetize their IP rights, and avoid the rights of third parties. He secures and defends patents and trademarks domestically and internationally and renders opinions regarding validity, enforceability and licensing of patent, trademark, and trade secret rights.

Tony has provided representation at all levels of inter party matters in federal litigation, USPTO proceedings, and international intellectual property matters.

Tony is a frequent writer and presenter on intellectual property issues, and has been an adjunct professor at the Villanova Law School for trade secret and artificial intelligence issues.