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Intellectual Property Owners Association’s weekly
one-hour webinar series on current topics in IP


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Hosted and produced by
journalist Pamela Sherrid

2018 Scheduled Webinars

    Diversity and Implicit Bias: How Can Barriers Be Broken Down?


    Tuesday, 18 December at 2:00PM- 3:00PM ET

    Bias is a prejudice all human beings possess. This prejudice is in favor of or against one thing, person, or group compared with another, usually in a way that is considered to be unfair.

    Implicit bias in the workplace can be a barrier that not only prevents people from working together effectively, but also damages the development of inclusive relationships that foster creative and innovative ideas. These barriers directly impact diversity by affecting both hiring practices and retention rates.

    The negative impact on diversity is a serious ongoing issue in the legal profession. Hard evidence supports positive economic impact of a diverse workforce within a company or any organization, including increased revenue and market share, and reduced turnover and legal costs.

    The panelists on this webinar will discuss these issues, including:

    • How biases may be held by an individual, group, or institution
    • The consequences of bias
    • The two main types of biases – conscious bias (also known as explicit bias) and unconscious bias (also known as implicit bias)
    • How human beings naturally assign people into various social categories divided by salient and chronically accessible traits on the basis of implicit bias
    • De-biasing techniques including practical tips for legal and business professionals


    • Shruti Costales, HP Inc.
    • Andrea Kramer, McDermott, Will & Emery
    • Bismarck Myrick, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office

    International Post Grant Practice: Strategic Considerations Before the USPTO, EPO, CNIPA and JPO

    Thursday, 3 January at 12:00PM-1:00PM ET


    • Jim Denness, Abel & Imray 
    • Toby Mak, Tee & Howe Intellectual Property Attorneys
    • Stephen Todd, DuPont

    Inequitable Conduct 

    Thursday, 10 January at 2:00PM-3:00PM ET 


    • David Hricik, Mercer University School of Law 
    • Kevin Noonan, McDonnell Boehnen Hulbert & Berghoff LLP 
    • Rohit Singla, Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP