Category: Washington DC Workshop on IP 2018

Alexandra Minkovich

Alexandra Minkovich

Alexandra Minkovich is a Counsel in Baker McKenzie’s North American Tax Practice. She has over a decade of experience handling a variety of tax, tax controversy and legislative issues. She also brings significant experience representing clients with respect to domestic tax issues, including advising financial 

James Wilson

James Wilson

James Wilson is a member of the London and Washington, D.C. Corporate Tax practice groups at Baker McKenzie and handles international tax planning matters. James advises on all aspects of UK corporate and commercial tax. He concentrates on international tax planning issues with a particular 

Jessie Greenwald, Ph.D., J.D.

Jessie Greenwald, Ph.D., J.D.

Dr. Greenwald is a member of Baker McKenzie’s Intellectual Property (IP) practice in Dallas. She focuses her practice on IP, concentrating on transactional and patent matters, especially those pertaining to microbiology, biotechnology, and plants. Furthermore, she manages global PVR, Plant Patent and Patent portfolios across 22 jurisdictions, prosecution of utility patents involving genetically modified plants and plant products, and develops legal strategies for a client in the area of biotechnology. Prior to entering law school, she earned her doctorate in Plant Pathology and Microbiology from Texas A&M University. Jessie is a member of the Texas Aggie Bar Association, Dallas Bar Association and Dallas Association of Young Lawyers.

Juan Alberto Díaz Wiechers

Juan Alberto Díaz Wiechers

Juan Alberto is a lawyer in both Chile and Mexico. His practice is focused on providing legal counsel and services in the Industrial Property field, specifically Plant Varieties, but also Trademarks, Denominations of Origin and Domain Names. Besides Chile and Mexico, he manages PVR portfolios 

Dr. Christian A. Hannon

Dr. Christian A. Hannon

Dr Hannon serves as a Patent Attorney with the USPTO’s Office of Policy and International Affairs (OPIA) in which he represents the United States before UPOV. Prior to joining OPIA, for ten years, Dr Hannon served as a patent examiner in the wireless telecommunications field. 

Laura K. Pitts

Laura K. Pitts

Laura Pitts counsels clients on IP protection and enforcement strategies, manages clients’ global trademark portfolios and executes domestic and international trademark filings. Laura has experience preparing and responding to pre-trial, discovery, and dispositive motions in complex IP litigation and counterfeiting.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Travis Bliss, Ph.D.

Dr. Travis Bliss is an intellectual property attorney at Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney.  He is the Chair of the firm’s IP Biotechnology Practice Group and also leads the firm’s plant IP practice within that group.  Travis has extensive experience with procuring, licensing, and enforcing all 

Benjamin Rivoire

Benjamin Rivoire

Mr Philippe Benjamin (Ben) Rivoire joined UPOV in 2012, after having started his career in the fruit production sector in Spain and Africa and in the vegetable breeding industry. Ben is now the Head of Seed Sector Cooperation and Regional Development (Africa, Arab Countries) in